As Les, Malia and I were walking across the grounds, my eyes searching left and right to catch a glimpse of my daughter I finally saw something familiar out of the corner of my eye.
Joelle had seen us first and was running towards us with a huge grin on her face. Ah...this is more like it! I thought as my heart felt all warm and fuzzy inside from seeing her. She ran past her Dad and her sister and jumped right into my open arms. Ohhh that felt good!
It really was a wonderful reunion this time around. She was happy and smiley. She was physically affectionate. She was so delighted to see us.
And my arms were finally BOTH full again. The way they are meant to be.
Anyway, other than that camp was a hit once again! And Joelle was extremely touched to come home to her homemade Welcome Home banner!
As much as she enjoys camp, she definitely misses me a lot while she's gone though. She struggled a little bit with homesickness over the course of the week but nothing to the extent of her crying for me or needing to phone home or anything. She hadn't even realized that my notes were missing ~ until the camp gave her the email (the day before camp was over!).
Once she gets home though, things seem to get worse. Once she's back together with me it's like it all hits her just how much she missed me when she was away. It was really hard for her to let me leave her side when putting her to bed. She kept crying and clinging to me, telling me how much she missed me and that she just wanted to be by my side. Today it's all good though and it's as if she was never gone.
I'm so happy for another positive camping experience and I know she's already thinking ahead to next year!