Girls Write Out
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
First off, please pray for our Diann. She's in the hospital. Has been experiencing severe pain and nausea. I suspect she has mucositis in her intestines from the chemo. The doctor suspects an ileas problem. Whatever it is, we want them to find it and fix it!!

My last few books have been historicals. Those women must have been superwoman! They had a houseful of kids, some of them 13 or 14 children. And they didn't stop having children until they hit menopause so some had babies in their late forties.

I'm 59. We watched our Punky for 5 days last week. It was so much fun! I absolutely adored it, but though I hate to admit it, I'm old. I couldn't keep up with that little ball of energy. Sometimes I just laid on the floor and watched her play instead of playing too. This Mimi had to catch her breath! So I respect those pioneer women all the more for all they did.

Of course, the older children helped out with the younger ones. In my family, there were four of us and I was oldest so I helped my mother quite a lot. My youngest brother Dave basically had two moms. LOL And I still mother Dave and Rick within an inch of their lives. Some things are just bred into you. :)

Being around a child when you're older like me makes you look anew at the wonder of childhood. And that made me wonder if the women who have children when they are older look at their children differently? I had my first child at just before my 21st birthday (52 minutes before to be precise.) I took it for granted and don't think I really appreciated the wonder of watching a child grow up. I often wish I could go back and do it over again.

What about you? Are you an older mother or do you know an older mom? I'm curious. And yes, it might make it into a book. LOL


Colleen Coble  
posted at 9:16 AM  
  Comments (11)
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At 11:28 AM, Blogger Deborah Raney said...

As a mom who had a baby when our three older kids were 14, 10 and 8, I'm exhausted just thinking about it! LOL! I get tired watching our oldest daughter with her three little boys under 5, but it also reminds me of how much more energy I had when I was young. One great thing about having a baby when the other kids are older is that they are a LOT of help. Our daughter practically raised her baby sister––and she did a whale of a great job, too! : )

P.S. I LOVE that photo of you and Diann, Colleen!

At 4:39 PM, Blogger jel said...

Collem ya not old! cause that would make me old too! ;)

don't have any kids, but sis~in~law
is raising 3 of her grandkids,
ages 10,8,3, and she is in her
60's and I don't she how she does it.

thanks for telling us about Diann
sending her a hugg :)

At 10:45 PM, Blogger Pam S. said...

Praying for Diann! Sending hugs her way!

At 12:12 AM, Blogger susie said...

When I married my husband it was a package deal with 2 children. I had just turned 21. One was 4 years old and the other came to us at 16. Instant motherhood. We had 4 more, birthing the last one at age 34. Six children has turned into 16 grandchildren. I am 61 and life is never dull. I wouldn't change a thing except my energy...and achy bones. I get the laying on the floor and watching them play, versus, constant playing. But it is all good.

At 2:06 AM, Blogger Ruthie said...

Colleen, that "second chance" at motherhood is called "being a grandparent"! That's when you really appreciate the joy and wonder of don't have the responsibilities of child-rearing but you get to enjoy a child in all of his glory. I didn't really appreciate children at all until I had grandchildren. Now, I love watching kids at Walmart, the grocery store, church, wherever you would normally see children. More so than back when I was a mom, I understand child-like innocence and what Jesus was trying to say when He told us how to enter His Father's Kingdom. Guess it's all in one's perspective.

Special prayers are going up for Diann!

At 8:44 AM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

I was 30 when my son was born. That year, I also inherited a step-child, and the following year one more. I love them dearly and wouldn't change a thing, but it wasn't easy. I went from no kids to an infant, a 10-year-old, and a teenager (15), all within a few months. LOL

I still was young enough to have a lot of energy, and I used to stay up all night sometimes just to have time to myself and do what I wanted. I napped the next day when the baby did.

There is no way I could do that now. And I love that pic of you and Di, too. :)

At 9:51 AM, Blogger Pamela Meyers said...

I've always felt that God allowed the span of child-bearing years until usually in the mid forties for a reason. Having children after that wasn't reasonable as an older woman would tire from chasing after young kids. When I read about women in their 50s and sometimes 60s!! pushing the envelope & doing unnatural things in order to have a baby I have to wonder if they are crazy or something. LOL. We never hear how they are doing after the baby arrives. They're probably too tired to let anyone know HaHa.

At 11:26 AM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

No childbirth, but I stepped into the grandma-type role at 24 when I became a stepmom to a girl of eleven, a boy of seven and a boy of 4. I married an older divorced man. I can see why grandparents have so much fun, and I bless the mother of my stepchildren for sharing them with me on visitation nights and weekends. We had so much fun together exploring caves, fishing, boating, skiing, hiking. Their grandmothers weren't able to play with them--not in good health--but I'll never forget those times.

At 1:44 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

When I lived in the country, I felt like an ancient mom. In the Bay Area, I'm normal. I do feel too tired for the teen years though, but I started at 28. I just kept going for too long. LOL

At 9:33 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Great insight for me, friends. THanks!

At 10:11 PM, Blogger jel said...

I got my copy of Diann's new book today! and it looks to be a
no slept tonite book :)


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Kristin Billerbeck
Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

Colleen Coble

Colleen Coble writes romantic suspense with a strong atmospheric element. A lovable animal of some kind--usually a dog--always populates her novels. She can be bribed with DeBrand mocha truffles.

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Denise Hunter writes women's fiction and love stories with a strong emotional element. Her husband says he provides her with all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too.

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Cheryl Hodde writes romantic medical suspense under the pen name of Hannah Alexander, using all the input she can get from her husband, Mel, for the medical expertise. For fun she hikes and reads. Out of guilt, she rescues discarded cats. She and Mel are presently taking orders from four pampered strays.

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