Tuesday, July 03, 2007

The blog and stuff

For some reason, my first "blog-o-versary" passed unnoticed by me. I'm not quite sure why? I looked up one day in June and realized that it had come and gone without so much as a fleeting thought from yours truly. Maybe it had something to do with the fact that I don't blog as much as I used to... Or perhaps the fact that I don't think about my blog as much as I used to.

But then I DID start thinking about it. I went back and read my posts from when this journey began and contemplated all that has come and gone in the time between. I know some bloggers have great stories about why they began, or a catalyst they had for starting... HOWEVER, I am still just not quite sure just why I began blogging ( Okay, so how many times can you use the word, or at least the root word, blog in one post????) I think it had something to do with reading a few blogs, and tiring of sending out lots of kid pics via email. I think it had something to do with thinking it was a little bit fun to express myself in writing. I think that I am rambling and racking my brain for reasons that don't exist.

What I do know is this.... it has been an incredible blessing to me. YOU have been an incredible addition to my life. I have "met" so many of you who have encouraged me, prayed for me, befriended me, loved me, and shared in our lives. I know some of you in real life, have MET some of you in real life, or just plain feel like I know you. I have laughed at you until my sides have ached, cried with you or shaken my head in agreement with you. Some of your recipes are in my book, I've watched your children grow, marveled at your projects or just wanted to hug those of you who make me realize that I'm not the "only one" who feels/acts/ sees things/ or REacts a certain way. So thank you. Thanks to all of you for being you.... and for being real.

I don't know what the future in this adventure holds for me. I could be at it until I'm 92.... but then by that time, we should all be able to "virtually" be in each other's living rooms!!! I could decide to quit next month, or next year, or, or, or.......... you get the picture. I've thought about qutting several times (but then I think about allllllll those emails I'd be obligated to - wink, wink). I currently don't post as much as I used to. I don't comment as much as I used to. (please forgive me!) I am still reading, though. My priorities have just changed a wee little bit. I think all of that is okay. I know that I don't ever regret beginning this endeavor, and I can't imagine NOT having done it.

So, happy (late) one year mark to me.... I can't wait to see what the next one holds. I adore all of y'all. You are fabulous women (and maybe one or two of the male persuasion!) and you inspire me daily.

Happy Tuesday, Happy Independence Day and
Much, MUCH love,


Kim said...

Happy Anniversary, Jennifer!

What a sweet post! I've enjoyed getting to know you and your sweet family! You are a precious mommy and I know your family is blessed each time you sew or make something wonderful.

Your love for the Lord is evident and you live life with so much joy!!!


Susan P. said...

Jennifer,from the second I read your blog I just knew we would be friends! You are such a beautiful person inside and out~ your love for the Lord, family, and home shines through each word that you write. This last year has brought forth many challenges for you and I have been so impressed and have admired so much how you handled things. You are a great lady and I feel so blessed to have met you through this wonderful adventure called "blogging!!" Big hugs, Susan P.

Anonymous said...

Happy Blog-iversary!

This is such a sweet post!! I enjoy reading your posts and finding out how y'all are doing every time you find the time to write. I was so excited to see your husband return safely! You have a beautiful family!

Kate said...

Happy one year anniversary to your blog! That DID go by so fast.

You have been such a blessing to know through blogging. Thank you for giving me the privileged to pray for you while your man was deployed. Your sweet sweet spirit shines right through on your blog. Don't ever stop! I hope we meet one day "in real life"!! :)

Hugs - Kate

Alana said...

Happy Anniversary. I'm delurking, I think. I can't remember if I have commented here before, but I have been reading for a bit. I stumbled upon your Where I Am From post and loved that. I posted my own today. Blessings!

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jen said...

I've been reading your blog for a couple of months out here in California. I thoroughly enjoy it! Before you contemplate leaving us, let me ecourage you to think of your blog as a ministry to others. As most of us church goin' folks know, sometimes ministry can be more work than pleasure. So to that end, I say, "press on, dear sister!"

My husband is up in Washington at school all summer, and I'm here in Calif. with our 4 children ages 4, 3 and 1 yr. old twins. Whenever I start feeling sorry for myself, God brings YOU to my mind EVERY DAY and I'm reminded of how God gave you the strength to take care of your children while your husband was deployed. He can do that for me, too!

Melissa @ Breath of Life said...

I'm fairly new to your blog...a couple of months...but I've enjoyed it. I'm thankful to your precious family for the sacrifices you make for us.

Lindsey @ Enjoythejourney said...

Congrats, my friend. :) I've enjoyed getting to know you!

chickadee said...

happy blogoversary!
blogging has been a blessing to me as well. i've "met" so many nice people here and found such encouragement.

Charity Grace said...

I love your blog! Especially b/c I spent the first years of my marriage in MS...N. of Vicksburg. Those were sweet years.

Anonymous said...

Happy bloggiversary Jennifer. I've loved getting to know you through your blog.


Mrs.B. said...

Happy Blogiversary Jennifer! I'm so glad I found your blog. I miss your not posting and writing as much but completely understand the need to reevaluate priorities and such.

I've enjoyed getting to know you through your blog--(I've been one of the ones shaking her head up and down because you seem to hit the nail on the proverbial head all of the time!)--and have been encouraged by your sweet comments on mine.


Zach Green said...

I remember I started mine to talk to you =]

We kinda started together =P

Happy anniversary!

Glad I got to see you this summer!

Mrs. C said...

Happy Blogiversary to you, Jennifer! I've enjoyed your blog immensely; your sweet spirit emanates across the lines. :)

BrittLeigh said...

Happy Blog Anniversary, Jennifer! Those milestones are always fun ;). Blogging has opened a whole new world to me as well, and the friends I have made in the last 1 1/2 years are so special to me.

I want to thank you for your cheery and bright little corner on the web. I come here and smile :)

Blessings to you and yours!!!

Joy@Joy in the Journey said...

I'm glad you've shared your life with us...and I'm with you, priorities change, and that's a good thing!!

Zach Green said...

I'm so glad y'all got to come to my party.

I'm glad I got to see you lots.

I guess I'll see you at Christmas!


Trish said...

Hi Jennifer! I dropped by to let you know your blog has been nominated to display The Fruit of the Spirit graphic. You can find out more information about it by visiting my blog (http://ordinarylife.typepad.com/fruit_of_the_spirit.html ) or sending me an email. I look forward to hearing from you!

Mrs. U said...

Happy anniversary!!!!

I enjoy reading your blog praying for you and all the changes that your family has gone through.

I completely understand about thinking of not blogging anymore. I think MANY bloggers think about that from time to time. :)

I look forward to learning more from you!!!

Mrs. U

Mrs. Klause said...

Hello Mississippi Girl, Mrs. Klause from Clothed With Scarlet. It is nice to "meet" you. I've enjoyed reading your posts from time-to-time. I'm glad you are still posting and pray that the Lord would use your writings in many lives.

truly in His joy,
Mrs. Klause

Anonymous said...

What a sweet post! I've enjoyed getting to know you and your sweet family!

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