So, today is my 47th Birthday and as everyone is so keen to tell me I am only 3 years away from the BIG 5O! O.M.G!!!
Even though 47 is not a ‘significant’ birthday, this year is shaping up to be a memorable one.
I have my 30 year School reunion in October which absolutely blows my mind. Like many noteworthy events in my life I can still vividly remember the last day of school and am struggling to believe it could possibly be that long ago.
Some who I will see at the reunion haven’t seen me since I looked like this – I hope they recognise me!
We are experiencing many changes in our lives at the moment that I still find myself looking for the grown up
One of the biggest changes is our eldest daughter is moving away to start her career as a Primary School teacher. We are extremely proud and know that the School and students will be the real winners, but Mr SBB and I are really going to miss having her around. Although at least my wardrobe will be safe from her early morning raids!
How fast does the time go by? From birth, to first day of High School, to her 21st. It all happens in the blink of an eye
When she was going for the interview we really wanted her to do well and to be offered the position, but there was also a part that didn’t want her to get the job as it meant she wouldn’t need to move away. I keep having to remind myself that she is only a 45 minute plane ride away and Skype will help to keep us close, but it isn’t the same as being able to give her a reassuring hug as she heads off to her first day at her new school as a Year 4 teacher.
It is still 4 weeks before she leaves, but during our trip to Ikea to pick up some furniture for her to take I found myself overcome with emotions as the realisation kicked in.
With her moving out it means we will be officially ‘empty nesters’.
However I guess I still have one kid in the house!
Thankfully we still really enjoy each others company and having worked together for most of our married life we know each other inside and out. We shouldn’t experience the issues of learning how to navigate our relationship that a lot of new empty nesters do as we have been in each others pockets for years. Our friends regularly question how we can live and work together, but we enjoy it and I envisage the same will happen in this new stage of our lives.
Another huge part of our life may be leaving us also.
I have spoken about our elderly Bichon Frise Lou-Lou before and we are becoming very painfully aware that her time with us is limited. She is almost completely blind, deaf, and has doggy dementia. She is regularly having accidents in the house and we know that a decision is going to have to be made very soon but none of us are ready for it. It breaks our hearts to think of our home without her.
At this stage we are offering her Palliative Care (and spending an inordinate amount of time cleaning up her messes) but every day with her is a blessing. Who knows if she will make it to 17 or not, but whatever happens she knows she is loved as we show her every day.
Whilst I don’t know what else my 47th year will bring I do know that I am very lucky to have good health, a loving family and lots of support from my gorgeous friends.
I may be leaning on my friends a little more this year as we navigate the next step in our lives, but I am also very excited to see our beautiful Emily start the career that she has wanted since the age of 6.
So as I blow the candles out on my cake today I wish for smooth sailing as 2016 is a year of growth, reflection and new beginnings for us all.
Linking up with Ingrid at Fabulous and Fun Life for her Monday Madness Link up party
Have any of your children flown the coup? Do you have any tips for us?