Hair deep conditioned and cut: CHECK. I sure wish I had thick curly hair like that… 🙂


Nails filled and painted a pretty blue with one finger on each hand painted clear with a flower design on it: CHECK


School books bought and being scanned so Shantel can read them on her computer or phone: CHECK

Must be time for Shantel to start back to her college classes on Monday, after the holiday break… CHECK

Shantel and I spent Thursday at the college practicing her routes to and from each of her classes. She never ceases to amaze me by how quickly she can memorize the paths she needs to take. We only needed one day for her to commit to memory where each of her classes are. This semester she is taking:

Accounting Principles

Human Anatomy & Physiology,  with the laboratory

Introduction to Statistics

This is Shantel’s last semester at South Mountain Community College. She will receive her AA in psychology in May, then transfer to Grand Canyon University in the fall of 2014 to earn her BS in Health Care Administration. We are so very proud of her and all she has accomplished. Great Job Shantel, GREAT JOB!!!

Update: Shantel is also still in the process of finding a house to share with two other girls. If they find a house they can all agree on, in the right part of town that will make travel to and from school/jobs convenient for all of them, and the price is right, and the stars all line up just right, they will all be roommates in February or March. However, in the event the roommate situation falls through, Shantel said she still wants to move out and into an apartment of her own. If that comes to pass, my husband, Bill, and I, will do all we can to help her move into her new apartment or house that will be convenient for her and in a safe area of town. This, of course is a BIG transition for our family. Of course, as her mother, I will miss her and worry about her…. And, I will need to adjust my life to fill in the hours I’ve spent with Shantel… But, at the same time, and as I choke on my own words…, in my heart, I know it is time for Shantel to leave our home and make a life of her own.

Yes, I do feel the pains of the impending  empty nest, AGAIN. And, yes, I will deal with it AGAIN, just like I did the first time my nest was empty when my Katie left home… I will give myself permission to feel whatever I need to feel, for as long as I need to feel it.., Then, I will start a new phase of my own life with the love of my life, my husband, Bill. A life full of doing what makes us happy. If all goes well, Bill  (and I) will be able to retire within the next 3-4 yrs. And, believe me…we have no problem knowing how to entertain ourselves and finding things to do that make us happy. One thing we made very sure of was to not lose sight of who we are as a couple over the years, so when the day comes that we find ourselves spending 24/7 together, we won’t have to start all over finding ourselves… That’s why I LOVE my Bill so very much… We started this life together in love, and shared all the joy and sorrow it gave us… And, we will end it together in love with all the joy and sorrow that is yet to come…  That is what life is all about in my book…. accepting the good with the bad, the joy and the pain, and knowing in the end…. it all balances out… 🙂

Stay Tuned!

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. bill
    Jan 11, 2014 @ 00:48:57

    Yes honey we will both be missing Shantel, with her promising to call often we will make it through this tough time. Seeing Shantel grow up into a lovely young women with all her dreams ahead of her, I am sure she will be fine and we will be more proud of her than we are now.

    When it comes to us we are going into another phase of our life loving each other and getting to do some of the things we enjoy. I love you and will be by your side to get through the time after Shantel moves on. I just wanted to let you and all your blog readers, that I love you and am looking forward to spending more time with you when OUR retirement become reality.

    Love Your Bill


  2. gotham girl
    Jan 11, 2014 @ 04:23:44

    That’s my bro! A true gentleman and partner! You two are so meant to be! xoxo


  3. katsbynp
    Jan 12, 2014 @ 01:33:10

    I think you are wise in letting you feel and deal with the empty nest for as long as you need. I am happy for you that you have a wonderful person to share the new phase. Who knows maybe you will feel like traveling and you two can always come to Pittsburgh for a visit. Great post. Thanks for sharing


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