Today’s the day, I am doing it! Doing something I rolled my eyes at and swore off-blogging! When I shared with my husband that I am creating a blog, he said “the thought of you starting a blog scares the living “BLEEP” out of me.” Often times he has told me that some of the things I say are probably best left in my head. However, for the sake of authenticity, this blog will be true to form and true to life as I see it which usually involves humor. For all of you diehard grammar folks and English majors, please accept my disclaimer that I don’t claim to be an expert in the written word so please forgive my occasional typo or grammatical errors (please also forgive them even if they are not occasional).
I selected the blog name a spoonful of life because it seems in the daily grind of being wife, mommy, daughter, granddaughter, sister, niece, cousin, friend, colleague, complete stranger, etc. that life always leaves me contemplating about what is in my spoon (figuratively speaking). A majority of the time in our lives we are either rejoicing or complaining because we have a heaping spoonful of life or we are desiring a little more in our spoon to fill us up. Very few times do we just sit back and say, in the famous words of Goldilocks, ahh my spoon is “just right.”
My goal is to blog at least weekly by catching a few moments in the morning, during lunch (for those of you who are clock watchers…lunch occurs in my world anytime in the day I can catch it), or in the wee hours of the night. Topics will include what I know best…everyday life and the joy, laughter, pain, confusion, and frustration that go along with it.
I have been asked, “Why do you feel the need to share with the whole world?” Wow, the “whole” world, that’s a bold assumption (maybe I secretly would love Oprah to read it). This blog is written for friends and family keeping in touch, complete strangers looking for some inspiration or empathy to a similar life experience, or the occasional nosey person (let’s be honest…we all do this occasionally). You can decide which category you fall into.
I have to give credit where credit is due…my inspiration for a blog actually came from the loft3 blog. Not only is this chick an amazing photographer, she is an awesome blogger! I have found strength, understanding, and blessings in the rawness of her blog. I was introduced to her blog when her sister, Ali, was diagnosed with cancer. I had the pleasure to cross paths with Ali’s a few times when she started dating and later married her husband, Ben, who attended Western Kentucky University (Go Tops!) with me and my husband.
This picture was taken the first time we met in in November of 2008. Not a glamorous shot of any of us-but no less life in the making! That is me on the right frazzled after attending a Marine Corps Party with my husband. My college bestie, Allison, is in the middle. This was her first night out since having her son, Camden. And Ali is on the left, caught in the midst of a good laugh.
Although our encounters were few and brief, the instant I met her, I knew that she was not only gorgeous on the outside…but she was equally as beautiful on the inside…just one of those gals that is not your everyday variety.
It seems trivial to say that such a tragedy due to cancer changed me for the better. The world would be a better place if she were still here. Melanie, thank you for sharing your authentic perspective that reminds me each time I read it to enjoy the spoonful I have at the moment! Continued peace and blessings for you, Ben, Olivia, and all the others Ali loved so much.
Learn more about Ali and honor her legacy by donating to the Rock Pink for Ali.Who can resist a girl who loves pink, cotton candy, and lived more in her short 31 years than most of us will in a lifetime! This family is rocking pink and using it to change the world!
So, here I am. Stacy the spoonfuloflife blogger. I am working toward making each spoonful a “just right” moment and I wish the same for you!