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Long-term Stay at Home Moms/Almost MT Nesters?
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WallSal55    Posted 06-30-2003 at 11:11:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Just wondering how many of you have been home, oh say close to 20-25 years--serving the family?
Mine is an almost empty nest. What are your
plans now or focus? (I sorta don't have a focus!)

KellyGa    Posted 06-30-2003 at 20:25:34       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Well, I have one daughter, she is 8, going on 9 in October, she is the light of my life, and when she leaves one day, I hope she comes to visit me a lot. When she went off to Kindergarten, I coped by getting me a border collie pup, best money I ever spent. When nobody has time for me, she always does. That dog wants nothing more than to be near me. So, as my husband goes off to work, and Shelby goes off to school, Tip and I have a high ole' time here. Nothing like a border collie to keep you company. I've always had animals of some sort, but she is like my second child to me, and they never really grow up! :) I have been a stay at home mom for only 10 years, but its the best job, being a wife and a mother! I knew back in high school when everyone was talking about what they wanted to be when they got out, I knew then I just wanted to take care of my family and my home. :)

Maggie/TX    Posted 06-30-2003 at 19:43:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
Honey, you want to hear about empty nesters? Let me tell you, that is going on here!

Son is 22. Moved out with "girlfriend." Daughter is 19, will be 20 next month and was due to get married today. First time I've every heard of an announced elopement, but there you have it. She'll be moving to Oklahoma in a week and staying until Oct. 1, when she ships out for basic training for the Navy. (can't figure out how to make a shaky grin with the typewriter.)

I put in an application and resume for employment today. First one, anyway. I'll be 54 next month and figure I better get it while I can, so to speak. I want to pay myself back for putting daughter though college for 2 years and save up some to be able to retire to the farm in Shelby County in the future.

In the meantime, I am active in the volunteer fire department auxiliary and have applyed to join the fire department, itself. Hey, there are jobs for everyone in there. They have a guy with one leg and crutches who contributes, then so can I.

I also want to take one of the medic classes they have at the fire department. I don't know, EMT, EMC, whatever the letters, whatever the basic one is to know first aid and a little bit more. Don't know when I might need it out in the country.

In between all that, I want to plant everything I can get my hands on that will either look pretty or taste good! LOL!

Jimbob    Posted 06-30-2003 at 12:04:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
Speaking for my wife she has been home for 18 years. Have a 12 & 14 year old left at home. We also home school. She has a part time, flexible hour marketing job last 2 years (5-8 hours per week).

I came home full time after 15 years traveling all over the US. I was only home averaging about two 3-day weekends a month for 15 years. I do not work a job now, however suppliment income working out of our house. (Yes, we get along good).

I do not want to work for anyone at a 8 to 5 job any longer. The managers are kind of wierd now-a-days anyways. (I do not want to back stab to keep employeed- no class most places). Plus, high stress is bad news for older persons that want to live to 100.

Sorry if any of the above sounds negative, just facts. I say let the younger folks go out & kick butt.

WallSal55    Posted 06-30-2003 at 13:35:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
I tend to agree with you on the things you say.
Sometimes making ends meet, and being happy
are more important.

Jimbob    Posted 06-30-2003 at 16:41:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
Just pay utilities, things are ok.

Annie in KY    Posted 06-30-2003 at 11:43:31       [Reply]  [Send Email]
This could be an exciting and relaxing start to a new adventure. I've been an empty nester for one year now. I was depressed and sad at first and then about 3 months after the child left I felt much better and then when he returned for a visit I was ready for him to "head back off to wherece he came from" to continue his own life. I was able to work off/on over the years when it was helpful and economically beneficial to the family. Now I'm working in an office 9-5. Wish I had a more interesting job! If you are looking at a career, might check a local community college about reintegrating into the workforce. If I were you, I'd just call it a day and go for the stay-at-home retirement plan. Relax, get into that hobby you haven't had time for and after awhile turn that hobby into a career.

WallSal55 - retirement pl    Posted 06-30-2003 at 13:31:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yes, I'd like to think about retirement plans too.
Heard of any good investments? My grandma and
great-aunts thought it was important back in
their day to own a farm. (That was my role model.)
We are 47 and 48, hubby wants to retire at 55.
That's kinda scary to me, not sure how we will

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