September 25, 2008

A New Thing

This week has been hard. I'm getting used to Peter's bedroom being empty and to going to bed at night before he gets home (because he's not coming home). I'm carrying my cell phone around all the time now, and I'm using the car and house keys he removed when he got his dorm keys. The other day Melissa asked absentmindedly, "Where's Peter?...oh yeah."

I haven't cried in a few days now, so I feel like I'm getting a handle on this new life of ours. We've had a few long phone conversations that helps me see that he's still the same old Peter, full of news and fun descriptions of the new people he's meeting. He took a math placement test and called me right away when he got the results. I know our phone calls will get fewer and farther between as time goes on, but for this first week, it's been just right.

I sat down and opened my Bible this morning and the first verse I saw was this one: "Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing!" (Isaiah 43:18-19).

Well, I was pretty happy with the old things, but I have to realize that even if the past was good, that doesn't mean the future can't be better. So with that little encouragement, I'm facing forward and getting on with the various projects around here, like Meg and Melissa, our nonprofit, and housework. And parents' weekend isn't too far away.


Deniss said...

You must be so proud of your son. Congratulations! You did such a great job with him.

Michelle Glauser said...

You know, I don't think a tear was shed by anyone in my family when I moved to Germany, though we are a close family. Maybe it's because I'm the third child. Do you think it'll be just as hard for the next child of yours to go?

Jena said...

Michemily, I don't know how I'll be when the others move away. Maybe the first child is such a shock, I don't know. But I'm awfully attached to all three. I'm sure it won't be easy to see any of them leave, but maybe I'll get used to the idea and realize it's not such a big deal and be more chill with the other two. :)

and hi there, craftylady! Nice to hear from you.

Amanda said...

Oh, man, Jena, you have ME crying, and he's not even my kid!! I'm going to go give my three hugs now!

Traci said...

Oh man. I'm glad it's getting easier.

Letitia said...

I know exactly where you are. My 2nd born, and first to leave home, left this Aug. It is so hard for a while. It does get easier as time goes. Of course, I am blessed right now that she is about 2 hours away, so we have been able to see her every 2 or 3 weeks. Sometimes the visits make it harder, though, because you have to let go again.
I'm very happy for you that your daughter has decided to come home.

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