I’m so delighted to share the Focus on the Family radio broadcast link to my interview where we talked about all aspects of empty nest parenting. The entire day we spent visiting the Focus facilities was like a dream come true….fun, fun, fun…from beginning to end.
Please take a few minutes to click on the link above and learn more about why I wrote, Empty Nest, What’s Next?, and how God met me in my darkest hours in ways I can only describe as miraculous.
A box of books was delivered today. Happiness.
A new reader’s review was posted on Amazon. Double Happiness.
“It’s difficult to pick a favorite from among Michele Howe’s many books, but her latest, Empty Nest: What’s Next?: Parenting Adult Children Without Losing Your Mind, may well be mine. This compilation of rich reflections imbued with biblical wisdom and Howe’s personal experiences as a mother of four adult children – strikes me as her best yet.
From the first chapter describing the “torrent of tears” she shed after dropping off her youngest child at college, to the last, a hopeful but honest look at unconditionally loving adult children who have become what we don’t like, Howe has penned an inspiring guide to the empty-nest years.
By transparently – and yet discreetly – sharing the lessons she and others have learned as parents and now grandparents, Howe offers advice that acknowledges the pain of the empty nest, but lovingly insists on letting go of adult children. In the chapter on “Recreating Your Life with Children on the Sidelines,” for example, she writes, “To stay stuck in a place where your only happiness in life comes when your children are front and center is wrong, nor should our children place us as their parents in the front and center of their lives.”
Howe goes on to write about how to help adult children endure difficulties without rescuing them, letting them become fiscally responsible, finding solace in praying for them, and a host of other concerns related to this phase of parenting.
She shares the reality of the empty nest with pathos and humor, assuring readers that she knows of what she speaks. In “Redefining Your Role in Life Now,” for instance, Howe writes of still missing the whirlwind of activity that marked the busy parenting years: “. . . on occasion, I sometimes find myself with a little time to spare, and I look around the corners of my house half-expecting (half-hoping?) to see a swarm of noisy children running past me. To what? Save me? Distract me? Complete me?”
To survive – and flourish—in the empty-nest years, she recommends reinvesting in one’s marriage and investing in people other than our adult children, keeping faith first, and accepting parenting mistakes. Empty nesters – and those nearing this often-dreaded phase – will appreciate the way she draws readers into her own parenting journey, inviting them to join her in finding hope and joy in the midst of its challenges.”
Excited to share the interview with Hendrickson Publishing on my new book, Empty Nest, What’s Next? Please take a moment to click on the link below to learn more about why I wrote this book and what I learned along the way. (Then do me a big favor and share it with your friends and family.)
10 Questions with Michele Howe.
Faith, Friends, and Other Flotation Devices: A Woman’s Guide to Abundant Living is now available.
Am I ever excited?
You know it!
There’s a lot to be said for the correlation between writing a book and the publication of it…and birthing a baby…if you’re a woman who’s been pregnant for nine months and then labored to bring forth your child…you know how I’m feeling right now.
I hope you’ll take a look at my newest “baby” and order a copy for yourself. 🙂
From the back cover…
The table has been set with care. A pitcher of ice tea sparkles in the sunlight. Home made scones are still warm, and fresh fruit has been artfully arranged on a crystal platter. A copy of The Message lies open on a bench next to a vase filled with wildflowers and weeds. And Michele Howe, your gracious hostess, is here, ready to share memories, dreams, fears, daily challenges – woman to woman, your friend and confidant.
You might not have had a day off from work, volunteer obligations, family life for weeks, perhaps months, but she has made space for you and done everything to make you comfortable. In each chapter in Faith, Friends, and Other Flotation Devices Michele focuses on a single theme – forgiveness, providence, regret, contentment, and more; introduces you to a woman whose daily experience sheds new light on active, faithful living; and gives you a concise set of guidelines to examine and live your faith.
Think of Michele Howe as your next door neighbor, your prayer partner, a friend, and enjoy your time together.
Here it is…the final cover design of my new book,
Faith, Friends and Other Flotation Devices: A Woman’s Guide to Abundant Living
Available online (in print and e-book) this coming June.
Since this book is all about the power of good friends (and from one friend to another) please help me spread the word.
Am I ever excited to see the cover of my newest book direct from the designer’s office.
This book has a story behind it.
A long one.
The title itself is self-explanatory and sort of autobiographical.
Faith + Friends = Floatation Devices
Keep me afloat.
Stay tuned for more details.