The Girl // Hi there! Ho there! I'm Blair. A late twenty-something-married-mother of one-Jesus lover. I blog about my everyday life including motherhood, style, and faith. I'm a speed talker. A mumbler. I write like I talk. I don't care much about punctuation. I have a fear of giant fish (not sharks, i'm talking giant nasty cat fish). I'm a reformed vegetarian. My husband is an artist. I have a twin sister. Obsessed with the show Parenthood. Call Nashville home. Currently growing out a pixie cut and growing baby #2 (due in September)... what else ya want to know?
The Blog // This blog began back in 2007 to chronicle my life in Nashville as a newlywed. Posts were sporadic. It was before pinterest and twitter. It was humble, sparsely read, and so much fun. Early Spring of 2010 I began to actively grow my blog and officially became Wild & Precious, having fun with lots of new things like giveaways and sponsors.
I far too quickly let this little place become an idol and was sacrificing way too much real life to keep it up. December of 2010 (especially after finding out I was pregnant!) I knew in my heart I needed to scale back. I needed to reevaluate. I needed to be more authentic. I needed to live real life -- without regard of taking pictures of it. I took a blog sabbatical and came back in the new year with new determination to let this blog be exactly and only what it is -- a blog, and to me more deliberate not only about the time I spent on it, but what I choose to share. I have a platform, and I want to be intentional about how I use it. Regardless if we have any sort of social media, we all have a voice. I want my voice to speak truth and build up.
My hope for this is blog is for it to be a place that I openly share me -- my life. What I like, what I do, what I believe. Through my blog I hope to build community: sharing in lives with others and encouraging each other to live an authentic life.
The Name // I first heard the Mary Oliver poem, The Summer Day, in high school. The last line "What is it you plan to do with your one wild & precious life?" was a regular challenge to my classmates and me from my senior english teacher. It was a question that stirred my soul.
In the years since high school, this poetic line has gained meaning as it has been shaped by my understanding of the gospel. If you have read C.S. Lewis' The Lion the Witch & the Wardrobe (or seen the movie), you'll remember the line "He's not a tame lion." This line refers to Aslan, the character Lewis uses to represent Jesus in the fantasy world of Narnia.
The way God pursues us is the most precious gift I could receive, and the choice to follow him is a wild one. The more I mature in my faith the more I realize how big He is and how not in control I am. Following Jesus does not promise that life will always be easy. Hard times do and will come. Just with an untamed lion, you can't always predict what is next. But when I think back to the valleys of my life I can see how tenderly God held me and pulled me through. Some of the most precious times of my faith journey come from when God walked beside me through those times - displaying his great love for me. And not only does He pursue and guide us through the valleys, but he delights to guide us to the mountain tops where we can experience His glory. He cries with us and He laughs with us - an ever present God.
God's love for us is anything but tame. His desire for our hearts is ferocious and wild, but oh! is it precious -- so very very precious.
If you have any questions about anything you see on my blog (or really about anything) feel free to contact me, I'd love to chat!