Category: Empty nest

by Dr. Gail Bones Teaching the Book of Ruth has allowed me to spend delicious hours reading and studying and cross-referencing and pouring myself yet another cup of coffee. I’m tuning into tiny details, but also mindful of the bigger picture, looking for underlying structure and overarching themes. Stacked around me are lexicons and systematic […]

by Judy Allen This is what contents of a college dorm room look like when unloaded from a van at 11:00 pm after eight hours of  driving. Actually, I’ve seen worse.  Much worse. All the stuff of a year at school must now be re-assimilated into our home for the summer only to be loaded up […]

by Wendy Fotopoulos  After 21 years of active duty mom-ing, in three months, when my younger daughter heads to college, I will move to reserve duty. I’ve spent years training, moving up the ranks. I’ve surveilled, gathered foreign intelligence, and seen my fair share of action. I’ve won and lost battles. I’ve made plenty of […]

There is a poignancy in the process of preparing to launch a young adult child into the great blue – to college, into a first apartment, or to begin military service. The questions bubble: Have I prepared him well? Is she ready? Am I? (The answer to the final one is almost always “no”, by […]

By Keri Wyatt Kent “When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. They asked each other, ‘Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on […]