Friday, March 22, 2019

The Dialogues

di-a-logue
noun
  1. 1.conversation between two or more people as a feature of a book, play, or movie
( me and Ollie in 2008)
That's been a long dialogue between me and you,
except it's not really a dialogue since I am the only one talking.
I have been pondering lately (again) why I blog, which as it turns
out is a rhetorical question since I already know the answer.
I recently read again a powerful talk by Elder Ronald A. Rasband,
and his words were another confirmation to the questions I 
already knew the answers to.
"It is important to remember the powerful counsel found in Deuteronomy:
 “Keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes 
have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days 
of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons’ sons.” (And daughters).
Generations are affected by the choices we make. 
Share your testimony with your family; encourage them to remember 
how they felt when they recognized the Spirit in their lives and to
 record those feelings in journals and personal histories so that their
 own words may, when needed,
bring to their remembrance how good the Lord has been to them.

Very often in my blogging journey, I've promoted, reviewed,
and announced certain products and goods.
That was certainly fun, and my family was blessed in every way possible by 
those opportunities, but in the past year
 I have begun pulling back from that type of blogging.
I want to be more focused on storytelling and testimony building.
I think even the stupid one paragraph blog posts with
 only one photo is my effort in 
helping build and strengthen my posterity for generations to come.
And if they "are affected by the choices I make",
then I don't have a lot of time to be writing about stuff
that doesn't last, or stuff that doesn't strengthen
 my Little Nies today and in the future.
I want to be able to remind them of the wonderful ups and downs
our family experiences while together on this earth.
If I were to die tomorrow, I would be heartbroken if my kids
looked through my blog and wondered why mom 
took so many nerdy selfies.
Also, I think the posts I've written about cooking, or my jump shot,
before and after school photos, weddings,
photos of me pregnant, hard things, first dates,
carpooling, moving, and family photos.
Or that one time I wore that giant belt and pirate boots-- for reals,
are important (and yes, sometimes trivial) but are
 things that need to be recorded in the Nie Nie Dialogues.

XOXOXO
-Nie

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