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We’re excited to highlight some of the amazing people in our Perennial Gen community and beyond in our “Rooted” feature, where we ask someone five questions about their midlife experience. Today, we’re chatting with Deb Lawrence. Deb first shared a bit of her empty nest experience with us in this post. She has been a […]

Editor’s note: Our theme this month at the blog is “new interests, avocations, passions” to reflect the traditional focus on new beginnings that goes along with a new calendar year.  Not all new beginnings have to do with losing weight or beginning a new exercise program. PerGen contributor Beth Drechsel is writing for the first […]

by Debby Hudson To be fair, I need to tell you Henry first told me he felt God’s calling to full-time ministry when I was pregnant with our second child. We were sitting across the table from each other at a diner. It was 1980. Our daughter was 15 months old and our second child […]

There’s something about the blank pages of a brand-new calendar that inspires many of us to commit to change. Raise your hand if you’ve ever made a New Year’s resolution:  I will join a gym – and show up there three times a week. Oh, and I’ll work out as long as I’m there. I […]

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by Michele Morin For the past several years, change has been the only constant in our Christmas celebration. Grown-up sons marry, pack up their collection of treasured ornaments, and hang them on their own trees. College guys come home when they can and join in the fun on an intermittent schedule. Teens branching into individualized […]

by Amy Langford When I first read about the invite to submit an article for Perennial Gen’s December theme of holidays and family traditions, my mind whirled with ideas on what I might submit. I knew I had my favorite traditions, but I wondered what my family thought. What did they look forward to each […]

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 […]

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By Lois Flowers Sometimes, grace blooms in the unlikeliest of places, springing up like a surprise lily near the end of a hot, dry summer. My so-called child-bearing years lurched to a halt at the ripe old age of 41. This transition, if you want to call it that, was early but not totally unexpected. Years […]

by Dena Dyer After a commenter on Rachel Farnsworth’s Stay at Home Chef food blog told the chef she should dye her hair because her grey strands made her look like an “old hag,” Rachel filmed a video response. Rachel says, “Growing older is not something to be ashamed of. It’s not something we should […]

By Beth J. Drechsel For most of my life I’ve been chronically ill with a hereditary blood coagulation defect. I suffer with joint and muscle pain, fatigue and sleep deprivation. For many years, despite my illness, I was able to use my spiritual gift, joyfully serving in my local church whereever that was: on the […]