Nothing earth shattering really, don't worry, just some changes in this season of life. The Lord has been directing me to serve within our blog in three slightly different ways lately.
First, the Lord has so blessed us with an effective ministry in Large Families on Purpose. I have been able to write over 1,700 pages in these first three years, and the website now averages over 90,000 page views per month. There have been approximately 660,000 individual visitors since we first started which works out to about 620 per day but of course it started at 0 and God has been bringing people here ever since. For comparison, there are an estimated 634 million websites (2012) and based on average daily traffic Large Families On Purpose ranks about 936,143rd world wide and 300,434th in the U.S. While this is small time in the big picture of the web it is a big deal being 100% produced from our living room. *smile* This growth has produced quite a lot of emails and post questions to me *smile* which I do my best to reply to, since helping others with large family issues, being an encouragement and a resource are why the Lord prompted us to begin this blog and while writing content for reading is important, interacting with and encouraging families directly whenever possible is the real point of what we do. Ministering through answering questions does take time, though, and for the last several months it has taken most of the time that I have, not leaving much for writing new posts.
The second reason that I've not written as frequently is simply the fact that our children are three years older now which brings us into the teen age years with our older ones, and our youngest "babies" turning three years old this past November 2013. This means more children are homeschooling with curriculum, the curriculum is more advanced including highschool, and much more life issues need to be dealt with as our older ones begin dipping their toes in to more real life. Our family is always our first God-given priority and as such it has been drawing on my daily resources physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Not a bad thing, just more than it used to be. *smile*
Thirdly, the Lord has opened the door for my my dear husband, Bob, to move into a life-long dream of owning his own business, together with my brother. In May of this past year 2013 the conceptual seed was planted to expand my brother's company of 10 years, Cleaner Guys - which includes residential and commercial carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning, and janitorial services - to include my husband's knowledge and 12 years of experience with fire and water damage restoration, mold remediation, and site clean up (where a rental or investment property has been damaged by vagrants, vandals, or tenants). The idea began to grow over 3 months and in August the company was expanded by the addition of restoration work and began to flourish! This has been very exciting - yet time consuming for our family, naturally.
So - good things for the Shupes - just time consuming. I've needed to prioritize more time for the family and to support my husband, which is a blessing, but has meant fewer new posts lately.
I'm still here. *smile* I have been answering questions from readers daily instead of writing new material. I'm still posting now, just not every week as I was for the first 2 1/2 years. I hope to begin posting more frequently again in the near future.
We hope you will continue to find encouragement, ideas and direction here and that you'll keep sharing Large Families on Purpose with friends and family whom you feel it would be a blessing to, and that the Lord will continue to receive glory by our efforts even as it's more "behind the scenes" right now.
Looking forward to spending more time with you,
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