It just seems like a natural part of my blogging life to be a participant in Katherine’s new series for women of a “certain age,” Between the Lines, for 50+ bloggers. That’s because Katherine and I have been “blogging buddies” for a really long time! So even though I’ve passed another age milestone in my life, I believe that you are only as old as you feel . . . . and since I still have two teenage daughters at home, I’m feeling pretty young, enthusiastic, and beautiful these days!
Connecting with other women of a “certain age” through my blogging journey has been a wonderful gift. New friendships, across the miles, have been established and I am grateful for the opportunity to “meet” so many amazing women who would not have been in my life twenty years ago – before we all started on this journey through blog land.
Another blessing that I have discovered through online connections is that we each have the opportunity to support, encourage, and cheer on other women, and my greatest joy has been to listen to the stories of other “ordinary” women . . . . all of whom are not the least bit “ordinary,” and it is so important to tell their stories. Which is exactly what we do through the work and ministry of Ruby for Women, where we have an online Christian women’s magazine (soon to be in print!).
We are always looking for the stories of women of all ages, but I am especially passionate about telling the stories of women of a “certain age” because we have more stories to tell! Age has a way of doing that for us, so my perspective is that, the older I get, the more stories I have to share with other women. Stories that will encourage other women, and offer wisdom, compassion, and understanding for women who are not yet a “certain age.”
Blogging in this stage of life has so many wonderful treasures for women . . . . not only can we discover new friendships at a time of life when many of us have a bit more time to focus on a new adventure, along with the possibility that we might find it easier to carve out some “quiet time” in our days, but we have the gift of compassion to share with younger women.
As it turns out, I don’t really have much time these days (quiet or otherwise!) because even though I am a woman of a “certain age” and then some, our family is blessed with two beautiful daughters that we adopted from China after all of our older children were all grown up and on their own. As the mother of a 13-year-old and a 15-year-old, I’m still in those days of running from piano lesson to volleyball game to tennis practice to choir concert to youth group and then back home to fix supper. Sometimes all of that in one day!
Plus, we now have our AMAZING niece Ashley staying with us as she transitions into a new position for her job. She is 28-years- old and her energy with our girls has been such a gift to me – when I kind of collapse in a heap of exhaustion at 8:00 at night, she picks right up with my girls and carries on. “Make your lunch for tomorrow!” she’ll remind them. “Finish your homework!” or “Don’t forget to brush your teeth,” or “Did you remember to take out the trash and unload the dishwasher?” All of which I have done for so many years, with so many kids, that it is wonderful to have another adult voice in the mix, helping our girls find their way in the world.
Blogging is my way of staying connected to other women of every and any age – and THAT is what I treasure most about this technological magic of the internet. As long as I can use my hands, my eyes, and my brain, I will continue to blog . . . . because there will always be one more story to tell. I would love to hear YOURS!
If you would be interested in submitting an inspirational article, short story, poem, craft or recipe for the Ruby for Women magazine or blog, I would love to hear from you. You can find out more about submissions on the Ruby for Women submissions page HERE, and you can also contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Now it’s off to visit some of our other bloggy friends before I have to take off for a tennis match this afternoon! Hope you are having a GREAT Tuesday!