Monday, January 28, 2013

Bloggaversary. Or something to that effect!

Five years ago today, my amazing then 10-year-old Mason decided I needed to blog. Needed to.

My four when my blog very little.

He created The Blessing Counter and told me to get busy.
Well, something like that.

Cate's Strawberry Shortcake Birthday #3!

I had no idea what I was doing. And five years later, I really still do not know. 

First family mission trip to Rocky Point, Mexico.

Except that this -- this space so lovingly set up by my son -- has become a safe place for me.

With Uncle Todd and Aunt Marti in California!

A place to share the wonder that is my little family.

A place to share the joy, the fear and the unknown of parenting two children with special needs.

A place to share the joy, the fear and the unknown of parenting two children who DON'T have special needs. (Smile)

Cate's 4th Birthday.

A place to chronicle life -- so that on the hard days we can look back and smile.

And yes, on the easier days, we can look back and see how far we have come.

I have used this little space to rally prayer warriors as my boys have been through five surgeries in the years since I began cyber-sharing.

I have used it to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and life-moments.

The Masons celebrating Len's graduation from Arizona State University!

Meeting and welcoming baby Moriah to our crazy family!

And in my musings, I have made new friends and been able to re-connect with some not-so-new (see, how carefully I did not say old?).

And above all, I pray I have encouraged, educated and helped my readers (even on days when there are only three -- thank you, Mother, Marsha and Claire!) understand a little bit of what it means to be a family impacted by special needs.

I pray that my little ramblings have encouraged even one Mama to celebrate the small things and find her way to bless the little ones God has placed in her nest.

Because if there is one thing I KNOW, it is this: five years goes by in the blink of an eye. I am shocked at the photos from this blog in the early days. My kids were so little. And now...they are not.

Five years goes by fast, my friends. And the next five, well those will not slow down either.

Today. Today is the time to be with our kids. Today is the time to speak truth to them. Today is the time to set aside the worry and fears of tomorrow (even if a major surgery looms on the horizon) and celebrate the wonder of TODAY!

 Thank you for five years of indulging my ramblings. You are a blessing!


Steve Finnell said...

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Claire's Calico Corner said...

YOU and your beautiful blog are the blessings!!! Thank you for sharing your precious heart all these years!! Love you so!!

Allison said...

I'll be honest -- I look for updates on your blog regularly and pour over your words. Although we have very little in common (I'm in my mid-20s, married without children, and working full-time as a teacher), I find such encouragement from your blog. I've been struggling so much with my own relationship with Jesus due to seeing how so many Christians act, and I find it so comforting to read how REAL you are and see that other people struggle, too. I honestly think I'm reading your blog for a reason. You have no idea how you've been helping me indirectly, and I'm sure there are others like me. :-) Thank you for sharing! Thank you for inspiring me.