Sunday, August 23, 2009

The Empty Nest

Flying home tonight it hits me. I am going home to an empty house. The tears finally come. 

For 23 years I've had children living in my home. For 23 years I have been up every school day making breakfast, praying for my kids, and seeing them off to school. For 23 years I have welcomed them home and listened as they told me about their day. For 23 years. Half my life. And I have loved every minute of it! I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to be a stay-at-home mom! 

Tomorrow I won't be getting up to see anyone off to school. But as they begin their days on their own, I will be up praying for them, just like every other morning of their lives. What a privilege and an honor to be their mother! Thank you God!

I did tell Ashley to take her picture for me on her first day of classes at OU! 

Here are a few pictures of our adventures the last few days:

Ashley and her roommate, Samantha

Chris and Jaime's wedding

Hanging out with my brothers

Hanging out in Silverlake with David and friends

Empty nesters!

Monday morning begins the clear liquid diet and colon prep!  Promises to be an awesome day!


  1. I'm not an empty nester yet... but, putting Tiffany into a college apartment and driving away choked me up sooooooo much. I was not prepared for how I would feel.

    I love the pictures you posted!!!! Your so pretty! Fresh as a daisy in the Summer! :)

    I pray today is effortless for you and that the liquid goes down effortless. May you have such a deep and knowing peace that your feet are light on air and your heart full of joy!

    Love, Hugs and another Hug! Libby

  2. Thinking of you today and all week.

  3. Praying for you, Laura!
    We are empty nesters too! Seems unreal sometimes, but it is a good kind of fun! And they always come back and bring people, dogs, kids with them!!!!

  4. Hi Laura...praying for you and your family as you start the next step of your recovery. Praying for a quick and total recovery with as little discomfort as possible, you are in my thoughts and in my heart...with much love!
    Vickie D

  5. A beautiful post, Laura. Those are 23 worthwhile years.