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Suzy Mighell


  1. Shannon Leyerle
    January 8, 2020 @ 10:15 pm

    Such a great post, Suzy! I’m so glad that you loved your trip to Disneyworld! As a travel agent, I love seeing empty nesters enjoying the resorts and amazing restaurants at Disneyworld! I also enjoy booking river cruises and cruises for empty nesters. Such an easy way to travel the world. The empty nest is a great time to experience new places!

    • EmptyNestBlessed
      January 9, 2020 @ 10:35 am

      What you do is such a blessing to so many empty nesters!
      Anyone need help planning travel? Shannon is an empty nester herself, and an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner, and she can make your Disney Dreams come true! She also plans lots of other kinds of vacations, can help you find the deals, share special opportunities, and give you great advice. And best of all, her services are completely free! You can check out her website here:
      Thanks for reading and commenting, Shannon!

  2. Lisa
    January 9, 2020 @ 7:16 am

    You will love the Eagles…a couple of years ago we did our “year of concerts” and tried to see all the groups we loved “back in the day”. It was so much fun. Another fun one is Adam Lambert and Queen. We also try to see all the great musicals. Just saw “Beautiful, the Carole King Story” and it was wonderful.

    • EmptyNestBlessed
      January 9, 2020 @ 10:38 am

      I think your “Year of Concerts” is a great idea!!! Bob is super excited about The Eagles and Queen is on our list!
      We saw “Beautiful” when it was on Broadway, and I so agree… it was incredible!!!
      Thanks for sharing!
      xoxo Suzy

      • Lisa
        January 9, 2020 @ 3:49 pm

        I guess I should have added going to all the football games we can!! Heading to New Orleans this weekend to cheer for my Clemson Tigers…hopefully to a win. Have to go while they are doing well.
        So many fun things to do. I love the sharing of ideas. Maybe you can take all the ideas from readers and put them in a column in case all do not read comments.

        • EmptyNestBlessed
          January 9, 2020 @ 4:03 pm

          Have a great time in New Orleans this weekend! Thanks so much for your suggestion!
          xoxo Suzy

  3. Theresa
    January 9, 2020 @ 8:52 am

    Thanks for some great ideas about keeping our empty nest marriage fresh and strong. My husband and I began ballroom dance lessons to prepare for our daughter’s wedding and have kept going because they are an hour a week of pure couple time. It’s amazing what you learn about trust (lead/follow), communication, and willingness to laugh at your mistakes. We also love to travel together. While we did take a large trip for our 25th anniversary, mostly we take short getaways to visit quirky sights (like the US Atomic Testing Museum and the Mob Museum in Las Vegas, the Air Force Armament Museum near Destin, FL, or taking ghost walking tours in Charleston or Savannah). And I was amazed at how much a short brisk walk together around the neighborhood after dinner can improve a mundane or even a bad day.

    • EmptyNestBlessed
      January 9, 2020 @ 10:39 am

      Your ideas are fantastic, and most of all I love that you’re intentional about taking time together. I so appreciate your insight about what you’ve learned from ballroom dancing. That’s brilliant!
      I’m so grateful to you for sharing your wisdom! Thank you!!!
      xoxo Suzy

  4. Gina
    January 9, 2020 @ 2:12 pm

    Suzy, we love history and traveling. We are currently trying to visit different presidential libraries. It’s a lot of fun for us besides learning new things.

    • EmptyNestBlessed
      January 9, 2020 @ 3:04 pm

      That’s fantastic! How original! Thank you so much for sharing!

  5. Jennifer
    January 10, 2020 @ 5:25 pm

    Thank you for sharing, love your posts! My husband and I share some of these same ones; especially the consistent date nights, continually sharing our thankfulness, and traveling together. We schedule several 3 day weekend about 5-6 times per year, where we go somewhere close by that we’ve not visited before to explore and spend quality time together. A couple of things we add, for our date nights we take turns bringing “getting to know you better questions”. We google or look at Pinterest for Date night/marriage questions. They range from funny to sexy to serious questions, we mix it up. We’ve been amazed at some of the things we’ve learned about each other even after so many years. It’s refreshing and fun! Another thing is send each other random texts just to let each other know they’re on our mind throughout the day. Love receiving and sending these. Nothing like knowing someone is thinking about you during a busy day. Thanks again for this thoughtful post and keeping us all better focused on what’s most important.

    • EmptyNestBlessed
      January 11, 2020 @ 12:04 pm

      What wonderful ideas! Thank you for sharing them with us. I’m so grateful! I’d never thought about those “get to know you questions!” I think I might just need to do a post about that! I’d love it if you’d email me some of your best ones! ([email protected]). Thank you!!!
      Big hugs from me and thanks again!
      xoxo Suzy

  6. Midlife and Beyond
    January 13, 2020 @ 9:04 am

    Loved reading this post Suzy and can relate to it. We’ve been married over thirty years too and it is a journey. I don’t know many people who’ve been together for that length of time and haven’t had ‘stuff’ going on. Being best friends has been high on our list. Have a good week.
    Alison xx

    • EmptyNestBlessed
      January 13, 2020 @ 11:43 am

      I couldn’t agree more! Build the friendship, and it makes the rest come a lot easier! I’m so grateful to see the fruit of the effort we put into our relationship paying off! (It isn’t just “luck!”
      Thanks so much for your kind and encouraging words!
      xoxo Suzy

  7. Anne Hart
    April 4, 2020 @ 7:40 am

    Hi, Suzy, thanks for this very practical article! My husband and I love to go on short getaways, but my problem is these departures from routine will often cause me to have a migraine. In fact the last several trips I have taken I have come down with a migraine every time. Now, it’s hard for me to even dream or even tentatively plan a trip because in my heart I know this will probably happen again.
    Any suggestions?

    • EmptyNestBlessed
      April 4, 2020 @ 3:38 pm

      That is a toughie! No sense in planning a fun getaway only to have a migraine spoil it! (I get those too, so I understand.)

      I would try planning a “Stayaway” where you pretend you’re on a getaway, but you just stay home!

      We love to have picnics in bed, complete with a plastic mat, of course! Then you might think about using something like “Tabletopics” cards. ( to spur some good conversation and then get online and do some of those fun activities we’ve all been doing lately – like riding Disney rides, touring museums, or acquariums virtually. (See this post: or this one for some ideas.

      I hope that helps! So glad you’re working on your marriage! It’s so important.
      xoxo Suzy

  8. Laurie
    April 8, 2021 @ 4:30 pm

    We just celebrated 25 years of marriage last month and I swear it’s getting better. As we’re aging, we’re changing into funny old people with little quirks so we’re definitely laughing a lot. We celebrated at the Grand Floridian for a week in Disney World and it was magical.

    While we were expecting our first child, a Lamaze nurse taught us what we considered to be the best piece of advice: take the utmost care of your marriage….it’s the only thing you had before kids and it will be the only thing after they all leave. We’ve intentionally gone on trips / date nights, retreats, whatever we needed to make us the priority right below Jesus and above the kids. We felt like the best gift we could give our kids was a prayerful, intentional, respectful marriage.

    • Suzy Mighell
      April 8, 2021 @ 8:10 pm


      I loved your wise comment so much! Thank you for sharing that with me! I feel the exact same way! In fact, our relationship is richer and deeper now after nearly 34 years than it was in the years prior. We have so many shared memories and struggles that have drawn us closer and deepened our relationship, and we’re so grateful.

      The gift of a strong marriage was the most precious thing you did for your children. If you haven’t seen it already, they will hold your example up as they seek spouses of their own. How precious is that?

      Your precious words brought joy to my heart, Laurie!

      Thanks again for taking the time to share them with me.


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