I hope you are all well. May I say I am so thankful for the friendships I have been able to enjoy here in this little space. Truly the most warm and gentle people have found their way here and shared of themselves. For this I thank God above.
Right now I am in one of those difficult seasons.
"For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven." (Ecclesiastes 3:1 NLT)
In order to try and accomplish all I need to do in a day, with my focus on Jesus, I will not be able to consistently blog. The amount of pain I am in day to day really effects the days around Blueberry Cottage. However, the Lord is gracious and He has shown me if I just keep my focus on Him and stay true to my calling as wife and mother He will get me through the days. This life is going by so quickly, my son graduates this year, another is finishing nursing school, I have four grandbabies to help with and my last two are further along in their home education journey and need me so very much. There are many things vying for my attention around here! God has revealed to me that when I am pulled in other directions and take on responsibilities that He hasn't ordained for my life, that those He has called me to will suffer. At one time I loved to blog and visit blogs, I have found my heart is just not into it anymore.
I must admit to feeling a bit guilty for not keeping up, not visiting the many lovely people that stop by here. I see woman blog and run ministries and work while homeschooling and running homes and I must say I feel completely inadequate--and I am a very organized person! But I suspect other things are suffering in their homes and lives.
The pressure with blogging is really huge. It sucks you in. Your thoughts become focused on the next post. Each picture you take becomes a photo op for the blog. Each ministry a testimony to share through the blog. I found I couldn't just enjoy the moments of sewing or knitting without the thought of how this will look in a post! I want to cook and bake without worrying if I should post and share the directions in photos--how stupid!!!
I guess I am getting back to my Tasha Tudor lifestyle. Just simply live simply. Enjoy the everyday blessings God has bestowed on me by noticing them for what they are-a gift to minister to my soul and pain. Enjoy my family and entertaining the lovely friends I have in real life. Take comfort in the beautiful flowers I grow and the meals I can cook through the earth we turn each year. Sew a bit, knit a bit, draw a bit, paint a bit. Keep house and love up all that enter. My heart desires to stay focused on what the Lord has called me to do.
With all that said, I hope I can pop in from time to time and share a snippet from our lives. I truly do.
My ETSY shop will be put on hold too. I have cut the prices on my necklaces and that is all I will make for now.
"Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble,
And He saved them out of their distresses."
Psalm 107:19 NKJV