Happy Sunday, friends! I don’t have a lot of time to chat this morning, but I skipped Coffee Talk last week, and quite a few of you reach out to see if we were okay, so I didn’t dare skip it again. Kidding… I know y’all understand that it doesn’t always work out.
There are some days that I sit down here, and I just don’t have much to say. Or whatever is on my mind are things I can’t really share publicly. The older the kids get, the more I feel that way. There is plenty going on, but not a whole lot I feel comfortable talking about. That doesn’t even mean those things are bad or stressful… although sometimes they are… but more often it’s just life stuff that isn’t really my business to plaster all over the World Wide Web.
On the other hand, I know a lot of women reading along are at a similar stage of life and are dealing with many of the same issues, and it’s a shame we can’t talk more about it. I guess that’s why it’s important to have close friends in “real life” who can commiserate and support one another.
I got together for dinner with a few of those friends last night, and it was definitely food for soul. Plus, we haven’t had much of a social life lately with Paul recovering from abdominal surgery, so it was just nice to get dressed up and go out.
He is doing fine, and I appreciate all of the comments and emails, checking in on him and letting us know that you’re praying. It’s just a long, slow process to heal from this surgery. We knew to expect it, but it’s still kind of a drag. We’re both looking forward to him getting back to normal in a few weeks.
Everyone else is doing well. Caroline is enjoying college life, and it sounds like she’s found her people. Getting used to being in a classroom after doing cyber school for the past five years is challenging, but all in all, she’s doing great and I’m so happy for her.
Becca is having a blast doing all the high school marching band events that she missed out on last year. I’ve never seen her so excited about anything, and that’s saying something. She gets excited pretty easily, ha! And David seems to be enjoying getting back into a routine with college classes and his part-time job, plus he has a great group of friends, so he stays busy.
I’m so grateful and happy to see everyone getting back to some semblance of normal after a year and a half of upheaval and uncertainty. I know we aren’t out of the woods yet with this pandemic, but I guess we’re learning to live with it.
And Paul and I are realizing that while we still have two kids living at home, we’re suddenly starting feel like empty nesters. It’s strange because our kids are three years apart in age, so major milestones like this are often spaced out nicely. But then Covid happened, and everyone came back home to roost for a year and a half, and now suddenly they’re all leaving at once… or at least getting so busy that they’re hardly here.
It’s strange and yet not so terrible. I’m just happy that they’re happy, and I’ve always had my own friends and this blog, so I don’t feel at a loss for what to do with myself. And really, even though they’re gone a lot, they’re still pretty needy… just in more grownup ways.
I’m learning through my own personal experience and from my friends with older kids who are walking ahead of me in this parenting journey that you never stop parenting. In fact, parenting often seems a lot more stressful now than it did when they were younger. Go figure!
Many are you reading along are older than me, and I’m sure you’re thinking: Yeah, I could have told you that. But it’s sort of a new revelation to me.
On that note, I better get off the computer and get myself ready for the day. I’m actually going to be traveling this week, so I need to pack and get things tidied up around here.
I hope you have a restful and very blessed Sunday!