On this practice we call blogging .

Journaling, or blogging, has been a part of my life for quite some time. This space was first opened during my husband's graduate school years and it quickly became a running commentary on our lives as newlyweds. A few years later, every! single! post! would be filled with pictures of and ramblings about our firstborn, Graeme Clarke. Soon after, I began posting every day about anything and everything, which quickly lead to burnout and a realization that that brand of blogging wasn't useful or meaningful for my own life. 


Early last year, a little by accident and mostly from necessity, I fell into a pattern of blogging only twice each week. The funny thing is that while my blog remains a running commentary on our marriage, children, and everything in between, I've come to realize that this pattern of posting twice a week is exactly where I've wanted to be for the last seven years. 





Sometimes I wonder why it's taken me this long to make peace with this somewhat misunderstood but entirely viable practice we call blogging. I can only speak for myself, but I have found that if anything in life is going to be meaningful and worthwhile, there's going to be a process of time and work behind it. And, like so many other things, we might be misunderstood in our pursuing of it, but that is okay. I pursue blogging because it literally is a living record of all that God has done for my little family. I pursue blogging because I want to hold on to so many of these memories that have been made during our first years of marriage and also during the exhausting early years of parenting. (If I can hardly remember brushing my teeth today, I can bet my boots I won't remember all of things I'd like to with our sweet boys.) And, I pursue blogging because of it's mutual edification with like-minded souls and strangers alike.



Maybe the biggest blogging lesson that I've learned over the last several years is this: to be myself. This is difficult and I continue to fight for it. But I am thankful for so many of you who do this and do it well. I am thankful for your encouragement to, yes!, record these memories, take those pictures, and share what God has done, but to do all of it in the time that I have been given, being careful not to steal  from my family but at the same time, wisely carving out a few moments for useful and meaningful entries. Here's to the next season of online journaling!

p.s. These pictures were taken last September when my parents visited for Graeme's birthday. We spent a few days at the coast and these pictures were from an evening out in Astoria. (Think The Goonies!)

19 comments:

  1. "I can only speak for myself, but I have found that if anything in life is going to be meaningful and worthwhile, there's going to be a process of time and work behind it."

    YES. I see this, too.

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    1. Shanna,
      I so wish Steve and I could have joined you and Tim for last night's concert! I loved Josh's quote that you shared on IG last night, too! Oh that entire Sea In Between movie is filled to the brim with goodness! (Not to mention Josh's voice and lyrics!) I need to send you a short email concerning my facebook page-- seems that nothing I've written on anybody's wall is showing up! This means it looks like I've completely ignored all of your sweet comments about recent blog posts etc! I am so sorry! I appreciate you, I really do! : )

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  2. Yes to all of this. :)

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  3. yes! I love having a record....my husband and I celebrated our 3rd anniversary last week and we couldn't for the life of us remember what we did for our 1st anniversary. When we got home we looked it up on my blog!

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    1. Ruthy Ann,
      You are so right! I can't tell you how many times I've done that too! So thankful to have everything recorded for such memory lapses! : )

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  4. I love this topic! Thank you for sharing why you share. It's so good for our souls... us readers and us sharers. I love the way you described this sweet and funny little thing we do called blogging.

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    1. Holly,
      It is kind of funny, isn't it? I'm thankful that there is a host of people who 'get it', though, yourself included! Love your space and how you share it with a friend!

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  5. Beautifully said. Love this.

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  6. Loved the pictures -- I kept thinking to myself, "I think I've been there" -- oh what a beautiful place! AND, by the way, I believe I may
    still have your very first piece of journaling -- you were always playing "school" (wonder why???) and before you could even write your alphabet, you scribbled a little something on a tiny piece of paper and stuck it to the fridge with a magnet -- it was a "note" to yourself is what you told me!

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    1. Mom,
      Yes, you were there, but you offered to stay in the car with the boys so that I could run up with Steve and Dad to the top of that tower and take some pictures. Thank you for doing that : ) Hilarious about the "note". One of my first memories is receiving an entire boxful of sticky notes with my name printed on them. They were rainbow colored and I was just beside myself with excitement. Do you remember that? Hurry home. I'm missing our daily phone chats : (

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  7. Great post. I have struggled a lot with my blog lately...it used to be a little journal about our life and now it's mostly neglected but when I do post, it's not as much about "us" as I would like. For some reason I feel like I have to post stuff that is interesting to others but I don't know why I feel like that, especially since I'm not getting paid to blog. I'm hoping to re-direct my blog to posting about the things I want to remember so that it acts as a journal I can look back on later.
    I've always enjoyed your blog and you certainly have a wonderful journal to look back on!

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    1. Kristen,
      I know exactly what you mean. I think that's where I was when I went through a blog burn out-- I thought I had to post every day and it had to be something new and exciting or a DIY or whatever and I realized that I didn't even like my blog anymore! : ( Your kids are so cute and beautiful. Blog away! : )

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  8. Love this post and in love with your blog. New followers here! And excited to continue reading about your life with your family and all the things the Creator has done for you guys. It is inspiring and refreshing to read this honesty. Thanks for sharing! Xo, M&K

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    1. M + K,
      Thank you so much for stopping by, for your so sweet words, and for following here. I'm looking forward to hopping over to your space to say an official hello : )

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  9. Well said, Sarah. Your words touch my heart in a similar way to these words I stumbled upon this week (and I hope they'll encourage you, too.) I love the bunders bouncing on the bed picture!

    http://topofthepagewithleslie.blogspot.com/2012/12/rethinking-blogging-for-2013.html

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    1. Kerry,
      I love that one too. Heading off to read your article. . .

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  10. This is perfect! Just catching up on your posts, and I love them. You write (and create images) with such depth and heart. Love that. And so will your family one day. Blessings friend!

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