Some have said that my writing style is a bit unusual. I’m not sure exactly how to take that. Is it meant to be complementary, or a polite way of saying they don’t care for my writing. So, I thought that I would take this opportunity to explain where it all comes from.

It starts with sleepless nights. I will go to bed completely exhausted and barely able to keep my eyes open. I will go through my nightly ritual. Walk Winston, lock the door, make sure the kitchen has been “shut down”, turn off the TV. Wash my face, brush my teeth, jump in bed.Get out of bed and make sure I locked the door. Again! Pretty normal stuff so far, right?

Right. Until I close my eyes ready and hoping for that sweet slumber to come upon me. Then it happens. Every single thought brings themselves front and center to my brain. Some of them are meaningless thoughts. For instance; why does Winston bark at birds flying over him? Or. Did I lock the front door? Just like that I am wide awake.

Other times the thoughts are more substantial. Those are the thoughts that cause the writings to be raw and real. Some of you have read my “Reflection Time” posts on Facebook. Some of you have only read what I have submitted to Donna to post on the blog. In both cases the writing is literally the thoughts that are in my head. Written exactly how I feel them or hear them.

When Donna and I spoke a few weeks ago about starting the blog back up it caused me to think on a few things. One of the things that I have been bouncing around is my writing style. How it is different from Donnas? What I love about Donna’s style is how she tells her story and there is almost always a lesson or ah-ha moment that she comes to and then shares it with her readers. Donna is an optimist. One of my favorite qualities of hers. My style is much different.

I am a realist. If there is something going on in my personal life I am going to write about it from the emotions that I have. I am not one to sugar coat or beat around the bush. I am a firm believer in speaking the truth in love, and telling it like I feel it.

Some of the things I will write about. Domestic violence. Grandchildren. Singleness. Adult children. There will be lots of emotional writing about how I feel about navigating being single and loneliness. Whatever the topic my desire is to encourage you all. My hope is that you will continue to read our blog, and that you will have your own ah-ha moments. Or that you will be able to relate to either of us or both of us.

A huge thank you to Donna for including me in her vision. I appreciate you more than I can put into words. And to all of you who encourage me to write and then actually read what I write. I love you oodles friends!

1 Thessalonians 5:11 So encourage each other to build each other up, just as you are already doing.