I am way way far down the BlogHop '09 links list, so thank you VERY much for coming to visit me!
I am a brand new blogger (which may or may not be painfully obvious), and I started in earnest not long after my oldest daughter was diagnosed with Aspergers. Entries about her will figure largely into my blog, but there are plenty of other things I am passionate about and want to blog about.
My blog title references the fact that I am pursuing harmony in my family and balance in my life as a mom, wife, daughter, friend, housekeeper, cook, laundress, blogger, and twitter-er.
My brief bio:
nearly overwhelmed mom of 4 trying to stay ahead of the chaos
a perpetually late, mostly disorganized, schedule-hating stay home mom
an amateur genealogist
a researcher of pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, circumcision, and vaccination.
a 3 time homebirther
a good listener
an out-of-the-box thinker
a special needs mom and a spectrum mom
an advocate for my kids' special needs
I was recently described as being a tough cookie with a big heart
I think that just about covers it!
I love social media. I have been online since 1993, first on IRC in chatrooms, then on email lists, then on discussion forums. Twitter has given me a new level of making connections, and linking me to some wonderful blogs. I think I've been a social media addict for a LONG time. Doesn't hurt that I am outgoing and love to talk!
I love to help people connect. I thrive on making deep connections with others, talking about difficult subjects and learning from them, helping others find support systems and likeminded friends. Not surprisingly, my college major was special ed and psychology.
I met my husband on the internet in a Christian, college-age chatroom, and he bought our wedding rings and my engagement rings five weeks after we started dating. He proposed to me on the anniversary of the day we met in person and in the place where he told me he wanted to marry me during that first weekend we met in person. He is a stable force in my life, generous with his praise (which is good since my "love language" is words of affirmation!), a man of integrity, and the head of our household. I gladly submit to him because he "gets it" and cherishes my submission to him. The books "Reforming Marriage" by Doug Wilson and "Love and Respect" by Emerson Eggerichs have been very influential in our married life.
Our children are Ella (9), Maddie (6), Annelise (3), and Teddy (1). While Maddie has ADHD and as a result requires some extra effort to channel and restrain and focus.. Ella takes the lion's share of our efforts to parent. My husband has said that she takes about 50% of our focus, and the other 3 children don't come close to the other %50 percent all together.
I hope you will let me know that you've come to visit my blog, and I hope you will check back again. Please visit the links on the right side of my blog, I would love for you to meet the people that inspire me to share and connect!