In virtually every how-to article written on blogging, you will find the admonition, "be consistent!" And so, I purpose to do just that--to consistently post to this blog because I see the value in it for my own therapy, and in possibly giving some mom out there encouragement to remain steadfastly in the trenches of parenting or homeschooling, or give some soul the hope of the gospel.
But that is where the confession comes in. I inherited a family trait that I share with my brother and my mom. I am interested in so many things that choosing between them becomes complicated. I do a few things in my life consistently, because I'm also a duty-bound personality type. I consistently pursue a relationship with my God, to whom I owe my life, consistently love and serve my family--even when it's hard, consistently home-school my children--even when it's inconvenient, and consistently keep my home (and that's just yuck.) But if a day offers and hour or two of "leisure", the options appear endless. Television and computer games don't even appear on my radar. Instead my mind runs to writing articles, poetry, or songs; painting in watercolor, drawing in pencil, or adding to my art journal. If it's not writing or art, it's photography, sports, or even driving (yep, I like motorcycles and trucks.) And let's not forget ministry and politics! The great thing about all these interests, is that I can share most of them, in some form or another with my family (my #2 priority), and more importantly I can use many of them to glorify God (my #1 priority.) The bummer is that when I turn to one, another falls by the wayside for a time.
That explains why this blog is so sporadic! I coordinated an art workshop with my friends, and excellent teachers, Barry and Saundra Stebbing, in early May. The workshop, designed for children and adults, inspired me to stop making excuses and start painting and drawing again. If you were to look at my photography blog (supposedly a 365), you could pretty much pin down when the coordination tasks started taking over my free time. From that point on, I devoted my free time to drawing, painting, and writing in my art journal.
I'm hoping to start multi-tasking by posting journal entries on this blog with the hope they will inspire some "a-hah" moments or bring encouragement to some. In the mean time, odds and ends of news and then my most recent completed watercolor:
1. #1 son and daughter-in-law will be (re)producing a grandson in late October--whoohooo!
2. #2 son will be taking a bride in July--yay!
3. #3 son moved out to begin his grand adventure--aww~
4. Remaining siblings at home and well!
5. My most recent article about how homeschoolers are impacting the world will come out in early July in Homeschool Enrichment--watch for it!
6. I sold a painting--wooot, woot!
Grace and Peace,