A Springtime Tradition

I watch with excitement as our crepe myrtle trees bloom among the azaleas and as the cherry blossoms flutter like snow in the wind. The trees, bushes, and flowers “dress up” in spring. The smell of spring flowers and mowed grass is inviting, and even washing down the yellow pollen dust on my driveway is Continue »

Phases of the Empty Nest

My friend Julia and I met for coffee to catch up on each other’s lives. We’re both Empty Nesters. My five kids are all married, and I have nineteen grandchildren. Julia has two kids, one in college and one just out — adjusting to real life! As a single parent, Julia has raised her kids Continue »

Never Give Up!

  March 9, 2011, is a day I will never forget. I am one of millions of Facebook users, and my birthday is listed on my profile. I received hundreds of birthday wishes from my friends. My husband took the day off just to be with me all day. I felt like a school girl Continue »

Sharing Our Chips

Recently, there was a picture of me and my sweet granddaughter posted on Facebook. This picture really touched me, and I began to tear up. (I am really getting sentimental in my older age.) This is not my first grandchild; I have many grandchildren. But this particular picture was not posted by one of my many biological Continue »

Cousin Camp

My husband John and I recently hosted our 3rd annual “Cousins’ Camp.” It was exhilarating, , enlightening and exhausting! This year we had 8 campers ages 4-12.They dubbed themselves “the exceptionally awesome eight!”

Rejoicing in the Empty Nest

I just talked to my daughter. Ashley has five — count them — five boys! They are all 10 and under. She was telling me today how tired she is. Bless her. I listened and tried to encourage her. I remember so well how she feels, and I told her so. It doesn’t take away her fatigue, but hopefully it does make her feel Continue »

Family Reunions and Kids

Is an extended family gathering on your calendar for this summer? Most of these events are planned by middle agers who want their kids and grandkids to know their cousins, aunts, and uncles. That was the situation last summer for a young friend of mine, her husband, and their children. Their family loaded up all the gear for Continue »

She’s Really Not Coming Home

Our youngest just completed her one year post-college internship. For months, she’s been talking to us about where she will live and what she wants to do when she is on her own full-time. We’ve listened, encouraged, coached, and given some advice when asked on resumes and interviews. For a while, she vacillated as to where she would Continue »