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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What I Hate (And Love) About Halloween

What I Hate (And Love) About Halloween

Curmudgeon alert: I hate Halloween. I always have. No, I was never traumatized by a goblin on Halloween, I just don't like scary things. I don't like scary movies, books, or TV shows. I don't like the dark. I don't like rides that make me feel as if I could be risking...

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Surgery and Romans 8:28

Surgery and Romans 8:28

I'm having major surgery this coming Monday. A hysterectomy, to be exact. Not too long ago, I had a minor procedure that involved a biopsy and they found some abnormal cells. Not cancer, but precancerous. For any cancer survivor, the word precancerous is actually code...

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Naked

Naked

You know that dream where you're naked in front of a room full of people? Yeah, I do too. A few nights ago. Even in the dream, I wasn't really naked in the literal sense. But it was that feeling. I often have weird dreams. Usually I can't tell whether they mean...

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Memstorm Tree Damage

Update: 1:31 p.m. I just made it to the other side of the house. Wow. This is our neighbor to the south. I wasn't home at the time, but today's storm did a bit of a number on our backyard. Our neighbors got it a little worse, as this large tree fell on their roof. All...

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Words and Memories

Words and Memories

As much as I love writing, there is writing, and there is ... writing. I was asked to write an obituary for my beloved 95-year-old grandmother, who passed away a few days ago. I consider it an honor to have known her, to have loved her and to offer this final tribute....

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Merry Christmas and Hallelujah!

Merry Christmas and Hallelujah!

I'm a fan of tradition, especially at Christmas. Some of our traditions are warm, loving and spiritual. And some are downright ... um, quirky. Candlelight and Carol service at the church we grew up in Mass family sleepover on Christmas Eve at my mom's; all the kids...

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Advent Prayer: Knocking for Opportunity

Advent Prayer: Knocking for Opportunity

This morning as my husband, Jim, and I got ready to leave for church, I put on my coat, scarf and gloves to stay warm in the 20-degree weather and single-digit windchill. I had to decide between brown gloves to go with my pants or black gloves to go with my coat;...

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Empty Nest Countdown: One. Week.

Empty Nest Countdown: One. Week.

This countdown is getting serious. She leaves in One. Week. What do you do the last week before your last child leaves for college? It's busy for her as she says goodbye to her friends, packs and cleans her trash pit dumping zone room. Busy for me as I plan the...

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The Empty Nest Countdown: 20 Days

The Empty Nest Countdown: 20 Days

In 20 days, my youngest daughter, Sara Ann, leaves for college. It’s the most significant life change since I first became a mother in 1988. I’ve been counting down the days, not to be morbid, but because it's easier for me to process if I'm aware of what is...

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In Permanent Ink

In Permanent Ink

What is the one thing you are least likely to do? Jump out of an airplane? Go camping? Run a marathon? There is no skydive, no tent and definitely no 26.2 in my future, but if you had asked me this time last year what I’d be less likely to do than any of those ... it...

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And the World Will Be Better For This

And the World Will Be Better For This

About 17 years ago (June 13, 1993), my Daddy left this earthly life. Each year at this time I write about him and one or more of the qualities that made him the kind of man I want to write about 17 years after his death. This year, it’s idealism. His idealism was best...

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The Poor Through God’s Eyes

The Poor Through God’s Eyes

Earlier this week, I volunteered at Manna House (more about Manna House here, here and here) as I often do. There is never a time that I leave there without some new insight, but on this day I left with a book in hand as well. The book, Radical Compassion, Finding...

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Graduation Days

Graduation Days

My youngest child can now: Vote, Buy cigarettes, Get a tattoo, Sign a lease, Get married, Join the military, Be prosecuted as an adult. I hope she does 1 and 5 (but let's wait a few years for 5), 3 is coming soon, I figure she'll do 4 in a year or so and hope she'll...

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Sacred Tears

Sacred Tears

I had to catch my breath. Early one morning last week I checked Facebook and saw this status: "There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of...

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Reason, Doubt and Reasonable Doubt

Reason, Doubt and Reasonable Doubt

Ugh. Jury duty. Dread. I reported to the federal courthouse building on a snowy morning when I’d rather have stayed in bed. My hope was that I’d be quickly excused, but as the process unfolded, I became intrigued. My name was called, the judge questioned me and the...

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Integrity: Nothing New Under the Sun

Integrity: Nothing New Under the Sun

I just left a business networking event with accomplished entrepreneurs, consultants and more CPAs than I’ve ever seen in one place in my entire life. Although as a general rule, financial people scare me to death, these were gracious and welcoming folks and I enjoyed...

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Shane Claiborne Inspires and Encourages

Shane Claiborne Inspires and Encourages

Shane Claiborne doesn’t look — or live — like an average preacher. This author, Christian activist and sought-after speaker wears no tie, not even a blazer and jeans, but casual, comfortable clothes and has dreadlocks that hang past his shoulders. Raised in east...

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Christmas 2.0

Christmas 2.0

My Christmas tree doesn't look like much anymore. In fact. there are no gifts under the tree at all. There isn't even a tree skirt; the dogs just keep playing with it and doing their business on it, so what's the use? These days, the girls' Christmas lists just...

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Once More Across Home Plate

Once More Across Home Plate

I turned 51 a couple of weeks ago. I like birthdays. And no cancer survivor in their right mind complains about getting another year older. It's kind of like a lopsided baseball game — even though the winning team is far ahead, they still try to cross home plate one...

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