Hello Friends! Hello Blog World!
It feels like weeks since I’ve posted. Each time I take a break from blogging, either out of desperation or by plan, I have a strange experience. I find myself wondering what on earth I have to write about, why I think I have time to write, or if any of it matters? But then I dip my toe back into the water…and I remember why I like it.
First, I like you, even if you disagree with me or leave me an occasional mean comment – I’m too sensitive and I know it. You are an amazing community of interesting and wonderful people and I love the way we learn from one another.
Second, it is an inexpensive form of therapy to make something useful out of our struggles. As we talk through something with our amazing therapist, I find myself listening even more closely knowing that I will want to share the useful things with you. I take notes so I won’t forget the gems of wisdom Deborah gives us at each visit. I told a friend that I feel a little guilty sharing all of the great tips we get from Deborah, but she disagreed saying that it multiplies Deborah’s work and makes it available to more people than Deborah could possibly work with herself. That just may be true.
Third, it makes me happy when I find something that works for our family that may work for yours. Just this morning I printed out a new “Before School Routine” chart for Dimples and I found myself thinking that I should share it here in case somebody else needs a boost to get through the last few months of school.
Fourth, my family and friends would never know so much about our family, or see as many pictures of our kids, without this blog.
Fifth, I am not a writer, but I like to communicate. Honestly, I really like to talk, but that doesn’t translate directly to the blog world and if you had to actually look at me while I talked on and on about Five Minute Cards or Sensory Processing issues, you probably would click me off after a few seconds.
Sixth, along the vein of not being a natural writer, knowing that you are going to read this is part of my ongoing education. I find myself looking up the proper use of quotation marks, italics and other tidbits learned long ago. Mimi and Sweet Pea call to inform me when I make grammatical errors (which I hurry to correct), or misspell a word (really, I’m sure it was only a typo). Russ once called to tell me that I had a split infinitive in a post – then he had to remind me what on earth a split infinitive was.
Seventh, I’ve been a stay at home mom for 23 years, and I love it, but at this season of life, I want to teach and give in ways that I can’t given the demands of my family. Maybe I’m ready to be an “older, wiser woman”, although sometimes I feel so far from that. This little blog lets me do some of that. With eleven children ranging in age from 23 to three, I’ve done a lot of parenting. Sometimes I’ve done a good job and sometimes I’ve failed, but I’ve learned things that I hope will benefit you.
I also would love to write more about marriage. As we approach our 26th anniversary, Russ and I have experienced our share of better and worse, richer and poorer, and sickness and health. I adore my husband and he deserves a medal for the way he has loved me and cared for me these many years. I don’t write about marriage nearly as much as I would like to…but I may get to it one day.
So, thank you for reading and being part of my life, for making me think harder about the lessons I learn, and for allowing me to speak into your life in some small way.
This post may contain Amazon Affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.