Friday, March 11, 2011

Baby Steps to Year Five

"Kindred spirits aren't so scarce as I used to think." ~Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

Five years ago today I started a blog: "Ruminations of a Birch Mama". Kind of a lame name. *smile*
A couple of months later, I changed it to "The Flourishing Mother", and the rest,'s in the archives.....

That day in March 2006, I hesitantly wrote a post, and titled it: Baby Steps, inspired by this and this . I had just had my fourth child, I was "in the trenches"--home schooling my older children, trying to adjust to life with a new baby, feeling very overwhelmed, and honestly, fighting for joy. Before starting, I had no idea what blogging was or even what a blog was! During my late night reading on the computer, up with pregnancy insomnia, I discovered Barbara Curtis' blog. I was hooked on this "Montessori Megamom" of 12 children. She gave me words of hope in my mothering journey, when I so needed it, and I even participated in her Meet me in the Laundry Room! contest. (I am picture #5)

Somehow I found Amy's Humble Musings and both Barbara and Amy actually inspired me to start my own blog.

I remember "way back in the ye ole blogging days" finding a blog that Ann Voskamp wrote with Holly and a couple of other women. (anyone remember that blog?) I also discovered Tonia's blog, back when she was known as "Sparrow". *wink*

Those of you who have blogs know how they have changed lives. Not only the lives of others, but our own. By starting a blog, sharing my struggles and stories, it opened up to me the online blogging community in a way I never thought possible. I have created deep relationships with a lot of these women that I've met online. And some I've met in person--which is so very wonderful in itself.

We mamas need encouragement wherever we can find it. It is not easy being a mother, though we know it is a gift. I happened to hesitantly start a blog post, not knowing where it would lead, not even knowing what I was doing, and I have found that by taking that first "Baby Step", that I have found many, many kindred spirits that have encouraged me along the way.

So..."Happy Blogiversary to Me"!!

Will you leave me a gift? A gift of your words in the comments? I'd love to hear from you!


Dorit said...

Happy bloggiversary. I have no idea how I found your blog, but I keep returning, and you've lead me on to a lot of other inspiring blogs.
Thank you - I deeply appreciate your inspirational, encouraging and also challenging writing.

contented sparrow said...

oh.....HAPPY five years, andrea! what a blessing to be able to look back and read how your heart has grown over the years.
and i couldn't agree more...the relationships are beyond surprising grace. sometimes i can't believe how it can be that i come to have such meaningful friendships via a computer and words on a screen!

i never would have begun the journey of blogging myself if it hadn't been for the encouragement of a precious blogging friend....and now that friend is staying at my home, as in TODAY, and i can't get over how He blesses! what shocking grace!

and through her i found YOU, andrea,
and have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know you and have appreciated the wisdom you've spoken into my life. here's to the next five years!
may you see Him in it all today.
love, m

DramaMama said...

As we say in our house, "Keep on keepin' on!" I enjoy your words and always look forward to more! Congrats on 5 years - here's to many more!

Aimee said...

yes, happy five years!! oh how glad I am that we met...I believe through reading Sara's blog. What a blessing it has been!

Anonymous said...

I am glad you started a blog too :)

sarah k said...

I'm glad you're blogging--and glad I found you! I am blessed by your thoughtful and authentic words.

Amy Scott said...

Yea! You!

Laura said...

Happy blogiversary, Andrea! And many more!

Andrea said...

Thanks for keeping on blogging. Your words do encourage. All the best in the next five years.

Janel said...

What a long, long time ago! So much has changed on the web in the last 5 years, hasn't it? I always marvel. Good reads all around.

May you have 5 or more years of happy blogging. : )

Stacy said...

Happy blog-anniversary, Andrea! :)

Choosing Home, (if I remember correctly)... is what that blog was called with Holly, Ann, Molly... and... one or two other women. I read that, too! And Amy from Amy's Humble Musings, yes. Back when she was just dreaming about a move to some land in the country. :) And Tonia at Intent when she was doing her "30 Days of Nothing" (I think that's what it was called...) Loved those bloggers. Still do!

Blessings to you for your words here, sweet Andrea!

Sheila said...

Happy Blogversary! Yours, Amy's and Barbara's have been my must read blog for many years! Thank you for your consistency in writing and your honesty.

Courtney said...

Happy Blogiversary!!!! You are one amazing mama and I'm so thankful for your friendship, your words, and you heart for Christ. Thank you for all of your posts! Such a gift to your readers!

Natalie said...

Yes, happy blogiversary! So glad to have your words and your friendship in my life!

Clare said...

Happy Blogiversary!! Your words of inspiration and your honesty are so valued :) May God bless you richly with his love xx

Barbara said...

Hi Andrea -

Many blessings on you this special day and all the days ahead! Five years of blogging is a lot of risk-taking and a lot of ministry - truly growing luxuriantly, producing and influencing, all captured in that one word: flourishing.

We are so blessed to live in a time when we can find this kind of community and stimulation in between loads of laundry and kissing owies. Really, we are so fortunate to have a life of service even while our minds are free to grow. Stay-at-home moms have become the new philosopher class, it seems :)

Thank you for mentioning my blog. I am grateful to have a place where I can encourage moms without having to wait for an editor or the glacier pace of book publishing.


Linda said...

Oh yes to all of it Andrea.
Happy Blogiversary!! I am so glad that I found your blog. You are a blessing.

Elise @A Path Made Straight said...

*You* are my gift.

Love. you.


joanna said...

Congratulations, andrea. blogging is so mysterious. it has lead me to a deeper digging of my heart and thoughts. i could never have expected what would come- and i've only just started.

thank you for taking the time and energy it takes to turn your thoughts into posts. i've stopped by this lovely place many times in the past years.

happy anniversary.


corli said...

I don't think I have commented before, even though I have enjoyed the sweet spirit or you and your blog for some time! Thank you for the inspiration of reminding me where baby steps could take one. Keep blogging and I wish you a blessed anniversary.

rosy mama said...

Your blog is a blessing to me all the way over the other side of the world Andrea :) thank you for being honest and vulnerable and sharing your heart and inspiring faith. from Barb

Sandi said...

Wow, five years! I can't remember exactly when I started reading but have loved it ever since.

I appreciate your honesty and real life that you bring into words.

Thanks for writing your words, your story.

And I read so many of the same blogs. Such gifts of grace they and you are!

tonia said...

Congratulations! You are almost as old as I am!! Are you getting any grey hairs yet? :)

psst....we don't talk about the "sparrow" days anymore. *hee* My goodness...that was AGES ago.

I've been around so long I remember when Ann had *comments.* That's how I met her...the post when Shalom was born. God has done GREAT things through this crazy medium. I only wish I could wrap you all up and bring you home with me right now to hear your voices and give you all hugs because you have literally changed my life.

So much love to you, Andrea.

laurel said...

I love this blast from the past...talking about how things were 5 years ago...crazy how much the internet has changed since then!!
Happy 5 years to you. I think I found you through Aimee or Sara, don't remember, but am so thankful for your words, and for your friendship. I am so, so, so excited to spend a week-end with you in Asheville in just over a week!!!!

Christine said...

Wow, 5 years! Amazing! Your words are peace-giving, truth-speaking, and soul-healing. Happy Blogiversary to you!

debbie bailey said...

Wow! That's a long time to keep up a blog. I always find yours uplifting. Have a good time this weekend with Laurel and Amy (I don't think I spelled her name right).

Prairie Chick said...

happy blogoversary from a prairie mama to a birch mama =) love this little corner of yours, even though I only go blog surfing every few months due to the fullness of life... you are always near and dear to my heart.

Ann Voskamp @Holy Experience said...

There is only one Flourishing Mama.... and the wonder of meeting you this past year?

Your words in this space have shaped and formed my mothering years.... have showed so many us of how to flourish.

What Elise said.
A thousand times over :)

So grateful,