Off and on over the seven years I've written here, we've occasionally had seasons where life became extra busy and/or extra difficult: with the children, finances, health, house-hunting, jobs--you know, everyday matters.
During those times I'd chat with Steve, wrestle with thoughts, or write out a good pros and cons list titled: Should I continue blogging at Steady Mom?
I'd fill a page with reasons to quit or continue, go over the same ideas with Steve again and again, but no matter how challenging life became, I never wanted to throw in the towel completely. I'd cut back for a while or take a sabbatical, then return to get on with this part of my mission and an important outlet for me as a mama of three littles.
But last week, as I realized it was time to write a new post here, I didn't feel much enthusiasm. When I took a minute to consider why, the thought came: "Let it go." (Sorry to be all cliche and "Frozen" about it, but that's really what happened!)
Immediately, I felt a huge wave of peace and freedom. I knew that yep, it's time to quit, at least for now.
Why am I letting Steady Mom go at this particular moment? Well, let's see:
- There are seven full years of archives here, which is a lot of inspiration for intentional mamas to find (& it will all remain here for anyone to read!)
- I started this blog in early 2009, when my kids were ages three, four, and five. Now they are ten, eleven, and twelve. We're in a completely different life stage. I need to honor them and honor this season by being open to change.
- God used Steady Mom to open doors for my writing at Simple Homeschool and through other avenues, projects that are keeping life beautifully full at the moment.
- Steady Mom was my place to experiment with blogging, to "find my voice." Well, I found it!
Have you ever visited a blog that hasn't been updated for years, and the writer never said goodbye? I didn't want to do that to you or to future readers who stumble upon this space.
Some of you have miraculously been reading here for years. Without you I never would have developed this platform that has brought me so many opportunities. I owe it to you not to just disappear without a trace.
Don't worry if you aren't actually homeschooling; many of the posts are about intentional education or parenting no matter where your kids go to school.
There's no need to unsubscribe here, either. It could be that this "letting go" is only for a while; I'm not sure. But if I do decide to write a new post at some point, as long as you're still a subscriber here you'll be the first to know.
My Latest News
It's hard to believe, but for almost FIVE years I've been working hard on something for all of you.
Give Your Child the World has been making slow progress for a LONG time now. Many years I worked on this book in blind faith, not knowing when or if it would find a publishing home, but believing in the resource it would one day be for parents.
Of course God worked it out perfectly, like He always does when we're willing to wait for His timing. In the style of Honey for a Child's Heart and The Read-Aloud Handbook (two of my fav parenting resources), Give Your Child the World is a reading treasury (with a global twist!)
Think of it like an inspiring geography/literature/history resource–one that will take your kids all the way from age 4 through age 12, for just the cost of a single paperback! On top of the carefully curated reading lists, the book also shares our family’s unique multicultural story, practical ideas to help you create a globally-conscious home, and the power of using story to truly give your children the world.
I believe it belongs on your shelves and that you're going to love it. I've never been this passionate about something I've written before--can you tell?!!
If you've enjoyed any of my other books or have been touched by this blog or Simple Homeschool, would you please consider ordering your copy now? Preorders make a big difference to publishers, letting them know there's substantial interest in a title and setting it up well to succeed.
It feels right to officially announce the book here on Steady Mom first, since this is the spot where I planted my writing roots seven years ago.
As is always the case in nature and in our lives, as one season ends, another begins. I can't wait to see all that it holds.
Thank you from my heart for walking the journey toward intentional, professional motherhood along with me. God's richest blessings on you and yours!
"Some people believe holding on and hanging in there are signs of great strength. However, there are times when it takes much more strength to know when to let go and then do it.”
~ Ann Landers