Thoughts from a Soon-to-Be Empty Nester

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Feeling very melancholy tonight.

In just a few months, I will be an empty nester. How did this time get here so fast? On one hand, I am looking forward to doing things that I have always wanted, but never felt like I had the time to do. But on the other hand, I am anxious. This is it!

My “one word” for this year is FORWARD. As both of my kids began their senior years of high school and college, I spent some time looking BACK. I questioned myself…..

Have I taught them enough in order for them to be a successful and mature adult?

Have I done all that I could to insure that they will choose to be a life-long follower of Christ?

Have I been a good enough Christian example?

Have I shown them how to love and treat others?

Did I make the right decisions regarding rules and discipline?

Was I too lenient?

Too strict?

Too protective?

Too unconnected?

The answer is “I truly do not know”.

What’s done is done. Good or bad.

I can’t go back and change things that I said or did not say or things I did or did not do. Yes, I have regrets. When your children are born, God doesn’t give you a manual that tells you what that child’s personality and needs are going to be. So, you just learn as you go.

But, I do have lots of times that I can look back upon and believe that I made the right choice, said the right thing, decided to let something go because I wanted to choose my battles–the important ones.

Getting to be Katie and Zach’s mom is the greatest blessing I have ever been given. They are my greatest accomplishment. I pray that I will leave a legacy that they will be proud to follow.

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