Sometimes it's broken ladders and ambulance rides and staples in the back of the head (George is OK now).
It's projects that take longer and cost more than we expected.
It's rain on our field trip day and a boy who is not kind and hospitable to house guests.
It's eating what we know we shouldn't because we're in a rush and paying the price later.
It's driving out of our way and wasting the better part of a day to save a hundred bucks.
It's a car that needs a part from the other side of the country.
It's a lifestyle change that has consumed all my time and energy, as well as pounds of fat I didn't even know I needed to shed.
It's a closet full of clothes that no longer fit and no desire (or time or money) to buy new clothes.
It's unexpected, like so many things in life. Oh, life.
But the show must go on, and the winners of the Alphabet Glue giveaway must be announced!
Email me (if I haven't already emailed you) and Annie will forward you your copy of Alphabet Glue.
You can buy Alphabet Glue Volume 3 here. Thank you Annie for creating Alphabet Glue and generously giving away five copies!
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As for the mention in my last post regarding the death of blogs, I certainly did not intend to perpetuate any false rumors. Blogs are alive and well in my my opinion, though I have to admit I pay a lot less attention to them than I used to. It's not that I don't want to read the blogs I love and discover new ones to love, it's just that my focus is shifting more and more away from the computer.
Ironically, I feel the act of blogging and reading blogs has led me to this shift. Reading the words of like minded women and catching glimpses into the lives of other families has inspired so many changes in my own family. The last five years has been a journey towards simple living, being present in the moment, pursuing new hobbies and interests, cultivating our little homestead, and creating the life we desire. It can be difficult to be fully present in my own life while trying to keep up with the lives of others, even if they're on a similar journey.
Therefore, I read blogs in small doses. A few here and there, sometimes none at all for days on end, and occasionally I gorge until my eyes cross or my computer freezes. Reading your comments on my last post, I realized that I may be contributing to the potential decline in blogs (again, an unsubstantiated rumor) by altering my own blogging habits.
At times I have felt guilty and hypocritical for not reading blogs, but hoping my blog gets read. Yet I've come to the conclusion that I blog for myself, and while I thoroughly enjoy receiving visitors and comments, I maintain this space for me. It's like having a room that's all mine to fill up and use as I see fit; a real luxury when you share a small house with a growing family. Sometimes I even imagine this blog as a safety deposit box where I store my memories for a day when my internal memory fails me. Or perhaps a data mine for future historians and anthropologists who want to know what life was like for an average American family in the early 21st century, or even a future descendant who's researching our family's genealogy.
Not that any of this really matters, it's just a topic I find interesting. Maybe you do too, so feel free to share your thoughts on blogging. Your ideas are a welcome addition to this space. Together we keep this blog alive.