I thought that once my kids were grown I'd be able to let go of them easily, and to get on with my own life. Boy, was I wrong.
My oldest son called last Friday to tell me that they are moving about 1.5 hours away. They have lived just 20 minutes from us for the last 5 years. I have kind of been expecting this news. My son is starting a new job down that way and I knew he wouldn't want to be commuting 3 hours each day. My daughter-in-law's parents live in the town where they are moving. It will be nice for her to be closer to her parents. Still, I am so sad about their move. I will miss them - I will miss having my grandchildren just stop by for a visit. I will miss being able to run over to their house to see them or babysit after work. I know that God is leading them but it doesn't make me any less sad.
Today my daughter is moving to a house nearer college. I am so happy that she will not have to drive 45 minutes each way to school, especially with winter coming. But I am sad because she won't be around home- even though she most often came home when I was going to bed.
I am glad that my kids are growing up and away from us. I know that they have a solid relationship with Jesus Christ, and He will watch over them. I have done my job as a mom, and my kids are ready to be on their own. However, I find that I may not be as ready to be on my own as I thought. Thankfully, Jesus is with me too. I will just have to wait and watch for what He has planned for this new season in my life.