by Sherry Kyle
“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” -Philippians 4:19
“Your adult kids still live with you?” The question rolled off the woman’s tongue. Her forehead creased and her eyes narrowed. At that point, I wasn’t sure if she felt sorry for me or envied my situation. There was one way to find out.
“Yes, they do,” I said. “And I still make dinner for everyone.”
The woman tilted her head back and shook her head. “How old are your kids?”
“Between nineteen and twenty-six,” I shrugged, suddenly embarrassed. Were my husband and I failing to launch our four kids or did the high price of housing cause their delay? I knew the truth. We live in an expensive area.
For the most part, I enjoy having a full house, but there are days when I wonder what it will be like when it’s just my husband and me. “We do charge them a bit of rent,” I said, wanting her to know we weren’t entitling our kids.
“Just you wait.” She smiled, her demeanor shifting. “They’ll be gone before you know it. The empty nest is wonderful…and difficult. It can be quite lonely, but you get used to it, and then it’s wonderful all over again.”
I look forward to seeing how God is going to provide for our kids, but in the meantime, my house if full. And that’s good too!
Sherry Kyle is the award-winning author of books for tween girls, including The Christian Girl’s Guide to Style, Love, Lexi: Letters to God, and 2019 ECPA Christian Book Award finalist, True Heart Girls Devotional: God’s Promises for Me. She also writes novels for women set along the coast of California where she makes her home with her college sweetheart and their four children. Her newest contemporary title is Capture Me. You can visit her at www.sherrykyle.com, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.