Becoming a Empty Nester is a new experience for my husband Bill and I. Our friends have talked about this season in life. I can truly say that I felt sorry for them, and thought how lonely they must be. All the years of raising children just to see them move out and move on with their lives just left me feeling empty inside, pardon the pun.
When our daughter moved out a couple of years ago, I knew she was going to live close by. We would be able to visit her, there was still a void after she left. Her younger brother was still at home, so the impact of Melinda moving out wasn’t as drastic. Now that our son Ryan has moved out it has been quite the adjustment. To make matters worse he didn’t move around the corner he moved several states away. We were excited to help him relocate to a new home. I really enjoyed helping him get set-up in his new apartment. We were blessed that he had an opportunity to further his career.
When we returned home after helping Ryan with the move we walked into the house for the first time and the emptiness in the house matched the way I felt in my heart. Bill and I were thankful when our dog Molly returned home after being watched by a friend. Molly broke some of that deafening silence that was in the house. Change is never easy even when the change is good.
It has been about a month since the move. I really thought we would be sitting around the house without much to do. This is truly laughable! The Lord has opened up more ministry opportunities for us. Lets just say there hasn’t been a dull moment in our lives. Plus we have had more chances to spend time with friends and we have had guests staying with us. We also we have had more chances to travel out of town.
We both know this change has been good. Our roles as parents have changed and we can give godly advice when we are asked and pray for them daily. They always know that they have our love and support and we are just a phone call away.