I'm not going to lie, tears have been shed. This house is way too quiet. The day I've been dreading has finally come. We delivered David to UGA on August 9th, Kelly to Berry College on August 19th and Danny to Virginia Tech on August 24th.
Don't get me wrong, I'm incredibly proud of each of them. They are such hard workers and earned wonderful grades, amazing scholarships, and lots of AP credit hours to bring into college with them. Without their hard work and dedication, financing three in college at one time would be so much harder. It is still daunting, but knowing that they've earned more than half of their combined tuitions through their efforts, really makes writing these checks an honor rather than a chore.
I know they are going to have wonderful, unique experiences, and for that I am so thankful! David has already joined the running club at UGA. His first text to me announced that the waffles in the dining hall had the "G" logo in the middle and were delicious! LOL Kelly is already loving her work at the equestrian center and is thrilled to see how much the foals have grown over the summer. Danny called to say he and two friends from his suite had gone to the gym for an evening workout and they saw a skunk on the way home. I KNOW THEY WILL BE FINE. It's me I'm not so sure about it.
There is a lot to keep me busy instead of focusing on how eerily quiet it is around here. I have my teaching schedule, work at the quilt shop, and the publication of my patterns. And most exciting, as of Thursday (phone meeting in the car while driving to Virginia) I have a new book to work on! The schedule is going to be tight, but I am so ready to share with the world all the fun things I've been busy dreaming up!!
And I want to send my sincere appreciation to all of you who have been so supportive during this emotional transition. The hugs, kind words, tissue and bottles of wine are sustaining me!
My nest is empty but my heart is full!