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The empty room

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Guest room

Monday I scrubbed the house from top to bottom. I washed the sheets and cleaned out the second fridge downstairs. Graduation pictures went back to their place on the table, toys were stored and the house basically looked empty, even lonely! The past few months have been busy and chaotic, just the way I like it. Kids coming to visit, babies leaving fingerprints on the slider and then two special house guests for a month.

 

Foof gave up her apartment and moved in with us for several weeks because she and B purchased a new home and while she will only be living 20 minutes away it still makes me feel a bit teary!

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Friday morning Foof and B moved their stuff from the guest room, it was cleaned and made into a room for Osama, Jacki and the little ones. Of course big brother insisted on coming with his truck that afternoon to haul stuff to the new house.

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The next day we brought the rest of their belongings and did our best to help put things away.  The boys were having fun, Foof made a box fort for them, but after a few hours it was nap time.

The kids and I loaded them up and went home for a nap while Osama and Jacki stayed behind.

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Drive thru to get a quick bite and Aiden asking for more with his hands!

 

Heme or “hehe” as he is known to the boys, has become quite the movie star over the past few months. The boys stand at his door calling him, trying to launch themselves over the baby gate, offering their stuffed animals and even snacks just to get him to come and play!

I am happy, sad, overwhelmed but most of all I thank God for bringing us this far and keeping us together! After living with no furniture, electricity and no ability to decorate or show individuality, I am thrilled each time I see one of my kids take charge of their lives and open their hearts!

 

Little ones

Little birds inside the nest

Newly feathered prudent breast

Don’t clip your wings for you must fly

Unto a distant faithful sky

Mother watches, never far

Hoping you will find your star

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104 Comments Post a comment
  1. Carmen #

    What a wonderful feeling of accomplishment for you and your family members, Lynn! Good for each and every one of you for putting in the time, effort, and passion to change your lives!

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    February 28, 2018
    • Thanks Carmen! It’s been a long road but I am so blessed

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      February 28, 2018
      • Carmen #

        You’ve created a new and better life for yourself, Lynn – that’s quite a feat! Give yourself a high-five for that, eh? 😉

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        February 28, 2018
  2. Happy family! They will always fly back from time to time. (K)

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    February 28, 2018
  3. It is always such a fretful, relief when you see your children strike out on their own. At least you are there for them should they need guidance or help.
    Leslie

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    February 28, 2018
  4. The pictures exude happiness in every way, Lynn. God bless you all… ❤

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    February 28, 2018
  5. This post speaks straight to my heart …. I brought up my girls to have roots and wings but their flying does leave an aching in the mummy bird’s breast. You have done the most marvelous job of raising your brood and they will never be far from you in spirit – that invisible thread always binding them to you. Xxxx

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    February 28, 2018
  6. I love that you all are so well ajusted and happy. May your chicks all be safe and happy and you too Sis 💜💜💜💜

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    February 28, 2018
  7. Wow busy are you and such a reflective poem filled with beauty

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    February 28, 2018
  8. Loved this post, Lynn!

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    February 28, 2018
  9. koolaidmoms #

    How proud and accomplished you must feel for raising such wonderful children! I love the poem it speaks to my heart right now as I am watching one take her first tentative steps forward.

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    February 28, 2018
  10. How do I know that sad feeling when they leave the nest…But the feeling of pride in them starting there journey in life…and to have them live so close….how wonderful….beautiful home too!! you are truly blessed Lynn…..xxxxkat

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    February 28, 2018
  11. Lynz. It’s so nice that you can now appreciate these special moments and can do things and decorate the way you want to. Contnue to cherish these moments that others often just take for grsnted. Gary

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    February 28, 2018
  12. I can’t even count the reasons I love this post. I definitely feel, Lynn, all the love you are passing to your precious ones. ❤ ❤ ❤

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    February 28, 2018
  13. Oh, my, such mixed feelings. I understand you well, Lynn. I think every mother does! But as you said, it is wonderful how close your family is sticking together. I have barely witnessed a family like yours. I am amazed how close you are to each other… all for one and one for all!!

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    February 28, 2018
  14. What a wonderful family you have ! Wishing you and them all the best always.

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    February 28, 2018
  15. You saying that Foof and B will be only 20 minutes away made me think of a woman I met in North Carolina. We were talking about our kids and she suddenly burst in to tears, saying how much she missed her son since he moved away. ‘How far away is he?’ I asked. ‘Three doors up,’ she said.

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    February 28, 2018
  16. It’s so nice to have family home

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    February 28, 2018
  17. You are such a good mom, Lyn. Always remember that. Everyone else already knows it. ❤️

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    February 28, 2018
  18. That is a beautiful home! You have certainly landed on your feet. Tell us your secret!! Happy for you.

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    February 28, 2018
  19. balindsey2015 #

    Wonderful happy snaps. It’s a true blessing when our children find their own way. xx

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    February 28, 2018
    • It really is! I have tried to visit your blog but cannot find it

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      February 28, 2018
      • balindsey2015 #

        Hi Lyn, yes I have had some issues I suddenly acquired the name balindsey2015 after doing some fiddling on my old blog. Since then all sorts of strange things have happened. I must try to sort it out. This is my current blog: https://balindseyblog.wordpress.com

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        February 28, 2018
        • I knew I had been on your blog and we had communicated! I was so confused! So sorry for your loss!

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          February 28, 2018
          • balindsey2015 #

            Yes, I am confused too Lyn. I just can’t get my head around it just now. Thank you for your condolences, they are much appreciated. Think of me shivering in UK next week, having endured an Australian summer up until now. I’m sure I’ll manage.

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            February 28, 2018
          • Take care and stay warm x

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            February 28, 2018
  20. So lovely, Lynn. I love all the mixed emotions that happen when the kids take wing. It’s all so human and all facets of love. Great photos.

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    February 28, 2018
  21. It is so good to see your grown children with many options of choice in their lives. Your daughters free to move, work and enjoy a life that would have been unattainable in Saudi. The close family ties and seeing them taking wing and launching out into their independent lives. Congratulations! xoxox

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    February 28, 2018
  22. Alice #

    You are amazing Lynn! Like you, I love to have my kids and grandkids around!

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    February 28, 2018
  23. One of my favorite posts of yours Lynn.

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    February 28, 2018
  24. A lovely post and although you are sad as we all are when our kids fly away to pastures new ..You have well and truly left the past behind and what a future you are making 🙂

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    February 28, 2018
  25. Bittersweet, but there are more family adventures, get togethers and blessing ahead. New chapters 🙂

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    February 28, 2018
  26. beautiful – goings- comings – always family – love.

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    February 28, 2018
  27. Such a beautiful post, sister 😀
    It is never easy, when our kids are leaving our home to start their own way of life, but a part of being human.
    You have a close relationship with your kids and they will never be far away. They know, that you will always do your best to support them and the best gift, anyone can wish for, you already gave them, the freedom to choose their own way of life.
    You can be sure, they will take much care and not repeat, what you and life taught them.
    Wish all of you the best, dear friend ❤

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    February 28, 2018
  28. Beautiful poem to finish your post … a day to celebrate but it can’t be easy. I love the photos of your family. So full of love and happiness … be proud, Lynz! ❤️😀

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    March 1, 2018
  29. Such a poignant post completed with a sound philosophical poem

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    March 1, 2018
  30. Times like this are bittersweet. Lovely poem. Hugs my friend. xxx

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    March 1, 2018
  31. Lovely post. It brought back so many memories and emotions surrounding the various times my children have left home and come back again, often accompanied by a new partner, then spouse and children, in between finding new accommodation etc. On the other hand, after my son and I temporrailyy moved in with my parents for nearly a year and then my youngest brother moved back home having separated from his wife, my dad on retiring early, decided that was it, and they promptly moved to a one bedroom flat with no garden many miles away so none of us could move in again! 😄

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    March 1, 2018
    • Oh my! It is a revolving door for sure! It was a wonderful time having them here. Thanks for sharing your memories Chris!

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      March 1, 2018
  32. Beautiful poem, Lynn! I love all the photos! You have such a beautiful family!

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    March 1, 2018
  33. Your family is beautiful, Lynn. I’m so glad they are moving forward with who they are and their lives.

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    March 1, 2018
  34. A new house is so exciting! I am sure it’s bittersweet for you, but you should be proud as a mom that your kids are spreading their wings and finding their own ways in the world. It must be tough, but it’s what you prepare them to do.

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    March 1, 2018
  35. Gives me goosebumps! You can feel the love and the pain at saying goodbye but the last picture says it all! The freedom! You can be so proud of being such a wonderful Mom to your precious kids and preparing them to launch out on their own. Love and hugs!! ❤

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    March 1, 2018
  36. Nice home!! Well done😃

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    March 1, 2018
  37. What a thrill for them to have their first new home! And your house will always be filled with fun and family throughout the years, you don’t worry about that! xoxo

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    March 1, 2018
  38. Rest up after all that cleaning and scrubbing Lynn!💕💕😃

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    March 1, 2018
  39. Wonderful pictures of the moves and changes going on in your family. I love your poem at the end. 🙂

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    March 1, 2018
  40. I always enjoy the chaos when the kids come to visit. And you are right when they leave it is too quiet. I really love your poem and photos. Lots of neat comments. 🙂

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    March 1, 2018
  41. So touching. Did you write the poem? Love how your lives have turned out!!! Happy endings are such a relief.

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    March 1, 2018
  42. It’s bittersweet isn’t it? Still if we’re going to have babies that won’t stay babies it wonderful to have grow up to be self confident, successful, caring adults that still like to come home.
    You did great raising your children.

    How wonderful to hear that Heme is a huge hit, and probably a doting Uncle. 🙂 That’s the best! The boys are so blessed to have him, and he them.
    Hugs xx 🙂

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    March 2, 2018
    • I love to see them grow and yes it is bittersweet for sure! Heme is so cute and the boys follow him around calling him, it is adorable!

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      March 2, 2018
  43. My mum chased me out of her nest but then she regretted it! There will be many more lovely family visits to come.

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    March 2, 2018
  44. Happy times, congrats! I’m glad the new house is so close 😀

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    March 3, 2018
  45. Spring cleaning early Lynn! I am doing a little of that too… 🙂

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    March 3, 2018
  46. This was such a wonderful post filled with wistfulness and poignancy.
    The poem emphasizes the Best part of being a mother and grandmother! I like my peace and quiet!
    It is with this note, I am heading out soon to pick up 3 kids to bring he to a one bedroom apartment!! You are lucky to have rooms!!

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    March 3, 2018
  47. Your beautiful poem reveals true happiness found in family. ❤ Love and blessings to all, Lynz. xo

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    March 5, 2018
  48. You must be just thrilled to have your family making such positive changes. What a lovely post Lynz. Thank you.

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    March 12, 2018

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