10,955 - The # of times in the last year my blog has been viewed (probably by myself more than anyone else, but hey)
118 - Number of posts I have written in the last year
100% - My level of satisfaction with the time I have spent on my blog and the fact that I have kept it 'alive' for one whole year even through the busiest times of my life...and also with people I have 'met' along the way...people who I have learned to care deeply about since I began this blogging journey.
Initially, I started this blog to keep in touch with friends and family...never did I expect that I would meet so many of you who I respect and admire so deeply. Your stories, every one of them, continue to touch my own life on regular basis. The following are three people who I have deep respect and admiration for, and who have continued to show my little blog love along the way:
Angie, you are simply an amazing mother...your love for your daughters is beyond what I ever expected any mother could ever have for their children. You are such an inspiration to me and I want you to know that.
SIF, you know I respect how honest and open you are about yourself. You truly remind me that we all have our own stories and our own struggles in life. You have also been here for me during some VERY hard times and I will always cherish your friendship. I know you will make an amazing mother.
Deborah, you have no idea how much I appreciate your story. I can't begin to tell you how much I admire your willingness to make changes in your life that my own mother has never made. Your daughters are so blessed to have you as their mommy.
There are so many more of you like these three women and I hope you continue sharing your stories...each of us has a story to tell...and our blogs should always be a reflection of who we are.
Here's to my first year blogging!!!
Oh, and Happy Halloween!!!!
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Friday, October 29, 2010
Today, we celebrate two wonderful years with our baby boy, who is now a healthy, handsome little guy. I promise to spend every single moment of my life loving him.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Sometimes, life comes at you rather quickly...over the last two years, life has had some very unexpected twists and turns. I had a son in the NICU, while I was admitted to a different hospital with post partum pre eclampsia....then, one of my VERY close family members had a surgery with a scare of cancer...after that, my father had a heart attack Thanksgiving morning of last year, followed by another heart attack, a half dozen surgeries and almost 2 weeks of life support....my precious, dearly loved, cherished best friend, Beth passed away...as did Joe's grandma, who raised him from a wee babe...to tell the truth, it just hasn't seemed to end...although, despite it all, I feel as if I have been so resilient the last two years, I have somehow remained so strong.
Saturday, October 2, 2010
I am always impressed when people choose to give of themselves so selflessly.
When people donate blood...they are saving lives while expecting nothing in return except for a few sugary snacks and some soda.
When people donate blood...they are saving lives of people whom they have never met.
When people donate blood...someone, somewhere will appreciate that person whom they have never, ever met.
When I donate blood...I feel amazing knowing that I, alone, helped to save up to 3 lives.
When we held our blood drive Thursday night in Memory of our Dearest, Beloved, Beth Kearse...we raised over 30 pints of blood.
When we held our blood drive...we potentially saved 90 lives.
I am so proud of our girls, our community and our parents....without this group, without Beth choosing to do this last year...none of this would have been possible.
Thanks to EVERYONE who came out in support of our blood drive. You guys truly ROCK!!!!
By the way, our troop is going to sponsor this drive every year from here on out...I can't help but think if we do this every year, in 10 years we can save at least 900 lives. What an awesome feeling!
Oh, and if you aren't local, please consider donating your blood today at a local blood drive.
Thanks and I hope everyone has a GREAT weekend!