Monday, September 24, 2007

To blog or not to blog...

What did people do before blogs were created? It's become a sickness for me. In my 'time budget' I have to figure in time for blogging. Not just filling all of you chumps in on us (by the way, eliot cut two new teeth this weekend, we're up to 8) but reading all the blogs linked to mine. Not only do I try to keep up with all of those but there are a few that are linked to them that I keep up with also. It's out of control.


Back in March when Keri, Heather and Beth came for their visit to the 'mala, Beth suggested that I start a blog. Life was getting more and more tricky for Russ, my parents and in-laws and close friends. Lots of people wanted updates and details about the adoption and it was getting exhaustive for my family and friends to relay the same information over and over. People wanted to see pictures on a regular basis and I couldn't add enough emails to our shutterfly list. So, our blog was created. It has become a perfect solution. Now we can communicate and share Eliot with everyone everywhere.

I've had some surprising visitors to the blog. As you can see from the little map to the side, we have lots of international visits (hello to my new New Zealand friends!) as well as a bunch from the US. It's been healthy, almost theraputic, for me to share our story. God's story of what he's done through us. The most rewarding aspect so far has been to hear from a small handful of people that they have been encouraged to proceed with or begin the process of adoption after keeping up with our journey. How cool is God? Posting a blog sometimes feels like shouting from the rooftop that God is good.






I wondered if the only people who would keep reading after our return home would be the grandmas and sometimes I post with only them in mind, knowing their desire to daily see their little grandson. However, most of the time, whether it's at church or on the phone with a friend, we jump right into the daily happenings that they've already read about. I don't have to describe nearly as much anymore because most of our close friends and family still keep up with us this way. It's just so very handy.

So, good morning to you blog-hoppers. It was great meeting with you as you've had your daily or weekly dose of our blog. See you tomorrow.

15 comments:

Home sweet home said...

Just want you to know I love your blog !!!!

TNKerry said...

Hello!!! I've been following your blog after being linked to it through Sharon. I am the Kerry from Tennessee that you met at our Embassy appointment - what a great day!!!!! You guys look so happy and seem to be doing so well. Our little girl made such a great transition. It has been a true blessing. I can't agree with you more about the whole blog thing. I actually decided to start one this week - just as a way to remember all the little things that happen with my kids and to share them with those who care :)
Anyway if you'd like to add mine to your list e-mail me your e-mail (mine is private - I copied the way Sharon set up hers). My e-address is tnkerry@bellsouth.net

Chrissy said...

I am so addicted to your blog! And I am one of the ones who was encouraged to "keep truckin'" in this adoption! I can't wait to see you again and someday let our sweet little "chocolate chips" (as you so wonderfully described Eliot) meet!

Chris & Lindsey Wheeler said...

Katie,
How did you find our blog?? That is amazing!! Thanks for your encouraging words. We should find out more info in less than 3 weeks! For some reason, the link to us on your site doesn't work. Just thought I would let you know. Ya'll are the cutest family EVER!!!

-Lindsey Wheeler

Allie said...

or see you later today, since I check your blog every time I get on the internet... just to see if you have written that el has said my name...

Josh and Deb said...

I share your blog addiction... both in updating my own as well as checking in on everyone elses!

Melissa Scott said...

I so agree with everything you shared and just for your information, I check your blog daily...it is my way of keeping up with a dear friend who I don't see daily anymore and who I love to death!

K.M. Laughlin said...

Thanks for sharing that!!! You rock!

Sharon, Isabella's Mommy said...

Hasta manana, mi amiga :)

Amanda said...

LOVE IT!!!

Heather S. said...

Thanks for sharing your adoptin journey with all of us! It is always great to hear how God is working in the lives of our friends!

Amy said...

I can't NOT read about Eliot! It is Sooooooooo addictive

jodie said...

it's not only addictive, for me it's totally blog-therapy! learning about other mom's out there, writing my random thoughts or sharing my new business. my blog has changed my life in some ways! crazy isn't it? and now it's almost midnight... blog-hopping causes late nights around here!

jessicabusse said...

Katie, I completely agree and it often makes me late because I just want to check everyone's. I agree with Allie because I go to my favorite blogs sometimes 3 and 4 times a day just to see if they had updated. I read complete stranger's blogs and feel like they are my friends... weird! I'm not as good as keeping up my as I am reading others but I keep trying. I love your blog and feel like we've become better friends through it... that is super weird, but true. So, thanks for updating so often and continuing to share you life with the world!

Lisa said...

Your blog is so fun and keeps my amazing memories alive of our time in beautiful Guatemala. I am still obsessed with Antigua and think about our Guatefriends every day! What an amazing, beautiful, growing , crazy, stressful, learning, faith-building time that was!

We miss you!