8 years ago I had 5 kids living at home, and one who had just moved out. I was in the midst of diapers still and nap time, schoolwork and driving kids to their part-time jobs. Now, while we still have schoolwork happening around here, we have no diapers, I have only three kids at home, though I have my granddaughter here too. Things change, which is a normal part of life.
So what is the purpose of my blog? I started out to just write about my life and to try to offer encouragement to others. I still do that, but I feel like I have gotten away from talking about raising little ones, and I know I have gotten away from encouraging home educating moms too, and I don't want to completely stop writing about these subjects.
I feel as if I am in a unique position of still parenting, and being a grandma who is helping to raise my granddaughter. At a time when many my age are empty nesters, I've still got a full, active nest! I have experience at this parenting thing, this home educating thing, and as a woman who reaches out to others to encourage them.
So this is going to be the focus of my blog. My original focus - it was my tag line for years and I want to get back to it, "Hospitality, Friendship, Encouragement."
Some days we may only talk about tea! Did you know that January is Hot Tea month?
Some days we will talk about how to organize our days when we have little ones or talk encouragement for home educating Moms. Did you know I write a column in our state homeschool Magazine? I write The Prayer Closet column for CHAP Magazine. CHAP stands for Christian Homeschool Association of Pennsylvania.
Some days we will talk about de-cluttering our homes so they can be places of peace and rest for us and our families, and we will also talk about life in general. I will also continue to talk about the Lord. He is the central focus of our lives here at the cottage, so it is natural that I would talk about Him.
Oh, and books! We'll definitely talk about books!
I blog because I have a lot to say, most days anyway, and I know that I read blogs because I like meeting people who have now become my friends, and I hope you read here for the same reason.
So here's to another year on the blog, and friendship, and hopefully continued encouragement.