Pearls and Dreams
Yesterday, I visited my friend Moof's blog. It was her first blogversary. It got me thinking that my blog versary was coming up soon. So, I thought I'd look up when mine was. I thought, I might want to mention it. Surprise! It was November 3rd! My Second Blogversary!
I thought I would take this moment to reflect back and answer a couple of questions. One question I get by email (usually from strangers who visit, but never comment) is :
Why do you collect elephants?
You know, no one, who's ever known me, has ever asked me that question. So when I got the blog, and I started to get emails asking me that question, it really started to nag at me. I needed an ANSWER. I was 13 when I started my collection. I have some pretty unique elephants, my favorite, being one I got for my 40th birthday shortly after starting this blog ...from a friend, it's made out of shark cartilege.
So, I started to think...why elephants, I'm facinated with elephants as a creature. Not just the figurines. Then, while reading to a child one day ... the answer came to me ... good old Dr. Suess.
I meant what I said
And I said what I meant....
An elephant's faithful
One hundred per cent!
So, there is the answer .. I collect them, because elephants are faithful. 100%
In the last 2 years, I have shared about my step father's life, his death, and the love we've shared.
In the early days of this blog, I particapated in some blog writers "rounds" called Blogger Idol. It really got me started with Blogging.
Soon, I ran into Grand Rounds. It had just started shortly before. I've met, and continue to meet a whole lot of new bloggers through the weekly posting of Grand Rounds.
I was in the middle of working towards my goal of getting a house through Habitat for Humanity. At the time, the goal seemed unreachable. 450 hours of sweat equity to even begin to build. 500 to ownership. Impossible for someone like me. It was exausting, and I did not think I could do it. And ... now ... we've gone from ... the hours ahead to even get there ... to a lot ....
To a home that will be ready tomorrow!
And ours ... in just nine more days!
I've watched my boys go from kids, to young men.
I've posted about my cats and my health, my faith and my love for worship music. I've posted about my childhood battles that I don't even talk verbally about and I've posted about my eating disorder.
I think though, if I had to choose the the topic that touched me the most that I've posted about ... it would be ... my marriage. I hesitated to post about how bad things were before, and yet, I did. I was trying to reach out and not hide how bad things were anymore.
I didn't realize that shortly things were going to take a dramatic turn for the miraculous ... and had I not shared the dark ..the light would not have seemed nearly as bright.
So, thank you all for coming along my journey with me. I hope you all will keep riding along with me for some more. I can't wait to see where the road takes me ... especially after I move into my new house and get my book published. I have the feeling, it's going to feel like a whole new life.