November 30, 2009


Hmmm... As much as I would like to write about 20 different posts right now... the fact is, I have a final tomorrow night for which I feel less than thoroughly prepared. So, I want to tell you just a little something.

When Brianna was 7 or 8 years old, my parents were babysitting while Allen and I went to dinner to celebrate our anniversary. We returned home to a new passion that would delight the entire extended family and many friends for years to come. It was, in many ways, the predecessor to the world of blogging.

While playing make believe with Kaitlin and my folks she made a newspaper. It reported on hot topics such as what was wrong with Santa Claus and who was going to the Super Bowl. Her newspaper sold for 25 cents a piece which encouraged her to hand write copies for each of the grandparents, Allen and I. It did something even more important than make her a buck, though.

With the promise of those quarters jingling in her pocket, she put aside her struggles with reading and writing, put her thinking cap on and wrote another issue the very next month. In order to enlarge her audience, and make more quarters, she started writing about family news and included extended family happenings as well. With a larger readership, Brianna learned to type and use the printer. It wasn't long before she brought Kaitlin on board and creative writing was added to the repertoire the following month.

My little entrepreneurs began selling annual subscriptions to friends and acquaintances, after the third month or so, and soon they had reached about 50 subscribers. We began making use of Microsoft publisher to make their work more professional and the "View" was born. As the person who knew how to use Publisher, I was named editor. Brianna asked me to write a monthly letter from the editor. The girls enlisted their cousin, Brandon, to draw a monthly comic strip and periodic contests were held to get extended family more involved in the writing process.

By the end of that first year, monthly issues of View were being mailed all over the country. Allen was so proud of their efforts, that he bought them a nice printer that could automatically duplex to save time. He and I started buying "gift subscriptions" to encourage their efforts. They continued their writing until we started remodeling the basement in 2007 and the printer sustained some unknown damage.

I thought it might be fun to, once in a while, reprint some of those articles here. I, in fact, intended to give you a little sampling here, but that exam is calling so I must call it a night.

Happy Monday and keep an eye out for new posts under the label "VIEW".



  1. What an achievement to have done this at such a young age. I can't wait to get a peek at the "View".

    Blessings on doing great on your exam!

  2. I think that is so wonderful for her and what a way to encourage her skills.

    You are one busy mommma...guess I didn't realize you were taking classes too...good luck Kat!

  3. That sounds really neat.
    We've been considering having the children do something like that.

  4. I can't wait to see her creation.
    Blessings, andrea

  5. How cool. Good luck on your exam...

  6. Hey there!!
    Well we were up and now we're back and I never got a chance to call you!! So sorry. Our time just goes by SOO fast when we come up!!

    Love the Christmas look to your blog. So pretty!!

    Good luck on your exam!!

    Can't wait to read some of their writings! I'll have to pass them onto my girls!!


  7. I still remember writing the first issue. That was a lot of fun. And it wouldn't have been possible without our head!