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My Nest is Empty

Last week we moved our youngest into her dorm room at the University of Texas at Dallas.  We are officially EMPTY NESTERS!!  Wow!!  I can’t believe this day has come so quickly.  Sooooo, now what?  I have been a stay-at-home mom for over 22 years!!

Pondering this question, I came up with many things.  Reconnecting at a deeper level with Dan, my hubby of almost 24 years.  Digging in and getting serious about my new business venture that has really been more of a hobby for the last two years.  Cleaning up and cleaning out our house. (I kind of feel like I am nesting, not unnesting.  Yes, I am calling that a word!)  Making ME a priority!  And I thought I would give this blog thing a try.

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Let me first say, I am not a writer.  Math and science was always my jam!!  🙂  I am also not a college grad, so my vocabulary will not wow you.  I hope we can just connect on a real, vulnerable level and share life.

My hope is to share some love and lessons learned (most of which I learned from my kids) leading up to my empty nest and maybe touch a heart or encourage a struggling mom.  Let’s face it!  Mom life is tough!  I wouldn’t trade a minute of it, but it’s tough.  We put our lives on hold.  We put our bladders on hold.  We put a shower on hold.  Many of us put our careers on hold.  We can’t use the potty without knocks on the door or fingers reaching under the door.  We make decisions and pray they were the right ones.  We do the best we can and hope that with God’s grace our little nestlings will one day spread their wings and soar with the eagles.

I also hope to learn how to do this empty nest thing and share what I learn along the way.  I hope that you will engage with me and share your best tips and suggestions as well.  Let’s do this!!

Since I absolutely LOVE my essential oils, I will also share an oily tip or recipe with each post…..because, well they have literally changed my life!  That being said, the oil of the post today is Release.  Why Release?  Because I just dropped off my baby and I am now an empty nester.  Waaaaaahhh!

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Courage

This quote really spoke to me today.  First, because I thought of all the people fighting to rebuild after Hurricane Harvey stole from them.  He took so much from so many of my friends and neighbors here in Texas.  He took possessions.  He took homes.  He took the feeling of security.  He took lives.  It breaks my heart that so many lost so much.  But this tragedy is about so much more than that!  It is about courage.  The courage of those who came from near and far to help.  The courage of the families who walked away from everything they owned.  The courage of those who opened their homes to strangers.  The courage of those who let go of their ego to ask for help.  My heart aches and rejoices at the same time.  Weird how that can happen.

After shedding another tear or two for the hurricane victims, I started thinking about all the things in life that take great courage and how much we would miss out on if we just played it safe.  Don’t play small!  Have courage!

Courage to start kindergarten.  Courage to ask someone to play with you.  Courage to ask for help.  Courage to say “I don’t understand”.  Courage to admit you were wrong. Courage to ask for forgiveness. Courage to forgive.  Courage to be kind.  Courage to sit with the special needs child.  Courage to sing or dance.  Courage to invite.  Courage to share your faith.  Courage to ask for that first date.  Courage to not cave in to peer pressure.  Courage to do the right thing. Courage to hold your friend’s feet to the fire when they do the wrong thing.  Courage to love.  Courage to leave. Courage to marry. Courage to bring children into the world. Courage to be yourself.  Courage to tell the truth.  Courage to let go.  Courage to never let go.

Let’s try again tomorrow.  Let’s be courageous!!