Everyone has their legacy. Our family is ours. And the memories and lessons from our days together are just too precious and important to risk losing to the past. So fingers to keyboard and off we go!
But first – some thoughts from about 10 years ago when the last child was leaving home.
I am entering the “empty nest” stage of my life kicking and screaming. Can I back up, just a few years please, to when my kids were little, and making me crazy, and I didn’t think they’d ever grow up. Those days seemed endless with piles of laundry, fingerprints on the walls, lunch bags to fill, teacher conferences and lessons and games to go to. Now suddenly, they are coming to a screeching halt, and the thought of it causes me to gasp for air. How can all those years that loomed ahead of me, suddenly be behind me? How is it possible that my precious little babies now have precious little babies of their own? Is there life after children? I am about to find out, and I don’t know if I am ready for the answer.
Turns out life after children means (quite unexpectedly) life with more children! We are a multigenerational family now. Mom, dad, daughter, son-in-law, 4 grandchildren, 1 house, 4 bedrooms, a dog and an unshakable faith in God. And then there’s the rest of the family, though not under our roof, they take up every bit as much space in our hearts. Who could want for anything more?