I think I’m coming to grips with this empty nest thing. Oh, there are times when I ache from missing my two out of state offspring but something very nice is happening. I’m re-discovering that I really like my husband – a lot!
We were married five years before our first child was born. During those five years we worked, traveled, and attended a lot of football games. We enjoyed those years of just the two of us. But, we knew we wanted a family.
The children came and with that so many changes – good changes, but changes nonetheless. It has been a long time but I can remember those full, busy days and how my marriage was stretched and altered. Made better in many ways but made different.
I believe that through love and patience, God blessed my marriage. This is a big thing. Just a few years ago, I was convinced that the only one in my family who truly loved me was my dog! I was patient in my love and commitment and now I am reaping some of the rewards.
It is almost like my husband and I have gone back to our dating years. I want to be with him -even though the overlapping of the various sports seasons tests that. He is the first person I call when I have something important to share. We can be spontaneous in our activities – cereal for dinner? sure! The movies on a Tuesday night? Absolutely. Heading down to the beach at 10 p.m. Why not!
I am often wistful about the years I had little ones at home. I do miss them. But, I’m so thankful for the experience. I am also grateful that I have someone with whom I can share this empty nest.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Love is patient . . .
1 Corinthians 13:4