NOTHER: Noun (one that I made up)
A woman who is a mother of adult children. She is in a”nother” stage of motherhood called notherhood. (Andrea’s Dictionary)
Welcome to Notherhood! I’m so glad you’ve stopped by.
I am Andrea Stunz and my husband, Tommy, and I have three adult children and we are loving this stage of life much more than we imagined we would have.
This is my amazing family and our furry companions. Gosh, we’re a good looking bunch!
Being a mom is one of my favorite things to be. I consider it my most important work of heart as a woman and a servant of Christ.
Having recently launched into the empty nest years, my oldest sister and I were talking and she told me that becoming an empty nester feels like retiring without a party. Ain’t that the truth! We finish what has been our main focus for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for at least 18 years. In my case, it was 26 years. That is more than half of my life to date.
As I’ve navigated these last couple of years of being a mom to our adult children through their weddings and a grandbaby, house purchases, job changes, moves and trials and joys, I have been stumped more than once by the unexpected feelings that have washed over me. There have been emotions that have run from the extremes of sheer delight and button-busting pride to crushing helplessness.
I’ve also become aware that there is not much encouragement or support out there for those of us moms in this “Nother” stage. There are a plethora of sites out there for moms of littles and middles (and that is a very good thing!) but there is not much out there for us moms of older children. My theory for this is because, at some point, their lives require more privacy and protection. We can easily discuss the messes, mayhem and miraculous 2-year-old but it’s not so easy to discuss the challenges that growing up brings without crossing the line of trust with our kiddos.
Consider this home for you no matter what stage of Motherhood you are in. Motherhood is a crazy wonderful journey that lends itself well to sharing with others who “get it”. Some of us go before, some follow after but we can all walk together. I’d love for this to be a place where you find comfort and encouragement right where you are now or a place for you to find wisdom and hope for your future.
Regardless of why or how you found Notherhood.com, this nother welcomes you! I’m glad you are here and I hope you will grab a cuppa, prop your feet up and stay for a while.
Welcome to Notherhood.