Every January, I sit down and evaluate. I evaluate my priorities and where I am with my various goals–spiritual, physical, and personal goals.
But lately, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking. And you know what?
It’s hard to think with a lot of noise. So I’m silencing it.
I’m going to press the pause button on my blog for the month of December.
God is doing some work in my heart. Lately, He has given me more patience with my kids. I have yelled less and listened more. I’ve run more miles and lost more pounds. I’m going to bed earlier (now that’s a big deal!) and this week, I’m taking the Good Morning Challenge with Cassandra to wake up earlier to have better time with God.
Because while survival worked when I had nursing babies waking in the night, putting our house on the market, and spending months as a single mom while we tried to sell the house, I am done with those things. We have moved. We’re getting settled into a new home & routine. And I’ve decided that good enough isn’t good enough for me.
But instead of sharing these experiences with you, I’m going to practice being quiet for a time.
When you look at blog stats and income opportunities, it’s a bad time to quit blogging. I love encouraging moms, especially this time of year. Some of my old blog posts about focusing on Christ in this season are super popular right now.
But honestly? Those things don’t matter. These little people do.
I have also found lately that I don’t desire to write on this blog. I’m a nap time writer. But my kids are getting older and on many days, my daughter and I are spending nap times reading together and getting some cleaning & unpacking done. I have enjoyed showing her how to be a little homemaker. She begs me to mop and she is so proud when we clean the bathroom together. And I’ve been able to tackle some problem behavior too because she is getting more one-on-one time with her mommy.
These are the things that matter.
And while I suspect that I can learn to balance this blog and homemaking/homeschooling again soon, right now I just don’t want to try to balance. The heart that God gave me for homemaking and homeschooling–the very heart that made me want to start this blog to encourage you–is saying that this is not a time for balance. This is a season to dive into homemaking head first.
I want to enjoy baking with my kids and bring those homemade goodies to the neighbors. I want to do all the little crafts that my daughter is begging to do at Christmas. I want plenty of time to do Advent activities like Truth in the Tinsel. And I want to continue training for my half marathon. Eek!
What can you do?
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I was already approached about a few sponsorship opportunities, so I may carry through with those commitments this month if the companies cannot wait. But otherwise, this blog will be silent for a month. A glorious month.
I think and hope that in January, I’ll come back to blogging with renewed perspective and vision. I hope that I’ll have created workable routines in my home so that I can figure out if there’s a chunk of my day that I can spend writing.
Because I do love writing.
And I love mamas.
And I love Christ.
And anytime you can combine things you love like this, then it’s a good thing. But it should never be the thing.
Friends, enjoy celebrating the thing this month. Enjoy celebrating Christ and spending time with your families.