Monday, February 20, 2012


I cannot believe that this post is my thousandth post.  I cannot believe I've had that much to say over the years, and that some of you read what I write.  I cannot believe that I've stuck with it. 

For a long time, this blog kind of took the place of my journal.  For those of you who don't know me, I am an avid reader/writer/journal-er.  I love to read my Bible and write in it, and then I write it all down in my journal.  I have pages filled with just that day's reading plan, I've got pages filled with prayers over my husband and kids, I've got pages filled with verses. 

It's another one of the things that I would like to hand down to my kids someday. 

But along the way, the blog started to replace my journal. 

This Christmas, one of the gifts I received that Drew picked out for me was a new journal.  Since then, I have filled almost half of it.  I've picked it back up and spend my quiet time in the morning doing what I love to do.  There are some things (actually, there are LOTS of things) that I don't write on this blog or on Facebook. 

As for my quiet time in the mornings, sometimes I have this time when the boys are at school, but sometimes I have it when they're here.  It just depends on what we're doing that day.  It's important for them to see me have this quiet time, especially the older two.  They're at the age when they should be having their own quiet time.  Our church really teaches that to the kids...they reinforce over and over and over that a relationship with God doesn't just happen at church.  Most of your relationship with Him should be cultivated throughout the days that you're not in church.  I know that God speaks to me most often in the midst of the quiet...and through His written word. 

With all that being said...I can't believe I've written so much over the years.  Thank you for taking the time to read this silly 'ol blog.  I started it on a whim one day, then didn't write again for months.  Then when Todd had his major surgery four years ago, I started writing again as an outlet for all the fearful emotions I had going on inside my head.

For those of you who comment, thank you.  Even if I might not always respond back, I appreciate you taking the time to comment.  It makes me feel loved.  :)  For the majority of you who read this and don't ever (ever, ever, ever) comment, thanks for reading.  I've gotten a few comments over the years from someone who had read what I wrote, and I was shocked that they read it.  I forget that I have this under my signature on the emails that I send out.

I hope that somewhere along the way the Lord has used what I wrote to reach your heart.  I hope that you see through the verses I've written out on here how much He loves you.  My prayer is that He uses what I write to reach people that may not know Him...or to encourage people to have a deeper relationship with Him.  I've prayed many times over what I wrote before I hit that little orange button that says 'PUBLISH POST'.  Because that button is sometimes intimidating to me.  I pray that I've never seemed preach-y, or that you've taken what I've written as me bragging.  That has never been the intention of this blog, I assure you.

And for those of you readers who never (ever, ever, ever) comment, please do so every once in a while!  As I've started saying lately, share the love.  :) 

Happy President's day.  Love to all.

Jen.  (aka Jenny, Mom, Mommy, Aunt Jennifer, Mrs. Goodwin, Mrs. Jennifer, the Mom of those boys, and Todd's wife.)


Christa said...

You know the good thing about writing in so many locations.. is that you never hold anything in! So healthy! I need to start my paper journal back up! I misplaced the one that Jason gave me for our wedding and recently found it again. I love you friend! I love your heart and how you share it!

all4boys said...

HA! That is so true! It is definitely healthy...the down side is that when life happens, I think in terms of my blog or my journal. Mainly my blog. Like the post that I'm about to write on how I spent 3 hours in the kitchen this afternoon.

Yes, you should! There is still something wonderful and therapeutic about putting pen to paper...not to mention the actual art of handwriting, which I love to do. I'm currently writing out the book of's amazing! It's part of my Bible study homework commitment.

I love you, too!

Christy Bullock said...

Jennifer, I am finding more and more in common with you through your blog. :) My mama taught me years ago the benefits of journaling. I do the same thing. My quiet times consist of a few things, and journaling is a part of most of it. I write scriptures, quotes from devotionals, and my prayers. It really helps me focus on what I'm reading and on what I need and want to say. Thanks for sharing your thoughts day to day. I look forward to reading them. And I like commenting too because I know how much I love it when people "share the love" with me too. :)

all4boys said...

Isn't that cool, Christy? I didn't really know you at all at ECS, but I am so glad we've reconnected through FB and our blogs! One of the many benefits of technology...

I love journaling...I used to do it when I was younger but kind of let the habit slip, the older I got. I am so glad I've picked it back up. In my years as a wife and mom, and recently. I think this is a priceless gift we can give to our loved ones. I've told my whole family that they can always read them...I sometimes have them just laying around. I know my husband has before...I used to write furiously at night while he watched tv.

I look forward to when you write, too! :) Happy Tuesday!

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