Wednesday, July 12, 2017

A View From My Empty Nest

For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.
Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NLT)

Incredibly, my last blog post was two months ago.

It’s been a busy season transitioning to an empty nest. I never before imagined putting the words busy and empty nest together, but busy empty nester describes this season so far.

My youngest child graduated from high school. Two weeks later we drove to the University of Iowa because Division 1 gymnasts train year round. Addison has already started classes and had his first tornado warning. Yes, we drove to Iowa and back, visiting my brother in Indiana and my niece in Rochester.

With my nest empty, I attended a preaching workshop, sold $1100 worth of plants for Amilia’s Light (amiliaslight.org), donated platelets 3 times, and slept over twice with Family Promise (familypromisemetrowest.org). I celebrated with several high school graduates, spent 24 hours with a dear friend visiting from CA, spent 3 days with my aunt at her lake house, and saw Crowder in concert on the Cape.

I have gardened quite a bit these past two months and have eaten lots of garden lettuce and peas. I helped my son Corey, a recent college graduate, launch his job search and helped my daughter, Steph, plan an end-of-July road trip in search of a wedding venue. Yesterday we cancelled the entire trip and started from scratch with a new vision.

And today, I completed my essays and submitted my application to start seminary in the fall, a long held dream. I took my first Bible study when my youngest started preschool and I’ll start seminary as he starts college. I’m very excited.

For everything there is a season. (tweet this)

How has your summer been so far? Are you renewing yourself for the fall?

#SeedsofScripture #emptynest #summer

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