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
4 thoughts on “Love and the Empty Nest”
Thanks for sharing your empty nest experience. You expressed so beautifully how God guides us through the various seasons of our lives if we trust Him. We praise Him in all seasons for His unfailing love and look forward to eternity.
LikeLiked by 1 person
Kim, you amaze me in so many ways. You truly have a God given gift of words. I just read your blog to Lawrence and there are so many beautiful & deep emotions you share in such a lovely and transparent way! I am so glad you & Jim are enjoying this season…it truly is a good season for many reasons.
Kim, I understand how you feel because I feel exactly the same way! I have loved being a Mom and still do, but with both of us putting God first and each other next, there is new life after the empty nest. What a healthy thing for our grown children to see. It is so easy to put the kids first when they are small and depend on us for everything. God bless you and I love the way you express yourself. Happy Valentine’s Day!