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Rayanne Bennett

A beautiful reflection, and one that I can relate to, even though my daughters are in their 30s. It is still a constant and bittersweet yearning in my everyday life .... longing for the days when my girls were at home, even though I adore my grandchildren and am very proud of the lives that the girls have built for their families. It's just that there is a hole in my heart that nothing will ever replace, because (at least in my experience) I was my truest self, living my greatest sense of purpose when I was parenting my two children. Jennifer inspires me to make plans with my husband and try to do more in my life than just work, work, work. But I know as surely as I know my own name that I will never be as fulfilled as I was when I had my daughters with me everyday ... they were my reason for being ... I will always and forever be an empty nester. I will always be, above all ... Sara and Jesse's mom.

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