By Lynn Parsons
My youngest child, Cassie, was just accepted to both Brigham Young University-Idaho and BYU in Provo, Utah. My two sons graduated from BYU, and my other daughter is at BYU-Idaho (and nicely recovered from her recent concussion, thanks for asking!).
Attendance dates were an important part of her deliberations. She could begin in Provo in June, but her track in Idaho didn't start until January, 2011. She's leaving in June.
That means my empty nest (after 28 years) comes sooner than expected. I had mixed feelings about this. Then I realized that her freshman orientation is just before my book launch party in Salt Lake City. We can travel up as a family, and she can attend the book launch with her siblings! This essentially saves me a round trip airfare. Heavenly father is looking after our family.
I had wondered how I would face this (relatively) child-free time in my life. But my two grandchildren will move nearby in August, and I have book signings and presentations to keep me busy between now and then. Rather than focusing on my empty nest, I look forward to my full life!