Monday, December 31, 2007

Happy Two Years to Me

Two years ago today, I felt the Lord's permission to begin this online journal.

"I'm so glad you're blogging," Papa Rooster said to me a few weeks ago.

"Really? Why?" I asked, curious to hear his answer.

"Well, it's a creative outlet for you. I see how much you enjoy it--and that makes me happy.

I like to read your blog while I'm at work. It helps me feel connected, even when I'm not at home.

And I'm glad you're writing down all the important things that are happening. It's great for our family to have a record of it all. The kids are going to love to look back at it someday."

"Don't you think maybe I spend too much time on it sometimes?" I asked. (I'm a night owl and he's not!)

"Sometimes," he wryly admitted. "But it's worth it."


So I guess I will continue, with that vote of confidence from the person whose opinion matters most to me! Thank you so much, dear, for your blessing, your support and for being my biggest fan.

I really do enjoy this daily little mini-vacation into the realm of words, ideas, images and conversation. Though blogging may seem like a monologue, I think of it more as a dialogue with readers--be they family, friends, other bloggers, or readers unidentified to me. I don't want to just talk aloud to myself! Besides sharing our family news, I try to imagine what topics would be interesting to others, that I'm reasonably qualified to write on, and I enjoy trying to explore them in an engaging way.

So I'd love it if, to celebrate my two-year blogging anniversary, you'd leave me a comment on this post--even if you're reading it later on this week. Leave me an idea, ask a question, tell me what kind of posts you especially enjoy, or just introduce yourself and tell me where you're from!

(If you've never commented before, it's easy. Click on the "Comments" link at the end of this post, scroll down and type your comment in the box labeled "Leave Your Comment" and sign it with your name, pseudonym, city, or whatever identifier you wish to leave. Then select Anonymous (right below the comment window) and type the letters you see in the window below that. Hit Preview, if you wish to see how your comment will look, and end by clicking on Publish. If you'd rather send me an email, that's fine too! My address is in the sidebar.)

So begins, tomorrow, another year of blogging. Another year of praying, reading, cooking, cleaning, homeschooling, parenting, children's theater, church-planting, and being (a mom, a wife, a daughter, a friend, a Christian)--and those are just the most probable activities I'll fill the year with. Nothing is a certainty, of course, and God alone knows what else 2008 will hold. A move, we hope? New relationships and responsibilities? I am just so glad to entrust it all to my Lord. He will carry it all until I need to.


(Now, don't forget to leave me a comment!)


Crystal said...

Happy Blogiversary! I come by occasionally and always like hearing about your activities. Your list of books is inspiring me to keep track of what I read in 2008. Thanks! Happy New Year - may you be blessed and may you also be a blessing!

Kate said...

Well done for keeping it going for two years. I've only been reading for a few months now but enjoy checking in on the goings on in your life.

May you have a blessed 2008.

Kate x

G's Cottage said...

Congratulations on your second year of blogging.

Happy New Year!

betsy said...

I love how you apply the "what" of what you believe to the "how" of how you live!
and the St. Theresa quote is perfect!

Donna Boucher said...

How wonderful that you got a great camera for Christmas!!!


Let me know if I can help.

And yes, flickr is wonderful!!!

Beside being a great place to get you code for uploading....the photographers there are TALENTED and helpful!!!

Happy New Year!!!

martha said...

What blesses you also blesses many others. Happy Anniversary!

Here's the baby shoe link:

(It's the 9/4/07 post from "pins and needles")

As I mentioned somewhere I saw someone use "recycled" boiled wool from old sweaters for these shoe-tops. Didn't ravel.


Linds said...

Happy Anniversary, and Happy New Year, of course! You know me. I am usually here! What would I like to know...hmmmm..... tell us a little about where you live now and where you will be moving to. Is there a huge contrast? Are you a country or town girl at heart?
How lovely that you have a supportive husband! I am so glad that you are enjoyign blogging as much as we enjoy reading your posts.

Anonymous said...

Hello there! And congratulations on two years. I'm so glad we met through blogging. I love to read your very wise thoughts on mothering...and also things about what God is speaking to you. Blessings to you in 2008.

The Correspondent said...

I linked to your site from another home ed blog, but I can't remember which one.

Congratulations on your two-year mark! I look forward to reading more of your blog in 2008.

The Correspondent

Anonymous said...

Hi Mother Hen! I can't tell you how much your blog has meant to me (and Steve too!). I feel like I have really been able to stay conncted with you all, to hear your heart, to pray with/for you, to keep up with the growing kids, etc. I felt like it hadn't been so long (even though it had) when we just saw you at Thanksgiving, all because of your precious blog. Keep it up! I would love to hear more in the parenting and homeschooling categories, esp. your growth through challenges and struggles. I love the "why I homeschool" posts, and the "works for me" posts. Your practicality and frugality have always been such a huge blessing and inspiration to me! Also, your realistic expectations for the state of your home and your homeschooling (just read to them!!), along with your desire to continually connect with your children's hearts has helped me so much. Your blog and subsequent links to other's blogs have been truly a Titus 2 -- "older" women mentoring the younger women-- experience for me.

Thanks so much.


Amy said...


I have only been visiting your blog for a short time but it has blessed me tremendously as a fellow Anglican homeschooling mom!

Emily said...

just saying hello and congrats... :-)

Anne Kennedy said...

I've appreciated your writing about the ongoing drama of your house. It's been a big encouragement to me as I've waited on God for various things, and tried to be patient. And when I remember, I pray for you that God will show you the way forward step by step. Happy New Year!

Brea said...

Happy New Year, and Happy Blogiversary! I love reading your blog; it really gives me encouragement. I love hearing about your chicks and bantams, and of course your wonderful and supportive rooster.

I always reading good recipes that other people love, it's one of the things I love to post at my place, too. And I think most of us less-than-super moms love to hear cleaning and homeschooling tips. I'm just starting in the HS journey with my 4- and 5-year-olds, and I get so much encouragement from hearing how it's worked (the good and the bad!) from other HS moms.

God Bless!
~Brea, the tinymama

Kerry said...

Congratulations on your two years of Blogging!

I've so enjoy reading your blog and getting to know you a bit the past couple of months. Thanks for sharing so much of yourself and your family with us.

Anonymous said...

Happy Blogiversary!!
I've been here reading your blog since almost the beginning, and I have to agree the previous commenter who said it is a Titus 2 experience. :)
Keep on writing!

Mario said...

Hi Jeannie,

OK, I admit it, I read your blog once a week and love it. So does my mother-in-law and my wife. In fact, I am trying to get Nancy to start one too. Maybe this will be her year.

It's great to read what your daily lives are like. It also helps us to pray for you all too. For us transplanted mid-westerns living here in New England, it helps us to stay connected to you all. We love you and miss you. Blessings, Mario for the Bergners.

Islandsparrow said...

Dear Jeanne
We both started blogging at the same time - and we both got a new camera at the same time! I'm looking forward to seeing your pictures and learning together.

I'm very glad you decided to blog - I love to read about your adventures in faith, family and home, and,of course, reading! Just about anything and everything.

I count it a blessing to have "met" you and your lovely family and I'm keeping you in my prayers.


Love in Him

tonia said...

Happy Anniversary! I agree with Papa Rooster - and my guy says the same thing to me, which helps me not feel so guilty! *smile* - I'm so glad you are here in this big old blog world.

You are a blessing.

Jennifer, Snapshot said...

Happy Bloggiversary (a bit late!)--

I enjoy your honest perspective. Your movies posts were a perfect example--you don't shy away from something that others might not approve of, yet you give fair warning. I love that about your book reviews as well.

Bronwen said...

Happy New Year from over the Atlantic.
I so enjoy following the day by day musings and happenings in a different country/ culture... united by Faith and our Lord's guiding heart.