Brittany’s back in school and since she’s got five 8:00 a.m. classes the 7:30 a.m. calls have started again! On the first day of school she called me as she got on the campus shuttle bus and we talked until she got to her classroom door. As she was getting off the shuttle I heard her say to someone else, “Yes, that’s the library” – and then back to me – “Freshmen…they’re so precious! There’s a HUGE sign right out front that says “Library”. At the end of that day I got another call from her: “Mom, I need you to say a prayer!”...more
If you love something, set it free; if it comes back, it’s probably an adult kid needing cash. This year my kids came back for a stopover. Some friends said I was asking for trouble by weakening my perimeters, but I was thinking of my retirement. When I get old, they’ll have to reciprocate and let me come stay with them. You may think it’s emotional blackmail; I think it’s financial planning. With the current economy, I’m on the Freedom 55 plan: I will retire when my kids are 55....more
Brittany Meets Some Colorful Characters Brittany sent her dad a picture from her phone of a bouquet of flowers a young man had sent her. She said his name is Sexy Steve. John immediately texted her back that under no circumstances is she allowed to date anyone whose first name is Sexy! And he meant it. ...more
My “heart’s nest,” which was pretty-near empty for a couple years now, is recently made full again. One-by-one my little chicks had flown the coop, and my heart was rent in two. I was saddened into deep depression. Now, due to unexpected circumstances, some have come home again (with the addition of grandchildren, too). And just as my hubby and I were beginning to get used to our new found freedom—seeing our maturing life through new spectacles—well, here they are!...more
I enjoy my blog. I enjoy sharing lessons I've learned and tips I utilize. I enjoy sharing book reviews and recipes. That being said, there is a side to blogging that absolutely sucks!! I'm talking about the self-promotion required when you have a blog....more
While having an empty nest opens up a new world of opportunities and adventures, it does come with a side of sadness. This past weekend, Clarence Clemons "The Big Man" passed away. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band have always been in my Top 5 as far as favorite artists go and this just broke my heart. ...more
Brittany is staying at school this summer. The hotel she has been working at wanted her year round and since her sorority house stays open and charges for her room all summer it made sense.
After her overloaded schedule this past year I was afraid she would be bored during any downtime. Especially since there are only five girls staying in the house....more
The kids are gone. The house is empty. Their rooms are neat and tidy. “Face your fears.” How many times have we heard that truism? We even say it to ourselves. Who knew that an empty nest would be lined with fears?...more
Not a teen anymore!
On May 10th my baby will turn 20! I can hardly believe it! She called me a couple weeks ago because she had to do a timeline of significant moments in her life for one of her classes....more
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