On April 6, 2006, this blog made its first appearance. I was a very tentative blogger who was really talked into it by a friend, who also did my first blog design. I was newly pregnant (and very sick) with my sweet Karoline. I couldn't imagine ever having enough to say here.
Lots of things have changed since then and I'm surprised nearly every day by the serendipitous, grace-filled adventures this full life offers and the way that blogging gives them voice. I'm grateful for the lessons I've learned here. I'm grateful for the opportunity to create and share here.
In all honesty, I've struggled with what to write today, how to capture what this space has meant the last five years. I'll never forget sitting in the hospital with Mike the night Karoline was born, reading so many kind words and sweet prayers, feeling an overwhelming sense of good and community and friendship. Praise God there have been many such days since this blog began. Nor will I forget nights in front of this screen with tears streaming so fast that the painful words blurred and I could not even see to read. I drafted this post weeks ago (so that I wouldn't forget the whole anniversary thing) and left this part to finish today. And what has come to mind, over and over again, is "all good." All of it. Even the painful parts.
All I've learned--about books, and cooking, and nature, and knitting, and friendship, and God, and myself--all of it is for my good. And I thank you from the bottom of my heart (and home) for that good. Thank you for caring about me, about my family, about this place on the 'net.
To celebrate five years of publishing here, I'm hosting a giveaway. Or two. Or three.
Because knitting is the new passion, I'm giving away this darling knit and read book, Spud and Chloe at the Farm.
Leave a comment and let me know which one I can send you (Remember, comments are moderated, so it might take a little while foryou to see your comment appear.) Winners to be announced on April 10.
And hey, thanks so much for dropping by so often. I'm happy and so grateful to share my heart and home with you.