Monday Memories: “Just Perfect” but still Bittersweet

IMG_8773Ever feel nostalgic when everything’s going just great? IMG_8772Alan’s turning 64 isn’t the end of the world, after all, Rock & Roll   even if we may someday have to return to the rock and roll of the Sixties
(and it won’t look anything like it used to). OliverThe fact of the matter is, things couldn’t be better! (This is Grandson Oliver.) Mike jump ropingOur kids are all doing great, 10173539_10101244980505887_778728038307778388_nand even the kids who live far away 10300248_10101244980515867_2847725752365413363_ngo to great pains to stay in touch and cheer our hearts. IMG_8388The kids visit as much as they can! Jonathan even came from Washington IMG_8691over Memorial Day, and although Linda and the kids couldn’t come, we stillIMG_8386 kept up via Skype. We were also able  to sing “Happy Birthday” to Giles IMG_8390and watch him terrorize (…er…devour) his 2nd birthday cake. And, even though  IMG_8697 Jon had to go back home, he still keeps us laughing from across the country! DSCN2580At the end of May we rented a U-Haul and made a circle tour, cleaning out Joel’s DSCN2586WMU and Stephen’s MSU apartments. Both of our youngest sons are home for IMG_8394the summer, working hard but enjoying a bit of respite before the rigors of fall. IMG_8743Both the guys have great taste, & Chef Stephen (with Chef Joel’s help) made us aIMG_874914-roll+ sushi extravaganza yesterday as a special double birthday party for IMG_8761Alan and Brianna (who share a birthday) as well as a somewhat sad goodbye IMG_8753party for Lois and Oh, who will be returning to their native homes this week. IMG_8766All this is great, right? Just the way things should be?! Kids grow up and thrive. DSCN2253I wouldn’t want it any other way, and even Alan and I are thriving! Alan got a  DSCN2587new pole barn for his birthday, and he’s expecting a new tractor for Father’s Day.IMG_8757So how come if everything’s “just perfect,” I’m still feeling a bit sad this morning? DSCN2583I think it’s a bit of the impending “Empty Nest” syndrome. Alan and I are aging!IMG_8747  We’re not “old and helpless” yet, but time is passing, & we’re having to give up IMG_8748some of the old to prepare for the future. But, it’s all good. God is good.
Time to be grateful for our overflowing cups…and clean house! 🙂

“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. A time to be born, and a time to die…a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together…a time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away” (Ecclesiastes 3:1,2,5,6).

3 responses to “Monday Memories: “Just Perfect” but still Bittersweet

  1. Dear Kathi & Alan, I think I know how you are feeling. Life is difficult, situations keep changing but God is with His children and He is Good. His Love is unfailing and each day brings more Grace and Mercy.

  2. In a later conversation, Tom also mentioned hearing something like this, attributed to Corrie Ten Boom: “Don’t hold on to life too tightly or it’s hard to let go.”

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