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Now graduated from her role as a homeschooling mom of 8, Dawn Camp devotes her time and love of stories to writing her first novel. She enjoys movie nights, cups of Earl Grey, and cheering on the Braves. She and her husband navigate an ever-emptying nest in the Atlanta suburbs.

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  1. I realize that we’re all wired with the need to connect, but it can be hard when you don’t have much in common with other women you know. I try to do stuff with the women of my church, but they are either older (60+) or have children & grandchildren to talk about or both.

    One idea is to have a Bible Study at your house. Invite women over & do a Beth Moore, or Lysa Terkerust study for a few weeks. You can all bring snacks & drink.

    Any good ideas for a late 40s with no children & living out in the country?

  2. Love the idea of the mug exchange, might suggest/ try that one at the next girls night, 🙂

    • Kathy, I still have mugs from prayer mug exchanges years ago and I still think of and pray for the lady who brought it when I use them.

  3. These are such great ideas! I’m not a natural born hostess. It takes a lot of courage to feel comfortable in the role. Fun ideas like these make the thought of it a little less squigy (that’s my made up word to describe the uncomfortable-ness inside my stomach at the thought of entertainment)

  4. Love the idea of a prayer mug. This would take discipline and I would love to have this, but everyone seems busy.

  5. Something struck me in this….you mentioned that you enjoyed the neighbor but would likely not see her again. What if you had never received that email invite from a 30 minute conversation? Clearly you would not have a blog post! 😉 It does take intentionality to see someone again and perhaps we can all learn to be intentional beginning with our own communities and those we come in contact with. Call the neighbor?

  6. My (in)RL group gets together every month for dinner now. It’s a lot of fun to have fellowship with these inspirational women I would have never met if it weren’t for (in)courage!!

    • I pray you find it too, Wanda. I can relate. I have a husband and two grown sons. I work in law enforcement. Needless-to-say, I don’t have a lot of girl time. I have always found making friends difficult. I am not a girly girl, though I do love to dress up for an evening out. I don’t wear a lot of make up, so the Mary Kay party I tried to attend with a friend from church wasn’t all that appealing. I am part of an online prayer group which I love dearly. I have come to realize that I am different, but that isn’t a bad thing. I am one of God’s precious daughters and He and my hubby and sons love me dearly, even if I wear combat boots, lol.

      • Love a Godly woman who wears combat boots. A warrior for Jesus, us and her family. Blessings to you.

  7. these are good ideas. I am new in my town (relatively new) and it’s so hard to make connections in the first place. It’s a small town and everyone already seems to have all the friends they want.

  8. Party idea: pinterest. Each lady could bring something they made or posted on Pinterest and why they chose it.

  9. I love larger group get-togethers, like the ones mentioned here. One of my fave ways to be with friends,though, is to get together with two or three others once a month to trade stories about what has been going on in our lives. Often, these times are marked with a blend of funny stories, real soul-sharing, and even praying for one another. Such gatherings are precious times to me and do so much to nurture my heart……

  10. Oh, I really like the dinner recipe swap idea. That sounds like fun, you eat sme great food and you go home with a cookbook of ideas 🙂 🙂 Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather 🙂