2019: A Welcome Refresh

Happiest of New Years, dear readers! My poor little corner of the internet has been quiet too long. It turns out that having an 8-year-old AND a 1-year-old keeps a girl pretty busy. Especially when the 1-year-old is…well, we’ll just call him a mischievous little thrill seeker for now. I’ll dedicate a whole blog to little Bird soon, but suffice it to say he’s the kind of kiddo that can empty a whole bookshelf and decimate a dozen book covers in the 30 seconds it takes me to refill that 3rd cup of coffee.

I don’t know that I’ve ever been so excited to see a new year. 2018 had so many ups, but it also brought a lot of changes and challenges.

We adjusted to becoming a family of 4 this year. It has not always been easy, but even the growing pains have brought me joy.

My husband’s company was sold and his position at work changed. It was a positive change, but still an adjustment.

My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer late last spring. She had a partial mastectomy in the summer followed by several months of chemotherapy and will start radiation in just a few days, which we hope will be the final treatment she needs and put her in remission.

While my family dealt with my mom’s diagnosis and treatment, my stepfather lost his own battle to cancer early in December. After he decided to stop treatment in the fall, we enjoyed the last few months he was with us as much as possible. He will be sorely missed in many aspects of my life, but most of all in my writing. He was always the first to comment on and share my blog or any article I’d written. I’m a writer by birth and an editor by education, and he was MY editor: a trusted opinion who could spot a grammar error or comma splice a mile away.

And so it is with a deep breath and exhale that I welcome 2019. I’m very much looking forward to this year: we’ll be moving in the spring, hopefully into a home that fits our active boys a little better. I’ll be working on putting some final touches on some writing projects and growing my little freelance business. My new years resolutions are simple and enjoyable: to read and write every day. And of course, there’s homeschool and traveling and the glorious little discoveries of each day with 2 boys.

I’m excited to rediscover old friends, bloggers and writers online and find some new ones, too. What’s your favorite blog to read right now? Let me know in the comments. Until then-

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Changing and Rearranging

Happy September everyone! This time of year always reminds me of my one of my favorite blogs that I wrote a few years back:

“Autumn, the responsible daughter, gives us an extra hour of sleep. She paints the mountains in beautiful colors. She brings cool breezes that are a relief after summer’s temper tantrums and we revel in slipping on coats and curling up with blankets and hot drinks.

Then summer stomps it’s feet and refuses to stay in bed like a good child and it gets hot again and we all sweat for a week or two, determinedly drinking our pumpkin spice lattes becauseΒ it’s supposed to be fall, darn it.”

We’re currently in one of those hot spells here in Atlanta, even though all natural urges say to consume hot drinks and wear cosy warm clothing. It’s also back to school time, and that ignites a fire in me to be organized, create a schedule for myself, and learn something new.

(Sidenote: when I said this to my husband, he chuckled and said that back to school time made him want to teach something. I think this difference is an excellent portrayal of our relationship and perhaps why we get along so well).

So in addition to our third grade homeschool year (!!!!) I decided it was time for me to get back to the books as well–or perhaps more accurately, the notebook and keyboard. So I dusted off the blog, gave it a new name to reflect life right now, and here we are. I’m excited to start writing about our life again, and excited to work on the novels and stories that got put on the back burner while we were preparing for and welcoming baby into our world.

(The baby who is, somehow, almost 10 months old. Man did that happen fast!)

When back to school season rolls around, do you get the urge to teach or to learn? Or just cut class altogether and go to the mall?

It’s my “Blogiversary”!

WordPress was kind enough to inform me yesterday that my little blog has turned a year old! It’s hard to believe it’s been that long.

When I launched Mama Writes Words, I was not new to the blogosphere. I had a blog but I felt like I’d written myself into a corner, and I was struggling to write about things that weren’t a part of my world any more–and even worse, I didn’t think any one was listening. So I took a break for about 6 months while I thought about what I wanted out of  blog and the experience. Because blogs take time and effort, and I knew that if I returned to the format I wanted it to be because I was writing about something that I REALLY cared about.

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And so here we are a year later! I’ve loved getting to know all of you who are out there reading–I’ve loved sharing stories about JC, book reviews and getting feedback on my writing. And I’ve learned a few things:

  • It’s okay to break the rules every now and then. For example, I have trouble following a set blogging schedule if it means I have to put up fluff. I’d rather post less and make my posts more meaningful.
  • Not everyone is nice. That’s what the delete button is for. Constructive criticism is good. Meanies are not.
  • Other bloggers can be an awesome support system–and they have some pretty great book suggestions, too.
  • It is really an honor to watch readership grow. Everyone is busy, and the fact that people take time out of their busy days to read and comment amazes me. So if you’re reading, and you keep coming back–thank you.

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Thank you all for inspiring me!

Here’s to another year!