A New Beginning

One thing about raising a family…you can count on constant change.

My youngest son (child #4) left for his sophomore year of college on Saturday. Earlier in the week, as he was starting the packing process (slow, oh so slow!), I asked him if he was ready to go.

“Yes!” he said, a little too enthusiastically.

“Well, I’m NOT!” I answered.

Anticipating a goodbye is the worst part–the last hug, the empty room. After that initial shock, my husband and I start adjusting. Soon, it feels normal. And it helps when we hear the smile in our son’s voice. He is LOVING college. What more could parents ask?!

Another new first today…my youngest daughter (child #3) begins her first day as a teacher for a private international school. Can’t wait to hear her report tomorrow eve! She’s been working toward this goal for a while. There’s nothing more wonderful than a teacher who feels “called” to teach. At church on Sunday, our pastor had all of the teachers stand up for a special blessing. “There is no greater influence on a child outside of the home than a teacher,” he told them. How true!

So that’s the story in my household. Now it’s your turn. What’s new in your life?

About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.


  1. Lo says:

    Let me just tell you from my experience..my son came home the first couple months every weekend with washing. After he got used to being away and enjoying it then we both got over on with a new way of life. Sigh..many years ago. He graduated, got married, gave me two grandchildren and formed his own company.