Saturday, June 28, 2008

Entering The Blogfold

I have decided to join the ranks of worldwide bloggers.

It seems logical – after all, my first career goal, starting in second grade, was to become a “famous author.” I envisioned myself writing children’s books, and held to that aspiration until my teenage years, when hanging out at the mall with friends became more appealing than composing stories and poems. Throughout childhood and even high school, I have journaled off and on, recording my thoughts and the little details of life that are otherwise forgotten. Since becoming a wife and mother, though, my writing has been mostly limited to emails and grocery lists. I know that this is a precious time in my life and in that of my children, so maybe blogging is just the tool I need to capture these moments. And since the digital camera is one of my favorite inventions, I am excited at the opportunity to illustrate my journaling with photography. They say a picture is worth 1000 words, but knowing my tendency toward wordiness in writing, I imagine that here you will find both.

In a way, I’m late to jump on the bandwagon, as it seems like everyone with a computer and an opinion has a blog right now. But besides my resistance to anything trendy, I think the idea of blogging has turned me off because, as one who poured over books like The Beginner’s Guide to Getting Published as a child, I saw writing as a career. Blogging, on the other hand, means giving out my ideas for free. However, in the past three years as a stay at home mom, I have grown accustomed to working without pay. My sweet husband works hard to provide for our family so that I can be “busy at home.” I am so thankful to him and to God for the blessing of being able to care for my children and my home full-time. I take my homemaking job seriously, so I have to accept blogging for what it is: not a means of acquiring wealth, but a new hobby and an outlet for the creative expression that has been lying dormant within me.

The other contributor to my reluctance has been my somewhat obsessive need for order. I felt my blog needed a theme and an audience. Would it be a collection of photos and anecdotes to show relatives what the children are doing? Or would I expound on a Bible verse each day, journaling how it relates to my life? Would I share personal thoughts, or change my children’s names to protect their privacy in the vast world of cyber space? Since I can’t seem to narrow it down to a single theme, I have decided to plunge ahead with what everyone else (seemingly) is doing: an online journal about anything and everything I want to write about, for anyone - or no one - to read.

This blog will be about me – maybe more about me than you ever wanted to know. It will be about my husband, Don, and our two boys, Donny and Hayden. It will be about our quiet days at home and the adventures that lie ahead. And it will be about God, because without Him, nothing else has meaning. The Lord is my Shepherd, and it is only by His grace that I live, move, exist...and write.

For in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, 'For we also are His children.'
Acts 17:28 NASB

Friday, June 27, 2008

~ Scripture Index ~

Unless otherwise noted, all Bible verses are quoted from the New International Version.

Genesis 1:31 ~ Family Vacation 07.29.08

Genesis 9:12-16 ~ Rainbow Reminder 08.03.08

Leviticus 26:4 ~ A Fruitful Season 09.14.08

1 Kings 5:4 ~ Bedtime Brothers (ww) 10.01.08

1 Chronicles 16:34 ~ Giving Thanks (ww) 11.26.08

Job 1:21b ~ Give and Take 12.03.08

Psalm 4:8 ~ Sleeping Arrangements 07.19.08

Psalm 46:10 ~ Be Still 07.09.08

Psalm 38:15 ~ Waiting 09.30.08

Psalm 87:12 ~ Fall 2006 10.08.08 (ww)

Psalm 91:9-12 ~ My Secure Dwelling Place 10.28.08

Psalm 103:2-5 ~ Butter, Creams, and Hayden's Health 12.12.08

Psalm 119:172 ~ Wordle the Word 08.16.08

Psalm 127:2 ~ Sleeping Arrangements II 08.11.08

Psalm 127:3 ~ Baby Teeth 07.21.08

Psalm 128:1 ~ Simply Walking 09.06.08

Psalm 139:15-16 ~ June 2009 (ww) 10.22.08

Psalm 145:7 ~ Happy Hayden's Second (ww) 11.12.08

Psalm 145:14-15 ~ Fall 2007 (ww) 10.15.08

Proverbs 7:2 ~ Autumn Learning Adventures II 10.24.08

Proverbs 11:25 ~ A Recipe for Refreshment 09.10.08

Proverbs 19:21 ~ Life in the Middle Lane 07.02.08

Song of Solomon 2:3 ~ An Apple Tree (ww) 09.17.08

Song of Solomon 2:4 ~ Remember Pizza 07.14.08

Isaiah 32:18 ~ Friday Homemaking 10.03.08

Isaiah 40:31 ~ Of Wings and Waterfowl 10.17.08

Isaiah 43:5-6 ~ Upside-Down, Staring at the Sky 10.21.08

Isaiah 60:13 ~ Beneath the Pine (ww) 10.29.08

Jeremiah 32:39-40 ~ Christmas Card 2008 (ww) 12.10.08

Ezekiel 36:25 ~ Unclean 08.02.08

Hosea 2:1 ~ Brothers and Sister (ww) 07.01.08

Matthew 5:6 ~ Lentil Soup for the Soul 11.06.08

Matthew 6:7-8 ~ Blah Blah Blah 08.20.08

Matthew 6:25-26 ~ Looking at the Birds 07.08.08

Luke 2:40 ~ Child's Grace 10.09.08

Luke 14:28-30 ~ Counting the Cost 09.24.08

John 14:1-3 ~ Castle in the Clouds 08.01.08

Acts 17:28 ~ Entering the Blogfold 06.28.08

Romans 8:28 ~ Totaled Blessings 09.05.08

Romans 12:13 ~ A Definitively Good Time 09.01.08

1 Corinthians 3:9 ~ Working Together 07.17.08

1 Corinthians 13:4-5 ~ Patience, Love, and Forgiving Hugs 07.24.08

2 Corinthians 12:9-10 ~ Prayer in the Midst of Suffering 08.24.08

Ephesians 4:15-16 ~ Growing Tall (ww) 09.24.08

Philippians 4:19 ~ House Hunting 09.22.08

2 Thessalonians 3:16 ~ Needing Him Every Hour 12.13.08

1 Timothy 2:14 ~ The Demoncratic Party 08.29.08

Hebrews 1:10-12 ~ Darn Socks 08.14.08

Hebrews 3:4-6 ~ This House (ww) 12.17.08

Hebrews 12:28-29 ~ For Fresh Air, Freedom, and Fifty 11.11.08

James 5:7-8 ~ Reminders from God (ww) 11.05.08

1 Peter 1:6-7 ~ Five Years and Fireproof 10.12.08

1 Peter 4:8 ~ A Woman In Love 10.07.08

2 Peter 3:8 ~ The Relativity of Time 08.19.08

2 Peter 3:13-14 ~ Pre-Move Ponderings 12.23.08