I'm not sure how long I'll keep up this blog. It's been a challenge to figure out how to avoid the three "don'ts" of blogging:
A) Don't give folks the wrong impression.
B) Don't enrage people (especially family members) with your political views.
C) Don't bore anyone to tears - why bother?
Let's start with A shall we?
For example if I post about "the goings on in my house with a sarcastic tone" (which I am prone to do), it might give the impression that I'm an ungrateful wretch (which is occasionally true). If I gush about the accomplishments of my children and home improvement projects, well, it might come off like one of "those" Christmas letters and seem prideful (which is occasionally true). The worst impression I'd like to make is that my kids somehow are not being raised well since it appears by some incriminating photos that they are often unsupervised (which is occasionally true). In the end, the impression I'd like to give is that I know that I AM nothing, but for some reason unbeknownst to me, God has given me children who are really something. Life with them is full and frustrating and glorious and exhausting and amazing.
Well I make readers mad on this blog that is true. I lure them in with cute photos of interracial babies lovin' on eachother and then I slam down some orthodoxy. The crazy thing is that when folks want to know WHY I do what and do, and HOW I do it, they don't always want the truth. The truth is that I'm Catholic, and yes, I actually believe in ALL of her teachings - even the unpopular ones. Am I happy that Barack Obama is president again? Heck no! Does it make me sick that 50% of Catholics voted for him? Heck yes! Have I always been orthodox? No. Do I think that all Catholics should be? Yes. So there you have it. Angry yet? Enraged? (I guess I still am.) The Lord has done great things for me. I love him in return by doing what He says through the church He founded. It's actually pretty darned simple.
Hello? Are you here for C? You haven't left yet?
I can post photos of my kids all day long. But what's the point if I don't share the other stuff? People can see photos like mine anywhere. Snooze. There are millions of "feel good" blogs and I never wanted mine to be one of them (not that it could be). I've always hoped that this blog will challenge readers to better understand what it's like to adopt. Our adoption stories are not EVERYBODY'S adoption stories. Do they all end well? No. Do most? Yes. My blog can be boring to the casual reader (especially when I don't post) but it's mine.
If you don't like my blog, it's okay.
If you don't like me, well that's okay too.
If you want to tell me that I'm judgmental, and unfair, and an unsympathetic hater because I grieve over sin (including my own) instead of redefining it as "not-sin" well, there are other blogs for you to read my friend. Off you go.
If you are like minded and interested in adoption, come on in and stay awhile. Let me show you my family, my miracles, my joy, my faith, my perspective, my failings and always...my hope in Jesus.