hello, dear old friends. 🙂
I’m so sorry for my unannounced absence in this space. I haven’t posted in a bit over a month, the longest this blog has ever been silent I do believe. As I shared on my instagram account, there have been some personal things going on that have been difficult and discouraging, and I haven’t felt much like myself.
I also wanted to step away from social media for a few weeks, at least the producing of content side of it, and see what it did for my soul. I guess I’ve needed to sift why I keep this blog, what my hopes and intentions are. As a busy mother, it is hard to justify what feels like the extravagant wastefulness of keeping a blog, knitting, reading, editing pictures, etc. etc. I often hear from other mother friends “I don’t know how you have time to x y z..” and maybe in part because of the other personal hardships we’ve been facing these last number of weeks, I wasn’t sure that I did in fact have time for it. My home is seemingly always in varying states of disarray, there’s always work I must neglect in order to pursue creative endeavors. I often feel guilty because of that. I wondered if I’ve said everything I’ve needed to say, if I’ve begun to just take the same photos again and again.
Anyway, I can’t go into it all now because I only have a few minutes to write here today. What I can say is that I thought it would be harder to go without sharing and posting much. It wasn’t actually very hard at all. In fact, it felt surprisingly good to be silent and private. What I didn’t anticipate was how much I would miss taking photos and keeping a record of our daily moments. I did keep up with taking pictures here and there, but I was mostly just still and quiet. It made me sad, and that surprised me. Keeping the blog somehow helps me stay present and awake to my own life. It helps me pay attention and keep a record. It brings focus and a bit of purpose. It forces me to process, in a way. I don’t know all of the reasons why I feel compelled to keep on, and I don’t know that I will forever, but for now, I’m back and it feels good.
I’ve missed you, too, reader, and hope you know that I do so enjoy connecting with you and hearing from you.
So while my soul was feeling the very heavy weight of grieving some losses, winter gave way to spring in our little part of the world. I noticed it more intently this year than I have ever before in my life. Every day I have walked around our home, looking for the bulbs we planted last fall to sprout and bloom. They have! I can’t quite express the ministry it is to the soul to watch green things come out of the ground, but I know many of you know just what I mean. I’ve also planted new things in the soil. During the last few weeks I’ve had some time convalescing and haven’t been able to do my usual physical labor, so Brandon faithfully prepped the garden soil, tilling in our compost from the last year, while I sat near him knitting in the sun. We’re making better walkways between rows this year in a hope to minimize weeding. We’ve planted strawberry plants and more asparagus, even as daily there are shoots of asparagus popping up from what we planted last year. We’ve planted lettuce, spinach, swiss chard, edible flowers, beets and sunflowers all from seed and are hopeful that we will see them sprouting soon. It has been so lovely spending time each day out in the sunshine, enjoying the cool mornings and warm afternoons before it is unbearably hot and buggy.
The kids and I are all feeling the itch to wrap up our school year. Our homeschool co-op finished up this week, and we have about 5 weeks of curriculum to finish up before we break for summer. We’ve done some fun simple field trips, like visiting the Biltmore House (local to us historic home) to see the horses and animals and gardens. We have a field trip to a museum later this week and hopefully a couple little getaways are in our near future as well.
I hope that spring has come your way, too, and that you are experiencing the ministry of new green things, sunshine, honeysuckle and lilac on the breeze, buzzing bees. Sending much love to you today. ❤