Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Two Roads Diverged...


I have been in a bit of a quandary of late. I like blogging about my hobbies, and I like blogging about my family, but it hasn’t been working out for me to do both simultaneously in a public forum. About a month ago, I decided to create a private family blog/scrapbook – One that I can fill up with all the family photos & stories I want, and not wonder about who is looking at it or care if it is lacking real entertainment value. Not as convenient, but by doing so, the social recluse in me will feel a little bit more comfortable. I really am more of a “hideaway” sort of person than a public one. So, if you are visiting this blog to catch up with our family, and wondering why I keep posting about projects and other impersonal things, please send me an e-mail.

I'll keep posting on this blog from time to time, just not ALL the time. Writing posts for blogs, reading other people’s blogs, thinking about what to blog, even talking about blogs, is kind of addictive. Entertaining as it may be, it has been consuming too much of my life, and distracting from that which is more important. One of my biggest fears is time passing too quickly. I don't want to look back and regret the way I spent my time when my children were young. I want to be making memories with them and cherishing every second we have together. Guaranteed, if I am sitting at my computer, there is probably something else I could or should be doing that would be more beneficial for my family, and for myself. I guess what I am trying to say is, I am cutting back. Like any addiction, it will be hard. I'll probably have cravings and experience withdrawal, and always be wondering what exciting things are happening out in the blogosphere. But I can do it... Need to do it.

9 comments:

eileen said...

I think this is a very wise decision. I'm glad I didn't have the internet when my children were young..
Bu don't forget to come back once in a while!

Jamie said...

You're such a good person, Natalie! (By the way, I feel like I put my foot in my mouth the other night. I would have gotten married at a younger age too if I had met Kevin that soon. It just blows my mind how different my life is from other people my age who were married earlier. I have a lot of friends with two or three kids now -- I don't know, maybe I'm secretly jealous)

Anonymous said...

Natalie,
You are making a wise and good decision. I agree with Jamie, you are a wonderful person, mom, wife and daughter. The time slips by so quickly, and every moment is so precious with your adorable children. "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven," and this season is to be the very best mom and wife you can be!
With lots of love,
Mom

em's scrapbag said...

Way to be! It is often difficult to put first things first. So many others get in the way even if they are good things, they are not the best. Way to see what is truely important and act on it.

Rachel said...

You know, the fact that you even feel that way shows how much you care about your family! But, in some defense, and the fact that I love reading your blog, every mom needs something of her own every now and then. Of course, I'm sure I'll still see some new posts. Just not as often, right? We'll just have to hang out then. Do you go visit grandpa ever? Maybe we could go at the same time sometime.

mindy said...

Way to guilt trip the rest of us! I'm completely neglecting my kids as we speak. They're tucking themselves in to bed. :)

James said...

I've peeked in a couple of times. I love all your documented projects and your choices of colors--you've got an eye. I don't doubt the future artist in the family--I've worked with her first hand...kiss Maggie for me, see you around Hayden peak!

Trina said...

What a good example. I guess I'm lucky, my kids are in school. I still have been thinking about this very same thing. I don't want to wish later that this was time spent better. I've decided to limit my "intake" 2x/wk. I've been going everyday for about 1 1/2 hrs. I felt good about that til I added the time up and realized what I could accomplish in that time in just one week. Elder Eyring gave a talk on this very thing 1 year ago. I think the talk was called good better best. It was one of my favorites. The topic is something I still struggle to do well.

kelly said...

Natalie please send me an invite to your other blog. I am so glad that Mindy hooked me up with you and that I can keep in touch. Please email me... kellybean407@yahoo.com. You have a beautiful family. Where are you living?