Our Life as Shut-Ins (and how we’re thankful for it)

I’ve been married to my husband for almost 7 years. We’ve been living in our home for almost 7 years. I’ve lived in this small town outside of Charlotte, NC for almost 9 years.

Why is this significant?

Because we don’t socialize around here. At all.

It’s not that we haven’t tried. Oh have we tried. But it’s been extremely difficult to find families that have the same values, interests, and who are in the same “family dynamic” as us. We lost many of our relationship due to being the first to have children, being the only SAHM, and changing churches. We’ve tried all sorts of groups and programs, but because our lives seem to different so dramatically from those we come in contact with-it’s tough to continue the relationship and it tends to fizzle out. We even went to a church for over two years and every Sunday people would come and welcome us as first time visitors…this is after signing up month after month to volunteer with whatever they needed and never getting the call to help. Yeah. We don’t go there anymore.

Our lack of socializing is not the point of this post. I just wanted to point out HOW LONG we’ve been living this way. It was the whole reason I turned to blogging as an outlet. I needed to know I wasn’t crazy for choosing to stay home. Or homeschool. Or have more than two children. Or only have one car that I rarely get to use due to my husband’s crazy work schedule. Or submit to my husband. Or to not party. Etc. etc. etc. Continue Reading

New beginnings and finally calling myself an ‘Author’…

Ah yes. It’s been quite a long time since I have sat here and pushed out a post. But alas, here I am. The Burleson family has been without internet for a few weeks, and it has put some things in perspective. The Lord has seriously grabbed at my heart-strings on things that are important-and things that are not.

One thing is my family. I’ve been reading a few mama books (that I’ll review at a later date), that have truly inspired me to take account of wasted time in our home. There are so many chances to create memories with our littles, yet it gets wasted on the mundane and unimportant junk. For example-car rides. Typically if it’s just me in the car with the kiddos, I don’t say much because I like the just “be with my thoughts”. I decided to change this. I took my daughter out for our new monthly bookstore trips and we talked the entire time. She’s only 5 but she shared some things with me that made me feel like I was talking with a friend. There was so much peace in that vehicle I felt like I could have just driven around for hours. Definitely a beautiful moment. Continue Reading