Our Empty Nest

Ash and Lyssy VanguardThis Thursday Lori, Alyssa and I drive 500 miles and drop off Ashley, my youngest, at Vanguard University in SoCal (Alyssa and Ashley in the pic to the right). We’re so excited for her… but it’s weird to think about how quiet it’s gonna be around our house!

When Alec left for school four years ago our girls were still here. It was an adjustment, but it was still a busy house and full-on parenting mode. Then, come summer, a full nest again.

When Alyssa left for college it was a little more severe. Alyssa went to school 500 miles away, Alec went back to school 500 miles away, and all of a sudden Ashley was an only-child most the year. Different, but fun.

Come summers we got Alyssa back…but now they both head off to school.

Empty nest.

This transition will be bittersweet. We are so proud of Ashley and excited for this next step in her journey, but let’s be honest… there are going to be some severe tears when we drop her off (there were plenty with the last two).

Luckily, Lori and I are both slammed with ministry this fall, together and individually. We’ll be traveling to South Africa and a few U.S. cities together, then she’ll be launching a Precept Bible study with women’s ministry at our church while I’m busy speaking and writing for The Source.

So is there a chance we won’t notice the empty house as much?

Maybe… just a little bit?

Hmmmm. I had better go stock up on Kleenex.

About Jonathan McKee

president of The Source for Youth Ministry, is the author of over twenty books including the brand new The Teen’s Guide to Social Media & Mobile Devices, If I Had a Parenting Do Over, 52 Ways to Connect with Your Smartphone Obsessed Kid; and the Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket. He has over 20 years youth ministry experience and speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers and parents on his websites, TheSource4YM.com and TheSource4Parents.com. You can follow Jonathan on his blog, getting a regular dose of youth culture and parenting help. Jonathan, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.
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3 Responses to Our Empty Nest

  1. Laura Holliday says:

    As much as I feel for you and your empty nest syndrome, I can’t help but be thrilled to hear you’re going to be in South Africa! Please tell me where and when!

    PS – I don’t know if we can compete with Giordino’s, but we can give you a “lekker braai”!

    PPS – Sorry for all the exclamation marks – yes, I am excited!!!!!

  2. CG says:

    This hit home. Our oldest son is moving in the dorm this Friday. Thankfully, it is only 30 min. away. I better bring Kleenex also!

  3. Trisha says:

    Prayers for you and Lori. Bittersweet transition