Generation 1

Grandpa Tom and Grandma Sue

Everyone has their legacy. Our family is ours. And the memories and lessons from our days together are just too precious and important to risk losing to the past. So fingers to keyboard and off we go!

But first – some thoughts from about 10 years ago when the last child was leaving home.

I am entering the “empty nest” stage of my life kicking and screaming. Can I back up, just a few years please, to when my kids were little, and making me crazy, and I didn’t think they’d ever grow up. Those days seemed endless with piles of laundry, fingerprints on the walls, lunch bags to fill, teacher conferences and lessons and games to go to. Now suddenly, they are coming to a screeching halt, and the thought of it causes me to gasp for air. How can all those years that loomed ahead of me, suddenly be behind me? How is it possible that my precious little babies now have precious little babies of their own? Is there life after children? I am about to find out, and I don’t know if I am ready for the answer.

Turns out life after children means (quite unexpectedly) life with more children!  We are a multigenerational family now. Mom, dad, daughter, son-in-law, 4 grandchildren, 1 house, 4 bedrooms, a dog and an unshakable faith in God. And then there’s the rest of the family, though not under our roof, they take up every bit as much space in our hearts. Who could want for anything more?

Generations 2 and 3

We share our New York home with Jesse, Erica and 4 children.
The northern N.J. family: Christi, Jeremy and 5 youngsters.
The Vermont family: Melanie,  Nick and their two.
The California family: Karen and Mike.

3 thoughts on “About

  1. Hello, Susan. This is your aunt, Christine, speaking. How do I get to see your fabulous blog whenever you add to it, and where in the webby world do I find it. Specific directions, please – as if addressing your answer to an 11th century blacksmith. Thank you.


    1. Hi Chris! Wow. Thanks. I forgot all about the “Follow Blog” option! So I’ve added it, you can find it on the top right of the page. Click the FOLLOW button, submit your email address and WordPress will notify you whenever I post a new blog. It should be as simple as that!


  2. Perfect, Susan!! They are now telling me that I am all set up and to stop reactivating the set-up process 🙂 LOVED, loved, loved again The Empty Nest about your mother – so beautifully written, so touching!


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