Sitting in the living room last night with Dan, I looked beside me on the table at a stack of mail I'd been ignoring. At the bottom of the stack was a magazine, wrapped in plastic. The stack of mail had been sitting on the table for a few days, but I never dug past the boring old bills on top.
But to my surprise last evening, I discovered that there on the bottom of the pile was the Summer 2010 issue of Artful Blogging.
I'm so excited to share with all of you that I was able to contribute writing and photographs for an article featured in this issue. Artful Blogging is a beautiful publication that features the photography and thoughts of authors from all corners of blogland. It was an honor to be asked to contribute.
The editor, Jenn, asked that I share some of my thoughts and experiences from blogging. It was a really good exercise for me to take a few moments to slow down and remember why it was that I started doing this in the first place, and how those ideas have evolved and changed over the past several years.
Though I can't share the whole article with you here, what was most important to me was to share the idea that every person has a story to tell. That each day holds something worth celebrating, something worth writing down, something worth remembering:
"We all know life moves quickly. Children grow up too fast. There isn't enough time in a day. We wonder where the year went. Technology keeps us updated, on-track, and efficient, yet when I sit down to my blog at the close of the day, when I take a few moments to find the story in a day, to take notice of the beauty in life's everyday moments, to stop long enough to let the day show me its lesson, suddenly time is captured, caught, and cherished. I can look back and celebrate seasons I have made it through, the growth and the wisdom, trials and triumphs--each that life and faith have given me.
I am convinced that every day has a story in it. There are words, thoughts, and moments to be remembered and written down. And there are always lessons to be learned."