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Goodbye, For Now, Nana

My Mom is Moving Back to New Jersey

It’s always hard to see a family member move away. As many of you know, my mother has been living with us for about four months now. Justin drove to New Jersey to pick her up when the pandemic was picking up speed. But now, she has to make the trip back to her life in NJ. So, when she left, it was a hard day for everyone.

A Goodbye Fit For A Queen

Before she started her drive North, the kids made sure that she was sent off entertained. Both Ava and Alexis prepared songs for her -Jersey acting as back up dancer, of course. Then, each of them made a card for Nana to enjoy on the trip home. They used these Sunnyglade tri-fold art kits that we got from Amazon. The send-off was full of love and laughter, but we just wish it wasn’t so scary to let her go back North.

Why This is So Hard

For the last four months, my mom has been a source of constant help and encouragement through all of this insanity. Having small kids stuck inside in a pandemic is more difficult than we care to discuss. My Mom was right there, by our side, playing with Jersey, helping me cook meals, and helping Justin and me with some of the tough decisions. We know that she is still only a phone call away, but shes’ no longer a room away.

Having our mothers present to help us is usually something we fight against. We want to feel independent and feel like we know what we are doing. We have to be able to trust our own abilities and judgment when it comes to parenting. But when an opportunity like this comes up and your mother can come to share her wisdom and add an extra pair of hands to the insanity, we can (hopefully) be encouraged and affirmed that we raising beautifully bright children and she just gets to enjoy her Nana role.

We can just hope that once she gets settled in a home, Mom continues to stay safe and inspire neighborhoods of people to power walk with her.

What Do You Think?

Has your mom ever stayed for an extended visit? What was your experience? We want to hear from you! Leave us a comment below or reach out on any of our social media: Facebook, Our New Instagram, and YouTube. Also, if you want to see the full goodbye video to Nana, you can watch it here. If you have the opportunity, take time to social distance hug the most influential women in your parenting journey, and show them how grateful you are.


  • Talent
    August 11, 2020

    We will miss you Nana 😢

    • Donna
      August 12, 2020

      It is never easy. But Nana will be back. I hope that you are all staying safe. God bless the McClure family. Hugs to all of you

  • Ethel james
    August 12, 2020

    It was so nice to see your mom with you guys I know you will miss her Such a beautiful family

  • Marie Finney
    August 12, 2020

    Stay in Georgia and your house in New Jersey. The family needs you❤️❤️

    August 12, 2020

    I know exactly how you feel now y’re mom is leaving, I also had a very close relationship with my mom, she died for several years now and I still miss her

  • Joan
    August 12, 2020

    I LOVE when my mom comes to visit the kids and I. We have so much fun; and as long as the visit doesn’t get over four weeks we don’t start to get in one another’s nerves (for lack of better words) because grandma usually always is more passive on the kids and that can cause some clashing. WE LOVE VISITS AND DEFINITELY MISS HER WHEN SHES GONE

  • Janae
    August 12, 2020

    We Will Miss You Nana 😥 Have A Safe Trip Home.

  • Margaretann
    August 12, 2020

    It was so good to see justin and his mother in law get on so well it was priceless God bless you all

  • Erma Cole
    August 13, 2020

    It was a blessing that your mom was able to come. I know she was a big help. I see where you get your beauty from….she’s beautiful. The kids love her, that means a lot. It was good seeing you Nana! I’m a Nana also. I love my son, and daughter-law. I miss and love my grans❤️ You all are a beautiful family. I love watching you! Stay safe💗💞❤️💞❤️

  • Markyna
    August 14, 2020

    It is such a great blessing to have your mom around to help with all that involves you. I know you and Justin are great parents. Justin and Amy really have big loving hearts. Thank you McClure family for caring sharing and loving gifts you show us.

  • Annette Holladay
    August 14, 2020

    It is such a blessing having a caring mother as yours. My mom use to stay with me and my family a few weeks out of the year. That quality time with us was so precious. My mom was a heart of gold. What makes it special and easy to deal with is when your mom gets along with your family. My mom passed away on my husbands birthday some years ago. It still feels like yesterday. Cherish all the time you all get to spend with your mom because it doesn’t last forever, but you will have lots of good memories forever ❤️🙏🏽

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