A-Day


Today marks my first blog-iversary. Wanna see my first post? It will give you a clue as to the main reason why this day is special.

Karl has been out of town, so I sat with the kids to watch our wedding and honeymoon video. I actually had butterflies in my stomach just watching myself get married. I’m so glad I wasn’t too terrified to go through with it. Marrying Karl was one good decision amid a plethora of very bad ones. Some of you may cry when you watch your wedding video, but I feel relieved. As in, “Whew! We did it!”

As we watched the honeymoon portion, the kids laughed their heads off at our silly dialogue. Karl is constantly making jokes and I’m constantly asking him how he “feels” about being married. “What was your favorite part of the ceremony?” His response: goofy eyebrow motions.

I give a constant play-by-play throughout the video. At one point Benjamin said, “I wish you’d give the camera to Daddy. He’s funnier than you.” Why, just last week Karl was explaining to the kids how to be funny and he used me as an example of how not to be funny. Any laughs I get are accidental. Anyway, when Karl has the camera he cracks jokes about everything he sees and asks me to do goofy things that makes the kids laugh. When I have the camera I note boring things like the boats in the bay: “There are some boats.” It’s riveting, I tell you, just riveting.

It is so interesting to note that while we have changed so much over the last nine years, we really haven’t changed that much. I still don’t like to spend time fixing my hair, Karl is still concerned about what his next meal is, and I still have to ask him if he has brushed his teeth today. So much of that silly video is replayed every single day of my life. And I’m starting to like it.

About the blog: Like most bloggers, this whole thing started with a desire to do something for fun. In my case, it was a desire to do something a little different to say, “Happy Anniversary,” to Karl. For the longest time, he was the only person who read my blog (and that was when I asked him to). He even started one of his own. There was a lot of linking back and forth in those early days. I learned how to use Sitemeter and was shocked to see that people actually visited. An “if you post it, they will come” kind of thing, I guess. Then, Karl decided to tell our family about it and I had to answer the question, “What is a blog?” As I tried to explain it, I realized for the first time that blogging is kind of weird. What’s the point? I still don’t have a great answer for that question.

I spent a lot of time trying to figure what I wanted Lux Venit to be. Should I write according to a theme? Should I write to fill a specific niche? Should I be a homeschool blog? Should I write anti-feminism posts? Do I want to get into politics? Should I write out my life story? What are topics I need to avoid?

Ultimately, I decided that I would write whatever I want to write, but that I would always try to encourage others and glorify God. I committed to attempt a post every day for one year. This is post #336. I came close.

The best blogging surprise is the friendships I’ve made. I share this little corner of the blogspherewith some really talented, godly women who have spurred me on and challenged me in so many ways. Lord willing, we’ll celebrate again next May!

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17 thoughts on “A-Day

  1. Congrats on your year of blogging!! Wow, a year, where does the time go. I think I missed my blogging anniversary!!! Loved your reflections today, and all other days too!

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  2. Congratulations on one year of blogging and on your wedding anniversary!I’m glad you’re here blogging because I’ve found a friend I would otherwise never have known!: D

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  3. I agree . . .Congrats! And, I’m glad I found you/stumbled upon you too!And, I, too, enjoyed today’s post! It sounded joyful. Like I could almost see your smile as your typed. :)Happy A-Day and B-Day (Blogiversary) too!!

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  4. Happy Anniversary! And Happy Blogiversary! I’m glad you’re blogging, too. You’re so right about the friendships.

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  5. I think it’s such a neat God incidence that so many of us started blogging the same time last year. Your blog is a particular place of refreshment and encouragement to me. Thanks for the time you take to write. Happy Blogiversary!

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  6. I’m so glad you post almost daily because you always brighten my day and encourage me! Hope you have a great anniversary!I had to laugh about Karl being the funny one. It is exactly the same in our house. The kids laugh like crazy at Dad and not so much at me. :)I haven’t watched my videos forever, I’m sure my kids would like to do that.

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  7. Happy Anniversary and congratulations on blogging a year. My year was last monday, but as I haven’t been blogging much lately, I let it slip by. I’m glad to have met you through the blogsphere. You always give me a lot to think about!

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  8. I love your blog! And HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!!!I know what you mean about trying to figure out what your blog is for….I ended up choosing to write on for family and friends to just see what’s going on in our lives. My parent and DH’s parents live far away, so it’s nice for them to see pictures of the grandkids, etc. The friendships on this journey were certainly an unexpected bonus!!!!

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  9. Wow, has it been a year gone by already?! CONGRATS!! I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your blog and being encouraged by it! THANK YOU! 🙂

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  10. Congrats, Leslie!! I love reading your blog – you are a great encouragement to me. =) Keep it up!

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  11. I am the same type of videographer as you! I have this running narrative that I don’t even realize I’m saying until later, when I watch the video. BUT, I will say that I have some old movies that my grandfather took, from the time my mother (who is in her fifties) was a little girl until my grandfather’s golden years. The most precious part is hearing his voice, and my grandmother’s voice. Grandma hardly ever spoke in the movies. She treated them like a still camera and would smile and pose! My grandfather would prompt everyone to do something! So she would wave and the five kids would do clever things like run in circles and jump repeatedly off a big rock. FASCINATING. :)Anyway, my point is that whether you’re funny or not, someday your children will treasure those videos and your, “There are some boats” comments! 🙂

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