Things have been pretty standard here at the Hageman home. Iva is busy growing, Devynn is busy working, and I am busy cooking/cleaning/caretaking. We’re settling into a semi-regular routine in these things – though we have plans for improvement still – and it has been really beneficial after such a wearying season of constant change earlier in the year.
Iva is going to start seal-crawling or army crawling any day now, once her arms are strong enough. She loves to reach out and grab (especially mama’s hair) and she likes to experiment with different sounds she can make. Currently her favorite thing is to inhale sharply and squeak at the same time, which sounds like she’s aspirating on something and scares me every time. She finds it hilarious. A recent home guest said she sounds a lot like a goose, which is pretty accurate and ironic considering that geese scare me to death.
Anyway, now that I’ve found a semi-reliable time to work on the blog in the mornings (may or may not be 5:30 a.m., but you take what you can get) I’ve been thinking about what I want this site to be about. There are plenty of mommy bloggers out there – and even plenty of Christian women bloggers – who follow a specific style and tone, and I don’t really want to fit the mold in either camp. I do want to write about our family, theology, and homemaking, but not in such a structured or formal way that nothing sets us apart. Who has time to keep up with multiple blogs/podcasts/etc. that are all essentially the exact same thing? Blogs are especially prone to being time-wasters if they don’t adhere to some sort of niche, because you can’t read posts while you drive to work or exercise (at least, you shouldn’t be).
What I’d like to do is find the happy medium between family blogging (especially incorporating content about urban homesteading, recipes, favorite products, and so on) and article-writing about culture and theology. I’m not sure how to go about this without alienating either side or being too chaotic. But my desire in blogging has always been to encourage people (particularly women, but not exclusively) to appreciate the links between the seen and unseen parts of life. I want to care about cleaning my house and raising my children while also analyzing literature and theology and the latest news.
Even if I don’t blog, that kind of holistic approach to the world around me is what I strive for every day, by the grace of God. I strive in my little corner of the world to close the falsely perceived gap between feeling, experiencing, and thinking, and I desperately want other women to do the same.
One new thing I do want to incorporate into this site is my love for reading. You may know that last year I graduated with a four-year degree in language and literature. To be honest, I’ve been wrestling with this decision in hindsight for some time now – especially after my student loans entered repayment – not just because of the limited financial payoff of that degree but also because I feel I wasn’t able to really study to my fullest potential in the moment. I hardly remember half of the books I read in my program, which is a shame because I believe there is so much to be gleaned and gained from reading literature outside of your own era or culture.
So, I think I’m going to open an entirely new category for this site where I can actually go back through my old course reading lists, re-read those texts, and reflect on them from a Reformed Christian perspective. Prior to this, however, I think I’d like to read Tony Reinke’s book Lit!: A Christian Guide to Reading Books (also on my course reading lists, though I never even opened it) which was published by Crossway. A similar book that is more in-depth and academic (dealing more with the subject of linguistics than literature) is Vern Poythress’ In the Beginning Was the Word. I did actually read this one in my very first English course, and it has always been a favorite of mine.
I’ll be linking books like that through Amazon as well as any secular texts I’m reviewing. (In full disclosure, if you purchase through those links we’ll receive a very small commission from Amazon at no extra cost to you.)
As always, thanks for taking the time to follow us here. We hope you’ll stick around for everything that is to come! Grace and peace,