Kate Gosselin's twin daughters turned 17 in October and have "limited time left at home," the mother of six revealed on Instagram Wednesday

By Natalie Stone
January 25, 2018 07:46 PM
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Kate Gosselin is “cherishing every moment” that she has with her twin daughters before they leave for college.

The Kate Plus 8 star took to Instagram Wednesday, when she revealed that 17-year-old twins Mady and Cara Gosselin have “limited time left at home.”

Kate, 42, shared a photo of Mady taking a mirror selfie, in which she donned a grey turtleneck, ripped jeans and had her hair pulled back in a low, messy bun.

“❤️ #GrowingUp #Beautiful #Mady #LimitedTimeLeftAtHome #CherishingEveryMoment,” she wrote in the loving caption.

In honor of the twins’ 17th birthday in October, Kate — who also shares 13-year-old sextuplets Aaden, Alexis, Hannah, Leah, Collin and Joel with ex-husband Jon — posted a throwback photo of the girls to social media.

“Happy birthday to my girls! My heart hurts because you’re almost adults and will soon leave for college, yet it smiles because I am seeing who you’ve become: brilliant, beautiful, kind, caring, logical, responsible, empathetic, honest, amazing individuals!” Kate wrote in the tribute post.

“I love you both SO VERY MUCH! Let’s have a wonderful day together celebrating Y❤️U!” she continued and added the hashtags “#Cara #Mady #SeventeenthBirthday #ILoveYou #ForeverAndAlwaysNoMatterWhat.”

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For the past 16 years, the Kate Plus 8 star’s home has been anything but quiet. But within the next half decade, all of her children will be graduating high school and contemplating next steps, including college.

“It’s the day I have feared since they were born,” she said in a previous Kate Plus 8 promo about her sextuplets becoming teenagers. “To think that when the little kids are in college and my house is empty? I can’t fathom it.”

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Speaking with PEOPLE in fall 2016, Kate opened up about what she predicts the next decade of life will be like for her.

“I’ll be the crazy cat lady … except with dogs,” she said.

“I’ve learned not to have any predictions about the next 10 years, because I certainly never thought I’d have wound up here 10 years ago!” she shared. “Given all the drama of our lives, doing a reality show honestly feels like the smallest issue we’ve ever had to deal with.”