It has been the year of changes here. At least changes in family size. When the year started I had 4 children living at home. Leanne left in February to go and teach once again South Korea. And at the beginning of August we helped Sierra pack her belonging and move into town. She has a great head on her and is very responsible, has a great apartment that she is sharing with a girl friend. She could not have been more excited for this first step in life. And we were happy for her. Her apartment is in a good area, her friend is a very nice girl and it is a good and positive step for her.
The house does seem a bit empty without her. She always has an upbeat attitude, the glass is always half full, she has a smile that does not stop and a sense of humor that has me smiling and laughing often. I do miss that on a daily basis. But she is pretty close to home and comes by frequently and we talk, and message each other all the time. But I hear the silence now that she is gone.
I always look at these changes from the most positive light possible. We raise our children to be independent thinkers and follow their dreams. And it can be a bit shocking (especially with the first child!) when they do just that! ~smile~ One thing I've learned as I've seen my children, one by one, take this first step.. it is emotional at first, but as time goes on, I adjust to the new normal and I actually like it. The changes for me: less to clean and care for, less food to cook, less dishes to wash, less laundry, etc.. and a new peek into life that has a bit more freedom and time for hubby and me.
And I do believe my son Jacob will also be moving out in a month or so. He has been accepted into a web/software developing program in the city. He would like to move closer to the school due to the commute. It would mean driving through downtown rush hour traffic in the morning and evening, making it a 2 hour commute each direction. I'm excited for his future! I'm also looking at just 1 more child in the house. It will mean (after he moves) in 33 years we have gone from 1 child, to 8 and now to 1. Time marches on!