We’ve all heard of empty nest syndrome. But no one ever really prepared me for the empty minivan.

The Minivan is empty?

That’s right!

It’s actually been virtually empty for a few years now since my kids started driving. But it never actually felt empty until just now.

Now my kids are launching… I think (but that’s a story for another time).

This season of my life has come faster than I ever imagined and with a lot of stuff I never expected. I’ve searched what others have to say about the topic and found myself even more down than ever.

Empty Nest Syndrome: The minivan is empty? Even though technically my minivan has been empty for years, no one really prepared me for what would happen after my children launched. Read about my promise to myself here.Isn’t there more than menopause and grandkids to look forward to at this point?

Shouldn’t there be?

Yes! Yes! Yes!

At 45, I’m not old, nor am I ready to accept the “empty nester” title society wants to place on me.

There are still plenty of things I want to do. Purpose I want to find and fulfill. This empty nest syndrome may have taken me by surprise, but it’s not going to take me down.

In the next couple of years, I am going to handle each struggle with grace and love. I will find exactly where I fit again and thrive. It’s just another adventure.

Haven’t we already conquered many other adventures as moms?

Wasn’t it an adventure bringing them home from the hospital? Wasn’t it an adventure taking them to kindergarten? Wasn’t it an adventure helping them find a sport or activity they love and are good at? Wasn’t it an adventure the day we registered them for high school?

Don’t even get me started on the adventure of a lifetime the day you took them for their first drive after getting their learners permit! Am I right?!

So why is this adventure so different?

We’ve spent so much time preparing them to launch out of the nest. Why didn’t we spend anytime preparing ourselves for the emptying of the nest?

Whether we feel we’ve done our job right or not, our kids are going to move into creating their own lives in the next few years.

Celebrate that!

We have to look at this as yet another adventure. Hit it straight on. I am going to walk boldly into this time claimed by others to be a time of sadness and loneliness.

This empty nest syndrome does not need to be a dark cloud to follow me around. It’s not the end of my parenting or the negative change of life that we all hear about. Walk with me, lets see what’s waiting for us on the other side. I say “Bring it ON!”

Let’s take this journey together!

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