Friday, February 27, 2009

You're Gonna Miss This!

Okay, I have to admit that whenever anyone tells me, “enjoy this, ‘cause you’ll miss it when it’s gone”…I secretly think to myself: “Whatever!”

Miss the messes? The fighting? The trying to get kids to do chores? The temper tantrums? The whining? The complaining? The homework? The noise? Dishes? Laundry? Making dinner every stinking night? Yeah, I’m gonna miss that, alright! NOT!!!

But the other day, something happened…There I was, minding my own business, sitting reverently in the church pews listening intently to the speaker. In front of me sat a cute little family, with two little girls and one cute baby boy. I watched with amusement as the littlest girl drew pictures on the back of the Sacrament Meeting program and then proudly explained to her mom what she had drawn. The mom reminded her to be reverent, as moms always do, and then looked at her drawings with a patient but tired smile. Then, as my eyes glanced upon the pig-tailed head of the older girl, I suddenly felt the walls were closing in, like I was being sucked down the rabbit hole! I got a little choked up and my eyes welled up with tears. Where did the time go? Wasn’t it just yesterday that I was that mom? That I had a gaggle of little ones crowding me for my attention, clamoring to climb up on my lap? Now I have two young adult children, a teenager, and one little boy who is quickly growing up. Though it sounds cliché, I think it is absolutely true that the time does go by so fast! I like the stage of life that we are at now, but still can't help wondering where did the time go? How did this happen? I glanced away for a moment and whoosh, the years flew by! And though there are things that I won’t miss (see above) about those tumultuous, chaotic childhood years. There are decidedly things I will miss. Those are the memories of being my children’s mother that I will hold forever in my heart.

Monday, February 23, 2009

A Rose, By Any Other Name

Now I have all these blog post ideas rolling around in my head. Its starting to freak me out!

What's in a name?

I’ve already established that I am kind of an analytical person. And I wanted the name of my blog to have some sort of significance to me. So I spent a lot of time (and I mean A LOT) thinking and pondering about this. I have a whole list of blog names that I came up with, but this one seemed to fit for me! And it does have meaning to me. I like the whole idea of themes, and have some visions in my mind about what I want this blog to be…so we’ll see where this new adventure takes me.
I love MINDY Gledhill. She’s my favorite right now! I recently bought her new CD “Feather in the Wind” and I love, Love, LOVE it! The name of my blog is inspired by the title song of that CD.

“...I’m a reflection in the glass,
‘Cus I can’t keep from looking back
And all the pieces that I lack
Are stuck inside a broken past
But things are never what they appear to be
So I’ll dig a little deeper than what the eye can see
And if anybody asks, I’m making friends at last
With my reflection in the glass...
...No things are never what they appear to be
'Cus so many different pieces make up the whole of me..."

Go ahead, check her out! She is awesome. Did I mention I ♥ this CD? Well, I do!

To Blog or Not to Blog, That IS the Question

So many people (2) have casually mentioned in passing encouraged me to start a blog, that I thought I would succumb to the immense social pressure and join the blogging world. Yes, I realize there is a Family Home Evening lesson in there, somewhere.
Blogging fascinates me. I admit that at first it was sort of a sick fascination. I couldn’t get my head around the whole thing, and was slightly troubled by the amount of (incredibly) personal information some people are willing to put out there for all the world to read, and then seemingly become outraged when someone (usually someone they have spoken ill about) happens upon their very public blog!
Still, there are some blogs that really have me hooked, and reading blogs has become my newest way to waste time on the computer light-hearted escape from the drudgery of life. Some blogs make me laugh, some make me think, some inspire me, some provide new recipes, or tips on photography, still others provide a glimpse into the life of family or friends. Yet, despite my strange fascination with reading blogs, I had still held myself at arm’s length, when it came to creating one of my own.
Until now. Two of my sisters-in-law started blogs and invited me to read. I had to sign up for an account and then every time I signed in, there it was, taunting me. Daring me to take the plunge! “Create Your Own Blog”! I spent a lot of time pondering and thinking about this…I am not prone to being spontaneous or impulsive! (That is an understatement, by the way). I am thoughtful, organized, and analytical to a fault…And after a recent discussion in Relief Society about all the ways we have to waste time nowadays…I had decided that blogging was not for me. Not now, not no way! Then. Then, in a wild moment of uncharacteristic impulsivity, I tossed caution to the wind and before I knew it, I was the proud new owner of one blank, fresh, BlogSpot.
So, what do I hope to accomplish with my newfound interest? Well, maybe nothing. I don’t purport myself to be the next Pioneer Woman, or the next NieNie. I like to write, but don’t fancy myself a writer. But I do somehow hope for what I write to be relevant in some way. Even if it’s just relevant to me. I do have some very clear ideas about what my blog will be and for that matter, what it won’t be. And it definitely will be a work in progress.
Mostly, it will be just what the name says. Pieces of Me. A little bit of this, a little bit of that. A glimpse here, a glimpse there…And I hope that as time goes on, it will take on some of the characteristics of all the other blogs I enjoy. But for now, it is just a start, and that is all I expect. Something or nothing. Either way, fine by me.
And as for my justification in becoming a blogger? (You knew I would need one, right?)
One is to learn something new, I’ve already mastered using “strike-out” and the clickable word links thing…But my best justification came to me the other day…and I really, really like this one!

Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf, spoke in the General Relief Society Meeting last fall, and part of his talk titled;
Happiness, Your Heritage, focused on Creativity. So, to learn something new, and to express creativity are part of my goals (better word than justification, right?) for this blog. At least for today.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Still Under Construction?

Maybe I should just give up? Re-think the whole "I want to start a blog" theory?
Well, something will be happening soon, I feel it...even if its just a long good-bye.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Coming Soon!...