2016 didn’t end the way we had planned. Here is what happened, and why a few things didn’t get finished around here – including the Rejoicing in Motherhood series, and the $200 grocery challenge.
//My nephew, Judah, was born with Potter’s Syndrome (meaning he has no kidneys) at 33 weeks. He should not be alive, but thanks to a research program at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, he is. Currently he is at Texas Children’s, and there have a been a couple of big scares already this year. Yet God is good, and he continues to remain here and overcome the odds. You can read more about him on my sister’s blog.
//My dad passed away in a motorcycle accident in October, which is why the $200 grocery challenge never finished. We decided to not do anything more with the blog until this year at that point. I had things to emotionally and mentally process, and simply could not handle writing on top of it.
//Right before my dad passed away, we learned that Baby Secundus is on the way. We were planning on putting a three year gap between Prima and the next baby in order to give my body time to heal and hopefully have a less miserable pregnancy. I suffer from hyperemesis gravidarum during pregnancy, which thankfully is kept pretty controlled with medication. Thankfully, this time is already better than the last, but I had to deal with being afraid that I would not be able to take care of Prima and be awfully sick at the same time that my dad had just passed. I was an emotional mess for awhile. I’ll write more about that journey this year.
So what’s in store for 2017, supposing it’s quiet, calm, and drama-free?
//I want to start over with the Rejoicing in Motherhood series. That starts next Tuesday! I’ll recap, and then the following week will be a guest post from Elizabeth McGee from Grace and Pieces of Wisdom. She is so sweet, and I am honored to be her friend, and to have her here! She has written a beautiful piece about her recent miscarriage that helped me as I struggled after my dad’s death.
//I plan to blog four days a week, Monday – Thursday, with a couple of Friday posts at the end of the week. You’ll get to see both of those in the next couple of weeks, since it is already halfway through January! Themes center around food, motherhood, relationships, and the Montessori education method (as we use it.)
//We have a bunch of projects planned around the house, especially as we get ready for Baby Secundus’ arrival in June. We rent a two bedroom, one bath townhouse which was designed with college students in mind. It isn’t bad, but also not super baby friendly. And I kind of stink at interior decorating. Not a life skill of mine – thank goodness Pinterest exists, as well as a sister with the decorating gene! Expect to see those updates as the house comes along.
//We’ve got some other projects that I guess would fall under the “homemaking” category. I think they would have in the olden days, but today would more likely fall under “hobby” or “DIY”. For example, the Norseman has two pairs of penny loafers with holes in the bottom. We were originally going to get re-soled. But then I did some poking around (because I have a bit of a making-shoes obsession) and found a way to re-sole them myself. I’m super excited! I just hope I don’t end up ruining them with my first ever re-sole experiment. Updates to come next week.
//Once a month, I’ll give you an update on my goals. What worked, what didn’t, if I dropped any, progress made (or not) and how PowerSheets play into it all.
//In June, I plan to go on maternity leave from blogging for three months. I’m not sure what that will look like yet. I may do a bi-weekly peek into our life post, as well as a the goal progress posts, and leave it at that. Or I may be able to do some pre-written posts, and guests posts, and have those run. What I know for certain is that it will be an adjustment, it will be hard, and I choose to focus on my babies and family most at that time. You will of course hear more about it as it gets closer.
//Reminder: Monday is the Easiest Stovetop Yogurt Ever, and Tuesday is the restart of Rejoicing in Motherhood! I’m looking forward to next week, and hope you have a wonderful weekend!