I’m about to become a spy of sorts…
And this photo may seem unrelated, but it’s not.
My son had a play date!
When you have a child with developmental struggles, then you might understand the underlying meaning of my excitement. We have entered a new season here at the Meyer home. A season of a new school, and new friends, and new hope.
You see… Last year was hard.
And this new season–a season of play dates!!!–has my mama’s heart, and my writer’s mind headed in new directions. All of my creative energies, all of my practical, and emotional, and physical energies… much of my spiritual life has all been pointed in one direction these last two years. Toward one little blonde boy, whom we adore with all our hearts. But finally I have help. Right now, he has a whole team rooting him on, teaching him things we have tried to share out of sheer instinct. He’s on a new road and progressing well. We are on a new road together.
I’m so grateful that the baking, and the giving have become second nature to me. I don’t mix one loaf, I mix two. I cart the other off to a neighbor, to someone hungry on the street, to a new mom, or someone struggling with illness. I get asked to bake for potlucks, and to add to the homeless meals on Mondays. I’ve felt my heart stretch and have been thankful for this online community who has cheered me on… Thank you!
But I’m ready for my giving to go underground. For it to be between me and my family, and between me and my God. I’m ready to write about other things. To write about others who give. And to write about one little boy and this home that supports him, and my friends who pray for me, and to allow those other words, struggling to come out, to find a place.
This is not the end. This blog will continue to grow and stretch. I’ll still post baking tips from time to time. And recipes. And I’ll find ways to share, but there will definitely be a shift. Just wanted you to know, since you have only offered me encouragement these last many years.
Thank you for being such lovely supporters of my giving, and my blogging about it. I’ve enjoyed sharing with you some of the ups (mostly ups!) and downs.
And I thought it’d be nice to put in some links to some of my favorite posts over the last four plus years. Maybe I’m just sentimental, but I sure have enjoyed this space…
Thankful for family. November 2009
A trip back to the family house in France. November 2009
Struggling to give. December 2009
On Silliness. December 2009
Learning from the poor. January 2010
Making salt from scratch. April 2010
Asking reluctant children to give. June 2010
On being a better giver. March 2011
Changed through giving. April 2011
Morning light. May 2011
The best scone recipe in the world. May 2011
On not blogging, but just giving. August 2011
All about Saint Brigid. January 2012
Slowing down. January 2012
Staying thin. February 2012
Learning from those who leave us. September 2012
Giving with teens. November 2012
The beauty of Simple and Slow. November 2012
Recipe for making prosphoron. December 2012
At the monastery–the best way to start a new year. January 2013
Making butter from scratch. January 2013
A short trip to Paris! July 2013
Sending you all love and good cheer, my friends. And happy baking!