Growing Pains


My daughter returned to her apartment to start studying for the bar exam which she takes in July.  We had a fun visit and now as a mother I am going through some growing pains.  She has to find a place to rent where she will be working in the fall, luckily it's only a little over an hour.  The transitioning, the coordinating and the planning cause me mental stress.

My son will be attending school in the fall in Boston for his Math PhD.  Again, apartment hunting, planning, packing and moving.  Deep breaths.  This is when I am most thankful for my hobby.


I don't know about you, but knitting soothes me and places me in a calm state.  I immediately become in the moment and feel relaxed.  So between now and mid August my growing pains will be there.  I know that once again both kids will be in their new places starting new chapters and I will be letting go a little more (frantically knitting!).


Above is my Mother's day gift from my daughter.  I find that more now than ever a little bit of the Holy Spirit would be a very good thing :)  I have many meditation booklets that I cycle through during my morning prayers, little snippets to reflect upon.  St. Anne is my confirmation saint that I selected all those many years ago.


Last weekend I had the pleasure of seeing a package in the mailbox from a fellow blogger and friend, Kim from mothering with mindfulness. We are snail mail pen pals and I was thrilled beyond happiness to open up a lovely hand carved shawl pin made by her husband.  (thank you again!)

I have grand plans of a photo shoot with the shawl I just finished.....so hopefully next week.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!  Long one for the Americans :)  I'll be posting the weekending series sometime on Saturday (might be early Sunday!).

Comments

  1. Hugs to you Karen, I do understand those mama feelings.
    I find that knitting soothes me too. This month makes four years since I learned to knit, I can't remember what I did before!
    Beautiful gifts from Kim, her husband is so talented.
    Enjoy a great weekend Karen.

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  2. Transitioning your kiddos to adulthood is the hardest part of parenting. No one ever tells you that. Everyone worries about getting the kid into college, but they don't think past that into getting them out into the real world. But it is so wonderful to see them blossom into contributing human beings. Enjoy your weekend!

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  3. this IS the hardest part of parenting....you have been 'in charge' for so many years, and now must watch them become the ones making those decisions (and a few mistakes along the way); surprisingly enough, the job of 'worrier' gets a little bit easier with time!!! (never totally goes away, though!!!!)

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  4. This is the hardest part, loving them enough to let them go. I found tea, cake and crochet a great help. They will love you enough to keep coming back. Have a great weekend, it is a long weekend here in the UK too.

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  5. Letting go has proven to be one of the more difficult parts of parenthood for me. Our girls are still at home, but as they've grown up, we had to reevaluate things many times. When is it ok to stay up later, when to go places by themselves, now we have one child with a drivers licence... I don't really want to think about college or them leaving yet, that is going to be a hard one. I'm glad to know knitting helps, I can see myself knitting up a storm in a few years. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  6. Karen, my heart goes out to you with those growing pains. Our kids have been on their own for MANY years now, but I can still remember how it felt to relinquish a bit more freedom to them with each step. It hurts...and yet at the same time it is a time of rejoicing as we watched them (and continue to watch them) making their own mark in the world. I will be remembering you in prayer. You are such a blessing to me, Karen. (((hugs...gentle hugs)))

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  7. Hugs! It's hard to let go! May God bless you!!! I love St. Anne too!

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  8. Letting go is incredibly hard. St. Anne and all the saints will get you through it for sure. I agree with knitting being such a stress reliever. It has been a god send this past week with all the craziness going on. Enjoy your weekend!

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  9. Stepping back and watching changes sure isn't easy. Knitting is a great way to escape it for a bit. Lovely gifts from your daughter and friend. Have a good weekend!

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  10. Best of luck to both of your children on their new endeavors! We move quite a bit and I know that it can be stressful. And I agree, knitting takes me to my happy place. When ever I am feeling stressed or drained I sit and knit a row or two and I feel much better. Enjoy the weekend!

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  11. What beautiful presents to receive. Kim's husband is SOOO talented! His work is impeccable.
    I hope you are successful at finding peace of mind and heart. I'm still not good enough at knitting that I can lose myself in it. I have to count, think and talk to myself too much. But quilting does it for me : The sounds of the machine, the steady rhythm of the needle.

    Have a lovely week-end!

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  12. ((((Hugs)))). I'm glad you have knitting and prayer. And a good snail mail friend who knows just what will bring you cheer. Have a great weekend, Karen. ♥

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  13. It seems every part of this mothering journey has its growing pains. Sending you hugs my friend. I find my solace in knitting and by spending time in nature. I am so happy you like the shawl pin. Have the most wonderful weekend. Enjoy that extra day. xo

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  14. I totally understand and relate to the "growing pains" of motherhood. Often, at least for me, it has been much more painful than giving birth (at least with one of my children..." Hugs and prayers from Arizona. Walk with God. :-)

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  15. Since it will be years before I have to do that kind of letting go I can only reflect on my excitement at apartment hunting and exploring a new city when I was that age. I hope you knit a lot of wonderful things this summer.

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  16. Im feeling your pains. Same going in my house too. Im thankful for fellow bloggers that send beautiful and inspiring messages everyday and yarn play. Peace .

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