Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Why "Way More Homemade" - My Story

I was having a conversation with my dear friend Val at a banquet at church one evening. We were talking about food and specifically how we each make a potato casserole. You know the one. Shredded potatoes, lots of cheese. Topped with sour cream, bacon and chives.

She made some comment about using frozen hash browns and canned soup. I said, "Oh, mine's way more home made than that." Oh, no... I did NOT just say that out loud did I? Oh, yes I did.

It's my affliction. I believe we all have a filter of sorts between our brains and our mouths. Unfortunately, mine sometimes crashes or is AWOL and things just slip right on through.

I have my opinions and I have a tendency to share them openly, especially with those whom I know the best. I find that people say to me quite often, "Um, well, tell me how you really feel."

So, the blog... I started this blog as a way to help family and friends keep up with the many things that rapidly change in our lives. And especially to help my parents who are out of the country for two years to keep up with us. However, it has morphed into something more.

Not long after I started blogging, I began to think of what a speaker once said at a ladies conference at my church. She posed the question, "What would happen if we all truly shared what God was doing in our lives?" That question gave me pause to stop and think; what would happen if I truly shared with those in my sphere of influence what the Lord is doing in my life. The answer is, "I don't exactly know." But I do know that He has done such great and mighty things that I just can't keep my mouth shut about it (or should I say I can't keep my fingers still about it?).

Since then, I have found in myself a love for writing about what is going on in this little brain of mine and what God is teaching me. For one thing, it helps to get the head knowledge into my heart and helps me to apply what I'm learning if I write about it. I think that's the extrovert in me talking. But also I find myself hoping and praying that something that I write about touches those who read it and that they will find it useful or encouraging.

So what can you expect?

  • Although I do love food and love to talk about food, this blog is not exclusively about food.

  • I am a wife and a mother. I will blog about my children. If you're bothered by sappy mom posts, then just move along. There's nothing for you to see here.

  • This blog is not as funny as some. I don't end up with hilarious stories about my kids and their antics every day. But they do have their moments.

  • I won't talk solely about my kids. I love them, and they are precious... but they are not my entire life.

  • I will share from time to time what I am learning through God's word and what He is teaching me. This is a very important part of this blog for me personally as I believe it helps keep me accountable.

  • I try to keep the soap-box commentary to a minimum. But there are times I just have to pull out that old soap-box and dust it off. I do warn you when I'm doing, this, however.

  • I won't try to give you all the answers to life's questions. All I can do it share my own experiences.