"....... for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust" Psalm 103:14

Just start writing

I've umm-ed and aahhh-ed a fair bit about this blog (are they even words??), but sometimes you just have to make a start. So here goes.

I love blogs. I particularly love to read about other people's lives, especially those in similar life situations to me. In a "previous" life I probably would have watched soap operas, or reality TV shows..... Umm, just between you and me, I actually did for a while....... (Uuggghhh, first confession, so soon............).

So yes, I've spent plenty of hours reading blogs written by beautiful, generous women, pouring out their lives and willingly sharing their struggles with others. But when it came to blogging myself, well my hesitations and doubts just niggled the whole time, because while writing about joys is easy, writing about things that have been painful and things with which I struggle, well that's very different from my past travel blog!! That was light-hearted and fun, and there was no chance anyone else might be offended.

At the same time, there's such benefit in knowing you're not alone. It's encouraging - and a relief - to read about the experiences of others, both the struggles and pain in the moment, and the hopeful progress towards easier times. There's a lot to be said for giving others a glimpse of the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel!

So in this blog I plan to write both about my here-and-now - which happens to be right smack bang in midlife - and my past struggles and joys - the pain of unexpected separation and divorce, the struggles of single parenting, the excitement and downright scary moments of dating again, the joy and adventure of remarriage, and the totally-blows-my-mind experiences of stepfamily life. That's one I've journaled about quite a bit, and I'll be sharing some of that in this blog. The whole stepfamily thing brings unique and totally unexpected challenges, and is an area where I've stumbled a lot!!

(In the interests of full disclosure, or should I say full non-disclosure, you can read my little disclaimer about names here).

One thing I do know is that when I stumble (again and again......) and I struggle to pick myself up, God is faithful, and He will make something beautiful from my dust.

Thanks for reading. I hope you'll drop by again.

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