why do you blog?

A few months ago, we opened up registration for our latest project – The Blog Class. Ryan and I developed the class for those who dreamed of writing their own blog, but didn’t know where to start or how to do it. We wanted to use the knowledge and tools we’ve learned over the past several years to enable others to use their voice, their experience, their life and share it publicly on a blogging platform.

We are two months into this and by far my favorite part of helping others learn to blog is seeing the blogs they create and reading their stories.

Today, I am pleased to introduce you to Keri of kp spaces.  This is her new pretty blog:

kp spaces is a design blog, with great decorating ideas, resources and interior design advice, among other things.

A few days ago, I was taking a look at her site answering some technical questions and was so touched by her post that day.  She has graciously allowed me to repost for you to read:

This is my son Gideon. He is my 6 month old son. He has never been to my house. I’ve never pushed him in a stroller. I’ve never fed him a bottle. He has been in the hospital every single day since he was born. And every day he has fought for his life.

Last summer I found out I was pregnant with what I thought was my second child. My first ultrasound revealed that there were two babies growing inside me. Doctors knew from the beginning that there was something terribly wrong with” Twin A”. He had a large cyst growing on back of his head and bi-lateral clubbed feet. We tested for down syndrome, trisomy 13 and trisomy 18. All of these tests were negative. Doctors’ also discovered that my cervix was extremely short, and that I was at high risk for going into preterm labor. At 21 weeks pregnant, I was admitted to the hospital to try to save my pregnancy. I was put on hospital bed rest, but given no guarantees by the medical staff that my pregnancy would last much longer. I laid there for two months hoping and praying that my babies would be ok. And at 29 weeks and 4 days I went into labor. The doctors tried their best to stop it, but it was Gideon who was ready to come and nothing was going to get in his way. I had an emergency C-section and Gideon Robert and Jude Calvin made their grand entrance. Jude just thrived in the NICU. He turned from a scrawny 3 and half pound peanut, to a chubby, happy tank of a baby. But Mr. Gideon struggled from the get go. Along with his lungs being severely premature, we found out he had heart condition, and water on his brain. For months we have watched him grow and overcome so many of his challenges. This past week doctors placed a shunt in his head to drain any excess fluid from his brain into his belly where it can be absorbed. This surgery was necessary for him to survive, but putting someone as sick and tiny as he is under anesthesia is extremely risky. Although the surgery went well, he is struggling to recover.

I am so in awe of this little man. I am humbled by his willingness to fight every day for survival. His strength gives me strength. I don’t know if Gideon is going to live 5 days, 5 years, or 50 years. But his mama is going to be there with him every step of the way.

So why am I writing a design blog when I am going through ALL OF THIS?? I totally get it that lamps, rugs and paint colors are pretty much bottom of the barrel as far as what is really important in life. But what is important to me is finding an identity for myself through this difficult time; an identity that has nothing to do with hospitals, or MRI’s, or bad news, or uncertainty. It’s my way of telling myself, “You are more than your current circumstances”. To you all it’s just design, but for me it’s survival.

As I share my passion for interior design, I promise to keep you updated on Gideon. He’s not giving up, so neither am I. Give your kids an extra snuggle today. Man, they are all such little miracles.

xoxo,

KP

I am so touched by Keri’s perspective during this time in her life.  Lamps and rugs are meaningless in comparison to her baby’s sweet life, and yet, sometimes lamps and rugs are just what we need to talk about to make it through another rough day. Something pretty to lift our spirits. A simple DIY project to remind us we can accomplish a tangible goal today. I’m not sure what it is about our desire to admire and create beauty, but it sure is healing, isn’t it?

We all blog for different reasons. Some because it is our job, others because it is our hobby, and still others who do it to find our identity in the midst of chaos.

That is what I love about blogging. If we allow, it opens doors to help us become a better version of ourselves. To share our lives, however imperfect; to share our accomplishments, however insignificant; to share our passions and find others who share them as well.

We all blog for different reasons.

What is yours?

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32 Responses to why do you blog?

  1. Andrea August 22, 2012 at 3:58 am #

    That was so touching. I was crying tears into my coffee as I read this. What an amazing woman and mom she is. I struggle with blogging about lams and rugs and such sometimes too, but you’re right, it’s often just the outlet we need. Great post, Emily.

  2. Kelly August 22, 2012 at 4:20 am #

    Oh my gosh that was hearbreaking and motivating at the same time. I will keep all of them in my prayers.
    I blog for a similar reason – but not as meaningful…to find the place for “me” outside of a career that has consumed my life. The lamps and houses and design are all my loves, and yet they have been suffocated by my “paying” work. So I blog to allow me that breath of creativity that I think we were all created for. And even more than that, for the connection with the readers who share the same passion. The passion is what started it. The connection is what keeps it going.

  3. Dana August 22, 2012 at 5:15 am #

    Thank you for passing on Keri’s story. It’s heartfelt and very touching. Blogging is definitely a great outlet and the support available through the blogging community is wonderful.

  4. kirbie August 22, 2012 at 5:19 am #

    Beautiful story, heart and determination!

  5. Chelsea August 22, 2012 at 6:28 am #

    I started my blog bc I also gave birth to twins prematurely. They were in the hospital for over 2 months and instead of constantly answering questions I would refer people to the blog. I documented our (their) lives from the beginning. Now, they are almost 3, happy and healthy, and I use the blog to tell our family stories, document firsts, and remember the good, bad and the ugly. I can go to the blog to vent, laugh, and remember. It might not be lamps and rugs but it makes me feel normal when things are sometimes chaotic. Great post today Emily. Thanks!

  6. Jessica August 22, 2012 at 7:37 am #

    Very touching story and great blog she created.. :)
    I started blogging to share medical updates and information about 2 of my children that have a kidney disorder among other things. But I too would like to start a blog to share my love for photography and anything creative. Possibly combine it all into one.. Evenually anyway. I think in order to stay sane, all of us moms need a creative outlet or something to make us feel more than just moms or wives.. Thank you for sharing. :)

  7. charis August 22, 2012 at 9:07 am #

    what a neat story. i pray healing for that sweet baby boy!!

    i started blogging because i love to write and it is how i process stuff. i also saw blogging as an extension of ministry where i could encourage others in living a life of following Jesus as i shared my journey in following Him. i never imagined i would enjoy blogging so much.

    my recent post: when it feels like no on sees you

  8. Holly August 22, 2012 at 9:53 am #

    Gideon, you are an angel baby! Your story and your brave mama are amazing inspirations.
    Keep strong Keri and family, I will keep you in my thoughts. And just know you are touching so many people.

    Thanks for sharing Emily, I might have never found Keri’s blog or heard Gideon’s story, but it really touched me today. Just what I needed to remind myself about the important things.

  9. The cake chick August 22, 2012 at 9:56 am #

    What an amazing story. Although I can’t relate on that level I completely understand the need to have your own identity. I dabble in blogging but my real passion is cake decorating. I don’t think my husband will ever understand why I feel the need to have my own business and be more than Grants Mom. I want to be Grants Mom the awesome Cake decorator. Whose house all the kids want to hang out at on Thursdays for cake scraps. I can’t tell you how amazing it feels that I’m not alone in feeling that way. Being a mom is an amazing occupation I would never give up but us creative ladies just need more sometimes. Thanks for this post.

  10. Ashlee August 22, 2012 at 10:02 am #

    As a NiCU nurse – it’s great to hear inspirational stories and from the Mother’s perspective. Thanks for sharing her story – I now want to follow her blog too.

  11. Emily @ Peck Life August 22, 2012 at 11:02 am #

    What a touching story. It makes my “why I blog” seem unimportant, haha. I started blogging in 2008 as a way to…just….remember LIFE and the things we do day to day. Slowly, it started evolving into a blog about things I love (design, paper, gardening, crafts)….then a pregnancy journal, baby book….and now…just a full blown lifestyle blog about our day to day. For me, it’s my creative outlet and my one “me” time where I can just do my own thing. I can’t imagine my life without it!

  12. michelle @ this little light August 22, 2012 at 11:30 am #

    Preemies are such fighters, and Gideon seems to be no exception. God bless him and God bless Keri, too. I can’t wait to visit her blog and join her followers: he’s touched my heart and now I need to know how they’re all doing.

    Blogging is such an outlet and a blessing. I started two years ago when I needed to let go of the pain I’d been bottling up after my twin girls were born prematurely and did not survive.

    It may be what I call “cheap girl’s therapy,” but it’s a saving grace.

  13. Christine August 22, 2012 at 11:42 am #

    What an amazing story! I think I have a new “must read” blog!

    I began blogging because, as much as I love being Mommy, a part of me was starting to fade away. Yes, I write about my kids and our life as a family, but the act of writing– that’s all for me!

  14. Sherry Peveto August 22, 2012 at 12:01 pm #

    My friend signed me up for this blog class, helped me get thru it step by step. I blog to chronicle the journey and share the laughs and hopefully pass on some free wisdom for anyone in need. Loved Gideon’s story! I am a WHNP and I take care of pregnant women. Love that mom’s courage and strength! Will start following her blog! Love yours, too, by the way!

  15. Teresa Anderson @ hugsandpunches.net August 22, 2012 at 12:57 pm #

    Oh sweet little Gideon. Thank you Keri for sharing your story…and thank you Emily, for putting it out there even more.

    May God bless your family & draw you close to His side as you gain strength from Him everyday.

    Teresa

  16. Jennfier August 22, 2012 at 1:12 pm #

    WOW! Fight Gideon fight!! And we will pray and carry your name in our hearts and off our lips to God. To lift you up and make you strong.

    I blog because I wanted to document a journal of sorts for my kdis. What I didn’t realize at the time, is that it doesn’t have to be a long winded entry. So I would get side tracked and not be able to find the time etc. I started a second blog about my own personal DIY/crafty projects. Again too winded. BUt when I realized it doesn’t hav eto be about the words it seemed to have lifted the weight. Once I decide how to get back on track with the family blog I will. But at least I started on my project one. I know what Keri means about needing her time. A place away. I’m a stay at home mom and LOVE my kids and enjoy them being little, but this is something I enjoy and shouldn’t they see their mom doing something that makes her happy, as much as I enjoy watching them do the same thing?!

  17. kasey August 22, 2012 at 2:29 pm #

    Beautiful and touched my heart.
    I blog because it’s a chapter in our blink of an eye of life. My kids will always remember our lives as being one of adventure but i will always have this book to look back on one day.

  18. asia@ its An Organized Chaos August 22, 2012 at 2:33 pm #

    I started blogging to write about our life. IT’s been fun so far.

  19. Kristi August 22, 2012 at 2:44 pm #

    Wow. What a powerful read! I blog to share all sorts of important/fun/random stuff going on in my life. I will definitely be keeping little G and the entire fam in my prayers!

  20. Katie at Cardigan Way August 22, 2012 at 3:34 pm #

    Thank you for sharing, Emily and Keri… Praying for grace and peace for you, Gideon, and your family.

  21. Laura August 22, 2012 at 8:53 pm #

    I love that his name is Gideon…how fitting. In the Bible, Gideon was a great warrior for the Lord. He gathered an army and God said it was too big. God continued to whittle down the size of the army until it was seemingly unfair disadvantage to the Israelites. But Gideon obeyed the Lord and led the Israelites into a victorious battle where the Midianites actually turned on themselves! God did incredible things through this warrior. I pray God does mighty things through Keri’s little Gideon warrior.

    Why I blog? As a youth minister I found myself lying in bed at night, reading my Bible and reading things and thinking thoughts that I wanted to share with my students. I wished I could sit with each one of them and share what I was learning, but that is impossible with 300 students. So, I blog as a way to encourage my students to grow in their faith.

  22. Emily Goines August 23, 2012 at 4:31 am #

    What an incredible story. I am a NICU nurse, like Ashlee above, and it is SO nice to hear the parents’ perspective. It helps me to realize that I am making a difference everyday. Thanks for sharing Gideon’s story :)

  23. tricia August 23, 2012 at 5:19 am #

    Thank you for sharing that- perspective is a beautiful thing : o )

  24. Susan August 23, 2012 at 6:09 am #

    Wow; and such an understatement that 3-letter word is.

    Every time I write a blog, I think “what are these words in comparison to people’s daily struggles? to their eternal destination?” Yet, I write. About things like dancing in the kitchen; feet; share recipes and little household tidbits. I write because I have to – I am compelled.

    Gideon – be strong in the Lord and the power of His might. ♥

  25. joey August 23, 2012 at 6:55 am #

    Small World, Big God. I have never met them, but I have been praying for Gideon since birth! His mom’s aunt (Nancy) attends church our church and little Gideon has been on our prayer chain repeatedly. Funny, that now here I read his story and say – I know him! :) I am glad to have the update and will definitely check out her blog. As well as, continue to pray for that little guy and his family.

  26. Stacey August 23, 2012 at 7:57 am #

    Wow, what a lesson in truth. Many of us have struggles of one kind or another but she’s right, we need our own identity too. A project that can be started and completed gives a lot of satisfaction so in that respect decorating your nest…for your babies…is very important too.

    I’ll go over and visit Keri.

  27. Liz August 23, 2012 at 9:27 am #

    Keri’s reason for blogging makes perfect sense to me. It reminds me of one of my pins on my ‘words to live by board’…’I just need some time in a beautiful place to clear my head.’ I’m not a blogger, but I visit blogs as mini-escapes into beautiful places where I can find a small sense of renewal for my spirit.

  28. Haydee @ {how sweet life is} August 23, 2012 at 9:57 am #

    *this brought tears to my eyes* i started my own blog to document my journey when i became pregnant with my own twins, since my friends and family were all far away. blogging for me has evolved into something i continue to do to keep my friends and family up to date, as well as something i do for me, to document projects and inspiration for decoration, parties and travel. at times, i feel like it is my online journal.

    {i pray that kati can bring her sweet baby home soon, since it breaks my heart to know her sweet twins are not together now.}

    thank you for sharing this emily, and know that your blog too is a touching one that reaches out to many every day.

    {happy blogging}

    ~the sweetest mami~

  29. Lindsay at Life of Splendor August 23, 2012 at 1:06 pm #

    Wow, I needed to hear that today. I have a design blog too and it is such a fun outlet for me. I’m a high school teacher by day, but a blogger by night. Sometimes I feel like it’s my little fun, creative secret and just daydreaming about it gets me through a rough class. But lately, I’ve been feeling stressed and overwhelmed and I have no reason to be that could ever compare with little Gideon. Yet, I’ve been struggling to find time to blog and as much as I love it, I’ve almost resented it as not important or just taking too much from other things. This post reminded me why I started blogging in the first place and why it is so therapeutic for me. Thank you so much for sharing and helping me to regain my perspective. Many, many prayers are being sent out for Gideon now, I just know it!

  30. Cathy August 24, 2012 at 1:24 am #

    I get this… I SO get this. What a blessing for someone to put it into words for me.

  31. nicky August 24, 2012 at 11:07 am #

    thank you so very much for sharing. my four year old daughter was born with significant special needs and i also had to live in the hospital before birth and afterwards in the NICU. she is home now, but daily has seizures and is very delayed developmentally. she is our little hero and we thank God every day that we get to be her parents. and i completely understand and relate to the need to still embrace the things that make you You. i think it makes me a better mother, wife, and keeps me sane ;) i’ll be praying for little Gideon, he is beautiful and i know how blessed you feel to be his mommy!

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