Hi Y’all, I’m Beth

I’m Beth Gramling Sanders, an empty nester, married since 1986, and mom of two wonderful grown women.

Way geekier than most women my age, along with my oldest daughter, Elizabeth, I stood in line for 12 hours in 2007 for the very first iPhone.

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Hi Y’all, I’m Beth

I’m an empty nester, way geekier than most women my age. I consider myself too old to be a hipster and too young at heart to be a geezer. I’m a Christ follower, life-long St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan, crossword puzzle nerd, wordsmith and all-around technology freak and early adopter.

I was a stay-at-home mom for 14 years, as my husband, Jim, and I raised our two daughters. I enjoy my girls as adults more than I ever dreamed and love being free from enforcing curfew, nagging about homework, and throwing down a four-course dinner every night.

This blog is my personal thoughts and insights on life, family, faith, the expression of experiences and wisdom gained through 60+ years of life, and things I enjoy.

My professional self is on my website, aptly named BethGSanders.com.

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House

House

I grew up in a house that was built in 1902, on a tree-lined block in an older neighborhood in Jonesboro, Arkansas.

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Favorite Things: September Baseball and a Cool Breeze

Favorite Things: September Baseball and a Cool Breeze

This week we took our second trip to St. Louis this season to see the Cardinals play the Houston Astros. We got on the road early as we had booked a stadium tour at 2:00 p.m. Each trip is awesome in its own way, but this one may be the best yet. We stopped in at the...

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3 Things to Understand About Teenagers

3 Things to Understand About Teenagers

Yes, it is possible to communicate with teenagers — in fact, I believe most of the time they really want to invite us into their world. But what happens when they do? When they want to share their ideas about music, clothes, activities, do we call it stupid or let...

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Godspeed, Srannie

Godspeed, Srannie

If you’re a mom, you feel what your children feel. When they are tiny and they have colic and cry, you’re at least as miserable as they are.

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Kitchen Redo: Phase Two

Kitchen Redo: Phase Two

We aren't quite to "after," but the new cabinets are in. It took an entire day, and, of course we're going to have to do some touch-up painting. And some drywall work as, shockingly, our furdown is not completely plumb. Haven't used the stove or oven yet, as we have...

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Kitchen Redo: The Beginning

Kitchen Redo: The Beginning

We've been living with an outdated kitchen since we bought our house in 1991. Built in 1978, the kitchen was, and still is, of that vintage, complete with the lovely harvest gold stove and double ovens. The cabinets are original as well and the countertops date back...

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Balls, Strikes and Memories

Balls, Strikes and Memories

Today I think about my dad on the 19th anniversary of his passing. He taught me most of what I know about life, love and how to be a good person. He also taught me 99 percent of what I know about baseball. I don't even remember when we started watching games, I must...

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I Survived Mr. Potato Head

I Survived Mr. Potato Head

Remember Mr. Potato Head? Better yet, remember when you used an actual potato to play with Mr. Potato Head? I do. The older I get, the more nostalgic I become. Maybe it's because I have increasingly more things to look back on. What I didn't remember is that,...

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Moments

Moments

Yesterday was an epic day in my baseball world. We went to AutoZone Park to enjoy a Redbirds baseball game, some postgame fireworks and the main attraction, the World Series trophy. The same trophy former manager Tony LaRussa held proudly after the historic 2011...

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It’s All In the Letting Go

It’s All In the Letting Go

A very long time ago, when I had a tiny baby, someone told me that successful parenting is a series of letting go moments. I didn't believe it then. But now that I've lived it, I know it's true. I remember holding her, rocking her, inhaling the baby smells, feeling...

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The Last of Life For Which the First Was Made

The Last of Life For Which the First Was Made

25 Years of Marriage Twenty-five years ago this moment I was doing my nails and fluffing up my 80s hair in preparation for my wedding. The Back Story Jim and I dated in high school. I was two years older, so I had to drive on all of our dates. He had a shiny new...

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Holiday Challenge: Say the Unsaid

Holiday Challenge: Say the Unsaid

For the past few years, I've made a complete Thanksgiving dinner at our house before we celebrate with extended family. It's the one time each year we get out the china, silver and Waterford crystal and eat by candlelight in the dining room. It takes all day to...

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From First Steps to 26th Mile

From First Steps to 26th Mile

Race Update Elizabeth finished the Atlanta Marathon with an unofficial (as of now) time of 4:40. She's exhausted and hurting all over and on her way back to Memphis. Congratulations, sweetheart, we're so happy for you! Here's what she had to say about it on Twitter....

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The Louisville Slugger Museum and Why Pujols Makes Bank

The Louisville Slugger Museum and Why Pujols Makes Bank

I'm not much of a museum person. But this one is different. It's a baseball museum. Precisely, the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory. For $10, you get to see the museum and take a tour of the factory where the famous Louisville Slugger bats are made. If you've...

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Surgery Week Two: Unremarkable. But Also Remarkable

Surgery Week Two: Unremarkable. But Also Remarkable

Unremarkable. It means ordinary, lacking distinction. Not something we generally consider a compliment. But medical terms are strange. A test result that is negative is usually a good thing; positive means you have whatever awful thing they are testing you for. So...

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Hot Coffee, Cold Beer and Dell

Hot Coffee, Cold Beer and Dell

I'm going to preface this by saying that sometimes I have weird dreams. And weird thoughts. So maybe this is one of them, but it's a kind of a fun mental game I've been playing for quite some time. A few weeks ago, on the way home from our last lake trip, I shared my...

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Slow Down: One Week Post-Op — A Personal Update

Slow Down: One Week Post-Op — A Personal Update

Yesterday marked the one-week point since the hysterectomy. I've always believed that there is good to be found in any situation. Here are a few thoughts after one week: A good support system is a must. But it's crucial to actually let them help. I don't like being...

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