Isn’t it Great! Mariah is Living With Us!



I don’t think I’ve mentioned that Mariah is living at our house. For those of you who don’t know me, Mariah is my 21 year old daughter. We had a very rough (ROUGH? Hah!😳) adolescent period and I don’t think either of us ever imagined we would live in the same house ever again! I’m happy to report that “Time Heals”!

Yep! Sounds cliche but it’s sooooo true! I’m extremely happy to have her under the same roof! Just hearing those words come out of my mouth makes me smile😄 Although, I really don’t see her much! She’s in school full time , 8-4 then she works as a server at a restaurant six nights a week. She’s a very busy young lady. I’m just so pleased to have her around and I know those of you who know us will also be glad too because everyone likes a happy ending! Not that it’s an ending, exactly, it’s really more like a new beginning for her and for me. It’s indescribable, how great it feels to see her as a functioning , healthy young adult. She’s her own person, creating a life of her own. It’s going to be rough for me, living so far away from her but I am confident that she is beyond capable of living her life independently . Being independent is what she’s always wanted and it’s what she is working so hard to achieve! Her fierce desire to live her life her way is an inner battle she has fought since she was much too young to realistically achieve it. Now she is ‘finally’ at the place in her life when she owns it! Her life is her own and she has a firm handle on her path . I can see that she has a plan and a purpose that she alone has chosen and she alone is accomplishing . I can finally rest assured that I did my best to support her as best as I knew how. And now it’s totally up to her, she’s got it! And if she needs me, there’s Skype and FaceTime, and Panama isn’t ‘THAT’ faraway! A few hours sitting in a plane and voila! She’s with her Mom! The world is a much smaller place , technology keeps us connected! But we don’t need actual ‘physical’ connection to feel close to one another, even right now, living under the same roof we don’t see each other or spend much time together. Kids grow up and create a life of their own, separate from mom and dad, I know I did, didn’t you? I’m confident that Mariah and I will always love one another and be close even if we can’t be near in proximity. Her genuine expressions of understanding and support for Scott and me has been valuable beyond belief! She really understands our desire for a different lifestyle and is really excited for us and that means the world to me.

I’m glad to have this last bit of time here in the states with my daughter nearby. I may not get to spends lots of time with her but even little bits here and there are gifts. And seeing her living her life her way makes me smile. Gone are the days of self destructive behavior! Now it’s her time to shine and as time goes by I have a feeling she will shine so bright that I’ll need my darkest glasses! ☀ I’m grateful for the healing that time provides! Life is GOOD!


About hollycarter184

Life is Good! But it's time for a change, and more adventure! I'd like to share the whole experience of preparing then actually making a reality of expatriating, and moving to a new country. It's an exciting, and slightly scary move full of possibility . I'm looking forward to learning a new language and making new connections with the people who share our spirit of adventure. This blog is my way of continuing my connection with my friends and family in the States. Sooooo here it goes! :)

3 responses »

  1. Yes, life is good and much of that is because of you and your never failing support , belief in and love of your Mariah. She has matured into a beautiful and contributing adult. Much like her mom!! I know there were some really rough years but you’ve all overcome them and now there is nothing but the future and with God’s blessing, those will be the best yet!! Hear, hear for moms like you!!!

  2. The Catholic church always said give me a child for the first 7 years and I will show you the adult. So Mariah was always gong to end up a strong independent woman like her Mum. She had to go down the other road for a while so she would appreciate how hard life can be. It will stand her in good stead as she grows older and has to help others.Welcome home Mariah. Love Elaine

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