I can’t believe 2017 is almost over, and I’ve only published a handful of posts on the blog this year. Where have I been and what has been going on?! I’m hoping this post will help to update you and answer some of those questions.
Before I get started, I just wanted to say that today’s post is different and much more personal than what I normally share, but I’ll be back to writing more organizing, decluttering, and productivity goodness next week.
What has been going on?
When this year started, I had no idea I’d be taking so much time away from blogging. That was never my intention, but somehow it’s already mid-August, and I’ve only written a handful of posts all year. I didn’t realize quite how long it had been until a friend asked if I was still blogging. Ahh! (insert Home Alone scream)
What in the world could keep me from blogging for months on end? Well, five kids for starters. Our newest little one was born at the end of December, and my brain ever so sweetly forgot just how brutal those first few sleep deprived months can be. I’m lucky if I sleep more than three or four hours at a time, but we’re getting into our “we have five kids now” groove so things are feeling much less overwhelming and more like regular daily life. I’d like to think I’m getting better at mothering and juggling all the things, but I think my standards have just taken a nose dive. Po-ta-to, pa-tah-to, right! It’s okay though. This sweet little face makes it all worth it.
As you can see, we’ve been having a little too much fun with instagram!
Behind the Scenes
If you receive my newsletter, you’ve probably also read that I’m in the process of rebranding this blog, which means it’s going to have a new name and design very soon! This is a huge undertaking, but it’s also a lot of fun, and I can’t wait for the new site to launch soon.
As much fun as choosing colors and layouts is, the thing we’ve really been focusing on is creating a site that will be the most helpful to you with easy to find information and fun new changes like… videos! I’m still a little nervous about stepping out from behind my computer and really putting myself out there, but I’m excited for it too. I think it’s going to be a lot of fun and give you a whole new glimpse into my home, for better or worse.
But the biggest thing that’s been going on behind the scenes is a family issue that’s actually been a secret for a long time…
Our Family Secret
I don’t really know how to share this so I’m just going to spit it out… my son is having brain surgery in two and a half weeks.
We’ve always known this might have to happen, and it became clear that it was time late last year. We met with his neurologist in January, and started the process to make the surgery a reality.
The last seven months have been filled with MRIs, PET scans, meetings with surgeons, specialists, and more evaluations than I can even count or remember, but in mid-July, we finally got our surgery date of September 1st. It’s coming up fast, which is both exciting and terrifying.
I’m going to be sharing the details of his condition, why we’ve kept it a secret for so long, and why I’m finally opening up about it this Thursday. To be honest, I’ve been trying to write this post for months, but it’s been harder than I expected so I’m hoping that having a deadline will help me finish it.
The good news is that I’m ready to get back into blogging, and I have lots of posts (and videos. eek!) that I can’t wait to share with you. The people in my Declutterathon facebook group (<– click here to join) have also been requesting a new group decluttering challenge so I might have to add something like that to the schedule too!
I’m excited to get back in the swing of things and so thankful to be on this journey with all of you!