As I write this, my poor sweetie has been in bed for the better part for the last 18 hours, so I’m not at all sure we’ll be hearing from him today, but I’ve taken the liberty of choosing what I thought would be a pretty easy topic for us to address, even with a slightly foggy brain.
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As I write this, it is now Monday morning, Trevor is back on his feet and at work (he’s such a trouper!), and a power failure on Saturday night combined with a super-busy Sunday kept either of us from doing any blogging this weekend.
On to the topic at hand. I guess I’ve already touched on this a bit here and there. We’ve had a website since Pippa was born that has primarily showcased photos, but has also served as a record for us of what we did when, what the girls were doing at different ages, and what life was like for us at any given time. Once Pippa started talking, I began to feel that photos just weren’t capturing her enough, I needed somewhere to write. A lot. My technological whiz of a husband set this blog up for me, I had no sooner written my first post then I discovered Romilly was hot on Pippa’s heels in the talking department. In the process of writing my second post, I ran into some technical glitches that ended up keeping me quietly frustrated with blogdom for the next several months.
During that little hiatus, in addition to having a baby and enduring what felt like an eternity without a well-functioning computer, I spent some time seeing what some other people were using their blogs for. I began to see the appeal again, and Trevor and I had several conversations that went something like this:
Me: I think I really want a blog.
Him: You already have a blog.
I think what I was trying to express, albeit in very simple terms, was that I wanted (a) a pretty blog, (b) a blog that I knew how to add pictures to and that wouldn’t (just occasionally, on a whim) put an entire paragraph into one enormously long straight line (anyone else have this issue with WordPress???), and (c) a blog with a bit more purpose, that would be worthy of spending my time on.
So here I am now. I guess that was more of a history than a reason. Probably there are some posts that don’t fulfill any of these purposes, but here is why I blog now:
- To remember. As I said in my very first post, I don’t ever want to forget this sweet sweet time in my life, or the way my girls are right now. I know I can’t hold onto it forever, but I also know one day I will cherish the moments I record here.
- To celebrate. Something about turning a thought, conversation, or event into a blog post somehow makes it bigger and more significant. Blogging makes me notice the little things that make life wonderful and thank God for them, and even the ones I never get around to turning into posts are more note-worthy for my having that mindset.
- To think deeply. A mom of three little ones doesn’t often have the mental energy, the time, or the brain cells to think deeply about life, but blogging forces me to make the effort. In the process, I can (sometimes, hopefully) turn my thoughts upward and see how God is present and working in my life. There is so much real meaning hiding behind the apparently mundane tasks of a wife and mother, and I don’t want to miss that while I’m caught up in the middle of it all.
I wonder why he blogs…