Right now I am in the business of dropping off my big girls at college.
And it is weird because as any parent knows who has gone through this, it is a rollercoaster. I love that they will be together on this island, but how am I going to be able to leave them? Lots of thoughts about that, but for a second let’s go back home where we have two little girls left.
We got a taste for the two-kid thing last month while Grace was already gone.
This is how Family Home Evening looked:
Look at all those gaping spots just crying out for someone to fill them!
We sure are enjoying those little girls, I have to say. I do love watching the oldest-at-home fill the role as “oldest” and to watch them shine in that new capacity, and love watching the relationships shift here and there in a beautiful way. We have missed those big kids like nobody’s business, it is true, but there is something about the simplicity of having just two that is sometimes kind of awesome. Maybe I’m just telling myself that to cheer myself up, but Dave came in the kitchen the other night as I was making dinner and whispered in my ear that he kinda likes this. The kitchen stays cleaner, there are only two kids to wrangle home at the end of the evening, two kids to get where they need to be and help maneuver through life. (And also WAY tougher, for some reason, to figure out a good time for family devotional…but that’s a post for another day.)
At least we have Bo.
Yes, definitely trying to make myself feel better. Ha!
Anyway, a couple Sundays ago we gathered those two last girls of ours and Dave gave them a Father’s blessing. And he gave me one too. That is always one of my favorite parts of the new school year.
It’s going to be a good year for these two, I can just kind of feel it in my bones.
I love your new format! I was wondering where you got the chess set from? My boys would love that
Would love to hear about how you offset carbon emissions from your family’s extensive travel!
Hi Kate, I’d love to know what you do to offset all the criticisms you dish out into the world?
That was not criticism, but an earnest question, as I am looking into making a change on this front myself. If you have any suggestions that are actually responsive to my question, do feel free to chime in further! Cheers.
Most sincere apologies, Kate. I had never commented before my response above, but at times have felt bad I haven’t come to Shawni’s defense. I sensed criticism from you in error. I am sorry. I don’t have suggestions for you other than that I do believe there has to be a balanaced approach while searching to lighten one’s carbon footprint. Best wishes and kind regards to you!
Love the new format!!!
Awh, this gives me hope. I have 5 little ones and it can be so tough sometimes. There is light at the end of the tunnel I see.
Enjoy this new phase in your life. Your blog is a gentle reminder I’m not the only one going through these new phases, new chapters, new ebbs and flows. Hoping you enjoy the quieter times, as soon enough, the house will be full again. Loving your new format. Cheers and joy!
I would also love to hear a response to Kate’s thoughtful question. Thanks Shawni!