Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Thoughts from a blogging mother


If I speak with the tongues of Facebook and Twitter
but have not love,
my writing is only spam.

If I have the gift of posting the most up-to-date projects
but have not love,
I am nothing.

If I have faith that I can build my blog into a thriving business
but have not love,
I gain nothing.


Love leaves the keyboard in search of a child's laugh.

Love smiles at the fingerprints on a freshly-cleaned monitor.

Love picks up the child before she picks up the remains of a photo shoot.

Love kisses the skinned knee before she responds to an email.

Love puts her family first, regardless of page views and click-throughs and revenues.

Love realizes that while she may write wonderful posts 
  or series of posts or even an e-book, 
    she'll never write a greater story than she is writing in the hearts of her children.

Love crawls with her baby, walks with her toddler, runs with her child,
then stands aside to let her precious one walk into adulthood.

As a blogging mother there is much I must teach my child
But the greatest of all is love.
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42 comments:

melissa * 320 Sycamore said...

Straight from the heart~so beautiful, Richella. And I love that I can *hear* you saying it now. Such a precious picture of you and your son...love you girl.

Nadir@StitchSense said...

What a beautiful post! I can't wait to be able to experience this first hand with my own kiddies someday! Blessings!

Joyce said...

I wish you could *like* a post on Blogger like you can on FB. f

*LIKES*

Traci@ Beneath My Heart said...

Richella,
Did you write this?
Oh my, it is the most beautiful thing I have ever read. I am leaving my computer right now to go hug Eli. Thank you, friend. I love you.

Marie said...

Beautiful post!

Amy @ Positively Splendid said...

Richella, this is absolutely beatiful! This absolutely touched me this morning. Thank you so much!

Richella said...

Yes, Traci, I wrote this (with a little help from the Apostle Paul).

You should know that you and Cyndi, such wonderful mothers, inspired me. You two and Layla, who is preparing to love her children with her whole heart. :)

Cha Cha said...

Beautiful, Lovedom is the conferance that should be happening in our homes everyday. So glad I got to meet other mothers who feel the same way I do. You are a blessing sweet friend.

Cha Cha

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Well said! Between you and Paul, I think you pretty much nailed it. Thank you, thank you for a poignant reminder that blogs are nice and business is good, but the real accolades we should be seeking are assurances from Him that we are fulfilling our roles as moms. Going to have some extra snuggle time today with my little ones---just decided to skip MOPS set-up tonight after reading this. :)

I. Love. You! :)

~ B. said...

What a beautiful reminder! Thank you!

Dawn said...

i was gonna ask if you wrote it, too... i should never even have wondered :) i love that picture of you (well, both of them!) with your little guy at the trains!!

Melissa Miller said...

Richella you have a heart filled with love and kindness and it shows. You are so right. A blog is just a blog after all. People are what matters most. I'm honored to have *met* such amazing friends.
Especially *you*. *Smiles*

Happy day! ~Melissa :)

Vanessa said...

Beautiful Richella! When I started blogging I purposed to only do it when my youngest was resting during the day or at night after the kids are in bed. I don't want their memories of mommy to be of me sitting at the keyboard! I think this is something so many folks can relate to and it is a good reminder for us all. Thank you so much for being a positive voice in this blogging community!

Erin @ Two Story Cottage said...

I am going to bookmark this, Richella. Beautiful post! It would be so easy to be consumed by blogging especially after the conference. I have to have strict "rules" for myself about the computer - what a slippery slope it can be.

What a sweet pic that is! :)

Debbie said...

That was beautiful and really puts things into perspective! Many Blessings.

Julie Zoller said...

I so love your post today...My daughter Jaclyn and I are both bloggers and try to do what you have suggested...So important...Blessings to you and your family... fondly,Julie lifeatfirelakecamp.blogspot.com

Holly said...

Ummm, I needed that reminder. Thank you, Richella.

Shelly @ Life on the Wild Side said...

" . . . she'll never write a greater story than she is writing in the hearts of her children."

Oh my word, that is so TRUE! Thank you for pointing me to the heart of the matter today.

Southern Lady said...

Great post, Richella. It all comes down to one little word, doesn't it? I pray every day that I am teaching my girls to love above all things. Carla

Jemsmom said...

I am printing this and putting it by my computer! This is absolutely perfect and just what I needed! Thank you Richella!

Anonymous said...

Wow Richella that made me cry. I could hear your sweet voice reading it. I know you well enough to know you meant every word of that!
You inspire me!!
Cyndi

P.S. I. Love. You. Girl.

Anonymous said...

I came over from Beneath My heart but seeing your "grammar lesson" section means i HAVE to subscribe. I have a number of pet peeves when it comes to grammar and spelling. i am known as "The Editor" at work and can spot a spelling error a mile away. I am so glad that SOMEONE is trying to help people with its/it's , to/too and there/ they're/ their. THANK YOU!
Kristin

Mary C said...

Love your blog, just found it. Thank you so much for sharing.

ashley @ pure + lovely said...

You are so sweet. And I love this post. I hate I didn't get to talk to you more, in Nashville, but so glad to have the honor of meeting you! ;) And you look WAY too good to have a nineteen year old! I HOPE to look half as good as you!

sweatpantcouture.com said...

Thank you so much...this is such a great reminder and so well put :)

Michelle said...

This is SUCH a gorgeous post. I love it - and perfect right as we're coming back from Blissdom. So great to meet you :)

Heather said...

This is terrific!

FrouFrouBritches said...

Precious post Richella! At my house, love means putting the computer down when my baby says, "Mommy, I want to hold you!"
You're so right! The ones we love are sooooo much more important than the lastest comment or blog post.

Bonita said...

Wow! Beautiful truth and beautifully written!

Southern Fried Gal said...

Wow! I have chills reading this. Thank you so much for sharing. I think I will print this and post in my office. Thank you and have a blessed weekend!

Life In The Thrifty Lane said...

What a beautiful post, I'm so glad I came over. Visiting from Amanda's party! Thanks for sharing! Veronica

Ashley | Domestic Fashionista said...

What a beautiful post! You are so right. It is so easy to get caught up in how to make our blogs bigger and better...when right in front of us are the people who need our attention first. This is a very encouraging post. Visiting via Amanda's blog.

xxoo
Ashley

Leslie @ goodbye, house! HELLO, HOME! said...

i so love this.

Karen said...

From one mother of a red-head to another ... I LOVE this. Thanks for keeping things in the correct perspective for us!

kp said...

LOVE it!

Denise said...

Thank you!

i LOVE this.

Going to print this up and place it next to my monitor as a reminder!

"Love realizes that while she may write wonderful posts or series of posts or even an e-book, she'll never write a greater story than she is writing in the hearts of her children." This is what Love does at my house. I get this one space of time to be their mommy, to train them in the Way they should go, to lavish love on them.

Julie, the mama said...

Just precious. So very true.

Dee said...

Richella - LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!
So great meeting you at Blissdom!!:)
Dee

Party Of Four said...

Seriously beautiful and well put. *LOVE* this post. Thank you for sharing.

Amanda said...

Perfectly stated. Thank you for this post. So well-articulated and my thoughts exactly.

Rhyan said...

Wow, what a wonderfully poetic reminder! I love, love, love this!

Ashley | Domestic Fashionista said...

what a beautiful post! Thank you for sharing such inspiring words! Something I needed to hear for sure! I have been wanting to put down my phone more when I am with my husband. Something about always being connected that gets in the way of little moments. Thank you for the encouragement!

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