Welcome to Empty Nest Guests

Hello! Welcome! I’m so excited that you are here, sharing your valuable time, reading this blog.

As I write an entry, I’m going to imagine friends on the other side of the screen, drinking a cup of coffee or sipping something you enjoy.
(A few dear friends start their days with Sonic. Yea & hey…whatever works for you!)

Empty-nesting is a serendipitously special, intrinsically interesting, and continuously challenging new phase of life, isn’t it?
In fact, there already are many blogs out there about it.

So, why one more?

I’ve been praying about this for a while now and, honestly, writing this blog is something I feel I am supposed to do.
I’m excited about it and feel called to write. Lately, I have been asking God a few questions:

– What am I supposed to be doing?

How do I do it?

Are you asking the same ones? They are big questions, aren’t they?

It’s my heart’s desire that this blog, first and foremost, encourages women to lean on and into the Lord.

I also want this blog to be a place that reminds you “Whose you are” and helps you remember “who you are.”
My hope is to uplift and encourage other empty nesting women as I have been encouraged and to be a reminder to embrace this time of life.
I’m passionate about that and am excited to do it!

My faith, family and friends are my greatest blessings. Life is better when lived with others you love and trust.

Besides starting this blog, I am enjoying podcasting – Empty Nest Guests – and I especially love serving with our family dog, Fitz, as a therapy dog team. We visit schools, libraries and a hospice facility. I’m learning to play golf and am enjoying painting (acrylic and watercolor mainly). My husband and I love marraige mentoring couples together and we love our life group – some special, authentic people.

I have an accountability partner who keeps me sane and dear friends who enrich my life. I love book club, listening to audible books, and the familiar Friday “at home” nights with my husband. I love traveling, especially to see our children and parents, and I value learning from them and exploring other spaces and places in this big, beautiful world.

Some days, I am interested in learning:
– How to better organize my life
– How to fold my clothes so they “stand up”
– What cream will help the weird vertical lines around my lips?

Love God & Live Free is the mission statement of my husband and my favorite and previously mentioned ministry, Wild at Heart. I have a feeling I’ll share much more from them in later posts. I so believe if I love God, lean in to Him and give Him this phase of life, He truly will direct my steps. He’ll do it for you, too.

These days, mostly I’m learning that I truly want to love God, live free and do what He asks me to do.

Basically, “why are you living” and “what are you doing” in this particular time in history?

The answer is:
Because you are needed here now.”

You ARE needed. God needs you here and now to carry out the purposes He has for your life…even in (perhaps especially in) this empty-nesting phase of life.

It’s SO uplifting and encouraging for to me to think “I am needed NOW.” I do believe there is great purpose in this phase.
Let’s embrace it!

Today, PLEASE remember – Whose you are, Who you are, that you matter and that You are so desperately needed now.

I feel more than blessed and am thankful to have the time to write and share what I believe God wants me to say. 
Thanks again for sharing your time with me. See you soon!

“God himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee he has given us His Holy Spirit.”
‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭5:5‬ ‭NLT
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