About how sad it is when older kids leave for college. I never really realized the deep sense of loss and even mourning that follows that departure, and maybe with the first two it was just busy for me to notice (or I probably ate chocolate to stuff it all?). It really is a grief process. When I talk to my friends who are experiencing the same, it is also a time of deep reflection and a little too much of that reflection probably. Did we do enough? Do they know how much we love them? What should/could/would we have done differently? Were we too tough or not tough enough during the high school years? And mostly…
WHERE THE HECK DID ALL THOSE YEARS GO and WHY DOES TIME FLY? I look at their baby pictures as I walk down my stairway every day and my heart aches for those days when we were all together in this house and worries were small.
I think maybe it is even weirder for me because I still have little ones here and the truth is-you just do it every day and you don’t really think about the time. And you never ever will get it all right and never ever do it perfectly and never ever appreciate every minute because that’s all so impossible. You just do what is best and what your life can allow to happen at the time.
We always have a puzzle going in winter, and the kids latch onto a game that the whole family gets into. Here are some of our favorites. This year it has been Monopoly-just the old-fashioned one. It has really helped the younger kids understand money and finances too-yuck! 🙂
The rest of our favorite games arehere.
I love Melissa and Doug floor puzzles (Maybe because the pieces are big and I can lay on the floor while we work on them?) I ordered this one and have several already.
Just read this book. I have so much to say about it but maybe not in this post. I could never do what he did-well I wouldn’t have wanted to-reject chemo and just do all natural (I am not judging anyone’s decision to do this, I strongly believe when it comes to cancer, we get to choose). The second half of the book is wonderful-tons of supplements and more of a world-view of how cancer is treated but done very very practically.
I hate cancer, regardless.