Thursday, April 30, 2009
Why I love to Blog/Happy May Day
I began blogging purely by accident. While researching ear tube surgery on toddlers via the net, I discovered a family blog that had posted a picture of their little boy after his surgery. This little guy was the same age as my son and was absolutely adorable. So was his mommy's blog. Thus began my life as a blog "stalker"!
But then I got to thinking, "Hmmmm, what a great way to share with my parents and siblings (out of state) all of the exciting and mundane things that our little family of four is up to." Thus, the creation of From Our Front Porch Looking In. It has been an evolutionary process; my blog has changed and grown as my blogging skills and etiquette repertoire have expanded.
I have been blogging right at 6-months and absolutely love it. Why, you ask? There are many reasons, but basically I can sum it up with the following:
1. Blogging allows me to stay connected with family and friends that live out of town. (Not every post is exciting, but each is authentic and from the heart.)
2. Blogging provides an outlet for creative expression. (I was so intrigued by the beautiful blogs that I visited and that were designed by the authors that I took up the hobby of digital scrapbooking and, thus, created my own personal blog background design.)
3. Although I love to write, (and have been "writing" from the time I could manipulate a pencil) I have never been one to "journal". Blogging has allowed me to journal (those exciting and mundane life experiences) in a format that allows for immediate "publication" and is archivable (is that a word?). I love adding photos and images to support the text and convey my message, but what I love even more is going back through my archives and revisiting things that we did as a family.
The "Exciting". Mary Catherine getting to pose with Glinda the Good Witch at Kansas City's 70 Years of Oz Oh My exhibit.
The "Mundane". Mommy dragging the little ones to yet another lawn and garden show. This one was held at a locally family-operated farm, the Zimmerman Kill Creek Barn.
4. Inspiration, inspiration, inspiration! Need I say more? (I love the visual stimulation that other blogs provide! I love peeking into the lives of others to see how they decorate their homes, parent their kiddos, view world politics, and hone their crafts. I love getting to see how and where others live around our great country and this world.)
5. And finally, I get to brag about my two greatest blessings, Mary & Ben. I am an in vitro mommy and right now, at this point in my life, parenting is the greatest job I've had. And believe me, I've had some really great jobs in the almost-20 year years since I graduated from college. What have I done you ask? Well, after getting a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science, I went on to work for a United States Senator, a local County Prosecutor, and as a fundraiser for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas. After returning to college and obtaining a teaching certificate and Master's Degree in education, I spent the last seven years teaching delightfully precocious 8 & 9-year old third graders. I can honestly say that the Mommy-title is the sweetest I have ever held. I thank God every morning and every night for choosing me to be Mary and Ben's mommy and for allowing me to experience parenthood.
Blessing #1 (the in vitro baby) on St. Patrick's Day.
Blessing #2 (the "bonus" baby) at a family gathering. Future NFL-er?
Blessings #1 & #2 showing some sibling love on Easter Sunday.
So, now you know Why I Love to Blog! If you are curious as to why other people love to blog, please visit Joy over at Cupids Charm. Joy's blog is absolutely beautiful and she is hosting a blogging party celebrating the art and love of blogging. I know that I can't wait to check out the links of all the other inspiring bloggers out there.
And by the way...Happy May Day! May the gods of fertility and abundance shine down on us all whether we are growing children or gardens this fine spring season!
Image borrowed from American Daughter