I Wasn’t Expecting That I went to our town’s old shopping mall one day last week to look for a new bedspread. (I’ve already ordered and returned two.) I didn’t think I would find anything but I decided to give it a try. Our little mall is kind of sad, a shell of its former … More Change. Something To Dread Or An Exciting Adventure?
It’s that time of the year again. We’ve just celebrated Thanksgiving, the day set aside to reflect on all of the blessings of our lives. It’s not just a day though, is it? Doesn’t it seem like our thoughts go to the things we are grateful for every November? As I reflect on Thanksgiving 2021, … More Seven Things I Am Thankful For In 2021
You Want To Live Where? Have you ever wanted to live somewhere else? Have you ever dreamed of experiencing life in completely different surroundings? I have. My daydreams usually include living somewhere with a long history — a cottage in an English village or a flat in a Scottish city. I would even settle for … More One Reason Why You Can’t Live Your Child’s Life
“Help! I need Dr. Mom”! That was a common phrase I used twenty-five years ago, when my children were young. When Dr. Mom Was Needed Most My mom’s first career was nursing. She was a public health nurse for ten years and a nursing instructor at a community college ten more. She had moved on … More Help! Is There a Doctor In The House?
Years ago, I attended a Christian Women’s Conference where I heard a phrase that really stuck with me—“You’ve got to keep the main thing the main thing.” The main thing the speaker was referring to is faith in Jesus Christ. There is nothing more important and it should be the main thing in our lives. … More It’s Important To Keep The Maine Thing The Maine Thing
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
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
Who Needs Technology? I have a love/hate relationship with technology. Sometimes, I sound like the older generation I used to roll my eyes at when I was younger. “Why do we need so many television channels?” “Why do I get so much junk email?” “Why have we become so tethered to our smart phones … More How Technology Surprised Me On The Road To Damascus
I have a confession to make. I love the bagpipes. I know, it’s a really different instrument to love, but, I do. Today, I got to listen to bagpipes — lots of them. In case you’re wondering, I wasn’t in Scotland. I don’t think I could even travel to Scotland right now, as much as … More How Do Bagpipes Help Fill My Empty Nest?