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I thought it’d be fun to take a blogging stroll to review the past 12 months. I’ll be sharing a link to my favorite post from each month, (with updated pictures) and adding a bit more detail about each one.
Blogging Reflections on 2015
We’ll go through each month of the year in order:
We welcomed little Brynna Ruth into the family at the end of January. I did a quick 3 part series on preparing for baby. Here’s part 2, focusing on packing the birth center bags.
Aw–the cold winter wind means it’s time for making chapstick! A simple tutorial. We made another batch recently, and went with a chocolate peppermint flavor for Christmas!
The spring thaw brought three new baby calves to the farm in 2015, and my milking season started once again. Depsite the busyness, we desired to spend more time together, so Bryan and the kids put a rock ring fire pit in the yard. It’s been a fun way to spend time together!
Those baby cows from March needed fed! I wrote a post detailing the dos and don’ts for bottle feeding a dexter calf.
May was a busy month! We bought a bus. But, as exciting as that was, the posts about it weren’t my favorite. I celebrated the taming of a kicking milk cow, Annie and shared tips for stopping her from kicking. I’m thankful I survived!
Owen’s VNS surgery was originally scheduled for the end of June. I made the mistake of doing online research the night before surgery. I came across the story of a family who lost their child with Angelman Syndrome due to VNS complications. I panicked, and in my panicked state, wrote this post. One of the most emotional pieces I’ve ever written.
We did end up postponing the surgery. The weather was in the 100s, and we don’t have air conditioning. Since Owen overheats easily, keeping him cool without using the tub is nearly impossible. His surgery was completed at the end of October.
Do you ever battle the laundry monster? My laundry piles used to be overwhelming at times. Then I discovered a little button on my washer. It’s done wonders to my laundry routine.
Since education is one of my niches, I started writing some more educational posts. I love helping parents teach their kids at home, and scissor skills are something that some parents don’t even think about teaching. Here’s a look at how we practice cutting. Sydney loved being my model for the pictures!
My most popular post of the year according to the stats that I got in my inbox the other day. As much as I love teaching reading, I recognize that there’s a definite problem with math in our country. I call it a Mathidemic!
It’s okay to hate math. And I think that’s wrong. Math is not any harder than reading–it’s just different. This post explains simple ways to teach math, and why I think it’s important.
I wrote about the challenges and blessings of living in a multi-generational house. We’re now over a year into this journey, and still learning.
My big take away from this series? It really is the little things that matter most.
It’s cold outside here in November! I taught Jeffrey how to start a fire in the fireplace, and turned the experience into a How-To Blog Post.
He struggles a bit with lighting the match, but otherwise does a great job!
A post from the heart–things that my Owen has taught me about Christmas. He helps to point us all to the true meaning of Christmas. He keeps us from getting so caught up in hype and materialism.
I’m pretty thankful for him!
Thanks for reading Maggie’s Milk in 2015!
Is there any thing in particular you’d like to see as we move into the New Year? I want to make sure my content matches my reader’s expectations.