My sweet family, It has been my greatest blessing to love and support you as you find your way and follow your dreams. You all are a beautiful extension of God’s grace and I am so incredibly proud of all of you.
I may have complained at times, I may have been too strict, but my goal was to help all of you live the lives you wanted, and deserved, by being there, guiding you, loving you, and showing support in any way at any time.
When you needed me I dropped everything. When you called, I answered immediately, because I love you, I value your time, and believe you are worth it.
I gave my heart and soul to this amazing family, but you made it easy to love you, and I cherish the opportunity to be your Mom and wife.
You are grown (even Dad), I raised you right (even Dad), and It’s my greatest joy to watch each of you achieve your dreams and live happy lives.
It’s 2016 and now It’s Moms time to follow my dreams, to be more than Dads wife and your mom. It’s time to explore who I am, where I want to go, and achieve my goals and I would greatly appreciate the same level of love, commitment, and support that I have given you as I navigate what is next for me.
There will be hills, and valleys, so be prepared to comfort my heart . There will be successes, so celebrate with me. But most of all, please allow me the time to follow my dream of becoming a published author.
This is what empty nest looks like. You have flown the nest and now Mom gets to spread her wings and fly too. This journey will be hard. I have made raising you my life’s work and now, as I struggle to believe in myself, I will I need you. So encourage me, support me, believe in me, and love me unconditionally.
I am not quitting this year. I am not a quitter anymore.
You are my heart and when it comes to you, I have no boundaries.
So bare with me as I learn to carve out time, and still run this family the way I am used to running it.
From now on, I will be scheduling “office hours” in the family calendar. If you try to text or call, and don’t get a hold of me, please don’t assume I am in the hospital, I’ve broken something, I cut my finger off while cooking, I’ve burned the house down while cooking, or something worse. I am probably just writing you into a story.
If you can’t reach me, don’t panic and call your father, chances are he’ll be busy following his dreams too. Send a text, leave us a voicemail, check the family calendar and wait to hear from me. I love you and want to communicate with you, so I will call you back.
My family is grown and you are amazing people. I am honored to be your mom and your wife, it has been the greatest blessing of my life but I need to be me now. Thank You for recognizing my talent and my need to do this. You are my everything!
One last lesson: Remember, Jesus never said it would be easy, he said it would be worth it. Anything worth having is worth working hard for. No one has to cry alone as long as you have people who love you, and a savior who won’t leave you, and don’t ask the Lord to guide your steps if you are afraid to move your feet.
I’m not afraid anymore. Its time to move my feet.
Now its time for Mom to “Go be great!”
I love you.