Ah, it’s nice to be back! Though I continued blogging regularly through Lent, my regular readers know I changed up my schedule a bit, took a break from accepting and posting comments, laid off Facebook (except when communication was absolutely necessary) and abandoned Twitter. The world went on without me, and while at times I had to force myself to refrain from engaging in online conversations, overall, aside from missing my “peeps,” it was a very edifying experience. Thanks for your patience as I stepped away for a bit. I especially appreciate those who stayed near even when the silence felt a little like a punishment (which it wasn’t intended to be — I promise!). Several of you even took time to let me know you were still with me in the quiet, which endeared me to you all the more. Needless to say, I feel so fortunate to have such special people in my life, both IRL and online!
To try to catch up, thought I’d start my first post-Lent Mama Mondays with a little of this and that:
* The Smells and Bells of Spring:
(The following morning…) “My eyes are doing that again!!!!!”
* Head shot with a purpose: I’ve been getting such a lovely response from my friends on Facebook who’ve noticed my new profile picture. Though I have to say it’s nice to have an updated image out there, I didn’t have this taken simply because I am “all that and a bag of potato chips.” There is a purpose behind the “new” image, and I will share more soon. In fact, I’m bursting to say more right now. But…it’s not yet time. I will give you a hint though: in the near future, the writing part of Peace Garden Mama will become a separate writing blog called Peace Garden Writer. That gives you a little but there’s still more. I hope it’s enough to satisfy you for a bit. (Relentless teasing is not fair — at least that’s what I tell my kids.) The credit for this shot goes to Fargo photographer Michael Smith. I first met Michael nearly a decade ago when he did my head shot for The Area Woman Magazine, for which I am a contributing writer.