Victoria is safely ensconced in college. She is very busy meeting new friends, attending new classes and making a new life. And she seems very happy with hardly a moment to spare for homesickness of any sort.
We seem to have an abundance of new chapters for each family member this fall. My son is still looking for a job but also helping coach his high school football team. My daughter is in the process of re-accessing her life choices and a possible move to the west coast. My husband has an exciting project to work on which may not be altogether new, but is entering a brand new phase of intensity and focus.
As for me, while not yet an official "empty nester" because said son is still home, (thank you God!) I am busy cleaning and getting my home back into some sort of order. Performing my ordinary home-keeping tasks is especially comforting to me right now. Laundry and folding clothes, organizing clutter and grocery shopping. All things I can easily take for granted have taken on a new level of importance. When things are up in the air as they seem to be at this moment, grounding myself in my daily chores makes me feel centered and content. Each day will unfold in it's own way with it's own rhythm. While my head may try and convince me I need a new "plan" for my life, I think I will spend as much time as I can happily humming along until the next adventure presents itself. All in God's good time.