365 Days if Gratitude – Day 235: Master packers

Micah and Bruce getting all of the stuff into the vehicles

Today was a big day for us.  Our last child, Micah, moved into the dorm at the University of South Dakota.  I truly can’t believe it.  He has helped move all of his siblings into various dorms and apartments over the years and today was his turn.  I’m very excited for him but feeling a bit sad myself.  I am so grateful for what a wonderful son Micah is and for this new adventure for him.  I am going to give myself some time to adjust, though.  We have been raising children for over 31 years and I’m feeling a bit lost.

What are you grateful for today?

15 Responses to 365 Days if Gratitude – Day 235: Master packers

  1. Kathleen says:

    Awww. How wonderful for Micah! I”m sure it is such a huge adjustment ~ will be finding out for myself before I know it. What wonderful parents you and Bruce are to have raised 5 children who are so very ready to go out into the world and do their own amazing things!

    Today I am grateful that my son has such great friends. We took some of them on the boat today ~ last hurrah before school starts and they are such nice kids. Good friends are such a blessing and I’m so glad he is so very blessed.

  2. What a wonderful experience, Elizabeth! With 3 boys myself, being 2 of them twins, I always wonder how the transition will be.
    You are so correct in taking the time to adjust to the change and to be ready to continue to provide support when they need it.
    I am so grateful for the move to CA, for our life together here and all the beauty in our lives!

  3. I do so understand that strange feeling when your youngest leaves the nest. My youngest went to college for the first time last year, and the house felt so empty (and clean!!) While I missed her terribly, it was nice for the first time in 23 years to only think about myself and my own schedule, and to have some much-needed couple time with my wonderful husband. Yet – they always come home again, don’t they? My youngest spent the summer at home, and had to leave for school a day early yesterday due to the impending hurricane here in RI. Even though I thought I was ready, I still had that same empty feeling when she left! As much as I enjoy my life now, it’s hard to change the habits of “mom-hood” overnight!

  4. Ola says:

    Yes, the transition is hard – on us the parents and, most often, also on the children. Yes, we’ve spent x number of years preparing them for just such an occasion, the actual living through it is still a hard journey. It’s doable, y’all! And, yes, most often they do come back “home” at some point, for some length of time – everyone is different of course, but it’s such a big blessing to see them “coming out the other side” as wonderful, gifted, beautiful, handsome, talented, well-rounded (young-ish) adults. The things we did and said are inside them and will be appreciated then. They do come to understand in their own way, all that we shared with them.
    I am and will be eternally grateful for my own two fabulous children – now 31 and 33. Sometimes I wondered, and now I know. It’s all good! Thank you, God.

  5. Laura Deter says:

    Hi Elizabeth – my husband and I took our last child and only daughter to college a few weeks ago. Her brother also moved farther away since he finished college and got a job. It was a hectic summer full of transitions.
    I, too, will need time to adjust. She went farther away than her brothers which also made it harder. I have tears coming up as I type this. I know she’s ready – there were times in the past year that I felt ready for her to go. I’ve spent the past 25 years focused on the 3 kids and sometimes used them as an excuse not to work in my bome-based business. Another adjustment!
    I’m letting myself feel sad when I walk by her clean room and giving myself time. I’m back in my office prioritizing and creating a schedule that gives me time for myself, my business, and my husband of 30 years. The opportunities and possibilities are all ahead of me! Lots to do and catch up with after such a busy summer.
    Take care,

  6. Karol H says:

    I think I can relate, Elizabeth. Our daughter went to college and lived at home. She was engaged during this time and planned to marry. We put our makeup on every morning together since we only had one bathroom at that time. The biggest adjustment was dividing up our make up because we were so used to sharing! LOL!!

    She went straight from our house to she and her husband’s house. We so enjoyed the wedding but I knew Monday morning I was going to feel this space. I called two friends and asked them if they wanted to start a book study the next day. I got busy reading and preparing for that. It helped me tremendously!! And like several of you said, it was time to enjoy time with my husband. We came to really treasure this time! Now both our kids are married with children and we look forward to them all coming home to stay with “Grandma and Grandpa!!” Now we have a nice balance of alone time and busy time!!

    I am thankful for both!!

  7. Elizabeth, I’m tearing up and I’ve only been raising children for 25 months 🙂 (sounds better than 2 years)

    Micah is WONDERFUL and that is testament to God, him and your and Bruce’s parenting.

    Did you start your business when he went to school?

  8. PS I don’t even want to think about my two leaving at the same time!

  9. Elizabeth says:

    Thank you for your comments about Micah – I adore him. No, don’t think about your babies leaving – you have plenty of time!

  10. Elizabeth says:

    Thank you, Kathleen!

  11. Elizabeth says:

    Thanks, Helena, and CA does sound like a wonderful place to live.

  12. Elizabeth says:

    Great points, Ola, thank you.

  13. Elizabeth says:

    I hear you, Lisa!

  14. Elizabeth says:

    It’s good you’re giving yourself time, too, Laura. But then let’s get your business growing! This is the perfect time for us to have our best year ever business wise.

  15. Elizabeth says:

    How smart for you to think ahead, Karol!

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