The Short Answer:
When I turned 40 in 2010, I decided to make some positive changes. One of those changes was to pursue a dream--I have always wanted to write. So, this blog provides me the opportunity to write every day. I post 4-5 times per week about whatever strikes my fancy!
These days I fancy
cooking (baking is my favorite),
crafting and decorating (sometimes I try to act all Martha Stewart),
parenting (usually those posts will have at least one AAAAAHHHHH!!!),
ideas that my life simpler (I'm a little lazy that way),
anything that makes me LAUGH (Beware: I think I am waaaaay funnier than anyone else does!)
reading (I'm a fiction girl!)
and things that inspire my Christian faith.
THANKS for stopping by! I would really love to hear from you! Blogging is no fun by yourself...It makes me feel like I'm talking to myself. And I'm already creeping on the edge of crazy.
And...the LOOOOONG Answer:
(Because I really cannot seem to tell any story quickly, here's the long version)
In honor of my 40th birthday, I decided to follow a dream and start a blog. Who knows where that dream will take me…But I am going to enjoy the scenery! Growing up, I never enjoyed the scenery. I was either buried in a good novel, or I was thumping or tattling on my brother and sister beside me in the backseat. (Remember the Buick Electra Wagon? Oh yes, baby blue vinyl…)
Now, I complain to my two girls to look up from their novels (okay, let’s be real—look up from their DVD players) and enjoy the scenery. Their father—mostly I am making sure he is awake and alert. Because he is the one driving.
In our backseat, we have a blondie and a brownie. Rebecca is 9 1/2, and is a kind-hearted, creative soul. Her bedroom looks like her mama’s…about 6 novels stacked on her nightstand, and at least 4 craft projects in process on her desk. Sara Beth is 5, and has been attached to me since birth. I feel God made her especially cuddly and snuggly to make up for the fact that I have read more parenting books, and sought more parental counseling since she was born! Oh, but how God blessed us with those girls. Neither one arrived easily or quickly. I never take for granted those sweet as honey words, “My girls.”
My dear husband, God bless him, keeps my life interesting! He is spontaneous when I like to plan. He loves parties and events where I am a homebody. He has new business ideas monthly, while I cringe and think how in the world will we ever be able to afford it? Oh, but he makes me laugh (even if it IS junior high humor!) Married life has not always been easy for us, but I can easily say—I am proud to be married to Dave. When people mention his name, they almost always say, “He is such a servant. He is always helping others.” That always makes me smile, in agreement.
What else would you like to know? I love to laugh almost as much as I enjoy breathing. I am an Arkansas girl at heart, but live in Missouri now. In my mind, I still live in the South…but the only Southern thing about it is they will deliver Southern Living to my mailbox! I married at 21, while still in college. The only stipulation my mom and dad gave to their Razorback daughter, was that I could NOT finish my schooling at the University of Texas! I have a degree in English, with a teaching certificate, yet have never formally taught.
I say “formally,” but I do homeschool our girls. My husband and I figured that since we both have education degrees, we should give it a shot. Honestly, I kind of cringe at the term “Homeschool Mom.” We live in a town with a wonderful school system, so I used to answer sheepishly when people asked what school our daughter attends. Not anymore. Homeschooling has been amazing for our family! It was JUST what our daughters needed. Now they attend a classical homeschool academy two days a week--which has been the perfect combination for our family. Our plan is to put both girls into public school by junior high...however, we just take that decision one year at a time.
Well, a good Christian girl would have started her profile with, “I am grateful to have been saved by grace by a loving God.” So, I guess I’ll close with that! To me, life is such a process. I can’t count the dry spells, the valleys that I’ve walked. It is only because of God’s faithfulness to me that I make it to the other side each time. I have so much more to learn, and so much more to be changed. But, in the meantime, I’ll just enjoy the scenery. Giggling along the way.