By: Jennifer Murray

Keepin’ It Real Rewinds 00

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Sweet Henry’s posture captures my spirit well, as I’m stare at my computer screen… if only I could type comfortably in that position. This post has been brewing in my head for weeks now, so I’ll warn you in this first paragraph that it has the potential of being a catastrophic mess of Jen’s thoughts, but hopefully I can express a little bit more of “ME”.

I also have to warn you that I’m a bit apprehensive on how this post (and posts to follow) may change your perception of me, but I feel burdened to share more of the “reality” of our life.

As my Sunday School teacher used to say, “Fasten your seatbelts!” (Right, Marie?)

Lets’ see where do I start???? I love this blog for many reasons.

~It gives me a way to share our boys with our family and friends (and all of you “lurkers” too!).

~It gives me an outlet and a memory book to capture some of the stories of our lives. (After all, isn’t the best part of taking a picture sharing it?) I can hardly wait to share this journal with the boys someday!

~It’s a resource for other multiple moms, especially expectant ones who can use our archives as a way to prepare for their journey, laugh at our mistakes, see different multiple products, contact us for support, etc. This is one of my favorite things about our blog and one of the main motivations behind these posts. You’d be surprised at how many mothers of multiples that I come in contact with who have read our entire blog. Do you realize that’s hours worth of reading? Computer screen, after computer screen of text? It amazes me, but at the same time if I would have found a quad blog before our delivery, I’m sure I would have done the same. Finding a “real life” family who has walked your path is golden.

~It’s a way to glorify Jesus Christ. He has provided for us, loved us, answered our prayers, performed miracles, and protected our family through this amazing journey. There’s well over a thousand of you coming to this site a day, and I feel a strong responsibility to share with you our Savior. Creator. Father. Redeemer. And I hope to do this better in future posts….Would you fellow believers pray for boldness and clarity in my writing? I am both humbled and overwhelmed at this task.

So after reflecting a little bit on “why I blog”, (because to be honest, some days I feel like throwing in the blogging towel, and trying to hide us all under a giant-family sized rock), I decided that some of our story needs a more realistic approach. I don’t mean that our pictures, videos, journals, adventures, etc. haven’t been true to life….they are some of my favorite memories and I am so glad that they are documented in a way that I can save them in my “image bank” and that we have the opportunity to share them with you, our readers. The majority of my posts will continue in the same style and content.

However, I think some of you feel like you “know us”, by reading this blog and I desire to show more of our heart with you. This blog simply scratches the surface of who we are as a family. I’m still wrestling with the how, what, and when, of going about all this, so be patient with me. (A little pat on the back for encouragement sake would do too!)

I’m planning on rewinding back to the pregnancy for several future posts. I know, I know, 18+ months later, but you’re never ever obligated to read. There’s just a bulk of our story that I’m fearful that will be forgotten if I don’t write it down….soon!

I’ll close for now with a few verses that have been an encouragement to me in recent days.

“Not that I have already attained or am already perfected. I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. I do not count myself to have apprehended, but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead. I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3: 12-14

58 Responses to “Keepin’ It Real Rewinds 00”

  1. Veronica @ Luv My Quiver Full Of Arrows
    August 5, 2008 at 8:47 pm #

    Jen,

    I am praying for you now. I have been reading your blog from the beginning, and it brings sunshine to my day, Sister! Then, by reading this beautiful comments, I see how many other lives you are touching. Jesus is using you in a mighty way. I look forward to hear what the Lord has put on your heart. You are in inspiration. God bless you.

    Veronica from CA

  2. Laura
    August 5, 2008 at 9:54 pm #

    Hey Jen! I was reading this post and thinking that although you may feel like you don't share enough about our AMAZING God, you do an amazing job of glorifying Him – through stories about your & Brad's relationship, dealing with parenting struggles, etc. I look forward to reading what you want to share with us all next!

    Thanks for all the effort you put in to this – it's such a great opportunity for all of us who may not have multiples to share in the adventure with you. And you are an awesome blogger – some posts I can just hear you saying out loud! I have thought about starting to blog myself, but my life is boring compared to yours! :)
    Love, Laura

  3. Stacey
    August 6, 2008 at 7:00 pm #

    Hi Jen! I’m a “lurker”. ;o) I’ve been reading you and quite a few other multiple moms for a while. I know that if you all can raise 3, 4, or 5 babies at once, anyone can handle just one! It’s great to be able to take part of the life that you are sharing with the world. Thank you!

  4. Anonymous
    August 9, 2008 at 8:06 pm #

    Jen- Sorry!! Just reading back my comment and wrote Gen instead of Jen… Sorry– been writing to Gen M. a lot!
    Lisa

  5. Anonymous
    August 9, 2008 at 8:06 pm #

    Jen- Sorry!! Just reading back my comment and wrote Gen instead of Jen… Sorry– been writing to Gen M. a lot!
    Lisa

  6. Busy Momma
    August 12, 2008 at 12:36 am #

    it’s your life, your blog…write what you feel. i would love to be able to read more about your pregnancy, how amazing that must have been. I had twins, can’t even imagine 4!!

  7. Rachel
    August 12, 2008 at 1:14 pm #

    I think sometimes the trials and situations we go through are in order to help other people later who are going through the same thing. You’ve been able to give advice and a “real” picture to those who are expecting one or more babies as well as showing them the sweet and very precious moments too. I’ve read many comments on many of your posts where people are so incredibly gratful of your advice, wisdom, and realness…

    One of your “mission fields” seems to be the internet. Run with it. Don’t be afraid to share your faith, your good days and your bad days, your joys, your frustrations… People are looking for authenticity.

    Our family is praying for you. You are doing a fantastic job and I totally agree with what Dorette said. You both manage to glorify Christ with every post you make. Keep it up. It reminds me of our son’s memory verse last week:

    (The kids version with hand motions…lol)

    Be (flap your arms like a bee) strong (make some muscles) and brave (put your hands on your hips) because God (point to the sky) is with you (point to your neighbor)!Joshua 1:9

  8. Rachel
    August 12, 2008 at 1:15 pm #

    By the way, I forgot to mention that we just found out that Nick and Laura Garn know you guys! We all go to the same church! :o)

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