I have three daughters and I have spent the last 25 years raising them and loving them even though I sometimes wanted to lock them in closets.
The oldest, Tristan is married and lives with her husband and their son. She moved out the week after Graduation and got married at 19 to a wonderful man who I am proud to call my son in law.
The second, Randi, has been on her own for about 3 years and just last month moved in with her boyfriend of 6 years. She has worked full time and gone to college for the last four years. Just recently she has had a change in her career plans and has decided to pursue a nursing degree with her younger sister, Amelia.
My baby, Amelia is 19 and she still lives at home. (At least for now.) Amelia is taking a little break from college and working full time. She has worked since she was 16 and has continued to keep great grades and graduated with honors and is very close to getting her AA. She plans to return to college for spring quarter and pursue that nursing career with Randi.
As you can tell, all three of my girls are very confident, motivated and independant. (Unlike their mother. LOL) They are gifts from God and I thank Him for them every day.
The bad news is, my life is headed for a drastic change. My baby wants to move out after Christmas. She wants to be like her sisters and get her own place.
Although I don't see her a lot right now because her shift is opposite the hours I work, it's very nice to know she is here. I love being able to run up to her room when she is sleeping and hug on her if I want to. Just knowing that she is a member of our household means a lot to me.
I don't know how I'm going to take her moving out. If she gets the place she wants, she will be 20 miles away. She won't be alone because her boyfriend will be living with her, and I will be comforted by that, but I will still worry about her. I hate thinking that I won't be able to see her unless she comes here or I go there. I don't know if I'm going to be able to deal with my last baby moving out. How do other people deal with this?