Eat, Blog, LoveAugust 12, 2010 at 5:00 am | Posted in Family | 49 Comments
Tags: Balance, Blogging, Challenges, Children, Family, Friendship, Life, Motherhood, Relationships
I started blogging because I was in a rut. Every day brought tantrums, refusals to eat, refusals to nap, more dog hair than I could possibly vacuum, and more television than I wanted us to watch. Every day brought tedium. Monotony. I was unhappy.
But I knew that wasn’t really true. I was happy. I had exactly what I wanted: a happy marriage, healthy children, and the means to stay home with them. What I needed was to rediscover the joy I had lost somewhere in the midst of the trains, blocks, books, and tulle scattered across my house.
So I published my first post. And the seven months since have done just what I hoped they would. I see things differently. I am a more patient, more loving partner and mother. I’m mindful of my blessings. I remember to be happy.
But there’s more. Through these months of blogging, I’ve found friends. I’ve cried and laughed and shared motherhood with a community of women who understand how wonderful and difficult it is to raise a child.
I’ve been reminded that mothers have courage beyond measure.
That mothers dream big.
Most of all, I’m reminded nearly every day that my life is what I make it. And the life I have chosen comes with tantrums, picky eaters, and dog hair. Even tedium. But it also comes with tiny voices and big smiles. With hands to hold and bodies to hug. With cookies to bake and memories to make.
It’s delicious and it’s mine. But I’ll share.
Why do you blog? What have you learned? And what keeps you posting?