Shifting Gears

My blogging journey has been a turbulent one. When I first started a blog back in 2010, the sole purpose was to document my newlywed life for my family and friends who were far away. It was a way for them to feel connected to me. It was a creative means for me to express myself, and I truly enjoyed keeping a record of our life and growing family.

There have been times when I've focused on writing about what's important to me, and there have been times when I've focused on writing what I think other people want to read. The problem with writing what I think other people want to read is that I tend to just not write anything at all. 

This picture is from a hike I went on yesterday. The Scotch broom is in bloom. I know it's annoying and invasive, but I still think it's beautiful ❤️

I'm at a season in life where I'm ready to shift gears again. I miss writing journal-style posts about my family and our daily life together. I've tried having two blogs, one that's for family stuff, and one that's for resource-style stuff, but it's not really my thing. It creates too much potential for me to hyperfocus on unimportant things and forget about my priorities. I know that I could easily just set the blog to private, but I want this blog to be easily available for my children and their children to read for generations to come. 

I've been doing some family history research lately, and I know so little about those who came before me. I'd love to be able to read a blog or journal left behind by my grandmother or great grandmother. This blog, boring as it may be at times, is what I'm leaving behind for my posterity. It's a way for them to get to know me and feel connected to their ancestors.

I snapped this picture of Ryan with Kender and Mason today. It's little moments like this that I love capturing and reflecting on.

There are currently 500 people per month who visit this blog... I know it's not much by internet standards, but that's a lot to me, and it's intimidating! I'm grateful that there are people out there who are interested in the things I write about, but it's also scary, and it makes it harder to write about the things that are most precious to me: my family and faith. But I feel like that's the direction I need to go in, so that's what I plan to do. I'll still write about life on our homestead, just with a lot more of the mundane sprinkled in. 

If you're just here for the rabbit posts, they'll still be here. You can check out the rabbit resources link in the main menu. 

Homestead Update

Speaking of rabbits, we went so Salem to visit Ryan's sister Nicole back in March, and while I was there, I picked up two new rabbits. They were fully pedigreed rex, which I was excited about. I like to be able to sell a couple from each litter to offset the cost of feed, but people haven't been interested in my cross breeds, so I decided to go back to purebred rabbits. 

They did great for the trip, and when they arrived home, I made sure I transitioned them to our feed slowly. Once they were good with that, I introduced fresh grass and other forage slowly. My beautiful new magpie doe got diarrhea (I assume from the grass and forage), and never recovered. She died about a week later, and I was pretty sad about it. Then the same day, one of Ryan's new baby chicks (that he's been waiting months for) somehow split open it's gut and had to be culled. Raising animals on a homestead can be pretty hard sometimes...

The good news is that I get to keep a doe from Jasmine's (my tri rex doe) new litter. She had five beautiful, healthy, and strong little babies on Mother's Day. That was a tender mercy that I really needed after our loss! It looks like there are some interesting colors in there too. Three of them have the eyeliner like Guy, and one looks like it may be tri. I think there's a castor too! They're only two days old, so it's still hard to tell. 

This is Guy, named so because of his awesome guyliner. He doesn't have a pedigree, but he's a sweetheart and I'm so glad I ended up keeping him.

I was hoping those two new rabbits would help me get back to fully pedigreed lines a little more quickly, but I guess I'll just have to be patient. Having strong, healthy rabbits is more important to me than a pedigree anyway.

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