Tuesday Topic: Missionary Moms with an Empty Nest

From Tammy in Tanzania: I would like to hear from moms who have an empty nest. You know, I thought once my children grew up and left home my job as a Mom would, in many respects, cease. However, I find that they need me, and my prayers, just as much as ever – if not more. With my first grandchild on the way this summer I am feeling a real pull towards America. How do moms deal with this season in life? In what ways have they found to be the mother their children need while so far away?



5 Responses to “Tuesday Topic: Missionary Moms with an Empty Nest”

  1. 1 Ashley L April 18, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Hi Tammy! I am sorry that it doesn’t seem that there are many readers to share thoughts on this topic. I hope a few will show up with time! I recently was introduced to Jamie Jo’s blog, and though she doesn’t have a completely empty nest, at least one (I think more) are living in the US while she is in Mexico and has talked about this a bit. She actually has two blogs. They are: http://inreallifewithjamiejo.blogspot.com/ and http://www.mnmsfrommexico.blogspot.com/ . I know that there are more in the blogroll too, but I can’t think of who right off of the top of my head.

    Though I don’t have any advice to share on this topic, I am praying for God to lead you as you mother from afar and that He will provide resources as well as other women to relate to and gain insight from!

  2. 2 Phyllis April 20, 2012 at 4:01 am

    I just found another blog (via a Women of the Harvest article), and this missionary has grandchildren:

  3. 3 Tammy April 21, 2012 at 6:50 am

    That’s OK Ashley. We tried! I did enjoy the blog Phyllis recommended. I’m sure there are empty-nester missionary women are out there, but maybe not many that blog.

  4. 4 Grown and Flown April 21, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Tammy, I feel for you being so far away from your child with their own child on the way. We, at Grown and Flown:Parenting from the Empty Nest, are empty nest moms and, perhaps, you might find some insight or community in some of the posts we have written since we started in January. Best wishes.

  5. 5 Cindie May 26, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    I’m a missionary grandmother – 3 kids in the States (we’re second career missionaries and our kids were born and raised in the States, they’ve never been ‘on the field’), 2 are married and I have two grandchildren, a boy and a girl. We were home for both of our kids’ weddings, but our grandson was born while we were here. Fortunately, our preemie granddaughter was born while we were home and I was there to help my daughter afterwards, at least a little. It’s not easy in many ways to be so far away. I wish many times that I was much closer and could give out a lot of hugs and kisses and even bake some cookies. But I remind myself that many grandmothers who live in the States only see their kids and grandchildren as often as I do mine. And God is faithful – the times we’ve been home have been quality time with our kids and grandkids, no doubt about it that! Right now I think my biggest ministry to my kids and grandkids is prayer. Some weeks I spend many hours in prayer just for them. In our mission I know of several empty nest/grandmother missionaries – we are out here! Hopefully more will respond.

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