why i do what i do

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about why I write this blog. With the arrival of a new baby, life got even fuller than before, and I find myself examining all the ways I spend my days. How can I streamline this, find a more efficient way to do that? How do I still make time for all the parts of my life I value: my marriage, my friendships, my work, my passions? As life gets ever more demanding, how do I keep a calm, clear center?

I retained little from my AP Economics class in high school, but I do remember this: everything has an opportunity cost. If I do A, I cannot simultaneously do B. Writing takes time, precious time that can be spent in other ways. I try to carve out moments and corners where I can sit and think, write and reflect, but often I choose option B instead – which is usually time with family. All good things, but I feel pulled in many different directions. Most days I am constantly juggling activities, weighing priorities, dividing my time. I imagine most of you feel the same way.

And yet I feel a strong tug to spend time here, to keep writing and thinking about what parenting means in the life of faith. I know there are others of you out there who agree, who struggle with these same dilemmas, who ask the same questions. How do we teach our kids about God? How do we make faith part of our family life? How do we live out our values in authentic, meaningful ways? How do we raise children who are people of compassion, hope, and justice?

In the weeks and months ahead, I want to explore these questions in a new light. You’ll see some changes around here (if you haven’t already noticed a few – check out the “about me” link on the side bar, for starters). More intentional series on how we nurture our mothering – and fathering! – spirits. More resources on prayer and Scripture. More reflections about how faith intersects with the events and news that fill our lives. And hopefully, more lively conversations with the perspectives we all bring to the table.

For those of you who are new here: welcome! For those who have been journeying with me for a while: thanks. I’d love to hear from all of you – what you enjoy finding here, what you’d like to see more of. Leave a comment or drop me an email at motheringspirit@gmail.com.

Lots of ideas and inspirations have been gestating in my mind for some time now about what I dream this space could become, and it’s time to birth this baby. The labor may be long, but it’s well worth the work.

Peace – L

4 thoughts on “why i do what i do

  1. HomemadeMother says:

    Thanks for this post! I sometimes have the same thoughts when I sit down to write my blog…but then I remind myself that blogging is MY time to relax, connect with other like-minded people, and do my little part for the world. Its an easy hobby for a mom to have because I don’t have to leave the house! 🙂

    Keep on writing – I love your blog!!

  2. Carrie says:

    Love the new look, too. PS — did you see the book, ‘The Happiness Project’? I often think of you and your blog while I slowly read through the various chapters. Ironically, I’m not as interested in her blog but the book is really good and puts together some interesting ideas and reminders about the struggles of motherhood and living life intentionally.

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