Site plans and scholarship applications litter my dining room table these days, and the talk around dinner is all about the future. Life as I know it is about to undergo a drastic change here on this country hill. Having homeschooled a brood of four sons for the past twenty-one years, I’ve seen our story trending in this direction, felt the current of life rushing toward the door. I have not missed the significance of the unpredictable number of place settings at dinner, the unexpected date nights when my good husband and I realize we’re going to be home alone—Again!
I have become an object of concern to some, hearing that the “baby” has turned 18 and is poised to graduate in the spring. They ask, tentatively, kindly, as if, perhaps, it might be a tender subject for me, “What on earth are you going to do with yourself?”
What in the world will I do with myself now that my boys have become young men and my mothering in the flesh will soon be, primarily, a mothering of the spirit? The answer, I believe, will be another question, because it has been the question all along…
I’m grateful today to be sharing that horizon-filling question along with my thoughts on this particular season of mothering at the Kindred Mom website. You can read the entire post there, AND they recorded me actually reading the post, followed by a great conversation with their founder, Emily Sue Allen. I’m pretty sure we’re kindred spirits as well as Kindred Moms, so head on over to read or listen, and (spoiler alert!):
I’m gonna be okay. 🙂
Blessings to you in whatever season of mothering today finds you,
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