January 27, 2022

Back to Blogging

It's been a long time since I've sat at a keyboard and journaled my thoughts out into this blog - well over a year. And as foreign as it feels to be sitting here, something about it also feels very familiar. I've written about our family's adventures here in this little blog since before Ryenne was born - before David and I were even married! I haven't been at all consistent about it, but it's always been something that I have enjoyed doing as it gives me the time to reflect and ponder what life has been like lately. And even more than that, I have enjoyed going back and reading over our life story here time and time again.
I began feeling a big pull to put aside Instagram a few months ago, and I prayed about it and talked it over with David many times. I have loved so so much about the app - the community of likeminded people around the world and encouragement in my walk with the Lord and the inspiration I've found for motherhood or godly living in general has been such a blessing - but it also has invited more stress and heaviness into my mind and home than I think I realized at times. My Instagram account has been around for even longer than I've had this blog, and it's always been a place where I have shared our journey and bits and pieces of our life as authentically and honestly as I can. But in the last couple of years, some things definitely have changed in the app. I often walked away from that space feeling heavy and bombarded by all the cares of the world. And while I am so grateful that we live in a day and age where we can be informed and know what is going on around the world and pray for those needs, there is a negative side to that constant flow of information too that affects us mentally, physically, and even spiritually. There is only ONE Man who was meant to carry the weight of the world on His shoulders. I often think about Ma Ingalls and the other pioneers whose whole entire world was pretty much their farm and the log cabin in which they lived. Maybe things like a child missing their nap or mama getting sick would feel more manageable if it wasn't being added on top of the 5,000 other things we are carrying on our backs from being subjected to everything happening around the world. And again, it is a two sided coin because it is also a privilege to be able to lift up these things in prayer to the Lord and to bear in one another's burdens, so don't get me wrong that I'm saying anything like we should only care about what happens in our own homes. That's far from the truth. I'm just saying that personally IG or social media in general has added more onto our plates than I think is healthy or manageable to a mother like me.
Among other reasons, I just feel like blogging is much more manageable in this season of life than keeping up with the demands of a social media account and inviting the constant stream of worldwide news into my little sphere. I'm so looking forward to being a whole lot more present, raising my girls without the siren call of social media apps, and putting down roots here where the Lord has us, investing in the lives of family and friends. 
That being said, I don't want to throw out the baby with the bath water, and so I will still be keeping up with emails and checking comments, etc. here too. The Lord has blessed me with such a gem of a community here in our corner of the internet and I do not want to ungratefully throw that away! I am looking forward to discovering what keeping in touch looks like here, and I am so so grateful for each and every person who has walked with us and prayed for us throughout the years. I am truly humbled.
Thank you for being here and for supporting and encouraging our family!
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  1. This is an interesting post! Thank you! Lately I have been feeling totally overwhelmed with the responsibilities of motherhood and maybe part of that is social media. Definitely worth pondering.

  2. I truly appreciate this perspective. I walked away from instagram couple months ago too for the same reasons. I do feel more whole and present and every day problems are easier to manage. And also I find lately that our life is actually way richer and I feel more inspired and get more ideas for my children and our home without the instagram inspiration, as much as I used to love it! Proud of you for making this choice. You encouraged and inspired me so much through your Instagram account and I'm glad I can follow along on here. Love, Sara