Wow, I can't believe how long it's been.
You see, I use to be a "regular" in Blogland. I was very very into blogging... writing, reading other blogs, entering blog contests, participating in memes... and making some dear, long-distance friends along the way. But after a few years, it became a little all-consuming so I had to finally pull back. Especially since life and things like home schooling my two daughters, navigating pre-teen and teen hormones, and caring a bit for my aging mom who lives alone all came into play.
Oh, and Facebook. ;)
But now, here I am a few years later, tentatively putting my little toes into the water again. I know I can't (and shouldn't) go back as deeply as I once did. Not just because life is busy, but because I want to treasure these precious last years of my two daughters' growing up years. So that even when I have a moment where nothing is calling my name, I want to be able to simply sit on the sofa with my fourteen year old and watch "that movie with her again for the tenth time" just because she asked and wants my company. Or to read the latest story she just wrote. Or to listen (and make eye contact) with my eleven year old when she tells me of the latest Littlest Pet Shop home movie she just directed with a friend. Or stop and really see the details of her latest drawing. I want to be able to jump on my little green bike and ride around the neighborhood with my husband on these last, fleeting evenings of summer.
So, I will be coming back slowly to give outlet to my thoughts and heart. And maybe even visit a few of your blogs, too. But at a more moderate pace.
Perhaps that's partly why the title of this newest blog.
Well, in part, it describes the blessings of homeschooling...being able to see your child do her math curled up in a hammock on a warm, sunny day.
And it also shows the kind of summer I've been having...much calmer than some of my previous summers. You know the kind- with too many kids' activities or family excursions packed into three small months. But this year, I've enjoyed some very serene hours in one of our hammocks with a good book, and I hope for a few more!
But it also describes my desire to try to live in the moment in the midst of the busy schedules that we all seem to have, at least in some points of the year.
All that to say, I'm here once again, but hopefully in a more moderate, relaxed way.
So on this summer evening in early August comes to a close, I'll bid you Good-night for now....as well as a brand new Hello. :)