I’m honoured to welcome Diana Trautwein here. (Or as I like to call her, Pastor D). She’s a retired pastor, a wife for 46 years, a mother of 3, Nana to 8 beautiful grandchildren, with tremendous wisdom to offer. She did the stay-at-home-mom thing for 20 years and experienced a mid-life call to ministry, she went to seminary and then served as a pastor for more than 17 years.
I know many women in my season of life that long for older women to come alongside them. Many of us yearn for the wisdom that older women have to offer. That’s partly why I’m so thrilled about this collection of bloggers as an addendum to the 50 Church & Faith Lady-Bloggers List. But that is not the only reason: the voices of these women are valuable to the entire church! I honour each of them, I’m thrilled to shine my small light here onto their work. Many are new names to me and as I’ve been clicking through their blogs, I’ve been already been so blessed. What richness! What depth! And now, I’ll stop talking and let Diana introduce you to them…
Up front, a disclaimer: I’m not a big fan of lists, for lots of reasons. However, since we’ve been blitzed with lists of late, I am grateful that Sarah took the time, interest and energy to compile one consisting of articulate women who contribute something of value to the internet conversation about faith-based issues and experiences. A BIG shout-out to Sarah for doing this good, good work.
As I read through her amazing collection of 50, I rejoiced at the variety and texture! And I happily realized that I know many of the names I found there.
However, I noticed that there were very few representing my particular demographic – older than 50, older than 60, some of us even older than – gasp! – 70. And here is what I love about Sarah: when I sent her a note, gently suggesting there was a slight hole in the fabric, she agreed with me. And she invited me to put together a list of bloggers who fit the category of 50 or Over.
This little compendium of 21 + five honorary-not-quite-50-yet members is what I’ve come up with in the last 24 hours. I offer deep thanks to my group of about a dozen Facebook friends who helped me put these names together. Some of those friends are in this age category; several of them are not. All of them were so grateful for Sarah’s invitation to think intentionally about this issue because they think it’s important.
In this collection, you will find poets, photographers, married women, widows, divorcees. You will find a priest, several published authors, schoolteachers, pastors’ wives, businesswomen, a hospice worker, some stay-at-home moms, a cancer survivor, a claims adjuster, a spiritual director, a former nurse, a couple of short-term missionaries, and a whole lot of heart.
All are women who have walked through suffering and loss, joy and laughter, gratefully experiencing and celebrating life, in all its wacky, messy, gorgeous reality.
Each one of them loves Jesus and longs to live more fully into her faith.
They write about writing, about mothering and grandmothering, about wrestling with the hard stuff, about living with chronic illness or aging parents or struggling children.
They have a lot to teach and each one of them has a great gift of encouragement, something they share liberally, both at their home sites and in the comment sections all over the cyber waves.
Here they are, in alphabetical order:
- Sue Awes
- Anne Lang Bundy
- Glenda Childers
- Linda Chontos
- Jody Ohlsen Collins
- Barbara Crafton
- Jeanne Damoff
- Susan Etole
- Karin Fendick
- Nancy Owens Franson
- Carol Garvin
- Patricia Hunter
- Sandra Heska King
- Sheila Seiler Lagrand
- Connie Mace
- Hazel Moon
- Kerry Rivard-Allor
- Patricia Spreng
- Linda Thomas
- Marilyn Yocum
- Jean Wise
- Editor’s Note: Adding Diana Trautwein, of course
Honorary members of this particular club:
Thanks so much, Sarah, for inviting me to do this. It has encouraged my own heart to re-discover these wise and honest voices and I am happy to share them with your readers.
And I KNOW there are others out there – so if you know one or two, why not leave their addresses in the comments?
|Diana and her 90 year old mama|
Recently retired after 17 years of pastoral ministry, Diana wants to learn how to finish well. She’s been married to Dick for 46 years, stayed home for over 20 years to mother three of her favorite people on earth, is richly blessed to have each of their spouses in her life, and has been Nana for 21 years now (six boys in a row followed by two girls, ages ranging from 2-21). She is also a little bit crazy, going back to seminary at age 44 while managing a small floral business from home. She loves wrestling with God through scripture and life, and usually, she manages to wait for the blessing. She is in training to become a spiritual director and thoroughly enjoying the wonderful world of cyberspace, now that she has a little more room on her plate.