Aww! I feel really happy to look over at my sidebar and see lots of new followers in the past several weeks. I feel like I should make some kind of promise, some kind of declaration: "I will blog more! I will add to the WordSmithery! I will find another post with a riveting title like 'Fashion of the 80s' that gets more hits than any other!" (Twice as many, in fact. There must be a LOT of 80s-themed parties going on. What is up with that?)
But the truth is, I can't promise that. I have hundreds of things I'd like to blog about (OK, maybe dozens). I think in blog posts and Facebook statuses. If you a new follower, one important thing you should know about me is that I love to write. It is part of who I am. A friend once lashed out at me about my writing, marginalizing what writing is to me. Or, is me. Words may get caught in my throat when I am speaking. But when I am writing, I have time to process and express what I really, really want to say. And how I want to say it.
I can't promise that I'll write and update and clean up my blog to make it prettier because life is just so dang busy. Blogging feels like a luxury to me—a reward for folding a load of laundry or spending an hour on lesson plans. Sometimes I find a moment of quiet in which to blog and then my son comes in with his sweet smile and says, "Will you make me some steak?" or the cat starts throwing up and I have to sprint to shove him outside. That's just the season of life I am in. Someday, these three gifts of mine will be on their own journeys, and I like to think I will have hours and hours to write then.
So, welcome, newcomers, to SmallWorld at Home. If you want to know all kinds of things about me, please read the About Me page. If you look up at the tabs, you'll see pages for Homeschooling, WordSmithery, On the Menu, Reading Picks, and My Favorite Posts. They aren't necessarily updated, but it's on my to-do list. Well, the one in my head, anyway.
Oh, and one more thing. I can't necessarily find your blogs via the followers box on my sidebar. (I think maybe this only links to blogspot blogs, or perhaps there is a trick I don't know?) Anyway, I would love to read your blogs, so leave me a comment with your blog address so I can come visit!