Priorities change. And quickly, once you become a parent. Raising a child in a loving, nurturing (add your own adjectives here) environment becomes your focus. Watching my family grow together through experiences is one of my main sources of joy.
Writing about our experiences as a family not only allows me to record daily happenings that bring laughter to our home, but to share accomplishments and even failures with other mothers and parents in hopes that I will receive feedback and encouragement.
Finding others who experience the same struggles, who share the same goals, has proven difficult for me. It’s become apparent that seeking this type of interaction would not only benefit my spirit, but it would help my family grow.
And so, I begin.
Taking on the task of producing a useful blog may not seem like the best move for an already stressed, working mother who recently gave birth to a second son. But I’ve never shied away from a venture that I believe will be worthwhile for not only my own family, but for others who are searching for the same things I am.
My husband and I would love to make more time for experiences that will grow us closer and enhance our lives. In order to do this we need ideas for spending quality time together and parenting and other resources to ease the stress of daily life with a baby, a preschooler.
I’m already journaling about becoming a mom for the second time and the exploits of my now 4 year old, so I thought why not jump in, share my stories and see if I can build a community that can grow through shared stories, experiences and resources.
I welcome comments and additions to my suggestions. And, through my stories, I hope others are encouraged to share their own.
And now, for explaining my creative side
Yes, my primary focus will be to share stories of my own family’s experiences and finding others who share our goals and struggles. BUT, I’d also like to share my creative side. I am a designer. I love to create. Before moving on, I must confess that my creations will eventually be incorporated into this site.
To explain, I have never been satisfied with options in stores celebrating milestones (birthdays, babies, weddings, engagements, you name it). So to satisfy my need for personalized announcements, I began creating birthday cards and invitations for my own celebrations. In my free time I began designing for extended family and friends.
For those of you who have no interest in this, I encourage you to move past such posts. It won’t hurt my feelings and I hope it won’t get in the way of what you might come to expect from this blog.
But I do hope my designs can become extensions of other discussions and shared resources on children’s birthday party ideas and holiday celebrations. We are huge celebrators in our family! Anything to build excitement and moments of togetherness is encouraged. As with everything, input and inquiries will be welcomed.
Now that my obligatory first post is complete, up next will be introduction of my family.