Saturday, July 07, 2012

Thank You

Today I got an email.

Today I got an email that touched my heart and moved me so that even if every single one of you unfollowed this blog and not a soul ever read anything I wrote ever again, I would still gazelle leap across my living room.

Because sometimes you're not sure if you should be spending so much time writing about all this mundane stuff, and you start questioning whether or not what you're doing is capital-G Good enough, and you start to think that there are enough sayers of things out there who say the things so much better than you ever could and what you've been saying lately is just so much fluff and ridiculousness anyway that perhaps you should just take a break.  Take a step away.

And then you get an email and they say "thank you" and "yes you should keep writing about this mundane stuff" and "you've done for me the unexpected, the seemingly impossible, and for that I am grateful".

And then you do gazelle leaps across your living room.  Because only the Holy Spirit could bring two people like us together for just that purpose.  And that gives me purpose.

Thank you to all of you who keep writing and touching all of our hearts, making the world a smaller place, building community beyond the confines of your community, even though it's a lot of work and it can be exhausting and sometimes you wonder if it's worth it.

I'm telling you today: It's worth it.

Thank you to all of you who keep reading, because writers with no readers are not much.  Not much at all.

And thank you for your email, friend.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.

But if you're not much of a reader and you just like looking at pictures of what we did on a Saturday, I got some of that too.  Enjoy!




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  1. I got one of those once from a post-abortive women. Best feeling ever.

    Go you! Love your fabulous writing and so glad you're here helping people! :)

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  2. Dagnabbit, I wish I had emailed you today. But whoever it is is right and I'm glad you're here, too. I think I like this whole internet thing.

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  3. You put your "self" on the page when you write, and that makes the difference because your life--crazy and funny and everything--is a witness. God who is working in your life touches people in many ways through your witness. God bless you!

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    1. Thank you, John. These comments are so uplifting. See what I mean about community? It's wonderful!

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  4. You really are one of the most authentic around. I enjoy all your mundane stuff. ;-)

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  5. Never stop writing... I need you to tell me this mom thing is a sane decision..lol

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  6. You are one of the best, funniest and most awesome writers out there! I look forward to reading your posts, even the mundane ones, which are usually the funniest. You HAVE to write a book - your public demands it of you!

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    1. Paula, you are such a supportive, encouraging friend. Thank you! But this book...I'm pretty sure my poor little brain is too clunky to think in terms of more than 500 words at a time ;)

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  7. That is such an awesome email to get. Good for you! I got a similar one recently and know exactly the feeling you describe. Keep writing! We may not touch everyone every day, but making the difference to just one person makes blogging well worth it.

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  8. I started my CF Catholic family blog because of you!

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    1. Did you really, Allison???? Wow! I had no idea. Love, love, love that bit of news :D

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  9. Thank you for your blog!! Reading you blog gives me "permission" to be "different" with my family (like homeschooling and being Catholic), to be funny and playful, to find humor in everythin and to roll with the punches~thank you for showing it is ok to love the Father, Son and Holy Spirit (and Mother Mary!!).....thanks! Keep writing! God bless!

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    1. Shawna, I wish I could hug you for this. I need this made into a vinyl decal on my kitchen wall or something! Hugs and prayers for you too.

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  10. awesome to get emails like that. Makes it all worth it :)

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  11. Oh goodness, so happy you were given such a sweet gift. Your voice has been a comforting little gift out here for all of us. Thanks so much for keeping what you say and think so real and honest. It's lovely, really.

    It's funny you wrote this today...I've been going back and forth lately about just stopping writing altogether, lately. It's a temptation on a daily basis ;)

    Hope you and your sweet family are well!

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    1. Goodness, going back over that debacle of a comment...I'm not sure it even made sense? Holy cow that was a mess!

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  12. Thank YOU for being you Dweej.You're one of the most genuine people out there and I'm so glad I met you. xo

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  13. How wonderful! Good for you!!! I remember getting a message like that once and thinking that made all the stress of opening myself up to ridicule and criticism worth it. :) Love the pictures, too.

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  14. Well, I can't top it, but I certainly can agree with all of it. Love ya, Dweej. You are an inspiration.

    And when I widdled my blog feed to nearly nothing, you made the cut, because you don't make your reader work or fret, but you don't pretend to have it all figured out, either.

    <3

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    1. As usual, MB, you pick just the right words. I love the idea of people not fretting. I hadn't ever thought about it, but I feel like that's always been one of my missions in life... :)

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  15. It's probably the mundane stuff that keeps me coming back. Keep it up, Dweej.

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  16. I can't believe you've been writing this much with one newborn let alone a gaggle of other kids. Keep up the good work. I wish you'd send them down here to Camp Lynch.

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  17. Wow. That must have been a doozy of an email. That's awesome!

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  18. good for you! and we can all learn form that email, how a simple thank you or acknowledgement can make a difference!

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  19. I agree with all the comments here. I'm so glad I found your blog! - SHS

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  20. A newbie blogger chiming in here. Dweej, it was because of your blog that made me actually get to writing again. I hadn't written anything since....a long time. And man, it feels good, it really does. Totally helps the mind let off steam.

    Yes, the 'mundane' stuff is the best. Your brain, unfiltered, is really great to read :) Keep it up, darlin!

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    1. Awesome! And be careful what you wish for... ;)

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  21. I needed to read this today. Thank you. BTW, you've been gifted, for sure, with the ability to write in a way that deeply connects with your readers. Always, always write and never doubt. Ever.

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    1. Audrey, you are an incredible writer. Don't you EVER quit!!!

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  22. Dweej, I've been rereading and catching up on your ENTIRE BLOGGING history since last week (in between work things, that is) and I second that e-mail writer. You verbalize so well my own personal journey ... it's like reading "The Never-Ending Story" or something. You know, when Elliott starts reading that huge tome and realizes he's reading about himself at that very moment? Anyway, what you said to Audrey for you: "You are an incredible writer. Don't you EVER quit!!!" (Audrey, too.)

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