Having a (very) large family meant that each season of motherhood has been extended. I was in the childbearing season for more than 25 years, and have been homeschooling for 36 years and counting. Meanwhile over time, the older children grew up, left home, went to college, got married and had babies, began careers and all the life things. It took me a long time to realize that my own season of midlife had been running parallel to an alter ego as a mom of middle schoolers.
Changing Season of Life
Our youngest child is now 17 years old and a junior in high school. She reminded me that this past Christmas was her last one as a child–thank you very much for ruining that moment, haha. And even though I have experienced many bittersweet moments of children growing up, this is the final chapter in a lifelong career of motherhood with kids at home.
In conversation with a wise woman, I realized that trying to start a podcast about homeschooling was using dried-up, old authority. There’s a lot of past experience to share, but it’s not what I’m currently living. While my heart is always to encourage and share perspective with women, the season has changed.
I’m a Midlife Mom
I’ve been through the adjustments, the midlife physical changes in health and beauty, and the struggles with my identity and purpose after the intense years of raising a family. I’ve navigated graduations, college transitions, weddings and all the rest, over and over.
Feeling compelled to shift my focus to moms in midlife, it means burning down a podcast and starting over. No worries, there were only five episodes. I had some health issues that affected my voice but now I realize it was actually a “purpose and passion” issue. Maybe hanging on to a younger version of me and talking about topics from a former life.
What’s Ahead for Mom Midlife
The rest of the blog is still here, with family recipes and a few homeschool posts and homemaking tips. I’ll still be sharing about home and family and managing your mind, because that’s who I am. But there’s hidden treasure that’s been collected over years of experience, meant for women whose lives and seasons are shifting. A new “Mom Midlife” podcast will launch soon, and posts in this new category will accumulate. Pretty sure other things will spring forth from this change because I’m finally on the right track, with fresh purpose.
So for all you moms in midlife, whose kids are growing up or leaving the nest, this is for you. Let’s do this!