(Our New Addition born June 2013!)It has been a while. Sitting in the hospital for six weeks gives you a long time to think. I went from a busy mom, shuffling around three kids, trying to stay sane, to having all the time in the world... in a hospital bed. I sat in bed wondering and pondering on all sorts of different things, but I guess the number one thing I gained from that experience is perspective.
(My daughter won the big prize at our Summer Library Program!
I asked myself... why am I so busy (before hospital days of course), what am I doing that is causing me to be stressed, what am I stressed over now that will be important in five years... ten years.... twenty years. And you know what the funny thing is, the answer was 99% of what I had been so stressed over and busy about were not of much significance down the road. Do my kids have to be involved in everything? Do I NEED to have two blog posts a week whether I do cool stuff or not? Does my house need to be pinterest worthy? Obviously these questions are a little ridiculous, but I did realize I was worried too much about the outside things in my life, and not concentrating enough on what matters most.
So this summer, I took a much needed break.... from others expectations... from this blog.... from being 'involved'... and you know what it was wonderful! I read to my kids, played with them, acted silly, had picnics, watched a couple seasons of the Waltons, and just enjoyed being with my family! It truly was one of the best summers I have had! I gave myself a break, and it was OK!
Now that most of my kids are back in school, I want to start this blog back again... on my terms. I don't know what that will be exactly, but I have been thinking about it a lot. I will try to post weekly, but if I don't, just know I am a busy mom chasing around 4 kids! I am also in the process of giving my blog a makeover, so if it looks a little funny the next couple weeks you know why! I have missed my association with all of you good people, and am excited to return. I hope you understand!