I was recently at a craft/knitting gathering and on of the gals said something along the lines of how somethings have a life; i.e. a beginning and an ending. It has been almost 8 years to the day coming up here right around Valentines that I began blogging as mamaroots. My oldest was 6 years old and my home birth baby was almost 2. I have been "mamaroots" since my oldest was about a year old. I was deep in the throws of raising my little ones, a thriving book career, and ebbing and flowing through a crafty, storytelling, toy making world.
Flash forward to 2015 and I have a teenager and my baby is entering double digits and only has about 1 and half years of elementary left. My early mothering is now developed into mothering a teen and pre-teen. It is a different path than pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, storytelling and making. I know that who I am will always be "rooted" in my crafting that became focused for me as a mother, as mamaroots but it has been a big year of transition and I was finally able to name the bubbling and feelings I have been having.
This past year has seen our baby boy become a teenager, a big crazy jump that I took in my career to leave the book industry and to start working with a non-profit youth based foundation. Not to mention the normal changes of cars, pets leaving us earth side, and big house projects. I might as well throw in turning 40 a couple years ago and learning to knit also. Sounds like the recipe for a mid-life crisis right, except I don't really view it as a crisis. Just a time to embrace change.
It is not without irony that I had a moment of knowing in the shower the other morning, (eagerly anticipating the first bath in remodeled bathroom soon) that I realized I am at a crossroads of re-identifiying myself as a crafter. I am excited and inspired to start a new blogging/business path.
There will still be lots of toymaking, thrifting, copious amounts of knitting and general craftiness., but I am hoping to breath a fresh breath of inspiration into it all.
Thanks for all your support and I hope you will join me this spring on my new blog/website- details to come soon!