60. A Happy Family to Miss

My youngest son just finished college, so I’ve been having some Empty Nest Blues.

This is on top of being divorced, so it hits a little hard that my nest is well and truly empty.

However — Even if I were still married — kids grow up.  This is a good thing!

I am incredibly proud of both my kids.

Yes, I look back fondly on those wonderful times when they were toddlers and young kids, soaking up learning.  We got to be a young family living in Europe.  We got to visit castles, go hiking regularly on our “mountain,” play games together, see sights of Europe.  Although my marriage ended badly, I have experienced being loved by a spouse deeply and truly.  (For awhile, anyway!)

We weren’t perfect young parents, and every moment was definitely not idyllic.  But we had some tremendously happy times together — and I think my kids are among the most wonderful people God has ever created.  I’m so glad their youth was entrusted into my care.

So yes, even if I were still happily married, this day would still have come.  My kids are launching out into the world, and I’m so proud of them!

And I miss them — and I’m glad I do.  And I’m thankful for precious memories, which I will always cherish.

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