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Old 05-27-2013, 02:55 PM   #16
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Simple question: are you glad your kids are grown?
It's a 'yes & no' answer I've always been a SAHM and absolutely loved everything about it - infancy, toddlers, school age, most of the teen years - just dealt with issues as they came up, and cried when each one sprouted wings and left home

All three are productive citizens now, and we have 4 lovely grands, the oldest (only girl) a senior next year (my baby ).

OK, with that said, DH has been retired a few years, and he & I are thoroughly enjoying our time and travels together - no schedules.

Will always, to a degree, miss having a baby in the house, but they do grow up! LOL
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Old 05-27-2013, 03:01 PM   #17
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Yes and No. Our sons are 27 and 29 now and the 27 year old just got married. I miss the years when they were really young (although at the time I didn't appreciate it). Our friends are becoming grandparents and we're nowhere near it. Empty nest is great for a lot of reasons, but I miss how they needed us when they were younger. Our job however is to raise responsible adults, which we have done very well. We haven't had one living at home full time for 4 years now and even that was only for 6 months, prior to that we'd had 3 years of empty nest, except for part of each summer.
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Old 05-27-2013, 03:01 PM   #18
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Yes! I loved our homeschooling yrs--12yrs total. DS26 was a real handful, as is Christian. Now they're out of the house and DD20 is living at home, going to college. I expect she'll be out in another 18 month's or so.

I love my children dearly but its so nice to be a couple again.
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Old 05-27-2013, 03:25 PM   #19
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Yes! I don't have what it takes it today's world to do it over again. Just want to ease on out of here in peace.
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Old 05-27-2013, 04:00 PM   #20
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I loved raising my sons; cried a ton when each sprouted wings and left but thoroughly enjoy them now via phone calls and/or visits. And with one married and the other two engaged I also totally enjoy my "daughters".


Having said this.....I REALLY would LOVE a grand baby!
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Old 05-27-2013, 04:06 PM   #21
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Yes, I'm incredibly grateful that both of my girls have reached young adulthood, and I've been here to witness it. DD19 lost a friend at age 12 to cancer, and my cousin lost her darling girl at age 3. I've survived almost ten years after being diagnosed with melanoma.

So, every milestone is a huge blessing, and my gratitude is always colored with visions of what it would have been for us to be celebrating Sami's 9th birthday last week, and Lucy's 19th. Or how my girls' worlds would have been different without me in it for the past 10 years.
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Thanks for the great replies!

It's exhausting and I don't get much "me" time at all, but I am enjoying raising my 4 yr and 9 yr old girls.

My aunt tells me this is the best time of my life. Anyone disagree?
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Thanks for the great replies!

It's exhausting and I don't get much "me" time at all, but I am enjoying raising my 4 yr and 9 yr old girls.

My aunt tells me this is the best time of my life. Anyone disagree?
I wouldn't say that. I think every age was the best time." Even the 2s (and their teenage equivalent.)
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Old 05-27-2013, 06:35 PM   #24
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I wouldn't say that. I think every age was the best time." Even the 2s (and their teenage equivalent.)
I think she meant raising a young family. I don't know, my 20's were pretty awesome.
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Thanks for the great replies!

It's exhausting and I don't get much "me" time at all, but I am enjoying raising my 4 yr and 9 yr old girls.

My aunt tells me this is the best time of my life. Anyone disagree?
They are wonderful years. Enjoy your kids. It is precious time and will go by so fast!! Is it the best time? I think all of life is "the best time"--I loved being a carefree kid, I loved being a teen, I loved my 20's and falling in love and getting married, I loved my 30's and raising a baby and starting my own business, I loved homeschooling her in my 40's and working at my business at home...

And now, I'm still working at home and she's off to college and doing her thing. I look forward to the next chapter after this. All stages of life are grand.
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Old 05-27-2013, 08:06 PM   #26
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I love it, I hate it (time marches on)
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Yes, I'm glad they're grown and on their own. It's nice that all 3 of them live in our town. Our daughter is expecting our first grandchild in Sept. and my husband and I are thrilled we live close enough to babysit often. I don't think our daughter minds that either.
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All these responses have me verklempt! (Spelling?)
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My only is in OR this summer spreading her wings and learning to fly. I miss her terribly and my DH was almost physically sick about it, but we're turning her over to a Higher Power and hoping this will be a growing and good experience for all of us.
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OP- Everyone probably has a different take on what is the "best time of your life". For me, the best time was whatever time I happened to be in. I can honestly say that I loved every year and every step along the way. When my kids were babies, I loved that stage, when they were toddlers, that was my favorite time, and so on and so on. I do remember there were lots of times when the kids were little, and I didn't want them to grow up. I just couldn't imagine them as adults. But now, I'm thoroughly enjoying my grown kids and would never want to go back to when they were younger!

The older I get, the more I realize how important it is to live in the moment.
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Old 05-27-2013, 10:11 PM   #30
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Thanks for the great replies!

It's exhausting and I don't get much "me" time at all, but I am enjoying raising my 4 yr and 9 yr old girls.

My aunt tells me this is the best time of my life. Anyone disagree?
IF I really had a 'best' time, would have to say birth to starting school - just loved having babies and toddlers around the house - was such an uplifting and heartwarming experience, and one I'd repeat in a heartbeat - if I still had the energy and strength
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