Sunday, October 11, 2009

Buckling in Empty Nest Syndrome

So it was February 11th, 2009, my youngest son left home. Boo hoo or yayyyyyyyy! Well mostly boo hoo, a lot. And then it hit me - this is empty nest syndrome. I've got to to do something or go crazy. So I did. I got back into doing the things I love. Healthy things.

Well I really should take you back to about 26 years ago when I first married Barry. He has this really great mom. She passed away some years back but she left a legacy of a great family. Anyway I remember she was into Aloe Vera. It was an MLM company and she knew all about it and herbs. She taught me so much.

Well I used herbs a lot while raising my own family and at one time I even went to Massage Therapy School and got licensed. I really loved all the other stuff besides the massaging part like, herbology, aromatherapy, and energy work. So I've gotten back into it more extensively. Taking classes and learning so much more. I'm working on my certification to be a Holistic Health Coach. I just finished my second round of classes and am so excited about the things I learned.

Something I learned I'd like to share with all of you. It's about prayer. So what does prayer have to do with what I've been talking about. A lot!!!!!! And this might not make much sense in the whole scheme of this post but I want you to just remember this one thing.

Sometimes we pray over and over again for the same things. Its like please, please, please! Do we not think He heard it the first time? "Ask and ye shall receive." So how about after asking once then just remember to be grateful. Thank Him for that blessing. Maybe you haven't actually received it yet but I'm sure He's working on it. It's kind of like the law of attraction, the law of the harvest, we reap what we sow. Be grateful in all things.

Ok so let's say I pray and ask my Father to strengthen and help my son to get back out on his mission. I've asked him so many times. Now my prayers are thanking my Father for strengthening my son, for sending him the things he needs, for blessing me as his mother to love him and be there for him, thanking him for a family that loves him and supports him.

Whatever my son decides to do it is his choice, his journey. But I live my life in an attitude of gratitude. Today I feel buckled in!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

I am sooo unbuckled!

Being with my grandchildren is one of my most favorite things in the world. They are beautiful, strong and fascinating. I have a three year old granddaughter. She can climb into her car seat and buckle herself up without any help at all.

One day while visiting my daughter and her family this little granddaughter was getting into her car seat while at the same time having a little conversation with her older sister. As we drove out of the driveway and down the street I heard her in a bit of a concerned tone say " I am sooo unbuckled". She then quickly buckled herself in. I laughed and find myself smiling at the very thought of that almost everyday. And I liken it to life. How many times are "we so not buckled in"?

So that is the theme of my blog. I hope that this blog will cause you to laugh, cry, contemplate, meditate, ruminate and illuminate in different times of your life as I know it will for me as I remember and experience days past and present and perhaps days in the future.

I'm nearly 50 years old and like most of us I could make a list of all the trials and tribulations that would take up many sheets of paper. I hope that I have learned much from my experiences and that they have made me stronger and healthier. Hopefully they will help you as well.

For now if you're feeling unbuckled, phone someone you love, eat something you love, take a walk, and last but not least get on your knees and pray.