Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Starting Over...

This blog, much like it's author, has been slowly evolving, changing, and seeking purpose. What started out as simply an outlet for my creative juices, turned into a place to share my faith journey and inspire others. 

But then my life changed in a rather drastic way. I became a mother. (You can read the story of how that journey began here and here.) With motherhood came a roller coaster of emotions, questions, and changes that caught me completely off guard. And for a time this blog has reflected that. Disjointed. Lacking in focus. Sometimes funny. Sometimes sad. Often silent. Again, much like it's author.

However, over the past few months I've been on a journey toward rediscovery. Out of a desire to refocus and regain that which had been lost, I have been silent with good reason. Mother Teresa said it best: “We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature - trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence... We need silence to be able to touch souls.”

As I've worked through things, I've done so with the express purpose to come back to this blog. To retool it, repurpose it, refocus it. To somehow pull out of my experiences in this unexpected adventure of motherhood, and share that journey with others. And as I mulled this over ... I came across this quote:

"The constant challenge to domestic life, because it is full of repetition and familiarity, is to assume it isn’t also extraordinary." ~Lance Odegard
This captures what I want to express perfectly! To blog about my day to day life as a domestic; to walk alongside others who are seeking to find purpose in the routine! And so begins the repurposing of this blog. To search daily to find the extraordinary in an otherwise very ordinary role of a wife and mother. 

Note: this picture was taken one month after my daughter was born. She is now 2 going on 3! Time goes much, much too fast. Another good reason to stop and recognize the extraordinary nature of the journey!


Anika Lacerte said...

Glad the quote is helpful for you Shari! The quote author, Lance Odegard, is a musician and pastor at Artisan Vancouver. http://lanceodegard.com. I strongly recommend his music. You might like his song “motion is easy”, along the same lines as this quote. http://lanceodegard.com/music.html (Jonathan and I worked with Lance at House of James in Abbotsford).

Shari Lau said...

Thanks Anika! I'm listening to it right now! That quote I read from your blog was just what I needed when I needed it.