The older the kids get, the harder it is to get them all together at one time. The oldest joined the military awhile back, married a wonderful young lady, and they live in another state. The next in line has graduated high school. So, he’s trying to decide the next step in his life, and while he does that, he’s working full-time, which means he doesn’t always get to come along when we do fun things. And the third oldest, now a precious teen, has major time commitments that keep her away from the family a lot too. Thank goodness for little man, he’s just a tot, and I know he’s going to be around for awhile, but I miss my kids! I like them all together, and with me. Is it possible to have a taste of ‘empty nest syndrome’ before they’re all even gone?
Whoever first said, ‘Time sure goes by fast,’ or ‘Enjoy them now, they won’t stay young long,’ really knew what they were talking about because both are very, very true. Yes, you’ll get to enjoy your time with your children when they’re older and even moved out, and of course you’ll always love them with every space in your heart, but it won’t be the same as it is now. Soak it up while you’ve got it. I think having your children right there with you is one of God’s greatest gifts. My advice to you, therefore, is to enjoy that gift to its fullest because before you know it, that time that seems so normal to you now, will be gone.