It symbolizes the rest of my life right now. Instead of juggling multiple daughters and their various levels of learning, I only have 1 to teach and we can be done by 11 a.m. instead of someone still doing math when Daddy gets home in the evening. I do a lunch out and can splurge on Chick-fil-A instead of figuring out how 5 of us can eat for $20 at McDonald's. I can run errands alone because at least one of her sisters will be home instead of gathering up 4 little ones and making a run to the grocery store in between naps.
I miss those days! The house can be so quiet when all of the older girls are off at jobs or school and it is just my youngest and myself. I miss the girls running in and out of the house with laughter and sometimes tears. Now I pray a quick prayer as a car leaves the driveway knowing that they are in God's hands, where they have always been but it is so more clear now.
Empty bins - a reminder of a full life that I am thankful for more and more every day!