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And like that she was moving on

I thought I was ready, but I was wrong, as I sit here listening to albums, trying to hold back the tears.

An old picture of when the children were young
An old picture of when the children were young.

You’re probably thinking I’m insane, I know my husband does, I mean, don’t all parents wait for that day when your children will move out? I know it is a loaded question. I look back at the pictures of when they were young, when they would just out of the blue hug you, run up and say I love you. I still get the hugs and the I love you’s often, but wouldn’t you like to go back and just watch them grow up again? I know I would.


The children sitting on the couch and watching a movie.
Watching a movie together.
The children picking apples.
One of my favourite pictures from when we went apple picking.
A picture of the children walking the dog
A walk in the park with our first dog Sheba.

Is she ready for her new life? I believe she is, we have hopefully given her the right tools, strength, courage, and love to help her make the choices that will bring her happiness.  She can still call me anytime, even in the middle of the night, her bedroom will always be hers even if I use it for the time being as my sewing room.

The eldest in her kayak.
The eldest in her kayak. Ready for anything.


22 Replies to “And like that she was moving on”

  1. I know what you mean, seems like that moment will never come and sometimes you wish some peace and tranquility, but when it comes for good… oh dear, that day emptiness is so noisy!

  2. Oh hugs to you!! You are a good Mama and I’m sure you have given her all the tools she needs to succeed! For the record, I already know I will be a big weeping mess when my babes leave the nest, it’s totally normal!

  3. That empty nest syndrome, comes to us all, Cathy. It’s hard at first, but when you see how your kids are able to make their own way in the world, you’ll be filled with pride. So enjoy the extra space and wait for the visits and phone calls. 🙂

    1. Thankfully the eldest is phoning me daily which is wonderful. Reminds me of when I moved out, I phoned my mother & her mother daily too. I will enjoy having a sewing room again, I can maybe start on baby clothes and cross my fingers.

  4. I guess it’s only natural that we miss them… didn’t they completely take over our lives for the past 20 years or so?
    Be happy that you have given your daughter the confidence to go out into the world and lead her own life… she’s incredible – just like her mum x

  5. Oh gosh, a wave of emotion! Of course she will be fine. I am sure she is very well equipped (with lots of love!) We miss our son terribly, but then he went off overseas to school at the age of 14, so we have kind of got used to not having him around for periods of time… It is hard though. The photos are lovely, so nostalgic!

  6. My heart is with you right now sweetie. It’s so hard because we’re SUPPOSED to look forward to them moving on and our empty nest time and YAY our space is our space again. But the thought of a house empty of people driving me up a wall and making me laugh? Scariest thought there is. *hugs*

  7. I don’t think you’re insane. I feel that way about my nieces and nephews, my girlfriend’s daughters and grandchildren too. That’s why I save so many pictures.

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