11 years ago today, I sat at my computer and made the decision to start blogging. I had been following a few blogs and was so in love with the whole idea of sharing our lives, our homes, our struggles as parents, our beautiful children, and being surrounded by like minded woman who were there to encourage us and to give us the motivation to keep going.
I wanted to be part of that community.
I still remember trying to pick between typepad (feels like eons ago when it was the big thing in blogging world), wordpress or blogger. I didn't have the confidence with html or websites or internet or anything of that sort, so I chose blogger which was the easiest of the platforms.
That was a learning experience in itself, and I would take hours just trying to figure out templates, headings, post titles and fonts. I loved it, still do, it is probably one of my favorite parts of the blogging process.
But I sat down at my desk and didn't know what to say. That very first blog post on the 6th of February, 2006 was scary for me, I was nervous, I didn't know what to say and so I left it at "Well I finally did it, got my own blog".
My Jasmine was 6 years old, my Nick just 2. Life was crazy and chaotic but some of my most fondest memories were forged in those days.
I often tell Curt that I miss our life in Mountain Home, when we lived on base and our kids were that little. I miss the things we did, I miss the outings with the kids, watching them play and grow. If I could go back in time, I would. :)
To think that I've now blogged for 11 years, is completely insane. I never thought I would stick it out, there were moments when I wanted to quit because I had lost the motivation, the love, the want to blog. I would sit in front of the screen and go completely blank, not knowing what to say or feeling like I had nothing going on worth sharing.
Truth is, my life has been documented on these pages, the good and the bad, and difficult times, the happy times, the moves from State to State and house to house. I am so happy that I took the time to document these things because knowing that I can go back and look and reminisce is something I wouldn't trade for anything in the world.
I thought I would take a gander at summarizing my Februaries from 2006 all the way to 2017. Maybe just a highlight picture of each month, but I am including below the links to all my February posts over the year, I've added them by month so if you want to look back in time and read my previous entries, just click year by year. :)
I hope you enjoyed a little peek back through the years. It's been such a blessing having this little corner of the web all to myself, and again I can't begin to express how happy I am to be back to my blogging.
With that said, I have to send out a very big thank you to each and every single one of you. Those that have been following me from the very beginning, and those that have joined in throughout the years. I truly do have the best readers, and have made some amazing friendships.
So I want to give back a little of the joy you've given me the past 11 years.
I'm going to hold a little giveaway. I'm not quite sure yet what the winner will receive, but I have a few ideas. It will have something that I crocheted and a few other bits and bobs. I don't think it will ever be enough to thank you for everything, but it's a little gesture from me and I hope the winner will appreciate it :)
All I want you to do is leave me a comment, letting me know how long you've been reading my blog and if you remember, how you came across it. That's all!!!
The contest will run until next Monday. It is open to the US only, I wish I could open it to everywhere else, but right now that isn't possible.
Good luck friends, and again thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Here's to another 11 years and more :)