This and That and Lots of Nonsense

Greetings, bloglings.

This is Mrs Gore, coming to you LIVE today from, you guessed it, Panera Bread.

I can’t well remember the last time I spent a quiet hour at one of these tables, my husband sitting across from me with his Kindle and his juvenile drink (today he went with a smoothie, definitely a step up from the Horizon sippy milk he bought last time).

There is a steaming cup of Hazelnut situated a safe distance away from my new laptop, and…sighhhhhh…I feel so very relaxed.

I’m wearing REAL clothes.

I’m toting my beautiful, leather birthday purse that I never get to use because it is too tiny for diapers and wet wipes.

My make-up is on, and my hair is freshly washed, dried and curled, and I think I’ve already said this, but I’m sitting at a QUIET table. Very, very quiet.

Did I mention that there is coffee involved?

Yes, I think I did.

Anyhow, July is upon us and, as is usually the case, we are just now getting away to celebrate our June 11th wedding anniversary.

Because, you know, June 8th birthday parties always supercede June 11th wedding anniversaries; the day before our big day, we were celebrating Rebekah’s big day (5 years old? Are you kidding me??), and although we did pause for a few anniversary pictures at her party, we decided to table any observations of our marital union until a better time, i.e. when our babysitter wasn’t completely fried from the crazy schedules of her ten grandchildren, three of whom had birthday parties in the same week.

So. Here we are!

And if you didn’t know it already, you know it now. Me and Mr. Gore are, as the little girl in Sleepless in Seattle describes it, “mfeo”.

(Made for each other).

In our mind, nothing says “romantic” like sitting here in silence with our electronic devices. And after this, we’re going junk hunting at a few antique stores!

But before I sign off, I wanted to mention a few things…

1. It never dawned on me until this week that some of you who are subscribed here do not know about the “Mrs. Gore’s Diary FACEBOOK page“. I know, right? There’s MORE of me on the internet! If you haven’t joined us there yet, I do hope you will. It is without a doubt my happy place.

2. As such, many of you who are not following the Facebook page may not know why I’ve been blogging far less in the past couple of months: I’m writing a book! I have 76 completed pages thus far, and have been buckling down in hopes of finishing it before August, when my heart and mind really must be shifted back to homeschool. I am very excited about this project, although I really cannot objectively judge yet if it is the best book ever written or the absolute awfullest. 

3. I was so thrilled by your responses to “The Most Important Article You’ll Ever Read on Child Safety“. Without a doubt, that post was emblazoned on my heart, so that I simply had to take a one-night break from book-writing to spit it out, staying up FAR too late for a mama of four. It seemed more like a cathartic exercise than anything, and so imagine my surprise when it began to take off and gather almost as many hits as “I Signed Up For This“. But what thrilled me the most about the entire thing is that the Word of the Lord landed upon so many hearts with that post and momentarily replaced fear with truth and peace. Incredible. Not to mention that I am super happy to welcome a new gaggle of readers. Welcome, new friends!

4. But wait! My week got even MORE exciting when I noticed I was getting an uprecedented number of comments on a blog post I wrote a month ago, titled “Refusing to Blink“. It had been fairly well-received when I first wrote it, but nothing spectacular, so I could not for the life of me figure out what in the corn-Sam-hill-heck was going on. But then my eyeballs fell out of my head when I saw the tweet from “Freshly Pressed” and realized I had received the great honor of being featured by WordPress in their Parenting section! So NOW, I have another new group of readers to welcome from the blogging community! Hi, guys!! I’m so excited to have you along and am waving at you very energetically in my mind. Can you see me?

5. Which leads me to my last point, made for all readers of Mrs. Gore’s Diary, whether you are from WordPress or Facebook or if you are my Mom or Aunt B. I read a blog post last week about “blogging etiquette” that actually gave me trouble sleeping. It was about the common courtesy of responding to your blog comments, and the writer made it clear that it is kind of rude to fail in this area. I understand what she is saying: if someone in real life said “hi” to you it would be rude to not say “hi” back. If someone said they liked something you said, you would say “thank you”. And if someone asked you a question, you would most certainly answer it. The article didn’t sway me, so much: I remain confident in my conviction that, as a homeschooling mama, I can spare no extra time on this computer with my back to my kids. BUT, as a hopeless people-pleaser, it did distress me very much to even think that I might come across as rude by failing to respond and interact with you who have been so kind to find a home here. Thus, I just had to take a minute to say “thank you!” to each and every one of you. I didn’t set out to blog for an audience outside of my immediate circle, but I’ve received one, anyway, and therefore, you are a GIFT to me. Seriously. You have no idea. Every comment, every ‘like’, every reblog, every facebook message, every kind word…it is noted and appreciated to the tippy-toe bottom of my heart. You guys are the best! Thank you for receiving me when I have so little to offer in return. And I promise, someday when I’m a little old lady with no tiny people running about my house, I’ll be the most interactive blogger you ever did see.

Phew! I guess that’s about it…

I’ll be back soon with some really fun birthday party posts, including a Kit Kittredge “penny pincher” party and a Nanny McPhee inspired picnic. Until then, I’ll be plugging away at the ol’ bookaroo and making almost-daily updates at facebook.

Now, if you’ll please excuse me, I need to get a refill of Hazelnut and smile adoringly at my husband over the top of my computer.

Happy Anniversary, Mr. Gore!

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14 thoughts on “This and That and Lots of Nonsense

  1. I just found your blog through Freshly Pressed and I’m really enjoying it. We have a lot in common but what will keep me reading is that you write so well! No need to reply…I don’t want your back to those kiddos either!

  2. You’ve got your priorities absolutely right, Mrs. Gore. Don’t worry about responding to your readers’ comments. Keep your eyes on those sweet kiddos because as you so eloquently state, they’ll be grown in a blink. We’ll still be here reading and laughing and loving your every word when you turn back around. Happy anniversary to you and Mr. Gore. (Who, by the way is just as cute as you and the kids. LOL.) ❤

  3. you do not ” have so little to offer in return”. Your blog is encouraging, uplifting and inspiring. I wouldn’t worry about responding to every comment. I don’t think readers take offense, but then again I am not a “people pleaser”, which would make me less thoughful in this area!
    Have fun junking!

  4. If it makes you feel any better I hate reading through comments and seeing the blogger responding with “thank you, glad you liked it” to every comment. It slows down my comments speed reading 🙂 I figure, you shouldn’t have to respond like it was real life cause it’s not. If it was real life it would be more like this:
    Commenter “Hey, I liked what you said”
    You: “do I know you?”
    Commenter: “no but I follow you. I love your style and your kids are adorable”
    You: “wait… What?! You follow me? How do you know my kids?!” (Pull out phone dial 911 and race home to lock children in thier rooms)
    The end 🙂

  5. I’m always inspired, awed, and, may I say, a little intimidated, by you! 🙂 I wish I could be like you!! I’ve never expected you to comment on my comments….guess I’m like the commenter who doesn’t like when the writer responds to every.single.comment! Now, I sho’ won’t turn a comment away from you! LOL 🙂 We both have 4 littles, but mine are a little older at 10,8,6, n 4. May God bless you and your family and your writings! And, get that book done! I want one!!

  6. As far as I figure, responding to people in real life and on line are two totally different things and cannot be compared. If you spoke to a crowd of 20,000, no-one would expect you to reply to each of the opinions they shared about your speech in their own homes. Or if you threw a party in your home for 50 people you would not be expected to reply to all the comments made while they were there. The reason we reply to people in ‘real life’ is because as a rule there are only a handful of people we speak to at one particular time. We’re comparing apples and oranges here.

  7. Well, I for one expect you to respond to me. I’ll stop reading if you ignore my comments.

    I KID, I KID. Love you soul sister.

  8. I love your blog!! I’ve been reading you for a long time. And I am telling you.. I do not mind your space in between your post because I CAN NOT (repeat CAN NOT!!) wait for your book to come out!! I’ve been wanting to read a book by you for a really long time! 🙂 So 3 things…
    1. I’m (patiently) waiting to see the post about the girls birthdays and the festivities!
    2. Good luck with the book writing! (I’m really excited in case you can’t tell.)
    3. Happy Anniversary to you and your hubs!!

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