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Dad used to always try to convince us something crazy was happening outside to get us to look out the window. After a few years I think we caught on and just laughed about it. I don't know of any April Fools pranks that have really been at someone's expense (that I have personally witnessed) and I generally love seeing the creativity that comes out of people on April 1st when it comes to online posts. I've definitely played the fool on this day though, although I can't think of any really good examples!
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Have You Ever Been an April Fool?
@Carole Remy @Lori Yes! Eli and Elias are one in the same. :) I have to say that I think I just disagree at a fundamental level. I don't believe that the universe is a force on it's own and that we choose our destinies before we come here. I believe that God put us here. So I'm finding it challenging to come to the same understanding as many here about 'the universe'. You know? I do find it interesting to read the different perspectives though. I find so many of them place so much of the pressure and blame on our lives on ourselves. WE chose this life, WE choose our hardships and our victories. What an incredible burden to bear. I find comfort in the belief that God has chosen this all for me and that he is here with me through it all and he can see the bigger picture. So while this Earth is broken, there is also so much of His love and grace here making Earth both a "friendly" and "unfriendly" place. And eventually I will be home in the friendliest of all places. :) I know we probably won't come to an agreement on this but that's what's beautiful about discussion- hearing new perspectives. :)
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Is The Universe a Friendly Place?
I have been thinking about this quite a bit... I wanted to try to frame my thought more before jumping in, but I can't seem to get it just right so I thought I would see if anyone 'gets it' or can help! I think that I too had a wonderful childhood that should tell me the world is friendly, but I don't know if I completely agree. I think that my world at home was so friendly that often it caused me to be surprised that the whole world is not that way. Do you remember first learning that there were starving children out there and no one to give them food or drink? As a child that was something that I could barely comprehend, "But we have boats and planes and technology! Why is the world so uncaring so as to let anyone be hungry?" I know it is not so simple, but as a child we think it is... I just don't think the world is so friendly... you know?
@Hajra @Lori Behavioural resolutions, I think, would be the most challenging. What do you think?
3 months ago on How are You Doing with Your Resolutions for 2013?
I read this and thought to myself, "I didn't make a resolution this year!" Then I realized I did and I'm doing ok at it, my resolution was to read a devotional each day. I've definitely missed some days but I'm happy that I'm working towards it becoming a simple habit. The fact that I forgot it was my resolution tells me that it was important to me regardless of the fact that I made it on Jan 1st! I just knew it was something I wanted to do! :) (I think I even started before the new year... Lol) Did you make a resolution this year?
@Lori Hmm even if I pull the circle back I stand by the comment that it would be boring. Perfection doesn't allow for variation does it? If there is a "perfect" than there is only one. Wouldn't we all look the same then? With perfect eyes and perfect personalities? If it is our responsibilty not to be bored then how could we do that without choice? And how could we have choice if we could only ever do what was perfect?
3 months, 1 week ago on Would You Like to Live in a Perfect World?
I definitely would not want to live in a perfect world. It would be so boring. I think God already created a perfect home for us and too often we focus on this lifetime- this world- and forget that there is a perfect home ready for us. It's so easy to do and I've been working hard lately to remind myself that I'm not home. We (myself very much included) so often say that this life if not fair, but we say that thinking only of life on earth... I picture God saying lovingly "silly child, you are not taking into account the whole picture which only I know, but trust in me and someday you will know this perfect home." Or something like that... What do you think?
@razwanawahid Education? Very cool! To educate others, or yourself? I would love to hear more! =)
3 months, 2 weeks ago on The Dynamic Life of a Blogger
@rdopping Thank you! Sticking to one topic is smart- keeps the audience knowing what to expect. I will have to pop over and look! Writing about something you are passionate about is great!
@Carole Remy @deliberateblog That's so neat that you are coming from a completely different perspective! I'd love to hear more about it. I actually (when not on mat leave) blog for our company site too which is very different. Have you ever thought about a personal blog? Do you keep a journal?
@bdorman264 I actually changed my name because people thought it said "Smelly Melly" oops! That's so nice to know that you can find everyone when you need and be able to step back a bit sometimes. I definitely do that too!
@SocialMediaDDSThat's so awesome! It's probably why you draw people in with such ease! :)
@adityasamThank you so much! For what reasons do you blog? :)
@Jane Bailey BainThat's what I think! :) On the other hand I sometimes ask myself if my intentions aren't pure- does that reflect in my actions? Like doing something prettier more for the blog as opposed to just for my family or husband... Do you think it's still good if it makes me better, or do you think it gets tainted a bit?
@SocialMediaDDS Thank you so much for your incredibly sweet words! :) It is funny to adjust things because I might blog them, and it's even funnier when the family runs from my camera saying "Oh no, she's going to blog me!" hahaha. I find sometimes I will clean a specific area by shoving the "mess" asside sometimes too. It makes me think sometimes about how we can "hide the mess" in our lives when we blog. I find it's the posts where I share my life's mess that have the biggest impact though too. Do you think we as bloggers "hide" things too often when we should instead share them?
@Lori Thank you so much! I'm so glad you enjoy coming to visit! It's so true that blogging inspiration can come from anywhere!
Now that Eli is such a big part of my life I think it really amplifies the reason I started blogging. Now updating family on my life is that much more important. Especially with all the family and friends we have in Ontario. They just love to see pictures and videos of the little guy. I also think it does make blogging more important in that it is the way I'm documenting Elias' childhood. I have a calendar with some notes, but I think I'm doing a much better job of documenting his life on the blog. I keep many things private- but those fun moments I share. Now that I think about it, I don't know what I would do if I lost my blog! I'm not sure that I am more likely to write a book because of blogging. I feel like I have so many little thoughts of mine out there already. If I wrote I think it would be on something entirely different. I'm not sure. I like the immediacy of blogging though. I think it keeps me more honest. If I thought too long about what to write I think I would "fluff" it up too much- but that is just me. What do you think?
I love this! Such an honest post. It's so easy to feel the pressure to blog frequently and make sure you are sticking to a strict schedule but when the stress overshadows the fun that made ou start in the first place I love that you re-evaluated and decided to blog when the bug bit! I too feel the same way. I blog in waves. Sometimes daily for a few weeks in a row and sometimes weekly for a month in a row. Have you ever thought about merging your blogs to make one that is just "you"? Or do you feel that the audiences are too different? Just curious! Thanks for the peek into your inspired life! :)
3 months, 3 weeks ago on The Inspired Life of a Blogger
@Lori Could be interesting to see if/how Pinterest changes our lives!
The "Pin it" button is here: http://pinterest.com/about/goodies/ I love using this! =)
4 months ago on How Pinterest Will Change the World
It's no secret that I'm a huge Pinterest fan! So much fun. I can't say I ever thought of it as a vision board but that's a really interesting way of looking at it! I like it so much that I made a Pinterest board on Pinterest! :) http://pinterest.com/melanieathomp/pinterest-tips/
4 months, 1 week ago on How Pinterest Will Change the World
@Lori I love that poem! I know it well... it really is a perfect reminder isn't it? It's so easy to get wrapped up in the day-to-day cleaning and housework, but, like you said that's not the most important part!
4 months, 1 week ago on How Would a Child Draw You?