moving forward

I have been on a bit of a blog hiatus lately. It wasn’t intentional at first, but afer some personal reflection as part of a Bible study I’m doing and some recent sermons I decided to take some time to pray about the future of this space. I wanted to make sure I’m updating here for the right reasons, I wanted to give it to the Lord and make sure that He is receiving the glory through what I share here just as much as I want him to in all other areas of my life. If I felt God was leading me to abandon blogging, I would have and with a peace about it. For a while I wasn’t sure how I would get an answer or how long it would take but I wanted to remain obedient to the call. It has been a productive time of prayer and decision making and I’m happy to be back. I don’t know how frequent my posting will be because something I’ve always stuck to is that I will not let my blog become a distraction from my family and my household responsibilities as other things have in the past.

Earlier this week I sat down and made a list of “why I blog” and as I went through I felt like my reasons were solid and as long as I am mindful of my time, they can all be ways to give God the glory in my life and share His work in us with the Breaking New Ground community. So here I am, back at it! 
I’ve also made a list of what I’d like to share with you all in the coming weeks, as time allows. I have some crafts I’ve been working on that some friends have been curious about so I figured I could easily share them here. I also have some recipes to share, essential oil tips, cloth diapering information, homeschooling, a fun giveaway and a sprinkling of family updates as we have been and continue to be VERY busy! I know for sure I will be taking an extended break in August as we will be doing our best to schedule nothing and just enjoy each others’ company as summer winds down and the school year approaches. It seems crazy to plan out that far but I’ve noticed that our schedule fills ups so effortlessly that we need to protect our down time with some strict “black out” dates! 
While I’ve been on a break, my best friend Liz over at Bramblefield has been busy with updates to her blog and her shop. She just posted some awesome free calender and phone case printables! 
I’ve also still been fairly active on Instagram so if you aren’t following there come join me @breakingnewground 
I’m so thankful for this creative outlet, the people I’ve connected with because of blogging and the memories I’m able to look back on over the years of sharing a little bit of our lives online.