Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Bittersweet

Hello Everyone,

Saturday was a bittersweet day for me.  My youngest child, my son, left home for college in AZ.  I am sooo proud of him.  He graduated High School early in January and is starting college this month!


He and his friend spent several days packing a rental truck to take his belongings and some of ours on the trek.


My husband and son are spending several days crossing the country and having a great time doing so, a true adventure.


I love my son so much and although I am grateful that he is doing so well and ready to begin a new chapter in his life, I truly will miss him coming through that door everyday.


And just like that he is gone.... 

I have had several status updates and they are having a great time on the way out.  At least I know that when he gets there he will be with family.

Not sure I am ready for the empty nest syndrome.  Although my daughter comes home for spring break on Friday, so I don't think I am "officially" an empty nester yet.

Until Next Time...

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22 comments:

Stephanie said...

A whole truck? Our philosophy is if it doesn't fit in the car it doesn't go. :o) My daughter has become THE most efficient packer ever. Best wishes to you son.

Laura said...

Where is he going to school in AZ? I am an ASU grad!

Teresa in Music City said...

Congratulations Mom!!! I remember well when my son left for college and I thought I might never sleep a peaceful night again worried that he would be safe. It didn't take me long to settle in and enjoy seeing him grow into a wonderful man :*) You've done your job in the planting and the cultivating, and now you can watch him bloom!

Fitzy said...

Hopefully he's headed to TUCSON and UofA (sorry Laura). He'll be fine Mom, promise! Ya done good. 8^)

Deb C said...

You both will be fine! Yes, it is hard at first, but to paraphrase Teresa, you've done the planting - it is his time to grow. Be well!

Anya said...

I feel your pain....

Jean Kritenbrink said...

It's hard to see them go, but I'm glad he is doing so well academically and ready to be on this new adventure!

Tina ~ Seaside Stitches said...

The start of a new chapter is always exciting!

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

wow he is bringing a lot - must not be moving into a dorm! family in AZ that is nice. having gone through the empty nest syndrome many years ago I can say it hurts at first and then it is much much better - and then feels normal after awhile

Nedra said...

Glad to know the trip is going OK for them. Weather good?

Dana Gaffney said...

Just remember he's not the only one starting a new adventure. Empty nest is so hard, but it's also a great time to rediscover you.

Glenna @ Hollyhock Quilts said...

Bittersweet is exactly the right word. We raise them right, they leave. You've done a great job.

Lesley said...

I know how this goes...never easy, but we must let them leave the nest. Take care...thank goodness for cell phones and the internet!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

A great big virtual hug Jackie! We raise them to become independent and then what happens? They become independent! Believe me it gets less painful one day at a time. Hang in there.

Kim said...

Life is full of change isn't it?
Good luck to you all adjusting to your changes, with love and support from each other you will all do great. I felt so proud when my kids went off to college, like I had launched them into the world well prepared to take it on!

Good job Mom :0)
Happy Sewing

PamKittyMorning said...

Yikes! Exciting for him, congrats. You will get used to it. I remember the silence. Good luck!

Doris Estela said...

Es un sentimiento muy diverso.
La partida de los hijos, y la felicidad que ellos están experimentando.Hace que las lagrimas nos la guardemos.
feliz semana
beso

Sharon said...

Hi Jackie my heart feels for you....I remember when my son turned 18 and he went off too I did have empty nest for about a year and well it was very hard but all I can say is let yourself feel what you need to feel and then it will be easier to move on. My DH would say how can I fix this for you and the truth of the matter was he could not...but it will be ok you can email me if you want anytime...Hugs to you. Now although I have not done pp I am going to order the one you ust finished the other day anyeay think I can do it....well need to get off now it is thundering here in Chattanooga, Tn....will have to order later....

Jan said...

How exciting. This is definitely a new chapter in each of your lives.
When my oldest left home 25 years ago, we didn't have all the means of communicating that are standard, today. Good luck, you'll be fine.

Mara said...

Congratulations to your son and good luck with the empty nest syndrome.

Thimbleanna said...

Aww, he looks so cute. Congratulations and good luck to all of you!

Helen said...

My youngest son went to Arizona State, and I knew life would change. Turned out that the cooking was the first adjustment. We had the same macaroni casserole for a whole week. We never realized how much he ate!

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