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From: dutchgirl (
Subject:         Re: end of homeschooling years and empty nest....sooooo depressed
Date: June 24, 2013 at 6:17 am PST

In Reply to: end of homeschooling years and empty nest....sooooo depressed posted by Michelle on March 14, 2013 at 3:10 pm:

You don't know me but i used to hang out on this board and come back now and then to see what is going on.

My youngest graduated two years ago. I began preparing myself mentally about four years earlier, because I really wanted not to be spending my life sitting in front of the tv eating too much!

I will admit that my situation is different than yours in that my kids live nearby and I have good relationships with all of them, plus two (almost three) grandchildren with whom I'm very involved.

But I also made great efforts to come up with ideas of things I could do to keep busy and I'm finding that my list was longer than my time - a good place to be!

Here are some things I thought of, or things I'm doing now:

volunteering - at the library, at the hospital, your community, at any place you can think of

church - get involved in women's ministry, the library, the children's department, something! I'm very active with women's ministry at my church and it means a lot to me.

I had great plans to read a lot of history - and I just have not had time to do it as I'd like! I kept a bunch of textbooks from homeschooling that I'd like to read and haven't made much headway there, either. But I will.

Two or three times a month, I make cinnamon rolls at a local Christian camp. If there is a camp in your area, they could almost certainly use volunteer help.

If your own grandchildren are not nearby, can you "adopt" someone else's little ones? When my kids were young, we lived far from both our families, and there were several women in our church who adopted our kids and babysat and loved on them. That meant a lot to me, and to the kids.

Start a women's Bible Study. Or disciple a younger woman. Does your church have a ministry for young moms like MOPS? Get involved as a mentor mom, if you can, or begin such a ministry if there isn't one.

I can completely appreciate your situation and I feel for you, but I think the best thing to do is to get involved in the lives of other people.

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