If you’re a 20 or 30-something, you may be deep in the throes of juggling a full-time job and a family with small children. Been there. As wonderful as that time can be, it can also be overwhelming, all-consuming, and exhausting. I can vividly remember rushing home from teaching kids all day, rushing to fix a meal, rushing to get kids bathed and lunches packed, and then sitting down to a pile of papers to grade thinking, “I may not survive this.” But I did.
If you have older children, you may feel like you are spending your entire life driving all over shuffling them to their never-ending activities–or worrying about them because they are finally able to drive themselves. Been there and survived that, too. Or maybe you’re suddenly an empty-nester and dealing with all the emotions that go with your kids leaving the house. I’ve got the t-shirt for that as well.
When I retired from teaching in 2012, after 29 years in education, I felt like a whole new world had just opened up for me. I gained a son-in-law when my daughter got married that same year, and two years later I became a Jilly when my grandson was born. Then this past January a daughter-in-law was added to my family.
When this photo was taken on my last birthday, my 56th, I had been divorced exactly one day, after being married for 34 years. Life as I used to know it has changed forever, but I’m embracing that change and excited to see what God has in store. This blog, a dream I’ve had for years, is part of this new season of my life. I hope you enjoy it and will be inspired by it.