When Kat’s Cafe first began, I was adamant that the site be a place for healing – first for myself and eventually for others when I moved to WordPress and began really exploring what it meant to be a special needs parent.
Somehow, over time, blogging lost it’s luster, I didn’t enjoy it anymore – it didn’t help me or anyone else to post so many of the things I did. And so, when life became a bit more real just before this past summer began, I unconsciously stepped back from blogging here at Kat’s Cafe.
The Summer from Hell
As we went into the summer from Hell (as I not-so-sweetly call this past summer) getting back into blogging was NOT on my to-do list. Logan’s seizures were crazy and we went through tons of med adjustments – then his behaviors turned more aggressive and horrific to view.
My 9-year-old didn’t sleep, destroyed everything, and was slowly turning our family on its nose.
And yet, somehow, I found myself understanding him more than I thought possible.
In some ways he’s just a little like me, or I’m a little like him – life gets too overwhelming and you have to step away. The world seems too confusing and you have to throw things to show that you have some level of control over your little corner of this world that doesn’t make any sense. I have no idea if that’s really why Logan throws things and I may never know. But I felt like I “got” him just a little bit.
Because my own responsibilities seemed overwhelming to me at the time and I wanted to throw things as well. Money was tight and I started more seriously running my business, meaning less time being a mom and more time being a working woman. But working from home with Mr Destructo (as I affectionately have coined Logan) — not so very easy.
So I stayed away from blogging at the Cafe so I could redetermine my priorities – being a wife and mom, being a working girl, being me – just a little.
And you know what?
The sky didn’t fall. The world didn’t end. And the blog is still here.
And now — I’m back.
I might not update as often as I want to – and I will have (and invite anyone who is interested!) guest authors sharing their stories.
But I took the time to come back to myself a bit, and I think I can come back to blogging too.
I won’t be accepting sponsored posts. There will be no reviews and giveaways unless they pertain specifically to parenting (special needs or otherwise). I found that, over time, I couldn’t stand writing anymore because it wasn’t helping anyone. So I will be more careful this time around.
I kinda just want my blog to go back to the basics again. And all those things – they muddied the waters and ruined blogging for me. So blogging here at the Cafe is back, but it’s a little different too. I hope you understand. I would love your support. And as always, I would appreciate your continued prayers for the family.
Expect some regular posting, and some guest posting as well.
I’m currently working on posts for November and December, especially looking forward to raising awareness on Epilepsy (November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month). I would like to run the Giving Christmas campaign again this year – but a little differently — more details on that to come but be thinking about how you can help a special needs family this holiday season.
I welcome you back to the Cafe and hope you’ll stick around for the ride this time – I expect the community will appreciate a return to the basics and I know I will.
Thanks for being a part of the Cafe – here’s to the good we can do by raising awareness and working together!