Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Getting to know you...

The Internet is a crazy thing. Sometimes I love it. Sometimes I need to manage it better. Sometimes it overwhelms me (even in good ways!) with it's information and possibilities. A lot of days I'm mostly in awe of all that we have access to technologically as human beings, considering that when I was in college no one had cell phones and I borrowed my roommate's word processor to type my lab reports.

Bold True story. Hey, I'm really not that old, so watch yourselves.

My freshman roommate and I also had an "I love cats." poster stuck up with poster putty on our cement dorm room wall. And one time our funny next-door-dorm neighbor used her hand-held audio recorder (that she bought to record lectures) to record me belting out depressing Whitney Houston love songs after my most recent break-up. Some things clearly just need to be forgotten.

Technology certainly has come a long way, baby. Three and a half years ago, Tyler heard about something called a blog, and he thought that we should start one. You know, to post pictures of our kids for their out-of-town grandparents. We had a six week old. I thought he was crazy. He promised he'd post while I nursed my life away. Who reads this stuff anyway?

Well, I started to write, and I found that when I super-failed as a scrapbooker for the fourth time, our blog helped record some of the things that I should've written in the baby books that I'll never finish. I could write out a story of a hard parenting day, and find the good in it in the end. I started noticing my failures and flaws, and how God was growing and refining me as His child through the challenging days of mothering small children.

And I found out that I wasn't crazy. Or alone. And that blog writing is way cheaper than therapy. Just kidding. Sort of...

Sometimes I would write often, and other times weeks would go by without a free blog moment to spare, it seemed. Every once in a while I would go back and read an old post, and get tears in my eyes from noticing how fast time has gone with these little ones, or how much God has done, or how often I need reminding of the same lesson over and over. God and grace were always the resounding themes.

So between Pinterest (great invention by the way, but I refuse, for now, to start one more bad habit. Someone keep reminding me of this, please...) and Good Morning Girls, I've welcomed a few new friends here over the last few weeks. Welcome! You will not get fancy or even consistent writing here. And I'm pretty sure I start way too many sentences with an article (I will break many more grammatical rules, to be sure, so brace yourselves...).

But I pray that miraculously, somehow, you will get done reading here and think much of God, and much less of me.

Ah, I like how that sounds.

One great thing about technology? The ability to get to know someone a little bit more without having to fit in a Starbucks date or a phone conversation. Not that I would ever suggest that technology replace real life relationships. Goodness, no. But sometimes we moms have to be practical in our unavailability. So three cheers for technology just in case your kids are sick, or it's nap time, or they're awake and hyper, or because you have kid events every night this week, or your best friend just moved out of town (...or you fill in the blank...).

If you're new here, today I'm sharing some of my favorite posts of all time. They aren't life-shattering or deep in content, but they're us. Here's to hoping you'll be able to relate a little to the mishaps and chaos, and walk away encouraged, like me, that God is way bigger than us, and all of life's craziness that comes our way...

1. Loving God and Loving People

2. The Christmas Tree Hunt Strikes Again

3. Haiti

4. The Home Depot Trip that got a makeover... (P.S. Tyler's inventive, slightly psychotic LEGO storage solution that somehow landed us on Pinterest. Too hilarious!)

5. I thought I already learned this once...

6. The End of an Era

7. Two Are Better

Now it's your turn! If you haven't yet, would you leave a comment introducing yourself? So glad you're here!

"I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better." Ephesians 1:16-17


Lindsey said...

I have been reading your blog for almost two years (Ever since meeting Tess in nursery). In fact, your blog helped inspire me to start my own blog. I don't have kids and still find it hard to make time for posts. You always amaze me with your ability to juggle all your different hats. Thanks for constant reminders that we are mere humans and God is way bigger than we are :).

Danielle said...

Whit I love reading your blog! Especially when I think my day is crazy, I just come read about your craziness :) love you and the kiddos! Such an awesome way to stay in touch with the Daugherty's.

Mama said...

Hey Whitney! I've been reading your blog ever since we moved from West Lafayette. Sarah gave me the address. I really enjoy your insights and how you just put everything out there.

The Every Day Extraordinary said...

So glad you are a part of the GMG--I tell ya that group has changed me for the better--walking in His word has inspired me to be the best me I can be: ) Your family is beautiful!