Friday, February 9, 2018

It's time


Annie is moving out on her own.

And it's hard.

I'm sure you know what I mean, if you have grown children.

Especially, when the 'baby' moves out.


Even though she's in her early 20s now, when someone says her name, this is the picture that comes to mind.

To give you an even better idea of what is in my head, I picture this when she says she can handle it:


Obviously, she's not getting married, but it's the same thing for me.

So, my living room has looked like this for two weeks:


And it will stay that way until Sunday, when we make the drive to her new home.

Obviously, things have been busy around here, but add to that my computer quitting on me, the flu that hit me and John right after Christmas, and a slew of other things.

I had such plans for posting, but you know what they say about the best laid plans.

Anyway, I thought I'd take a moment to let you know what's going on here and what I've been up to.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and that all of you are enjoying this New Year.

I'll be sharing more about the past couple of months after the move is over and hopefully be able to post more.

I've missed you guys!

xo
rue



44 comments:

  1. Hi Rue! Take heart, dear friend. They do come back ... with grandchildren!
    xo

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    1. yes, and even sometimes without grandkids, they come back. Mine brought me nine grandkids but then they all moved to other states except for one, (frown)..

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  2. Just had the youngest move in after the death of his dad in the spring. Dealt with anxiety and depression over that / he got better...I got so used to him and his dog being here. They moved out the other day. I hear you :)

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  3. Sorry that you are feeling sad. Loved the clip you posted. Hope the move goes smoothly...

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  4. Best of luck to Annie, Rue, and to you in your empty nest! Annie will do great and her mom will too. We all do!

    Love to you,
    Dewena

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  5. Good luck Annie! Fixing up a new apartment or house for a twenty-something can be so much fun.

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    1. I think fixing it up is her favorite part lol

      xo

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  6. Aw, Rue! No matter how old your kids are it is hard to see them move on to that next stage in life-leaving us just a little bit behind as they create their own independent lives. God bless you and your Annie. She is going to do just fine---and so are you!!! xo Diana

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  7. Yup, always hard. Been through it many times. Hated it.

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  8. With love and patience, all will be good.
    Phyllis

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    1. Yes, I believe it will :)

      xo,
      rue

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  9. Oh it is always hard when they leave the nest and begin to carve out lives of their own. My heart understands! I have two daughters that did this. However on a bright note it is fun to see them carve out their journey and see how much they can accomplish in their lives. I know your sweet Annie will do well. Hugs from one mom to another! I get it!
    Hugs,
    Kris

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  10. It is hard! It's what should be though...

    Our youngest son left and then came back home. He'll be leaving again in the fall and I'm already a little worried.

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  11. I'm happy that you and John survived the flu:). I understand too, like the other commentators it is hard, my daughter moved out twice and now as a mom, she understands me alot better now. I did too, with my mom:). Annie will have you to be there for your loving support:). Hope the doggies are doing well, Kathleen in Az

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    1. I understood my mom a little better when I had kids too :) The pups are all doing great. I'll tell them you said hi :)

      xo

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  12. I really feel for you. They leave....they do comeback...then they leave again. But, that’s the natural order isn’t it. It’s nice though, that even though they leave...they want to come back home! I’m really glad you posted....I’ve missed you too! ;)

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    1. Awwww.... thank you, my friend!

      xo

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  13. The so-called "empty nest." Now to concentrate on things you can do and enjoy and share with friends and family!

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  14. So sorry about the flu - I've avoided it so far this year but I still worry about it (even though I did get the shot). You know it's bad when they close schools because so many are out.
    I too know the empty nest feeling. I hope Annie will be close enough to visit often. My older two are just a few hours away but my baby moved from Texas to New York. He had only been there once and his wife had never been there. You want to talk about tough - dropping them off at the airport that first time was one of the hardest things I've ever done. I don't know why but it is easier when you see where they are going to be living.
    Hope the move goes smoothly!

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  16. Always good to hear from you, Rue - we've missed you! I hope you do OK with your baby moving out. Always hard, but I think in time, you will get used to being an empty nester. Hopefully she's not moving too far, where you can see her often? Sorry to hear you and John had the flu. So far, knock on wood, me, Brian and Tim have all been healthy all winter, not even a cold. I know we're not out of the woods yet though. We do not get the flu shot, but I know that's controversial, so that's all I will say about that. ;-) Hope to hear more of what you've been up to when you get a chance! xoxo

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  17. Missed your posts. I know it's hard seeing your daughter leave and taking all of her things. Being sick with this nasty cold, flu or what ever kind of bug that was and still is going around is hard on lots of folks. Luckily we haven't had it here YET. Not saying we won't. I didn't get the flu shot but have been taking my zinc and B vitamins.
    Looking forward to more posts and glad you all are well.
    betsy

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  18. I so get it Rue! My youngest is going away to college in the fall and I'm already feeling it. I'm glad that mine are beginning their journey in life though. That's what they are supposed to do. Blessing to you. Milena

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  19. I've been thinking of you, Rue!! Oh, I hear ya, my friend - my baby daughter is still living in my house but she and her boyfriend are house shopping. As much as she sometimes makes me crazy with the things she does (or doesn't do) I am going to miss her terribly when she moves out. Sending you big hugs, my friend. This, too, shall pass. xoxo

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  20. i remember when my youngest moved out - three boys ahead of him moved and finally he did - and i thought - well - i'll miss him for sure...but it's about time, lol ...Looking forward to when you feel up to and find the time to post again. Hope she's not moving far and you will see her a lot.

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  21. Missed you too! It's been almost three years since our youngest left and it's still kind of hard sometimes (especially as he's out of state). Hope you're over the flu. xo Deborah

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  22. Never easy to let them go...I'm sure it's a super bittersweet time for you and an exciting milestone for her. xo

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  23. It's hard when our children leave the nest...as bittersweet as it is for you its a beautiful new journey for her! Hope you're over the flu soon!

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  24. It really is hard to have our children grow up and leave the nest. However, take comfort in the knowledge that you have raised a strong young woman with great values and most of all a kind heart. (((((HUGS)))))

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  25. Its a hard time, it really is. I do know that you'll get through it tho so hang in there. It's been a sad week of loss here too, so many tears. Hope y'all have recovered completely from the flu and are feeling better.

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  26. I am so sorry the flu hit you.

    The reality that my daughter will never again live near me hit recently when she had a child. Not only does she live a 6 hour drive away, but they won't visit us much here anymore because she has gone back to work and our house is too small. We do meet on vacations, but Steve and I realize that our life as parents has changed now that our child is a parent.

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  27. Hi,
    Our family also got the flu. I know just what you went through with the illness.
    I will be praying for you as you go thru this change. We have our oldest graduating from High School this year. He will be moving on to attend college. My heart strings are pulled. I am excited for him to start his own life .. yet, he is my first born.
    Love and hugs,
    Carla

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  28. Hi, Rue. I keep hoping we had it back in September when my spouse came back from a conference in Vegas. We were all sick for a couple of weeks. Exciting times ahead for her and for you, even though it is not easy now. xoxo Su

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  29. I remember when my youngest moved out, it was soooo hard.

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  30. Oh Rue, you're normal :-) It is very difficult to let them go on their own, even though you know they are ready and its time. Let yourself feel what you are feeling....like my son tells me often "its all good Mom". During difficult times, that phrase always comes to mind.
    Take good care
    Jeannette

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    1. Your son sounds like a smart kid :) She's actually doing really well and has adjusted to her new life. I'm happy for it.

      xo

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  31. Time flies, doesn't it? And even the little ones must fly with it. It will take some getting used to but you are a strong one, my friend :-)
    Amalia
    xo

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  32. Time flies, doesn't it? And even the little ones must fly with it. It will take some getting used to but you are a strong one, my friend :-)
    Amalia
    xo

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  33. This is just another part of your journey through of life( I know oh so well )

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  34. Tough. Poor parents. I wonder how mine felt when I moved out at 17? Does everyone do that - look back on times they should've been kinder to their now deceased parents? Looking forward to your next post. We'll be thinking of you!

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  35. Oh my goodness this made me tear up... i'm sure my mom will react the same way when I (finally) move out on my own... But i will also be a mess because I will miss her and our pups so so much. I hope you are adjusting well to the change Rue and don't beat yourself up for not posting a lot, I am lucky if I get one post up a week between school, work, gym, life, etc... Anyway I always wanted to thank you and I don't know how long it's been there but I somehow just noticed that you featured me on your sidebar and it means so much to me!! Thank you so much :) xoxoxo

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  36. Been missing your post Rue. Sorry that you are going to be living in the empty nest. It is an adjustment. Take care.

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  37. Sorry I've not been around Rue, we have moved so have been busy! Life is good though :)

    When the babe flies the nest it is a time for adjustment ...

    Take care

    All the best Jan

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