Thursday, August 23, 2018

Learning from one another.

Our blog-sistah Di left a lovely comment in the comments yesterday that I wanted to share here on the main page.
I have asked her to elaborate when she has some time.
But here is what she shared

She was responding to the empty nest life and to the song Add to the Beauty.

Dear Donna,
This has been my journey this last year. Our nest continues to fill and empty, as seems typical these days, but the empty days bring some interesting challenges for me. I've had to ask myself if maybe the reason I wasn't accomplishing all my dream ideas WASN'T because I had all these kids around. Just maybe it has more to do with me. I have had to face my fears and my self more and decide what the new dreams are. And then live that life. It's been super good for me, very exciting, but really, REALLY challenging.

This song has LONG been one of my favorites, but I have never even seen the words, "We come with beautiful secrets...With possibilities only we can hold, that only we can hold." I have so long viewed myself as part of the collective that I think I lost sight of what it is that I am, what it is that I am called to do. The funny thing is, it is 100% enriching my family relationships rather than being selfish. Oh! I have so much to learn.

THANK YOU for posting this. Means the world to me. LOVE YOU SO!!!!


Di and I met IRL (in real life) in San Francisco in 2010.
We got along okay.

I took lots of pictures.
I promise to take more pictures soon.

Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts and ideas and wisdom.
Love you.
Mean it.

Donna Elsie


  1. Well, this was a lovely read for this evening!

  2. I loved reading this and yesterday's as well (its funny how you sing a song without really thinking about the words sometimes?)

    It is such an interesting season of life as the nest empties, isn't it? For me it's not only that, but adding into that the reality that my nest has been busy for 38 years with a few more years to go. Wow. Suddenly I realize I'm no longer young! The things I enjoyed doing in the past are getting more difficult now, but thankfully God is showing me new things to look forward to doing. And quite frankly, the future that I had envisioned for my retirement years has shifted dramatically with relationship changes. However, as I've been grieving and processing, I've come to the place of looking forward to a different kind of adventure for my "golden" years.

    One thing I'm even more certain of though is that God is ever so faithful. Ever so trustworthy. Ever so loving. Ever so more than I could ever imagine. His eye IS on the sparrow (although I'd prefer if that song said chickadee), so I know He watches over me. Yup, I'm all about that!

    Tammy ~@~

    1. Thank you for sharing your story Tammy. Were you planning on joining the Minocqua Bats? hehe
      Your faith inspires me.

  3. I am having a really hard time about Kaish growing up. I cry a lot. This year has been filled with a lot of good, but a lot of bad too. My work kids are going through a lot of stuff this year. This makes me sad. Sometimes I think I can't possibly cry any more but then I still cry all the way home from Philly. Sending love.


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