Why do people in Finland look at my blog? Or Norway. Or Moldova, Bulgaria, Bahrain? So weird. The most popular blog posts I have written are recipes. Ones I didn’t even make up. Things I found on someone else’s blog, made myself, and then blogged about. Of course I give the original people proper recognition for their recipe, but still. My best writing was about oatmeal? Since I started this blog, I have had views from 91 countries. Thats 46% of the world. My blog has reached people in 46% of the world. But only on the level of oatmeal. How weird. What if my blog reached that much of the world for something really important. What if my blogs about the bombing, or about songs that speak to me or about church or real life were reaching that many people. I want my life to be about so much more than oatmeal. I know that it is, but I sometimes when I look at these stats, I think that all people see in my life is oatmeal. Oatmeal and Iced Coffee. And trust me, the iced coffee is amazing, so I won’t be offended if you look at that post.
I guess it’s just something I think about once in a while. When I look over my stats and see why people are visiting my blog. People close to me know my heart and the things that are important to me. But are those things really showing to the WORLD? Am I a city on a hill or a light under a basket? I know the numbers on my blog don’t really matter. And I can thank pinterest for my oatmeal fame. But it is a good reminder to me. Something to make me pause and think.
I want to be remembered for more than oatmeal. How bout you?
Melissa s said:
I will always remember you for more than oatmeal…
thank you melissa ❤ miss you!
My biggest blog hit appear to be “peed her pants girl” and one about watermelons, the great big kind full of seeds. I have 1044 hits on Peed Her Pants and 4193 on my watermelon post. I don’t think I’ve blogged about oatmeal… I’m checking your blog because I grew up in Webster and home schooled my kids in Wayne County. I’ve seen/met your mom here and there but don’t really know any of you personally. We do, however, have mutual friends.
Pam Napierala said:
You don’t know me, but I am also a Webster resident. My husband coaches the Salisbury boys in Bible Quiz, and I began seeing the updates on Darci’s Facebook pages days after the bombing regarding how you and your other family members were doing, and what was going on.
Like you, one of the phrases from a song that kept running through my heads days before the bombing was “The God of Angel Armies, are always by my side”. I wasn’t sure why that kept going through my mind. Also, on April 11th, God put this verse on my heart, and I shared it on my Facebook website, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)
I said that I wasn’t sure, but felt that we were going to need this verse in the days to come.
And then the bombing….
After I saw Darci’s posting on the status of you and your brother and his girlfriend, I subscribed to your blog, as I wanted to see how you and your family were doing. I have been praying for all of you since this happened.
Two weeks ago, I went to Physical Therapy and laid down on one of the tables on a warming blanket, and as I was laying there, I looked over to the table next to me, and saw your brother. I had no idea who he was, but saw his leg, and thought in my head “He looks like he’s been in some kind of explosion” and my heart went out to him. Only then did I realize who it was, and looked across the room and saw you.
Just let me tell you what an inspiration the two of you have been to me. I see how hard both of you are working to get back to where you were before the bombing.
You both inspire me to do my best there too!
And all this to say….you are SO MUCH MORE than your blogs about oatmeal and iced coffee. You are effecting lives with your blogs of the bombing, your family and God.
You have effected mine, and I’m sure many others as well. Only eternity will tell how many lives you have changed by these blogs. Don’t believe the lies from the devil. Keep doing what you are doing. I am so proud of you!
I have often wondered this about my own life: Why am I here? What will I be remembered for? Who am I impacting today and how? I can tell you Gina, you’re life is more than just “oatmeal”. Reading about what you and your family have gone through together and how you have handled it all is inspiring.