As 2013 is coming to an end I’ve been contemplating my blog and what direction to go with it. I love blogging, I enjoy sharing and find a great deal of satisfaction from it. I’m excited for the New Year and what will unfold, not only in my life but here on my blog, which for me go hand in hand. I’ve always gotten the inspiration for my blog from my own life. I’m not a “professional blogger” and have no desire to be. My preference has always been to share real life. From the beginning my goal for my blog, website, forums, etc. has been to encourage homemakers in their daily walk. And that is what I will continue to strive to do for this coming year.
I’ve been blogging now since 2006 (I started my blog in December of 2005 ) and one thing that has gone through my mind a lot is how my life has changed so much in the last 8 years. When I started blogging I had a house full of little ones, tweens and teens. I was homeschooling them all, I raised goats, milked goats, had horses, chickens, baked all our bread, and so much more. Today I find myself approaching an “almost” empty nest (although it keeps fluctuating between 2 and 4 children ~smile~), I have a few goats that keep the brush down on our property and I no longer milk them. I no longer have chickens but I do miss them and often think of taking on a few again.. but as I’ve said in years past, “not this year, maybe next”. I don’t bake bread as often as I did because I think after 20+ years of constant work, I’m feeling a little tired and am enjoying the break.
As my home life has gone through the normal changes of children growing up and life looking different, so has my blog. I’m constantly touched and amazed when someone leaves me a comment telling me they’ve been reading my blog for years or reading it since the beginning. I’ve even told friends, I’m not sure why because I’m simply one housewife and mama doing what I love to do (and have been called to do) and sharing it with other women and I am thankful and humbled that they would want me to be a part of their life. I truly look at my readers as friends stopping by to visit over a cup of coffee.
I look forward to heading into 2014 sharing what is on my heart and mind in regards to my home and family, sharing yummy homemade food from my kitchen, sharing encouragement to be the best wife, homemaker and mama we can be. As always I look forward to hearing from you as well. I’ve recently changed the way I handle comments. In the past comments were published right away, after deciphering the little words/letters/number phrase. I’ve heard from a few people that they are often very difficult to see and interpret. I tried at one time to get rid of that and ended up battling a lot of spam.. so I now have the comments moderated but with no need to decipher the script, so hopefully that will make it simpler.
As a sneak preview for January.... I plan to start a monthly “Homemaking Challenge” where I focus on one particular homemaking task that I tend to procrastinate on (to help encourage not only you to tackle these tasks in your home, but myself as well! If I share about it I hope to be more inspired to stop procrastinating about these things too), I also hope to share about meal planning/cooking simplicity, and making some fun personal care items (easy, inexpensive ways we can pamper ourselves every now and then), and more!
I’m definitely looking forward to visiting with you all in 2014 over a nice cup of coffee (or tea) and sharing what is happening here on my little homestead…