Thursday, August 19, 2010

for real

Time flies. I know this isn't news to anyone, but I am just feeling the reality of it I guess. Pre-Ellie, I used to sit and think about how I would ever fill all of my long days at home day in and day out but that hasn't seemed to be a problem. Especially this summer. Traveling is such a wonderful thing and we were blessed that it all worked out so we could do all we did, but I do like to be home and able to cherish and appreciate the day in and day outs of our life.

I was talking to a lady whose kids are about to begin their senior year of high school. She told me that when they were babies, she captured and documented the everyday, almost more so than the big events. She said she is so thankful that she did because if not, they would be lost in the back corners of her mind somewhere. It is easy to remember big events like trips and holidays, but it is the daily little things that are so precious yet so easy to forget. So, I am attempting to do what I started out to do with this blog (before the whirl wind of traveling, etc. took over!) I want it to be something that we can look back on in years to come and really have a taste of life as it was then. I guess I want the ability to step back in our home as it is today. Even if our address has changed or our family is bigger or we have different jobs, I want to be able to step back into our little home and remember the smell of what was cooking, the noises Ellie was making, the things Eric was doing to make me laugh, the songs we listened to, the worries and joys that filled our minds.

This might seem trite to some, but it really matters to me. I used to keep a journal of happy things. Each night I would write at least one thing that made me happy that day. I found it the other night and re-read it and relived so many wonderful, ordinary days that I had forgotten all about. I am not becoming obsessed with living in the past, just cherishing and remembering it.

As I started this blog, mainly because both of our families are hundreds of miles away, I became more of a blog reader myself. Truthfully, I found it easy to get caught up in other's lives and feel like my blog needed to be a place to showcase all of the best moments, the cutest pictures, you know, the fairy tale version of the Ness's... There are some of these moments to share, but I also hope I can make it a place where things are as they really are.

And, I leave you with some pictures that make me happy!


DavidandSteff said...

Great post, Em. Like you said, it's definitely fun to remember the "big" events, but 95% of our lives are spent just "hanging out" and living life. I've always been intrigued on how people "really" live instead of how they want us to think they live, anyway. You have such a great husband and beautiful daughter-I love reading about your interactions with them...those are always your best posts. Looking for to reading about your life in the Ness Nest.

Lauren said...

Totally loved this post Emily, beautiful, and so so true. It’s the everyday that should count and not be forgotten. Thanks for this!

Matt and Kristen said...

Love it!! These are precious pics!!