Stash Reports

Have you read the stash reports for this week?  WOW!  I’m supposed to be cleaning off my laptop for Chad to take to school with him.  Thank goodness I’ve only had it since July and I’ve been knowing for a month or so that he’s getting it so I don’t have too much cleaning to do.  I got sidetracked reading those stash reports.  Almost every one of them shows pictures of projects too.  There are some really nice quilting blogs out there, aren’t there?  Aren’t you glad we have all these resources . . blogs, internet shopping, chat rooms, online games, and the list goes on.  Otherwise, what would we do?  Clean house, exercise .. I’m not even going to think about it because I have blogs to read . . as soon as I clean up this laptop.


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    I agree – I also read blogs and yours also resulted in the creation of my blog. I just hope it doesn’t take away from sewing time!


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    SusiQ says

    Yes, Judy… it does get easier. Our Sarah left yesterday for her 2nd semester. She, too, is only 50 miles away…. but I was sad all day yesterday. The house is so, so quiet! Sarah was home for Christmas since December 11 so her holidays were very long. She did wait until yesterday though to finish her laundry! Incredible. I miss her………..

    Thanks for sharing…..

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    In some ways easier, but I don’t think that the ache deep inside ever goes away. My daughter has been married for 8 1/2 years. She only lives 4 miles away and I see her a lot. But, she and her children spent the 2 week Christmas break here with us, when she and the grandbabies went home, the quiet and emptiness was pretty overwhelming that first few days. When we are close to our children, it is hard to let the leave the nest. We want them to soar and become all that our Father in Heaven wants for them. But, those heartstrings still get tugged with their departure. I will have you in my thoughts and prayers. (((hugs)))

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    Cheryl L says

    Oh Judy, I can remember the day each of my two boys left home for their first day “in the dorm”. You’re right, today your life changes forever. But, I’m sure, you’ve done your job and prepared him well to get along in life on his own. That’s what we’re supposed to do as parents. It’s just darn hard to let them go!! But then you learn to see the joy in watching them make good, mature decisions out there in the world, on their own, because that’s what you taught them to do. Trust me, you’ll learn to love that empty nest (you’ve already listed the reasons:) and cherish the times he comes back to the nest. (Ours were each back for a year after college before they got married—and that’s another whole phase of life!!) My thoughts and prayers are with you today.

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    Peg says

    It definitely gets easier and at some point (maybe in a year or so) when he does come home for a visit with all his “stuff” you will be surprised to find that you can’t wait for him and all his stuff to leave again. And yes a boy still needs his mother, my son and I are closer than ever and he (and his sister) just turned 30 2 weeks ago. How did that happen?

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    Well if he didn’t leave home that might be more worrying – this shows you did your job right. We bring our children up to be adults not tied to our apron strings. I have to say when my son left for uni I wandered round his room a bit lost but the next day I moved my sewing machine in. If you didn’t already have that big sewing space you might feel a teeny bit compensated!! LOL.
    And don’t worry he’ll be back and MUCH more appreciative of all you are and all you do!!
    Mary in Canterbury

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    Judy I have been there and gone through that and I tell you – you will get use to it after awhile. Both of my girls left the nest at almost the same time even though they are almost 3 years apart in age. I was ready for the youngest to plan to go off to college at the same time, I thought she would do her first couple years local like the older one did – didn’t work out that way and now 16 years later the younger of the girls and her family live 13 hours away from me and the older is only 1 1/2 hours. We still get to see them although not real often. Childhood gets away from you, sometimes before you are ready. I hope it gets easier for you in time.

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    Been there, done that. Middle DD Manda was 18 and went off to Embry Riddle in Daytona- 1000 miles away! Of course, she’s there 4 days and they get evacuated for a hurricaine! Luckily, my brother lives in Central Fla and went over and got her. He also had her for Thanksgiving and spring break for 4 years.

    Then she graduated and moved to Houston to work for the space program! It’s been 10 years this year that she doesn’t live here, and it took me about 7 years to not cry everytime she left!

    So hang in there!

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    It must be so hard for a mother of a single child–all that heartache at once. My empty nesting started a year ago fall, and will continue over 10 years. It helps to focus on the ones still at home.
    We mothers have this wonderful mix of pride and excitement and fear of the possibilities and loss. It is a painful change, but one that you realize will lead to a successful adult relationship–look to your relationship with your parents for modeling (good or bad!). Crying helps.
    Good luck.

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    You will get through this, Judy. As you said, it’s a part of their growing up. Before you know it, he will be married and you will have grandchildren to fuss over. Meanwhile, appreciate being able to turn up the music during the week and use the bathroom downstairs, lol. Hmm, you might even get to missing that when he comes home on the weekend, lol. Lots of hugs for you!!!