More Than Just a Piece of Furniture The little wooden rocking chair sits in the corner of the landing at the top of the stairs. It is waiting — waiting for some tiny child to come along and resurrect its purpose. The chair is almost as old as me. You could probably call it … More One Good Way I’m Preparing For The Next Empty Nest Phase
Easter is different in the empty nest. Gone are the years of Easter baskets, Easter outfits and Easter egg hunts. It’s much quieter, much more introspective. It’s not necessarily a bad thing — just different. Childhood Easters Easter was always a time for big family gatherings when I was growing up. In preparation for … More What’s The Best Thing About Easter In The Empty Nest?
It’s the beginning of a brand-new year. Hopefully it will be better than the last. It’s a time to look forward; to plan and to dream. But, before I get to that, I want to share a sweet memory from the final days of 2020. It was probably something I have not done for at … More A Fun And Memorable Way To End The Old Year
Where Does The Time Go? Time surely flies. I can’t believe it’s been five years already! Five years since my daughter and son-in-law got married. It doesn’t seem that long ago. For that matter, it doesn’t seem like that long ago she was turning five years old or entering the fifth grade. Yet, here she … More Celebrating The Milestones: A Five-Year Anniversary Wish
We just marked another anniversary of the terrorist attacks on our country, September 11, 2001. It’s hard to believe it has almost been twenty years. 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 lives. September 11, 2001 We … More Being A Good Mom In Times Of Crisis
One of my favorite things about our beach house is the gallery wall of family photos on our staircase. These photos are from our family vacations taken over the years. Every time I go up or down the stairs and glance at these photos, I relive a happy memory. A Traveling Family Our family loves … More How To Create A Gallery Wall Of Good Memories
Something’s Not Right I shouldn’t be here right now. I shouldn’t be sitting at my table in my house typing this blog. It’s the last full weekend in July — I should be in a sleepy little town in South Georgia at my family’s annual reunion. It’s a very strange feeling sitting here. For the … More What Do You Do When Your Tradition Is Interrupted?
Babies Grow Up Way Too Fast It was a Wednesday afternoon in late June when they placed the sleepy baby girl in my arms. A daughter! We had a sweet baby daughter. She was a lovely addition to our family with her shock of dark hair with a mind of its own and her already … More When Your Baby Makes You Feel Your Age
A Typical Afternoon Interrupted There I was, minding my own business, running some errands when they hit me like a barrage of pellets from my son’s old air-soft gun. One after the other. They turned my ordinary afternoon into an emotional tidal wave. What were they? Memories. A Trip Down Memory Lane As I was … More When Fond Memories Rise To The Surface
Sometimes, it’s just hard to leave a place. Can anyone else relate? I have to admit, I had a really hard time leaving the condo we rented in Banner Elk for two weeks earlier this month. I even shed a tear or two. I recall other times I have wept over leaving a place. I … More If Walls Could Talk, What Good Things Would They Say?