Getting everyone back to the empty nest doesn't always go as planned.

Getting Everyone Back to the Empty Nest

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When you have 5 children spread out through 3 states and Canada, getting everyone back to the empty nest at the same time is no easy feat. (The term, “herding cats,” comes to mind …) Our family gets together in July when the weather is warm and the traveling home isn’t plagued by winter storms. My sweetie calls it our…

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Members of the sandwich generation always feel pressed by both sides of the bread.

I’m Officially a Member of the Sandwich Generation

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I’m officially part of the sandwich generation. That’s the buzz-word-name for those of us who are sandwiched between the needs of our children and grandchildren and those of our aging parents. Although it’s nice to know I’m part of a recognized group of people struggling with the same issues, it doesn’t make it any easier to experience. (But it does…

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Give your old throw pillows new life by adding covers.

Give Throw Pillows New Life in 5 Easy Steps

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I have a pretty good selection of throw pillows…some (my sweetie) might say I have too many throw pillows. But can you ever have too many throw pillows? I think not – well, I thought not until they fell off the shelves and onto my head when I opened certain closets… That was when I decided to stop buying throw…

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Summertime in the shade

Oh What do You do in the Summertime?

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  “Oh what do you do in the summertime, when all the world is green? Do you fish in a stream or lazily dream on the banks as the clouds go by? Is that what you do? So do I . . .”   When I was a child, summer seemed to last forever. Time slowed as I played outside…

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Forgive Yourself the Mistakes of the Past

Forgive Yourself: 4 Steps That Can Help

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“Let the past go. Forgive yourself and allow peace to enter in. Life is a process of learning and we are all works in progress.”  ~ Eileen Anglin I’m haunted by guilt from all the thoughtless mistakes, senseless decisions, and selfish actions I made in the past. It’s crazy, I know, but if I’m not careful, the guilt I feel…

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What was

What Was Reality: Accepting the Parent You Were

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Years ago, while my children were young, my mother told me, “I get homesick for when you kids were little and at home.” At the time I thought, “How sweet.” Now I get it . . . they’re all grown, with children of their own, and I often feel the same – I’m missing what was. If you’ve read my…

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get away from cleaning frenzy

Get Away from Weekend Cleaning Frenzy

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When I’m on my deathbed, I’m pretty sure I’m not going to say, “I wish I would have cleaned my house more.” I’m getting away from weekend cleaning frenzy. Don’t get me wrong, I love a clean house. I love the peaceful feeling I get from the order and smell of a clean house. I just don’t like cleaning. I…

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Bringing Happiness to an Empty Nest

Mother’s Day Happiness in an Empty Nest

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“Kids don’t stay with you if you do it right. It’s the one job where, the better you are, the more surely you won’t be needed in the long run.” – Barbara Kingsolver Mother’s Day in an empty nest can get a little depressing. There are no children bringing you handmade cards and no excited chatter coming from the kitchen…

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front drive is the first view of our staycation yard

A View of Our Staycation Yard

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Since posting the first of the Staycation Yard series, many people have commented they would like to see photos of our yard. I usually forget to take “before” pictures, but I have plenty of “during” and “after” pictures I’ll happily share – after all, I’m pretty dang proud of the staycation yard we created! This will be the fifth summer…

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girls in swings

Grandparents Can Enjoy Grandchildren Because We Know They’re Just Being Kids

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Perfect love sometimes does not come until the first grandchild. ~Welsh Proverb Parenthood is a daunting responsibility. You love and nurture your children while you try to teach them the skills they need to be successful adults. Although we loved our children more than anything, sometimes the stress and exhaustion of being parents brought frustration and crankiness. That’s probably why…

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