Four years ago today I wrote my first blog post. I had two children. My oldest wasn’t yet school age. My middle child was my youngest and she had the most adorable curls on top of her head. There were leg warmers, sewing projects, an old sewing machine (that now does a better job as a side table in the family room than it ever did as a sewing machine), and really bad photography.
So much has changed that it’s all a bit breathtaking just to think about. At that time we were Christians recovering from a
really shitty job as a Children’s Pastor (and his wife). I had more time to myself and my husband was just starting his career as a public employee. We were blissfully unaware of what was to come or just how low the levels of suckitude could get.
Now? We’re a little travel-worn and settling into life as adults and parents. Some of our youthful dreams have faded behind us – the ones for more or better or bright hope for…something. We’ve shifted to acceptance of where we are and trying to find a way to continue to survive. Maintaining? Something. Not mundane or less than what was, just…different.
We left Christianity behind a year ago November 1st around the Samhain dinner table. We fed the fairies in the garden and cut the cords to what once was. We accepted our pagan-inspired, pantheistically oriented, can’t quite put a name to it, way of seeing the world. We stopped fearing the god in the sky, hellfire preaching, evangelicalism of our youth and started living authentically…honestly.
Not everything has changed, though. We still love chili. I guess that’s something.
I’ve given up blogging more times than I can count. I lamented my lack of traffic and wished for something different, but at the end of the day, blogging is the one thing that I keep coming back to because there’s something to it that fits just so.
Four years into this blogging project and I’m above all thankful for those that journey here with me. I appreciate your comments and links. I’m thankful to have “known” you in some way along life’s path.
In honor of my fourth blogiversary I’m offering up a little giveaway – one Aroma Naturals’ Soy VegePure Travel Tin. I bought it all by myself because I like you all that much.
To enter all you have to do is leave a comment below to say “Enter me, please!” Anyone who reads here is eligible…as long as you’re not related to me (sorry, but I’ll buy you birthday and Yuletide presents instead). I’ll toss all the entries in a hat and have Mr. J draw the winner. I’ll announce the winner on the blog on Friday, November 2nd, which gives you until the end of the week to enter. This is a first, but rest assured, if no one enters there will be no hard feelings. I’ll keep it for myself. Really, it’s a win-win. :0)