...Simeon pulled our shower curtain rod out of the bathroom wall. This happened at a time when it seemed the boys were determined to break every last thing we owned and I was feeling rather desperate about it. So, what I did I do? I wrote about it. I sat down and gave in to a desire that had been floating around in my head for some time, but that I had been resisting. I started this blog.
"Blessed Among Men," I called myself because truly I was-- even if I needed to be reminded of that fact. I posted "When The Curtain Falls" those six months ago and though nobody read that post but my husband and myself, it changed my perspective. Suddenly, I saw humor in what was an otherwise very frustrating incident.
In these last six months of blogging, I have been surprised and happy to also find perspective, encouragement, inspiration, and-- I believe-- real friendships. I have "met" so many wonderful people through this small cyber spot and I believe sincerely that these are true friendships. Certainly they are different than face to face friendships, existing as they do in the fair weather of the blogosphere, but that doesn't mean they aren't real. Certainly I have more faults and failings than you will find chronicled on this blog, but it isn't my faults that make me who I am.
I try to capture in this space those things that are worth remembering, worth sharing, whatever is good and true--those things that are most real about any of us--the things that endure. It has been a very humbling experience trying to come up with something along these lines to write about every day--some days I have been more successful than others, but the effort itself has proved worth my while.
And I have received so much from all of you. If you are in my sidebar, it is because you have given me something real. Something to think about, to do, to aim at, to hope for, or even just laugh about...and for this I am grateful. I have received from others of you, too, that do not have blogs of your own, but have left encouraging comments and I thank you also, because it is my readership that brings me back here day after day.
And I thank, in a special way, my sisters Helene, Danielle, Christine and my dear friend, Kristen (who is as good as a sister) because your kindness and encouragement in the early days of this blog are the only reason that it is still here today and, if only for me and my family, "Blessed Among Men" has been a great blessing.