Thursday, January 31, 2008

Why I write

Warning to mom: Blogger's spell check is not working right now, so I'm publishing this post as is. Read at your own risk!

As life has gotten more and more full lately, I've asked myself why I spend time writing about our life, when I could be doing something more productive. As I've thought about this for the last couple of weeks I've realized that, for me, writing is a real way to slow my "Martha like" self down. Slow down my brain and heart enough to reflect on what's working and what needs some attention. Writing slows me down enough to savor the little things that make up this life of mine, and helps me to laugh about the challenges involved in raising 3 little ones.

When I sit down to write, I am forced to stop and think.

Often, it's not until I try to write about something that I realize how incomplete the thoughts swimming around in my head really are.

When I find myself avoiding writing, it's usually because I am really avoiding something else.
I use this spot to write about things that I don't mind others reading. My journal is more where I pour out my heart and pray to God. I also record scripture that I'm focussing on at the time. I picture my kids someday reading what I write here, while my journals...maybe after I'm long gone they can get together over a cup a coffee and gasp at their mother's craziness together!

The other day I went back over some old posts, and can I tell you, I am so glad that because of Piper's adoption, we started this blog. So many details that would've been forgotten, little treasures, that are worth every minute I spent at this computer. Wouldn't you love to read your Grandmother's blog?!!! Years ago, my mom found her father's journal that he kept before he got married. He only wrote a few sentences for each entry, but it was fascinating to read. He died when I was very little, so I really only know him through that journal and things my mom has mentioned.

I think the point of this post is to give myself a little encouragement to keep writing. There will always be a bathroom to clean and floors to be dusted, but these days...these days and the stories they contain will be gone before I know it.


Christie said...

Totally agree - there will always be laundry and chores, but it's the memories we so desperately long for when time has passed us by in a blink.


Anonymous said...

With this entry, you have inspred me to start a journal. I haven't really felt the need in the past, but now is the time to get started. Time is going by so fast, I know I am forgetting so many things of everyday life . I also think, like you, it will help me complete some thoughts. Thank you!

Peapod Four said...

I couldn't spell check to work yesterday either.

I'm glad for an easy way to write down the little things in life. Plus my out of state family enjoys keeping up with us.

And of course...there's always the benefit of making a new friend along the way! It's probably safe to say that your life and mine probably wouldn't cross in real life. TX is a long way from VA. :)

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

I just found your blog and wanted to tell you that first of all, your children are adorable, and secondly, I think it is awesome that you use your blog to record such precious memories and events in your life! My two girls are teenagers now, and my son is seven, but how I wish I had a blog "back in the day" so I could go back and see such wonderful moments again. I just started a blog for my business back in July and it has been an amazing experience that does indeed help me to focus (although it can be time consuming if I am not careful).
Blessings to you and your family!
Keep up the good work!