Empty Nest Moms

When the Bird Leaves the Nest and Flies to a Different Continent

My daughter moves into her apartment today to start her college career.  I live in Hungary.  She is in New York City.  This was definitely not what I envisioned, but…

Always a Mom

Summer is forest fire season in Arizona, and right now the fires are raging in full force. They’re front-page copy in many newspapers and first lead reports on hourly newscasts…

Pick a Positive Path

Yesterday I was at a friend’s house chatting while our kids played upstairs. As usual, after only a few minutes, rumblings of discontent reverberated down the stairs. I was tired, so…

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….

When Mother’s Day Hurts

“Oh, no — May is here,” the woman muttered as she stared at her calendar. “That means Mother’s Day is coming.” She sighed. “It’s the worst day of the year…

Mother’s Day or “Me” Day?

Disappointment is an emotion I didn’t expect to experience on my first Mother’s Day. I had set my expectations a little high: breakfast in bed, pampering, long nap in the afternoon, glory…

Is God in Handcuffs?

My husband and I are currently praying faithfully for three couples who are in significant marital stress. Affairs are going on in all three. Our son told us about several friends of his,…

The Disease of “People Pleasing”

Do you worry? Walk away from a conversation, wondering if something you said at some point somehow hurt the other person’s feelings or gave him or her the wrong impression?…

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…

Discovering a Meaningful Easter

Easter is such a powerful and holy season that is quickly being overshadowed by an overgrown rabbit, and the real meaning is lost on over-sugared children. Many adults are even unsure…

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