Monday, October 16, 2023

Words and Time and Memory

When you don't blog in real time real time flies right on by. 

It's hard to go back and write about simple things that weeks ago brought joy when time is racing forward. When the wider world is screaming in war and heartbreak. Why even bother? 

I was chatting with someone recently who didn't know I had this little corner of the internet, and when I explained what my blog was she asked, 'So what's the purpose'? She wasn't asking in a snotty way, she was genuinely curious about the point of it all. 

I struggled to answer in the moment, but have given it a lot of thought since, and here's where I land-there is no point. Ha! Actually there are many many points. This blog is a place for all my many words to rest and jumbled thoughts to put themselves in order. It's a place to record what life looks like in this time and this place and also remember what life was like in other seasons, cities, stages of parenting and how a family is growing, stretching, and changing. It's mainly a place I love to visit from time to time to see how God has worked, protected, and walked with me down many a winding road. 

If there's one thing growing older has taught me it's that while the 'big milestones' in our lives will likely remain etched in memory, the small, ordinary, often achingly beautiful ones do not. Blogging allows me to record what would likely be lost, but is oh so worth remembering. 

This was not where I was going when I opened my computer today, but here we are. Blogging ala stream of consciousness which is not unusual here. 

What I was thinking about today was a big ol' photo dump to bring things current, so let's do that too. Maybe a downsized photo dump since this is a little on the long side (also not unusual here). 


There was a gorgeous hike on a blue sky day-

Fun with friends at a Steely Dan Tribute band concert-

Peace, quiet, and coffee with the morning sunrise-

The lazy dog days of autumn-

Boat rides that sparkle-


Sister time-

Teenage nephew photo bombing sister time-

Momma time-

And so much beauty in the changing colors of fall-

I read back through this post and smile. Small joys. Beauty. People I love. Ordinary days full of goodness and grace. 

I know blogging isn't for everyone, but it's still for me. 

'For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven...'
Ecclesiastes 3:1 


  1. I have had folks ask me why I blog, too...and I have from time to time asked myself, lol. I came to the conclusion that I blog for me. it's a teeny bit of writing discipline, even if I'm not disciplined about it. I like doing it. And that's reason enough.

  2. Always enjoy your posts Joyce.

  3. I love this post - yes, yes, and amen!

  4. Those are exactly the reasons I blog too! It's just a bonus that others may want to read what I have to say. I treasure looking back on family memories, and now my college-aged kids do too. Your fall season looks beautiful!

  5. Amen to all your reasons for blogging. The worse my memory gets the more I appreciate being able to pull up the memories! My kids appreciate the timelines established on my blog, too. Love the photos!

  6. Yes, these are many of the same reasons I blog too and am just thankful that others seem to enjoy seeing my photos and hearing about the everyday things with our family. Your photos are lovely.

  7. Yes, yes, and yes. Blogging is my diary/journal/memorabilia. As you said, the big things are easy to remember but it's the little things that bring joy and sometimes can get lost in the shadows of the bigger things. It is good to go back and read through my life. Yes, yes, and yes. xo

  8. We love Steely Dan. Also enjoyed your photo dump. I don't blog as much as I used to but my hope is that my family will read it some day if it's available to them.

  9. I struggle almost every single day with the why behind my blogging. Is it worth the time I spend on it? What will happen to all the thoughts, pictures and memories when I step away from blogging? Do I really care what does happen to it all?

    Your answers to similar questions are well thought out and wise. And work nicely to answer my questions. I blog to remember. To savor and save. And for a chance to write when I might not otherwise take the time to do so.