February was a little bit of a crazy month. Normally it drags on because we are dealing with the winter blahs, but this year it flew by pretty fast because of house showings and then eventually the sale of our house. Now we are knee-deep, somewhat literally, in packing up the house and clearing out, some of which we had already started.
Weather-wise, the temps rose and fell throughout the month, which was wonderful for our sinuses and mood (she said sarcastically). It was like “We’re happy!” “Now we’re sad!” “We’re happy!” “Now we’re sad!” all month long.
Looking ahead to March, there will be more packing and then the actual moving, with the plan to be in the new house by April 3. There will also be more homeschooling, somehow, in between all the packing and moving. So far, homeschooling is both a blast and completely aggravating. I’ve considered writing a post about homeschooling again, but, sad to say, I had some who looked down their noses at me for doing it so I hate to think they’ll read any posts about the struggles and gloat. I know, very immature of me to worry about what others think, but I’m still working on that.
I wrote a variety of blog posts on a variety of topics (which is why the word “ramblings” is in my blog name.)
I shared a few weekly round-ups:
- Sunday Bookends: Books Finished and started; the never-ending house showings; and Ancestry.com rabbit holes
- Sunday Bookends: Social anxiety, libraries, snow and what I’m reading
- Sunday Bookends: big house news, books finished, books to start
- Sunday Bookends: house selling drama, Sweet Land and small town libraries
I share a couple posts about faith:
- Faithfully Thinking: The Battle Belongs to the Lord;
- Faithfully Thinking: God’s Kingdom is in Your Backyard.
- Faithfully Thinking: The Little Girl Who Brought A Community Together.
I also wrote about:
- my aunt reminding me I’m fat — again;
- the “real” Blanche that my books are based on;
- a post featuring photos from January;
- a post featuring some more winter photos;
- a post reminding you to drink your water;
- and a post about my kid’s nightmares.
I also enjoyed many posts by a variety of bloggers in February and I thought I would share them with you today in addition to my February review.
I loved all the photos and daily events with Derrick, but I especially loved this one he called The Horse Whisperer. The photos and story behind it were beautiful.
As always, I have to share one of Pete’s stories from Lunch Break Fiction, but this time I also get to share he has a book out. I just purchased it and I am so excited to read it! I loved this post from February entitled Metrics. If you haven’t read Pete’s short stories, you’re really missing out.
I like pretty much every post shared at My Life with Gracie so it’s hard to highlight just one, but I did like when John shared his copy of Doctor Doolittle with Gracie and the other chickens.
Mama’s Empty Nest shared this throwback post written from the perspective of her cat and it was hilarious and sweet.
Melinda Johnson wrote about Facebook Being a Stalker Boyfriend and she’s completely right. You all know my disdain for Facebook.
Bettie, one of my favorite bloggers, shares so many touching posts butthis one was interesting because it gave me the chance to hear her voice and more of her story. What a blessing!
I enjoyed this post by Heather Dawn about waking up on the wrong side of the bed (even with coffee!) because I could relate to it.
I could also relate to Autumn at Autumn Rain about her worry that she’s too late to blog, to write, to . . . well, whatever. And, no, Autumn, we are not too late. It’s never too late.
There is a lot interesting posts to digest at Our Little Red House, so I picked just one about her garden in the month of February. She gets to have a garden in February since she lives in Arizona.
This post from Becoming HIS Tapestry entitled Love Me; You Don’t have to Trust Me, hit home as there have been people in my life I haven’t fully trusted, but who I have loved. Honestly, it might tip some of your preconceived notions about love right up on their head.
Some difficult, but important posts from the last month included:
This one on Storied Pathwayswhen she wrote about her grandmother, who is in the hospital, and who has meant to much to her. Get some tissues.
The Whole Truth Laid to Rest on A New Life was such a hard read, but just so necessary in a day and age where so many don’t respect life on the simplest, smallest levels. *trigger warning* This is the personal story of a woman who had an abortion years ago and is now facing the pain from that decision. No matter what you believe about the issue, this is her story and she has the right to that story as much as anyone else.
So, how about all of you? Read any good posts in February? Do some exciting things? Share links or stories in the comments and see you at the end of March for my March update (if I remember to do it or even have time with the move and yes, this post was supposed to be done for the end of February. Oops.).