Hi, I'm Dawn Klinge, welcome!  I write here because doing so helps me to take notice of the sweet things in life.

 

        

  

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Oct042012

10.4.12

                Well, that was a long break.  I've missed you!  I knewwhen I began homeschooling both of my kids again, there would some big adjustments to make.  There certainly have been adjustments, but it has been good.  I had anticipated the obvious- the increased work load and decreased free time, but I was caught off guard by some other changes.  Those changes have been more about personal growth and reflection... things that I felt guarded in sharing while I worked through them.   Hence, the quietness here in this space. 

 

These words say it all. 

 

 

   

Something else has been going on too.  I've been writing.  I sat in a hotel lobby, right by that fireplace in the picture above, and I started a story on a Saturday afternoon in September.  I've been working on it ever since in little bits and snatches of time. This makes me happy, but it also scares me.  Does it seem strange that someone like me, who's blogged for years, sharing personal stories with people I've never met, suddenly feels completely vulnerable and exposed in writing a fictional story?  I do.  The process of writing this story has given me a deeper appreciation for writers who put their work out there for the world to see.  I haven't even shared my story with my husband yet.

a little bunny that my neighbor rescued from the side of the road

I'll tell you something else.  I love blogging.  I'm not going to quit.  I love the relationships that form as a result of writing here.  I love the wisdom that is gained from reading what other bloggers have to say.  I love seeing little glimpses into the everyday lives of other women.  I love the awareness that comes from the habit of looking for joy in the everyday so that I can write about it here.  It's a discipline that I believe is worthy of my time.  Though I sometimes worry that in doing so, and writing about it publicly, it  can be perceived as boasting.  I don't want it to come across that way, please forgive me if it has.   

 

  

 These pictures that I've included really have not rhyme or reason as to why I've included them in this post.  They're just a sampling from this past month. I've already shared many of them on Instagram or Facebook.  It seems a bit crazy, how many social media sites one can get caught up in.  I think I probably do have too many pans in the fire.  I need to make some decisions and simplify. 

 

 

 

 

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Reader Comments (7)

I love your blogging and your photographs. I love your graceful spirit. And your elegance is an inspiration.

How exciting to think of you writing fiction! I know exactly what you mean about the vulnerability of it. Best of luck with the process, I hope one day you finish and gain enough courage to share it with the world.

October 5, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersarah

I'm so glad to have found you through blogging. I appreciate what you share here - but I hear you too. Just this week I thought about giving it up again. I had no idea you were a writer - I can't wait to read your book!! Love all your pictures - Enjoy your day.

October 5, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdenise

So many good, good things for you, Dawn. I can't think of a more deserving person. I, too, look forward to reading those words when you are ready to share them. Until then... happy writing!
(Sweet, sweet little bunny)

October 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTara

Not boasting. And yes, when we are about the Lord's errand, the other things in life take a back seat. So much to do. I'm in the same situation, except that I'm not writing, which I should be. Maybe after it gets too cold for me to feel responsible for pasture and training and yards and autumn cleaning. I yearn to sit down, look around and feel where I am in time and in place and realize how much love and happiness there is. No boasting. Love, happiness, accomplishment - all available to anybody who reaches out and pulls them off the tree. It's a matter of taking hold of life and shaping it with your hands, choosing what you will do in any given moment - whether you choose to move meaningfully in a direction - or spend that moment passively, without turning it into anything you can build on. That is not the kind of person you are. You are a builder, and I love to watch you do it.

October 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterK

You were missed! Hope your school year is off to a good start.

I love blogging too, and for all the reasons you mention here. Your blog never sounds boast-y to me. Just authentic and like a sweet capture of the beauty in your life. That's why I love it here.

October 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Sarah, Tara, Denise, Kristen, and Sarah...thank you. You've all made me smile. I appreciate each of you, and the encouraging kind words that you you leave. I feel blessed to know you.

October 6, 2012 | Registered CommenterDawn

I don't think you come across as boasting. It sounds like it is going well.

October 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMaripoa

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