Emptying the House

My youngest of three daughters left for college this week. Sunday, to be exact. On Social Media I’ve been a mom lamenting my “empty nest” though I have been avoiding the use of that term, because the nest isn’t empty: I’m still here and so is my husband, and our three cats....more

Disney in My Rearview Mirror

 I have found myself to be feeling a bit melancholy lately. This week, my oldest son will be turning 30. I have no idea where all the time has gone. As I look back on my favorite times when raising my kids, most of my very best memories are from family trips to Walt Disney World....more

My Empty Nest

I follow many popular blogs which are a constant source of inspiration.  I do, however, have trouble finding blogs about the life transition into the, "empty nester".  I have personally found this transition to be an extremely challenging one.  After four years of having our only son back and forth from college, he has finally graduated, settled into his own apartment and has a good job and some level of stability.   At the same time I find that there are new challenges that come with parenting an adult child. ...more

The Empty Nest is too Quiet after the Kids Return to College

 Many of my friends are lamenting their quiet homes after their children returned to college after the holiday break. This reminds me of a letter I wrote to my son as he was preparing for college a few years ago:...more

Farewell Manong Agustin

Manong Agustin with family...more

The Homecoming: What to Expect When Your College Student Comes Home for a Visit

Fresh sheets and fluffed up pillows were placed on the bed.  The vacuuming and dusting was completed.  Halloween and fall décor was placed throughout the house.  Cookies were baked and shelves stocked with some favorite food items.   My schedule was freed up for the next couple of days.  Sounds like some special company was coming for the weekend?  Well, yes, sort of…it was my daughter’s first visit home since leaving for college and I was hyped....more