About Kara

Kara Fleck is the editor of Simple Kids. She is a small town mama, writer, knitter, bookworm, and hooligan. Kara lives in Indiana with her husband Christopher and their four children Jillian, Max, Lucy, and Amelia. You can find more of her writing at KElizabethFleck.com.

Kara’s Journal: what we’ve been up to and some thoughts on the past 18 months.

chasing bubbles, Kara's journal | SimpleKids.net

As we start the week … I’ve had many post ideas running through my head, but the story of my life for the past 18 months or so seems to be that I have soooo many ideas, but sooo little time.

I love this little blog, but I confess that with everything going on offline and all of the changes in my personal life, I haven’t always known what its place is.

Life is not what it was two years ago. When Angela, my special needs sister-in-law, moved in with us 18 months ago it wasn’t something that we had time to plan for. It wasn’t something we expected. It has changed just about everything about our household – in many positive ways, but also in some challenging ones.

I’m working on finding a balance, but when something needs to go it is computer time. I know most of you understand, but some of you have been faithful readers here since the beginning of my time here, so I felt like I owed you some sort of explanation. I’m trying to get better about writing when I do have blocks of open time and then presetting posts, because my writing muse is still speaking even though I can’t always answer her.

Sometimes it isn’t simple, is it? When I wrote that post for the Art of Simple a few months ago, I was talking just as much to myself as to all of you. It hasn’t been simple, but it is getting easier. It’s getting simpler. We’re finding our new normal, it just took us a while to get there.

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Our Summer Seven

Landmark Park Fortville | SimpleKids.net

I don’t know about you and your kids, but after the way the past couple of seasons have gone for our family we’re in need of a “less is more” kind of summer.

Of course, there are some other things going on this summer that are filling in all of the squares on our calendar pretty quickly. There are reunions and weddings and graduations. We’ve been planning a family vacation and I’d also love it if we got a little more organized and did some downsizing and decluttering in the next few months. I’ve got to get ready for the upcoming school year, too. And we have a handful of activities, sports, and clubs we are participating in.

Still, I don’t want this season to be all about To Do lists and going here and going there.

This season needs to be simple, wide open, slower, savored.

So, a few weeks ago I did what I usually do when I need to gather my thoughts and get focused: I made a list, a handful of things that I’d really love to see us do this summer and the rest? The rest will be wonderful, but it isn’t going to dominate our summer. That might mean I’m saying “no” to things I might normally commit us to, but that’s what this family needs right now.

Seven simple ways we want to savor summer:

1. Try making new flavors of ice cream. We want to expand beyond the usual homemade vanilla bean and strawberry. We’ll share our favorites here on the blog, and I’m sure will have a lot of fun enjoying the successes and laughing together at the failures.

2. Read, read, read. And then read some more. Hellllllllo, library!

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146 Miles this Summer for Love146 (update)

Fleck Feet for Love 146 June update | SimpleKids.netThis summer, the kids and I have even more incentive to walk than usual. We have extra pep in our steps because we’re raising money for Love146 and have pledged to walk 146 miles this summer in order to raise awareness and funds for the fight against child trafficking.

May saw our feet hitting the pavement (and the trails and the fields) for a total of 19.7 miles. That was pretty good, considering the weather didn’t exactly cooperate with us (we don’t walk on stormy days).

However, so far June has seen us log in even more miles. The skies are sunny, we’re eager to get out and about, and there are plenty of fun things to do and see in June. I think it’s going to be our best walking month yet!

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