This is what I did last weekend.
I was shocked when I logged on here and discovered how long it had been since I last posted. Well, I've been a little busy. With both boys graduating in the past two weeks, family visiting, a graduation party . . . it's been a bit of a whirlwind.
One would think after all that, I'd have something interesting or insightful to say. I'm not really sure what to say. Or think. Plenty of thoughts and emotions are swirling around and colliding in my head. And I guess I'm still trying to process and sort them out.
Certainly, there is pride. I'm so proud of these two guys. Both have excelled in their own unique ways. And as a parent, I'm pleased for having brought them safely thus far, though I take little credit for that. Safe keeping is out of our hands to a great extent, and I give God all the glory.
And there's also humility. My sons are so far ahead of me when I was there age in terms of talent, maturity, and morality. And I marvel at how that happened. Again, praise God.
There's a bit of sorrow, as I know my life will never be the same once they both enter college this fall. I'll miss them. They won't "live" at home, but will be more like perpetually welcome visitors.
But there's also joy, realizing how far they have come and knowing they have their whole lives ahead of them and I can't wait to see what they do.
There's anticipation, for Bob and I to spend more time together; to do things and go places we've put off over the years, especially since living in Louisiana where we've had no family to keep an eye on the boys if we wanted to go away.
It's a lot to ponder. A lot to look forward to. These are exciting times in the life of my family.
What are your thoughts? Any tips for this soon-to-be empty nester?