Indeed, I am awfully introspective to be so extroverted. I write more by default than by nature. See, there are visual learners, audio learners, kinesthetic learners... I am among the annoying few who learn by talking. I realized at a young age that people didn't want to listen to me quite as much as I needed to talk, so I took up journaling as a means of processing my thoughts. I have probably filled 100 journals in the past decade (I am 28). It's an addiction.
Sometimes I don't bother thinking when I don't have paper.
Sometimes I hide under the sheets at night and type memos on my phone.
Sometimes, when song lyrics strike me, I pull over the car and journal.
This blog has had many faces since 2007. In my jitterbuggin', rock climbin', trail ridin' college days, I wrote primarily about travel and faith. Then my baby ate my blog then my beloved job ate my blog then our transition to family-in-grad school life ate my blogging time. Now, one state, another baby and two drastic haircuts later, I type up untethered observations on life from the perspective of a Christian married motherly frugal contemplative adventurous woman.
Our family of one large sporty nerd, a stay-at-home mom and two little loud people lives on the splendiferous income of a full time student, eating half-portions of meat, strutting second-hand garb, and savouring the small things, sprawled across a 130-year-old 650 sq ft walkup. In accordance with our married life so far, we have no idea what comes next on life's itinerary, but we trust the Trip Planner.
When I married Christopher, He looked like this
Soon after finishing his 9 years of military service, he looked more like this
And halfway through graduate school, he looks a bit shabbier than this
I love this curious, hilarious, hardworking, steadfast man. As a young woman, I prayed that God would help me honor my future husband, so He gave me an honorable man. For him and for our two kiddos, I am very thankful.
In this blog, I will refer to our son (formerly Blue Eyes) as Linus. My siblings named him Linus van Pelt in utero because he resembled a peanut... peanuts gang. Yes, well I had quite forgotten that we had called him that until his little personality started to develop and I discovered that (apart from the iconic security blanket) this kid shares many traits with Schulz's famous character. Both boys are analytical, cognitive, imaginative, and very nurturing guys- typical INFJs.
My daughter, I will call Joy. Joy is her middle name and she is afterall quite joyful.