Empty Nest

Empty Nest

I’ve always thought that after raising four children that I’d look forward to the peace and quiet of having an “empty nest” some day. But I realize that with that empty nest comes the loss of company, conversations and companionship with my adult children.  Thus, empty nest equals emptiness.

My two oldest sons have moved on to bigger and better things. My oldest son Dominic was recently blessed with the grace to follow his dream by securing new employment and residence in the state of Texas. My next oldest son Scott also was blessed to have found a new job and has recently moved out of our house and into his new home.

We do still have two children who live at home. But with the older two gone, I’m already feeling a void. Up until Dominic moved away, we normally had family dinner together on Sunday evenings. And now those family dinners will be very few and far between.

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, my praise and thanks to God will be for all the good graces he has showered upon my family. But mostly, I thank Him every day for the gift of each other. Whether near or far, we are family. The emptiness may be felt at home, but certainly not in my heart.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

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About the Author

Sharon Lape is both the permissions manager and the editorial assistant in the periodicals department at Franciscan Media. She also researches and provides content for the popular Minute Meditations feature. Sharon is a wife and a mother of four children.
 
 
 
  • Kristen Elizabeth Wolber

    Awe! We miss you guys. Need to plan a dinner some night!

  • bookluver321

    I completely understand what you are going through. It is not fun sometimes watching your children grow up and leave. It is exciting to see them do nice things with their lives, but you always miss them. I wanted to suggest to you a great book written by Christian author, Johann Christoph Arnold titled, “Rich in Years” http://www.richinyears.com. He has a lot of great advice for empty nesters. It is nice to get advice from someone who is on the same journey and talks candidly about his own struggles with this next phase of life!

    • Lance Henley

      Yes, that can be difficult, but in my case my wife and I were able to enjoy more time together, and so this has been a good process for us. Thanks for suggesting Rich in Years. I will be checking that one out.