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Welcome to my family blog. I have been married to Mike for over half of my life. I love my Savior, Jesus. I am a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom to six terrific, interesting children. My 3 oldest were born to me in my younger years, while my 3 youngest were given to me by God in my older years. I am very blessed. ~Cheri


From Six to Four

We've gone from having 6 children at home, to now only 4 children in less than a month.  I'm not going to lie, it is hard.  I woke up Sunday morning, just like any other day.  Except it wasn't.  My son was leaving that morning.  The busyness of getting the girls ready for departure kept my emotions at bay.  Seth was excited to start his life as a Marine recruit.

(I forgot to get an after picture)

We too quickly arrived at the station we were just at less than a month ago with Jordan.  Then my tears came.

Seth's friend arrived at the station to say good-bye, even though they spent the previous day together shooting big guns and playing video games.

Then it was our turn.

The Mom

 The Sisters

The Brother who has only known Life With Seth (noticed Jack's closed eyes?)

The Dad, praying for his son.

The female friend.

Then we left.  We went to church.  I cried when we walked through the door without him.  I cried when someone asked how I was doing.  I cleaned myself up and moved on.  Another person asked how I was doing, so I cried some more.  After a while I just gave up trying to look decent that morning.  Then I walked into the sanctuary and saw my son Jack sobbing.  He had held it all in so well.  That was all it took for me to lose it again.  I cried because he cried.  Jack had complained of a stomach ache all morning.  We now know it was just dread.  Dread of saying good bye to his best friend.

Despite the roller coaster life with Seth, we already miss him and are so proud of him.  He always seems to bring us much laughter and much turmoil combined.  I am so glad God gave us this tornado.  I often times wondered if God knew what He was doing by giving him to us.  Raising Seth has been my biggest accomplishment as well as my biggest defeat.  I have learned so much about myself along the way.  Please pray for my son, that he will be fully dependent upon God throughout his life.

14 kind words:


Praying for you, and for all of your sweet children! They are making not only you proud, but me too. Thank them for the sacrifice they are giving on behalf of all of us!


Dear, sweet Cheri,
I wish we did indeed live closer to you. But, it wouldn't help that almost empty feeling that aches inside. You've done what you were meant to do...raise a child that can lead an independent life but (we always pray) a life pleasing to the Lord. This military thing is so different because when they leave, they really leave! Poor Jack, we will continue to lift him up too. We love all of you so much. Now the others start their own lives and we'll trust God to draw them and save them, guide and lead them. We pray and watch.
We love you so much,
Becky and family


Bless your heart. (((Hugs))) sent your way!

Martha @ Berrybliz

Praying for you and all of yours.


No doubt the roller coaster you have been on with Seth has made his departure that much harder. I will be praying for the Lord's hand to be upon him and for peace to fill your heart.



I'm crying just reading your post. Prayers & hugs!


Ooohhhh....I'm crying too. Praying for you, friend.


Cheri, I cried while reading this post. As a mom who has had three children leave the nest, I totally understand and remember the emotion. Praying for you all as you adjust.

When our oldest daughter took a teaching job and was moving a few hours away, I cried throughout the entire church service on her last Sunday. I just gave up and cried. My husband who was leading worship broke down and the pastor had to take over. Natalie, the one leaving, continued to play the piano for the service, in spite of her parents' emotional breakdown! Now a few years forward she has moved back to our town, is married, and lives five minutes from our house.

Again, you are in my thoughts and prayers! This is one of the hardest parts of parenting - letting go and letting them fly.


Oh Cheri! I am cried reading your words and seeing those hugs goodbye! So hard! Sending you ((((((((((((((HUGS)))))))))))))) and prayers.

love Naomi


I wish I knew what to say to give you some comfort. But I can and will pray for both Seth and Jordan and the rest of you at home.


Oh, Cheri! You captured this day...this terribly hard such a beautiful way.


Praying for all of you, Cheri. (((((HUGS)))))


I should have brought a tissue box to the computer with me. Still praying for you all.

Wendy in OH

Just catching up on posts; hang in there my really do know what love is. Now where are the tissues?

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