The prompt for this week is…
I started this blog almost four years ago, a few months after CC was born. During those first newborn months, I spent a lot of time by myself at home, especially in the evenings when Larry had to go to different meetings. In that time, to combat boredom, I read voraciously – books, magazines, the Bible, ministry books, cookbooks, Facebook, random things on the internet – which is how I discovered “mommy blogs.” Some of those blogs were of women I knew personally and some were blogs I just happened to stumble upon. For me it was like finding a whole new social community and I loved reading about the lives of other moms and finding that I wasn’t so alone. In reading those blogs I found humor, encouragement, good advice, and eventually the inspiration to add my own voice to community of “mommy bloggers.”
In the beginning, I would blog at most once a month and the only person who read my posts besides me was my husband. I had always liked writing but it had been years since I had actually written anything for others to read, that is if you don’t count shopping lists for my husband and random emails to people. I found blogging to be the jump start my brain so desperately needed after long days of speaking in caveman talk to a toddler at home. More than that, it was fun and I got more and more inspired to write when I found out that there were people out there other than my husband who were reading.
Writing is something that still takes me a long time, but participating in the these Five Minute Fridays has definitely helped me just to write without caring so much if it’s perfect (although I have to confess I always take more than five minutes). It was the kick in the pants I needed to blog more regularly and frequently. Every week I look forward to sitting down at the laptop and tapping away at the keys; some weeks it’s during nap times and I can write a whole post without being interrupted and some weeks each sentence is typed in stolen moments here and there hunting and pecking with one hand because the other arm is cradling a baby or distributing veggie sticks. But every week, I’ve written something, and however small, it’s an accomplishment I’m proud of. And the community and encouragement I’ve found through FMF has been amazing! So thank you Lisa-Jo, for giving this mom the help she needed to keep writing.