Wednesday, August 27, 2014

gonna be some changes made

It was a little over a year ago when I changed my blog from “The Yellow Butterfly” to “All These Things.” Also, I had honed in on what I wanted to write about. I admitted I was a writer. One of my goals for this year was to learn more about blogging and writing in general. I have done that to some extent, although there is so, so much more to learn. However, slowly I have read things here and there and listened to podcasts that were helpful.

The more I thought about my writing, and my blog, I felt that something needed to change. With the blog title of “All These Things” referring to seeking the kingdom of God, I felt it odd to write about some things I felt compelled to write about. I felt as if I had to put a twist on each thing to make it spiritual. It is true I do try to honor God with all that I do and write, but the title just felt too serious for “My Favorite Salad Dressing Recipe” or things like that.

And so, after much thinking and discussion with my husband, I decided to make a new blog. Next week, I will reveal it to you! That is where I will be doing the majority of my blogging. The title is simple: my name. I know it’s all in my head, but it feels like coming home. There I can explore my writing style and work to find my “voice.” There are no “rules” (as made up as they are) about what to write. If I want to write it, it works, because the blog is named after me.

I have a vision for “All These Things” that needs some more praying, musing, and planning. Until then, it will be quiet. When the time comes, I’ll be sure to write about it on my main blog.

Come back here on September 1st and I’ll have a link to my new blog! I’m really excited to share it with you all, and so much more in the future!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014


A sweet  quiet moment.

We returned home from the Vazquez family vacation last week and caught up on sleep over the weekend. I feel I am finally able to exhale and take a deep breath of fresh air. The last thing on our string of big summer events is over. I feel the time for normalcy to take over has come. (I sure hope so at least.) But the normalcy is not “life as it was.” It’s a new way of life.

I have really enjoyed being able to get back into our routines and I look forward to sticking to them. There's no big thing to plan and prepare for, then do or go to. And hopefully no surprises. I have a lot of little projects I have been tackling now that I have my time freed up.

Corn (given by friends) waiting to be blanched and frozen. Ahh, summer. :)

A few exciting things are happening in September.  For one, we’re getting the internet! I’m thrilled! It was nice for a while to be without, but it has become a hassle. I hope to use the internet in moderation and still make time for reading and other important things. Yet, with the internet at home, I won’t have to leave to do some shopping, blogging, or look something up.

Also in September I am starting school with Mia. Nothing too complicated. Some Circle Time (calendar, songs, memorization, reading, etc.) and then learning our phonics! I bought "Spell to Write and Read." We’ll just do a little every day, and maybe a little bit of fun math stuff here and there. I don’t see us spending more than an hour each day. And then there’s seasonal clothes shopping (which I love!) and celebrating our anniversary. 

Oh, and yes, I have a big project to reveal on September 1st! I will share what that is next week. Until then, take care friends.

The kids love the bikes they got for their birthdays!