Letting Go

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letting goThe movie “Frozen” is a favorite of mine, and this song has always brought me to tears… not because Elsa is trying to find her way or because she is discovering who she is, but because it makes this momma’s heart swell with emotion thinking of the concept of letting go.

Let it go, let it goCan’t hold it back anymoreLet it go, let it goTurn away and slam the door
Let it go, let it goI am one with the wind and skyLet it go, let it goYou’ll never see me cry*
I have had a unique opportunity in my life to have two children that I gave birth to and created the most amazing team, “The Three Musketeers”. Then entered my life, a man and his two children. This brood became quite a family, but don’t worry – we are not the Brady bunch… well, not yet.
We spent many years blending our family, and it was hard. Divorces and step-parents and new homes and new schools are all hard experiences to navigate. And, did I mention it was hard?
As our kids began thinking about their futures and what the next steps would be in their lives, be it further education or a job, we started preparing for the “Letting Go” phase. Let me tell you, Elsa was on to something here. These talks and plans will make you want to turn away, slam the door, where you just can’t hold it back anymore. The only difference is that you will cry, because letting go is HARD!
Letting go, even in the best circumstances, can break a momma’s heart. It is when you are no longer your child’s immediate go-to and no longer the one that helps them make the important decisions that is heartbreaking.
Letting go is part of the parenting journey, just like the other parts that give you joy and laughter. The letting go part can be full of joy mixed with the natural instinct to resist it.
I now have two of my children that are married, and one is even a parent himself. I also have two of my husband’s children that are married; one is a father already, and one is about to become a momma soon. We’ve had to let go of all of them and sit back and watch. I’ll tell you… the view is amazing. Our “letting go” has enabled them to work on hard things and do hard things in their lives. We are still there for them at every turn, but they are soaring.

Let’s heed some advice from Elsa and Let Them Go… it’s hard but worth it.


*Demi Lovato. (1995). Frozen. [CD]. Hollywood, CA: Walt Disney Records (Recorded 2013).

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I am a Buckeye by birth, but LOVE Louisville. We have cheered for those Louisville Cardinals for a few years when my stepdaughter played basketball in Louisville and fell in love with the city! I live in Ohio with my husband Tony. Together we have 6 kids, Joe, and his wife Allison, Austin, and his wife Hannah, Sydney and her husband Hayden, Andrew and his wife Lauren and our littles, Max and Eli. Did I mention we are a little nuts starting over with this parenting thing when we are 45+? We are officially a Tiki and Jeep (our version of Grandma and Grandpa) since May of 2022 and have 2 grandsons with a 3rd on the. My husband and I are both ministers, and we get to work together in a local church. We were both married before and brought our families together in 2010. After a few years of marriage, we felt God's leading for us to adopt. We added Max to our family in 2014 and Eli joined us in 2017, our quiver is officially full! Blending our family has been an adventure! Add some ex-spouses and two birth mommas and we have ourselves a crazy crew! Coffee is my love language. The beach is my happy place and I long to have my toes in the sand.

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