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Kids returning home? Nest not so empty now? / A different kind of nest
« Last post by Moonlight on Today at 03:16:12 AM »

Sometime last year the children hadn't been home for more than half a year. They delayed the plan for various reasons but eventually came home. The house was noisy for 2 days before returning to the usual emptiness. I was excited, I was sad, I was angry, but then it all faded away.

This year they will probably be home for the Memorial Day, but the stay will be brief. It makes me realize that I am a different kind of nest now for them who already have their own lives and plans. We are truly empty in a sense. It's a bittersweet sensation.
Every Day Conversations / Re: Compliments
« Last post by girlchild34 on Today at 02:48:42 AM »
I can relate to that good feeling that comes from someone saying or doing something nice. @Pat, was this from a gentleman by any chance? :jiggly smiley:  I think this would be a good opportunity for both of you to make up for the lost time.
Some "Fun" things to do.... / Climbing Mt. Everest
« Last post by girlchild34 on Today at 02:45:17 AM »
For a long time, I had no idea where this was located. I had heard stories of how people gave themselves a challenge of climbing it, year in, year out. The other day, I overheard a couple talk about how hard it is to climb this mountain. Every year, a lot of people embark on setting records while ascending Mt. Everest, standing at 8,848m. Now, that is quite some altitude!
Staying Healthy As We Age! / Re: Is alcohol healthy?
« Last post by girlchild34 on Today at 02:40:52 AM »
I agree with all of you that talk about moderation. I could go for months without a glass of wine. Other times, I can have a glass of two every weekend, during or after dinner. As is with all things in life, you have to pay close attention to your body, so that you are able to know your limits.
Every Day Conversations / Re: Happy Birthday Jeanine!
« Last post by horizon on Today at 01:53:42 AM »
Happy birthday, Jeanine! This forum has been a great help as I navigate through the hard parts of life. It's wonderful to meet new people in similar situation and find strength from their advice. I pray for all the best for you and your family! Have a blessed life wherever you are! :tinypinkflowers: :birthday: :You_Rock_Emoticon:
Every Day Conversations / Re: Happy Birthday Jeanine!
« Last post by Jeanine on Yesterday at 07:43:25 PM »
Thank you Mary! You're so sweet to do that. Been busy around here so haven't posted much lately, got to take care of that! It's good to see new members joining and posting.

Hope you are yours have been doing ok? Things starting to settle down a bit with  your son at home? Hope it's smoothing out some for you and  you are enjoying him being home.

Take care and thanks for the birthday wishes.  :039:
Every Day Conversations / Happy Birthday Jeanine!
« Last post by MaryB on Yesterday at 04:14:38 PM »
Another year has rolled around but you keep looking better and better!!!   Happy Birthday to the founder of Empty Nest Mom's Forum....  thank you for another year, and here's to many many more!!!   Mwah!!!    :birthday: :poster group hug: :bdayparty: :happybirthday3: :49: :06: :08:
Our Empty Nest / Re: Do you still feel engulfed by sadness and emptiness?
« Last post by haidyl on Yesterday at 09:54:15 AM »
I would be lying if I said that I never feel empty inside, now that the children don't stay at home. It was worse at the beginning but now, I tend to feel empty at times, and wish that they came around quite often. This won't always be the case because of various commitments.
Some "Fun" things to do.... / Bucket Lists
« Last post by Kidless on Yesterday at 08:18:02 AM »
Do you have a bucket list?  I do and the number one thing on it is a cruise.  I've never been on one and would really like to take one before I kick the bucket.  What's on your list?
SUGGESTIONS / Re: If you fall, fall hard!
« Last post by Kidless on Yesterday at 08:14:10 AM »

Is there such thing as falling too hard? My diet plan goes up and down a lot lately. I bet you know which one happens more. I haven't been eating regularly for the week and the healthy food I usually like are not inviting. Is it because of the stress? Any suggestions to get me back up?

Breathe deeply and say "I can do this!" It's just getting your resolve and mindset back into the healthy eating mode.  If it is hunger you are fighting, drink a glass of water or a cup of coffee.  If it's appetite, distract yourself with something to do.  Go for a walk, crochet something or call a friend. 
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