Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Welcome 2020!...Looking Forward to a New Decade time flies! I'm not so sure it's all been fun, but it does pass nonetheless. It's been a few months since I posted and much has happened throughout that time. Today, I will share a bit of a recap of 2019, as well as plans moving forward. This quote from Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities, which we read at the beginning of 2019, pretty much sums up the mixed bag of emotions the year brought forth.

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.”        ― Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

Ruben began 2019 with infection and drains in his leg from his farm accident on Black Friday, November 2018. Also, Levi broke his foot at the beginning of March 2019. We spent the first few months of 2019 at doctor's appointments and hospitals. Then our year ended with the unexpected passing of my dad the week before Christmas 2019. Even though we book ended with the worst of times, the best of times filled the in between. We still have much to be thankful for and I've been trying to stay focused on that. 

I love fresh starts so the prospect of looking ahead to not only a new year, but a new decade is very refreshing to me. We have a clean slate once again. Although we're only six weeks in to 2020, it has already brought many changes. When dad passed, I was named executor of my parent's estate. I also assumed guardianship of dad's brother, my uncle. In addition, I started a job off the farm the first week of January. I really enjoy it so far, but much of my time has been spent finding balance. We are still very much committed to home education and I've had to find creative ways to continue meeting the needs of each of our children.

Every time we say yes to something, we have to say no to something else. Throughout these added responsibilities, our house has also fallen in to disarray. Thankfully, it's not that big so a couple hours of TLC on the weekend really makes a difference. And, our kids are all capable of pitching in, which I'm very grateful for.

Unfortunately, this blog has also fallen by the wayside and I feel badly about that. I know for some, blogs are a thing of the past, but I still enjoy blogging and have been thinking a great deal about it. I do plan to continue, but it will be in a limited capacity. I used to aim for three posts a week. Now, it will more likely be three to four posts per month, depending on the season. Also, I hope to bring RileyAnn alongside. She will be assisting me in posting book and curriculum reviews.

So, all that to say, I'm still here and not going anywhere, it's just that my presence will be limited as our life has taken a different direction. Everything has a season and I'm embracing the new year, the new decade, and the new season we are in. Thanks so much for reading over the years. If there are particular topics regarding books or home education you are interested in learning more about, please feel free to post in the comments. Hopefully, you'll continue to follow along!