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, well....it'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!