October has been a wild month. And it’s become more and more evident that this needs to be a non-blogging mirco-season for me. In my temporary writing hiatus, I am so thankful to have amazing women continue to fill this space on the web with their wisdom, humor, and encouragement. I am thankful to receive from them in a season where I don’t have much to give. If you’ve missed any of these Perspectives on Motherhood and Writing posts, check out the archives!
Today’s installment comes from Sarah Kerner, an attorney, pastor’s wife, and runner. We connected over similar interests (faith, food, fitness) and I love keeping up with her adventures.
Why do you write/blog?
I enjoy blogging as a creative outlet, as well as a way to document my life in the here and now — what’s going on with my kids, what my interests are, and projects I’m working on. I also enjoy the connections I’ve made with other bloggers.
How long have you been writing/blogging?
I started my first (very short-lived) blog while I was in law school in 2004, but I’ve been writing at my current blog off and on since August 2005.
How has your current season of life impacted your writing/blogging?
My current season of life is small church pastor’s wife, mom of a 4 yr old and 1 yr old, and full time attorney. Needless to say, my writing time is very scarce! I squeeze it in when I can, but this summer (we’ve been moving into the parsonage at my husband’s new church and helping him get started there, as well as finish his last semester of seminary) I finally had to admit that something had to give, and I’ve scaled way back on my blogging and computer time in general.
How has this season of life changed your writing habits?
I am finding it really hard to fit writing into my days right now. Sometimes I wake up early and write before getting ready for my workdays (and before anyone else is awake) but I’m not really a morning person so that doesn’t work very well for me. More often, I write in the evenings after the kids are in bed, but these days I generally want to go to sleep myself as soon as I get them both settled for the night. This explains why I haven’t been writing much lately!
What is your writing/blogging battle cry?
The focus of my blog is family, faith, food, and fitness – basically I write about my interests, and try to encourage others in the thick of young adulthood and young motherhood to maintain their identities and keep taking care of themselves, during a season of life when so many other people are demanding so much of them.
How does faith, writing, and motherhood intersect in your daily life?
I feel like motherhood informs my faith and faith informs my motherhood on a daily basis — experiencing my own love for my children gives me a small glimpse into how deeply God loves me, forgives me, gives me second chances, and wants the best for me. Knowing this, I do my best to mirror this love towards my children, even (especially?!) when they are trying my patience. I fail more than I succeed, but it’s something I think about all the time and pray to be more like Jesus in my interactions with my children.
Sarah is an attorney by day; and spends the rest of her time as a pastor’s wife, boy-mom, friend, sister, runner, newbie weightlifter, knitter, reader, United Methodist, Project Life scrapbooker, black-thumb gardener, terrible but enthusiastic dancer, and healthy/hippie cook and baker.