The other day I popped into my google reader and saw a blog come up that I hadn’t seen in a while. I didn’t even remember the last time I had checked in. I was so excited. I worked on Marla’s blog design and we chatted via email and then sort of lost touch. Immediately, I popped over to check in on her world and her boys.
As I started reading, I realized it wasn’t her. It was different and things weren’t right. It was her husband writing. Writing to say that his wife of almost 14 years had left this world too early. Gone in a blink. Leaving her husband and two boys behind. I was devastated and heart broken for them. But, I kept reading and was truly amazed at his words.
He said what I’ve never been able to say. Why I blog. Why I keep going and doing this. It captures life. Us. Here. Now. These moments. The good. The bad. The ugly. The everything (yes, even trying out new things). Why we keep blogging when we are run down. Or when we just want to pull the plug and call it quits.
Blogging for her had always been a source of enjoyment as well as therapeutic. I suppose as a very driven working mother and wife there are things that just need to be expressed. This is what I loved most about her blog of the past. It is a snapshot of who she was and what she thought about. I am in a process of archiving this blog so my young children can reflect back on her in the future to help them remember the vibrant mother, wife, and woman she was. Small advice to the blogging community: Keep blogging and take small videos of yourself now and again. It doesn’t need to be of any profound subject matter, just you. If its not for your loved ones its for you to reflect on yourself.
I’m in a phase of preservation; some for myself but more for my young boys. She often was behind the camera more than in front and so there is not much video of her to truly display the wonderful person she was. The blog is very helpful in this area. -Lars Pak of Paklet Adventures
It’s why I do Mommy and Me Monday each and every week. To make sure we are in the pictures for our kids (hopefully when they are grown with grandchildren of their own). To have them to look back on and remind us of events and memories that were stored away deep. My blog is the baby book for the girls. Sure I share it with everybody. Sure I don’t know what will happen when they ask me to not put their pictures and stories out there for everybody. But, there will always be something.
For you. For them.
Thank you, Lars for the reminder. For keeping it real. For sharing your appreciation of your wife. Of her blog. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your boys.