Hello everyone! I’m back after a month off to concentrate on family. It’s been an emotional roller coaster of changes!
What I’m experiencing I guess, is called the “empty nest syndrome”….. “It” actually has a name!…. and in the dictionary, syndrome means “condition” or “disorder”. There are forums, discussions, blogs, books, tapes, counselors, articles and websites completely devoted to this topic. I only know it hurts my heart.
“It” is an inevitable event in every Mom’s life. From the moment your children are born you know the day is coming. For the first 5 or 10 years we are in complete denial. “I’ve got years to think about THAT!” Then your little ones start school and you throw yourself into school activities, celebrations, holidays, sports, and all the amazing milestones. Then in junior high you realize, the years are FLYING! Next thing you know, you are taking them to have their senior pictures taken and buying a cap and gown. Boom! You’re out of a job!!
We plan for it, schedule everything around it, and yearn for it! Our kids are out of school and that means a break from clubs and sports and school project deadlines! No lunches to pack, carpooling, or meetings to attend. It’s a time when YOU get to decide what, when and where your family will be!
One of the best ways to spend some of those lazy, hazy, crazy summer days is to stick your head in the clouds and DREAM! Plan a picnic at the beach, at the park or in your backyard. Spread out a big blanket in the grass, have everyone lie down looking up at the sky and DREAM together! Start a conversation about what their dreams are for the next year.
I’m not a Mom who can’t wait for their kids to go off to college or move out so they can turn their bedroom into a sewing room.
I love the noise and all the activity and the full dinner table. I really don’t mind sewing on a card table in the corner of my bedroom!
My youngest is away at camp this week. It’s his last camp…. He graduated from high school last month and he heads off to boot camp in the Marines at the end of August so this is his last hurrah. I’m thinking this is God’s way of preparing me, bit by bit, for the REAL empty nest that is coming my way! I’m still processing it all and believe me, it’s really, really hard!
We’ve all heard the story of “City Mouse – Country Mouse” and we all identify with one of them. For me, it’s the country mouse.
I love the city for an evening or a weekend, shopping and restaurants, but for vacations give me the country. I crave mountains and rivers, lakes and forests. It’s where I prefer to live too.
But the best experiences as a kid traveling with my family, and as a parent with my own kids, were the family camping trips. We’ve been camping with our boys since before they could walk and we all LOVE it!
We’ve owned big tents, a tent trailer, rented and owned motor homes and everything in between, Cabins, yurts, lake houses, and guest cottages. Even though we have now “graduated” to motor homes and 5th wheels, no longer wanting to sleep on the ground, our fondest memories are of the tent camping trips. We don’t “rough it” in that we never sleep “on the ground”, (we have blow up beds) and we don’t camp when it’s bad weather or in spots that you hike into. We pretty much stay in national parks and RV parks and we have a lot of creature comforts.