3 Days & Counting to an Empty Nest

I can hardly believe that there’s only 3 days left before we will be empty nesters!

Our youngest, Jt (18), will be leaving on Saturday, 7/6 to begin his missionary journey! He has decided to dedicate the next 12 months of his life to our Lord, Jesus Christ.

This blog is about my journey as his mother, and the journey I will take as his mom - an empty-nester.

Jt has two older siblings who have all ready left the nest, and live in different states than I — so we really will be empty-nesters with no chance of the older children stopping by! Sniffle!

We chose to traditionally homeschool all of our children more than 10 years ago. It’s been a great journey, and we believe the sacrifice of an extra paycheck or free time was well worth it! We love spending 24/7/365 with our children. We know it’s not for everyone, but we loved it!

Jt’s missionary journey will begin on Saturday, July 6th. He is headed to Potter’s Field Ignite in Montana for 80 days of missionary training. In approximately two months, he will receive his 6 month placement assignment probably in one of the following places: Kenya, Uganda, Costa Rica, Guatemala, or the Black Foot Nation in Montana. There will also be a re-entry to the US program for a month after is mission’s trip.

The past several months have whizzed by as we prepared for this journey. Doctor appointments, vaccinations, paperwork & more paperwork, shopping & packing. It’s hard to even believe there’s only 3 days left!

To get ahead of my emotional rollercoaster ride of emotions, I have been using a rollerball of essential oils. Balance, Copaiba, Console, and Frankincense topped off with Fractionated Coconut Oil (FCO). So far it is helping. I had one or two crying fits in June, but I think I’m grounded now.

I’ve started getting together a schedule for my days & nights including chores, as well as listing some volunteer opportunities. I do teach piano, write crochet patterns, and crochet flowers PT, but I don’t want to have too much free time on my hands. The SILENCE is what worries me the most!

Thank you for walking this journey with me. Please let me know what you have done to help with empty nest.