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Amber

Hey, Megan. While I would miss keeping up with you, I understand completely where you're coming from. I actually pondered not blogging at all for 2014, but haven't made that decision yet either. For me, I am asking myself if blogging is becoming more of a burden than an enjoyable activity. There are times when I feel that it's just one more thing to get to...and I rarely have time to do all I need to do lately. I stress that I need to update since I have the blog, but sometimes it's not as easy and fun anymore. Writing is something that I enjoy, too. It helps me process through things. But then I think why am I not journaling more? I think thoughts like "my children would love to read my hand-written journals some day," and "couldn't I spend more time with the Lord in my personal journals?" And frankly, I don't have time to do both! I'm guessing you probably don't either. ;)

Other thoughts that I have are that blogging, FB (since my blog is connected), even my beloved Instagram - are they pulling me away from real life? Are they tugging my attentions else where when I need to be concentrating on what's right in front of me? And do I stay "connected with technology" just to promote myself or compare myself or "keep in touch" with people I haven't talked to in years? Would I really miss out on anything worth missing???

Oh goodness...I think I'm talking myself out of everything technology related!! You know...I think about my mother-in-law a lot. She is the most personal and personable person I have ever met. Yet she doesn't even own a computer. She stays in the moment with everyone, especially my children when they are with her. She has never felt like she has missed out on anything. She stays connected with people that are important to her, and she makes those relationships count for something. I admire that about her.

I don't think you have weird ramblings, at all. But I understand busy. And I understand how staying too connected with technology can allow us to miss our children's childhoods.

Maybe these thoughts (and your post) were more for me than you. Maybe they will help you clarify your decision. But I think I know mine. Now to just have the courage to do it. ;)

Suzy

Wow, selfishly and honestly I would miss your blog so much! It's been a wonderful way to stay connected with you. That said, their only little once and I totally understand busy. I should probably spend less time on the computer...ok, ALOT less time.

Maybe try doing a goal of 1 post every other week or once a month. Journal your going's on and do a compilation post? Just a few ideas :)

Brandi

Well I love your blog! I do read it fairly regularly--popping in about once a week to see if there's any new updates. I think you have a lot of wisdom and encouragement to share, and I know you have certainly encouraged me! So know you're not blogging in vain at all. But I also have 3 kids, and I'm constantly amazed that you have time to do all you do and wonder how you do it! So I get the need to simplify your life. I think you do a spectacular job as a homeschooling mom, chef, photographer, etc. At least from what I know reading your blog--I think you have the potential to grow your blog, but I also know that would take a lot of work, and if you're not really feeling it, then it's probably not worth it. I would miss reading your posts, though! :)

Marni

I enjoy your blog and find so much encouragement here. Our kids are similar in age and I often come here after a difficult day. You remind me to enjoy my kiddos more and do the fun things that bond us together. I can be a task master sometimes, moving down my to do list and putting the house back together instead of spending time cuddled up on the couch reading or baking or playing games. Seeing how you do school/life by keeping relationships first really inspires me to to do the same. I also love your honesty about how tough it is sometimes, not everyone is so transparent. I would miss your blog but completly understand the need to simplify. Homeschooling and taking care of a family is a full time job and I know I am speding less time on the computer in an effort to be present and enjoy my family more. I think you do an amazing job of documenting and you have inspired me to get working on my digital albums again too. I hope you keep up your photo a day blog, I love to get ideas and see how other families do school. Thanks for all the wisdom you have shared and for encouraging me on this sometimes lonely journey!

Megan

Thank you so much for your sweet encouragement! I really appreciate your comments - it brings tears to my eyes! It's encouraging to know that others are benefiting from it. I think I'm going to try to keep weekly updates if I can, and see where that goes. Thank you for your feedback!

Emily Jarkins

Hi Megan! I agree with all the comments above! I really enjoy reading your blog and seeing all the pictures. Even though I have never met you, our children are very similar in ages and I take to heart your ideas and suggestions. I had a blog many moons ago and regret the decision to not at least post some updates due to my busy schedule. I now feel the days are flying by and I don't have a good place to go back and re-live the memories. If you keep moving forward, just know that it helps others to remember to slow down and smell the roses:)

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