Tuesday, September 30, 2008

spt



because of a blogger...

every morning for the past eighteen months, i have done the same thing. i have opened my eyes and dragged myself to the bathroom mirror. i have regarded my reflection in the quiet darkness. i have brushed my teeth, and chosen outfits, and packed school lunches and peeked at the news. i have straightened my hair. or i have not. i have wrangled jack out of bed. i have driven to school. i have sat in the parking lot of the hotel and tried to guess what would be waiting for me on the other side of the front door.

every morning for the past eighteen months, i have also fought the urge to do "none of the above." this has been a tough time. and i might have felt like i was going it alone.

but,

because of a blogger, well, because of blogging... i belong to a circle of mentors. i belong to a circle of teachers. i belong to a circle of listeners. i belong to a circle of creators. i belong to a circle of friends.

and so, every day for the past eighteen months i have also taken a photo, cooked a meal, written a card, crafted a present, and thought of a friend. i have asked for opinions, and shared my own. i have commented, and i have read your comments. oh, how i have read your comments!! i have found goodness in these past eighteen months.

i want to call you all by name, i want to link to all of your thoughts, your recipes, your crafts, your photos. but it is so much more than these *things,* much more than could possibly be bundled into a blog roll.

because of a blogger... i know i will continue to find goodness in every day.



23 comments:

Missy :o) said...

well said.

Alisa said...

Thank you so much for doing this- I have missed posting this last month, but tried to keep up mentally with what I wanted to post. I so appreciate your prompts. Thank you-thank you!

Alisha said...

Amen, Lelly.

I was just reflecting back this afternoon, thinking how much "happier" my life is now than it was back in my townhome stage of life 3 years ago. Certainly some of that has to do with the change of neighbors, the lack of water intruding into my house through patio doors and light fixtures, etc. BUT, I wonder if my life then would have been a happier time if I would have had a blogging outlet, a blogging circle of friends to share it with, to vent to, etc.

Hip Hip Hooray for blogging! This has been a fun month of SPT ideas, Lelly. I only regret that I didn't actually "do" them. ;)

Janna said...

I wish I had a blog when my kids were babies. And I agree, mine is also an outlet.

patsy said...

This is a beautiful post! I agree whole heartedly- I too wish I had a blog when my kids were babies :) thanks for all the inspiration lelly

Neighbor Jane Payne said...

Yup. You hit the nail on the head. I had no idea blogging would take care of me so well.

Kim Sue said...

exactly

michelle said...

Wonderful.

I was reading in a book recently about what the author calls her "estrogen squad". I don't know that I love the term, but I certainly know what she means. And mine is ever so much enlarged due to blogging!

Marie said...

You wrote all our thoughts beautifully, Lelly.

Liz Davis said...

I really appreciate blogging as a stay at home mom. Sometimes it is nice to know that someone out there is going through the exact same thing as me, and their surviving! Thanks for everything!

Becky said...

Lelly--you inspire me regularly....because of a blogger (because of YOU) I have "met" so many wonderful women. Your blog is the warm inviting home where so many of us bloggers come to hang out with each other. Thank you for being you!

I hope your next 18 months are even better!

Laurie said...

You said it well. So often I think I need to cut blogging out - it takes too much time. But then I think of what I'd be missing, and it just can't be replaced.

wende said...

fantastic post, i appreciate so much this circle of friends, how great is this? i sometimes wonder how my mom did this, by herself i mean? we are so lucky.

and lelly - you are darling. darling and inspiring and i'm so glad to have found your SPT's, they are alwasy so introspective. i love having the spring board to dive into journaling a little more about me - the one who sometimes gets left out of all this.

you are a gift!

MaryRC said...

thank you for being such a great blogger and inspiration...

Jeanette said...

Wow, what a powerful post. You said it all. Thank you for all that you do. I count you among those who have blessed my life.

hennchix said...

Lelly,
I have been lurking for a few months, and then...because of a blogger...I was inspired to start blogging too. So last week, I put up my site. I wanna be like so many of you "when I grow up"!!

Viki

Holly said...

You have such a way with words Lelly. And they were right on. Or should I say, in a flashback to Good Times, DY-noooo-mite.

Beautiful picture too!

April said...

This was just plain beautiful.

Amanda L. said...

This is exactly the way I feel about blogging and the community of bloggers I have found. Thank you for articulating it so clearly.

Even though I haven't participated fully this month, I have been thinking of all the things I have learned and shared because of a blogger.

Michelle said...

you are a *gem*
BIG HUGS ! ! !

Rebekah said...

it's funny how many things i've learned from bloggers, how many things i've purchased because i saw it on someone's blog, how my style has changed, how my outlook has changed...it's amazing.

Chris said...

I have bailed for awhile on the blogging. I miss it. I am so glad I read this. I really do feel more connected to myself and others as I sit to take time to read and share my thoughts. Thanks for sharing!

Cristin said...

Better late than never?!
I loved this month's SPT challenges --
Lelly, YOU inspire...