Gotta Give ‘Em Wings

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DSC02881I know, I know. You’re supposed to bring your kids up so that they have wings to fly on their own – and that’s a good thing. (That’s a good thing. That’s a good thing.) I really appreciated all of your comments on last week’s blog (and all of you who sent personal emails about it, too). Each new stage takes a little getting used to, but I know that things all work out in the end. Like many of you, WH and I are pretty attached to our kids. I remember when it was hard to send them off to camp or on a mission trip for a week in the summer. (FPS. Now that seems so laughable!) Then we had to get used to having them off to college and “only” getting to see them every month or two when they had a break or a long weekend. (FPS. Now that seems like a luxury.) Having Web Guy move 18 hours away and not having the chance to see him as often is sad. But I know we’ll all adjust. (WH and I will adjust. Web Guy has already completely adjusted just fine, of course.) I think of all the situations that we could be facing instead, and I know I’m lucky that this is how things are. He has a great job (Deerfield Beach, FL area, for those of you who asked), he has a nice apartment to live in (and I’m really glad that I got to see it this weekend), and he’s happy. It’s all good. And he will definitely continue on as Web Guy at The Loopy Ewe. We couldn’t do this business without him!

I kept my mind occupied on the flight home last night by immersing myself in a murder mystery. That kept the tears at bay! (Crimson Eve by Brandilyn Collins. I read the first two books in the series in Colorado.) Have I mentioned how much I love the Kindle that I got for my birthday this past February? I’ve read more books over the past 5 months than I have read in the past 5 years. Wendy told me that I can also download my knitting patterns onto my Kindle, but I haven’t done that yet. It’s great to be able to take a bunch of books on a trip, and have them all fit in that little Kindle. It’s also great to not have books to store in my  house any more. I was out of book cases, and this seems like a very tree-friendly alternative.

Now that I’m back, we’re in full-tilt Sock Summit mode. We have boxes and boxes (and boxes) of fun things to freight out there. The truck leaves on Wednesday. Then we’ll turn our attention to boxing up anniversary kits. When we get back from the Summit (the first weekend in August), we’ll have our Third Anniversary kits ready for you, as well as a few other fun things. It’s going to be a great Fall around here, so get ready!

Wednesday – check back for our July Blog Contest and to vote on Challenge Socks. I’m still approving photos for that gallery. I love seeing all of the socks that you have done to challenge yourself!

Sheri alsoworkingonSneakUpStuffalittlelatertonight 


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29 comments on “Gotta Give ‘Em Wings

  1. Hey, I seem to be first! I understand exactly how you feel. We moved my oldest to Northern Michigan in March and it is hard. We are getting used to it, but for the first weeks it seemed sooo quiet (younder son was away at school). One evening my husband lept muting the TV and cocking his head. Finally he asked “Do you hear that sound?” I couldn’t hear anything until I realized that he was hearing the dishwasher run for the first time ever. THe noises our son made always had masked it before! Here’s a big hug for moral support.

  2. Just sending you hugs, Sheri – I haven’t gotten to that point yet (my oldest is a junior in high school) but can only imagine how hard it is.

    Barbara

  3. We’re not there yet, but I do understand how you feel! All of my friends are excited that their kids are finally old enough to go to sleepaway camps, and all I can think is, but I like spending time with my kids! And there are only a few years left of summers together before there aren’t any more of them! Selfish me, eh? I know it’s good that they’re independent kids, but I’ll miss them when they’re not here…

    I can’t wait to see you at Sock Summit! I just finished the last sample knit for the booth I’m working at (what a relief), and now I’m turning my attention to all of the other things that have to happen before then :)

  4. I’m glad you got Web Guy all settled in. It’s hard to let go and let them grow up – especially when they insist on doing it so far away. But they always find their way home. You may find that this move will bring you closer together. Even though you’re already close. If that makes any sense.

    Hugs, Sheri. You’ve had a tough week.

  5. First one is the hardest. My oldest son went to the local university and lived at home. We have excellent schools in MA. I never experienced the empty nest because he was there. When my middle son went away it was very difficult letting go.
    The thing that was really hard was going to bed at night before he was home, because he wasn’t coming home he was living in a dorm. It does get easier as you go. He was my Mamma’s Boy too. He called frequently and that helped us both a lot.
    When my third son went away as well, I was an old hand at it. It didn’t hurt any that his girlfriend went to a local college and he came home every weekend. They grow and we do too. Best of luck

  6. I’ll never forget how my baby brother burst into tears and latched onto my leg so hard that first Christmas I was back from college. I tear up thinking about it 25 years later. We let them go, and they let us go, but there’s always a part of my brother that’s hanging off my leg, and there’s always a part of me rubbing his little head and back to make him feel better.

    It’s the little parts that keep us sane. *hugs*

  7. It’s good to hear that Web Guy has a great new job and apartment, but I really feel for you and the transition you are making. Like you said, we want our children to grow up and be independent and successful but sometimes it seems they do it a lot faster than they should! One of my daughters just applied for her first job today and it seems like she is way too young for that. It’s nice to read about such a wonderful, close family as yours is. Hopefully Web Guy will be home for lots of holidays.

  8. I’m sending mom-style hugs your way…even though I don’t have kids! I’ve watched my darling little niece grow from a dirty diaper toddler to a ballerina to a young woman to a wife and a mother. Perhaps it doesn’t help that I still have her baby pictures on my nightstand, next to her wedding portrait and a phot of her holding her firstborn son in the hospital. Sigh…

    But..dare we dream of a RED Kindle some day??

  9. I don’t know how you did it, Sheri. 18 hours away!! I would have bawled all the home on the plane. It’s like the first day I took Phil to daycare. I cried all day. He didn’t even know I was gone. Good Lord, this motherhood, parenthood thing is the most difficult thing I have ever done. Also, the most wonderful thing I have done with my life. But, letting go! That’s the hardest of all.

  10. Hugs, Sheri. My kids are my poodles, and I recently took my little princess to the vet who pronounced her “very healthy for a little old dog.” Ack!! She’s so playful and spry, I hate to think she’ll be with me only a few more years. Humans are much more long-lived. My sister’s daughter spent her junior year abroad — in Ireland!! They got set up with web cams and had Skype sessions regularly scheduled every week, so the family members got to see each other even though she was a continent and an ocean away. She’s back in the states now, but they still have the web cam set up. Hey, you should have WebGuy fix y’all up so you can have regular visits “in person”!! It’s really cool to be able to see the person you’re conversing with — next best thing to having them with you. :D

  11. I’m glad you have web-guy all settled in, i’m sure he will do you proud :) 18 hours is a long way but it’s not so far that he can’t come home and you can’t visit. I have the opposite problem – my lot are all threatening never to leave. I think they have it too good here. I’m not good at the letting go thing so i seriously am dreading when they do all go.
    I keep reading about the kindle’s and wondering how good they are so far we can’t get them here which is sad – i love new gadgets :)

  12. I’m happy to hear that you and WH got WebGuy all settled in Florida. It’s very hard when your child goes to college and then after graduation..they are off on their own. I cried and cried. Now I smile. It helps that you’ve seen his apartment though. So now you can picture him there. Also knowing they are happy will make you happy. New chapters in their life (and yours) to look forward to. I just realized my son Mike graduated college 4 yrs ago. It’s gone so fast. Last month he got engaged. I have lots to look forward to as well.

  13. Hi Sheri-
    I’m glad you returned home safely and got Web Guy all settled in Florida. I’m happy to hear that he has a good job and is adjusting well. You should be very proud of him becoming a productive member of society. I wish all young people would become a part of that group. :) Although I’m sure you miss him very much, just know that you and WH have done a great job raising him to get him to this point in his life.

    I too, am a proud Kindle owner. I LOVE, LOVE my Kindle and wouldn’t trade it for anything (well, almost anything). It’s the best! I’m going to have to look into your mystery series, I’m always looking for new reads for my Kindle.

    Can’t wait to see the anniversary kits this year, loved last year’s kit and still use the mug – it’s my favorite!

    Have a good week and sending you hugs are you recover from seeing your oldest fly the coop.
    Kim

  14. Long distance hugs from me to you, Sheri! My one and only niece is all the way in London and is having her first baby any minute!! She and her husband moved their for her job. Now the 3 of them need to come home and move in with me!

  15. I am glad that Web Guy got settled into his new place. I am originally from south Fla., and I can tell you that it is a nice area. Now you have a great reason to visit the beach too.

    I have to say that my Kindle is constantly in my purse. I use mine for my knitting patterns as well as my books. It has also increased my reading 10 fold. I have such a hard time deciding what book to bring with me when I am out and about, but the Kindle has solved that problem. They are a great invention. I just wish they weren’t so expensive so that more people could afford them.

  16. How can these kids have the audacity to actually grow up and leave us! I used to tell me girls that I had ordered a special device that was arriving any day that would keep them at just a certain age and they would never grow up. They would always say, “Mommy, you can’t do that!” Now the oldest is out of college and on to a career as an illustrator, the middle one is engaged and about to spend a semester studying in….Uganda (gads!) and the youngest is off to college. How I miss them!

  17. Awe, I’m with you! My daughter just turned 17 this past month. She is already starting her sophomore year in college but it is also her senior year for high school. Next year she is looking at traveling 6-8 hours away for school … yikes! I also cried the first time she went to sleep away camp (and it was only 30 minutes away for a week), when we dropped her off at the bus for her school trip to WA DC for a week, she is already teasing me about how i will be NEXT summer! (isn’t it bad enough she just went on the pill last week? does she really have to grow up so fast??!! She is already taller than i am) Lol, does this mean we’re getting old if they are testing those wings? *grin

  18. Hugs to you, Sheri! Sounds like you had a good trip to Florida and back. At least you got a chance to see his apartment, etc. You KNOW he’s settled and ready for the “real life” experiences the Lord will bring. Our best to you all as you settle in to your new almost empty nest.

  19. Many hugs from over here, Sheri! My younger son has been away at camp for over a week now and it’s just weird not having him around. I guess this is practice for when they go away to college.

    I’m glad Web Guy will still be our Web Guy even if he’s got a day job and his own apartment.!

  20. Hi, Sheri,
    Congratulations that you and your husband gave Web Guy a great foundation to now be able to move on to a great job!! Yes, you will miss him. Be thankful for the technology of today to stay in touch – e-mail, web cams, text messaging, Skype. He sounds like an outstanding young man that you can truly be proud of.

    Wish I had more time to read your blogs. My daughter is Kim in the above comment. She keeps me in the “loop” of what is happening on this website. We are both hoping to attend the Sock Summit next year. Socks are my favorite things to knit. Thus I have ordered some great yarn from the Loopy Ewe. Think I found your site as a link on the SWTC website.

    As a mother, whose daughter and grandsons live an hour + plane flight away, I know about letting go. Kim and I have maintained a very close and have a wonderful adult relationship that includes knitting.

    Hope you will enjoy the new aspects of your son’s adult life.

  21. Hi Sheri..Both my kids are on the East Coast while my hub and I live on the West Coast. Too far for me – probably just right for them. I am proud that they have become independent, hard working adults but I sometimes wish they could ‘find’ themselves a little closer to home. Webcams, cell phones and digital cameras are a godsend. I am not sure what we would do without them.

    I also got a Kindle for my birthday and I cannot begin to tell you how much I looove that device. Since I no longer have to pack any books when I am traveling I can pack more KNITTING!!!! Yeah!!..

    Pat

  22. Congrats to Web Guy. This must be hard for you. I have a few years to go before my kids get to the college stage. Take Care!! Have fun at Sock Summit.

  23. Sheri,
    I’m in the same boat; my 23yo is going in the opposite direction than your son did. He has just accepted a job in Anchorage. I haven’t yet calculated the miles, but I do know that I’m not doing that drive with him! Fortunately for us, we have great communication and quick transportation these days. Can you imagine what my great-grandparents felt when their twenty-something children left Germany for the US in the 1920′s? They didn’t go back home for decades. At least we can expect our sons for the holidays!

  24. My best to you with getting used to your babies being on their own. It is a quandry – you want to protect them but they want to be independent. My boy is a petty officer in the Navy, and my girl is in her second year of college. I didn’t get older – they did! Just more knitting projects for them :)

  25. I don’t know if I’m eligible for the Anniversary Kit, Where do I sign up. I also don’t know where to go vote for the socks. I guess I just can’t find anything today.

  26. Oh Sheri, I’m gonna start crying! My DD is only 11 months old and I know my heart will break into a million-gazillion pieces when she leaves to start her own life, her own adventure. I went away to college at age 17 and never came back home to live. I totally get why my mom is sad when we leave, we never stop being our mothers’ babies, huh?