It has been a year and a half since I started this blog. One entry is all that I logged in that time. My intentions were certainly to do more. Today is the last day of the 2017. I am excited for the new journey I will be taking in January. I am signing off on all my social media sites and participating in a retreat I read about on a blog (you can read about it here). I initially saw it on a friend’s page and immediately felt the Spirit whisper to me that this was something I needed to do. I admit that since seeing this two days ago, I have had so many apprehensions about leaving Facebook. Let me be honest–they are fears. I am afraid of missing out on knowing, afraid of not seeing the latest news items, of the recent news in all of my “friends'” lives, of not liking, or loving, or laughing at someone’s post, of missing someone’s birthday, of the yummy recipe I would see in those short demo videos, and on and on. Can you see my problem? A retreat from social media and focusing on the quiet is just what my spirit needs. I am looking forward to having more time to read, write, study. Less distractions so I can be a better wife and mother. No more laying in bed scrolling through trivial feeds. Pictured is the view from the quiet place where I will be spending reflective moments. I am excited to see where this journey takes me.
So many times the past few months, I have had thoughts come to my mind that have made me want to write. I have tried doing a family blog before, but I need to do something with more depth. I am starting this blog to record my feelings about life, faith, family, marriage, home schooling, gardening, friends, and anything else that sparks inspiration in my life. I have titled by blog “With My Hand in Thine,” a phrase from one of my favorite hymns, “I’ll Go Where You Want Me to Go.” I love the thought that I can make this journey in life with the Lord by my side, helping me along the way. I am never alone! With my hand in thine also implies that we are in this together, that I am doing His will and have sought his counsel and guidance, something I hope to always do.
A little about me: I am a stay-at-home mom to six wonderful children. I have been married to my husband for 20 years and love my marriage! While our relationship isn’t perfect, it really is the happily-ever-after I imagined as a young woman dreaming of married life. Steve is a hard worker and loves me just the way I am. For this, I am so grateful. I have home schooled my youngest three boys for the past two years. I have loved this! I will write more about schooling in future blogs, but I have learned so much about education and learning the past few years–I don’t think I can ever go back to the “old” way.