The Woodwife's Journal was a birthday gift I gave myself last June. It's about my journey as I travel through this year toward the big 50! I set some goals and I haven't met all of them but I wanted it to be a gift not a burden, so I'm good with it. It's my record of the struggle to find myself as I near the point in my life when my present focus will no longer be needed and I'll have to figure out just who I really am. For the past 10 years, I've been quite content to be a wife and homeschooling mom. We've followed our hearts down many a rabbit hole in search of the adventure at the end. I wouldn't trade those times for anything. Just yesterday, I was thinking about how it all began. (Sitting in the house with the shades pulled down because of a migraine makes me melancholy.) All too soon, my girls will both be adults and my place in their lives will change from one of parent and homeschool teacher to that of mother and friend. I wasn't feeling too good about that whole process. Change makes me uncomfortable. I don't like it!
As I mentioned on my personal blog, I have/had some dreams and I realized that you can't really trust some people no matter how nice they look on the outside. It's true that you really do find out who your friends are when life takes a turn. But, over the past several months, I've seen the support of some very good friends and that made me feel good about who I am, although I'm still not sure who that really is. The most amazing thing that's happened... one that I never imagined ...EVER...was the loving support that I could find from people I don't even know! As the Journal has grown and I've "met" other folks who share my interests, some of them have reached out to me and made me feel like I really do have something worthwhile to offer.
My readership is growing, my pageviews have nearly doubled in the past month. I'm not trying to brag, I'm just awestruck...who would have thought that I'd have so many people, from all over the world, reading what I have to say and coming back for more? Some of them follow me anonymously, some through more public means and in more than one way. It's so...awesome, encouraging, full of good "vibes" as one friend would say! God is so good to me!
This past week, as you know, I've been a little behind because I've had a migraine that just wouldn't quit. Yes, I spend the day after it ends in a foggy stupor and the day after that full of rather giddy energy (Ummm...that would be today.) Some of the folks who read what I write sent very encouraging notes to me and I want to tell you how much I appreciate it. So, here's a big "Thank You!" to all of you who have encouraged me with comments, tips, invitations and emails ...it helped me see just how big my God is.
Have a great weekend!
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