Katherine from Catherine’s corner is hosting a blog series called Between The Lines. I was thrilled when she sent out an invitation to recognize and celebrate bloggers over fifty. Each week she has been hosting different bloggers, and I am honored to be one of them this week.
I retired in 2011 after 43.5 years with the Department of Defense, and shortly after that my life totally changed. I love retirement, but after being so busy my whole life the slower pace was wonderful. It gave me time to do things I had only dreamed about like teaching, on-line Bible study, and later blogging.
Shortly after retirement I joined an on-line Bible study. It was there that I started blogging with encouragement from our leader, Melissa Taylor who is part of the Proverbs 31 On-Line Bible Studies. She had a weekly link up on Thursdays where we shared thoughts about the book we were studying. Eventually, I got the courage to see what it was all about, and actually taught myself through the WordPress free site.
My first blog was in December 2013. We were in the midst of one of those remodeling projects, and well it went on way past when the short time they promised. I could not decorate for Christmas, I had no time to shop, and we were crawling in our bedroom window some nights to sleep as new tile floors went in. I had a whole lot to say about In Christ Alone at Christmas. It is one I will never forget. We had to hire someone else at the last-minute to get the carpet in the day before our family was arriving.
Who knew I would still be doing this. How life has changed since my retirement, finding on-line Bible studies, and learning all about Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter. None of that slowed me down because retiring after 43 plus years I was well into the computer world, and I love how blogging and on-line studies have kept me up-to-date in the technology world. For such a private, shy woman, I have come out of my closet and share most of life now. Notice I said most.
My main purpose for blogging has always been to leave a legacy for my family and future generations and right now it’s these two precious boys and our son and daughter. We are praying earnestly for more grandchildren, but if you’ve read my blog (My Most Memorable Christmas Gift – Trust Fund Baby) you will see how hard it’s been for me and our children to have children. I firmly believe God’s plan is perfect, and I believe because of our faithfulness He will bless us with more grandchildren. Our family knows first-hand the miracle of babies.
Katherine asked us to share our feelings about being over fifty and being a blogger over fifty so here goes?
I never feel over fifty. Honestly, most days I still feel like that young bride, and still in love with my precious man of 46 years. I am sixty five. That sounds so old to me, and probably to you also. I retired primarily to spend time with my Mom knowing her days were numbered. I spent a lot of time with her reading devotions and taking meals to her. Sometimes I would watch her sleep and work on my Bible studies just to spend more time with her.
I love life and live it to the fullest. Hey, I was out pushing a mower today around the pool and the pedometer has over 11,000 steps. In addition to blogging, I started substitute teaching after retirement too, and I am a volunteer team leader for the on-line Bible studies I mentioned, and I keep my two grandsons running after them because they are one and two. So I am very active. I love taking them on long walks and so ready for the pretty weather so I can load them up in that double stroller and roll.
I have joined a group of ladies called His Girls Gather and we meet every couple of months to learn new things about blogging, and to just gather and share. I traveled recently to Baton Rouge, LA to meet up with the girls. That trip was about and eight-hour drive for me alone, but I had so much fun and learned a lot. Our group is growing and as you can see we are all ages.
Many of His Girls Gather share our blogs at a site called Women at The Well, and are featured here.
I don’t feel like being over fifty has hindered me in my blogging world because I truly believe the older we get the more experience we have – trials, joys and there is so much to write about. You’ll find much on my blog about my trials of miscarriage, infertility, loss of my Mom, a grandson born with a horrible disease you can read about here and here, and how I have grown through all of my studies. As Titus 2:3-5 says, I want to be that older woman who teaches and encourages younger mothers and wives so that they may come to love Him more.
Join us in the “Between the Lines” series and hear from many other bloggers who are over fifty.