I am very excited for this new year… although I must admit I’m also a little sad. I discovered blogs toward the end of 2010 and started reading
/following several at the beginning of 2011 and delved into writing my own mid-way through the year. As much as I simply. love. baking. I discovered that I find great joy in sharing my passion through blogging. However, it felt like something was missing – something wasn’t quite right. I just didn’t know what that something was – so I did what I have always done – prayed. I wish I could say that I received a clear answer – I didn’t, but I do feel that I have a sense of direction. Having gotten a “late” start blogging – I feel so behind other bloggers that I admire. Aside from the fact that I have issues with patience at times (I tend to be impulsive and I’m totally convinced that’s one reason God blessed me with 4 children), but I do know that I’ll get there since it’s my goal to fit in (in my own way) with the many already fabulous, well-established baking blogs. This has been a daunting task, even when I devoted most of my spare time to the blog, there were a lot of times when I didn’t have any spare-time after fulfilling my role as mom (wife). Revelation #1: I knew I need my own niche, I needed to somehow create a somewhat new/different blog that works alongside my family, but that is also relevant to an audience of readers.
I have worked with children since before I was 10 years old, I taught first grade for 6 years, I’ve been a mother for almost 15 years, and I have been blessed with 4 children. Some of my favorite blogs are all written by first time moms, most are in their late twenties and it reminds me so much of myself
yesterday 15 years ago when I was newly married and my husband and I were starting our family. I am a little jealous of the digital photo/social media/blog technology that is available to them – or rather that I didn’t have that option when my oldest 2 were born. I’m also a little saddened that 15 years of motherhood has already passed me by. My baby has now passed the 1/2 way point of her Freshman year in high school. Revelation #2: I have technology now, so I should use it to the fullest potential that I am able. I have always enjoyed writing, photography and scrapbooking.
Recently, my hard drive crashed. I hadn’t kept up with backing-up my photos and had to tell my husband that I may have lost 2 years of family photos: 2 First Communions, 8th Grade Graduation, visits with grandparent’s etc… What was even more shocking was the number of photos taken in 2 years. Not 180. Not 1800. But 18,000!! Wow. Luckily, my entire hard-drive was recovered. Interestingly enough, it was about this time I happened upon a blog entry written by Kristen of Dine and Dish. She had recently lost a vast amount of priceless “family” photos, but she had a blog full of “food” photos. (She added… “everything that is important to me in my life is now going to be part of Dine & Dish.” -) Revelation #3: Spending time with my family was frequently preventing me from blogging about recipes I had planned while they are still seasonally relevant and/or spending time blogging prevented me from documenting a family event.
I’m excited to take Baking4Six to a new level. Previously, I had attempted to blog at Mother2Four – to separate family from recipes, but it never really felt right. The name Baking4Six isn’t just a name. It stemmed from my passion for baking, but it was also meant to serve as a metaphor for my roles as wife, mother and child of God. No matter how I tried (and I TRIED) it was impossible for me to be separate those roles; the sum is far greater than the parts. The only question was – how do I turn that into a blog? It seems both simple and obvious now. First, there’s no WAY my family can eat all the sweets I want to make (nor will our budget allow me to continue spending a chunk of our budget buying ingredients for food to give away to other people). Second, reading comments posted on other blogs – the top things that people ask for are healthy, quick and/or kid friendly recipes. So as much as I enjoy a challenge in the kitchen it’s just not realistic and with 4 “growing” bodies to provide fuel for, our food budget is a bit tighter than the average 4 person family. However, because there are 6 mouths to feed, food plays a HUGE role in our everyday lives… this is my revelation ~ I am going to use Baking4Six to document our every day life through food w/a little crafting, saving, photography, and home organization on the side
Happy New Year 2012