The timing for this post couldn’t be more perfect. New year, new era.
Those of you who read this blog and know how often I post, it’s no surprise that this is the 1000th post! Yes, you read that right!
Here’s a recap of when and why I started this blog:
In August of 2007, Jesse and I moved across the country to a little town called Dallas, Texas. We didn’t know a soul. We had no idea what church we’d be attending. I had a small part time piano teaching job, and Jesse was about to start his MA in Philosophy at the University of Dallas.
I started this blog as a way to connect with my friends and family back in CA. It seemed like there were so many pictures and so many stories. A blog was a convenient way to share it all without having to individually email everyone I loved and cared about.
Since then, especially since becoming a mother, it has evolved into a way to keep me from becoming too isolated– too myopic and lost in my own little world. In general, there is a great deal of danger in “mommy blogs”, as they can lend towards judgement and criticism. For me, however, the benefit outweighs the risk at this current juncture.
One of the greatest benefits that I’ve received from writing this blog is the feedback and encouragement from readers. It not only helps me feel connected, but it also gives me valuable insight and advice.
So…to celebrate/reward everyone who reads this blog, I’m going to mail a $5 Peets or Starbucks gift card (your choice– Peets is FAR superior, as we all know, but not everyone has a Peets nearby!) to one random person. To enter for a chance to “win”, just leave a comment! That’s it! I’ll use a random number generator to choose the winner.
The deadline is Jesse’s birthday, 11:59pm (EST) Thursday January 5th! Ready, set go!
And, for kicks, here are some of my favorite posts throughout the years!
Ode to my home-grown tomatoes (can you tell I LOVE food?)
Visitors From Beyond…!
OUR FIRST DAY IN DALLAS!!!
Ashford University Employee!