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My Children Are Grown...UnBeLiEvAbLe!!!

Summer is officially winding down - school has started.  For the first time in 22 years, I do not have a child beginning a new school year!  It's such a bittersweet feeling because part of me still feels like they're "my babies".....

But, I am so thankful that my children have grown up and are now productive adults.  They are entering new chapters in each of their lives....

Sam, who graduated from high school in June, is working as an electrician's apprentice.  He started talking months ago about a career as an electrician.  This evening he shared with us over dinner how exciting it has been to learn so much since he started working.  He now truly knows this is what he wants to do and is making plans to get the training and experience he needs to make it happen and eventually be a master electrician and contractor.  Way to go, Sam!!!

Ben, after three majors in three years of college, begins his new job at Blue Cross Blue Shield on Monday.  He is eager to get working - I think he has truly grown weary of just "hanging out" and being a broke student all the time.  He is very motivated to get moving and start making some money so he and Sam can get their own place.  Way to go, Ben!!!

Bonnie is truly on her own now.  Her divorce was final a couple of weeks ago.  She and the kids are all settled in their new apartment and she's gotten them started on a new school year.  She is a very strong person and a great little mother and I know they are going to do just fine.  Way to go, Bonnie!!!

Yes, it's kinda wierd to have grown children.  But, it's also kinda nice.  Now that they are adults, it is so pleasant to just spend time with them, talking and visiting, laughing and hanging out.  It's a shift in the dynamic of our relationship, but a part of the natural progression of parenthood.  Yes, I still occasionally feel the need to "parent" and get my two cents in.  And, thank God, they still ask for my advice - probably more now than ever!  I love this place we are in our lives, even as I miss those days of wiping snotty noses and hearing the pitter patter of little feet way too early on Saturday mornings. 

I'm thankful for my children, just as I have been at every stage of their lives.  They are truly a blessing to me!

If your kids are near to you today, give them an extra hug.  If they are not, say an extra prayer for them and pick up the phone and call to let them know you love 'em.   



  1. Oh I love this post! Your children are just beautiful and see like great kids. I truly believe it is because they have great parents! You look fabulous by the way!!!!

  2. Hi Jane
    I'm Claudie from Ontario, Canada
    I came from sweet Kim's blog.
    I see you are also where I am today. No school buses, no lunches, no waking up early to make sure the boys are up...It's been 21 years, and now it's over. I'm actually happy about it, really.
    Your children are beautiful, and so are you : )
    Have a great Sept.
    Love Claudie

  3. Thank you, Claudie, for stopping by and leaving such a sweet comment! Yes, having no kids in school is bittersweet, but I'm looking forward to enjoying it just the same. Hope you will visit again soon! ~ Jane


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