Apologies for Sporadic Blogging and The New Plan

I apologize for not following my usual posting schedule this summer.  I spent the past couple of months being completely Overcome By Events (I call this problem “OBE” for short, which is helpful because I suffer from it often and using the acronym makes me feel official).

We returned from our nearly month-long tour of the East Coast relatives, during which time we suffered more medical problems than I prefer (including but not limited to two ER visits) and I concluded that traveling for that long is not conducive to good behavior or overall peacefulness.  Next year we plan to make a much much much shorter trip but still hope to see everyone.  The picture above pretty much captures the month: lots of child wrangling, artistic photo shoots gone awry, kids running off, kids taking dives into concrete, kids needing to go to the bathroom at inopportune moments, and Mama trying to keep her smile on in spite of everything.

Now that we’re home, we’re about to launch into our first official year of homeschooling and I’m also going to attempt to massively revise my novel and keep up with many other obligations and commitments with family, church, and friends.  In order to promote less stress (SERENITY NOW!) and maintain my focus and priorities, I decided to take my blog posting schedule down to three posts per week.  In weeks with a giveaway, I’ll do an additional post to declare the winner.

With that said, are there any topics or types of posts that you particularly like on A Spirited Mind or would like to see more of this fall? If I’m only going to do three posts a week, they had better be good ones, right?

Thanks for sticking with me through the sporadic posting this summer!

8 thoughts on “Apologies for Sporadic Blogging and The New Plan

  1. would love to keep hearing about your homeschooling (especially with the littler ones around) at least on a monthly basis–and week in books is hard not to enjoy!

  2. Yup, those are my favorite things too! We’re starting our first year of homeschooling too! Congrats on surviving the summer. Hope the illnesses and booboos are behind you for a long time!

  3. Glad to know you are still using that acronym…:) I use it every chance I get and think of you when I do.

    Yep, homeschooling and book reviews are my preferences too. I’d have to say specifically the children’s book reviews because I’m always at such a loss at the library with the kids.

  4. You look gorgeous! And I totally, completely, thoroughly, and painfully know what you are talking about with the whole ordeal of traveling with little ones. It can be wonderful, but it can also wholly tax one’s entire reserves. The best thing is to hole up in a child-friendly house and parse out activities graciously.

    The last time I was on the road, which was only for one week (but without hubs), I ended up writing a revelatory daybook entry, finally understanding that neither me nor my children are the problem, but the circumstances themselves. How can anyone expect young wriggling children to behave perfectly in restaurants day after day? (My grandparents are big fans — we are ALWAYS at restaurants.) Furthermore, when hanging around entirely with adults (in my case, great-aunts & uncles, a great-great aunt, great-grandparents, childless cousins, and one uncle, my brother) in situations that small children are expected to stay calm and quiet, which is virtually impossible for any length of time, made me start wondering why I was even there in the first place. Do they honestly want to see us, or should I just disappear for most of the meal to keep the peace?

    Thankfully, on my last round with the same people, I had the foresight (and my mother to help form plans, as I have been usually at the mercy of my grandparents’ agenda) to insist on a visit to an indoor playground. Honestly, it was the first time I’ve had a good conversation with my grandpa in what felt like YEARS. It was such a relief.

    Total sore spot with me, evidently. We do a lot of traveling, so I’ve had a lot of time to agonize over it. Whew! I totally feel your pain.

    As for this fall and posting, go with whatever you’ve got! I always appreciate your thoughtful and thought-provoking posts. I’d be interested in hearing what you’ve got going on with homeschooling, too — that is the path I will be taking as well. It would be nice to compare notes.

  5. So interesting that all the comments are for homeschool posts – maybe I will do one every other week or so. And I’ll try to do more kids’ book posts too. Those take a long time to put together, which is why I don’t do more.

  6. I like your book reviews best. And then I’d pick your homeschool posts after that. I still wish that you had begun having children a couple of years ahead of us instead of the other way around!

    I also am always interested in your favorite children’s books. Even if you simply gave a list now and then, I’d be checking all the ones that we haven’t read! I’ve been looking through those posts this summer as I’ve been preparing a program for our homeschool co-op’s preschool children.

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