Has anyone else had a difficult year? I know that we have, and I am ready to leave it behind. I want to focus on the positive. It’s in my nature to do so. This time last year I was in the last few weeks of a difficult pregnancy, which was followed by an extremely difficult birth and a long recovery (I’m still not physically 100%!) There were months of postpartum depression. Most recently, I lost one of my best friends. Those of you who have read my words over the past year, and left yours in reply, have been a huge source of encouragement to me. You have all been a part of helping me to move through these things. I know that I am terrible at showing up in the comments and chatting there, but I do read them all, and I am grateful that you take the time to reach out to me. In a perfect world I could carve out the time to interact more in the comments, but gosh, seven kids. The food and the laundry alone…full time job.
Thankfully, I’m not depressed these days. My days are full, but they are good. Of course it can be difficult to raise a large family, and to homeschool so many children (five in school this year!) But, I like a challenge. I end some days feeling like I’ve been run over, and sometimes I mentally calculate just how many years of homeschooling I still have ahead of me and feel a bit (or a lot) overwhelmed. But usually I am able to pull myself together, sometimes with the help of some knitting, and often with the help of this blog. Writing about the positives helps keep things in perspective for me.
So, I’ve been thinking about my blog and what I want to do here. I like to share my hodge podge posts of photos and rambling words, and I’m not going to stop. But, sometimes I think it’s good to be a bit more focused, and I need another challenge, right? I would like for what I share here to benefit others as well.
So what are you struggling with? What inspires you? What do you most come here to read? I want to know.
Friends and readers often remark to me that the community surrounding this blog, those of you who regularly comment, are exceptionally kind. It’s true. You are. Thank you so much for your kindness and your generosity.