For many of you, school has probably started in the last few weeks. Some of you may be really happy to have seen your kiddos off to school, but some of you may have recently sent your only or youngest child off to school or to the workforce and this may be a new season of empty nesting for you. I remember that feeling all too well. After having a child at home for more than 25 years, our house was so quiet when Laura left to go to college! I was suddenly very lonely and I remember asking myself, “Am I the only one who is feeling this way?”
In today’s episode of The Barbara Rainey Podcast my dear friend Susan Yates and I talk about how we each handled this new season. Some months ago we spoke to a group of empty-nester-moms in Dallas and I wanted to share some of that talk with you. We discuss what an empty nest life can look like and all the emotions that come with it.
We have found this journey basically boils down to four questions.
- Am I the only one who feels this way?
- What is happening to my relationships?
- Who have I become?
- What is my new purpose?
If you are in this stage of life, or will be an empty nester in the next year or two, I encourage you to take a little time and listen. You can listen here or on any major podcast platform.
Susan and I also wrote a book called Barbara and Susan’s Guide to the Empty Nest several years ago. In this book, we expand on these questions and many others. I would encourage you to get a copy for yourself if you or a loved one is in this stage of life. With a gift of $30 or more, we would love to send you a copy of our book, Barbara and Susan’s Guide to the Empty Nest.
Praying for you all today!