My poor blog.

21 10 2010

My personal blog and my design blog have really been suffering ever since I started posting christmas cards a few weeks ago.  I’m sad about it but I’ll be more prolific when I have more time. I promised myself when I started this that I wouldn’t let myself be ruled by the blog or allow it to become just another time sucking production. One year in, I’m glad to say that it hasn’t.  It has been a very life-giving endeavor and one that I’m eager to continue.  Unless it’s part of a job, I think most recreational bloggers go through seasons of frequent blogging and infrequent blogging, brief posts and lengthy posts, surfacy observations and deep expressions of the soul, all of which are valuable.

I’ve never considered myself to be a writer of any sort.  The thought of writing brought on a sense of anxiety and was really almost painful, so I’m excited that blogging has brought me out of that.  It has been so mentally and spiritually fruitful and I now look forward to having time to write.  That is something I would have certainly said NEVER about.  I move another thing into the next column. It’s still not easy for me…definitey a discipline that takes lots of time and work, but like any other exercise, I’m sure it will get easier the more I do it.

So while I’m sorry I haven’t been here as much over the past few months, it’s not because I’m tired of it or burnt out on the blog idea.  Just been really busy. I’ve enjoyed designing a new card everyday but I’m really excited to have a season of more frequent blogging. It does my heart good!

If you haven’t checked out the new cards here’s the one I posted today:

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Already?

11 10 2010

I got 4 mosquito bites at the park last night. How can it already be time for Christmas cards? It will be a few weeks still before we try for our Christmas card picture but I’m starting to get some requests.  Some people are just too on top of things.  Seriously though, I’m excited to start working on new designs and seeing all the beautiful, fun and crazy pictures that come my way.  This year I’ve created a blog dedicated solely to holiday cards.  Take a look here for prices and order information and check back each day starting tomorrow… I’ll be posting a new design every day over the next month.

 

Also, I’m participating in a Fall Open House that my friend Lori is hosting on Thursday October 28th from 9am to 1pm. Click here to view the invitation for location and details and to see what other products will be featured that day.





Mornings.

7 10 2010

I never posted an update on how my mornings are going. I’m quite sure that none of you stay up at night worrying about my schedule, but I did say that I’d follow-up.  Overall, I would have to say that it’s going pretty well.  I am out of bed by seven most mornings and a few times a week I’m even getting up to go for a little run around six.  This is a really big deal for me because I’ve never been one to exercise in the mornings. I can’t go as far as to say I enjoy it yet but it’s a great time for conversation (since I’m running with Lindsay), and it’s SO nice not having to worry about when to fit exercise in later in the day.  I still let the boys crawl in my bed and watch a show or two as soon as they wake up. The difference now, is that I’m downstairs getting breakfast ready and not nestled in between them sawing zs while dreaming that Curious George is in my room.  I really feel like we’re making the switch to be a happier home in the mornings, and that is worth the push. Bradley will likely start school around seven am next fall so I’m glad to get into a better routine now while I have the choice.

There’s no debate…when I get up early it’s always a better day. (that still feels uncomfortable and somewhat humiliating to admit).

And…Joe still lets me sleep in most Saturdays. I just have to be ok knowing the that something like this will probably happen.

That’s chocolate.





I’m sorry.

3 10 2010

One thing I’ve learned about blogging is that if I don’t move on an inspiration when it’s fresh, I lose conviction and the post loses momentum. Even if I start a post with the intention of returning later it never has the same gusto of one that is hot off my heart. However, I also have to be cautious that I don’t post when I am overly emotional, have had more than one glass of wine or  have woken up in the middle of the night with a “great idea” or a supernatural revelation.

This post is brought to you by both guilt and conviction.  If you crossed my path today I am truly sorry.  I don’t like to use ugly words but I was “one” today. If I spoke with you at any point during the day I told you what was wrong with my day and never asked about yours. If you allowed me the opportunity to share more and embellish, I did. If you were sad, I didn’t notice. If you were overwhelmed, I didn’t care. If you misunderstood me, then I blamed YOU for being selfish.

After years of living a relatively eventful life I still don’t roll with the punches very well, but I love to call very one else around me a drama queen. And even when I do stay afloat in the midst of chaos, I feel proud and glad that I am so grounded.

Today was a ME day. It was so sad, so selfish and so unsatisfying.

Fortunately I saw my little copycat, Bradley,  imitating my behaviour so we quickly got to work stating our blessings and rehearsing God’s faithfulness to us. It took some time, but the change in perspective and the outward focus took root in our hearts and by 6:30 tonight we were singing a new song.

Psalm 98:1 Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things.

This is totally unrelated but I always fall alseep later than the rest of my household, so the other night I took pictures of them while they were sleeping. Funny, don’t you think?

The older they get the more awkward they are and the more the more their feet stink.