I really love blogging.
I have been blogging since early 2010 when Jonathan proposed. Here is my very first blog post.
The blog has evolved a good bit since then…as have my reasons behind blogging.
It has been so much fun to document our lives here & look back through the pictures & memories. Plus, I love to write. I’m not the best by any means, but this is my “place.”
I started out as “Goin to the Chapel” to document our engagement & to keep friends and family who didn’t live close in the loop. After we got married it turned into “Happily Ever After” and I shared about some of our adventures as newlyweds. It was really more of a journal at that point. When I transitioned the blog to “Butler Party of 2” I started really developing a love and passion for fitness and nutrition, so I began sharing what I was learning in all my research. I also grew tremendously in my walk with Christ during that time frame and started sharing more faith- based posts. In some ways it became almost like a ministry for me. I really enjoyed connecting with other bloggers and blog readers. But if I’m honest, I also wanted my blog to grow at that point. It felt good to see the number of followers increase, and I even monetized the blog and put ads on it (for about a week before realizing that just wasn’t my thing). When Jase was born, I shifted big time from posts about running marathons to posts about my sweet baby. (Hey marathonners- did you know that less than 1% of the entire population will ever run a marathon in their life? You are a rare breed and you are AWESOME!) I posted pregnancy updates and baby updates (which have seriously been SO helpful to look back on), and still included some goodies about faith, fitness, & nutrition. More than anything though, it became a way to document our little family’s life and I started printing all of the posts into blog books.(I use Cutest Blog on the Block when they send out coupon codes- they are so user friendly!)
Now, as we are making a transition to Butler Party of 4 soon, I blog for a totally different reason. I have almost made the blog completely private multiple times, and for multiple reasons, but then I get an e-mail from someone who is encouraged by something or found something helpful, so I decide to leave it. Plus, this blog has seriously brought so many INCREDIBLE people into my life- many who have become some really great friends. I am forever thankful for that! And I can’t tell you how uplifting and encouraging everyone was during some tough times.
However, as I’m sure you can probably tell, I’m not in it for the followers anymore. I’m not in it to please anyone. In fact, I’m quite sure lots of people have stopped reading all together (maybe because I’ve offended them, or maybe because they find it boring to read about how many times a day Kade is eating…haha!). Maybe just because I’ve grown up, but in the past I looked at blog stats. I would get upset over losing a follower. (That is embarrassing to even admit now.) I still love to journal what’s going on in our lives, and I love to share when I come across something cool. I love to share fun things my babies are up to, new recipes, and whatever else the Lord lays on my heart- usually what he is teaching ME at that time. But here is why I blog.
Jonathan and I have experienced some tragic, unexpected losses over the last couple of years. It has been heartbreaking. We are so thankful for the Lord’s comfort and peace, but if there is anything I have learned from those losses (besides to make every day count, as cheesy as that sounds), it is to really think about my LEGACY. What will be left behind when I’m gone?? That is a huge part of what this blog is for me. That is why I blog.
If something were to happen to me, I want my boys to have this. I want them to hear their mama’s voice…to know my heart…to have access to some of my thoughts and views on different things. (Even if they aren’t popular.) Lord willing I’ll be around for many, many years to teach them and share all of this with them myself, but what if I’m not? No one is promised tomorrow, and I want them to have this piece of me.
I still have voicemails on my phone from my brother and a book Jonathan’s mom recorded for Jase so we can hear their voice. I wish we had more of them. More pictures, more things with their handwriting, just MORE of them. I would LOVE to have a journal with their thoughts & favorite memories. Wouldn’t that be a special thing to have to remember them by?
Honestly, I feel like I’m giving my boys and future children a gift with this blog and the blog books.
I know I have some people who still consistently read this little ole blog, and I felt like I owe y’all an explanation. I wanted to let y’all know the WHY behind my blogging nowadays. I wish I had more time to blog because I have more on my heart than I have time to get into posts. Life is busy with an awesome hubby and two precious boys! (Mostly the daily grind of, well, you know…dishes, laundry, changing diapers, running through the sprinkler, blowing bubbles, catching lightning bugs, building forts… that type of thing.) So if you’ve been following along with us for awhile, thank you. If you’re new here, welcome. If you don’t like what you read, see ya later. And if you’re thinking about starting a blog, DO IT. Who cares if anyone else reads it? If you ever have a post go viral? If your blog is cute with all these fancy headers and sidebars. Just blog! (or journal, scrapbook, whatever.) There is someone who will be thankful to have that piece of you…
And now to get myself together enough to get this bad boy transitioned into Butler, Party of 4…