My Blog…

Welcome to a Blog about Real Life – Day in, day out, the good, the bad and the ugly that we all encounter; an honest, open conversation, really. I’m not looking for this to be “my” blog. Not one of us has all the answers, including me. ( I had to resist the urge to say “especially me” in that last sentence. Apparently, resistance is futile.) I want this to be about “us”. Thank you for taking a moment to join me here. I am looking forward to sharing this life journey with you.

Sharing will include:
• The day in and day out – family, relationships, health, managing our time, pursuing passions and finding balance and direction
• The good – from our accomplishments, victories and unexpected surprises, to our hopes and dreams.
• The bad – from our daily struggles and fears to –
• The ugly – the unending drama of our lives, whether it be disease, loss or tragedy.

“What does real look like?”, we ask. I’m still working on that one, but a description that resonated with me, came from a childhood story, “The Velveteen Rabbit”, by Margery Williams. In the story, a conversation takes place between the Skin Horse and the Velveteen Rabbit regarding what real looks like. The Skin Horse describes “real” as what happens when you are true to yourself. Real is not some shiny toy pretending to be something it is not. “Real” has noticeable imperfections and is loved in spite of those flaws.

That is what I hope to bring you here, “real”, the good the bad and the ugly, one day at a time.

8 thoughts on “My Blog…

  1. Anita Colburn says:

    Congratulations on your first Blog! I find that real life changes. Just as I’m getting used to one season, it’s time for a new…

  2. Barbara Brotzki says:

    I am struggling with the term “real conversation”. I find very few feel safe enough or trust enough to have real conversation. Even I hesitate to share, maybe burned one to many times by those who call themselves Christians. We are forgiven by true repentance but act as if ithe forgiveness gives us the right to hurt or be unchristian like. I stand by the wayside praying your openness will cause others to help each other without judgement but with the loving arms of Jesus.

  3. Lisa Balconi says:

    I love the blog idea. I don’t really know how it works but here is the nutshell version of the season I am in…
    The Ugly: My Mom died a year ago May 5th and we are closing on her condo in the next two weeks…another level of goodbye that I am not ready to face.
    The Bad: All three of my boys live in Vegas and I only get to see them a few times a year. Big adjustment after all those years of being so close.
    The Good: Ya know how all your life you imagine what you’ll do when the kids move out? I always imagined playing golf again. This year I joined a league and I’m doing it! Even though my clubs are old and they weigh a ton, I am having a blast! I am married to someone I have had a crush on since the 80’s and he is a wonderful person to spend life with.
    Just wanted to end with the good news instead of the bad or ugly news.

    • bspargo says:

      Thanks for sharing your bad, ugly and good! I am so sorry for the loss of your mom. You have had many big changes since we’ve moved away. I’m so happy for the good ones you’ve had. Much more good is in our future!

  4. Barbara says:

    Here I go again, the Bad: mold and water leak in kitchen after the walls were totally replaced after a fire. Still have one cabinet off the wall on the granite because major clog in drain. My holiday weekend spent watching my husband trying to unclog the drain. Finally today we paid someone to unclog a block 30 feet into the drain. Spent 3.5 years studying hard and tired – dog tired all the time. Sort of want to get off the world for a month to recharge. Don’t want to clean, don’t want to volunteer at church, just want to sleep. None of the things I can do right now. Good: I am finally done doing dishes in bathroom sink and using my dishwasher again. And though I am tired I am excited about going to UT this fall. Thanks to my wonderful husband I only have to work part time.

    • bspargo says:

      Praying you get some time for refreshing. Sounds like you could use a break! Glad you ended with the good. Were the bad and ugly all mixed together?

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