Leaving the Nest

Earlier this summer, we had a nest of wrens in a small corner of our front porch. We were entertained by watching the growth of the chicks, until one day they one by one flew off, leaving an empty nest behind.

We are experiencing a little of that in our family this weekend.

Kelsey's apartment

Our younger daughter Kelsey has moved out, renting an apartment about 30 min. from our home. We spent the last few days packing up her room, filling a U-Haul and multiple vehicles with her belongings, and with the help of many friends, we officially moved her into her new “home away from home.” She’s excited, a little nervous, but ready for this new step in her young adulthood. We are happy for her, proud of her, yet a little saddened as well.

Our baby has left the nest.

an empty nest

Looking across her now mostly empty room upstairs, I realized that space has not been vacant since we first moved into our Dacula home back in 2000, exactly 15 years ago this month. She grew up in that room- from an energetic grade schooler, to a beautiful teenager, then a hard-working college coed. Now she is a graduate and a “working class girl”, making her way in the business world. And time marches on.

As Kelsey begins a new chapter of her life, I feel like a chapter is closing in ours. One has left the nest, and though Ansley has moved back in for a time since finishing grad school down in Savannah, we know she wants to get back out on her own again soon as well. And our nest will be empty, like the little wren nest still tucked up in that corner of our porch. It is bittersweet, I must admit. But we entrust them both into the hands of our Heavenly Father, knowing the One who gave them to us will keep them in His great, loving hands.

For Kelsey, our baby girl, and Ansley, her big sister- “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26

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