This post doesn't come with pretty pictures. Just the bare, cold truth.
We are now empty nesters.
This is all that is left of our baby's room. Some pictures she still has to take to her new home, moving boxes under the bed, and her childhood bed waiting to go on Craigslist.
I even left the dirt on the floor for this picture because I am all about being real here and the dirt is about as real as it gets.
Also, I just haven't gotten around to sweeping yet.
So here we are. We have to remind ourselves not to turn on the front porch light for her at night anymore. We keep her spot in the driveway open.
It's a lot quieter.
What to do? This sunny little room is about to become Earl's new home office.
Which means his old office is about to become my home office and craft room.
Changes, you have to roll with them right?
Oh, this is going to be fun! Post along the way please!ReplyDelete
Reminds me of those commercials from a few years ago when the "child" was concerned how lonely the parents were and if they were keeping his bedroom for a shrine. The parents were happily moving forward. It's different and it takes some adjustment when the kids are gone, but it's all good and just as it should be! Have fun creating your new spaces!ReplyDelete
We should be empty nesters (again) in the next month or so and it is bittersweet. The sweet is definitely in the found square footage. Can't wait to see your new craft space come together.ReplyDelete
It took forever for us to get used to being empty nesters but now we love it!ReplyDelete
I can't wait to see the transformation of both spaces! We went through this process quite a few years ago and it takes time to adjust to the idea that 'they' won't be coming home every day - but it's a fun, great time of life!ReplyDelete
We are empty nesters too! Can't wait to see more! Thanks for sharing. Come see me at jo on legacy laneReplyDelete
Can't wait to see the transformation! LOVE the little iron bed frame. Chun up - buttercup. xxooReplyDelete
We were empty nesters for a few short weeks last year when our youngest went off to college. Then in late October our oldest came back home with her dog and they are still here. Thursday we move our youngest back off for her 2nd year of college and hopefully (keeping fingers crossed) our oldest will be moving into her own home very soon! I'm excited for the space that we will have once again....they have acquired alot of stuff living on their own. Will watch for pics! Have fun!ReplyDelete
Oh Kathy, it was so hard for me when my kids left home. It's been a lot of years ago now but I still remember the exact feeling I felt. But, getting a few office/craft room will really help! I'm super excited to see what you do with your new space! How far away is your daughter and her new husband? I hope they are close - that will help a lot! - Dori -ReplyDelete
Forgive me!! I just got caught up on your posts. What a lovely wedding!!! Your daughter is beautiful, new hubby quite handsome, and I don't think I've ever seen a picture of Earl. Yep, handsome as well! I know what you mean about not taking pictures. I read somewhere recently, and it wasn't on a blog or even about blogging...it was about trying to take pictures and still enjoy the moment. Doesn't happen. Put the camera away. Your full attention and being in the moment is more important.
I can't wait to see how the vacated bedroom looks when you're done. I wonder what we will do with Abby's room. We have a small office and don't need more room, and we never have guests so that's sort of pretentious. Hmmm...after all these years in our "starter" home, I never thought we'd have room to spare! lol!
Thank you for a lovely comment on my last post (about "finding myself"). I think some "got it", and I know you did. I'd just like to branch out...do more on my own. Children and commitments and mortgages...the whole bag, it seems to culminate in a bit of confusion of our real wants and needs. I'm at a loss as what I want to do at this point in my life...sort of like that empty bedroom in the future. I wish us both luck and a few prayers for good measure!
I know the changes are going to be fun and full of creative.ReplyDelete
And, remember...we became empty nesters YEARS ago and look at us now...in son's back yard and 9 miles down the road from daughter. :) Gotta love it.
I love how we are both taking over empty rooms, at the same time. :o) xoxoReplyDelete
You totally have to roll with the changes. Or else you become the psycho mom from you know where. MimiReplyDelete
Sigh...sad yet there's so much fun ahead!ReplyDelete