Two years ago, my husband and I watched the oldest of our three daughters graduate and strike out into the world on her own. Looking back, I realize the letting go began years before her launch into adulthood. Those moments were sometimes humorous, sometimes endearing, and often heartbreaking, though they invariably provided opportunity for learning and joy – I believe both are always a choice.
Recently I’ve become curious about this pre-empty nest experience, a time which I have come to refer to as unnesting. So I decided to leverage my inquisitive nature, speaking experience and years of ghostwriting to explore this topic further. I began having conversations, and later formal interviews, with women I know, love and admire, asking each how she managed this exciting and challenging stage of life.
I am intensely interested in how women journey through life. At the moment I am particularly interested in how they navigate the years of unnesting. Those I have spoken with have graciously laid their hearts bare, sharing insights and wisdom that have both enriched and encouraged me. With their permission, I have begun to share their stories, and mine, here at Unnesting.
As one who strives to live surrendered to Jesus, I tend to view life through the lens of faith. I naturally connect what I am learning with what I believe. Even so, there is much here to encourage women of all faiths and all are welcome.
So, if you are a fellow unnester (Ya, I made that word up), or if you’re a planner like me and just want to be prepared because unnesting is in your future, welcome. My prayer is that your experience will be enriched and your heart encouraged.