31 Days: You

In case you didn’t read yesterday’s post, I am joining up with The Nester and her 31 Day Challenge. I am challenging myself to write about Thankfulness for 31 days…every day be thankful for something, even if it’s little. A way to force me to look at the positive so to speak…if you want to see all the 31 day posts I do, click HERE.

So today I want to talk about you for a second. And I want to talk about blogging. I have been blogging for nearly three years now and I’ve been reading blogs for even longer. I’m going to be perfectly honest with you, sometimes reading blogs is very depressing. Blogs are often {not always, mind you} used as a platform to elevate yourself… “Look at what I made!” “See how pretty I look in my outfit?” “My hair can be styled all these different ways!” “Look at what a great decorator I am!”….blah, blah. I admit, driving traffic to my blog is often in the back of my mind, not really because I want people to read my thoughts and stories, but because I run a business, and I see my blog as a way to be personal. A virtual store front, so to speak. But learning how to drive traffic to your blog is huge. There are entire conferences about it, ebooks written on it, and countless blog posts produced in order to help people create a bigger platform for themselves or for their business.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I am not stupid. I, maybe more than most, understand that there is money to be made out there, and blogging is one way to make it {or help you make it}. We all have to work, and thankfully, blogging has helped thousands of people make a little extra {or a lot extra} money to provide for their families. Pretty awesome, if you ask me, and you won’t hear any complaining about THAT on my end for sure.

BUT….. sometimes I get so tired of the the virtual show and tell. I have been feeling that way lately. I don’t really care if you read my blog or not {bad, I know}, or if you pin any of my projects, or if you even care about how the Miraflor family is doing, period. ha. I have said it countless times, and I really do mean this {even though the purpose of this blog has been a bit jumbled with business every now and then}…this blog is for my kids. A written history for them. Someday when we are all dead and gone, I hope these words live on. I hope my kids, and my grandkids {if God tarries}, get to read this blog and know how I feel, how I think. I hope they get my passion for Christ. My love for my family. I hope they see it, you know? That is why I pour my heart out on this blog. Not really that anyone reads it, {but thank you that you do!!} but that my family really knows how I feel.

But here’s the cool part about this…when I started this blog three years ago, I had two little babies. Evy was kicking me in the toushy….she was a horrible sleeper, always sick, and very needy {she may or may not still be like this, ha}. I had a very rowdy two year old who terrorized my house {again, he may or may not still be this way, yikes}, and I was feeling so very down as it seemed like the rest of the world was carrying on while I sat at home and missed out on so much. The fact that I was always my husband’s right hand woman in ministry, and all of a sudden I had to stay home more because my kids were sick, or tired, or out of control…it was killer for me. I felt like I was stripped of everything I thought I was and I had no idea what to do with myself.

But you know, it was exactly what God wanted. I went through {and still am} a time where I saw God mold and shape me. And now I see, through my writing about it, that He was still using me in ministry, but just in a different form. Through my disappointments and excitements that I faced in my little house {that I hardly ever left, ha}, I was able to reach through the computer screen and touch YOU…. somebody else who was feeling the same as I was. At home. Alone. Frustrated. I was able to touch you in a way I never could have before. I WAS fulfilling a ministry. Sheesh, Lord, you sure know how to do things, don’t you? πŸ™‚

As Brandon has traveled more the last couple years, he is the one who tells me what this blog has really done. It never fails…nearly every church he has been to, there is at least one woman who comes up to him, sometimes with a smile on their face and other times with tears streaming down, and tell them, “Tell your wife thank you for her transparency on her blog. It has ministered to me so much!” When he calls home and tells me this, I admit, I have no idea what to do with that. I definitely had no idea this blog would ever touch someone else. It was not my intention. But I see now that it has. In my fragile and frustrated state, God still used me. And that blows my mind. It creates a very strange mix of feelings in me…some of shock, some of embarrassment, some of thankfulness. But in the end, what I really wish I could do is reach out and hug you. And tell you thank you. Because the fact that you have read this blog touches me!

This is me, at 8 AM this morning. Completely clean face, hair has not been brushed, my jammies and my favorite lounge hoodie on. ha. Just keeping it real over here. πŸ™‚ AND…I realized after I took this picture that I should have written the thank you backwards so you could read it, BUT, good grief, that’s too complicated to figure out, so hopefully you get what I am trying to say. haha.

If I never write another blog post, or if my blog is never read again, I can honestly say that God has done more through this blog for me than anything else in a very long time. So thank you for standing by and watching. I am extremely indebted to you. You prayed, you cried, you loved. I have had very few people judge. And that is amazing. Thank you friends, from the bottom of my heart. I love you all. I am praying for you today. Today I am thankful for YOU.

Big hugs xoxo

Challenge: Who are you thankful for today? Maybe it’s someone you don’t really know, but someone you see every now and then, and they make an impact on your life. Perhaps it’s the grocery clerk, the lady at Target that helps you find what you need, or maybe it’s your child’s teacher, or another parent from school. Whoever it is, stop them today and thank them. Tell them they have meant something to you. I promise, it will definitely change their day, and yours. πŸ™‚

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5 comments on “31 Days: You

  1. Hey πŸ™‚ You, through your blog, remind me to embrace what is going on in my crazy house and not take everything too seriously. Not saying the message always gets through to me, but still… Thanks for being a good mom, wife, homemaker, business owner, and most importantly, Christian. Seriously, you rock. What a great example of what the younger generation needs to be more like… sticking it out- instead of running away. ‘Cause we all want to sometimes.

    • Ok, Jen, you just managed to make me cry. πŸ™‚ For those of you who don’t know Jen, she is my bookkeeper and has seen me in the good times and the bad. She also sees all my finances and knows probably more about the ins and outs of the Miraflor family {and Evy’s Tree} than she should. hah. To hear you say, Jen, that you think highly of me means more to me than you could ever know!! THANK YOU. And for the record, I feel the same way about you. You are amazing, never judgmental and just all around awesome. I love you and your family so much xoxo

  2. You are so awesome! I read pretty much every post of yours and i absolutely love how real you are. You’re not afraid to show the ugly side of life when it needs to be shown and you are so honest of the ups and downs about parenting. I too get tired of all the “show and tell” on some blogs. Not everything is perfect, not everything can be tied up in a pretty little bow and i love that you get that and aren’t afraid of it. I seriously will come to this blog sometimes late and night and just read your past posts. Your words are so comforting and make me feel a little less crazy and alone when that’s what i need the most. Very thankful for you!

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