Friday, May 29, 2015

Memorial Day 2015

This year on Memorial Day I took the kids to Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.
It is a well cared for, peaceful, and somber place. Even now I get choked up seeing so many rows and rows of headstones.
I talked with Will and Lana about WHY we have Memorial Day.
We live in America and are given so many freedoms... and it is because a lot of people fought for us and many died.
Will said it was very said that we will never see the people and that they can't see their family anymore. I told him it was sad, but it is important to remember them and that is why we go to these places. They cannot be forgotten.
Lana said we need to bring them ALL flowers next time we come. I told her we probably couldn't, but when we visit Great-Grandma and Great-Grandpa on our big trip coming up, we could bring them flowers.
Recently Texas has had some severe rain and wind. As we quietly and respectfully meandered through the markers the kids were allowed to upright the flags to help the other military volunteers we saw doing the same.
I hope this year made a little bit of an impact for them. It's not the first time they have been to a cemetery... in fact, I don't even know how many cemeteries they have been to! But it is important for them to learn (in an age appropriate way) why they are blessed to have the freedoms they don't even realize they have yet.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

My Writing Confessions

It has been radio silence in this place for some time now. I've still been reading favorite blogs, but I haven't been writing.

At. All.

Well, I did write an article for USAA which was published. That was an awesome!

But otherwise, I have been staying away from my blog page. Most bloggers go through this season... it has happened several times for me.

Should I keep going? Why am I writing? Is anybody even reading? Is this fun? What am I going to do with this place? Am I good enough?

I don't find myself as a niche blogger entirely. I write about everyday life, raising my kiddos, the fun trips and explorations we go on, life in the military, books and sometimes food. Nothing is very profound. I write straight from how I think and talk with very little editing.

Maybe I should invest more time in that.

Then when it comes to photos... I'm not an awesome photographer. I usually post straight out of camera with some minor cropping or blurring out if necessary. And my cameras aren't even fancy! I use my iPhone mostly or my small Olympus Tough since those fit the lifestyle I live.

Safety and security for military families has been all over social media recently. It's something I've pondered on -- watermarking photos, changing names, blurring faces, removing all hint of locations, scrubing clean anything related to the military. But I don't think I can do that.

I've been writing at the Tervo Times for nearly 6 years. Six-freakin-years!

I'm terrified of starting over. This place has documented my family life, the developments of my children, the growth of my marriage... I don't want it erased.

But I don't know where I want to go from here.

If I'm willing to commit to growing my audience, branding, trying to turn an income -- then major changes will have to happen. I'd probably move to wordpress. I'd pay money for a domain name and a designer. I'd be seeking advice.

I would be dropping into the mental cage that I MUST write and it MUST be good.

Would that hinder creativity? Would I be more open? Would I just be presenting a facade to my readers?

I'm not exactly sure what I'm going to do. I want to write again. I have many things I want to record for my own interests. I can't guarantee that I'll be posting like clockwork, but I do know I want to start writing about some things and hopefully there are a few readers still around. If not, that's okay.

For now I'm back.