Our nest is empty. But my heart and mind are full.
Full of memories.
Full of laughter and tears.
Full of God’s goodness and grace.
Full of hopes and dreams.
Here are some reflections of a brand new empty nester.
For the last month Katie has been sorting through all her stuff. We’ve been making lists, shopping and packing. I loved being part of that process. It reminded me of the ‘nesting’ feeling I had when I was pregnant. I wanted Katie’s new nest to be well set up.
She packed the car and we made a couple of quick trips to her new place to clean and get organized.
Then she and her Dad packed the trailer.
Our nest was looking pretty empty.
On April 2 we moved her into a 3-bedroom main floor apartment in a house.
I did the Mom things I wanted to do. I cleaned and organized cupboards and set up the kitchen. I ironed and hung curtains. A house looks lived in when there are curtains on the windows.
Katie and her Dad moved furniture, fixed some things and hung pictures. She even set up a fun music room.
Now she can play those drums as loud as she wants!
There was a lovely welcome sign crafted by Katie’s 5-year-old neighbor and a basket of treats, all from the Camp Director and his family.
After some kind words of thanks from Katie and two long lingering hugs – we were on our way.
We’ve dropped Katie off at Galilean dozens of times but this one was different.
This was her new home.
We were leaving her.
The little chickie had a new nest!
It was a quiet ride home, each of us with our own reflective thoughts. We were emotionally fragile.
There were lots of long sighs.
Tears were very near the surface and some did break the surface.
Yet at the same time there was a sense of accomplishment!
For the last 28 years we had deferred to the needs, wants, and schedules of our two children.
We were done with day-to-day parenting.
By God’s grace we had raised two children who were making good choices in life.
What a blessing from God!
The first week of the empty nest we didn’t feel like celebrating.
There was a mix of emotions. We let the sad feelings come.
I guess we did some letting go of the old way of life. It’s too big of a change to not acknowledge it.
At the same time there were feelings of excitement too, Don and I are on our own again.
We feel like honeymooners, but with years of experience loving each other! That’s a very good thing!
This second week of the empty nest we feel more like celebrating. We’re planning a special dinner date.
We are anticipating lots of time at our cottage.
We are setting some new goals and dreaming about this new stage of life!
As I hugged Katie goodbye I said,
‘we are both at a new stage of life. We are ready for adventure and excited to see how our Great God uses us in His ministry.’
TODAY’S little STEP: Embrace every stage of life. Everyday is a gift from God. Live with no regret!