I am a 58 year old baby boomer who has been married for 38 years to the same wonderful man – Bill. We live in Broken Arrow, OK, and have two grown children – Wil (who lives in LA) and Shelly  (who lives in Tulsa).

As a young newlywed, I worked for Du Pont company in Newark, Delaware, for 6 years. Then I had two children. For a short time, I sold real estate; however, that became too difficult with small children. So, at 28, I became a stay-at-home mom and Bill became the sole breadwinner as a Delaware State Trooper/helicopter pilot.

When my son started having problems in preschool, I pulled him out of school and started homeschooling. Although I only planned to homeschool a year or two until he caught up, I ended up homeschooling both my children from K – 12th grade. My son, Wil, is a graphic artist; my daughter, Shelly, is currently a bartender/waitress/college student.

After years of being a stay-at-home mom, I started writing for homeschoolers in 2004. I am the creator and author of the Oklahoma Homeschool website and several resources for homeschoolers including The Checklist, Oklahoma History Online, and Oklahoma Scrapbook.

I write several blogs including: Cindy Downes on Blogspot, How Do I Teach . . .?, Empty Nest Mom, and St. James Church.

When I have time, I volunteer for Seasons Hospice and my home church, St. James Church.

I also enjoy writing, reading, traveling, and being with my family and friends. I occasionally get paid to write for the Old Schoolhouse Magazine.

In my spare time, I’m back in college working on my Bachelor of Science degree from OSU in Journalism/Public Relations. I started this journey in June 2007. This blog is a journal of that experience.

My views are my own and do not represent the views of any organization to which I belong. My goal for this blog is to inform and entertain and perhaps persuade other “emptynesters” to consider going back to college!



  1. i started going back to college to fulfill a personal void, and to show others that it’s never to late. The most important reason though is despite my work experience I constantly got skipped over for job opportunities, try being a black female.

    i did not realize that I was a baby boomer until I got my first AARP card this year which i ripped up and threw in the trash, two weeks later, I got another one. Then, I got an invite to my 50th birthday bash from my class reunion. I now know I am a baby boomer.

    I’m getting my degree in Business Management

  2. This is so encouraging. I saw you this morning on GMA. I am linking my blog to you and will enjoy following your adventure.

  3. Hi Cindy, As a fellow former homeschooler I found your story exciting. Now that my teenagers are either in college, or their last years of high school, I’ve wondered if there’s something I should be doing in this season of my life. I’m excited for you that you’ve found your way back to college – you have inspired me and I’m sure many people today. God bless you on your journey!

  4. Your report on and analysis of the river tax was excellent, I just hope it is defeated. I am a post kid re-entering work force mom,have an mba and ms math, but just as unsure about things after years of parttime work and mothering

  5. I stumbled across your blog while searching for the local community college’s website. I too am 57 years old, have been married to my college sweetheart for 36 years, & have raised 3 wonderful kids. I was a stay at home mom & worked in the family business for all those years. I was diagnosed with cancer a year ago, but am doing fine. Now I’m going back to college to become an RN. Life is a gift, and I am so very blessed. I wish you God’s best.

  6. I am 51 and back in school for about a year now. What a wonderful feeling of accomplishment. I am committed to finishing the degree I started 25 years ago. Glad to know I am not alone!

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