Well, the kids ended up coming back the day after they left. It's a long story, but...some things have happened that require I make some changes to this blog. Before people ask in comments, let me say that I won't discuss the reason publicly.
However, as a result of the things that happened, I need to run this blog a bit differently. For one, I'm no longer going to post public slide shows of the kids. For the foreseeable future, I need to honor Pdaddy's wishes on that because of circumstances being what they are. I really hate that I have to do this. I know part of my goal with this blog was to allow people to see how normal secular families are and/or how secular children can grow up healthy and happy. I'll still talk about them, but I have to find a better way to share the pictures with a more limited audience.
One option I've considered is moving to a paid livejournal account. I've had a blog there for almost ten years, so I know the ends-and-outs. But, SixApart (the company who owns LJ) has some iffy wording in their ToS that makes anything written on their software their property. They also have some interesting guidelines and powers (including the power to suspend accounts for content they deem inappropriate). I'm also not sure if there's an RSS feed capability there.
I have really enjoyed using the Blogger software. But, I am disappointed by the safety features. On LJ, you can set certain entries to be open only to certain people. There are people here who I know in real life and who use this to keep tabs on our family...it sucks that I'm not going to be able to post pics here. I need some sort of system where I can make pictures password protected or viewable only to those I authorize.
If you have any ideas, then please leave them. I suppose I could also create my own website. But, I honestly have no idea how I would do that. I would need a lot of help. Please, please share any advice you have.
In the meantime, I hope all is well with everyone else. I'll try and make a post tomorrow.