Rather than spend the month playing April Fool's jokes on my blog, an idea supplied by Child #1 and #2 or blogging from A-Z like so many of my blogger friends, I thought I would spend the month talking about growth.
The idea came to me this morning when I walked out of my house. In the week that we were away my garden suddenly sprang to life. Everything is still wet, but it's lush pink, white and green wet. The grass is shaggy and the camellia's are hot pink. All the rampant growth outside made me think about all the other kinds of growth that has happened this year.
I've had a book published, started a blog, learned to use Twitter, figured out how to find my RSS feed, celebrated my daughter's tenth birthday and my son's seventh, written another book and started balancing a full-time writing schedule with the myriad of activities that make up our daily life.
It's been a big year.
And I've done a lot of growing. The interesting thing about it is I don't feel overwhelmed (okay, most of the time I don't) or unhappy. Instead I feel passionately curious and excited to see what else I can learn and what other ways I can stretch my wings.
I'm not going to discuss too many details of my personal growth because I suspect it might make for boring reading. Instead, I'm going to use this month to focus on the little things. The baby steps that we take to make us change and grow and stretch up towards the sun.
Of course, I have Child #1 and #2 to inspire me. Their growth has a lot in common with the growth that happens in my garden. It's the kind where, in the space of a week, they can put on leaves, bloom and start to look like a completely different plant.
I hope you'll stop by on Friday so you can check on our progress. I realize it's only two days away but this time of year, two days can be a lifetime, and there's no way to predict how quickly we'll change and grow.