Tuesday, September 30, 2008

i can be thankful...

Even though I miss my kids tremendously, I can find things to appreciate and be grateful for. Here are 10 that I am thankful for while adjusting to being an empty-nester.

1. My house is more picked up. No longer do I have backpacks, shoes, sweatshirts, and other belongings strewn around my house.

2. I do a lot less laundry! Enough said.

3. I buy a lot less toilet paper. Actually, my grocery bills are quite less these days.

4. I sleep in a little later (7:30 as opposed to 6:45) since I don't have to make sure students are getting out the door and on their way to school.

5. Speaking of school, I didn't have to fill out a mountain of paperwork at the beginning of the school year. Neither did I have to volunteer for umpteen things that the school wants you to get involved in.

6. Our evenings are our own. If we want to go out to dinner, we do. If we want to go to the movies, we can. We don't have to schedule our time around the kid's schedule(s).

7. I don't feel as guilty if I don't have dinner planned out. Don is very flexible and we can eat sandwiches if there's nothing in the oven.

8. I get to put my jammys on earlier in the evening. I don't have to worry who might walk through my door at any point through the evening. I can wash my face, take off my b.r.a, and wear comfy clothes long before bedtime.

9. I am thankful for technology during this time. Texting and instant messaging is used constantly and I talk to both of my kids almost every day. I'm thankful that they want to talk to me.

10. Absence makes the heart grow fonder. I love when either (or both) kids come home. I cherish each moment together, the laughter that is shared and I can't get enough of the conversations we have.

Ten Things Tuesday is hosted by Jill @ XBox Wife


Karen said...

Diana, I came across your blog yesterday and I'm so glad I did. I've enjoyed reading through your posts. Especially this one. The first of my three kids moved out this year and it still feels so weird. It's nice to read what I can look forward to!

I read your first post, too. I love the way you interpreted John Denver's song. I live in sunny Colorado, too, and I'm sooo grateful for all the sunfilled days we have.

Nice to meet you:)

Melissa said...

I know I will miss my kids terribly when they are gone, but you have just listed all the things that I am really looking forward to :)
Thanks for your concern and love on my blog today! I really appreciate your support! Oh, and by the way, my husband is going to take my son to the doctor tomorrow so I won't have to take any of the kids with me and we ate at Mimi's tonight - sooooo good! :)

MightyMom said...


ohhhh the joy of doffing the b.r.a!

Jamey said...

All great things to be thankful for and for me to look forward to :) Maybe I will be a good empty nester!! For now I'll just be thankful for what I have!!

Janice said...

I like your attitude. We can always find things to be thankful for. Some women would find this time of life as depressing. Maybe you do, but having an attitude of gratitude changes our disposition.

Plus, this gives me something to look forward to.

Heather @ Not a DIY Life said...

I think it's awesome that you are so close with your kids! My mom and I have always been close (except when I was 13, but's that another story!). And I pray that Ladybug and I will be close too.

So glad you can so the positives to being empty nesters. I like being in my jammies early too!

kailani said...

I don't think I'm ready for any of this just yet. :-)

Barb said...

It's wonderful that in the midst of whatever is happening in your life,that you can always find 10 things for which you are thankful.

As a Christian, there should always be 10 plus things for which we are grateful.

We have such a God of abundance!

For my ten things, check my blog tomorrow!

Heidi Jo said...

well, finding the silver lining is so important. new joys will come with new ages. and even though those things didn't bother you before, they are things to be thankful for. there will be so many things to look forward to in the years ahead.

Mrs. Brownstone @ XBOX Wife said...

I love that you found ways to be positive about something that scares all of us ~ our kids flying from the nest! It is so wonderful that you and your husband sound like you have built your marriage to stay solid even after the kids have gone!

Great list!