My blog is really just my online journal. I have stacks of journals that I have kept over the years....some on paper, others on my computer. They capture who I was at different stages of my life. One of my favorite journals is the one I kept starting the day I quit teaching. It was a hard year for me, adjusting to being a full time mother, facing my fear of losing my identity by walking away from my career, coping with loneliness and feelings of isolation, and finally discovering joy as a caregiver and nurturer. Someday I will share this journal with my daughters when they are thinking of becoming mothers. It is an honest look at the joys, the frustrations, and the social expectations of “having it all”... and how hard that can sometimes be.
This journal, my blog, is another favorite. This period of my life feels much like the one I just mentioned. It is a time of growth, discovery and fulfillment. The only difference is I chose to share this with strangers. Only the thing is, I don’t feel like the people who read my blog are strangers. I don’t have many followers yet, but I feel like I know the ones who take time to peek into my world. I communicate daily with Our Life in Words. I am learning from Home Is Where You Start From, I often find pictures of my girls at Frog Creek and I have added to my homeschool curriculum from Sergeant Major Mom. These are not just bloggers, they are women I connect with.
Reading Home Is Where You Start from made me think about the purpose of my blog. I began it intending to share my reflections on our family’s first year of homeschooling. But that is not all that I am doing. Homeschooling was the catalyst that started a series of changes in our lives. I find myself writing about the changes most often. Thrown in are our family adventures, the girl’s escapades and my reflections on all of it.
I am changing the tag line of my blog from reflections on our first year of homeschooling to Teachable Moments.....a family under construction!