Thursday, March 10, 2011

250 Post Mark

I just passed the 250 blog post mark - wow!  It just amazes me that I've been blogging just under 2 years now and have 250 posts.  I hadn't realized the time passing (you know, because I've been busy doing so many other things :-) and then I log on and the number of posts just jumped out at me.  Begging me to acknowledge it and so here I am writing essential my 251st blog post in honor of the first 250.  For some reason, I find this post and the topic pretty darn funny!

I remember when I was thinking of starting a blog and wasn't sure if it was the right thing for me or my family.  There is the whole public vs. privacy stuff to think about, and we were still adjusting to our new path in life and I wasn't sure it was a good time to open myself up.  But I kept thinking of how I found so much comfort in reading blogs when we were learning about Emma's diagnosis.  On particularly rough days I would pour over blog entries to find comfort that so many families kept their sense of humor, were living a "normal" life, and that the children -regardless of their label - were positively impacting their family and the world around them.

And so I started my blog and I've found it to be a great addition to my routine.  It's a wonderful way to keep family and friends updated on everything going on with fewer phone calls and emails - not that I don't love phone calls and emails, but it's more that life is so busy that I usually crash into bed exhausted each evening and don't get a chance to do all the well meaning calls, emails, US postal mailers that I would like to do.  I'm also thrilled that along the way I've met some amazing families who come to "check-in" on us.  These people - most of who I don't now in real life! - cheer on Emma's progress, enjoy watching Julia grow into an amazing little girl, give support to me when I need it, and don't mind my unpredictable blog posting schedule.  I've come to find that the blog not only provides a record of our happenings for my girls in the future (because I sure don't have enough time to keep a diary for them to read when I'm long gone!) but also provides a vehicle for us to connect with others and enrich our lives.

I think that after 250 posts I'm starting to find my more "relaxed" voice.  I'm doing less editing on each entry and worrying a bit less about the public vs. privacy part of a blog.  And I'm finding that I enjoy writing the posts more this way.  I also like adding in the videos and photos of the girls, so I'm sure there will be more of them to come!

Today I want to say thank you to everyone who has ever read, visited or left me a comment on this blog (I especially love the comments even though I'm not always the best at getting back to all commenters because they usually come through without an email address and I am unsure if I should respond in the post comments or not?).  I truly appreciate that you took time to care enough about our family.  Thank you!

1 Comments from readers:

Angela said...

Thank you for allowing me to get to know you and your family!! You guys are amazing! Here's to many more blog posts!