Oh my dang. Dang! Diggity dang, y’all, it’s been a while. Nearly three months. As you might imagine, it’s been busy around here. I just had a baby. Leroy. He’s so wonderful and fits right on in our family. Biology transcends time; having one more child and no more hands or extra minutes in the day, I’m delighted to tell you that it all fits, biologically, being a mother makes sense to me, I get it, my instincts are kicked in full gear. (When I gave birth, my pheromones were stronger than I ever remember them. My animal came out again!) The past few months have truly been beautiful. I have thought about you often. There have been a few visits to this place, I’ve written some, too. Mostly, though, I’ve been very very busy.
Big news: we are hitting the road. So we’ve been packing up and streamlining the bus so we are ready for the trip. We will be spending the summer in Washington with Cody’s brother and his budding family. I’m so excited!
Something that I didn’t expect to happen in the past few months, reader, is how free I would feel from blogging! More than that, though, how present I felt with my family. With my children.
Typically, since being a mother of two, I’ve successfully played with Willa, found appropriate activities and games and books and toys for her at appropriate times, chubbed Leroy up with breast milk grub, even began a little elimination communication with the little dude, knit a hat matching Willa’s for myself, a hat for Leroy, only forgot to feed the cat for three days (out of 60!), nourished my family with meals on the table almost always on time, and even made time for myself a few days. I love the up and down nature of life, so I am at peace with the peaks and valleys.
I was making pancakes some weeks ago and talking with my mother-in-law and Cody brought Leroy inside for a second and set him down so he could slice apples for Willa. Leroy began to cry. I picked him up, burned the pancakes, and missed the entire paragraph my mother-in-law had just spoken. “…don’t you think?” she asked. “Um, well, Cody just came inside with Leroy, he is slicing apples for Willa and Leroy began to cry so I picked him up and burned my pancakes and in my total distraction I missed everything you just said, could you please repeat yourself?” I admitted. We laughed. And I added that my pancakes were more like a scramble, anyway, and to give her a better picture, “let’s just say they aren’t blogging pictures.” Which got me to thinking. I love having a real blog. I don’t want you to think my life is something better than others, or that you can’t obtain the style of life I have. I want to empower you! My pictures certainly aren’t always perfect, and I feel like they depict my life well, the topsy-turvy style of it! I love living and I love writing. Blogging seems like a perfect venue for me to share both passions with you. Which I also love doing, inspiring people is a huge passion of mine, especially when you inspire me, too!
Something that feels really beautiful is how many people have told me how much they miss my blog. How inspirational it has been for them. That lifts my lip corners in the sweetest ways. I’m so happy to be inspiring you. Life is so beautiful and I’m so excited to share it with you. In the next leg, I just don’t know how it will work out, so it’s time for me to take a break for a little longer.
With the road trip popping up in sudden fashion, I haven’t even really had time to think about how I would blog over the next few months, anyway!
It seems only appropriate that I take a season off. I imagine if something really cool comes up, I’ll pop in and tell you all about it. I’ll also catalog our adventures and no doubt will be writing about them anyway, so when I come back I bet I’ll have lots of stories to regale. Until then, I’m going to go live them. Often without the internet, and fully present with my family. I love you. I really really love you, so I hope you understand.
Glitter & Grit,