Well, that was a long break. I've missed you! I knewwhen I began homeschooling both of my kids again, there would some big adjustments to make. There certainly have been adjustments, but it has been good. I had anticipated the obvious- the increased work load and decreased free time, but I was caught off guard by some other changes. Those changes have been more about personal growth and reflection... things that I felt guarded in sharing while I worked through them. Hence, the quietness here in this space.
These words say it all.
Something else has been going on too. I've been writing. I sat in a hotel lobby, right by that fireplace in the picture above, and I started a story on a Saturday afternoon in September. I've been working on it ever since in little bits and snatches of time. This makes me happy, but it also scares me. Does it seem strange that someone like me, who's blogged for years, sharing personal stories with people I've never met, suddenly feels completely vulnerable and exposed in writing a fictional story? I do. The process of writing this story has given me a deeper appreciation for writers who put their work out there for the world to see. I haven't even shared my story with my husband yet.
I'll tell you something else. I love blogging. I'm not going to quit. I love the relationships that form as a result of writing here. I love the wisdom that is gained from reading what other bloggers have to say. I love seeing little glimpses into the everyday lives of other women. I love the awareness that comes from the habit of looking for joy in the everyday so that I can write about it here. It's a discipline that I believe is worthy of my time. Though I sometimes worry that in doing so, and writing about it publicly, it can be perceived as boasting. I don't want it to come across that way, please forgive me if it has.
These pictures that I've included really have not rhyme or reason as to why I've included them in this post. They're just a sampling from this past month. I've already shared many of them on Instagram or Facebook. It seems a bit crazy, how many social media sites one can get caught up in. I think I probably do have too many pans in the fire. I need to make some decisions and simplify.