Welcome! I am so glad you came. I wish I could sit with a cup of tea, feet up on the ottoman together so we could get acquainted or catch up. Since that isn’t possible, let me show you around a bit so you can get the tour of Hearts Homeward and then you can decide what you want to come back and visit in the future.
If you want to know a bit about me, my family and my heart for you as I blog, you can head over here to my short bio: The Girl Behind the Words.
I started blogging without planning to do so. I had always been a writer and one evening I took a prompt from a blog I read and I was hooked. Over time my blog has morphed as I have grown. You may or may not know there is a huge push to gather “followers” and “subscribers” in the blogging world. Some of this makes sense as we do write in a public forum, so of course, we want people to read what we write. As my blog grew, I began to feel pulled to push. The lure of promoting myself and trying to gather people around me became strong. I took a step back. I’ve taken regular breaks over the years and each time I have come back to the real reason I’m blogging. I want to share what God is doing in my life, the lessons I’m learning and the thoughts that inspire me. As a writer, I feel the urge to put my thoughts out on paper. Blogging has been a wonderful way to reach out while expressing myself.
In July 2016, I took a trip up the coast of California with two friends. One of these women said something simple as we talked through a conversation about social media. She said, “We’re all starring in our own shows.” That small, but poignant, sentence gave me pause. God used it to yank at a string in my heart where He had previously been tugging. I hear the call: Be content in your smallness. Be who you are and live within your limits. This doesn’t mean I won’t grow as a writer or that what I write won’t reach more people. What it does mean is that I won’t push. I’ve been great at creating expectations on myself which have me running faster than my legs can sustain me. I was writing three times a week and I loved that. I chose the topics (Spiritual Growth, Parenting and a menagerie post which included home education updates, peeks into our life and some links to goodies around the web). All of it was lovely, but it was too much to keep it going with the real life I have. Something always has to give – be it sleep, pleasant attitudes in my relationships, keeping up with commitments or simply cooking dinner on a regular basis.
Much wisdom comes from the statement “Live a quiet life.”
So, I’ve backed off. The current writing I do comes from the heart and is unscheduled. I post around once a week about something God has laid on my heart to write. I’m feeling the sweet breezes of freedom as I step even further away from the fray and decide what I will do with my writing and my blog. I’m not here to impress or prove something. I’m here to share and bless, and maybe get to know some of the people who stop by to read in the process.
Some of the things you can find here at Hearts Homeward are the pages where I share what we’re reading and our reflections on those books. Feel free to head over to the main, “What We’re Reading” page to see links that might interest you (including our Booklist for Boys). I update it every few months.
I do speak to groups and it is something I love doing. If you want to know more about my availability to speak to women in groups, go to my “Patty Speaks” page.
Lately I’m feeling drawn to write about mothering through the teen years and I have a number of posts about that. You can find links to posts about raising teens here.
I hope you find blessing and encouragement while you visit Hearts Homeward. I want to spur you to reach out to Jesus a little more, make you laugh and warm your heart. Let Hearts Homeward be a place of refreshment where you take a breath and get renewed. You are welcome back anytime and I always love to hear from you.
This isn’t just my place, it’s ours.