Thursday, June 17, 2010

We Pushed the 2nd One out of the Nest

This is D. when he was little. Isn't he just the cutest thing?

This is D. with his younger brother L. and his older sister K. (He's the one in the middle.)

In America, we have this saying: After all of the children have left the home you have an "empty nest". Well, today, our 2nd child "left the nest". We drove our 2nd child, who happens to be our 1st son, to a military academy he will be attending this Fall, if all goes as planned. For the next month he will be attending a Leadership Training Camp with the military. This "camp" is similar to normal boot-camp, but it also teaches leadership skills and gives each one participating, leadership opportunities.

As a mother, I had mixed feeling about this. I was (and still am) scared, nervous, and sad to see him go. But on the other hand, I'm also very excited for him. It is his time. It's his chance, and it's his choice. He's off and just beginning what promises to be a very exciting future, and I am very proud of him. There is a lot of work ahead of him, and it's not going to be easy.

My advice to him: Always remember to keep God first, and as I Corinthians 10:31 says "Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God."


  1. Good luck to your son as he embarks on the next chapter of his life, Jackie - and hope that you keep strong through it all :) as a mother, it is always hard having to let them go ....

  2. Thanks Lynda! Yes it is! Especially with them going into the military. They are so restricted on their correspondence. I want to call him so bad this morning, but can't. Oh well, I guess he's in good hands and they know what they are doing. ;o)

  3. So hard to let them go!But he knows that he can count on you. Like you I would have mixed feelings but I'm sure he will be fine.

  4. Flo, we finally heard from D. last night. He said he is having the time of his life. That makes me feel so much better. The hard part is not being able to be in communication with him, but after the call last night I'm so relieved.

  5. That's a great news! You must be so relieved, just to hear his voice and knowing that he's happy. That's the main thing which makes it easier!