I am coming up on my one year anniversary of this blog. I started writing this blog as an outlet for my interests and pursuits. I didn’t want to clog our family blog with various hobbies and interests. Now that I have been going with this blog, I think it’s time to bring a little definition and purpose. I was also encouraged by another blogger to define my blog and stay within that definition. So.. here goes.
First… who am I?
I am a child of God. I am a wife. I am a mom. I am a crafter. These are in order of importance in case you are wondering.
Who I am will determine how and what I write on this blog. I am a child of God. Christianity is not about Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings for me. Just like my children are in my face and needing me all day long, I need God… all day, every day. I need him to direct me, love me, lead me, comfort me, discipline me. If you have read my Confessions of A Seminary Wife, then you know that I have struggled in my walk with the Lord these last couple of years… but that does not change who He is or how much I need Him. Being a child of God defines how I think about everything else in my life.
I am a wife. My husband is the second most important relationship in my life. My husband cares deeply for me and the kids and has overcome much in life to become the man he is today. He has sought to honor the Lord and me since the beginning of our relationship. I am a big fan.
I am a mom. We have four kids. I have learned so much from these little monkeys. They are indeed a blessing as well as a training tool in my life. Because of them, I have been stretched beyond what I thought I could handle. I have learned more about love and commitment because of them. Suzanna Wesley once said about motherhood, For the next twenty years, this is what I do (paraphrase). Motherhood is my longest running job to date. The hours are long and the breaks are few, but I do love this job.
I am a crafter. I have always loved learning new crafty things. I was always drawing and making things when I was little. I loved going to the craft store. I learned to knit after our second child was born, crochet after our third and most recently, I have learned to sew. I have been blessed to use these skills to contribute in a small way to our family’s finances.
So… what does all this mean for this blog:
I will seek to honor the Lord in what I write… whether it be about homeschooling, crafts, orphans, marriage or life in general. I will seek to respect and honor my husband in what I write. I will share lessons I have learned about marriage and motherhood. I will share practical homeschool ideas as well as failures and successes in our own homeschool adventure. I will share some do it yourself craft ideas for kids and grown- ups. I will promote my crafty business ventures.
The header of this blogger use to say “How to Live Life with Three Little Monkeys.” This is still a how- to blog. I live life with my four little monkeys by loving the Lord, loving my husband, homeschooling and seeking to care for my family in a Proverbs 31 kind of way. I am no perfect… Lord knows I’m not… but I am honest.. and I am real. I think real, every day stories from real, everyday people are encouraging to those of us in the trenches. I hope that I am able to encourage those who read this blog. I hope that I am able to pass some wisdom on as well as gain some on the way.