The lesson for today is—whatever it is that you have been saying you want to do, you should go ahead and do it. Today. Because no matter how hard you think it will be, it probably won’t be as bad as you imagined, and you’ll almost always be glad you did it in the end.

I have been saying FOREVER that I really wanted to move my blog from GoDaddy to WordPress. For one thing, I hate GoDaddy’s advertising. I am clearly NOT their target audience. And for another, posting has always been a colossal pain in the butt. It took so long to load photos, and the site was often uncooperative, often for hours at a time. Posting sometimes felt like a monumental task.

I complained and griped and cursed and said, more times that I can count, “I hate this site! We have to move the blog.”

To which Rob replied, “Yeah, I know. It will be a huge project, but I’m willing if you want me to.” Rob is my tech guy. Otherwise, I probably would not be blogging. I probably wouldn’t have a computer at all. If he thought it was going to be a gargantuan task, it was probably more than I wanted to get into.

Then, two weeks ago, Rob calls, as I’m heading out the door for VBS and says, “We have a big problem.” That’s always my favorite kind of phone call.

Turns out, GoDaddy’s quickblogcast was going down. That night. A mere few hours from the phone call. And ten years of blog posts was going with it. Of course, I had saved my posts in Word documents, but I freaked out.

I went to VBS, and Rob got to work on moving ALL of my blog posts. It took just a couple of hours, and was much simpler than he had imagined. All the hours of painstaking work we had imagined turned out not to exist (thanks to WordPress), and I now have an amazingly simple site that loads photos automatically, is fairly intuitive (something really important for a non-tech person such as myself), and it looks pretty. If only we had done it sooner.

I’m looking forward to adding some features that, up until now, had been too much of a pain to put up, and I’m looking forward to seeing how the blog continues to change and unfold. Ten years. Wow.

By the way, several folks have asked me about Backyard Adventure Camp. I have decided not to offer a summer camp this year simply because summer sort of got away from me. The kids got out of school late, we had two summer camps, VBS, and a beach trip, and Harper Lee and I are participating in the community theater production of Little Shop of Horrors. Plus, I go back to work THREE weeks earlier than my kids. Like I said, it sort of got away in terms of how many things I’m actually able to do.

So we are foregoing summer camp at our house. At least for this year. Last year was a blast, so I would love to do it again at some point.

However, there is a new camp experience that local folks should be sure to check out. Journey Camp is right here in Elkin and is offering one-week (or multiple week) sessions throughout July and August. I went out to the camp earlier in the summer to look around and meet with the camp founder, Jennifer Bracey. The amount of love, energy and hard work that has gone into this camp is amazing, and she has a real passion for what she’s doing. I’m excited that I got the chance to meet with her and talk about her vision for the camp and the children.


Here’s a quick peek at what it’s all about:

With positive sensory integration in the background—but at the heart—of all that we do, the goal of our inaugural year at JOURNEY Camp is to connect with the natural rhythm of your child’s nervous system. We will provide a safe, sensory-rich, and sacred space that will not only encourage them to explore the world around, but also empower their world within.

As we journey together, we hope to instill in your child a sense of adventure, the experience of wonder, and the courage to embrace diversity in themselves and in others. Whether your child will be with us for one week or many, we are excited about growing and learning together, and we are honored that you’ve chosen to spend this time with us!

For more information, you can find Jennifer and Journey Camp on Facebook or at Soul Compass Center.  I can tell you that there are goats, a garden, a labyrinth, a pool, an art shed, a meditation room, a workshop and LOTS of room to play outside.  It is totally my kind of place.

And, as promised, I’m putting together a few “real food” ideas and recipes for you guys to try. I’ll post those in a couple of days.