I’m resolved to try to post close to every day for the rest of July. I really miss my voice, especially here where I have always felt comfortable really being myself.
It’s hard feeling pulled in so many directions. I frequently feel like I’m failing at just about everything — homeschooling five kids, keeping up with housework, keeping a steady stream of healthy food coming in our tricky household (mostly natural, organic, gluten-free, dairy free, vegetarian, tasty and cheap for a family of seven????), my writing, my blogs, projects around the house, the gardens….
I’m firmly in a new stage of life right now, with two teenagers in the house plus the boys and little Fiona. We’ve had to change a lot of how we homeschool and generally live because the kids just have such different needs and interests. I’m grateful that there’s still so much we can all enjoy together, from heading to Dutch Charlie Creek to have a campfire at dusk to hanging out with fun homeschool families to tromping around the Badlands. Daryl and the four “big” kids even all had fun watching Monster University together last night. I’m glad we all find so many things we still love to do together, despite our family’s diversity. 🙂
Life is good here. It’s hard to believe that only one year ago we were reeling from Victoria’s cancer diagnosis and surgeries, struggling to just keep putting one foot in front of the other and make it through the summer. The kids are in good places. We have lots of good things going on. There are stresses, but they are everyday stresses like tires going bald and kids bickering.
I’m excited to get back to blogging regularly, to have my little corner of the world to sit and ramble. Let’s see if I can stick to it!