Starting Up Again

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As you may have noticed, the past few months of this blog have been devoted to our adoption journey. That was not the purpose of this blog, however, when I first started it. When I started it, my hope was that this little place in cyberspace may be a small way that I can encourage and bless moms wherever they are. I have always enjoyed learning, reading and studying. It seems like the more I read, the more I realize how little I know. This is true whether it be of God, marriage, parenting, homeschooling, or homemaking. I have also realized that I am a bit of a scientist. I very rarely take things because people say it is so. I have to try it out myself. (That can be a good thing or a bad thing.) I find great joy in learning from others, then finding something to apply to my own life so that what I learn is continually improving and growing who I am becoming. I question, I test, I explore.

As a mother, I have found this to be an extremely important exercise. Not only does it keep my mind in shape, it also provides me with ways to bless and encourage others---not just with things others have said, but things that I have discovered in the process of applying what I learn. As I attempt to verbalize these discoveries, I find that what I learn gets more deeply etched into my own mind as I seek to put what I have learned into words to share with another, whether that other be my daughter, my friend, or with my unseen community here.

When I first started, I thought I'd just blog on the things that I have already taught on and worked through in my life. Well, now I've come to the end of all that material! (Evidently I don't know as much as it appears.) And so, I am going to change my approach to Mom University---just a little. Instead of just sharing things that I have taught in the past, I will be using these posts to share some of the things I am working through right now---insights from what I am reading, thoughts from Scripture, a new recipe that I'm tweaking, a lesson I am attempting to teach my 5-year-old or a new discovery we make in our homeschool. That means that there will not be any polished answers. If it sounds awkward, it may be because I'm still wrestling with it.

As with our adoption journey, I am thinking my blog posts will be more "real-time" discoveries---which means that I will not always know what will happen at the end. All I can write about is what is going on, right now, at the present moment. There may not be nicely worded answers wrapped up with a pretty bow on top.

My goal is to blog twice a week, Tuesdays and Thursdays. If I can swing it, I'll try to do something fun on Fridays as well. (But no guarantees.) For those of you who are ready to get back to our "regularly scheduled programming," I thank you for your patience. For those of you who have joined in because of our adoption journey, I hope you'll stick around. I will continue to blog about our adventures with Anah, but I will also be writing about other mom-related topics as well. For those of you who have signed up for my newsletter, I hope to be getting back to that as well. My problem is not that I don't have anything to share...it's that I have too much I want to write, and not enough time to write it! (As you can see, I still am working on these perfectionistic tendencies.)

Whatever reason has drawn you to this site, I want to say thank you for listening, reading and supporting our family through this challenging transition. I have given myself permission to cut down on the blogging so that I can do what I am encouraging other mothers to do: enjoy the moments with your children. But I also am aware that God has blessed me with this ministry here as well. I will do my best to keep it growing and filled with things that will encourage you and things that you can use in your own home.

And so, if I had to add a subtitle to my blog, it would be: Mom University--keep exploring, keep learning, keep growing. Thank you again for joining me in the journey! I appreciate each and every one of your kind comments. They are greatly treasured.

[box] "But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. " --2 Peter 3:18a[/box]