Itching to know more about Laurel? My love of writing began at the tender age of six when we were assigned to write sentences for vocabulary words. I decided to write a story about a boy and his pet spider. Did you know spiders could waltz?
I knew that I wanted to be a writer from that point on. I went on to pen a book about my baby brother (he liked cookies) and a novel about twins in boarding school (illustrated with pictures cut out of the yearbook). In middle school, I started a book about a dog show and worked on a series throughout high school. Fortunately, none of those works were published.
When I got to college, I took a couple of short story classes that just wound up depressing me. Apparently, no one appreciated my 15 page short story inspired by the sound the light bulbs at work made. For a long time, I gave up writing.
It’s the job that’s never started as takes longest to finish. ~J.R.R. Tolkein “The Lord of the Rings”
I always kept a story in my heart though. It was only after I had kids that the stories began to come out. Under the inspiration of a nun that taught me in high school, I wrote a novel during NaNoWriMo. I joined a couple of weekly writing challenges. You can see some of that work at my writing blog, The Ant Colony.
For years, I’ve always heard that you should write about what you know. That’s what I’m trying to do here. But I don’t want it to be all perfect days and lovely pictures. I think life is like a picnic. You prepare the basket, pick up the blanket and head out the door, only to find it raining. If the day is sunny, you may find your meal interrupted by a parade of ants. Maybe the weather is clear and your picnic is a success. Just like the day to day process of living.
I am a wife, a mother, and a Christian. I am not perfect. I live life by trying, stumbling, and rebuilding. I’m not afraid of failure. Thus, I love to try new things. I experiment in the kitchen, make my own clothing patterns, and have tried every craft under the sun. Sometimes, all I have to show for it is a hungry family and a tangled bobbin. But I just start again.
If the rain spoils our picnic, but saves a farmer’s crop, who are we to say it shouldn’t rain? ~Tom Barrett
What you’ll find here is an ordinary mom who struggles with homeschooling, who burns food often, who sews through her finger constantly, and who just wants a nap at the end of the day. But you’ll also find someone who loves her family fiercely, who loves being with her children, who loves sewing her own things, and who likes to sit with a child in her lap.
Let’s Go on a Picnic! is a place to find recipes, crafts, and homeschooling curriculum. But it is also a place where you can find relationship advice and ways to feel more feminine. I also write about movies and books at The Arthropod’s Library. I hope you enjoy my little blog. Be sure to leave me a comment or drop me an email.
Like a picnic; life is never perfect. We occasionally have our share of ants and stormy days. But we also have situations that make our day special. Life lessons are important. It’s time to get out the picnic basket!