Hello, my friends! Soooooo, I planned to post a few more photos and memories from the holidays before the season was officially over, but waking with a stomach virus on New Year’s Day put the kibosh on those plans– and many more! Yes, isn’t that the loveliest?! Instead of starting the New Year with a BANG, I started it with a BUG! Ha! My last day of the virus was also our last day of Christmas break. With school starting back the very next day, well, there was no looking back. And so now let’s just go forward, shall we?
On another note, I’ve been debating for some time now about my blog and what to do with it. I started the blog about a year and a half ago. It’s been fun! Really fun! I’ve enjoyed so much about it- documenting family memories, releasing some creative energy, sharing recipes, celebrating the people in our lives, and welcoming new guests into our virtual home. But there has always been something that has bugged me about it and not felt natural. I will get back to that in just a minute.
I’m still trying to get used to the whole social media thing, both here and with other forms of social media. I finally decided last year to give Facebook a try. Let’s just say it was a rocky, on-again-off-again relationship for about 6 months, until I finally ended it once and for all and closed my account. I’ve also given Instagram a whirl and I like it so far so that will stay. I could go into all the reasons I like and don’t like each, but they are just my opinions from my own experiences and I wouldn’t want it to seem that I’m passing judgement. What didn’t work for me might be a great fit for someone else and that’s so ok.
So, now that I’m decided on those two forms of social media, I’m left with what to do with the blog and that little part of it that has me feeling not so comfy. While I looooove the creative side of blogging (it has been a great outlet for this mama), I have always felt a little uneasy about the *look at me* aspect. I’m comfy enough with whipping out a quick Instagram photo and caption- that doesn’t take up much of anyone’s time- but I wonder who really has time to read long posts and stories from little ‘ole me! It’s kind of- well, embarrassing. I don’t really crave public attention. In fact, shortly after Joel and I started dating, one evening he observed, “You really like to keep a low profile in public, don’t you?”
Yep! And that sums it up.
Sometimes I can post away with those creative juices, feeling all quiet and low-profile-ish in my house, and then I push *publish* and it hits me….this is going OUT THERE! And ok, moment of reality–it’s going out there for the 4 or 5 of you who have faithfully read my blog (wink and thanks-heehee). So it’s not like I have a huge following with all eyes on me, but it still feels a little braggy or something. Know what I mean? Nothing at all has happened recently to make me suddenly write this post. It’s all just been an internal feeling of wonkiness within myself. A conflict, I suppose, of the creative side of me verses the quiet side of me.
And then there’s the issue of not truly being able to portray all sides of our life and risking my visitors walking away feeling they came to a happy blog home that’s always happy and perfect. As I said in one of my earliest posts, the house is not always happy. Life is great and oh-so-blessed. God is good! As in any home, there are struggles in marriage, parenting, schooling, etc…on and on and on. However, I wanted to create a platform for building people up, not tearing down. I wanted to celebrate the people who live in or come into our home, igniting a happiness as Ralph Waldo Emerson worded so sweetly in his quote..
“Happy is the house that shelters a friend.”
So with that, I’m going to stop blogging for at least the next year and we’ll see where God leads me from there.
For now I want to leave you with a few photos from a post I started before Christmas but never finished. I’d like to share about a Bible study that our family is working through this year. It’s called the Believe book. I can’t claim that our family has always stuck faithfully with an evening Bible study, but we have on and off for many years. I can most certainly say that the years we have committed to Bible study, both as a family (evening) and individually (early morning), have been more peaceful years in our family. Not that there were no storms during those seasons, but that we were equipped from God’s word and therefore experienced more harmony through those storms.
Most years we have worked on reading through the Bible, taking a chapter a night and discussing as we go along. Pretty simple. We have enjoyed using just the actual Bible a little more than Bible study materials, but this year we are working our way through the Believe Study. There are materials for each age bracket in the family.
We each have our own student book and memory verse cards. For our little guy, there is a beautifully illustrated Bible story book that correlates with the books for older students and adults. Wilton loves the night we read “Jump to Jesus!”.
There is also a coloring book to keep little hands busy during some of the lengthier readings for the older kids. This has been a wonderful study, teaching us to how to articulate our faith and why we believe what we believe to others.
And over the holiday break, Joel and I decided to read the Bible through in a year- something I’ve always wanted to do! I’ve read a lot of the Bible but have missed a few books in their entirety and that was even stretched out over time…years, to be honest. Joel spotted these one year chronological Bibles on sale and when we mentioned it to the girls, they wanted to jump in the challenge as well. So we decided to use this for our individual quiet time in the morning. I’m a little sentimental over my old leather Bible I’ve read from for decades. We’ve been through a lot, that worn Bible and I. But I still use it for church and other scripture memory and study, so that old friend is still with me and keeps it’s home on my nightstand. I am thoroughly enjoying this new approach of reading chronologically and hope to make it a yearly goal! Starting my day in the Word and prayer with my Father is a daily life-saver for me. It’s essential! It doesn’t make my days perfect; it just equips me for those imperfect days. Every day.
Thank you so much for stopping to visit here at my little blog! It’s been so much fun! Even though I won’t be posting this year, you’re welcome in my brick-and-mortar home any time!
My amazingly talented friend Rivers took family portraits of us this year! Thank you, Rivers!!