This past weekend, Bean was helping Chris build a corn hole set in our backyard. They had power tools and wood and they were all set to “man out” for a while. Halfway through their venture, Chris accidentally cut himself on something. He was bleeding a little bit, and he asked Bean to run inside and get the box of Bandaids he kept under the sink in our bathroom.
Bandaids are a hot commodity around our house. We have several varieties for whatever mood you might be in. Feeling like you’re running 90 miles an hour? Try a Lightning McQueen Bandaid. Feeling a little silly and whimsical? Try a Disney Fairies Bandaid. Feeling like you have to scale some massive buildings later? Try a Spiderman Bandaid. Feeling like no one understands you? Try a minion Bandaid from Despicable Me. We’ve got ’em all.
Chris, though, keeps his own box of plain Jane nude colored Bandaids under our sink in our bathroom. He works with his hands a lot and is forever getting little nicks and scrapes, so Bandaids are just part of his life. We all know where his Bandaids are, and, more importantly, we know that we are not allowed to touch them. They are Daddy’s, which makes them holy.
For Chris to ask Bean to go get the holy Bandaids in the blue box… well, that was almost as awesome as using the power tools.
So, Bean runs inside and grabs the blue box and comes running back outside.
“Here, Dad,” he says in his most serious voice. He was, after all, on a holy mission.
And he hands Chris the blue box from under our bathroom sink.
“Uhh… This is the wrong box, Buddy. Can you take these to mom and get me the other blue box?”
“Oh, yeah, sure!”
And that, my friends, is what this new website is like. Tampons and Bandaids. It is very similar to the last website. It has the same posts, the same comments, the same categories, the same information. But it is very different. It looks different. (All hail my sweet Christopher!) That little blue bar at the top of the page now lists the top categories for my blog. So, if you’re looking for that post I wrote awhile ago about parenting that you just can’t find, you can click on “The Romper Room” in the blue bar and it will bring up all my parenting posts. My favorite category is up there, too. The “Bloom” category includes all my posts on blooming where you are planted. Those are some of my most popular posts.
We have done away with the separate pages for this blog. No more separate posts for Marriage Confessions, the Romper Room, and the (nonexistent) Man Cave. It was too much for me to keep up with two different blogs, so now we are down to just this one. You’ll know which is my most recent post because it will be at the top of the homepage.
And speaking of the homepage, I love it! I am able to highlight pictures or quotes or videos or anything, really, from my posts on to my homepage. I really love that. It means my homepage will change every day, and I am so excited about that. I also love that my Instagram pictures are shown on the toolbar on the right. So, if you don’t follow along on Instagram, you can still see my everyday pictures right here on the blog. Just click any of those images for the caption and to read the comments.
Another new addition to the new site is my Welcome page in the header menu. You should check it out, especially if you’re new around these parts. It tells why I have this website, how it started, and what I believe about marriage and family. It’s become my new mission statement for this blog, and I’m really proud of that.
Lastly, you’ll notice there are more social media buttons on this site. You can share posts to Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest right from the posts. So, share away! You can also now comment on people’s comments, which will hopefully create a more homey community around here because you’ll be able to talk to each other. Just be sure you’re playing nice in the sandbox, friends…
So you can see how this website is a lot like Bandaids and tampons, right? The whole similar but different thing? Same blue box but very different functions?
Anyone following that analogy?
Whether you get it or not, I hope you enjoy this new streamlined, downsized blog. It was time for me to scale back a bit, and I’m so glad I was able to do that while still offering some new things here. A big, ol’ fat thank you to my sweet husband who taught himself all kinds of weird computer things to make this site work. He’s a keeper.