As of late Sunday afternoon, Suzette and I officially became emptynesters.  We took our daughter, Jesse, to college on Sunday.  She's attending classes at Augustana.

OK, I know, we're lucky because she's only minutes away as opposed to hours away, but it still seems odd not having her around the house.  I've gotten so used to seeing dirty dishes in the sink or seeing shoes strewn about near the front door or homework papers spread all over the couch in the family room.

Augustana does something rather unique.  They challenge all incoming freshmen to stay on campus for the first 30 days.  That way the students have a chance to get better acquainted and acclimate themselves into "college life."

I have to admit there were a few tears shed when we had to say goodbye.  When we got home a dear neighbor tried to calm our fears by saying to us, "Think of it this way, you and Suzette did such a great job raising Jesse, she's gonna miss being with you, how cool is that?"

Okay, I guess when you put it like that...

I know it's the way it's suppose to be; the birds leaving the nest and all, but it's still hard.  In the same breath though, I do have to admit, I am kind of looking forward to this new chapter in my life.

Is that bad?

I'm excited about spending more time with my wife Suzette, and catching up with friends and family.  Plus, now I can walk around the house naked again!  (Suzette just sent me an email and said that AIN'T gonna happen)