Mama Mia uses her virtual time-capsule to document her fleeting season of child-rearing. Blogging at Unto Adoption about homeschool, adoption, and everyday adventures, she aspires to live a simple, yet intentional, God-honoring existence.
Interview with Mia White and Under the Tree Linky Party #11
It has been a busy month. For the month of July at our church we had VBS, went on a mission trip to Jacksonville, FL, had a fifth Sunday block party, and a group just left for Kentucky to go to the Ark Encounter that just opened up. With that said, I have been behind on my blogging. I meant to post this interview two weeks ago, but life happened and I am getting to it now.
I wanted to feature Mia on the blog for this party by an interview. Below there are a few questions Mia graciously answered for your reading enjoyment. Read Mia’s responses and then add your post to the linky party. You could be interview for the next post if you have the most views.
- What is your blog about and what made you choose that topic?
- Firstly, thanks for the invitation to share at Stars in a Dark World— how fun! UntoAdoption began in 2012 as a chronicle of our journey to our son, whom we adopted from China. With the hope of inspiring other families to consider growing in this unique fashion, we aimed to address assumptions, fears, and practicalities about the arduous process of international adoption. In the midst of all that, the blog itself became a cathartic outlet, and I continued to document our adventures, post “Gotcha”. Nowadays, homeschooling and simple living are common themes found within our virtual time capsule, but adoption is always at the least on the periphery of discussion.
- How do you manage your time between their family, church life, blogging, and work (if you work outside of the home)?
- Our move to Montana four years ago was a strategic one wherein the goal was to pull back, simplify, and eliminate unnecessary distraction from our most compelling priorities—which you accurately listed, above. Though I’m a real-estate professional back in our home-state, my “job” these days is cultivating a well-rounded, Christ-centric education for our three children. We live in the countryside, which forces us to be deliberate about our commitments. In truth, we are homebodies enjoying a period of elective introversion. I wouldn’t say I’ve mastered the juggle, but we’ve removed most variables that would threaten our focus on that which is most precious: Our faith and our family. All that to say, for me blogging falls under the umbrella of self-care, and is not challenging to squeeze into the margins. At the core I’m an extrovert, thereby the blog has become a social and creative outlet, a faithful friend and confidant.
- What blog(s) do you read in your free time? Which blog(s) give you inspiration?
- Oh man, SO many! Though I’m definitely a bookworm, succinct blog posts are a great option for abbreviated leisure reading. There are several I especially admire (present company included!), not the least of which are: Modern Mrs. Darcy, The Art of Simple, Pioneer Woman, and Full of Days.
- What book(s) are you currently reading?
- Currently I’m enjoying an advanced copy of Shannan Martin‘s new book, Falling Free, as part of her launch team. I’m also reading Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey, the history of the castle where the popular show is filmed and chronicle of the actual families who’ve resided there. I’m also on the last book of the Harry Potter series aloud with my kids. Reading is definitely also a self-care thing for me.
- What advice do you have for new bloggers? For experienced bloggers?
- Oh gosh, hear me when I say that I’m no expert. Mine falls under the umbrella of “hobby-blog”. With that in mind, and a colossal grain of salt, I’d simply encourage all bloggers to remain true to themselves and their calling, avoid imitation or competition, develop their own voice and give readers the grace to love or leave them. Blog for yourself, for God… cease striving. “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful… let your conversation always be full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” Col. 4:2,6 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.” Col. 3:23
Thank you Mia for your time and blessing us with your wonderful writing!
Now on to the linky party! Remember, if your post has the most views, you could be featured on Stars in a Dark World just like Mia.
Here are the guidelines: