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Saturday, June 15, 2013

Looking back


Last night I did something I haven't done before.  I want Bianca to read the biography of a woman who is bipolar...it is a book I bought, read and then somebody borrowed it...and never returned it.  For the life of me I couldn't remember it's title or the author, but I knew I blogged about it.  So I searched for it on my blog and found it.  The book is by Rahla Xenopoulos and it is called "A Memoir of Love and Madness."  

That is when I ended doing what I haven't done before....read my own blog.  I went back to 2010 and read about our roller coast ride when my son Wynand was diagnosed with an AVM (Arteriovenous Malformation ) in his brain. I am sure that I was running on auto pilot when I wrote those posts.  Reading it last night made me cry and also made me so thankful that the Lord's hand was over us then and now....we have come such a long way.  

It wasn't only the sad things that I wrote that moved me.  It was also the memories that I recorded of times spent with my little ones:  Leane,  Lukas and Dewan and the funny things they did and said.... reading it again made me laugh out loud.  

That is why we blog isn't it?
We don't want to forget.

I also noticed that my blogging has changed over the years and that there are memories that I am no longer recording.  That must change....so I am thinking of a plan of action.  A way to not allow life to become so overwhelming that I forget to write down the things that really matter...it also means that I will be blogging more regularly in future.

It is bitterly cold in Port Elizabeth...I hope you are keeping warm.

xxx

21 comments:

  1. I love looking back at my old posts too ... you are right, it's so we never forget :)

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  2. I love reading some of my older posts. Blogging really gets us to record the day to day. Sometimes I wonder what the point of it is and consider stopping. But then I realize that I enjoy writing and scrapping is more fun when there are others to share it with.

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  3. Remarkable thoughts! I hope my blog will be a life long enough to then be able to go back to read.

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  4. I title my posts such that whenever I am looking for a particular project it is easy to locate. Glad you had fun reminiscing :)

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  5. I do go back and read posts now and again. I have that widget at the bottom of my posts that brings up related ones so I often click through on those. It's amazing sometimes to think, "wow, I was actually coherent and yet things were so mad!" :)

    It's ICE cold here too!!!

    As soon as I finish my tea, I'm bringing a heater in here so I can be nice and toasty while I play with photos!

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  6. We all go through seasons, and we all change.. it is what happens to us as we grow age and mature.. and my blog is mainly about scrapbooking with the occasional share about my life.. but i do enjoy reading other peoples blogs and what they share becomes a part of my life too... take care.. and yes we are into winter here in queensland australia... and the temperature is expected to drop quite a bit this week..

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    1. Lizzy...the thing I regret most, is that I didn't start a blog the day we started the mission. I can imagine that we could have written a book about the happenings there by now...sadly a lot has been forgotten.

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  7. I had a great time catching up on your blog and reading the last few blog posts Lynette. I always love reading about your life and your family and your photos are always so lovely. I hope the weather warms for you a bit. It never gets really freezing cold in Perth, although people who have been living here all their lives, will disagree with me. :)
    Keep on blogging, because one day you will have a laugh (or a tear) reading back and remembering the little things. xx

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  8. I should write more :-)...
    Glad you will be blogging more regularly!!

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  9. Oh Lynette, I am so happy that God's healing hands were upon you during that time in your life. Thank you so much for reminding us why we blog! Yours is amazing and always thought provoking and inspiring for me!

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  10. I know right, just today my daughter asked me why I have to take picture of my cookies (I keep a private blog for my family), I told her when I die, they can go to my blog and look up for all the recipe they loved.... that mom used to baked. Yes, and that is one of the reason I blog too, we want to remember every single moment in our life, the laughter, the fun, the cookies my children loved, that is why we blog!

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    1. That is it Kirsty. I reminded my son yesterday to go and read about how his life was affected in 2010. I hope he does.

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  11. I cant read my older posts - I cringe a little.

    But I do try and record as much as I can - even if it seems trivial to my readers at times!

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    1. Being real and vulnerable should never make you cringe my friend. What seems trivial to some readers are important memories that you want to record and that is what matters...not the no of comment you get or what others might think.

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  12. So very very true - that is why we blog. However I do find that Project Life is somehow taking over some of this.

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  13. Blogging is certainly good for the soul...and such a great way to make friendships across the miles! ;-)

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    1. Yes Denise...hard to believe bad my very best "in real life" was once only blog buddies. We have a very supporting community on the net.

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  14. It's good sometimes to go back for a read...some times it's to see how far you've come...some times to see how far off track you've gone. ;-)

    It's FREEZING here in Jhb too. I am so over winter already and it has just started!

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  15. I don't seem to go back and read old posts. I think it's because I don't like to look back. I have never liked to do that.
    I am glad that God carried you through that rough patch in your life.

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  16. Your blog is an absolute inspiration and I agree that looking back at things makes you grateful to God for getting through them.

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  17. I am so pleased you found the name of the book you were searching for, it is sad when other people don't return things ... they must have needed the book more :-(
    Reading and writing can be very therapeutic, and healing ... your blog is certainly inspirational on all levels and I enjoy coming to visit when time allows. Sending you warm Aussie hugs (its cold here too, brrrrrr)...

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