I am a very imperfect follower of Jesus, and “Mum” to my two sons, Rory and Ian. After two decades of single motherhood, I have mastered the arts of chauffeur, household financial manager, maid, coupon clipper, laundry expert, floor scrubber, homework checker, meatball maker, expert stain remover, hugs and kisses hander-outer, alarm clock, friend, and broken heart mender. In the past year, I have become an official “empty nester,” which at first was rather odd, and lonely. but I am “figuring it all out,” as life goes on, and beginning how to figure out what life after your kids grow up and move out is supposed to look like! I have a beautiful new daughter-in-law, Holly (married to Rory, who is studying special education), and my son Ian is currently attending Bible College out of state.
I accepted Christ as my Savior in 1979 (or “got saved”) while in the 11th grade in high school, and had no idea I was then supposed to actually FOLLOW Him! I spent the next 29 years wandering through life knowing something was missing. During that time, I traveled to Panama, Honduras, Korea, and Germany while in the Army, eventually married, lost a daughter, had two more children, and then moved myself and sons across the ocean and into the home of my parents after a failed marriage, purchased a place of our own, returned to school, started a business from my home, went back to school again, graduated from nursing school, and raised two young men, ALL by the grace of God! (THAT is the short version!)
In 2009, after many years praying that some day my sons would “get it,” through a divinely appointed twist of events, both Rory and Ian miraculously accepted Christ as THEIR Savior, at exactly the same time while on a mission trip after Hurricane Katrina. From that point on, we learned together what is “supposed” to happen after accepting Christ, that is, the “following” part, and we continue to learn what it means to follow Christ now – on a daily basis!
Much of that journey has taken place at my kitchen table, and much of my NEW journey as an “empty nester” takes place there as well. So I invite you to pull up a chair, enjoy the stories, maybe even collect a recipe or two! I’m so glad you’re here!