Every year, after Christmas, I start to get all twitchy ... anxious to get rid of the clutter and disarray, to clean and organize everything that isn't nailed down.
Once the tree comes down and the ornaments are packed away, I feel this overwhelming drive to wipe the slate clean. I want drawers, cabinets, closets, shelves, under the beds, behind the washing machine... all of it, every inch, clean and in order. It lasts all of five minutes, this cleanliness, but I just can't see starting a new year without at least attempting to get off on the right foot, you know? I need an organized pantry and a bowl full of black eyed peas in order to take on the next 365 days.
This year, my cleaning and straightening is stretching all the way into my bloggy home. For lots of very good reasons that I won't belabor because they would bore you all to tears, the time has come for me to move my little space down the road a bit. From here on out, I'll be setting up bloggy housekeeping over at the Ranch. I really hope that you'll join me.
This space has been such an immense blessing to me over the last two years. It has given me the chance to stand back some, get a little perspective on things. It's done so much to put me in the habit of noticing and treasuring up the most beautiful, ordinary bits of this crazy mama life. And, in so many ways, that is because of you.
Raising little ones and homeschooling can sometimes be awfully isolating. No matter how hard I try to keep things simple and slow, life just slips past me like a freight train, and before I know it I haven't talked to anyone to whom I am not related by blood or marriage in days and days. Having you all here to swap stories and recipes with, to learn from and laugh with, well it just means so much. I can't imagine why y'all put up with me sometimes, but I'm so grateful that you do. Truly.
So, I know it's a big pain and all, but I hope that you'll change your feed readers, bookmark us, put up a sticky note, whatever it is that you do, so that you'll remember to come and join us over at the Ranch. It just wouldn't be home without you!
As with any move, it will take us a while to get things in their rightful places and settle into our new home, so please bear with us.
I hope to see you there!