Hellloooo, everyone!!! I know it has been way to long since my last post. I shared that my family was attending a training for Wycliffe in Florida during the end of October. That was incredibly intense, but a huge blessing as well! You can read more about it on my family blog, if you are interested.
Since coming home, things have not really slowed down. I’ve been sick since I returned with some kind of sinus infection/bronchitis type thing, which has been pretty miserable. In addition, our role as Wycliffe members is taking up much more of my time. I’ve been privileged to spend time sharing about Wycliffe, our role, and the need of Bibleless people with our friends and family, and my husband and I have also started speaking in various places as well. Lord willing all of those things will just continue to increase as the time for us to leave for Papua New Guinea gets closer.
When I shared what God was calling us to with all of you, I mentioned that although I wasn’t done with the blog, that it may mean that things started to change around here some. I’m only one person, and while I would love to say yes to everything, life doesn’t work that way! Saying yes to one thing means saying no to others. Jeniffer has been going through a time of change as well, as she transitions into her role as a mom of two, and the additional blessings and challenges that presents.
Jeniffer and I met for coffee recently and spent some time praying, talking, and sharing our hearts about this little space of ours that we have poured so much into for the last year and a half. We had to be honest with ourselves about some unmet expectations. While we always wanted this space to be about community, we had also hoped initially that we would be able to bring in a little extra something financially for our families. For that reason, we both were willing to commit every bit as much of ourselves as we would for a part-time job. We easily spent 10-20 hours a week each our first year. Those hours included researching post ideas, writing and editing 2-3 posts a week each, networking through Twitter and facebook, attending Twitter parties, seeking out review and giveaway sponsors, testing products, writing reviews, among many other things. Honestly, the “job” side of it sometimes took away from the “community” side of it. Numbers mean the ability to return a profit, reviews and giveaways often return numbers, so we would sometimes do reviews for companies we weren’t really passionate about. We (okay, mostly me!) also felt so strongly about the importance of posting consistently that sometimes we posted when it really would have been better to be quiet, because we didn’t have much to say. A year and a half later, this space is many things, but a profit generator isn’t one of them.
During our coffee time, we asked ourselves, “If this isn’t going to be a job, what is it? What do we love about blogging? What makes it worth our time and energy? How much time and energy can we realistically commit while still fulfilling our other responsibilities? How can we blog well and do the rest of life well?”
If you look at our header, you’ll see that our tagline has been “Two Mommas. One Mission. Cute Diapers.” You can read more about the thoughts behind that tagline on our “About Us” page. I’m not sure when we will be able to change the header, but we’ve decided a more appropriate tagline for where we are now is, “Sisters surviving life in the nitty gritty”. Sisters matter. Motherhood is hard, and the sisters I have in real life – Jeniffer (my sister-in-law), Meg (my sister), my best friend Tabi…. There have been so many hard parenting days they helped pull me through. I’ve also been blessed again and again by the “sisters” I’ve encountered through on-line community. So many of you have held my hand through food sensitivities, stubborn kiddos, and other struggles, and helped me be a wiser, more patient, and mentally sane momma! We’ve also found that our best posts have not been the ones where we shared our parenting expertise, our cloth diapering knowledge, or even great products. Our best posts have beent he ones where we were real about the nitty gritty parts of life. Beautiful, messy, chaotic, and hard. These are the posts that have made our hearts sing, these are the posts that have demanded to be written, and these are the posts that we have heard the most from you about. We will always love natural parenting and cloth diapers, but they may not be the focus of every post. We aren’t going to stop doing giveaways, but we are committed to only reviewing products we actually care about. If we wouldn’t spend our money on it, you won’t see it here on the blog. We also aren’t going to do giveaways to generate more interest in our blog. If we can offer a great product to our readers, great, but we aren’t seeking them out to try to draw new people here.
We will also be stepping down our blogging schedule, to enable the posts we do write to be quality posts, from our hearts. Instead of me posting every Monday, and Jeniffer posting every Friday, we will each post about once a month on Mondays. We have also invited some other “sisters” to share with us regularly, and we are so excited about opening up our community. The Breastfeeding Blog Hop isn’t going anywhere. Jeniffer and I have loved the Hop since we started blogging, and we think it is a wonderful resource to breastfeeding moms, so those posts will still be happening each week. You may have noticed that it’s been awhile since we shared a “Worship Wednesday” post. That was another area that had at times started to feel forced. So instead of “Worship Wednesday” each week, you may find us sharing more Scriptures from our personal readings on Facebook, or the occasional praise song that has spoken to us. Our monthly posts may sometimes be about what God is doing in our lives. But again, we want to be sharing out of the overflow of our hearts, not because we “have” to write a blog post.
I know this post is already far to long (that’s what happens when I don’t post for a month!), but I have one more thing to share with you, if you made it this far. Just one more piece of what has occupied my life lately…
We are incredibly excited about this sweet blessing on the way! I’m so thankful to Storybook Stitches for this adorable shirt, and I’ll be sharing more details of my thoughts on the shirt and a chance for one of our readers to win one of their adorable designs in a few days.
In closing, I just want to say thank you to all of you who have been part of this community for the last year and a half. Getting to know, encourage, and be encouraged by so many of you has made all the hard work we’ve invested worth it! I hope that as things change a bit around here, that it will only allow us to serve and know you even better!