Have you missed me?! :)
Man, I have had a lot on my mind lately. A few months ago, when I went on hiatus, I felt like I was in a slump. Blogging slump, life slump, etc. Since this blog is a lot about the little thoughts running through my mind, with a blah sort of mind, it was getting hard to find the drive to sit and blog. I needed a change. So change we did. Over the last few months I tried to decide if I was going to come back to blogging or not. But guess what.....I MISSED IT! So, over the last couple of weeks as ideas for posts have finally started running through my head again, I decided that now was the time! I'M BACK!
We started blogging over 7 years ago, when our twins were born. All of that went down on the now named "Our Life Uncommon" blog. (Link Above) I don't think there will be a moment in my life when I am not grateful that we did that! Personal moments were shared, some were not, but as I read back through those posts I am reminded of both and the blessings that came to our family through that entire chapter of our lives. Priceless pictures and moments with Dawson, pictures and moments that remind us of the miracle that Mallory is. Pictures and moments that remind me just how strong and great our Jake's spirit is, to be able to endure such things as such a young boy, and then, pictures and moments of Ry and I enjoying, enduring, being strengthened through and basking in every experience we feel privileged to have been given! Blogs are a wonderful thing!
Over the last couple of weeks I have thought about the origination of this blog. The idea was based on feelings I had in connection with what I had personally learned being Dawson's mom. I had experienced something that forever changed my perspective, and I wanted others to feel the same hope. Weeks before Dawson died this blog was launched. I remember an article in the Magic Valley Times News about our family came out just after the blog launched. I remember feeling so overwhelmed and proud of Dawson and the impact he was having on so many lives because of the sacrifice he was making. I won't go into too much personal detail here, but I had a very special experience with him that left me without doubt that this blog was very much something that he intended for me to do. Having this blog as a venting place for me to express and grow by the things that inspire me, by internalizing the things I am learning all of the time, or because of the countless emails and endless love and support I have received from all of you....world wide, which is incredibly humbling....these are things that have been a blessing in my life. Months ago I received an email from a reader in Ukraine. She stumbled upon this blog while looking for a craft to do. She sent me an email expressing her testimony to me about how the Lord answered her prayers through a post I had done, and shared some feelings about it. I was overwhelmed by it. How else would I, little ole Amy, have the opportunity to share my testimony and passion with this woman in Ukraine?! The internet is an amazing thing! So many times since then I have received emails from people whose lives have been touched by Dawson's. It is simply amazing to me! As I have thought about this over the last little while, I couldn't help but think that the part about this blog that I am most grateful for would have to be the opportunity I have to be able to show my gratitude to the Lord for all He has given me...and for the amazing gift of being Jake, Dawson & Mallory's mom and Ryan's wife! If He asks me to bare my testimony and take opportunities to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with others, then I will, with all of the energy of my soul! I have a fire in my gut to help others find hope through gaining an eternal perspective, and I guess that is what YourLifeUncommon is all about! It is about us living according to Eternal Perspective! We make different choices and follow different paths, we live far outside of the "normal" box society would like us to live within, when we live with Eternity in mind! THIS is exactly what brought me back! The fire I feel about this needs an outlet....plus, there is a whole lot of craziness going on in the Lindstrom home that needs expression! :)
What I feel is that I am back to living with purpose....plus, it seems that I do a lot more fun things when I have somewhere to blog about it! :)
So, big changes lie in store for our family! Going back to school...not for just the kids, and a whole lot of craziness! It should be a lot of fun! I will, on occasion, continue to post on "Our Life Uncommon", but I think that a lot of our family activities and goings on will make there home here on this blog! And perhaps tomorrow I shall start by telling you about the changes in our family, which included a sort of retirement and now a "Back To School" 38 yr old....and soon to be 35 yr old! We might be totally insane! :)
Anyway, it's good to be back! And if you hung on through this post....THANKS and if you hung on through my months of MIA.....BLESS YOU! I hope that you enjoy the changes ahead! :) Love you all!