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When I first began this blog, I did it to brush up on my technical skills after having taken care of my then 4 year old twins full time for several years. Having kept a journal in some form or fashion since I was about 10 years old, blogging seemed a perfect way to combine journaling with my desire to brush up on technical skills.
Shortly after starting the blog, my husband closed his business and our household income immediately dried up. We went from a husband working and stay at home mom family to an unemployed family to a 2 parent working from home family. Our lives faced many challenges, primarily financially. Throughout these changes and challenges I continued to blog. It forced me to focus on the positive and to continue to learn new skills. It was a productive outlet for me.
At the end of 2008 and the first 6 weeks of 2009, our financial challenges reached the bottom. We had filed bankruptcy, which was finalized and we lost everything that was worth anything financially, including our house and home of 11 years. We moved into a rental house. Lee and I began cleaning houses and repairing computers to make ends meet and earn money to pay for the basic utilities and roof over our head. At that time I began to blog about about what we were going through financially. So many others are facing a difficult time due to the recession and I wanted to show that you can keep the what matters most: faith in God, love of family. All the other things are truly the icing on the cake of life. They are truly things. Things that can be lost or broken, sold or given away.
At the end of 2008, I also got involved in 2 new groups online called Smart Girl Politics and Top Conservatives on Twitter. They were ways I could combine my geeky love of technology with my passion for politics. I wound up being on the board of Smart Girl Politics and met some incredible conservative online women. Politics are a HUGE part of my life but one that I have stayed away from for the most part on this blog.
So, in February of 2009, I began a blog series called Surviving Financial Disaster, which I planned to launch in conjunction with 5 Minutes for Mom Blog Party. Also, in February, 2009, we moved from our home of 11 years to a rental house. Then, Rick Santelli who is on CNBC had the rant that changed the world and truly changed my life. He complained about the government bailouts. Finally, in 2009, the Tea Party Movement was born and I co-hosted the Atlanta Tea Party on February 27, 2009 at the Georgia State Capitol in the pouring rain.
I did my best to be a good mom and wife, unpack, keep up with my blog, earn money through cleaning houses and repairing computers, and plan the next Atlanta Tea Party, which was on April 15, 2009. I’m not sure that I did very many of those things as I would have liked to do. I did keep the kids’ life normal and their teacher said they did not change at all during the time we moved, so the most important job was done well. My husband knows I volunteer for everything, understands and shares my passion for politics so we had not problems. The Atlanta Tea Party went well. It was the largest gathering at the State Capitol that the State Capitol Police had ever seen. Sean Hannity broadcast his show live from the event. A moment was turning into a movement.
Unpacking, nesting, blogging, and rebuilding our financial lives, those things I did not do so well. I do not regret what I did but I do accept that I did not live up to my goals in those areas. My life was becoming more public and less private and I stopped blogging to keep some of my life private. Plus, I was literally up 20 – 22 hours a day and simply did not have the will to sacrifice anything else to blog. The house felt temporary so packing and settling in did not rank high on the list of priorities. My husband began taking on most of the work so I could focus on building the Tea Party Movement.
A handful of those involved in the Tea Parties founded Tea Party Patriots and were National Coordinators. The hours have not let up and the work to build an organization and support structure around the movement that already had over 1.2 million people was and still is tremendous. Other things have changed as well: I’ve been on television, emceed a crowd of 1.7 million in DC, become an event planner, given public speeches on a regular basis, attended countless protests and became a protester, and traveled the country promoting fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government, and free markets. It is a labor of love: love of country, love of liberty, and love of future generations.
I do not blog as much as I did a year and half ago but I have met the most incredible people who share a passion for politics. People who love America, our liberty, and our Constitution as much as Lee and I do. I am not a stay at home mom anymore but I am a mom, which at one point seemed an impossibility in our lives due to infertility. I do not read as many tech blogs as I once did but I am working with others to apply current technology to Tea Party Patriots.
So, while we do not live in the same house or have the same lifestyle as when this blog started, I still have the most important aspects of my life in place: God, my incredibly loving and patient husband, our twins who are a blessing in our lives every single day. We live in the greatest country with the liberty to truly make your life what you want it to be.
I avoid getting into a lot of politics on this blog, but for the past year politics has occupied the vast majority of my time. In my role as National Coordinator for TeaPartyPatriots.org I’ve been traveling the country promoting fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government, and free markets.
This Thursday, April 15th, 2010 I will speak at the Tax Day Rally in Atlanta at the Capitol building. This Atlanta Tea Party is hosted by the Atlanta Tea Party Patriots.
If you’re into this sort of thing and you’re in the area, please come join us.
Today was BusyBoy and GigglyGirl’s first day of first grade. I cannot believe they are in grade school now. They are not babies or toddlers or preschoolers or even kindergartners. They are children.
Last night they were so excited they could hardly go to sleep. They got up without any delay this morning. They were in and out of the shower and dressed so quickly. We drove them to school and got there a bit early. Instead of making chitchat trying to keep their nerves calm, we turned on our CD players to the Curious George soundtrack. We were dancing and laughing in the car. BusyBoy got the video camera and recorded us acting silly. It was a very fun way to start the day.
On the way home from school, they told Lee and me that they the best first grade teacher. They read a lot and did lots of fun stuff. Somethings do stay the same. Their favorite part of the day is still recess.
Our washing machine and dryer are both broken. I really do not like to do laundry anyway. A broken washing machine and dryer make for a handy excuse for not doing the laundry. Unfortunately, at some point, that excuse no longer works. We have run through every towel in the house, even the guest bedroom towels. We were out of clean sheets. With school starting back in the morning, we need to have clean clothes ready to go for everyone in the family first thing.
Today Lee and I schlepped the kids and all of our laundry to the laundromat. We have made the laundromat run once a week for the past month. When we were doing that we were only doing the clothes and not the sheets and towels. It must have been close to 500 – 600 pounds of laundry. If it was not actually that much laundry, it certainly felt like 500 – 600 pounds of laundry. We loaded up the washing machines that hold 5 times a normal load. Hey, I told you we had lots of laundry to do. 5 times a normal load! You have got to love that. 30 minutes later all the laundry was completely washed. Then it took about 45 minutes or so for all the laundry to dry. With all four of us working at one time on folding, we finished in no time flat.
I know we will be hitting Craig’s List for a washer and dryer before long. While I love the convenience of doing laundry at home, I also love the fact that we can do so much laundry at one time in 2 – 3 hours start to finish.
Do you remember first grade? I went to elementary school for first grade at Montgomery Elementary School in DeKalb County, Georgia. My teacher was Mrs. Morrison. I thought she was the most wonderful teacher. For years, everytime I saw a Morrison’s Cafeteria, I thought of her.
My children start first grade on Monday. We met their teacher yesterday. In the 90 seconds or so we talked to her, she seems nice. BusyBoy and GigglyGirl are going to be in the same class again this year. They will be at different tables and in different groups but in the same class.
We took them to get new tennis shoes this week for PE. They got new backpacks and lunchboxes. BusyBoy got a new haircut. GigglyGirl got her ears pierced. It has been a busy week. I am going to miss them so much next week when they are not running around the house yelling, laughing, asking me a million questions.
I cannot believe I do not have babies any longer and that they are big kids going to first grade.
When do your children start back to school? Are you ready for it or not? Will you miss them or are you ready for them to be back at school?