Welcome Back

A few weeks ago, I decided to go on a blogging vacation. If I’m being honest, I had mixed feelings about my decision.

A part of me wondered if I could do it. My blog has always been a place where I would turn to vent or share about the ins and outs of homeschooling my TBP. I shared celebrations and found support during the hardest days.

I think another part of me wondered if I stepped away from the blog, would I return. After all, once I hit publish, it was pretty easy to stay away. There were many days in a row where I didn’t check my views or clear my spam.

The time away was nice and it helped me realize that I like the blog.

There have been days where my blog was on my “have to” list feeling almost like another pet that I needed to look after and care for; however, I know now that it doesn’t need my constant attention. I can leave it alone occasionally and it can fend for itself. This time away, put caring for the blog, tending to the blog, back on the “want to” list.

Christmas is over for this year and it was a good one. We didn’t pressure ourselves to pack every weekend, but we still found time to enjoy our favorite traditions of decorating cookies, making a gingerbread house, and driving through the neighborhood to admire the holiday lights.

My TBP took the annual Santa picture, enjoyed his gifts and participated in our traditions with full attention. He slowed his body down long enough to enjoy a few new holiday movies and took advantage of the fact that his family of three had more time to spend together.

There were some challenges after busier days or when our attention was pulled away for big projects like taking the tree down, but those times were fewer than years past and the recovery was much quicker.

In the upcoming week, we still have vacation and a few things that we want to do. Try a new restaurant, make another delivery to the neighborhood food bank, visit with family, and do some much-needed homeschooling planning and writing that was pushed away for a bit.

I love this time of year. It encourages gratitude, reflection and focusing on the most important things. I hope to hold on to this well into the New Year.

Welcome back!

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