If you’re new to our blog, welcome! If you’ve been with us since the beginning, thanks for sticking around and sharing our blog with your friends. We thought we’d take some time to tell our readers about our vision for the blog and what you can expect in the months to come.
As we reached the end of the summer, Anna, Bethany, and I had a series of conversations about how much we all have on our plates. We’re all home educators, and we all have larger-than-normal families. And we all have nursing babies. And we all live thousands of miles from our parents. So we all want to make sure that we’re meeting the needs of our families before we tackle blogging. There will likely be seasons when all of us need to take time off from blogging, and currently, Bethany is taking a sabbatical. We are blessed with many like-minded friends, so we’ve been working on having some of them guest post. I’m really excited about some of the friends we’ll have writing for us before the end of the year!
We’ve also tried to settle into a predictable schedule for those of you who just want to know what days to check our blog for new content. (Though if you have us in your rss feed, like us on facebook, or follow us on twitter, you won’t miss a single post!) For now, you can expect to see new posts on Monday-Wednesday-Friday, with our Friday posts being less-formal thoughts about the “hidden arts” of homemaking as well as whatever inspired or convicted us in the past week or so. We’ll continue to spend one week every month sharing about a common theme like laundry, homeschooling, menu planning, or sleep training. One thing that we want to emphasize through our theme weeks is that we don’t don’t all do parenting or homemaking the same way–and that sometimes it’s helpful to get two or three totally different perspectives on an issue.
Our blog topics are a natural extension of who we are as women, mothers, and homemakers. Many have grown out of email conversations between the three of us on topics as diverse as medicine, homeschooling, bedtime, and current events. In our updated “About Us” section, you can read more about what each of us is most interested in talking about. And of course, you can browse specific topics on our side-bar.
Ultimately, however, we all aspire to contribute to a thoughtful philosophy of full-time motherhood. We live in a culture where women are told that they can have it all and that daycare and nannies are just as good as mothers. We believe they’re not. That’s not a generic recommendation–it is a conviction, based on social research, biology, and theology. Of necessity, affirming the value of staying at home is often going to mean denying the antithesis. We seek to stand in the gap and balance the messages a young mother is getting from culture by stating (emphatically) the benefits of raising one’s children oneself. This conviction is our starting point as we engage with cultural commentaries on motherhood–news articles, blog posts, books. Our position will at times be controversial, and it may offend some. We hope that all discussions will proceed with charity and kindness.
And now, over to you… What are some topics you’d like to hear about in the upcoming months? Do you have any questions for us? Have you read any articles on motherhood that you’d like to hear our take on? (You can leave them in the comments or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org)