Sugar Mountain, Banner Elk, Beech Mountain — if it’s October, that’s probably where you’ll find me. My husband and I have been coming to the mountains of northwest North Carolina for years. When our children were still in school, it may have been for a long weekend or during their fall break. As empty nesters, … More Five Reasons Why I Love Autumn In The Mountains
Everything’s Always Changing Is it just me, or does life seem like one long series of hellos and goodbyes? Of beginnings and endings? Babies are born and grandparents pass on. Family members are added by marriage and sometimes taken away by divorce. New friends move into your life while old friends leave for new jobs, … More Why Saying Goodbye To A Special Place Makes Me Sad
“And the fruits are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control”. If you grew up going to a Christian church or taught a children’s class in a Christian church you may have just sung the above line. The fruits of the Spirit are found in the Bible, Galatians 5:22-23. The Fruits of … More Nine Ways The Fruits Of The Spirit Relate To The Empty Nest
It finally all worked out. It was the last day of my hometown’s annual air show and I had successfully carved out time to watch the Blue Angels up close. It was to be the grand finale, the highlight of the week. Sun ‘n Fun Aerospace Expo My hometown of Lakeland, Florida hosts an air … More How My Impatience Caused Me To Miss A Unique Experience
Remembering Today is the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on our country, September 11, 2001. In some ways, it seems like such a long time ago. In others, just yesterday. I suppose, most of us who were adults on that fateful day will remember every September the 11th until we reach the end of our … More Being A Good Mom In Times Of Crisis
You Know When It’s Time I’m getting used to the empty nest — sort of. After all, it has been a decade since my youngest spent the summer at home. I’m becoming comfortable with my own routine, my own life without children at home. Even so, I don’t always like it. Sometimes I wish I … More Why A Solo Road Trip Was Good For My Soul
She Looks Just Like . . . It is said we all have a twin somewhere in the world — a doppelgänger. It could be a famous person like an actor or actress or simply a person you see on the street. I am constantly seeing doppelgängers of people I know. Sometimes my husband will … More Are You Happy With Who Others See In You?
I’d Rather Be Reading If there was one thing I could do, any time I wanted, for as long as I wanted, it would be to read. If I had no other responsibilities, I would be content to sit in a nice, quiet spot with a good book for hours on end. My husband has … More Why Reading Sometimes Takes You Where It’s Difficult To Go
It’s that time of year again — back to school. The only reason I know this is because of all of the first day of school pictures on my social media feed the last couple of weeks. Those, along with the posts of the moms and dads taking their freshman to college for the first … More Back To School Already? Simple Things Empty Nesters Don’t Know
A Simple Gesture of Love The two men looked slightly out of place as they waited in line to greet the widow at the front of the church. They wore their work clothes and carried bouquets of flowers wrapped in cellophane, the kind you purchase at a grocery store. When they finally got to the … More What’s So Significant About Grocery Store Flowers, An Egg And A Widow’s Mite?