2012 was a year of ups and down. It began with me losing my last remaining grandmother, who lived a very long and fruitful life. She is rejoicing with Jesus right now (a year on the 7th). The year began with my oldest son a senior in high school preparing for college. In June he graduated and three days later left to work the whole summer in Minnesota. I believe that job was a wonderful growing experience for him. My middle son was enrolled in drivers education and my youngest was finishing up middle school. Then after summer, oldest son moved to Ft. Myers to attend Florida Gulf Coast University, my youngest child entered high school, and my middle child became the second driver out of my three boys. Each one of these alone would make a mother’s heart beat a little faster, but for me it was overwhelming.

Our family got use to our new normal of only two kids at home. Mothers with older children told me you will always feel like something is missing, and they are right. As proud as I am to have my oldest son learning to live on his own, it is still a new normal. The first semester was rocky with a roommate involved in things he should not have been (they were not friends) and struggling with several of his classes. We are covering him in prayer and praying that this second semester goes better.

December was a rough month. We put our beloved dog of 12 years down just a few days before Christmas, which was the hardest thing I have ever done. You truly grieve like you have lost a member of the family. I had the awesome opportunity to fly home to Phoenix on Christmas day, but unfortunately was sick in bed the whole trip. That has been the sickest I have been in awhile. Even today I am still not 100%, but almost there. It is so depressing to spend your Christmas break sick and tomorrow I have head back to work again.

I am looking forward to 2013. There is one mission trip in October that I am excited to be able to go on. I am looking forward to my youngest getting his learner’s permit. He is also going to be able to spend extra time in Minnesota with his grandparents this summer for his big 15th birthday.

I have expectations for 2013. I can’t wait to see where the Lord leads. My husband and I realize in 3 years all our kids will be in college or moved out. It is hard for me to fathom that, but also excited to see where God leads.

3 Responses to Welcome 2013

  1. Debbie says:

    Happy New Year to you Lori! It certainly sounds like 2012 was a year of many challenges. I have friends who are going through the empty nest syndrome, including my brother and his wife. But now they have a grandchild to help fill that a bit. Not that I’m trying to move things along. I realize you still have two at home. :)

    I hope you get to feeling better soon. Visiting family and being sick are just no fun! I’m looking forward to this year too.

    Blessings and love,

    • Lori says:

      Thanks for stopping by Debbie. Yeah not ready for grandchildren yet, but I will be excited when it does happen! Happy New Year!!

  2. Barbara H. says:

    I can empathize — it seems we have been in a constant state of change since our boys got old enough to go to college, one married, one moved to RI from SC, we moved to TN, and now I have only one at home in his first year of college, so we will have a true “empty nest” soon. I have found that there are perks to that — it’s nice to be able to just pick up and go with my husband. But there still is that sense that something (someone) is missing.

    Our beloved doggie of 14 years passed away about a year ago, too.

    I am so thankful for God’s grace through all the changes. As the hymn says, “In every change, He faithful will remain.”