2017 was kinda weird for my family. It was the first time that our oldest, Jordan, hadn’t been home in over a year. Instead of his coming home, each of us made a trip to Colorado to visit him. Christmas came, and we got him for a week. It’s a strange place in my parenting years to be: to go months without seeing a child. We are knocking on the door of empty-nesting, and I honestly don’t know how Jim and I will deal with that. It may be spectacular. It may be depressing. It’ll probably be a little of both. What I know for sure is the complete wholeness I feel when the five of us are under the same roof. It’s different now because each of us has different needs separately and as a unit. Five adults require space, a lot of food, and a ton of wi-fi. These times are special and fleeting, though. I know that. I’ll take these moments however I can get them.