This post is part of Getting to Know You with Mississippi Women Bloggers.
I feel kind of funny answering questions about myself again so soon after this post, but to keep it interesting, I added a twist. (See below.)
I can’t wait to get to know all these fabulous women that make up MWB. So here goes…
What part of Mississippi are you from? I live in Laurel, I work in Hattiesburg. My family, however, is from North Mississippi, specifically Oxford and also Calhoun County.
How long have you been blogging? Um, that’s a two-part answer. I used to write a column in a weekly newspaper, for almost two years. I started blogging at the beginning of last year the first time around. I was going to post something every day – a photo, something I was thankful for, and something else I think. I got a new job in March, and was already getting behind, and I’m sorry to say it just went by the wayside. Then, earlier this year, I started feeling a tug on my heart to start back, but not in the way I did before. More like my column. I would say what I needed to say when I needed to say it. And allow God to lead me in that.
Why did you start blogging? See above answer. Simply, God told me to. I’ve been really up front about that. My life just goes better when I let go (as hard as that is for me) and let Him lead. I hope that people can identify with that, trusting in a higher power. I also hope that people that don’t have an understanding of that will follow along long enough to see what that looks like.
Tell us what we can expect when reading your blog. Honestly, it could be anything. I have a busy life and various interests, any of which could be fair game for a blog post. When I was writing a newspaper column, when funny things would happen, the people around me, friends and family, would say things like, “That better not end up in a column!” Sometimes they did, of course. (I’ll have to post a column my editor titled “Cutting the Cheese” when I wasn’t looking. It’s not what your’e thinking, I promise. One of our local judges was a reader, and the next time my husband, also a lawyer, appeared in his courtroom, the judge said, “Now there’s a man who likes his cheese!” I’m pretty sure hubby was mortified, but he’s learned to live with it.) Again, wherever this journey takes me, that’s what you’ll get to read about.
What does your blog title mean? “Crumbs Under the Table” comes from a few different references:
1. I’m Episcopalian. (My husband is a Southern Baptist deacon, so this makes life very interesting.) I typically attend the early service on Sunday morning, at which the older Rite 1 is used, which includes the Prayer of Humble Access in this form:
We do not presume to come to this thy Table, O merciful Lord, trusting in our own righteousness, but in thy manifold and great mercies. We are not worthy so much as to gather up the crumbs under thy Table. But thou art the same Lord whose property is always to have mercy. Grant us therefore, gracious Lord, so to eat the flesh of thy dear Son Jesus Christ, and to drink his blood, that we may evermore dwell in him, and he in us. Amen.
That pretty much sums it up, doesn’t it?
2. I have two children, ages six and nine. There are, inevitably and literally, crumbs under my table, at any given time.
3. Also see Matthew 15: 21-28, the story of the Canaanite woman.
Jesus left that place and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon. Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came out and started shouting, ‘Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is tormented by a demon.’ But he did not answer her at all. And his disciples came and urged him, saying, ‘Send her away, for she keeps shouting after us.’ He answered, ‘I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.’ But she came and knelt before him, saying, ‘Lord, help me.’ He answered, ‘It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.’ She said, ‘Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.’ Then Jesus answered her, ‘Woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.’ And her daughter was healed instantly.
THAT is the kind of faith (and humility) I strive for.
What do you love about being part of Mississippi Women Bloggers? I am thoroughly enjoying getting to know all of these fabulous women! Finding common ground and finding diverse perspectives that allow us to grow are equally valuable and thrilling.
Who inspires you to blog? Lots of people and things. My kids are a big inspiration. My husband, family, friends, of course. I love that “Aha!” moment when something seemingly average leads to a revelation of sorts, and I just need to get it out.
If you could pick a favorite blog post from this past year, what would it be? Of my own? Well, since I just started back (almost) a couple of months ago, there’s not that many to pick from. I would have to say, though, that “We.Are.Family.” is really representative of my life. The tension between my nature as an only child, and my current life, in which it’s difficult to get away from all these people I live with (who I dearly love, of course).
Do your real life friends know you blog? How do they respond? Many do, since I post on Facebook. There are people in my life, however, who do not know. This includes my parents. They aren’t on Facebook or Twitter and I haven’t mentioned it. It’s kind of an experiment, to see how long it takes them to find it. Plus, deserved or not, I think I fear criticism the most when it’s from those I care about the most. The response, so far, has been encouraging.
What is your blogging routine (if you have one)? Still working on that. I said when I started this that I would not put parameters or constraints on myself, but we all know that practice makes perfect (or at least readable). As a thought crosses my mind that I think could bud into a blog post at some point, I write it down in a journal or pull out by laptop or iPad (I ALWAYS have a way to write with me) and make a note of it, even if it’s just a passing thought.
We all love social media! Are there any social media links you would like to share so we can follow you? Crumbs Under the Table has its own Facebook page, and I also have a Twitter page under the handle @JennyMac1207, and a LinkedIn account (Jennifer Rogers).
Name 3 bloggers who have not joined Mississippi Women Bloggers that you would like to see join us!
Sara at Romans10verse14
Cece at Mississippi Maven
Lindsay at Ole Miss Mom
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For fun, I decided to let my husband answer the same questions (about me and my blog, as if answering for me) after I had already answered and without him seeing my answers. Here’s what my beloved said about me. (My comments in parentheses/italics.)
What part of Mississippi are you from? I grew up in Alabama and moved to Oxford in my college years, then moved with my husband to South Mississippi, where I have now been for ten years. God, it’s hot down here. (It sure is.) Did I mention I hate heat and feeling sticky and mosquitos. But my husband’s down here and I love him. The things we do for love. (OH, PLEASE.)
How long have you been blogging? One month last year, and one month this year. (Close enough.)
Why did you start blogging? Because I have discovered that I’m better able to communicate my thoughts through writing than through speaking. When I first started blogging, I set my goal too high in that my intent was to post one picture every day. But with the day to day grind of raising children and a husband, that didn’t always work out, so I put it aside for a while. When I started back this time around, I didn’t put any parameters on my blogging style or frequency and am only going to type what and when I think the good Lord wants me to. (That’s pretty accurate.)
Tell us what we can expect when reading your blog. I hope to write something uplifting and inspirational but mostly, I hope to write what God inspires me to write. (Yep. Although uplifting and inspirational may not always be in the cards.)
What does your blog title mean? I take it from the Nicene Creed. We are not worthy to gather the crumbs under your table. (Almost, sweetie. See Father Jeff for clarification.)
What do you love about being part of Mississippi Women Bloggers? I’m proud of my Mississippi roots, and even though I spent some formative (Really? “Formative”?) years in Alabama, I’m proud to call myself a Mississippian. With the great writers, musicians and authors that Mississippi has produced, I can only hope that some of the Mississippi water runs through my artistic veins. (Really? “Artistic veins”?)
Who inspires you to blog? God, family, and friends. (Short and sweet, but that works.)
If you could pick a favorite blog post from this past year, what would it be? There’s only like four. (There’s more than four.) Probably the first one, We.Are.Family. (That wasn’t the first one, honey. Click on “Older Posts”.)
Do your real life friends know you blog? How do they respond? Most of the ones who are on Facebook know that I blog. And so far, the responses have been positive. (My husband is not on Facebook either, except vicariously through me.)
What is your blogging routine (if you have one)? Every 8 to 10 days, a topic that I’ve been dwelling on finally ripens. (Oh, Lord.) And I start blogging at about 10:00 at night when my husband is getting ready to go to bed. By the time I finish typing out my thoughts and proofing and reproofing for grammatical errors, I finally post it around midnight. (Actually, that’s not too far off.)
We all love social media! Are there any social media links you would like to share so we can follow you? Facebook. I don’t know if there’s a Twitter account. (Bless it. )
So, dear readers, you not only learned something about me, you also got a glimpse into my husband’s mind, as did I.
Fascinating, isn’t it?