Ten Year Blogiversary

Blogiversary is such a weird word and I don’t really like it. But I spent the last hour trying to find the very first blog post I ever wrote and since it did not have a helpful title (More Answers than Questions), it seems I am compelled to use a word I don’t particularly like, so that ten years from now, I might be able to find this post in significantly less time.

That being said, I don’t want to miss the significance of this moment for me! I started blogging ten years ago today and while the past couple years have been a bit on the sparse side, the way writing in this space has shaped me, changed me, inspired me and blessed me must be celebrated!

I started a blog because I wanted to be able to comment on one of my brilliant friend’s posts. Besides setting the blog up and being able to comment on other blogs, my little space on the internet sat empty for several months, before I tentatively dipped my toe in the blogging waters on February 9, 2011. More has happened in my life in the past ten years than I could have possibly imagined.

  • Our family moved from Connecticut to Rochester, NY in the summer of 2011for my husband to take the position of senior pastor after serving as an associate pastor for fourteen years
  • I have gone on three missions trip to the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, and Ecuador
  • I attended a blogging conference where I met so many incredible writers who have impacted my life in countless ways. One of those was an opportunity to do meaningful work for an online ministry (now Million Praying Moms) for five years!
  • I gave birth to our fourth child, our precious baby girl who will be turning eight this year! She has completed our family in the most beautiful of ways. She is the gift I didn’t know I needed!
  • Seven and a half years ago, I had to say my final goodbye to my Daddy and a few months ago, I had to do the same with my Mama. I blogged my way through the loss of my Daddy and it was cathartic for me. I was mostly silent in this space over the loss of my Mom. She was my biggest fan and read every post I wrote. It’s still heartbreaking to write and know that she won’t be reading. This will take some time and some further healing.
  • We bought a home in Rochester! Our roots have sunk deep and although the storms of life have threatened to knock us over this past year, those roots have remained strong. We are thankful for our place in this world!
  • I started homeschooling our kids and this has changed our lives in so many ways. I feel all at once as if I have been doing this forever AND as if I am completely clueless. It seems to be par for the course for me. Feeling confident and inept all in the same breath. It keeps me running to Jesus which is exactly where I want to be!

I have made friends and I have lost friends. I have travelled to places that leave me breathless in wonder and I have felt stuck in the monotony of dishes and laundry and housework. I have laughed and I have cried. I have built bridges and I have watched them crumble. I have loved and I have been hated.

Through it all, I have grown to love Jesus more, to desire the Word of God like I desire food, to want to make a difference in this world for God’s glory, yet content to be small in this place He has placed me. What I know for certain is that this stirring in my soul to write has not abated. It is so deeply woven into the fabric of my being that I can’t not write.

And so I will seek to be faithful even when the criticisms rise and the judgments seem insurmountable. Because I have learned in these ten years that when I have an audience of One, it is ALL that I need!

If you have been around for any part of these ten years- thank you! What an encouragement you have been to me! The friendships I have mad through this space are precious. So while I celebrate what God has done in me through this blog, I also celebrate YOU, for your love, support and encouragement. From the bottom of my heart, thank  you!

 

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