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Monday, August 28, 2006
Why I Chose Middle Years
I'm glad I went to Barb's blog before starting to write today. I finally came up with an idea, but now I can save it for tomorrow and give my little brain a rest.

My first choice for the name for my Blog was actually Seventh Inning Stretch. However, I had such problems getting it going I had to change the name in order to get things started. So...Middle Years.

I'm trying to convey the same idea I had with both names. It is the time of life my husband and I are in right now. For us it is the time between the empty nest and REALLY old age. It is a very nice time - a kind of respite. That's not to say there haven't been difficulties - there certainly have. We've had to face some very trying times in recent months.

Although we are not strictly retirement age, my husband has been retired because of medical problems for the past twenty years. We made (or more acurately I made) the adjustment to having him home full-time while our kids were still fairly young. We somehow made it thorough those challenging teen years and college, and now they are all grown and gone.

My parents are in their eighties, but they are in good health both mentally and physically. They live in a little apartment we added to the back of our house. It has worked out well because they are still independent.

So...once you get used to having the chicks all gone (and it is hard at first) - you discover that it's got some definite pluses!! It's such fun to just decide to take the day and do something you just feel like doing (it isn't even necessary!); to go out to lunch or to a matinee or just for a drive. We can do volunteer work at church, or take a morning Bible Study without having to worry about who will watch the kids.

Being Grandparents is all everyone has ever said it was - pure joy! It is all the fun and none of the hard work. It is amazing how much easier it is to "raise" grandchildren. Hey - it's not my responsibility to discipline them, I'm just here to love them to pieces.

I think one of greatest joys at this particular time of life is to see the amazing adults your children have grown up to be - in spite of all the mistakes that still keep me awake at night with feelings of regret. To know they all love the Lord is a treasure money can't buy.

All of that to say - these are the middle years of my life and God is good.


PS I apologize for not linking to Barb's site. I still don't know how to do it :-)
  posted at 1:39 PM

At 2:17 PM, Blogger Susie said...

I love your title and how you find such joy at this time of your life. You make me look forward to the years ahead and what God has in store. Thanks for sharing.

At 2:56 PM, Blogger Barb said...

Well, Linda, I could have written this post. And I could have used your title. This is exactly where I am. Empty nest but certainly not OLD yet. hee hee

So your blog title is perfect for you and where you are right now.

Here's a question? What are you going to change it to 30 years from now? Just thought I'd see if I could get you going. :-)

At 4:13 PM, Blogger Morning Glory said...

Hi Linda, Thanks for coming by my blog today. Your title and why you chose it could have been written by me. Aren't the empty nest and middle years wonderful?

At 5:34 PM, Blogger Pamela said...

Ditto...it's just the two of us. We love this time in our lives and I could have written this as well. In fact, it sounds an awful lot like what I posted. lol You'll have to come visit. :)

At 9:20 PM, Blogger Jennifer said...

What an encouraging note. I am right in the midst of all the chicks (well, 2 of them--a toddler and a schooler), and I know it will be a sad time when they leave, but I hope it will be full as well.

At 9:28 PM, Blogger Sandy said...

Linda, thanks for commenting on my blog. When you talked about squirming when remembering the things you've said or done I could completely relate!!! My Mom is awesome and if I'm half as good my daughter will be lucky :)

At 10:29 PM, Blogger momrn2 said...

Personally, for whatever it matters, I like your choice of middle years over seventh inning stretch. Just fits you better somehow...Guess it was just meant to be. :-)

At 11:41 PM, Blogger Brenda said...

I also prefer Middle Years to Seventh Inning Stretch. Good choice!


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