Month: September 2008

Oh, hello. Were you talking to me?

Well, this is some fine thing I’ve gone and done. I’ve been blogging for almost three years now and I think this past month is the spottiest and worst job I’ve done of updating regularly.

I’m starting to dig my way out from whatever it is that I’ve been under and I’ve so much to share with y’all this week. I just don’t have a lot of time this morning, as I’m running behind on getting homeschool started. (I actually slept in for the first time in a long time)

I want to thank each and every one of you who have left comments and visited in spite of the fact that I’ve been absent and haven’t been returning emails. I absolutely HATE not replying to comments left on my blog, but I seriously needed a break. It means a lot to me that you’ll still read and comment – I’ll be better about replying, because I really do read and enjoy each and every comment…and I don’t want them to stop! 馃檪

This past month has been so good for me. If you ever feel overwhelmed, take a step back and look at some things you can streamline. I have posted less this month, put “Behind the Blog” on a hiatus, and resigned as a full time contributor to Blissfully Financial (you’ll still see articles from me – in fact, I think Darla’s posting one today, but I’m not on a schedule any longer). It’s been phenomenally good for me.

God has been so incredibly good to me and has provided me an association with a company that I am so excited about. I am the newest team member and Blogger Design Coordinator for Pulse Point Design, a custom web design company for authors, artists and small businesses. I am thrilled to be part of this team – if you check out some of our clients, you’ll see some very popular and well known Christian authors and you’ll also see some beautiful designs. I will not be designing, but coding for blogger designs such as this one that I recently did and am very proud of. It is the first vertical navigation bar I’ve seen on blogger.

Our family has also made a major change that has so far been good for everyone. We prayerfully made the decision to change churches, which is a blog post in itself. Our children have only known one church all their lives and I was so concerned this would be so upsetting for them, but once again, it just goes to show you – if God’s in something, it’s going to be okay. He’s made the adjustment period virtually painless – our kids LOVE our new church and we are finding more ways to serve and be active, which is a HUGE blessing for us.

So, there you have it. A small recap of sorts. I’ll be posting more regularly than I have been and will fill in all the details as I can. I’ve taken some really great photos that are sitting in my Photoshop folder waiting for touchups, crops, etc. and will be posting a few of those as well.

And as a final tease…for the month of October…I’ll be giving away something that will put every other giveaway I’ve ever done to shame. (Yes, it’s that good) So watch for it (hint: It’s a compound word that has something to do with pictures)- you won’t want to miss it. I promise you!

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Minute Chocolate Mug Cake – You can thank me later

This recipe was sent to me by my dear friend, Jeanette and may I just say that today was a better day all because I made this and ate it?

If you’re in need of a quick but extremely tasty chocolate fix, this little gem will fix you right up, I promise. (I also made a chocolate sauce to drizzle on top, because I’m PMSing like that)

Minute Chocolate Mug Cake

1 Coffee Mug

4 tablespoons flour (that’s plain flour, not self-rising)

4 tablespoons sugar

2 tablespoons baking cocoa

1 egg

3 tablespoons milk

3 tablespoons oil

3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional)

Small splash of vanilla

Add dry ingredients to mug, and mix well. Add the egg and mix thoroughly. Pour in the milk and oil and mix well. Add the chocolate chips (if using) and vanilla , and mix again. Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts. The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don’t be alarmed! Allow to cool a little, and tip out onto a plate if desired.

Note: this is not a cake that stores well – it becomes rather chewy if left out more than 15 minutes or so, so eat it while it’s hot!

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A Homeschool Family

Enjoy this little video about homeschooling from one of my absolute favorite comedians, Tim Hawkins (next to Brian Regan, of course).

I haven’t had the time to respond personally to all of your comments on my last post, (and I may never be able to), but I DO want to tell each and every one of you how much I appreciate your sweet words and encouragement. Just knowing that there are folks out there who’ve been through what you’re going through makes everything seem so much more bearable. I am touched by your thoughtfulness and that you would actually take the time to listen to my whining. The streamlining has begun.

I know that this is just a season, but it seems as though it’s been a long one. One thing I have decided to give up is the Blog Talk Radio Show with Melanie. We discussed it and we both feel that we need to focus on other things right now…and though I’ll miss doing it and interacting with all of you in the chat, it’s just the best thing right now. (Plus, it’s a huge time commitment with no pay).

We have a major storm headed our way today, so my internet will be spotty at best. I’m hoping my house doesn’t float away or get caught up in a tornado. I hate hurricanes, but I’m one of the lucky ones, because my house isn’t on the coast and even if my house is damaged, I won’t lose everything like some folks will.

Praying today for the evacuees of Ike and heading out to Friday school with the kids this morning. (It’s part of our homeschool coop)I will be teaching the toddlers, starting with the letter “A”. It’s a very good place to start, I hear. (But you wouldn’t BELIEVE the time I’ve had coming up with things that start with the letter “a” in my house to show them!)

So y’all have a blessed day. Thanks for coming and reading my blog every week. I’m here, not going anywhere – I’m sure in the days to come, I’ll be back to my old self again…attempting my hand at humor and writing regularly. Love y’all. Mean it.

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Polishing the Dull Side has Never Been More Difficult

Lists. I am a keeper of lists. I have one on my fridge to track groceries, I have one for my bills, I keep an editorial calendar (which I obviously ignore, since I haven’t posted since last Friday), and I also have a design calendar and a homeschool calendar. I have a book wherein I keep my numerous internet logons and passwords, I have a daily to-do-list a weekly to-do list, and a monthly to-do list.

Yet none of them are helping. I’m caring for two frail and elderly parents, homeschooling three kids, working a part time at home job, trying to keep up with the laundry (seriously…yesterday? I did TEN loads. TEN!) With each passing day, I find myself more and more overwhelmed.

And I have an intense dislike for that word, “overwhelmed”.

o脗路ver脗路whelm (vr-hwlm, -wlm)
tr.v. o脗路ver脗路whelmed, o脗路ver脗路whelm脗路ing, o脗路ver脗路whelms
1. To surge over and submerge; engulf: waves overwhelming the rocky shoreline.
2. a. To defeat completely and decisively: Our team overwhelmed the visitors by 40 points.
b. To affect deeply in mind or emotion: Despair overwhelmed me.
3. To present with an excessive amount: They overwhelmed us with expensive gifts.
4. To turn over; upset: The small craft was overwhelmed by the enormous waves.

2b and 3 pretty much sum up how I’m feeling tonight. Don’t be mistaken, this isn’t a pity party. It’s a call to action. There’s going to have to be some changes made on my part. I can’t do it all and I’m not even going to pretend I want to.

It’s most definitely not burn out, because I can’t see myself giving up blogging, but I’ll call it streamlining. I’m going to be choosier about what I commit myself to in the future – I hate committing to things and then feeling like I’m not holding up my end of the bargain…have you ever felt that way? What do you do?

Y’all…I’m seriously having a hard time tonight seeing the bright side…for the first time in a long time. I don’t like letting folks down. It’s my nature to give and give and give….but what happens when I just don’t have anything left over?

What do you do when you feel like you’re losing the battle? Help a girl out…I need someone to polish the dull side for me…

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