Since I can remember, when I woke my twin boys in the morning, I would say “it is time to rise and shine”.  They were always happy babies,  usually greeting me with smiles and giggles.  Over the years this tradition continued.  As they grew older and were capable of waking themselves I continued to choose to wake them myself and say “it is time to rise and shine”.  This past May, they graduated high school.  We made a point on the last morning of school to continue our morning ritual.

Just a few weeks ago they left for college.  AJ is attending the California Maritime Academy pursuing a bachelor’s of science in marine engineering technology.  AJ’s school is in Vallejo, California about ninety minutes north from our home.  Joey is attending Chapman University pursuing a bachelor’s of art in English with an emphasis in creative writing.  Joey’s school is in Orange, California about seven hours south from our home.  Their move in dates were the same.  So that meant my husband and I had to split up to move our boys into their respective schools.

I am not sure how describe how I could be filled with so much joy and pride for their next steps in college and so incredibly sad that they wouldn’t be a part of my daily life. The first week home I could hardly speak about them without feeling weepy.  I am getting used to not seeing them every day.  And, I am really getting used to not seeing their sock piles in the living room.

Tony and I left our boys on a Thursday and they started school the following Monday.  I just couldn’t resist, even though they are in college, to send them one last morning message the first day of college:   “It is time to rise and shine!  Love you, Mom”


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4 Responses to Blog: Time to Rise and Shine!

  1. mindys7 says:

    LOVE how you make the photos the emphasis of your pages. All the embellishments are awesome too but never do they over power or out shine your photos!
    And…I LOVE your story of your boys! Empty nested was very hard to take…at first…and then we became very used to it. It is fun to watch your wonderful children fly after 18 years of teaching them how. Sounds like your two are going to be very successful in life. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

  2. Liz Propst says:

    OH Kim….best blog ever. I can identify!!

  3. Linda DeLaughter says:

    These great sons will never forget the love they have received from you, dear Kim! They will be superstars as they “rise and shine”!

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