Hankering for Routine–Again!

When I fantasized about life with kids in their 20s,  I imagined my days would move along through the summer months at pretty much the same pace as the school year. After all, my family would no longer be ruled by the school calendar. At least until there were grandchildren of school age. But that […]

Empty Nest Is Not What I Expected

Empty Nest Is Not What I Expected

I’ve been trying to schedule lunch with a couple of my friends who are also empty nesters. You’d think it would be a breeze. It’s not. We’re all insanely busy. What in the world is that about? I thought as I moved into this season of life that things would slow down. After all, there […]

My Quiet House

My Quiet House

My daughter is settled in Philly, looking for a job, ready to start grad school. My older son is couch-surfing in his college town, the suburban full of furniture and all his stuff, meeting with the classroom teacher he’ll student teach with in the spring and waiting until he can move into his apartment on […]

A Much Harder Leave-Taking

A Much Harder Leave-Taking

Five years ago this month, we left our daughter at college in a neighboring state where she didn’t know a soul, eight hours from home and without a car. And I didn’t bat an eye. I knew it was time for her to venture out on her own, in a controlled kind of way. I […]

Embracing the Chaos

Embracing the Chaos

Come August, we’ll move our daughter to Philadelphia to pursue her master’s degree. Come next May, our son will graduate from college and be on to either a job or more schooling. And while our “baby” will be around some for a couple of summers after that, it is not lost on me that this […]

The TP Game

The TP Game

We love sports at our house. And I am a sucker for tradition. This weekend we got to experience both at the famous TP game at John Brown University. A little history: this has been a tradition at JBU for 33 years. It happens at the first home basketball game of the season. When JBU […]

10 Things That Excite Me about my Empty Nest

10 Things That Excite Me about my Empty Nest

Today we take our youngest child to college. We move him in and drive home to an empty house. While I will miss having kids around on a daily basis, there are things that excite me about the Empty Nest stage of life. Here are my top ten: 10. Experimenting with Pinterest recipes without a […]

The Chairs in My Life

The Chairs in My Life

Years ago, when we moved from our tiny starter home into our big, newly constructed home, my husband gave me a wonderful gift–my own chair. I picked out a comfy seat with wide arms and a matching ottoman. It sat in our formal-living-room-turned-library, opposite my husband’s leather recliner, an end table and window between. We […]

Ready To Have My Brain Back

Ready To Have My Brain Back

One thing I’ve learned as my children have gone off to college: with each one that leaves home, I get a piece of my brain back. It’s true. Suddenly all the day-to-day details that I keep in my head are gone, for I don’t see them on a day-to-day basis. Nor do I know all […]