Sunday, October 15, 2017

Big South Fork Camping and maybe, I'm back...


It's been awhile, almost forever. I've missed blogging. This year has been a whirlwind. Our baby girl, Hazel, turned ONE, our oldest, Bethany turned 13, we got a dog, Boone. We bought my childhood home from my parents. We'd lived with my Mom for the year prior, most of our belongings were in storage and it took awhile to get settled. To unload the storage unit, to set up house again, to settle into our new home. It finally feels like home, my home, our home. I love it here, it's all kinds of beautiful that I get to live here with my family. so very special. Maybe I'll blog about that...

My Canon stopped working last December, my computer crashed earlier this year, and then my desktop stopped recognizing it is connected to the internet. Between all the technical issues, I just resigned that blogging wasn't going to be something I felt guilty not doing. I've always loved blogging and keeping sections of our life in a hard-copy form this way. I don't have the best memory, so writing things about our life down, is the best way I have found to hold on to these precious days. They are going so quickly! I can't get over how fast these past 18 months have gone by. It feels like forever ago that we sold our house and moved in with Mom when I was 20 weeks pregnant with Hazel. So long ago, sixteen months, since she was born. Homeschooling 5 kids this year, having 7 kids ages 13, 11, 9, 6, 5, 3, and 1, it's alot. Maybe I'll blog about that...

Honestly, the blogging break has been good. It has felt right. I've really missed capturing most of Hazel's first year with pictures on my Canon, but it's been good to let go of pressure I often put on myself to keep up and to keep going. Sometimes you just need to be. Time to re-evaluate, time to process and time to withdrawal. I certainly don't feel like I've arrived, moved past things that have really changed me or found all the words that have failed me. I hope to write more again though.

God has given me so many good things this year. He has provided peace to my chaotic heart, He gives me what I need each day and I am so thankful for His constant presence, even when life doesn't make sense. I sought a mentor relationship earlier this past summer and that has proven to be a huge source of encouragement and continues to help me grow as a person and Christ follower. It has been one of the greatest things I've done to invest in myself after an emotionally draining and stormy season in my life. I'm so thankful God saw fit to provide me with a sister in Christ who is willing to invest in me and share her wisdom. It's been such a humbling gift.

Even in the hardest times, God is good! I am amazed by all of His provisions to see me through 7 pregnancies, to not only give me 7 children but sustain me daily to train and educate them. I look at pictures of them all lined up and it honestly takes my breath away. I've been so inspired in my homeschooling this year through many different resources and podcasts. Maybe I'll blog about that...

I'm so excited that fall is finally arriving! It's my favorite season and I can't wait to experience all the beauty that is getting ready to happen in our woods. 3 nights of our fall break we spent camping, our yearly fall break tradition. This year we camped at Bandy Creek in Big South Fork. Camping is one of the hardest things to do with 7 kids, it's exhausting and this trip was one of the worst we've ever had with a baby in tow. Despite how challenging and exhausting it can be, I still look forward to the time we get to spend camping, it's very memory making.

Hazel was recovering from Hand, Foot and Mouth and she was a basket case the first 24 hours we were there. I ended up passing off my, newly repaired, Canon to Bethany because Hazel kept me busy, so many of the pictures above she took, which is really awesome! I loved seeing her point of view and watching her discover photography. We visited Historic Rugby, Blue Heron Mining Community in Stearns, KY and stopped at Alvin C. York's Home. I shared all the details about our trip on my Instagram, that's where you'll want to go for all those moments.

This is really just my attempt to say, "Hey, I'm back...maybe," And here is a little peek into where I've been and here is to hoping I can get everything moving in the right direction to be back more often.

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