Wednesday, September 10, 2014

New Routines, New Challenges

The sun ALWAYS rises!
We've settled in to a life of three. It's pretty good! I miss my boys, but life with one daughter is still plentiful with laughter, drama, and activity. My husband is adjusting to, as he puts it, "life with my girls". Our daughter has stepped into high school with relative ease. Her workload is slowly increasing and she's taking steps to keep balance. I'm quite proud of her for that, just recently she turned away from taking on an new commitment (that she really wanted to do) because she decided it would compromise her other responsibilities.

My husband and I are settling in to our new routines and trying to make sure we don't lose each other in the shuffling. My evening class two nights a week, his radio show, Girl Scouts, men's breakfast group, church, work, our days are full but not crowded.

Our lives are good, and yet I find myself feeling unsettled. Perhaps it's all the ISIS activity, or the Ferguson, MO mess, or the missing Appalachian student from our area, or the economy that just seems to be stagnant, or the polarization of the country on just about any subject (race, politics, Walmart, Chick-Fil-A, religion, gay marriage, healthcare, Taylor Swift). Perhaps it's the subject of my personal narrative paper in my English class, the death of my mother six years ago.  I think most likely it is the blending of all of these things. Sometimes life just feels heavy.

The good news is, life goes on and from past experience I know this too shall pass. My coffee is refreshing, the weather is starting to give us hopeful peeks at cooler weather, the leaves will soon start changing color, and my husband and I will be able to agree on a destination for our overdue 25th wedding anniversary trip.

Things are looking up already.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Transition ALMOST Complete

14 years ago
Part 2 of our big life transition is complete. Last week our eldest moved back to school (which was kinda weird because now that he has a car we had nothing to do with his move), actually he transferred to a different school so it was a big change for him too. He is now going to a school in town but we are pretending he is still three hours away.

This morning our daughter will begin high school (not our baby!) and tonight I start class (I am taking English 101).

The magnitude of changing from a 5 person household to a 3 person household is just starting sink in. Shopping at Costco, the grocery store list, the empty basement, the reduction in trash, the sharing of chores; everything is affected.

All we have left to do now is settle into our new routines. It is different, but it's going to be great.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Life Change 2014: Phase 1 Complete

The first piece of the transition is complete. This past weekend we moved our middle child into college and celebrated his 18th birthday. It was a two day affair as move in was Friday but his birthday was Saturday and this mom wasn't about to not be with him on his 18th. It turned out well and there were minimal tears at our parting.

This week we will see our oldest off to college, but for the first time he's taking himself - no parents needed. That feels very strange, haven't exactly figured out when we'll "say goodbye" as he'll probably leave while we are both at work. We won't move him in, or see his room, or get him settled in, at 21 he doesn't need us that way anymore.

Next week our youngest will start high school and get braces (she's made a checklist of forbidden foods that she's eating this week). I will start attending the English class I am enrolled in.

While I have continued to walk during this summer, my first goal is to stop the stress eating I have indulged in. I've added on weight and I'm ready to take it back off. Secondly I hope to increase my walking which will be tricky with our new school schedules - but that's okay, I'm up for a challenge.

I'm glad life transitions come in phases, that's what makes it doable. I'm looking forward to finding out what my "new normal" is going to look like.
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