Long time, no blogging.

by Camille on October 2, 2011

You may have noticed that I haven’t blogged in a rather long while. What you may not know is that I have a list of about 30 post ideas scratched on junk mail, scribbled on random corners of my day planner, and typed hastily into the notes app on my phone. I have SO much I want to write about. Unfortunately….life hasn’t been too forthcoming with the time to sit and bond with my Mac.

So…a quick update on the blog-worthy subjects keeping me from blogging:

1. We took a trip.

If you’re my Facebook friend, you know I was busy trying to break the Guinness world record on the number of photos taken during one vacation. (Seriously….about 1,000 photos in a week.)

First, we went to Tallin, Estonia.

And then, since we were in the area, we spent a day in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Next: Helsinki, Finland…where it rained. A lot.

Stockholm, Sweden.

Copenhagen, Denmark.

And finally…Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Where did we leave the baby!? Why did we leave the baby? How could we ever leave the baby? Didn’t we miss the baby? (Insert a resounding “duh” here.) Well, these all sound like excellent questions to be answered in another post–the one I planned to write about a month ago when we returned. In fact, I planned to do a post on each location with pictures and a little city highlights blurb. But….then came #2.

2. My little sister (sniff) got married.

I don’t even need to explain, do I? She wasn’t a bridezilla, and we weren’t exactly the Bridesmaids, but anyone who has ever been part of a wedding party knows that it takes about 400 hours of preparation and related-event attendance for that 20 minute ceremony. Don’t get me wrong…wouldn’t have had it any other way for my beautiful sister. God knows I floated in my “I’m the bride” bubble. Just saying it’s hard to blog while hauling around 50-lbs of satin train.

Wedding festivities included showers and bachelorette get-togethers.

Bridesmaids’ luncheon.

Rehearsal dinner.





And all of the above while juggling Miss Ellie.


Until…..my sister was married. As I mentioned briefly in a Facebook status, both of us should still be building elaborate Barbie villages in the playroom or singing along to the Saved by the Bell theme song arguing over who gets to “be” Kelly. It’s so weird that she’s married. Weird that I have a kid. This aging thing….just weird….in a good way. She married a man who adores her, and I’m thrilled that she found her true soulmate. Perhaps more on that (in addition to a review of other interesting wedding-related adventures) later.

I would like to say that I got to ride in this vehicle with the 19 other members of the bridal party.

And it was wicked cool! (Even when the driver missed the turn to the reception and had to turn around on a county road and we sort of almost turned over in a ditch.)

So, the wedding is over, and you might expect that I now have an ample amount of time to catch up with my sadly neglected blog. And you’d be right….except for:

#3 I’m working an Emmaus Walk. 

For those of you who don’t know, an Emmaus Walk is  a Christian spiritual retreat weekend….and so much more.  I originally attended the weekend almost 15 years ago when I was a freshman in high school. Since then, I’ve been blessed to serve by working in various roles on numerous weekends; I actually met Charlie at the Emmaus retreat, so yeah…it’s an important part of my life. Please look HERE for basic information, but check back soon. I hope to write a post  in the future explaining Emmaus in my own words for anyone who might be interested in going. Basically, it’s a big hug from God. (And God gives awesome hugs.) It’s a time of renewal, inspiration, challenge, and healing. Working a Walk does require a significant time commitment, but every moment is a blessing. Please contact me if you’re at all interested in attending, and please be in prayer for Walk #64: Oct. 13-16.


So, now you are effectively caught up on my life and my excuses for not blogging.

Unfortunately, what I’m realizing is that there will always be excuses of some variety. There may not always be a wedding or vacation, but it seems that something–dirty laundry, kiddo clutter, church commitments, family illness, etc.–  is always coming between writing and me. Thus, the challenge is to find a way to live my life and still find the time to write about it more regularly.

Because, most of the time, I love my life. And generally, I’ve come to love sharing it too.

Jeanene March 30, 2013 at 4:32 pm

Sigh…I hear that. In fact…I am dealing with just plain “writers block”…I *know* God would like me to share the story of our journey to Adoption…and it’s a heck of a story…but, I’m totally lost as to how to start…I’m not sure I “get” the whole blog thing…the organization and the “what to write”…I don’t know…for whatever reason, I haven’t even gotten to the “kiddos making it challenging to write” part. I’m not even sure why…

Camille April 4, 2013 at 10:45 am

Do you follow the Adoption Magazine blog? She does a regular blog-hop with suggestions for topics to write about. Also, I’m a member of Open Adoption bloggers (button in the sidebar), and even if you’re in an international adoption, she often has writing prompts that would apply. I think you just start wherever feels right, and go from there. Focus on the small moments, and each life anecdote starts to paint the picture of your life. But with two toddlers….yeah. Simply finding time is always a challenge. 🙂

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