Between The Lines With Miracle Mann

“Are you the grandmother?”

I blink. “Uh, no. I am his mother.”

Was my gray hair giving evidence to my age? Or, the laugh lines peaking around my eyes? Have I lost my youth in my fifty years on earth? Probably. I could dye my hair, get botox and lose forty pounds. But, I prefer to be me. (I am working on losing forty pounds, though.)

Middle Aged Mom
Aging Gracefully?

Do my wrinkle lines offer any unexpected benefits? Besides getting a senior discount? Hopefully, with age comes a wealth of experience. In my world, this experience is being a middle aged special needs momma sharing my son’s journey through blogging.

I could dye my hair, get botox and lose forty pounds. But, I prefer to be me. Click To Tweet

I recently blogged about my desire to slow down the aging process by exercising. (www.miraclemann.com/2016/04/02/middle-aged-mom-motivated-exercise) My motivation for working out four times a week comes in a small package. A twenty-five pound package named Samuel. I need to stay strong enough to lift my wee one and be healthy for the long haul.

Exercise Middle Age Mom
Hitting The Weights

I have done the math. When I am 60 years old, my son will be 20 years old. When I am 70 years old, my son will be 30 years old. I need to be spry enough to raise my little guy past childhood, into adulthood and beyond. This is my motivation.

Middle Aged Mom's Son
My Motivation

My attempt to age gracefully, with passion pursuing a worthy goal in life is not my journey alone. A group of bloggers who seek to share their excitement for living life after 50 are featured in a blog series called “Between The Lines.” These wise women share blogs on recipes, fashion, home décor and faith among other things. I am delighted to be featured. Click the link to read their stories.

Thanks to Katherine’s Corner for hosting this blog series. Her dedication and drive to provide a platform to showcase women excelling in the second half of life is inspiring. If you are a over 50 blogger and wish to be featured, drop her a line.

Written By Evelyn Mann

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33 Thoughts on Between The Lines With Miracle Mann

  1. Hello Evelyn, it is so nice to meet you. Those first few sentences sounded exactly like me. I’m loving all the grey in my hair, and the wrinkles give me character! 🙂 As for the pounds, well that is something I also need to work on. I don’t have a wee one like you but I’ve still got two teens in the house that keep me on my toes. I believe we need to be in the best shape possible, physically and mentally in order to help our kids achieve their goals, whatever they may be. I look forward to connecting with you again.

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    • I don’t know if I’ll see my 120 pound weight again, but it’s worth the pursuit looking in my little man’s eyes. And, I agree, laugh lines gives character.

      Smiles, Evelyn

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  2. What a powerful little mommy-motivator you have there, Evelyn! Like you, my friends with children who have special needs must think ahead in ways that other parents do not. Keep up the good work! I’m sure you’ll drop those 40 pounds.

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    • Hi Jean, So far the dial on my scale hasn’t budged, but I can go up the stairs without the burning sensation in my thighs. That counts! Thanks for your encouraging words.

      Smiles, Evelyn

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  3. Evelyn, you are an amazing woman! I call my wrinkles my experience lines lol … I have a line for each success and a line for each failure .. a line for all those I’ve loved and a line for all those I have grieved over … they are the story of my life and I want to keep them. Like you, I’m very happy being me and I wouldn’t change a thing!

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  4. Ah, that reminds me of when a neighbor said “I saw your son picking up the mail.” Said son was my husband. Why did I go gray so much faster than he?

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    • Isn’t gray in these days? If so, then you are in fashion. As for the son comment, maybe your husband can dye his hair…grey.

      Giggles, Evelyn

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  5. Hello Evelyn, nice to meet you here at the Between The Lines series! “I prefer to be me”, good words to live by. Being and living authentically, one of the positives that emerge in our 50’s.

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    • Hi Marie, Sounds like a good name for a blog, “I prefer to be me.” I think this is a movement starting…being happy in your own skin. Being thankful for the beauty God created in each of us. We have to see it, embrace it and pass it on. I like your comment about “living authentically.” It follows this same theme. Thanks for sharing.

      Smiles, Evelyn

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  6. Hello from Between the Lines week 5. I am pleased to meet you and look forward to reading more about you and your son. My brother had all his children later in life and it is keeping him young.
    🙂 gwingal

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  7. Your’s is an inspiring story. I’m so glad to have become acquainted with you through Between The Lines.

    Rena
    http://www.finewhateverblog.com

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    • A pleasure meeting you virtually, Rena. Thanks so much for your kind words and stopping by. Hope to keep in touch.
      Blessings, Evelyn

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  8. Evelyn,
    Hi I’m Nancy from Nancy On The Home Front, one of the bloggers in the Between the Lines series. Such fun to meet you and check out your blog! You are getting fit to keep up with your son and I just started getting fit so I can keep up with my grandchildren! So good to be motivated! I look forward to reading more of your adventures!

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    • Hi Nancy, It’s never too late is it? I heard recently that exercise may be equivalent to the benefits of medication, except without the side effects. Well, except for those sore muscles. : ) Thanks so much for stopping by. Maybe we can continue to motivate each other on Facebook. Blessings, Evelyn

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  9. Evelyn, your hair looks great! I eschewed the color a year ago, just curious to see what color it actually was.
    My nephew is a little person and my sister was very involved in the Little People of America, a great group of people. It was very neat to see how many little people showed up to my sister’s funeral. I had to explain to a ‘few normal-ish people sized’ why that was.
    Enjoy reading your blog.

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    • Hi Kim, We are not officially members of LPA, but I post my blog on a couple of Facebook groups in LPA districts. They have been so kind to let me do so. Sorry to hear about your sister. The life expectancy for Thanatophoric Dwarfism is not long considering “thanatophoric” means death bringing in Greek. The oldest known survivor I know lived to be 26 years old. My hope and prayer is for my little man live to a ripe old age. Thanks for stopping by and sharing a little of your story. Blessings, Evelyn

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  10. Hello from Between the Lines Week 6. Your precious son is wonderful motivation to keep healthy and strong! And I’m like you – I prefer to be me. Great post. Thanks for sharing!

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    • To all us “prefer to be me” ladies…may we keep shining…grey hair and all. ; ) Thank you so much for visiting.
      Smiles, Evelyn

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  11. I love this post! Don’t change a thing always be who you prefer to be. Thank you for your bloggy friendship and for your participation in the Between the Lines series. xo

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    • My pleasure. Thank you for hosting this series. I know you may have gotten a few grey hairs over the experience, but we bloggers are blessed by your efforts and energy. Thank you again. Smiles, Evelyn

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  12. I have no idea what to say. You are exceptional wrinkles and all and your little guy has such a stunning role model. <3

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  13. Hi Evelyn, I so enjoyed your inspiring post! Lucky for you, the rest of us 50-plus bloggers can’t see very well, so no worries about the lines and grey hairs… 😉 Delighted to “meet” you, and your motivation, through this series!!

    Best,
    Lory at Designthusiasm

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    • Lory, It is a pleasure to meet you as well. Since grey hair is in fashion these days…I think we’re good. : ) Hope to keep in touch.
      Blessings, Evelyn

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  14. It’s very nice to meet another Between The Lines Blogger! I enjoyed reading your inspiring story about your son, and also how you embrace aging. I’ve colored my hair for so many years and I’m tired of it. I’ve given lots of thought to just letting it go, but everyone I mention this to says that my hair color looks so natural on me and don’t change it. My hairdresser is fully aware and we’ve discussed how it might be done when the time comes. Anyways, I’m going to try following along on your story and you’ll be able to read more about me when I’m featured next month.

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    • Nice to “meet” you. So glad you enjoyed reading more about my wee miracle. It’s quite a journey. Look forward to reading your blog in Between The Lines.
      Smiles, Evelyn

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  15. Nice to meet you through Between the Lines. Following on Twitter

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  16. You’ve got your priorities straight, and the purest of motivations. My hat’s off to you, Evelyn.

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  17. As a midlife mom, I so understand the math. I figure out how old my daughter will be and how old I’ll be. Yikes! It definitely is a reason to exercise and stay as strong and vital as we can.

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  18. Hi, Evelyn, visiting today from Between the Lines! What a precious “motivator” your little man is — LOVE that smile! And look at you on those weights! You and your son have inspired me today (though I am not yet brave enough to let go of the hair color bottle!). 🙂

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  19. Two years until I can join your group! And like you I became a mom at 40.

    As for the rest of the post it’s like you read my mind. I have decided to go natural after years of fighting the gray. Now I am embracing it! I can’t tell my son (and nieces and nephews) that looks don’t matter if I act like it does.

    But, the extra 50 pounds I have could become a health issue, so that should really go. 🙂

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