Our Last Chick Flew the Coop

Our last baby chick flew the coop this past weekend.   Dale and I haven’t been without one of our girls at home for more than 2 days in almost 30 years.  We always wanted them with us.  We never took a trip without them.  Even if we went out to eat, we went together.  We were one.  I loved making hot breakfasts, talking in the kitchen, and tucking them in at the end of the day–every day.

You’ll think I’m silly for this…and I am!  Even to this day, I call Rachael and  Ellie my newborn babies when I hug them!  They don’t seem to mind.  As a matter of a fact, one day just a couple of weeks ago Rachael heard me say it to Ellie and said, “Hey, I’m your newborn baby!”  I smiled and said, “Aw, Rachael, you are my newborn baby, too.”  It seems it was just yesterday that they were my  babies.

Taking Ellie to college and leaving her on VCU’s campus was hard, but the good news is she’s living with Rachael (our 4th daughter).  And Hannah (our 3rd daughter) and her husband, Jake, only live 5 minutes away.

Yesterday will be permanently engraved in my mama heart.  Hannah had us all over for lunch after church in their adorable apartment. She  invited a gal who didn’t know Jesus or anything about the Bible to come, too. We ate homemade pot roast, talked about the love of Jesus, and prayed together. It was the greatest  ever. The lunch was over, and Hannah took her guest back to her home while we washed the dishes.

It was time for us to leave for home, but Rachael wanted to show us her new studio. Her church had bought an old beautiful church building and given a few artists studio rooms.  Hannah, Rachael, Ellie, Dale and I all went to see it.  As we were walking down the hall to get to it, we were having so much fun laughing that someone came to see what was going on.  The studio was large and  stunning: old hardwood floors, tall windows, two adjoining rooms for storage, and a possible sound studio attached to the big room.  While we were all talking, all of a suddden as I looked at Hannah, Rachael and Ellie I could feel inexpressible joy pounding my heart–the fruit of many years stood beautiful in front of me. They walk with Him, and it is good.

Dale and I drove home blessed.

I missed making Ellie’s breakfast this morning, talking to her in the kitchen, and even seeing her clothes on the floor.

The nest is empty.  I’m not going to lie…I am lonely for her.  But God confirmed to me yesterday: It is good.

Ellie moved in with Rachael. Their apt is next door to the VCU music dept, you can hear them practicing instruments. It is beautiful.

Ellie and Rachael



  • Phil Monk said:

    Wow Sharon, this is amazing! Hard to believe how quickly time flies by. You're so right, God is so good and faithful, we are so blessed to know Him and share Him with those who don't know His love. Miss you guys...! Say hi to Dale :)

    • Yes, time flies!! We love you and miss you Phil! Dale said Hi!

  • Colleen G. said:

    Good morning Sharon.
    Beautiful post about your beautiful girls/family. It is a reminder to me to embrace the moment with our little ones because in a moment they are grown. PS. Addie loved viewing the pics of Ms. Ellie. She wants Ms. Ellie to know she likes her bedroom : )
    -Colleen G.

    • Thank you Colleen! I'll give Ellie Addie's message:). Sharon

  • Barbara said:

    Hi Sharon, that must be so difficult, and yet, such a joy to see your beautiful daughters grow up and follow Him. You are blessed, my friend. Love the pics.

    I only have one daughter, and she is almost 14 years old. I know that time is coming, sooner than I think.... She so wants to grow up and say she doesn't need her mom, but I treasure every moment to allow her become the woman of God that He desires for her.

    • Thank you Barbara! Yes, treasure every second you have with your little girl. Even though she is 14--she's still your new born baby!

  • Barbara said:

    BTW, your girls are absolutely beautiful!!!! What instruments do they play? We love music in our house too. Mostly piano, though.

    • Thank you!! They are not majoring in music even thought they live next door to the music dept. They are visual artist's. VCU is the number one public universtiy in art in US.

  • Joy said:

    Sharon, my heart identified with this post from the start. My parents included my sisters and I in everything, and we in turn included Chris in all we did and everywhere we went. Yes we were "one" as well. As a result, our son has such a strong sense of family. He would miss any other opportunity if he knew we were spending an evening together. He used to tell us when he went to High School that he couldn't understand his friends there. They couldn't wait for the weekend to get away from their parents. Chris couldn't wait for the weekend to spend time with his parents. We are blessed.

    Just last weekend we attended a memorial service for my Aunt. Being together with all my cousins...giving and receiving hugs...crying together...the room was filled with so much love. Afterward I spent so much time in tears, overwhelmed by God's goodness for the creation of family and for giving me such a godly heritage. The Lord is so good and I am so blessed.

    Thanks for reminding us again of the treasure of family. I know the Lord will fill the emptiness with Himself. When Chris went off to University three years ago now, I thought I'd be a bucket of tears, but although I miss him at home dearly, I know he is exactly where the Lord desires him for now and the hard parts of letting-go are mixed with an assurance that God is growing him into His purposes and plans, and that's exciting.

    Love you my friend.

    • We are kindred in many ways! i can't wait to meet your son and your family one day. Thank you for your words of encouragement to me. I love you.