Well, it’s been quite a while.
When I look back over the photos for the past 10-12 months, I can see that it has been a very full year. Two in college, one in manicure school, three homeschooling, and one tagging along. Our parish is growing. We’re probably moving to another house soon (our landlords are selling this one) and moving adds a layer of chaos to the already busy life.
My shop is focusing increasingly on dolls. I couldn’t post photos of all of them; it would be overwhelming. I’ve enjoyed learning more about dollmaking with each one. It appears that I’m wading back in to making children’s play vestments too. It was quite unlooked for; someone requested a phelonion, then someone else did…
There’s too much to put into one blog post so I won’t try. I’ve been wanting to get back into blogging for some time. I have several discarded drafts lined up that will all be deleted eventually. Part of the problem was getting lazy by posting on instagram. Part of it was feeling isolated and lonely; the blogosphere had shrunk since I started blogging many years ago and my social circle had faded. Part of it was feeling like I had nothing to say that anyone wanted to hear. The list of forbidden topics as a priest’s wife is pretty long and it can feel stifling. Anyway, it just gradually drifted away.
Melinda Johnson, that tireless author, blogger, military wife, organizer of retreats, pillar of Ancient Faith Ministries (need I go on?), has suggested an experiment of sorts for the next few days. She challenged those of us with blogs to post on our blogs and not on social media for three days, visiting each others’ blogs and leaving comments. Essentially moving our social interactions back into a slower, more thoughtful time. It’s easy to post a photo and a hashtag on Instagram, or a status update on Facebook [note: I use FB for purposes other than maintaining or visiting personal profiles], but it takes time to write a blog post. You can’t really blog frenetically, and there are no instant reactions. Everything is slower and more intentional. It’s good to slow down, to make our interactions more intentional, to stop the endless scrolling.
Here’s to a slower three days, and hopefully a quiet rebeginning.
If you’re interested in following along with the other blogs, or joining in, go to Melinda’s Facebook page, Instagram page, or blog post. You can also just look for the hashtags #bloginstead and #3daysinthewilds.