Recently I took a break from blogging. I told myself it was only going to be a week or two, just long enough to get my head on straight. The country kids were a handful, the end of the school year was nearing, and I was overwhelmed and just needed a break. I felt like life was passing me by and I was barely hanging on to each aspect by my fingernails.
Our schedule was piling up with events, field trips, t-ball and preschool graduation. These are moments and milestones I wanted and needed to give my full attention to. Spring brought more activity around the homestead…. The garden needed to be planted, seasonal chores attended to, broody chickens and ducks every five minutes. I focused on living life, not on sharing it with you all. A little selfish on my part you might think, but necessary for my mental wellbeing. I was at the end of my rope.
Now here we are, almost two months later, and while I have kept our weekly hop going and tossed out a few Week in Homestead Photos, the tumble weeds are piling up. While I took time to get our personal lives together, my blogging has suffered. Don’t get me wrong, family comes first, but I have missed being able to sit and write. While giving myself 100% to my family, I realized I was short changing myself and what brought me joy. So now I need to find a balance of meeting everyone’s needs, INCLUDING my own.
I have put systems in place that will allow me time to do what I love, and as an added benefit, will force my family to step up. I can’t do everything and nor should I have to! Yes, my hubby works, but that doesn’t mean he can’t run a vacuum now and then. The country kids are on summer break, but that doesn’t mean they can’t pick up after themselves and *gasp* maybe learn new life skills in order for things to run more smoothly around here.