We Now Interupt This Blog to Bring You Real Life

Canning-toms-with-jo-in-sling Being a mama, wife and homemaker is a full time, occasionally overwhelming, but always a blessed and privileged career and calling.

Lately, though, this blessed mama is finding herself with very full days! My tasks at present feel like all (and some days more than) I can handle: caring for three little ones aged 4 and under including a somewhat colicky (but still lovely!) newborn, maintaining the home in some semblance of order and cleanliness, making meals, scaling mountains of laundry, harvesting the garden (ignoring the weeds), doing my regular fall preserving (or attempting to, as you can see in the picture of me shushing a fussy baby while canning tomatoes), starting the new school year of home educating, supporting my husband as he starts a new business, and still having any degree of time and energy for relationships.

Though I'm slowly getting back into the swing of things, I'm also just plain old exhausted from lack of sleep, and thus time spent blogging is often just a bit much for me. There doesn't seem to be enough time in the day, and seriously, my brain isn't fully functioning! I would be wrong in my priorities to spend time focusing on my blog on many of these days when I am just needed in so many other ways, and honestly, my kids (and husband) need a much more pleasant and cheerful woman than I've been of late.

I've decided that I'm going to do some "play it again" posts (idea and title inspired by the lovely Amy @ MomAdvice, who occasionally re-posts previous but excellent posts from her archives). I'm going to bring back some oldies but goodies, interspersed with what I have time and energy to write fresh until I get things on the home front back under control and myself back to being a bit more rested and sane. :)

Thanks for understanding, y'all! Hope you enjoy them and can't wait to be more fully back ASAP! (Any requests?)

About Stephanie Langford

Stephanie Langford has a passion for sharing ideas and information for homemakers who want to make healthy changes in their homes, and carefully steward all that they've been given. She has written three books geared to helping families live more naturally and eat real, whole foods, without being overwhelmed, without going broke and with simple meal planning. She is the creator of Keeper of the Home.

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  1. Amber Stevens says:

    You’ve definitely got your priorities right, mama! I also have a newborn and it’s a bit overwhelming at times! Babywearing will more than likely help with the colickiness…your newborn is beautiful! Enjoy!

  2. I hear you! Just had #4 this summer. Hopefully, we will all sleep a bit more soon. But my hubby says that I’m a bit more entertaining when I’m sleep deprived!

  3. As “keepers of the home,” I believe our ministry is first to our families, so bravo for taking a step back to evaluate your priorities. Frankly, I’m overwhelmed just reading about your schedule! : ) I’ve just found your blog, as PP’s have said, and I look forward to reading the oldies-but-goodies. Thanks for all your hard work and support on behalf of home-keeping.

  4. Sorry to hear life is overwhelming. I understand, as I have two under 2, one is just two months old. Most days just taking care of my family is all I can do too!

    If Johanna is often fussy, have you tried removing dairy from your diet? We follow NT too but this made a huge difference for my son. He went from being a randomly fussy, unhappy baby to being very calm, happy, and enjoyable. I would think it’s worth a shot! (Many experts I talk to say “colic” is really early food allergies/intolerances.)

  5. thank you! I have also just had a baby (2 months) – who is also colicky – and have a 3 and a 4 year old. It is a joy but a challenge, so thank you for your honesty and decision to do less- it is an encouragement! here’s to focusing on our children and to sleep!