Saturday, January 9, 2016
I used to be a blogger.
A pot of coffee would be waiting as I returned home from dropping my kids off in front of the school. I poured a cup, added my favorite creamer for the season, and headed to my desktop for an hour or so of community.
I wrote blog posts. I read blog posts. I commented. I responded to comments. I linked up. I blog hopped... and you know the rest.
Before I knew it, I was out of time and even though I wanted to continue mingling around in that wonderful community full of inspiration, DIY projects, crock pot recipes and friendly conversations, I had to get on with my actual day, the one waiting for me with things I actually had to do and people that I could actually see and touch and talk to in person.
Blogging was a time sucker, Yes.... then Instagram came along and was easier, requiring only a LIKE instead of a thought out comment. A quick photo from your phone and a short caption kept you in the loop. So with more demands of my time from work, kids and other activities, combined with the ease of the like button, and less comments from my own readers, I (like many) blogged less, even less, and then hardly ever.
Some of the things I miss the most...
I thought more about taking photos. I took more photos of my kids in every day moments. I stopped the car when I saw a rainbow, or a pretty front porch decorated for the fall to sneak a photo. I noticed things more.
I wrote more stories. I wrote about experiences, even if I didn't have a photo to go with it. I wrote about myself and thought about things that I would not have normally thought about. I had a scrapbook of memories that was mostly up to date. I could look at it anywhere and show it to anyone.
I gave myself deadlines and worked hard to meet them. I felt more intentional in my every day living. I wanted to write material that would mean something to someone, so that meant that at times I had to do things or watch things or try things just to write about them.
I made friends with some amazing people. Its funny to think about how commenting on blog posts and sharing in an online community for months can yield a deeper connection that living next door to someone that you hardly see.
For a while now, I have been trying to talk myself into writing a blog post. I have seen a few other "used to be bloggers" getting back to it, as well. Some have been "blogging" in their Instagram captions and might as well post a series, you know?
I want to get back to it.
If you used to be a blogger, I want you to get back to it too.
She loved being read to, but would not do it alone.
In the ninth grade, Emily read To Kill a Mockingbird, and A Walk to Remember and the first few chapters of Twilight so, I thought she might be on her way.
Soon afterward, however, she purchased her first iphone and then it was Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest that monopolized her reading list.
Things are different now. This morning we drove uptown to a very special coffee shop called Julia's Cafe and Books. It is the most fabulous little used bookstore. It calls to your sense of adventure and mystery. It causes you to want to read. It smells like coffee and books, and old things and leather. It is full of people searching the shelves or sitting and chatting with friends over a blueberry scone and Chai tea.
Emily walked around the shelves with her cinnamon something or another latte, looking up titles on her cell phone, searching by author and subject, and making a huge stack of possibilities. She stopped at 11 after eliminating a few more. She wanted them all. Some of them she chose for the content, and others she chose because they were "pretty"and "would look great on her bookshelves one day."
I am more practical when it comes to books. I buy what I think I will have time to read. After all, I can always return for more coffee and books.
Friday, June 13, 2014
Everyone graduated this year! Zac from Elementary school, Jonathan from Middle School and Emily from High School. We had a super busy week!
Jonathan was first!
Zac was next!
Then we had a backyard party....that got rained out!
So everything and everyone had to come inside!
Tons and tons of presents!
Then Emily had her turn!
Congratulations all around!
Friday, May 30, 2014
The announcements we chose were from Walgreens. They turned out really cute! I loved the mix of black and white photos of a younger Emily, with the color photo of the graduate Emily!
Where did the time go?
Monday, May 5, 2014
Also...She is wearing the fifth (and final) dress that was purchased for this event. The first 2 dresses were bought on major clearance at Belk. By major, I mean 19.80, marked down from 275.00. Yes! They were gorgeous, but both would have to be altered.... a lot! The next 2 dresses were ordered. When they arrived, she loved them both and had almost decided which one to keep and which one to return, when she headed to NYC for a school field trip. And it was there that she found this dress. It was hanging in the window at Anthropology. She spotted it and knew that it was the one. She called me to ask if she could use the "for emergencies only" credit card to purchase the "dress of her dreams"....and she would return the others as soon as she got home. It was less expensive than what seemed to be her favorite, and who was I to crush her dreams, right?
The night was just as Emily had hoped it would be.
Don't they make the cutest couple?
Prom love. Sweet times!