Did you think I’d totally forgotten about this blog? I wouldn’t blame you if you did. Four whole months ago I made a passing comment about extending my holiday blogging break due to some craziness in my professional life, and haven’t been heard from since. Poof! I was gone.
I’m really sorry about that. I have a collection of loyal readers and I know that my absence here has been disappointing to many of you. (Some of you have even flattered me by telling me so.) And now that I am back I feel that I should provide a bit of explanation. As you will read below, my head has not been entirely above water these past few months, and something had to give. Actually, a few things had to give, and blogging was one of those things. Sometimes real life steps in and demands to be lived rather than pondered. This was one of those times.
So here’s how it all went down… (Because I will not try to fully recap four months in one blog post, I’m giving it to you in bullets.)
- Late November – Writing energy flags as my creativity is channeled into Christmas gift ideas, party planning, and other holiday merriment.
- Early December – ADOPTION REFERRAL!! We were matched with a child and spent the rest of the month scrambling to file immigration documents, referral acceptance paperwork, and many other forms which we hadn’t completed since we weren’t expecting to be matched until spring or summer.
- Late December/Early January – Work demands ramp up to an incredible level. I pull many 15+ hour days which are (if I’m being diplomatic) “unpleasant.” Post-holiday blogging return gets postponed.
- Mid-January – The flu hits our house and fells both GAP and me in consecutive bouts over the course of about 10 days. We concurrently pester our adoption agency about our wait time to travel to Korea.
- Late January – The mayhem of my work life continues. I leave my job. We continue to push our adoption agency to get our travel approval granted expeditiously.
- Early February – I kick off a massive job search with the hope of uncovering as many opportunities as possible before we bring our new son home.
- Late February – We travel to Korea for a week to get our son. He is two years old, completely adorable, and will be known on this blog as JDP.
- March – JDP works hard to overcome jet lag, learn English, learn sign language, adapt to life with brothers, make his peace with many new foods, accept discipline as a regular part of life now, and gain his footing in a completely new existence. I interview with several companies.
- Late March – I get a job offer! I accept it!
- April – I try to enjoy my final month of downtime at home, continue to help JDP settle in, and tie up many loose ends before returning to work.
And that brings us to today. I am now back at work and trying hard to resume our normal routines. Many of those routines have changed as we adjust to being a family of five, but we’re getting there. And part of that return to normal includes a return to blogging for me.
Now that I’ve explained the reasons for my little disappearing act, I want to say that the past four months have impressed upon me that blogging is an incredible privilege. The time, inclination, and resources (mental, emotional, etc.) to wax philosophical about the world around me are not available to everyone. I am lucky that nine days out of ten they are available to me. But since the start of 2013 they have not been, and that has prompted me to appreciate more than ever that blogging is – as I might tell my kids – a special treat.
I’ve had many ideas in the past four months of things I’d like to blog about – ideas that, sadly, have come and gone. No matter. There will be new ideas and new blog topics. I plan to resume my twice weekly posting on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I hope you will come back, resume reading, and offer your thoughts on anything I write. The dialog, after all, is much of the reason I do.
I’ve missed being here. And I’m very happy to be back.