Redesigning the blog was a mini-project that involved diving into the hidden recesses of my heart. I had to search deep within myself to find out what I really wanted this place to be. I had to re-look my about page and ask myself who am I and what am I doing here?
Those were good questions to ask myself. Challenging, but necessary.
When I briefed the designer who undertook our blog project, I said I wanted this to be “a place to find inspiration, empowerment, encouragement, grace, stillness and delight”. I said I wanted it clean, uncluttered, reader-friendly, and with lots of white space. I’m glad that she understood me.
While she worked on the design, I worked on the content. I sifted through old posts to made sure they were in their right categories, so that they would appear properly in the archives.
It was a slight pain to go through them. Half the time I was going, did I really write this? I thought about deleting some of them, but decided against it. I wanted to keep it real, and be able to look back and see how far we have travelled. We – meaning the blog, my family, and I.
Indeed, despite having been in existence for only more than a year and a half, it has already begun to show me how much I’ve grown as a person, and as a wife, parent, and friend. The blog has grown too, mirroring the ups and downs of my life. Like footprints in the sand of a faithful friend, it follows me. It listens as I pour stories into it, as I share my joys and sorrows. Through blogging, I get a few steps closer to my dream of writing a book one day. And on good days I think, perhaps I really will.
On this blog, I freeze all the memories and lessons I’ve learnt in my parenting journey, in a wild hope that other parents would find some of these useful. Through this blog, I sow and water seeds of friendships, new and old. Through this blog, I learn to be a master weaver of words and images.
I am still learning and I am still grateful. Grateful to be able to clarify my thoughts, my purpose, and grateful to have made new discoveries about myself, about this thing called parenting, and about God.
In the days to come, we will try to live out those little words that appear under the blog’s title.
“A place for parents to find love, confidence, hope and delight.”
I hope you’ll join me in this journey.