Just seeing this in print is causing a stir of emotions.

Part of me keeps asking, where did time go and then I smile and think, job well done!

This is becoming real as any trip to the local Target will tell you it’s time to buy school supplies. Slowly, I am getting used to the idea of the last first day of school, all the lasts, and tissues for my tears. The other side of this is the anticipation for a new chapter and pondering where my amazing young man will be in 10 years.

Here is my advice to young moms:

  1. Take lots of pictures.
  2. Be an active mom with school functions.
  3. Each stage is wonderful, embrace it and savor every moment.
  4. Be true to your family. If your goal is to be busy then be busy, if your goal is to have quality family time, make it happen.
  5. School is one element of childhood. While important, lazy summers and family outings are important memories, too.

This summer, we have visited colleges and I see the excitement in your eyes, I also see the anxiety. Everything is going to turn out just right. You have mastered each step of your schooling and college will be the same.

Son, I want you to know I am so very proud of you! Your journey in life is just beginning and I look forward to sharing more firsts and yes, some lasts.

I promise not to shed too many tears, and when I do cry, they will be tears of joy.

Ranae Aspen

Ranae Aspen lives in the middle of Nebraska in the heartland of America. She shares her home with her husband Dan, and teens Daniel and Leslie. Sunset Acreage is home to fruit trees, chickens, cats and rescue dog Sampson. Ranae is passionate about sustainable living and sharing her life’s journey to help others thrive in this crazy thing called life. She loves writing!  You can connect on Facebook at  https://www.facebook.com/ranaeaspenwriter/  You can also find her blog all about Sunset living at https://raspen2.wordpress.com/ .