Thursday, September 5, 2013


AS I WAS DRIVING IN TO WORK this morning, it dawned on me that I've had a few milestones of late.

This Saturday, September 7, 2013 will mark the two-year anniversary of my current job--and my readmission into the work force after toiling as a-stay-at-home mom from 1983 to 2011. 

October will mark the ten-year anniversary of writing my garden column for the print publication Northwest Boomer and Senior News. 

October 31st will mark my thirty-year anniversary of being a mother. My little boy, now a strapping young man, will turn 30. My youngest is now 21.  

November will mark the five-year anniversary of my garden blog.

My husband and I have been commenting on how we're getting older and it seems like the days turn into years right before our eyes. It's kind of scary. I'd really like the two of us to have happy golden years, free of work and health-related anxieties. 

I really don't mind getting older. I like that age has mellowed me. I don't fret so much and although I enjoy learning new things and keeping my brain busy, I don't feel the need to know everything or have all the answers. I am content with uncertainty, believing that the most important things are written in stone and unchanging and that we all have to discover these truths on our own. 

If you don't mind, what has getting older taught you?   

As always,


  1. Congratulations on the truly milestone year!
    And congrats on your excellent book 'Reaching, a Memoir' being published!

  2. Getting older is teaching me to be thankful for the gift of each new day.

    To appreciate the many blessings that come my way.

    I have also learned in the past 9 months, that life can change in an instant, and not be what you just had. I am learning to count my blessings, to see more beauty in each day, and to be thankful for the love and life that my DH and I had for 43 years.

    I've learned to not take anything for granted, to keep growing and learning, taking life one step at a time.

    Love and hugs to you dear Grace ~ FlowerLady

  3. "I am content with uncertainty, believing that the most important things are written in stone and unchanging and that we all have to discover these truths on our own." I love that, Grace!

    Getting older has taught me many things--still learning a lot of things. But I am much more comfortable with uncertainty and not having control of everything. I don't try so hard to control the world around me. And I'm learning to let go of expectations that I have and face what is.

    Congrats on all your milestones!

  4. Congratulations on all your accomplishment milestones this year Grace!

    I think the main thing that growing older has taught me is that the passing years don't really matter because your mind actually doesn't age nearly as fast as your body does. You grow more mellow and accepting but your dreams and aspirations and love for those close to you change very little...even after seven decades.

  5. Grace, getting older has taught me so much -- patience, compassion, acceptance of change -- and as someone else said, I'm convinced I'm still learning every day. I also know that God is never finished with me so I'm certain He'll continue to toss challenges and changes each and every day too. Life is good and getting better!

    Congratulations on your multiple milestones this month!

  6. Congrat's on your milestones Grace. I don't mind getting older either, I am much happier and more content than when I was younger. I think getting older has taught me to enjoy the present moment, where I am and what I am doing rather than fretting over the past or future. I have learned to enjoy many positive impulsive adventures too lately. My husband and I recently drove across country, stopping whenever we felt the whim to explore and then when we hit the west coast we decided to fly half way across the world and back making stops along the way as we felt the urge. It was exciting and adventurous for me. Krystallynn

  7. Congrats on all these very special milestones my dear friend!! I am like Peter Pan resisting aging even though my body reminds me daily. I just never seem to feel older and I don't try to stay young by keeping up with the latest things...I just am content on being me and trying to enjoy life the way I like to...


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