Thursday, January 5, 2012


Hi there, me again!  I know it has been awhile, but I hope you are still there!

We arrived home late Tuesday night from our trip to visit family in Northern Virginia.  While there, the entire family fell victim to a relentless stomach bug.  Here, home in Michigan, we're still recovering, and I'm doing my best to disinfect and come to some semblance of order before we fully emerge back into "real life" come Monday.

During that long drive home with frequent stops to rest, hold each one of my little ones, whisper reassurances and tuck back into car seats again, I formulated a plan for this new year.  One that sees me more present in my own daily life, less distracted, more intentional.  Nursing my little Peter in the front seat during one stop, my eyes filled when I realized how many times I've made this journey with little ones.  5 babies, nursing and playing in between long stretches of highway.  Like these cars zooming along, my life is flying by.  My time here, holding a precious person who has a special smile for me who is just testing out his skills at saying "Mama," this time is moving quickly on.  If I blink, I'll miss it.  This year, I'm focusing on being truly present. 

With the rest of regular life, I'm attempting to kick this off Monday.  It may take me a while to get the hang of it, but the general gist of it is that I'd like to remove myself as much as possible from the internet during the waking hours of my children.  I hope to keep this blog updated as much as possible in the evening hours, and keep my days focused where they need to be - on these little people who need me so much, if only for these few, fast moving days.

I hope all of you enjoyed a blessed, restful holiday season.  Stay tuned for projects and ideas come Monday!

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  1. I hope you all recover soon. Enjoy your time with your precious little ones! Blessings!

  2. I cannot commend you enough for pulling back from distractions while you are in the mothering season of life. It does go so quickly and we miss it if we are caught up in the extras. Though nice, they can wait. I do love reading here and being inspired but if you are a little more scared, more power to you as you sew into the lives of your children all you can while you can. :)

  3. Oops, I did not mean scared, I meant scarce. My iPad sometimes makes decisions for me when it comes to spelling.

  4. I share your heart on that one... So hard as the internet has become such an important part of life, but is it really needed? I know for me it comes down to self control. I don't need to know things NOW. Sigh...

    Praying for you!

  5. I take my 2 little coffee breaks during the day -- just as I used to when I worked in an office -- and then the rest is for when the kids are all in bed. somedays there are exceptions: the kids love Wordless Wednesday because of all the pictures posted, and hubby often has days off mid-week since he's a shift worker, and on these days I can spend a little extra time catching up.
    It's a bit harder here in the bitter cold winter months - you just can't be outside as much, but I am going to do my best to stay to that schedule.
    I've all but abandoned's just too time consuming and moves too fast for me.

  6. Good luck Lydia! Can't wait to hear how this goes for you... as my toddler clings to my feet and tears things up. xo-kate


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