Five Reasons Why I Love Autumn In The Mountains

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

Why Saying Goodbye To A Special Place Makes Me Sad

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

Nine Ways The Fruits Of The Spirit Relate To The Empty Nest

“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

How My Impatience Caused Me To Miss A Unique Experience

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

Back To School Already? Simple Things Empty Nesters Don’t Know

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

What’s So Significant About Grocery Store Flowers, An Egg And A Widow’s Mite?

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?