|Me and my honey, sitting on the beach in Carmel, CA|
So maybe the title of the blog should change but there are things to talk about being a parent of 3 adults, right?
My kids. There is soooooo much love and pride I have for these guys, I might explode. My older 2 have finished college and are officially employed in their first "career" jobs and my youngest is trekking through Jr. College like a champ, juggling work and school.
Now, instead of parenting, it's more like, "I'm here if you have questions or wanna talk!". The unsaid is "I have SOOOO many thoughts, opinions, love and life-wisdom to offer if you want to hear them." Mostly they don't but I love it when they do. :)
AND, we're also loving the time we have as a couple...just us. Dating each other, going on trips together; getting a glimpse of what life will be like when we're empty-nesters and realizing we love each other more than ever. We have our ups and downs but the roots of our 28-year marriage go VERY deep.
We believe that God has good things for us.
Jeremiah 29:11 says, "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
Man, what a promise!
With my mom's passing from cancer back in December, it really reset how I see things. I had been exhausted with life and the busyness of it all and when my mom was gone, I was newly able to prioritize things with ease, knowing how short life is and what REALLY matters.
This new season we're entering will be a ride! Kids moving out, my dad moving in, finding time to visit my grandmother in the nursing home, serving at church, working full time, nurturing friendships, finding time to exercise and eat right, etc. etc.
It sounds like a lot BUT the daily prioritization of things is a must. Choose what you put your hand to. People are what matter. How we treat others, love them, care for them and impact their life is what matters to me. All the other things are nice but not necessary.
|Me and my 18 year old Emma in Hawaii in August|
|Taking my dad on his first trip to IKEA|
|Celebrating my grandmother's 95th birthday this past July.|
|Wine tasting with my 24 year old son, Ben.|
|Celebrating my 22 year old daughter, Natalie finishing school.|