This time exactly one year ago September 1st, I started Jacksta B the blog. See here.
And what a year it has been. When I started I had a 2 1/2 month old baby along with the older two siblings. And now that same bubba is 14 months old. As I sit and reflect on my year of blogging words like thankfulness, friendship, challenges, inspiration come to mind. So let me break it down.
Thankfulness: My year of blogging has encouraged me to get out the camera and pay attention to the details of my life. What I bake, the kids, books I'm reading, what I'm up to. In doing so I am thankful for my life and all it entails. Adding the the Things I'm loving Linkies really reminds us to be thankful for ALL things.
Friendship: Way back in February I organised the first Whangarei Bloggers get together. I was inspired by Simoney from GreatFun4Kids. She often hosted or gathered together other bloggers. So between PJ and I we sent out the invites. And low and behold The Whangarei bloggers group was born. We all got on so well that it has progressed from "bloggers" meeting to "FRIENDS" meeting.
And then last month we had our first Kiwi Mummy bloggers meet up in Auckland where I was able to meet more bloggy friends. So thank you all to those who read my blog and allow me to read whats going on in your lives too. I now call you friends.
Challenges: Parenting brings about its own challenges and I have found great encouragement from blogland to be a better mumma. I also gratefully received the cheers from the sidelines of blogland to do my first ever mini-triathlon. There was something powerful in blogging about it as it made me accountable to you all to spur me on to finish it.
Inspiration: I can't even begin to explain how inspirational I find my blog friends. Bloggers who pour out their good days and their bad days. Women surviving life threatening illness (here and here), mourning the loss of a husband or child( here), expats living abroad and missing home (here, here and here), or bloggers living with illness. To each of you I say your story inspires me and I regularly pray that God will strengthen you and fill you with his love, joy and peace.
I love reading how you all do life. You have inspired me to be a better mum, wife, nurse, and friend.
So Happy Blog-aversary to me and thanks for coming along my journey in Life.