Well, my daughters are on my mind these days.

Audrey and her husband Glenn are moving to Georgia, where he has a new job (after a long search).  I am so very happy for them.  And I guess it means Anne and I will be seeing a new part of the country before too long — maybe as soon as February.

Thea has another birthday tomorrow.  She’ll be at church.  And then she and some friends will be over for lunch afterwards.  Should be fun.  I’m starting to get used to the fact that she doesn’t live here any more.

Their lives are going their own ways.  What happens in them is largely out of my control.  I was going to say as a parent.  But I’m not doing a lot of parenting these days.  They are adults, making their own decisions.  Often they are not the decisions I would make.  But that doesn’t mean my decisions would be right for them.  It’s a very different role.

Anne and I are now making decisions about our life together.  Certainly we talk to Audrey and Thea about our plans.  But most of our plans no longer have much to do with their plans.  We’re free agents in a way we haven’t been since Thea was conceived.  Part of me is nostalgic.  But on the whole, I think I like it!

Which is a good way to move into a new phase of our life.