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checking in at the beginning of 2018

The end of 2017 was almost as busy as the rest of the year.
During the break between Christmas and New Year's eve we worked on house projects and relaxed a bit and helped Youngest move into an apartment with his girlfriend. We did a couple of runs to Ikea and we rented a truck and we all pitched in and climbed stairs (so many stairs) to his really lovely new home.
I don't think I can adequately explain how I feel about him moving out...I'm sad and miss him and am completely thrilled for them all at the same time.
Middle has moved upstairs from his tiny downstair room and has proven himself a good neighbor. He checks in with me and is good company and I'm grateful for having children who understand the nuances of this situation.
Youngest still texts his sweet messages to me, too.
But, every once in a while, I catch my breath and need a little weep...or find myself very lonely on the train (we commuted together for nearly six years). I'm finding there is as little wr…

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