Monday, October 5, 2009

A Taste Of Gratitude

What do you do when you blog so much about your family, your life, food, special needs parenting, etc? I hate just throwing everything into one big blog package. But it sure is easier, considering I am so ADD. I have over six years worth of ... a crazy, mixed up life right here on this blog. Not all of it is something I'd care to see in print though. But I'm certainly not willing to part with it. ::sigh::

So, here's what I want to do: I want to blog a whole collection of recipes and stories in (hopefully) a more organized manner than I've done here -- then someday when I've collected enough of them, I want to print them all out and have a book that Stephen and I can share for years and years to come. Almost like reading back over an old diary, of which I still do from time to time. Have I mentioned that I've kept a diary/journal since I was ten years old? Have I mentioned how important writing and photography is to me? They say a picture is worth a thousand words and if I could just have a story to go with each picture ... well, I'd have a book.

Can you imagine how cool it would be to have written stories to go along with your childhood photos? I am finding the older I get, the more I miss my grandparents and the more I struggle in trying to remember all I can about them. My grandmother's recipes and stories. My grandfather's history. I lost my paternal grandfather when I was four. That following summer is the time I started spending more and more time with my grandmother. She was lonely and had so many stories to share. I wish I could remember every single one. I was also very young when my mother's father went home to be with the Lord. I was nine years old. My memories of him are more vivid than my memories of my daddy's father, but I still struggle remembering him.

It will be difficult for Stephen to communicate his memories when he is older and more mature. I think it would be nice for him to have a place to store memories of his family. Something better than a photo album.

I digress (as usual) --- I want our friends and family to participate with me! Feel free to add comments to our new blog just like you do here for Stephen and his family to have, always! Be sure to bookmark us. I will have a separate blog that is just more of a spiritual journey for me. I've had it for about a year but haven't shared it yet. I haven't been able to tend to it as much as I want.

As for Daily Gratitudes And Attitudes. It's all staying here, and it's staying the same. I will just have a couple of additions. When I update them, I'll add a link on this blog.

Stephen and I have added a new recipe in our new blog, linked below!

Visit us at A Taste Of Gratitude

2 comments:

Bridgett said...

Sounds good!
I'm off to visit your new blog.

XOXO

Warren Baldwin said...

Writing stories to go with pictures ... that is an incredibly good idea.

When my kids were little I kept a journal of important events, thoughts and issues. These were things I wrote down in case something happened to me before my kids were grown and I couldn't explain these things to them. Some of the things I wrote about: a big move we made (from Florida to Wyoming to preach for a church), debt, war, marriage, etc.

Now, I write a daily devotional for a radio program. I wrote a series of them based on individual proverbs. I collected 118 of them under 8 topics and just had them published in a book. These have a lot of stories about my life, perceptions on life issues, and religious convictions. If no one else but my kids read it, it was worth the effort.

I think your project will, too. And, if I can find the time (I've got two other writing projects going on right now, too), I am going to do it also. Thanks for the great idea.

Warren