I'm posting from sunny California and will be here for the next month or so. One of my sisters is having her eighth child (yes, 8!) and her Air Force husband has unexpectedly had to deploy to somewhere scary far away that I'm not supposed to mention. She's on bed rest because of pregnancy complications and we are all hoping and praying that she makes it at least a couple more weeks before she has to deliver her baby.
It's great to see her and my cute nieces and nephews but let me just say that taking care of nine children (her current seven plus two of mine) is exhausting. And since she's on full bed rest, I need to be the main person to also keep the house clean, do the laundry, cook, grocery shop and run errands. I had no idea that just keeping that many little kids fed, basically clean (which includes changing diapers for three of them) and supervised is a constant job. Like - barely get to sit down for more than a few minutes in an entire day - job. I have three kids which keeps me busy but NINE feels like far more than triple the normal work I do in my home, more like ten times the normal work! I have an even greater respect for my sister and her husband than before.
Needless to say, all my goals for summer writing have been shelved for a while. I brought my laptop with me in the hopes of squeezing in a few sentences on my WIP now and then but I've realized that even blogging once a week or so may not happen. I'm happy to be able to help my sister and right now that's more important that my previous plans.
Hopefully I can jump online occasionally and enjoy some bloggy time visiting your blogs or writing on mine. But if not, I just wanted to share a little update.
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