Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Where Have I Been?

It's become a common question these days when referring to my blogging participation.    I was looking back over my blog at this time last year and I am wondering if being scarce this time of year is simply becoming a spring trend.  Just as when it did last year, Spring rolled around and I started doing a mental inventory of my to-do list and realized I only had a few weeks to do all the things I had planned on doing before Emma got out for summer vacation.  So, I've turned my spring cleaning switch to high and have desperately been pushing against the clock to finish up various projects that have been lingering so that I can  I can turn my attention fully on Summer fun when school gets out.

But, it's not exactly accurate to say that I haven't spent much time in the blogosphere lately and I think it's time I let the cat out of the bag.  Back in February, my friend Holly asked me if I was interested in working on a joint effort "mom blog".  In my desperation to find something to contribute that matters to the world, I readily agreed.  Holly and I had a ball e-mailing back and forth, sharing ideas and dreaming about something that could be created that would help mom's with everyday struggles.  We created a pretty spiffy looking website (if I do say so myself) and then found ourselves losing momentum.  We committed to not losing sight of our purpose of the mom blog (encouragement to ourselves and to other moms) and we asked the question: What is it that we could use most as mom's of small children? We came to the conclusion that having any type of ongoing spiritual conversations with other women had become virtually impossible and that it was a struggle to stay spiritually strong without that kind of support. 

We both agreed that using the new blog in some way, for mom's to have discussions with both women in our same stage of life as well as women in a different place in life, with a different perspective, would be the ideal situation for our new blog.  However, we were really struggling to meet the needs of our family and give this new project the time it would need to really get it off the ground.  We finally came to the conclusion that the new blog would have to be put on the back burner as a dream to be fulfilled at a later point and time.  And, just a couple of days after we made the decision to set our blog dream aside, I got an e-mail from a contact at Zondervan Publishing informing me of an opportunity that she had for me to host book discussions with various authors in an online format.   I forwarded the e-mail from Zondervan to Holly with the subject line, "Is God Speaking"? Holly replied thinking that indeed He was and so, was born, "The Mom-tage".  We are so excited about this opportunity and would love for you to join us! 

Please check out this new blog and read the latest post concerning the book discussions.  We'd love for you to grab our button and share it with your friends!  Zondervan is including some great giveaways to go along with the launch of our new endeavor.  So, please accept this as your official invitation to join, "The Momtage". 

You can grab a button for your own site by copying the code below the button. 

Again, I stress that this blog is not just for those that have small children.  That just happens to be our current stage of life.  But the only criteria is to have the desire to grow with and encourage each other!


We hope to see you in The Mom-tage chat rooms Soon!