I've been reading about more and more moms who have decided that blogging is taking up too much of their time and they want to focus more on family stuff. I totally admire and respect these ladies for making the choice that's right for their family at that particular season of their lives.
But I can't do it. Blogging has become for me an outlet. As a pastor's wife, there are few people I can confide in or just call up and chew the fat. I feel like blogging serves an essential purpose in my life: to vent, to be creative, to be myself. I don't want my identity so wrapped up in my role as wife, mother, and pastor's wife that I forget who I am. I'm still ME. I still love to read, to learn, to write, to create. For me to enjoy my children more, I need some time to just reflect and think about things OTHER than them sometimes. (I realize a LOT of my posts do deal with these hats I wear.)
I will make time for blogging, gardening, reading. I want to have interests that will continue for my entire life so that when my children are gone and grown, I won't be wringing my hands wondering, "What do I do NOW?" I am a firm believer in raising your own children. I homeschool by default and don't think that EVERY SINGLE Christian family has a biblical mandate to homeschool. I'm not about trying to turn my children into "little mes".
I don't want to fall into the trap, that many homeschooling families fall into, and begin to make my famiy my god. As with everything I think there is a healthy balance between spiritual things, family, housework, and hobbies. All things in moderation.