So, what has gone on? Well... have you noticed I haven't been blogging? Probably not. ;)
That's ok. Not much has been happening on the ol' blogspot here. It feels so weird actually blogging again. I used to blog a lot....back in 2011-2014. But, something happened...
What you may ask? What deep, dark secrets have I been hiding? What scandalous controversy have I been sporting? What juicy details have I been keeping from you? lol ;) Well -- not much. I'm not all that exciting. :) But, I did leave teaching. I know...I know... I'm just as shocked as you. I mean...man I thought I'd retire teaching. It was my love, my passion. And it's true...it WAS. But our Lord has a funny way of taking your best laid plans and turning them upside down! And, that is pretty much what happened to me. And, while I didn't continue MY path of teaching in the public schools, I discovered God's intention for my life (at least THIS part of my life) -- and that was to homeschool my own children.
Yep -- in 2014, I withdrew my 6 children from the public school system and began homeschooling. And the rest....well it's history. It's been a WILD ride...but a ride I wouldn't change for the world!
I've learned an incredible amount about myself, my children, and God's plan for my life from this WILD ride. I will forever treasure the time I spent teaching my little ones in the public school. Those kiddos touched my heart and I pray I touched their lives. However, God presented me with a fork in the road....and then led me down the homeschooling path.
I've been asked repeatedly over the last couple of years about why I stopped blogging on Kindergarten Lifestyle. Each time I replied the same: I worried about being "ingenuine". I mean...it was easy to blog about things we did in the classroom while I was IN the classroom. It was my creative outlet. It was my way to unwind and share (er...remember) what I was doing in the classroom that worked...or didn't work. But, once I stopped teaching, I felt like I no longer had a reason to blog. While I LOVED homeschooling, I felt the blogging piece of my life was a gaping hole. :( I very much wanted to blog about my life...this new adventure...homeschooling, homemaking (I had never been a homemaker before), and even homesteading. See....crazy huh? Totally different than my teaching life. I felt like all those conversations would be out of place on a "teaching blog". So, my Kindergarten Lifestyle blog sat vacant. I refused to think outside the box. It even bothered me to come here and see my blog because it reminded me of all the work, time, and JOY that had gone into this blog. Should I start a new blog? Try something different? I did ... I tried...honestly I did .....but all along something kept pulling me back HERE.
Finally, I had a brilliant idea! (yeah...so it took me 2 years...but better late than never, right?)
Forget starting from scratch on a new blog. Seriously people....it's a lot of work! I have had this blog for 5 years.....5 YEARS!!! THIS is MY blog. THIS is my "home". It will just have to grow and adapt with me. So, I decided that whatever I blog about will be right HERE on MY blog. Why not? I've seen others do it...and more power to them. Now is MY time. It's time for me to get back to the world of blogging. I do LOVE it dearly (can you tell I'm kind of a writer? ;) I'm a talker too...but that's another story.
Here we go... Ready or not! This is the start of something new....something great!
Starting now you will start to see some changes on my blog. You will always find all the blog posts I've made in the past. That will never change. It's apart of my life and a part I cherish. However, starting now you will find a great variety of posts. From this point forward, you will find blog posts about what I call the 3 H's:
I now homeschool my younger 5 (my oldest is now in college). My other kids are in 2nd, 7th, 8th, 10th, and 11th. Yeah -- come at me now! Jeannie is teaching high school. Haha -- bet you've never found that on a kindergarten blog. ;)
Ok...really -- this includes everything from cooking tips, recipes, water bath and pressure canning, cleaning, organization for large families. I also am a BIG fan of the wonderful Mr. Dave Ramsey. We are working on our Debt Snowball and we're getting out of debt (Good-bye student loans)! So, you may see some posts about that.
We live on a farm with cows, chickens, horses, dogs -- you name it....we probably have it! We garden. We fix fences. We collect eggs. We even help cows give birth. It's our life...and it's glorious!
I am a Christian and I am conservative. I make no apologies for either. I love my savior, Jesus Christ and do my best to follow him each day. I am perfectly UNperfect in every way. I mess up! A LOT! You WILL catch me messing up. I'm ok with that. Thank goodness we serve a forgiving God!
Please, please...do not expect perfection. You may come here and not see one single thing that's "Pinterest-worthy". But, you will see REAL. I don't do fake. I don't take perfect pictures. I don't do Stitch-Fix. I just do Jeannie...it's all I can do. And, yes sometimes that's with pjs on all day! ;) (We all have those days, right?)
And, who knows...you probably will see a kindergarten post or so. After all...it was my life for a long time. We'll see!
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------So, I've been about as honest as I possible can be. I've put all my cards on the table.
Now, it's YOUR turn.
You can jump ship
(no hard feelings, I promise)
You can join me for the WILD RIDE!!
WHICH WILL IT BE? ;)