Tuesday, January 25, 2011

What's in a name?

So I have been contemplating this whole blogging thing for some time now. To blog or not to blog? That was the question...
Obviously, I am a real amateur at this; in fact, it may be more accurate to say, I have no idea what I am doing!
Still I have chosen to press on!
My reasons are quite selfish, or at least, they started that way. Being a stay at home wife and mother can sometimes be a thankless existence and I was searching for an outlet. A way to "interact" with other wives and mothers without actually leaving my home. A little "mental stimulation" if you will.
So the product is this blog.
Then the struggle was, "what to call it?" I wanted it to be something catchy and cool; something that would be easily remembered and draw people in. All of my first 20 or so choices were taken.
During this process, I began some new Bible Studies and was being introduced to new passages, verses, and concepts from the Bible. It was during one of these lessons that I think I found the purpose for my blog.
I have a daughter who is 6, and every day, my heart is heavy for her. I know the challenges I have faced growing up; the self-confidence issues, the never feeling good enough, the feeling like a failure if what I attempted wasn't perfect the first time.
Bare with me...I'm getting to the point, I promise...
I realized that all my life, I have been trying to answer the question, "Who Am I?" One of the reasons I think the question never truly gets answered is two-fold: one, hopefully, I am always changing (at least a little as I learn in life), and two, the question is always changing too. For example, how many times have you asked yourself "who am I" on a really bad or really emotional day? Your answer to yourself would be totally different than on a good day, right?
So anyway, back to my point, during one of these online Bible Studies, it was said (paraphrasing here) that God has called each of us to a purpose. But, because He also made us all unique, no two of us are called to EXACTLY the same purpose.
So rather than comparing myself to other women, or saying I want to be as good a Mom as she is, for example, my new goal is to glean from as many people in as many situations as possible.
Gleaning is defined as
- to gather slowly and laboriously, bit by bit
- to learn, discover, or find out, usually little by little or slowly
So now back to my purpose for this blog. I would like to honestly share with you along this gleaning journey! Hopefully I can glean from you and we can all pay it forward by sharing our experience and knowledge with others!
Let the gleaning begin!


  1. I've often struggled with the same feelings. I like the perspective you have taken on your role as a mother and look forward to reading your gleanings!

  2. Good luck with your blog. I think you are going to do great, and I love the title.