Empty Nest – Life after Kids

Yes, it does happen eventually!

Catching up…again. December 8, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — MT Nest @ 7:08 am

That seems to be what life is all about lately. Running full speed, yet never seeming to be able to catch up.

My poor blog. Good thing I don’t write for others.

But in case there’s anyone else out there reading, and for me in the future if I ever need to spark my memory, the past few months have involved…

  • Going back to Haiti with my daughter and husband. HIGH POINT OF THE YEAR. We did a construction team, and it was very different from doing a medical clinic in that with medical you see people once, maybe twice. But in construction, you are working where the family lives and see them day after day. You see how they live, and the difficulties they face. And their life is VERY difficult. No running water, no toilets, no electricity. They cook outside over a small fire. Yet they are so, so joyous and laugh lots. The children loved the texture of mine and Keri’s hair, since it was so different from theirs. They eventually got to the point that they would take off our caps and take down our ponytails and run their fingers through our hair. We were there 8 days, and it seemed like less. Yes it was incredibly hot, and our own living accommodations weren’t what we were used to. We were basically camping – sleeping in tents, no electricity at night and thus no fans – but we acclimated quickly. I’m going back.
  • We also have dealt with the arrest of our daughter. It grieves me to say that. But she made a very foolish choice, and drove after she’d had too much to drink. That was the hardest night of my life, ever. There’s been so many lessons learned in this for her, and I have to say that though I am not proud of her choice to drive after drinking, she has made me proud in the way she is handling the consequences.
  • And, we have met our son’s partner and have even invited him into our home on a number of occasions. I am thankful that Kris has had the sensitivity to not include Mike in our extended family holiday dinners, and I can imagine that this makes it difficult for him and I appreciate his handling of the situation. I have nothing against Mike as a person, and he does seem very genuine and compassionate. But every time I hear something about their life together it is like nails on a chalkboard, and I have to pray that I see Mike as God sees him – as a creation of the Lord’s.

Well, that’s a wrap for now. I’ve been fighting the 11-day virus and I’m wiped out!


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