Friday, November 4, 2011
When I decided to take a leave of absence from Mamas Who Know, back in May, I had not intended for this much time to pass before I returned to the land of blogging. But, we were up to our necks in our move and blogging needed to be set aside for that time.
With our arrival to Hawaii came lots of surprises that took my time and mostly, lots of energy. One of the most significant was learning that I am expecting our number three little girl in February of next year. For the first eight weeks here in Hawaii, my goal was that of surviving life in a hotel and finding restaurant food that did not sound or taste repulsive. I am oh so happy to report that we are out of the hotel and I can eat normally again. At almost twenty-seven weeks, I am definitely feeling pregnant and am happy to be so.
Over the months I have received a few "miss you" e-mails or comments from readers and those have boosted my spirits and have encouraged me. I have been reminded that there are many, many, of us trying each day to become the best at our job as mothers. I sure appreciate the support you've shown me as I've tried to do so.
Mamas Who Know was born when my husband was headed out on ten weeks of interviews last summer in search of a residency program and job. With the extra time each evening, Mamas Who Know became my hobby and friend in his absence. Now, we have landed, and our life feels different. With a new job, his days almost always begin at 4 a.m. The sun rises at 5:30 here in Hawaii and I haven't learned to sleep much later. At around 9:30 p.m. each night we gather ourselves together and crawl into bed. It is a much different schedule than we are used to, and I am still trying to figure it out.
Regardless of our life changes, I can't deny that my life has been blessed in many ways from this little blog. When I announced that we were moving to Hawaii, a fellow mama and island resident sent me an e-mail inviting me to ask her any questions I might have about the move and area. We exchanged e-mails last spring and when I got here, I e-mailed again. This time, when we were in the thick of hotel living she invited me and our girls to a backyard play-date at her house. She also invited a few other moms and kids for us to meet. That Sunday we ate dinner at their house and immediately we had friends.
Even my non-affiliated with the blog husband, has mentioned how grateful he is for that connection on my behalf and on that of our girls. They are our pre-school friends, our dance friends, our field trip friends and our beach friends. It may have been just the reason that I felt prompted to pursue this small endeavor.
Aside from that little miracle, I have also loved getting to know each of you from the land of blogging. I am thankful for your comments, suggestions, ideas and encouragement. I feel and always will feel, that we are a powerful group of women called upon to raise up righteous children. I have loved pondering the words that Elder Andersen quoted about our time as mothers in general conference saying, "it is what God gave you time for."
During my hiatus I've had plenty of time to think and ponder about this here blog and its future. On many occasions I have felt the urge to jump back in and share my discoveries and insights about becoming a deliberate mother. Other times, as we are adjusting to a new life, it has been so far from my radar. Truthfully, I haven't known how to handle this little space at times. The last thing I want to be known for is being a quitter, and to leave my blog hanging with a title called "Absent" seemed to be giving up.
The truth is, I still have much to share. I find things constantly that I think would fit perfectly here. I don't however, have as much time for it as I did last Spring and that has been my hesitation to continue. I kind of like to do things consistently and really, who likes to read a blog that only posts very occasionally? Not me.
But really, I feel like I should keep on.
So with that, fellow mamas, I guess we're back in action here at Mamas Who Know. Maybe not as consistently, and as regularly as I'd like, but back none the less. Feel free to stop in, more than every few months.