Welcome to This Week’s Miscellany, the occasional round up of Carrots family updates, photo dumps, books I’m reading, links I loved, and big news.
(Psst! After our regular TWM updates, I have some big news so be sure to check out what I’m sharing at the end of the post!)
Friends, there’s still 12.5 weeks until my due date. That’s right. This is my 6 months pregnant bump photo, not my “we’re on our way to the hospital” photo. Ah, the glamorous life of a 5’1″ girl with a short torso.
The good news is that baby girl is right on track. I hope the weeks leading up to her birth fly by but I think something weird happens to time in the final trimester and life feels like it’s moving through molasses. I’m sure in the dead of Texas summer when this little one is due I will feel VERY READY.
In other news, it is SPRINGTIME. Which means playing outside around our backyard farm (did you catch the tour?)
And making flower crowns out of our wildflower patch worthy of Anne Shirley or a fairy from A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
We’ve also prioritized Family Fun Days to enjoy the outdoors before the heat hits. Lots of picnics at the park!
And Benjamin and Lucy both got their first “stripes” on their Jiu Jitsu belts which was a big moment for them. They’ve both worked so hard! We’ve seen so much growth in Benjamin in focus and ability to stay attentive thanks to the discipline of his classes. I can’t recommend it enough for scatter-brained kids in need to some energy expenditure.
Lucy has always had a great attention span, so her growth has mostly been in confidence and strength. And she loves to see her friends (she’s one of those kids that makes friends wherever she goes). To be honest, I’d be thrilled if she keeps it up through high school so that I can send her off to college knowing she can take down and destroy any unfortunate soul with ill intentions.
On The Simple Show, Tsh Oxenreider and I did a deep dive into what we’re calling “social self-care.” We did a four part series on friendship, stewardship, books (our literary medicine cabinet!), and living in the knowledge that we’re going to die. It was a great series and I hope you don’t miss it!
On Fountains of Carrots Christy and I talked with the lovely Patty Breen on the often misunderstood topic of annulments and just this week we released our interview with the one and only Jennifer Fulwiler about choosing to follow our passions AND serve our families. Great conversations!
Have you noticed that I’ve ACTUALLY BLOGGED lately? A magical combination of late second trimester improvement to my pregnancy sickness, a completed book manuscript, and Daniel’s new work schedule have made the stars align so that I can actually blog again.
I have so MISSED writing in this space. Writing my first traditionally published book has been an incredible experience, but it was challenging for my personality to work on ONE project for so many months and ignore all the ideas I had for blog posts.
I have a list a mile long of things I want to write about (and I always like to know what you want to hear about, too, so share in the comments if you’re so inclined) and it feels so good to have the time and mental space to connect here on the blog with you wonderful folks.
Here’s one snag: not as many of you are actually getting to see these new posts.
I’ve talked with other bloggers and this seems to be an across-the-board issue that’s affecting everybody For years, I could type something up, post the link to my followers on Facebook and voila! They can click over. Easy peasy. Now? Not so much.
Facebook only shows what I post to less than 25% of my 12K followers and that’s on a good day. I much prefer Instagram and Twitter to FB these days (except, of course, the Fountains of Carrots Raspberry Cordial Social Club which is my happy place on the internet with over 3,000 like-minded folks), but social media is always a gamble.
The rules are always changing. So I’ve decided to switch gears and focus on connecting with you through your email inbox, that way there’s no social media in the way! If you want to keep up with me and my writing, you can subscribe and I’ll be able to reach you without having to go through big bad Facebook. You’ll be the one controlling what you see and don’t rather than the FB algorithm.
I’ll still be posting here to the blog (and you can sign up to get my blog posts sent to your inbox here), but I’ll also be spending a lot of time on creating good things JUST for my email newsletter subscribers.
What’s this email newsletter thing, you ask? It’s basically content from me that won’t show up here on the blog. It will only be accessible to my newsletter subscribers. I consider my newsletter subscribers to be my inner circle of folks who support and encourage me and I want to spend even more time investing in that connection.
I occasionally write “secret posts” that are just for my newsletter subscribers, often on my most vulnerable and behind-the-scenes topics. But I haven’t been very consistent. Sometimes I only send something out if there’s something REALLY exciting going on. That’s going to change.
In addition to the secret posts, I’ll also be sending out more regular emails, either weekly or bimonthly because I am revamping This Week’s Miscellany and moving it to be an email subscriber only feature.
When deciding how I want all of this to pan out, I’ve been thinking about which email newsletters I subscribe to and what I love about them. Here’s what I came up with:
- Short and sweet. I like updates from writers that I can read quickly and that tell me what they are reading/writing/enjoying.
- I like behind the scenes looks at how writers and creatives structure their lives and what they’re dealing with/struggling with.
- I like content that is helpful to my life.
So that’s what I’m keeping in mind. What does that mean for This Week’s Miscellany?
Here’s what I’m envisioning:
- A weekly “here’s what’s up ahead for the liturgical year” section with links to recipes, etc
- Current reads
- A quick look at our meal plan and how it connects to what’s growing in the garden
- Family update
- links to my favorite articles and podcasts I enjoyed that week.
- links to any new blog/podcasting content
I want it to be something you could read in 4 minutes that will brighten your week!
So that’s what to expect weekly (or every other week). And then occasionally (like next week) I’m going to be sharing a secret post about something that’s on my heart. This time? Comparison. AKA how I used to struggle with envying other people’s circumstances (or productivity!) and how I got over it.
So if you want to stay in touch, pretty please sign up for my email newsletter so that I can reach you without depending on the fickle social media gods! THANKS A MILLION!