About this mom

They say life goes on, right?  Well, when being a mom has been your life for 22 years, it’s interesting to see what “goes on” means.  With our youngest just heading off to his freshman year in college, this blog is one way I’ll be exploring what “life goes on” looks like.

For those of you who like a little detail, here’s me in a nutshell:

  • My husband and I have three great kids, all in college.  We do manage to eat, though all other purchases are on a “dire need” basis.
  • I’m a former elementary school teacher, but my title for the last nine years has been “Director of Children’s Ministry” for a large ELCA Lutheran congregation in the Midwest.  But I’m as far removed from the stereotypical church lady as Justin Bieber and Kim Kardashian are from quality entertainment.  As a result of my career change, my first book published was a sort of  “how to do faith” for families.
  • For most of  our 28-year marriage, my husband has struggled with serious depression.  Consequently,  I struggle with serious depression – just from a different perspective.  With my good friend, neighbor, and co-author, I’ve published two books designed to help those who live with and/or care for a depressed person.
  • Being a mom is by far the best thing I’ve ever done, and I think about it a lot.  But with our kids moving on, I’ll be acting on it a lot less.  I’m hoping that putting my mom thoughts to a blog will be a positive way to cope with a big space in my life.

Hope you enjoy!

29 thoughts on “About this mom

  1. Glad you are writing and ranting about kids and college and being a mom. I found out that I thought a wanted to blog because I’m such a prolific writer but what I found out was I needed to put my thoughts on paper because I was grieving for my boys that flew out of the nest. Its been cheap therapy for me. I will visit you soon again. Come say hi.

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    • Blogging was really helpful to me in getting through that first year of empy-ish nest. And then it morphed into something I just love to do – such a great community! Glad you found my blog, and yes – I’ve already checked yours out. 🙂 I hope you’re finding some joy even with your sons flown away.


  2. I just stumbled on your blog. So neat that you are using blogging as a way to explore life now that your kids are out of the house. I am on the opposite end of the spectrum — blogging as a hobby/outlet while I am at home with small kids.

    I hope you discover interesting things!

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  3. I loved reading this! It’s interesting to read about the next stage as I write about teens and my oldest is heading off to college in a couple of weeks. I really like your writing style and your honesty. Nice job!


  4. I enjoyed reading your bio page. We have three in college too, or will this summer when our third flies the coop! After that, we will have three more years with our youngest. Your job sounds awesome. Do you like it more than teaching?


    • In many ways I do like my current job more than teaching. There were a few downsides, like no long summer vacation and resigning myself to a pay cut, but on the whole what I do now suits me much better. Thanks for asking! 🙂 -Amy


  5. I think we have much in common….I’m a little ahead of you with one kid married, in grad school, and across the country, and another one still here at home in the midst of his teen years and middle school, but I’ve read a few of your posts now and they bring back such memories (and concerning braces make me dread the future)…..I am really enjoying your blog and I hope you know by now that they never really leave us…..the relationship just grows into something even more……


  6. Hey, I am composing the guest post of yours (creating it as a draft) and as I was writing the introduction, I realized I don’t know your first name! Is it alright if I include it in the post? 🙂


  7. It is nice to meet you – through blog land! We seem to have a lot in common. Being a Mom has been such a big part of who I am too! It is hard to move away from that when it has been my primary focus for so many years.


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