Hey y’all! It’s been a while! I want to share my 2018 sewing plans with you all… but first!
I cannot believe it’s already February! You’re probably wondering where I’ve been (or not) but I’ll tell you anyways! 🙂
December was quite a difficult month for me. In fact it was my most difficult month in all of 2017. At the end of November, I started experiencing some weird symptoms so I went to my obygn to see what was up. December isn’t an ideal month to go to the doctor… let me tell you! There’s a million things to do. If you have kids, there are countless presents to wrap, cookies to bake… & home to decorate. Add in doctor appointments on top of that and life gets complicated real quick if you’re a homeschooling mom. It was a tough month & I felt like I wasn’t catching a break… just as I thought I was feeling better, it was something new… or something else… or more medication… or my period…
Long story short, I had to get a D&C with hysterscopy this past January.
Everything went well with that procedure – thank God! My symptoms seem to be resolved now and I feel loads better! And if you’re wondering, I was not pregnant. I had a uterine polyp that caused intense pain whenever I ovulated & heavy bleeding during my periods. Hopefully that wasn’t TMI, but it was what I was experiencing… so there.
The things women go through!
However, that little bit of down-time in December & January (which wasn’t really “down time” per say – just a break from blogging, social media, and the like…) allowed me to reflect back on 2017.
In 2017, I learned a great deal concerning blogging and marketing on social media platforms and some of it surprised me… and not in a good way. Being new to blogging, I tried out new things I learned and realized that some practices are better left in 2017. For one, social media requires so much time to keep up & I refuse to succumb to the addiction. REFUSE.
If you’re not new to my blog, you’ll know that I’m a homeschooling mom. And though I mostly share about my handmade clothes and adventures with pattern making on this blog, my homeschooling duties run far and wide… and it’s my #1 focus and priority during the week.
Sometimes I feel guilty that I don’t post often enough on here. Or on instagram. Almost as though I’m breaking the #1 blogging rule of making sure to post often. And I know it must sounds like I’m making excuses when I say how busy I’ve been “mom-in,'” but y’all… this is real life & I have so many different things to do and hats to wear when the day comes.
Can I just make a public announcement that my husband and I…
We sail this ship day in and day out. We don’t outsource much. Sometimes it can be overwhelming managing the lesson planning, meal planning, grocery shopping, and staying on top of our budget. Then we have to actually cook. And I can easily cook 3x’s a day here… breakfast, lunch, dinner. And don’t even mention folding the laundry. We always have clean clothes, but it is almost always never completely folded or put away!
And I can’t sew whenever I have dishes in the sink or toys scattered throughout the house. I enjoy sewing when all major responsibilities have been tended to and my house is fairly clean and organized. And in this stage of life, opportunities to sew don’t come by often. I admire the women who can shut out all the distractions and get it done… I would love to be able to “ignore all the things,” but every single day this home becomes a playroom, a school, a cafeteria… & it meets the needs of 5 different people with me at the helm.
And I get so tired sometimes.
At night, when I tuck my older kids into their beds – we cuddle, laugh, and give each other kisses as they recap their day. It’s one of my favorite parts of our life right now – getting those moments every night to lay with them without having other things screaming for my attention. I’m still nursing my youngest so bedtime for her is bedtime for me since I swear she can sense when I’m not right there beside her. I cant tell you how many times I’ve woken up to use the restroom (5 mins tops) to find her standing outside the door waiting for me. Scares the life out of me… so I know that when she’s in bed, if I’m not there next to her, its only a matter of time before she comes to find me. This is why sewing at night is impossible for me.
It’s incredibly easy to forget that these years in motherhood are fleeting. The responsibilities seem to mount until it becomes the norm and all of a sudden you’re a mom juggling a million things and time seems to escape you even though you’re trying your best to grasp at it any chance you get. Just the other day my son was helping me prepare breakfast & time stood still for a moment. I couldn’t believe how much he had grown. It happened SO fast!!!
He’s my reminder to savor the everyday moments like my life depends on it. When my kids are older I don’t want to regret not spending time with them while they were young because I was focused on other things. Right now, THEY ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT THING!
Being a wife and homeschooling mother is no easy task. If I had known beforehand about all it required I probably wouldn’t have signed up for either… haha. I guess thats where LOVE comes in though. If love wasn’t a major factor in my marriage or in my mothering journey, it would be much easier to make different choices. However, LOVE is my fuel. The love I have for my husband & for our 3 children… it’s empowering. It’s why I make the beds in the morning, sweep the floors, wash the dishes, school the kids… and try my best to be the best I can be at whatever it is I happen to be doing.
In 2018, I’m going to continue putting my family first. No apologies & No explanations. If my blog goes quiet for a while, it’s probably because I’m handling some very important business. But I’ll always be back. Promise!
With that being my #1 goal for 2018, I have a few more…