I've been writing this blog for over a year now. Hard to believe that much time has passed and that I have had that many original thoughts to record. Blogging in many respects has brought out of me a part that has been screaming to be released. Like all moms, the daily responsibilities and relationships with family, though rewarding, leave little time for reflection. This blog has given me a safe place to come late at night or in the early hours of the morning and think through my days and God's goodness in my little corner of the world.
As many have said before me, possibly the best outcome of this blog have been the relationships. Several friends at my church and in my homeschool group write. There simply would not be enough hours in the day to hear all their wise words and great stories. Reading their blogs has opened up deeper relationships with many of them. And then there are those of you I have never met (yet) who continually inspire and bless me with your comments and own blogs. Thanks for sharing and allowing others into your life.
I continue to read many wonderful blogs by the "big bloggers". They may be inspirational, frugal, popular, crafty, funny.... Day after day they bring back more and more readers into their world with their words. I know that Shine Again will never be all that, which suits me fine. At times I've struggle with my focus in this blog. I'm not sure I've quite figured that one out yet. But I pray that those who read it and my children, in particular, as they grow, will see how God's goodness is reality in my life. It may not be a glamorous, funny or even extremely interesting life. But in the end, it is for Him.
Just a side note: While we were gone in June, my family had a get together and read back over their favorite posts for a good laugh. Too good for words, I hear was the winner. Thankfully, I haven't had a day quite like that since then.