Welcome Sweet Friends!

My name is Mary and I’d like to welcome you to my home…my “nest”.

Along time ago, I lived in New York City, then I moved to Washington, DC where I was building a successful (but lonely) career…until a sudden but wonderful turn of events changed my life forever.

What happened?  Well, I found love (at the airport!) and marriage with a younger man – 10 years my junior, became a mother at 40, and settled into domestic life in the Texas Hill Country.

Mary’s Nest is my diary where I delight in chronicling the absolute joy I’ve found by completely changing my life – at mid-life – and immersing myself in discovering all the blessings and miracles everyday has to offer: 

Love, Motherhood & Good Food…

All right here in the Texas Hill Country.


My sweet husband and me on our wedding day in December 1997

Our Home Sweet Home

Our Sweet Son Ben

And the Sweetest Dog Ever! …”Obi” (Short for Obi-Wan Kenobi…’nuff said)


  1. Anita says:

    Hi Mary,
    I just fond your blog through The Reluctant Entertainer and I love your writing. Our lives are very similar. I got married to a younger man and had my son at 42. Life has never been better. I signed up for emails and can’t wait to follow along.

    • Mary's Nest says:

      Hi Anita!

      So nice to “meet” you. How wonderful we share older motherhood in common! And glad to hear you found yourself a younger man! ;-) I’m with you…life has never been better. :-)

      Many Thanks!


  2. Rhonda says:

    Hi Mary,

    Rhonda from ABQ – started reading the rest of your blog— haha — my husband is 4 years younger than me – I was 38 when my oldest son was born and 45 when my youngest was born. I’m a “young” 49 year old mom now!!! I would fit right in in California!

  3. Margaret says:

    Hi Mary,
    I’m from Sydney Down Under and love your blog. I too had my son at 40 but a different storyon how I got there. I found you by accident but really nothing is by accident as I too would love to write a blog. I am also following your son, you must be proud what a gem!
    Looking forward to reading your posts.

    • Mary's Nest says:

      Hi Margaret,

      Thank you so much for visiting my blog…and my son’s too!

      Writing a blog is fun but I’m not so regular about it as my son is. It’s time consuming! :-)

      Yes – our son is such a joy. I am so happy to see him having such great success with his blog and just life in general. Dyslexia has presented some challenges for him but I am so proud to see him focus on his strengths! :-)

      Stay in touch.


  4. Jenne Elizabeth Hammer says:

    Hi Mary,
    I am so fascinated by your story. I am going to be married soon (I’m 37). I have a two year old son with my soon-to-be-husband, and in many ways I feel so much like I can relate. I am looking forward to following your posts, and I have a feeling I can learn a thing or two here! I love the positivity in your message!

    • Mary's Nest says:

      Hi Jenne,

      Thank you so much for your sweet words.

      You are generous to say that you might learn a thing or two from me. ;-) I do my best…but the big thing I have learned after 15 years of marriage and raising a child…doing things with love makes all the difference in the world. I like to think that once my family steps through the door of our home they are enveloped in a safe haven where they will be loved and nurtured…and a bit pampered too! :-)

      Thanks for visiting!


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