14 responses to “Past Post: Dishes and Doors”

  1. Tia

    Beautiful. Made me tear up. My girls are 11, 9 & 6 and I need to reminders like this to seize the day and enjoy them even with chaos and life swirling around me. Your kids are blessed. Your blog inspires me; I don’t know a better compliment than that.

  2. Jackie Dishner

    That’s two posts in a row where you mentioned not being needed. You are and you will be still. It’s tough to say goodbye to our kids at this time, but it’s great knowing you’ve prepared them well. Remember that. Hugs!

  3. Trish rohani

    This is evidence you are doing a great job as a parent! “A mother is not a person to lean on but a person to make leaning unnecessary”Dorothy Canfield Fisher

  4. Alexandra Grabbe

    Great post! Shows how adding emotion pushes blog writing up a notch somehow. I remember this period so well with my own kids.

  5. Kate @ Teaching What Is Good

    Jan, you beautifully and poignantly expressed what we all feel (or will feel) as moms watching our children do what we raised them to do: go off on their own to live their lives and find their own way. It’s such an emotional battle to want to hold them close yet wanting to let them go. Oh GREAT, now I’m crying AGAIN!

    Sweet post. Thanks.

  6. Lisa

    Are you trying to make me cry again, woman? I think I’ll be a wreck when my kids go to university or get married. I can imagine your pain.

  7. AM

    You will always be needed. It’s just the type of need that changes. My son is 21 but I have friends whose children are in their 30’s and 40’s. A mother is always a mother!

  8. Julie

    Boy, can I relate to that one! I still remember the day we dropped off our one and only at college. She was only going to be 35 minutes away so I thought it wouldn’t be a big deal, but as we were driving away, I just about lost it. That whole day and the next were brutal, but then a health issue distracted me from the saddness. I really think that was God’s way of getting me through such a difficult time! Everyone always said, “It goes so fast,” and I always heard them but it never sank in.

  9. Alison Law

    Jan, I’m not a mom, but I am a daughter who was touched by this post. I can’t imagine how much love and faith it takes to let go. Even though I live in another city and don’t see my mom every day, I still need her and love her every day, and I’m so grateful for care she took in raising me.

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