The Bittersweet of Hello + Goodbye

posted by Jennifer McClure on May 28, 2014 5 Comments

Yesterday, I had lunch at school with my oldest daughter. For the very last time. Next year, she hits the big time -Middle School – which means the end of our occasional school-day lunch dates.

I listened to her chatter as she devoured her food, and I remembered how those first school lunches were mostly me prompting her to eat. Just helping her manage to eat her lunch within the short time allotted was one of my goals back then.

I watched her drink all the chocolate milk and remembered the days the school nurse called me to let me know there had been a “milk incident” that required a change of clothes.

I said good-bye as she dashed off to the playground. Back in kindergarten, having lunch together also meant me staying to play for lunch recess, and also walking with her back to her classroom. And then finally, I would pry her from me as she fought back the tears.

Today, it was my turn to fight back the tears. Of course I want her to grow up, and of course it happens fast (just like everyone has been telling me since the day she was born.) But sometimes these milestone moments hit me hard, and this is one of them.

It’s so bittersweet for me because watching my children grow up into these amazing young ladies also means saying goodbye to them as babies, toddlers, preschoolers, little kids.

Why good changes can still taste bittersweet. via

Look out summer! We are ready for some silliness and fun.

That’s why I feel incredibly blessed to have the opportunity to spend the summer at home with my daughters, focusing on them and enjoying this time together. I’m also excited to establish myself in the freelance market, work with my remarkably talented husband on his photography business, and volunteer for a few events very near and dear to my heart.

The opportunities ahead are truly wonderful, yet it’s another bittersweet experience as this also means I’m saying goodbye as the marketing + content coordinator for simplify 101. I have truly loved working here, and have grown tremendously both professionally and personally. Working at simplify 101 has given me space to stretch my skills and discover talents that will serve me well throughout my career. Plus, like so many of you, I’ve learned through the online classes, been helped by the printables and tips, and been inspired by the blog. And personally, I’ve gained wonderful friendships with Aby and Jay. These are such gifts! I am grateful.

So, as I sign off to help my children welcome in the summer, I also sign off as a staff person here. I have peace about all of this, but that does not mean there are no tears. I think it all comes down to this…

The Bittersweet of Hello + Goodbye via

All the best,

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  • May 28, 2014 at 9:09 am

    Jennifer, best of luck to you and enjoy your time with those wonderful girls. I’ve enjoyed getting to know you through your posts. And thanks for all your contributions to simplify 101.

    May 28, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Thank you, Nancy! All the best to you, too! :)

    • May 28, 2014 at 7:01 pm

      Jen~ You are remarkable! You have done amazing things, and you will continue to be amazing on your journey. I am happy for you, your choices, and your peace. Looking forward to more playdates at the pool this summer! :) *hugs*

      • May 30, 2014 at 8:08 am

        Best of luck to you! It’s a terribly difficult thing to do but saying no to one thing often means a yes somewhere else.

        Have a fantastic summer with your girls!

        • May 30, 2014 at 3:27 pm

          enjoy the summer-months with your girls – and all the best for your future ventures, it was nice meeting you here at the blog!