It is so weird to have no children at home. Sometimes it just feels like Sarah is gone to girls camp or something and that she'll be home at the end of the week but then other times reality sets in that this is it. We've moved on to a new phase of our lives. From now on all we get is visits. I've always tucked the kids in before I go to bed. With some of them I've done that right up until they left home. Last night I went to tuck Sarah in and then I remembered that the bedrooms are all empty. How sad. I guess the bedrooms aren't exactly empty, one has turtles in it and the other one has a snake but they aren't all that fun to tuck in at night. The other problem I'm facing is that we've got to leave the door open for Sheba or she sits outside the door and cries all night.
In spite of missing the kids I do have to admit that there is a certain freedom in being empty nesters. I come home in the evening and I have no commitment to do anything. I don't have to go to any football games, no band concerts, no scouts, no mutual, no homework, no awards banquets no nothing. The only person I have to keep happy right now is my wife and she's pretty low maintenance.
As a tribute to this new phase of my life I thought I'd take you all on a trip down memory lane.
|Here we are on our wedding day. July 11, 1981. That will be thirty years ago this week. We have no children.|
|1982 - Just a little over a year later and here we are with one child. We couldn't have been happier to have sweet little Kira in our lives.|
1986 - My family is growing and my hairline is receding.Ben just has to be the happiest baby I've ever seen. As long as you keep food in his belly he is content. Not much has changed.
|2007 - When Alycia left home things were very different around here.|
Mostly they were much more quiet. We really missed her enthusiasm for life. With only two kids at home we were blessed with the opportunity to get to know Alex and Sarah very well.