Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Friday, February 7, 2014
My Molly has no idea what is coming. I am due in a mere three weeks and pretty soon there will be a new baby in the house. Although this one may have not mastered the full on pouty face as well as she has.
Posted by Jen at 4:41 AM
Thursday, February 6, 2014
This is my letter to the world that never wrote to me. - Emily Dickenson
The first blog I ever read was by a girl named Stephanie. I was eighteen, working at a call center and looking for ways to kill the long hours. And friends, this girl was cool. She listened to all the right music, spent a lot of time drinking coffee in the big city where she lived, and had an amazing job as a theatre lighting technician. She shared her life with me, a naïve stranger. She taught me that writing a postcard to the little moments in life was worth doing and even enjoyable. She introduced me to carrying a camera in your purse.
Over the next year or two I discovered mommy blogs. As a very young newlywed with a deep desire for kids I used these mommy blogs as a form of wish fulfilment. My future kids would be loved and longed for like Amalah's son Noah, well photographed and documented like Dooce's daughter Leta, and as cute in pictures as Melissa Summer's kids Max and Maddie. I laughed out loud when Alice Bradley wrote that her son Hank intoned at age four, "I am a Hebrew like my father." It sounded so Ten Commandments. These moms who have opened up online and shared and shared have been absolutely priceless to me. Especially Heather Armstrong, who writes Dooce. She taught me that after you leave the Mormon church that you don't disappear into the vapor. You have a family. You laugh. You take pictures. You live. You're not dead at all.
Blogging is a medium I have used off and on over the years that has allowed me to share, to make friends, to express myself. It recounts the significant moments in a life that might otherwise be unappreciated and perceived as dull. It forces me to think about what I am going to do this weekend and how I am going to share it. Writing about my small and insignificant life is my contribution to the community of female bloggers out there who don't even know they have touched my life. I am thankful for the friends I have made online through blogging and I hope that out there somewhere is a naïve eighteen year old watching my life hoping for what she sees.
This is my letter to the world.
Posted by Jen at 8:45 PM