Thursday, July 9, 2009

Hello July!

I decide to spend a couple of weeks away from blogging and being tied to the internet and the next thing I know nearly a month has gone by! We had a wonderful June and July seems to be heading in that same direction. The boys are loving every minute of outdoor sunshine and we are trying to take full advantage of it. Jeremy is able to work from home 2 full days a week now and is usually home in the afternoons on the other days... and we wouldn't have it any other way.

I've done a lot of thinking in my less-internet time. Lots of life thinking. Dreaming big about what we want to do and be as a family. There are so many amazing things to look forward to, so many hopes and dreams that we want to see happen. And really it all comes down to family. To being together, experiencing life together, slowing down together. Not letting things we want, get in the way of us, as parents, as partners, as kids, as brothers. What a gift life is!

I've had thoughts of closing down the blog. I started blogging 4 1/2 years ago when Ian was born. It was a picture blog to keep family on the opposite coast in touch with our life. Then 2 years ago I decided to branch out and actually write here in this space. It's always been something that I've enjoyed but always felt it was for others, rather than myself. And I just wasn't sure I wanted to keep up with that (or why anyone other than family would care to read). I would much rather be a mom then just sit around talking about it. So I went back and forth until I realized pretty quickly reading through my past posts that I've been writing a journal this entire time. Not just filling in other people about our life... but reminding us of all the things we have done. I've mentioned before that I don't scrapbook and I don't hand write journals either. So this is it really... a place I can put down my thoughts and tell of the things the boys have done... things that would otherwise easily be forgotten and have been forgotten until I reread it here.

So I've decided to stay on. I really do hope to share my heart a little more on what we are doing and I hope it comes across as a little insight into our lives, rather than a proclamation of how we do things. We are simple homebodies at best. We spend more time in these 4 walls (or in our own backyard) than any other place and that's how we love it. I hope, if you do read here, that you can enjoy some of it too. It's my goal as a mama to enrich our lives and spend each day living, not just getting by. I think the boys are enjoying the journey too.

(Eating newly-discovered gluten-free bread from Great Harvest Bakery... delicious!)



Linda said...

I'm so glad you've decided to stay Andrea. I've missed you.
Do you know, I think there are many of us who have gone through the same mental process and decided that our blogs have become a sort of record of our lives - a place where we can put down markers and remember.
I look forward to reading your thoughts.
By the way - those are two of the cutest little boys. Looking at their pictures takes me back about thirty-five years. I do miss those days. Treasure the moments.

JLC said...

Glad you are still blogging too. Your blogs are very peaceful and I enjoy your perspective on life. Chris and I both like visiting.
Jennifer Caddell

Annagrace said...

Oh, I'm glad. It's so nice, even though I really know you in real life, to have something to read that also slows my heart rate down a bit, feels soothing and reminds me of the important things: stopping to look, to notice, to stay in the moment... Love you, friend.

Merredith and Bruce said...

So glad you decided to stay on too!! I've so enjoyed reading your family's stories, your thoughts and ensights on so many different issues and homemade projects, as well as the beautiful family photos over the years... It's a beautiful journal of all the special moments in your lives and it I (for one) thank you for sharing with this family member far, far away!!! Merredith

Heather said...

Very glad to have you still here! I have had similar thought processes so I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who sometimes feel caught between two worlds.