When I was a new mother and our firstborn, Barnabas, was just a baby, Tim was in night-school. To supplement our income, I cared for of a little girl named Jamie. This brown-eyed, little darling talked to our son as if he understood her very heart. Friday afternoons she would say her ‘goodbyes’ and Monday mornings, without fail, Jamie would bounce in the front door, march right over to our chubby little boy sitting on the floor and ask, “Miss me, Barn?” In response, Barnabas would look up at her as if to say, “were you gone?”
In case you haven’t noticed. I’ve been gone for a while. A life-induced blogging-freeze has slowed my posts to a trickle. If you’ve been busy yourself – you may not have missed me – but I have missed you!
Sometimes bloggers announce, in advance, that they’re taking a break. For me? This ‘break’ took me without notice. In case you’re wondering, here’s a few places I’ve been:
- I had the privilege of helping my husband upgrade and restablish his stellar father’s daily devotional blog – Legacy.
- With the help and advice from Rachel @ Surviving Stores, who I met at Mama’s Write 2011, and Darcy @ My 3 Boybarians, who I met at Relevant , I’ve started my dream of blogging about Raising Patriots.
- While raising our own patriots our family has had quite a year with Stoa USA, plus our involvement in DFW area homeschool forensics. Our school year culminated in this tournament at Focus on the Family’s headquarters. This movement is dear to my heart. You can read the rest of the story here, or not.
- Simultaneously, our family ministry is experiencing growing pains – we demoed our 11 week small group curriculum The Core this year. A dream come true for Tim & I. We plan to teach another class this fall.
- Meanwhile, Tim has been blessed with a new ministry opportunity. The inner-city ministry of Reconciliation Outreach is his 9-5 and the place he calls, ‘work’.
I’m enjoying writing again, and have discovered some good finds for you!
Two in Diapers – Where Bliss Meets Bedlam – DIY ‘Dolled Up’ Clipboard
Summertime educational/play ideas – Noodle Letters – Naptime Review
Her Hair was Cute @ House on Oak Street – The art of watching movies to learn decorating techniques – Kaye Haun
Gluten-Free Living with The Urban Poser Fried Squash Blossoms – delicious!