Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Babies, senior exams and empty nest

     The  month of May has brought many changes to my life: My daughter moved to a different city to study (but just for the spring semester), my niece had a new baby, my seniors are hopefully all graduating, and my house is really quiet!
     My daughter moving away for two months has definitely made me re-think about my life. What do I want to do this coming year when I don't need to go home and make dinner? When the amount of laundry is minimal and even the bathroom stays cleaner a lot longer? Should I start a new hobby? Maybe, but which one? Should I get more involved in my church? Join a singles club? Or maybe I should go back to school?? So many decisions to make--maybe I just need to spend some time in prayer before I embark on this new road of freedom...
     One of the joys I had was to go from mammogram to holding a newborn baby! First were the good news from the mammogram, and then finding out that just around the corner, in a different hospital building, my niece had had her baby! I got to cuddle and hold baby Selah! What a great way to end that week!
     I am totally avoiding writing the senior exams :-) (Well, at least for a few more minutes.) But there is much to rejoice as well! I teach English Language Learners who struggle with their content area classes in high school. For them, senior exams are hard. We have been working really hard, but some mistakes and occasional lazy-bug ailments are affecting the students grades. For some of them, graduating is on the line. For others, the exams means getting a better grade in a class, which in return will mean an increased GPA. Three more days to go!
     So, I play music, write my exams and go home to a quiet house! Tonight the quietness will be welcomed! Tomorrow, I might have a different opinion. Maybe a dinner with neighbors??? or co-worker?? And then comes the surprise text from my daughter. "Mom, loveee you!" Maybe I will go and select new paint for my bedroom walls.....something cheery but calm at the same time. Any suggestions?


  1. So many options, but it's nice to have them. Aren't those surprise texts the sunshine of a day? As for color, I'm partial to sage green. Have a great finish to your year.

  2. Facing the empty nest, too...my youngest daughter will head off to college in August. Of course she is excited, can't wait, and i am excited for her, but I really could wait! I like the way you are thinking of what new things you might do now...a good way to approach the transition.

    As for paint color, I like a color that invites the light in...

  3. You look to see the good in everything you "do" in this post. THe empty nest is not all that bad...but is does force you to rethink your days and evenings. I went back to school as my "nest" emptied. I didn't even notice for a while!

  4. My oldest son is heading to junior college this fall, and my younger son will graduate and move on next spring. It's strange to think, after all these years, that I will not have responsibilities at home, football practices, etc., etc. I, too, am spending time in prayer trying to figure out next steps…

  5. I enjoyed being in on your thought process. The way you asked questions and proposed projects for your changing life. Prayer, for me, is always a good place to start and end!

  6. I love how you are capturing a transition in life -- the in between...it'll be interesting to read your posts in a month or two and see where this new road leads.

    And as for paint...I believe you can never go wrong with grey. ;)


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