I was reflecting on the things I have learned so far and am learning because of writing a blog. (I still think the word “blog” sounds odd.)
I think one of the biggest things I have learned, is to constantly be looking around in a more intentional way. (Just keeping my eyes open for a potential post!) A tree is no longer just a tree. It has become bark, leaves, blooms in season, dead twigs, and all the little bugs that crawl around on it and birds that live in it’s branches.
You see a tree but you also hear a tree as the wind blows through the branches and leaves dance.
The beauty of seeing all the distinctive parts lies in learning to value that it takes every one of those parts to make that tree what it is. Writing this blog has helped me draw parallels to the physical stuff I am dissecting with my eyes; to the life applications I can draw from it.
I am learning to better value the relationships with those around me because I have seen a tree doesn’t stand on it’s own and neither do we. It is made up of all the things you see, hear, touch and smell. I love the smell of apples blossoms.
I am also learning to appreciate the small things in life; like chickens, those first peas making their way through the soil and growing in the garden, the first blooms of spring, an orange colored moon, and a day without Iowa winds.
I find I ask my husband’s opinion more often. Before I hit that publish button, I have him read through what I have written. He always has some insight that adds to the content I put out. He is a wise man and I am blessed.
Writing this blog, has opened an entire world of other bloggers. It is still amazing to me; to find that so many others, have the same thoughts I do. They have the same dreams, the same desire to excel at something, the crazy things like reading anything with words – from catsup labels to books, the love of porches and wash on the line, and the same faith.
Blogging, like life, is definitely a learning process. It takes time to figure out what all the icons on that tool bar up top are for. That little “undo” arrow is totally my friend! Wouldn’t it be great if we had an undo arrow in life? I would probably have worn mine out long ago.
Experimenting with that tool bar has been great fun. (probably because I have my friend “undo” to fall back on!). When I get really stuck I have the safety net of my daughter-in-law, the web guru.
My family has been incredibly helpful in this journey. I am also finding out my friends and people from my church are full of encouragement. It is a humbling experience. When I started this venture I wasn’t sure anything I wrote would be anything; anyone wanted to read. My prayer was to be encouraging, entertaining, have some fun with it and be a witness.
My oldest thought I should have called it Confessions of a Chicken Grandma. I told him I thought that might be a tad “racy”. He just grinned and told me “Well, yeah…..draw them in and then tell ’em about Jesus.” He is a quick one!
This Chicken Grandma is very grateful to her readers! I will post a few links to some posts I have enjoyed on other blogs. You will find everything from comedy….to food… to God. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have.
May you find joy in your weekend.
Two people are better off than one,
for they can help each other succeed.
Ecclesiastes 4:9 NIV
A blog is in many ways a continuing conversation