2014: Ready or not...

Oh, who am I kidding? We are so ready for 2014. 

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Just as we had some very big moments here in the House of Ruckus, we also had a somewhat stressful year. We love our girls, but this whole big life with three kids business is just not always rainbows and butterflies. Mostly it's the never-ending game of catch-up, and I'm sure all of you are way better at this, but I'm just going to tell the truth and confess I'm simply not quite able to stay on top of all the things. Our daily schedule (once tightly managed by a few Outlook and gmail calendars) is so confusing now that I have resorted to an actual dry erase board with five unique colored markers just to keep up with who has to be or take what where on which day. We are always harried, usually late, and never quite getting to the everything we feel like we should be doing each day with and for our children as well as others around us. 

So, with all that said, 2014 will be different. There has to be a better way. 

I have the life planner thing coming. Wanna get yours, too, and let's figure that out together?

We are making some big decisions as parents over how and when and where and why we spend our time, and what, if any, the eternal significance of our options.

We are thinking and praying carefully about the concept and role of community, and tightening the circle around our family. 

A Southern Ruckus is going to grow and stretch a bit. I launched this blog free of pretense and with the open admission that I wasn't even really sure what I was doing here. I know that's a big no-no with bloggers. I'm supposed to know my target audience, my tribe, my platform. I also know that I am absolutely not, under any circumstances, supposed to admit to you all that I don't really have a handle on all of that. 

Here's what I do know. I know that I am here to write, and to do so honestly. 

Sometimes that comes out in the form of memories, or a dabble in modern cultural issues, thoughts from an adoptive/foster mom, or heck, even just willy nilly quibbles and whimsies from being a mom, period. Occasionally my perspective as a school librarian will surface. I may trifle a bit on the more creative side, and we'll see how that goes, too. In everything, I hope it is evident what sufficient grace we have in our lives and maybe share how it feels to hook onto that so tightly. I hope that is the thread you will see tying each of these terribly random topics together. 

The being here, this crafting of words, is something that feels good and right and helps me get my head and heart wrapped around life. For now, that is enough for me.

I do so hope that it is enough for you, too.