This is a new reality for us. I understand that it is a normal process of growing families; as kids get older they spend less time at home with mom and dad. It's healthy! I am grateful to have kids who are healthy and active and thriving. But it is also a bittersweet realization that we are one step closer to letting go. Never before have I had to pick two nights for family dinners, and then protect them from the invasion of other plans. It's good stuff: gymastics, dance, babysitting jobs, softball games, book club, youth group, church activities, good friends with good ideas, etc. And this is all before my kids are enough to hold down actual jobs! Will there even be family dinners then? BREATHE.
I am not sure I am even making a whole lot of sense right now. This is a new feeling for me, and I am still trying to process it. How do you miss people that you live with and see everyday? Weird.
I have no wise words of wisdom for you. This is just part of it. For those of you who are in the season of little ones who seem attached to 24/7 by invisible string...I am not go to say "Enjoy it because it's over before you know it!" That never helps. I AM going to say that it will not last forever. That goes for the hard parts, too. This too shall pass.
But before I get to that idealistic picture in my head of us strolling hand in hand down the beach, laughing at something witty I've said, I have mounds of laundry to do, projects to finish, bags to pack, meals to plan, groceries to be shopped, and arrangements to be made. Oh all that and my check engine light just came on in the family car. Living the dream!