The last time I posted an “About Me” was 2013. A lot has happened since. I did realize my dream of being “present” in my home, my life, and my family. This is an ongoing challenge, but I believe I am meeting that challenge, most of the time. I don’t want to discuss what we have planned next weekend, let alone next month… so setting goals for where I’ll be 5 and 10 years down the road is not very appealing. Yet, I can’t live without goals and dreaming is still so much fun.
In 2013, I decided to revive a blog I had initially begun in 2007. I had only written one post with the first try, but quickly abandoned ship. It may have been due to the arrival of my first child. By 2013, I was more dedicated, pregnant with the youngest (and last) baby, and I really missed writing. So, why not try? I think it took a few months before I once again, gave up. Probably had something to do with the arrival of the baby, but ambitions can be blind and somehow moms forget how much an infant in the house changes the dynamic.
Today, my clients refer to me as “Mrs. Crawley.” By clients, I’m referring to my “bigs” and my “littles,” or the children I watch out of my home. This is how I managed to realize my dream of being present in my home. It’s very hard to manage this from a distance, but watching kids in your home means you get to be home with your own kids too.
I have been working with kids for many years, beginning with a part time job fitting toddlers in snow skis while in high school and most recently as an in-home Childcare Provider, Scout Leader, and pre-k Sunday School Teacher. I love working with kids and I have a heart for education. I love watching another person learn something new and be excited about trying something they had not tried before.
I operate off the belief that there is only one, true way to live forever and it’s by passing on as much of yourself, as possible to the next generation. With success whatever was passed on will continue to be passed on one generation after another, so that beliefs, ideals, and passions can truly exist for all eternity. I believe this is God’s plan.
I am a Christian and have spent a good deal of time studying the Bible, in study groups and alone. My belief in leaving a legacy was formed while reading parts of the old testament and trying to understand why God would punish not just an individual, but that individuals children’s children. The culture of the time must have felt a great sense of pride, or deep sense of shame, in the actions of their forefathers.
If I am correct and this is God’s plan, not just an outlandish and unfounded claim of a random fool…. it is so important that we as a culture, as human beings put all of our time, energy, and resources into raising up the next generation with the utmost care. If I’m wrong, I still would rather not fail to care for the most precious commodity on the planet, our children.
As serious as childcare is to me, I can’t see a way to care for children without silliness and humor. If there is a way, I would rather not give it a try. Having a good sense of humor helps to get through the most stressful situations and if not, there’s always wine.
The posts I write and share will sometimes be silly and sometimes be serious. I will also share knowledge I find from outside resources because I do not, nor do I claim to, have all the answers. Besides, it’s always good to get a fresh outlook or comparative point of view.
I’m still new to blogging and trying very hard to stick to it, this time. I am a mother, wife, daughter of Christ, and a full time babysitter or daytime guardian angel. I take all of these roles seriously and try to be the very best I can. However, I flavor my life with a pitch of silly non-sense and a dash of dry humor.
Thank you and happy reading!