After a long absence, I've determined to return to blogging. No guarantees exactly what this will entail, how often I'll update, or... well, any guarantees of any kind! But most posts will probably focus on my family, adoption issues, daily life, some recipes, homeschooling, single parenting and possibly even some of my adventures in dating, though I don't want to embarass any of the involved parties! I'll try to chronicle over the next few weeks some of what has happened in my life since the blog went silent. If you have any questions, feel free to ask - I'll try to satisfy your curiosity, if I can do so without overstepping the privacy of others.
I have a few topics (including the aforementioned conference) in mind that I want to touch on over the next few days, but I welcome your (curious, not critical) feedback, as well... what do you want to know? Give me some ideas. While much of the lapse has been due to the craziness of life... some long periods of silence have been nothing more than lack of inspiration for what to write about. So give me your ideas!
Here's my family these days. This was taken in December. Myself and my four children. Sam - age 12, Gideon - age 12, Hallie - age 10 and Malaika - age 10. Are you as amazed with how they've grown as I am? My dark haired children have both hit a growth spurt and are towering 4-5 inches above their (3 months) older same-gender siblings, much to my blondies' chagrin.
I know many of you have wondered where I disappeared to (even to the point of asking my other blogging friends where I was), and I'm thankful for your interest in our crazy life. It makes me feel cared for that you have asked, and that many of you keep checking this dead blog to see if I'm back yet.
Social media and the internet have given me some trepidation - I've seen undeserved nasty comments on friends blogs, and even saw one acquaintance raked over the coals and completely picked apart on other sites for what she chose to share about her life. But I've been pushed, prodded, and encouraged to start blogging again, and after attending an amazing conference for foster and adoptive parents this weekend, the theme just came up too many times to ignore - between comments from friends, tidbits in seminars, and even just a nagging on my heart to have the outlet to express myself through writing again. So... here I am.