Thursday, July 1, 2010

INDEPENDENT

"Celebrate all that you have done to become independent and strong."

During the month of July we think about and observe the independence of the United States.  There are celebrations of every kind from church pancake breakfasts to evening fireworks.

As a mother, I think about a different kind of independence.  The independence of youth growing up...

It's not just the independence of my children; I think about the independence from my children.  It's kind of painful. :)

Evan was gone at Youth Conference and then Scout Camp for 10 days.

Aislyn left yesterday to spend three weeks in Utah with her Aunts and Uncles and Cousins.  I was so anxious about her leaving that I asked her at least a dozen times about various items that should have packed.  I needed to make sure that she had enough clothes; hygiene and money before she left.  I made sure that her purse was stocked and that her phone had family phone numbers.

Allisa is spending Thursdays each week helping out one of the sisters in a ward tend to a small baby.

This leaves me alone in the house with Victor (a foreshadowing of being empty nesters)... I don't know what I think about that yet... :)

3 comments:

shydandelion said...

Oh, you'll have fun, but by the end of the summer you will be so glad to have all your babies back again!

Katscratchme said...

When did Aislyn get so freaking tall? And when did she get her hair out of her face?

Trillium said...

When you were in HS, I sat down one day and mapped out on paper the "emptying of the nest." It was phenomenal to anticipate the launching of 7 ducklings. When it began to happen, it was a bit sad for me....