5 years ago, on this very day, January 31, 2008, I posted for the first time on this blog.
I only wrote for myself back then. Nobody read that first post but me because the blog was private, and I was the only reader.
We had been to hell and back then. And I needed an outlet.
It was my diary back then.
Oh my how this silly ol' blog has evolved.
And I have evolved right along with it.
In the almost 5 years since I started this crazy blog, it's taken on a life of it's own. I must say, that even though the original intent of the blog has drastically changed, I am so so glad that it's not only still here, but thriving! It has become an amazing record of our family and has introduced me to so many wonderful people that I never would have known otherwise! Like AshleyAnn and Lisa, and and and... so many more. Some I've gone on to meet in person, like Kim and Nicola. A couple of these ladies I met half way across the world, (Hi Venicia and Anne and Paige!) Others I talked to during phone calls and yes, we've even cried. And some I have only "met" through a flurry of emails. Sometimes we connected through adoption (Hi Kelly!) and sometimes photography (Hi Lisa-Marie!) and sometimes both (Hi Annika and Hillary!) Sometimes our hearts are stuck in VietNam (Hi Lauren and Michelle!) and sometimes in China, right Mary and Eva? Or a far off country I've only relived through others, Stacey. Many women have been sounding boards to the trials of raising children that have come from hard places, and I hope I have reciprocated. There are many women (and even a couple men like Aus who always knows just what to say!) that have touched my heart, said just the right thing at the right time, and seem to have walked in my shoes and blazed the trail before me (Hi Lisa, Sharon, Stefanie!) I've asked them advice. I've been asked for advice. Sometime big things. And some times small things that just seem so big at the time. Sometimes we talk about raising special need's kiddos, (Hi Mary and Carrie!) Often it was just a quick online conversation that hung in my soul longer than you will know. Only a few of you (that I know of) are friends from way back when like, Melissa and Melissa, but I know we'll be in touch a lifetime. I've prayed for folks, and I've asked for prayers. I've seen women and families and children change so much that it could only have been God's handiwork. It's simply amazing how a blog could be a conduit for so much.
These heart-felt connections, blessings really, all thanks to a silly ol' blog, are treasured and wonderful amazing glorious gifts to me. Really. Thank you. I mean it! This silly crazy plain ol' soccer mom that doesn't actually have any kiddos that have ever played soccer, is saying thank you so so very much!
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