For all of you who thought something happened to me, I’m still here, I promise! I’ve had people contacting me this past week checking in making sure all was ok since I’ve not been posting much. It’s been a crazy month here of schedules and sickness. Oh my word… we have never had sickness pass through this house in years like it has this Flu season. And of course say what you want, but I normally get the kids Flu shots at my mothers begging. This year with being in Pawleys for three months and coming back I just decided it was not worth the effort. I don’t think I’ll ever do that again. After the fevers and body aches happening more often than they should we really should have built up our defences.
I told Dave this morning that I may be done with blogging. He looked at me like I was crazy. I know, I know. But some days I feel that way. I just find myself at a crossroads. I don’t know what to share. One because there is possibly so much to share that I don’t even know where to start and then two, I sometimes wonder if the details of my life simply may be boring people to all ends. And then there is that constant wonder of “I blog”, but I’m really not” a blogger.” After all, the blogging world has become so hard to figure out. I really have not clue as to those that blog to get traffic and how they do and why. I know awareness of something plays a huge role. But it’s funny because if you are in serious blog mode, you will notice people are not quick to share their secrets with you as to how to better connect with your followers. And it’s almost a full-time job that if you are blogging that much hopefully you are getting paid to do so. If you are not you should try to figure out how.
And then there is people like me. I love to process things and love to be able to share parts of my life with so many people who don’t live in my city. It’s a great way for me to stay connected with others when time and distance otherwise would make it seem impossible. This is why I LOVE to BLOG! I LOVE following a handful of people’s blogs because I’m a knower. I just like to know what is going on in the worlds of people I know. It helps me connect others and just gives so much more opportunity for outlets of many kinds. And so often I am challenged and inspired and blessed and encouraged because I get to follow along with the journey they are on and be part of their cheering community. I think that is the number 1 reason I love blogs the most.
For the longest time my blog really was an access point to our adoption journey and I’ve been able to connect with so many people through it. And in some ways it continues to be that and the daily life of a family who now lives as a blended family. Maybe I should start sharing about more about that.
My blog has been about being a Ministry Wife and the ups and downs and challenges of being part of a non-profit ministry trying to help local churches and individuals. I don’t assume that everyone who reads my posts believes what I do but still I like to share about the God story in my life. We each have one. Maybe I should start sharing more about that.
So, I’m a little discouraged to where I need to take this journey. I’m wondering how tired people are of seeing the latest pictures of my children or be tuned into the fact that right now, the girls and I have made a pact to always have our nails painted the same color (purple is the color of the week this week, see picture above)
Let’s be honest, I”m in a mode of being stuck, wondering when I’ll be able to get my foot loose. The reality is that in the next 6 months I think some of you may find the next parts of my journey that are starting to unfold rather interesting. At least it’s rather interesting to me. Life always is in the process of taking twists and turns. Some of the turns and changes coming for me, leave me speechless in a good way. They also offer much challenge and a good chunk of sacrifice. And no, I’m not pregnant and no, we are not adopting again (right now our plate is full). But it’s a huge shift in my life and I’m in the process of getting myself ready.
I hate asking anyone who reads my blog to comment. It’s not how I roll. BUT if you have followed any part of my life since I’ve been blogging, I could really use some breakthrough and would love to know the things about my life that you have enjoyed hearing about. And I’m not assuming everyone enjoys reading! 🙂 Maybe that will help me get going again. So yes, I’m still here, I promise. I’m just trying to figure out what to say!
debra parker said:
kinda in a similar place–however, i do love reading about your life… : )
Ok, I’ll be sure to keep the life in there. Hope that we can connect sooner than later. I want to hear about the talk you gave. I know you did an incredible job!!!! Miss you lots. We need to get our next get together on the calendar.
Angie Johnson said:
Are you kidding?? Yours is the only blog I read consistently!! How else would I keep up with the Rhodes gang? Don’t stop. Pleeeeeease! Love you. 🙂
I’m not kidding! So you do actually want to know what color we painted our nails? I feel the same way with your gang. By the way, we now have our top 24. Starting next week, it’s on. We don’t start till you start your dvr! 🙂 Just FB’d you a message! Love ya!
I consider myself a blogger.. kind of.. although I don’t make any money and have no intention of pursuing that. I think of blogging as a community (or communities) and I enjoy my “friends” immensely. I also think that blogging can expose people to the lives of people that they might not ever meet “naturally”, and that this can be beautiful, truly expanding horizons and perspectives. I think about the ways that Tara has changed people’s perspectives on poverty and women’s “choices” in Haiti and what it means to be a missionary, and, WOW, it’s incredible, the lives she has touched. I like your voice, I like hearing you, I am interested to know what it is to be Kim Rhodes, mother to Izzie and Emma and Frankie, wife to Dave, runner, etc, etc.
Corey.. That is good. really good thoughts to share with me. I LOVE the words you used “I also think that blogging can expose people to the lives of people that they might not ever meet “naturally”, and that this can be beautiful, truly expanding horizons and perspectives.” I may have to tweet that! 🙂 This has been so true to me and the people I’ve been able to Collide with on blog world. Thank you for your encouragement and taking time to share. One of these days I must make a trip to Orlando with all you ladies! 🙂
Leigh Theo said:
Awwww, Kim! I love you and your “ramblings” and your daily life! I love keeping up with the Rhodes gang through your blog! I would read if you once a day day, once a month, or once a year. Whatever you decide to do, just know that you and your sweet family are truly something special!
Please keep blogging! I love keeping up with you this way.
Please keep blogging! I like keeping up with you guys! I don’t have a clue how to be a professional blogger either- but our families and close friends like to keep up with us that way, it keeps them more involved in our lives.
Jessica Haines said:
I would like to know more about your daily struggles/victories as an adoptive parent! BUT, I love reading about all the aspects of your life 🙂
I was so happy to meet you last year. I love following your life through your blog. I hope you keep it up. I love all of your posts!
I do the same with you. Would be devistated if you stopped. I’d be clueless on all the happenings with Island Boy! Maybe one day sooner we’ll meet up with you again in person. Would love that!