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Update: Children Grow Up and Leave Home

People have been asking me for an update on my kids.  My boys are all grown up - they are men now and not boys anymore.  I could give you an update, but really, I want to give you more of a warning.

Chess and Piano


Children grow up. They leave home. They stop leaving messes.

The other day my kids came over.  I needed an excuse to make cookies, but I also made them dinner and we all watched a movie together.  It was lots of fun!  A few days after they left, I realized something was different about my living room.

There was music on the piano...chess pieces littered the table...

Wow!  All those years homeschooling my children and feeling frustrated at messes, and now here I am HAPPY to have a little bit of proof that they came over to visit and had fun! What once seemed so annoying now brings me such warm feelings!  Who knew?

Here is a brief update, because some have asked for it:

Kevin is still playing chess, but not very often.  He works full time as an electrical engineer and software engineer and loves it.  He is also a part time student getting his masters in engineering, and he is constantly studying "just for fun."  He is married to his beautiful, sweet wife Liz (who also works as my Office Manager) and they have a lovely home nearby.  Alex is still playing piano, but not very often. He graduated with a double major in Political Economy and Rhetoric. He lives nearby and tutors students in all subjects.  We talk a lot about the state of education and curriculum options, and he loves encouraging others to love learning.

Homeschooling is a season of life, not a life sentence.


Enjoy what you are doing, and the stage of life you are in right now. It won't last forever - that's a promise. It's also a warning, because one day you'll face the empty nest and wonder why you were ever so annoyed with scattered chess pieces and random sheet music on the piano.

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Comments 6

Guest - Jen on Monday, 24 February 2014 19:12

Oh, I know this I do. I'm so thankful for this time with my boys. I will miss them deeply when they grow up and move out! I almost cry just thinking about it, and we still have at least 6 years to go - LOL!

Oh, I know this I do. I'm so thankful for this time with my boys. I will miss them deeply when they grow up and move out! I almost cry just thinking about it, and we still have at least 6 years to go - LOL!
Guest - Marjie on Monday, 24 February 2014 22:02

Oh, so true! 6 here are done with home education, four are still working their way through. I don't have play-do on the floor, a diaper pail, crib sheets to wash, footed jammies, hugs around my leg while I am making dinner from a very short person, crooked "I <3 You" messages...you get the idea. (Although now I have several grandchildren, so the play-do may once again appear--we are already working on cars and Duplos and jumbo crayons on the floor.)

I don't know what I want to/should do when I grow up! Er, when the *kids* all grow up. My house will be empty, but my heart so full.

Oh, so true! 6 here are done with home education, four are still working their way through. I don't have play-do on the floor, a diaper pail, crib sheets to wash, footed jammies, hugs around my leg while I am making dinner from a very short person, crooked "I <3 You" messages...you get the idea. (Although now I have several grandchildren, so the play-do may once again appear--we are already working on cars and Duplos and jumbo crayons on the floor.) I don't know what I want to/should do when I grow up! Er, when the *kids* all grow up. My house will be empty, but my heart so full.
Guest - Laura W. on Tuesday, 25 February 2014 05:10

I don't need any reminder... ;>( We are in the midst of scholarship apps and finishing well with our only child. I'm excited for her and dreading what's next for me. I deep thinking Roots and Wings - it's just part of the process. I should go buy stock in Kleenex about now. My number one job, as always, Pray, Pray, Pray! Thanks for going the walk with us, Lee. You have been a HUGE blessing.

I don't need any reminder... ;>( We are in the midst of scholarship apps and finishing well with our only child. I'm excited for her and dreading what's next for me. I deep thinking Roots and Wings - it's just part of the process. I should go buy stock in Kleenex about now. My number one job, as always, Pray, Pray, Pray! Thanks for going the walk with us, Lee. You have been a HUGE blessing.
Guest - JW on Wednesday, 26 February 2014 08:07

LOL, if we were living in our dream home, I'd be constantly yelling about horse muck being tracked into the house, bridles left draped over the backs of chairs, and vet bills.

LOL, if we were living in our dream home, I'd be constantly yelling about horse muck being tracked into the house, bridles left draped over the backs of chairs, and vet bills.
Guest - Kris on Wednesday, 26 February 2014 11:18

You just brought me back down to earth with tears in my eyes.

You just brought me back down to earth with tears in my eyes.
Guest - JW on Friday, 28 February 2014 07:20

Thanks for the update!

Thanks for the update!
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