Tuesday, July 19, 2011

A Welcome

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!


  1. I am shocked that a fried lashed out at you about writing. After all, you ARE a writer (& my favorite grammar guru).

  2. I'm not a blogger, but I am a wife and mother who enjoys great content. We're about to enter our 3rd year of homeschooling and I share your enthusiasm. I am so happy to have "discovered" your blog!

  3. Your comment about a friend lashing out at you about your writing reminds me of an incident that occurred several years ago when I helped out at an exhibit of my former associate pastor's amazing artwork. Another member of the congregation made a statement suggesting the time spent on such a "hobby" was taking away from time the associate pastor should be spending on her pastoral duties!!! For once I was rendered speechless!

  4. As a long time reader (and someone that feels like she can show up at your door once in a while) ... I can say absolutely whatever you do on this blog will entertain and bless the reader ... seriously, a friend who lashed out about writing???

  5. i am not new to your blog and i certainly cannot promise to comment any more often than i currently do because, well, because i also blog and have no time.
    but i know i love you
    and i miss you terribly
    and it's hard to believe that this is where we met

  6. Just found your blog and am excited to read more! I've been fighting the call to homeschool for four years, now.....sounds like I need a support group, huh? I would love to hear (and will look on your blog)about what you think. My main fear: that we will drive each other nuts. My kids are 3rd grade, 1st grade, Pre-K, almost 2 yrs, and expecting in November.......see my fear?;)


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