BLOGGING GRANDMOTHERS SERIES WITH MICHELE FROM LIVING OUR DAYS
The 24th blogging grandmother to be
featured for this series is Michele from Living Our Days.
QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR BLOG
NAME OF YOUR BLOG: LIVING OUR DAYS – GAINING A HEART OF WISDOM
WHERE DO YOU LIVE: I live in beautiful Midcoast Maine.
WHAT DO YOU WRITE ABOUT: I write about the books I am reading, the Truth that’s changing me, and the grace I’m receiving everyday.
HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE NAME FOR YOUR BLOG: Annie Dillard wrote, “The way we live our days will be, after all, the way we live our life.” I found that quote years ago when my children were all small, and I needed that specific encouragement to cherish my minutes and to make them count. When it came time to name a blog, that was the first thing that came to mind, and I have tended to write much about the dailiness of this mothering life.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START BLOGGING: I began writing for my church’s website, and little by little, realized that I could actually manage to understand the process. I’ve loved writing all my life and so once I was brave enough to risk the great wide world of the internet, blogging seemed like a great way to add some accountability to my writing life.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN BLOGGING: Approximately three years.
WHAT DO YOU FIND MOST CHALLENGING OR FRUSTRATING ABOUT BLOGGING: I never run out of topics to write about, and I love editing and crafting sentences, but the entire technical piece of blogging is a continual frustration for me. It’s HUGE, and there is so much to learn about SEO and enhancing the appearance of my blog.
HOW OFTEN DO YOU BLOG: My intention is to publish two blog posts each week. On Mondays, I usually share a book review. On Thursdays, it’s either a guest post for another site where I share my writing or a post on a topic that’s been rattling around in my brain.
DO YOU PARTICIPATE IN LINK PARTIES: Yes! I’ve made some wonderful friends in these communities!
THE BEST THING ABOUT BLOGGING: Blogging has given me a way to share my writing and has forced me to commit to the discipline of writing (almost) every day.
QUESTIONS ABOUT YOU AS A GRANDMOTHER
WHAT DO YOUR GRANDCHILDREN CALL YOU: My grandson calls me “Bam.” He’s only three, so I wonder if this will change as he gets a handle on his initial consonants. I hope not, though, because I really like it!
HOW MANY GRANDCHILDREN DO YOU HAVE: Two
HOW OFTEN DO YOU GET TO SEE YOUR GRANDCHILDREN: My grandson spends Thursdays with me, so that gives us a weekly opportunity to paint, make cookies, work in the garden, and read lots of books. His baby sister is three months old and really needs to be with her mum right now, but I see her at least once a week. The blessing of this regular contact is not something I take for granted, and my heart goes out to grammies who are dealing with distance.
WHAT IS THE BEST THING ABOUT BEING A GRANDMOTHER: Little people in our lives force us to be flexible in all the best ways. This was true for me as a mum, and I see it even more so now. It’s just a huge gift to be able to pour our lives into another generation of much-loved children.
QUESTIONS ABOUT YOU
MARRIED, SINGLE, DIVORCED, WIDOWED: I’ve been married to an unreasonably patient man for 27 years.
HOW MANY CHILDREN DO YOU HAVE: We have four sons and two daughters-in-love.
DO YOU WORK OR ARE YOU RETIRED, WHAT IS OR WAS YOUR PROFESSION: I worked in the human resources field until the birth of my first son. I’ve been home with my kids ever since and have home schooled for the past 19 years. However, we have a family mowing business, so I help with that during the summer months.
WHAT IS THE BEST AND WORST THING ABOUT GETTING OLDER: The best thing is definitely the perspective aging has given to me. I don’t get nearly as upset about disappointments and set backs as I used to. I think I’m more forgiving of myself and others. The worst thing is all the ways in which our bodies fail us. My mind is not as sharp, my eyes and ears don’t work as well, and I get sicker and more tired than I used to. I still have a lot of drive, but the accelerator in this aging vehicle doesn’t respond like it used to.
WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY: My family – “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” And they love us and are great friends with each other. My cup is very full.
WHAT 3 WORDS BEST DESCRIBE YOU: Mother, Teacher, Writer
WHAT ARE 3 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT YOU: 1. My husband and I were just invited to teach a class on parenting at a Christian educators’ conference here in the state of Maine. We’ll be very busy preparing for that, and it will be good for our relationship to be working together on it. 2. You can find my writing at SheLoves Magazine, (in)courage, The Perennial Gen, and I’m a member of the Redbud Writers Guild. 3. We’ve attended the same church for over 20 years and love worshiping with people with whom we have history and who sing to “the Lawd” with all their hearts.
HOBBIES: Most of my “free” minutes are spent writing or studying. I teach the women in my church in a couple of different settings so this keeps me actively preparing something all the time.
PETS: Our family has a 150 lb. St. Bernard named Tucker who ensures that I am never far from my vacuum. He loves his people!
FAV ICE CREAM: Hardest question of all! Pistachio?
FAV COLD DRINK: Water
FAV FOOD: Yogurt with fruit and granola
FAV AROMA: Mint
FAV PERFUME: Eternity
FAV AUTHOR: Fiction – Marilynne Robinson, Wendell Berry. Nonfiction – C.S. Lewis. Poetry – Luci Shaw.
FAV MUSIC: I love listening to choral music because I’ve sung in choirs all my life.
FAV TV SHOW: Downton Abbey was fun!
FAV TV SHOW WHEN YOU WERE A CHILD: MASH
WERE YOU A GIRLY GIRL OR A TOMBOY AS A CHILD: I was a total book worm.
SPRING, SUMMER, FALL, OR WINTER: Fall is my favorite season.
DO YOU HAVE A TALENT: Multi-tasking
WHAT TALENT WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO HAVE: The gift of gab. I would love to be the type of person who can put others at ease and make conversation effortlessly.
EARLY BIRD OR NIGHT OWL: Early bird
HOW DO YOU RELAX: Reading
MOVIES OR BOOKS: Definitely books, but my family loves movies, and I watch whatever they’re watching.
CELL PHONE – APPLE OR ANDROID: Android
CALLING OR TEXTING: It depends. If I just need to dump information, I text. But if I there’s a conversation to be had, I want to hear someone’s voice.