Category: Relationships

What can those in the second half of their lives tell the rest of the Church about the kind of faith that endures? I’d like to suggest that those at midlife and beyond have something important to teach all of us about “marathon faith”: And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for […]

1970’s pop star David Cassidy (far right in the picture above) died on November 21st at the age of 67. He’d experienced great fame at a young age as a pop star. He continued to perform throughout his adulthood while navigating the challenges of drug addiction. Earlier this year, he announced he had been battling […]

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By Amanda Cleary Eastep “You have that look.” My eighteen-year-old daughter says this as we hold each other in an embrace that sighs, “Don’t leave home,” and responds, “I have to go.” Over the past weeks, she has taken to glancing sideways at me when we hug to make sure I’m not crying. I am on […]

by Beth J. Drechsel Yesterday, trekking poles in hand, we hiked through mountain aspens, amber leaves fluttering to the ground. Today, snow flurries drift on an icy wind, flakes landing briefly, then melting, on our wrinkled faces. This is our season. Our spring and summer is long gone. Autumn will soon be over. The oldest […]

By Amanda Cleary Eastep I never set out to be friends with my daughters. I was happy and grateful enough to be their mother. God forbid I would be the mom looking like I was trying to look like my daughters… (Ridiculous, right?) I was never interested in being BFFs with their BFFs or putting […]

by Debby Hudson Ten years ago, our firstborn daughter snuggled her newborn into that warm crook between her shoulder and neck, tilting her head toward the baby’s crown. She gently patted her daughter’s back and whispered, “One day we’ll be best friends but for now I’m your mama.” This wise, grown woman was now bending […]

If you browse the parenting bookshelves at a local bookstore or pull up the category at Amazon, you’ll see dozens of trusty manuals filled with black-and-white counsel about breastfeeding, sleep schedules, and toilet training. I find it telling that there are no comforting manuals with certain advice about how to launch your young adult, or […]

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June was an incredible month here at The Perennial Gen! Thank you to everyone who read, commented on, and shared the posts submitted by our generous guest writers. Friendship turned out to be the perfect topic for our themed submissions as we watched the growing response to this new site and social media community. Here’s […]

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By Amanda Cleary Eastep One after the other, the six of us young girls crawl out the second story window of my friend’s apartment and onto the flat, tar paper roof of Wilma’s Cafe where the farmers gather on Saturday mornings to drink coffee and eat Western omelets after milking or plowing or planting, depending on […]