Welcome to my blog! I'm brand new at this, so I thought I'd just share a little bit about myself and the nature of this blog. First of all, several people have been telling me I need to start a blog, so if any of you are reading this: See I'm FINALLY actually doing it. Aren't you proud of me? I will warn any and all readers, however, that I'm technology challenged, so if the blog doesn't look like other people's fancy ones with all the bells and whistles, it's cuz I have no clue how to do ANYTHING but write. So you tech literate people will have to help me do the other stuff. I'm not even sure what all you can do on these blogs. lol. Ok enough for the technical details. Onto a little about moi.
Well for starters, read my profile. But since they limited me to 1200 characters, and I tend to be long winded, I'll share a little more here (Little is a relative term with me as many friends already know and the rest of you will soon find out.) . My faith in Jesus Christ is the major component of who I am. Christianity isn't just a label for me. It's who I am. It permeates every aspect of my life and being. I've been created first and foremost to glorify and fellowship with God. I believe the Bible. Every word. Even the unpopular and hard parts. I believe God created me not only to worship and glorify Him, but to be Jim's wife and my kids' mom. Those are my highest calls and most important areas of ministry. If I were to succeed in everything else but fail there, then I haven't succeeded at all. I am madly in love with my husband, and he with me even though neither of us look like Vogue cover models or fit the world's standards of success, popularity. etc. We have an uber traditional marriage. We are so politically incorrect that I think Oprah would probably ban us from planet earth if she could. We have 5 amazing but definitely imperfect (as are their parents) children. The birth order is 2 boys, 2 girls, boy. Right now they are 18, 15, 12, 10, and soon to be 6. I have a BA degree in English and used to teach school. I need coffee to function properly. This wonderful bean allows my children to live, so it's a win win situation. Don't mess with mama before the caffeine has kicked in! But I can't drink it black. YUCK! WAY too bitter. I must have it sweetened. Jim says I have a little coffee with my sugar.
The stuff I listed in my interests are NOT all things I'm good at or actually do at this time, but they are things I'd like to learn, do, and/or continue to improve in my life.
So why the blog & what's it about? OK part of who I am is a writer. I haven't published anything and haven't made $ writing, but I enjoy it and just sometimes feel this need to express myself in this format. I guess maybe it's kind of like a creative outlet, though for me, it's just like talking, so I don't really view it as anything artistic. Just talking, using my keyboard. Warning here. This blog is casual, so yes, I might use slang, sentence fragments, etc. And I'm not going for any poetic effects or beautiful prose. That's not the purpose here. If I really want to and if I work hard enough and go through enough drafts, I could do that, but hey I don't want to. It's a blog not a novel.
I just celebrated my 47th birthday (yikes getting close to Five O, Hey does that mean I get a free trip to Hawaii? Book em Dano. Those of you under 40 won't get it, but that's ok. Just indulge me.) and decided that it's going to be a fresh start for me. I pretty much want to improve or makeover or at least tweak all areas of my life. So this is the year I begin the rest of my life journey. And guess what. I need help! So I figure a blog where I can write what I struggle with, how I think/feel, and various topics that are going through the labyrinth of my mind might be a good place to help me get focus, clarification, and direction, as well as allow other people to add their input. Sometimes, a fresh perspective helps when a girl feels stuck. And if that doesn't work, there's always chocolate. :-)
Now about the name. I LOVE all things Tinkerbell. I know she's marketed for 4 and 5 year old girls, but I don't care. (I'm not cool and that's OKayay ay ay. My God loves me anywayayay. That's from a song I like.) I'm an overgrown kid anyway. Very embarrassing to teenage children so I try not to indulge my not so inner child too often when in public with sons #1 and 2. Jim's nickname for me is Tink. He never even calls me Annette except when he's talking ABOUT me to other people. It's either Tink or Honey. He claims I have the same feisty personality as that infamous pixie. However, I will say that's where the resemblance ends since I'm neither blonde (except for the highlights my stylist puts in) nor tiny. I'm a very plus sized girl at this time. I know I know :women always SAY they're fat when they're not, but I really am seriously (as in 100 lbs to lose) overweight. One of the many things I need to work on this year. I chose Ruby for a few reasons, a couple of which I'll share. Others I will not. First of all, ruby is a term used in the Bible to describe a woman of great worth. In Proverbs it says that an excellent wife is worth much more than rubies. Also, it's a beautiful precious stone. And so I want to become a more sparkling ruby in the hands of my Lord as He continues to take me through the polishing process. A ruby isn't some blend into the woodwork bland looking stone either. It stands out and is vibrant red, the color of passion, and I believe in doing things wholeheartedly and living an exciting passionate brightly colored life. Also the ruby is my first daughter's birthstone, the baby they thought might have a chromosonal disorder, yet who was born absolutely perfect. Plus, it's pretty.
I called it ramblings cuz I don't really have one particular subject in mind. In general, I'd like to talk about the things I need to work on, how it's coming along, challenges, triumphs, etc. as well as the stuff and subjects that interest me, but I'm also open to ideas about what readers may want to talk about or to answering questions or sharing my perspective on pretty much whatever. And I tend to ramble, sometimes jumping from one subject to another and going off on little trails. So we'll just see where this goes. I'm open to suggestions. Ok now I'm hoping for comments. Just a couple rules though. No swear words please. No cutting down me or another commenter. You can disagree, but please do it nicely. Just common sense stuff. Also, please no anon comments. At least give yourself a user name. If you wanna say something but don't want it for public view then just email me or if I know you, call me. Sorry if this sounds like obvious stuff, but sometimes what's obvious to one person is revelation to another. lol
So what should we talk about in the next post? Let the adventure begin!