Hi, I'm Laura!
I am a wife and mother of 3. My oldest left the nest in August 2014 to attend Baylor University. My other children are 17 and 15. I live in Tulsa, OK and enjoy volunteering at my childrens’ schools, writing, reading, traveling, hosting church community group and bridal showers for my friend’s kiddos who are taking an even further flight and getting married (yikes!).
Almost Empty Nest
I started writing Almost Empty Nest in November of 2014 after taking my first son to college. I knew the changes and emotions I was experiencing and wanted to reach out to others who are also experiencing the change of transitioning from having all of our children at home to beginning to send them into the world. To get to know me better, I would love for you to read my first blog post “Almost Empty Nest.”
What this Website is About:
Almost Empty Nest is a website dedicated to living every moment with our families to the fullest. We’ve lived long enough to know that time is short. Whether all of our children are still in the nest or all have long flown into adulthood we desire to live intentionally. Our priorities are faith, family and friends.
After writing this blog for almost two years, I have found that the posts fall into several categories. Here is a breakdown:
The Nest includes our homes and hearts. Our homes are ever-changing and developing. We bring children into our nests. We guide these children, teach them, cheer for them and ache with them and then eventually send them off into the world to start their own nests. The articles in this category cover many topics including our houses, marriages, recipes, travel, hobbies, entertaining, and ourselves. My most popular article in this category is 19 Years to a Clutter Free Home.
You can find all of The Nest posts HERE.
Almost Empty Nest is still in the business of parenting. We have children in high school and children in college. Our college and beyond students may be on their own, but we are still here when they need us.
You can find all of the Parenting posts HERE.
One of the biggest parenting responsibilities is assisting our children as they take their first real flight into the world. For most children this includes some form of college. We worry if our children are ready and what it takes to be ready. The posts in this section are meant to offer advice and reassurance as we walk the maze of the last years of high school, the college selection and admission process and finally make the long drive to college to drop them off and then the longer drive home. My most pinned post on my website is 7 Summer Musts Before Senior Year. There is also a printable checklist.
You can find all of the College Prep posts HERE.
Paying For It All:
It’s no secret that college is expensive and requires planning to pay for. High school activities, insurance for new drivers and the general life of a teenager are no bargain either. We all would like to retire at some point, too!
You can find all of the Paying For It All posts HERE.
What this Website is NOT About:
Marriage, rearing children and assisting our children as they leave our nests is at times amusing. We believe that a healthy sense of humor and laughter helps us all live our days with joy. However, we are not hear to shame, ridicule or otherwise embarrass our children, spouses, family or friends. No foul language or meanness will ever appear on www.almostemptynet.net.
The best way to stay connected is through our free e-mail newsletter. It will include a dose of encouragement and inspiration, as well as links to all the latest posts and printables.
I also invite you to follow me on Pinterest. I maintain boards with the latest ideas from other websites for graduation parties, preserving kids’ memorabilia, college care packages, parenting teens and college students, college costs, marriage, holidays, organization and anything else that looks interesting and inspiring. I will always follow you back, so I can scour your boards for even more great ideas.
You may also contact me directly anytime at email@example.com.