We cleaned out the room over our garage last month to receive our new college graduate. The year before, we converted the bright bedroom at the front of the house into my office. The dining room has been a dining room, a dedicated library, then back to a dining room. The dark middle bedroom has been an office and a room for kids home from college to crash.
Our house seems constantly in flux. God has used that to teach me a visual lesson about life, for it seems to be in continual change as well.
Yes, there are some constants. So far I haven’t been able to repurpose the kitchen or the laundry room, thus meaning I still have to cook and clean! In the same way, my family remains, even when our proximity and relationship to one another changes. Right now those relationships are in constant reconfiguration as the “children” navigate their own lives as young adults.
For my husband and I, our professions have stayed the same, but each of us has had a shift of focus in past few years. We have had to figure out what this means for each of us individually and for us together as a couple, as empty nesters and then as parents with an adult child in the house. No time to get comfortable or complacent! In fact, just as when I seem to get a room “settled” in our house and the need for change arises, I find that in my life a measure of peace often becomes a precursor to some amount of unsettling—even if for good reasons!
Already I’m wondering what that room over the garage is meant to be when our daughter moves out later this year. An office? A bedroom for a different child? A different use altogether—one we can’t fathom at this moment? The not knowing makes me a little anxious, but I know who does know. And whether in life or in my house, I can trust that He will reveal each step as I need to take it. For now, I’ll enjoy having our daughter into our daily lives for the first time in over four years. And I’ll remind myself not to get too attached to the way things are. For nothing is certain in life. Nothing except that things will, indeed, change.
About Anne Mateer:
Anne Mateer has been writing for what feels like her whole life, but began seriously studying the craft of fiction in 2000. Since then she has completed eight novels, had pieces published in local periodicals and an anthology, attended writing conferences and finaled in several contests. She currently has three published historical novels: Wings of a Dream, At Every Turn, and A Home for My Heart. A fourth, Playing By Heart, will release in the fall of this year. But writing is only a piece of her life. Anne is also a wife of 26 years and the mother of three young adults, both of those roles much more precious to her than the title of author.
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