I got a very warm and encouraging e-mail from someone at Family Life Today last night. He said that he and his wife could identify with what I had written in my The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly post. He found it through a Google Alert on Dennis Rainey. At first, I was really embarrassed... I know anyone can read my blog but I tend to think of just other women and the occasional retired guy reading (Hi Mud). At the same time, I was very touched. He gave me some resources that I checked out that I want to put up here for anyone else interested. Here is part of his e-mail below:
We just got done reading a book released by FamilyLife Publishing™ called Barbara and Susan’s Guide to the Empty Nest. My wife loved it!! I hope that you will continue to turn your thoughts to your Lord. I don’t mean this to sound like a platitude. Rather, I would trust that you can dialogue with some close friends, continue to journal in your blogs and pray with “Mr Machiatto” God loves to hear your thoughts, keep Him posted too!
Also, you may want to check out some of the online resources that FamilyLife makes available to help equip you and your friends. From podcasts to blogs (FamilyLife’s MomBlog & FamilyLife Culture Watch) and weekly award-winning E-Zines like The Family Room™ or The Marriage Memo accompany that broadcast you were referencing.
I especially liked the MomBlog. It has a bunch of different contributors and covers all the stages of being a Mom.
Gee, I wonder who else gets Google Alerts when someone puts their name on the internet?!?! Hey, GEORGE W. BUSH... you think I'll get an e-mail from a staffer at the White House? I let you know if I do.