It's been one week since Nicole left for college. We are all missing her like crazy. She left a big hole in our home and in our hearts that we can all tangibly feel.
Surprising to me though, is how much Ian misses her. He's just so in his own little world that I thought for sure he wouldn't even notice she was gone. I could not have been more wrong.
He asks about her every day- wanting to know when he gets to go to Snow to see her. He never forgets her in any of his prayers. But sweetest of all, is that he sleeps every night with a silly little unicorn that she gave him as she was cleaning out her room. It was something she got for a Halloween costume last year, that I'm sure she was just going to give to D.I.
Tonight as I was tucking him in, he hugged the unicorn to his chest and said, "Nicole's memories are in here".
And how right he is. Her memories are in that silly little unicorn and in every nook and cranny of this house. We sure love and miss her- more than I think any of us realized we would. Thankfully, we have texting, face time and silly little unicorns to help us feel that she's not so far away.