One year ago today I clicked "publish post" on my very first entry on this blog.
I had a plan. A very small, one dimensional plan. I was going to tell our friends and family about fixing up this house. Making it livable and not getting electrocuted in the process. Because when they found out that we discovered snakes in the walls of our kitchen, they thought for sure that we, and our children, were thisclose to death by venom.
But then one morning I woke up at the crack of dawn and I had something to say. It wasn't part of my plan. It had nothing to do with this house. But it felt good to say it. And that's when blogging changed for me. When I realized I could really say anything I needed to say. Those thoughts that swirl in my head at 2 a.m. could go here. And maybe they could speak to another person's heart, too.
It's been an incredible year. We decided to make the leap to homeschooling. We got ourselves some chickens for the very first time. We lasagna-fied our garden. And then....we got knocked up! And since we're already homeschooling and home-fixin', why not try out a little home birthin' while we're at it? And I even wrote a bunch of totally unrelated stuff that people liked, which you can find in that there Top 10 Posts tab. And it really changed my life. Sharing all of this and spilling my guts and reading what you've written, filling my heart with joy and gratitude. It made the world so much smaller and kindness so much bigger.
Which brings me to this- this blog wouldn't be or mean what it is or does it if it weren't for you. My friends. I want to do something to celebrate and thank you guys for all your kindness and support over the last year. So here's the deal-
1. Leave a link to your favorite post of YOURS (from your blog) in a comment, and I'll tweet the link out sometime within the next week. If all my friends can become friends with each other, the world will be a better place.
2. I'm gonna send you a present! I don't know what it is yet, because I don't know who won yet. I don't wanna send you something you won't like, ya know? So a week from now I'll choose one comment randomly and the lovely commenter will receive a snazzy personal present from me. It might be homemade, it might be antique, it could be a book I think you'll love. You'll just have to wait and see!
So thank you. Thank you for hanging out with me here. Thank you for saying and doing all that you do. Have a fabulous 2012!