This poor blog. Or maybe readers. I’m glad when I see that many articles are still be read despite my not having as much time to keep up with it. Maybe it’s time, or subjects. At some point after the last baby was born, time just began flying faster than I could even believe and I was no longer able to concentrate. I have so many ideas for articles, but I’m realizing it might be easier to reach a broader audience by professionally publishing my articles rather than on my blog. Perhaps my blog will be reserved for rejected articles that have been edited well that I can’t find a home for. I’ve been thinking of children’s books to write and even a novel.
Every time I sit down to write, I get distracted. Catching up on the news, facebook, and sometimes I just need a mental break from all the business of being at home. There is no class that prepares you for having a husband who works full time and is in school part time and when he isn’t doing that, he’s studying. The unavailability is stifling and I find myself somewhat socially isolated these days. Thank God my kids get enough time with friends. Parks are great places to meet new people, but not always for mommy. Not always for a tired mommy, who is only thinking of the next activity to make it through the day. The dishes that I can’t keep up with, the pile of laundry collecting dust, what am I going to give them for lunch and at what point is my world going to calm down?
I’ve even asked the Bubbes in the community, almost begged to promise me that my memory will come back at some point in the future. I feel like learning has become more difficult. Although now that my oldest is four I spent a great amount of time teaching him about Judaism and at times, even at such a young age he asks questions that I don’t know the answer to.
During this time I have become creative in keeping my kids entertained and happy. We are learning Aleph bais and using creative ways to learn to write and recognize them. Most of the time it’s natural progression. Like one day, we used the mega bloks to make the letters and other days we’ve written them in dirt. I came up with my most brilliant idea yet of personalized illustrated siddurs. The goal was for each child to color their siddur and then somehow they decided they couldn’t color their siddurim.
Each boy has a different siddur. Each is tailored to where they are holding in davening and we are asking the Rabbanim which davening to add, as they get older and more capable. Let me tell you I underestimated the impact of these siddurim. My kids are in love. Whenever we daven, they run to grab them, and most days if I forget they get them themselves and ask me. I had to get creative as there really aren’t illustrated options that follow the Chabad nusach but it was worth the time and creativity! I would definitely recommend it.
More to come….errr….when I have time!