As I’m wrapping up the second of three super-busy weeks, I have asked myself several times if my priorities are in the right place. Am I making time for what matters or for fluff?
Obviously, some things are non-negotiable, but what about the little pieces that are? As I took a mental inventory earlier this week, I kept coming back to blogging. Why am I making time to blog? Why is it important to me to blog on the weekdays (if a post is on a Saturday or Sunday, it was pre-written and set to post; those are family days) rather than spend my time doing something else? The more I thought about it, the more convinced I am that I need to write. It is a non-negotiable for me.
I have been an on-again, off-again journal-er most of my life. I have always enjoyed writing–in any format. When I was in the third grade, I had a teacher who had done the New Jersey Writing Project. We spent a vast majority of our time writing. I was in heaven!
Fast forward almost twenty years: this site has been such an amazing and enjoyable outlet for me. I started off slowly, only writing once or twice every week or so. Now I write more often, and while some of my entries seem trivial, it’s fun to share. I love to hear people say they read my post and tried my recipe, meal plan, shoes, or what have you.
I am living the life I prayed for–the life of a stay at home mom. My daily activities bring me so much joy–I want to shout from the rooftops what God has done to get me here! While I don’t have scripture quoted in each post and being in a flash mob probably wasn’t a desire of the Proverbs 31 woman, the main idea of all that is The Gray Matters is that God has provided a beautiful life for us. He has given me stories and ideas to shape my family and my life. He has given me ways to make things faster, more efficient, and more cost-effective. He didn’t just hand all these things to me on a silver platter. People shared; I prayed, responded, and implemented. I don’t have all the answers, and I can’t change your life. However, I would love to make a difference. I can tell you what I did to change mine, and, much more importantly, what He did to make it happen.
I’m certainly not in this to get famous; I’m in it to share our stories. We’re no different from anyone else–but that’s the beauty of it! We’re a regular family, just like yours. It brings me joy when people say they read what I wrote and were able to make a positive change in their own life. The Gray Matters is my testimony–it showcases my triumphs and my shortfalls. It is my story, our story, penned by the grace of a Savior who is merciful and faithful.