Sunday, September 27, 2009

My Blogoversary -- A Year's Worth of Blogs!

It is hard to believe that I've been blogging for a year now! It has certainly been an adventure! The first event I blogged about was my 46th birthday. Guess what I'm going to blog about next? Probably my 47th birthday! :)

In honor of my blogoversary, I have decided to highlight a few of the blogs that have blessed me this past year. It would be impossible for me to name all of them, as there are so many wonderful blogs, but I want to draw attention to a few of the ones that have influenced me in the past 365 days. My dear friend, Melissa is the one who introduced me to blogging. The twists and turns of life have been such that she has not continued to update her blog, but I always enjoy reading her oldest daughter, Christie's blog -- Divine Calling, and I appreciate Melissa and Christie for giving me the inspiration and the nudge I needed to step out into the blogosphere. I have been blessed, inspired, encouraged, edified, and educated by the many wonderful blogs that I now read regularly.

I read blogs from moms who live on the other side of the country, or even on the other side of the world, which expands my horizons greatly. It is amazing to enter into the daily lives of other Christian mothers, whose lives are so incredibly different, while also amazingly similar to mine. I love to visit Jules in New Zealand, Kathy in Florida, Trisch in Indiana, and precious Joy in Indonesia, just to name a few.

I have certainly been encouraged and educated in frugality this year through blogs such as Money Saving Mom and Time2Save, where I am learning how to use coupons to reduce my grocery bills, and am learning how to work those amazing CVS deals! So many of you share your frugal tips, your CVS deals, your inexpensive menu ideas, and other money-saving suggestions, and it provides a great incentive to learn new habits and to get excited about saving money! Thanks to all of you who share ideas along these lines! I look forward to learning new tips this coming year!

I have also learned some great organizational tips from blogs such as, I'm an Organzing Junkie and Peaceful Home. I really love Lainie's blog! We seem to have a lot in common and I enjoy reading about her family, in addition to learning some great tips from her for managing a large family.

I am also inspired and encouraged as a Christian wife and mother through edifying and beautiful blogs such as She Looketh Well , A Wise Woman Builds Her Home, and Generation Cedar. There are many blogs that encourage me along these lines, but these are some of my favorites. I never fail to be convicted, encouraged, or challenged when visiting these annointed blogs!

Sometimes I need to not take life quite so seriously, but to just Laugh at life! We all have a lot of the same challenges and concerns and imperfections, and instead of beating myself up once again for failing to be all that I should be, sometimes I just need to find the humor in the situation. For those times, there is nothing better than a visit to Cheaper by the Baker's Dozen or 365 Days of Donna. I know both of these bloggers in the "real world" and they are two of the funniest ladies you could ever meet! Very real and transparent, they help me keep a cheerful heart!

Many blogs also encourage me as a homeschooling mom. One such blog is Bloom Where You are Planted, which is a blog I always enjoy visiting. Just the title alone encourages me to be grateful and to make the most of the situation where I find myself. Another inspiring blog for home educating moms is my friend, Trish's blog -- Never a Dull Moment.

Other blogs encourage me as I seek to eat more healthfully and get in shape. I have learned a lot about health and nutrition from blogs like Health Begins with Mom, and I am mega-motivated to lose weight and get in shape every time I see Charlotte's blog, Renew You. She is such an inspiration! Confessions of a Sugar Aficionado is also a motivating blog I've recently discovered.

A blogger that encourages me to think a little deeper and take time to look a little closer at the things I often rush right by, is my friend Karen. If you've ever felt that you "marched to the beat of a different drummer," you will really appreciate her insightful blog -- May I Ask You a Question. May I suggest that you start with this signature post -- Braille in 20/20?

Recently, I've discovered a blog that moves me deeply. If you want to read beautiful, well-crafted writing, accompanied by vivid photography and deep insights into life, you will want to visit Ann Voskamp at A Holy Experience. Don't expect to come away unchanged.

I've also had the privilege of encouraging the birth of some great new blogs this past year. Both of my daughters have started their own blogs, even though they are too busy to keep them updated! If you stop by their blogs, you will see that they are both wonderfully different, creative, talented and godly young women! Visit Tiffany at Singulary Blessed and visit Ashlyn at Captured by Beauty. I also encouraged my sister to start a blog, and she has a very enjoyable and inpisiring blog called Rebecca's Refining. We have had a lot of fun being "blogging buddies." It helps span the miles between Georgia and Ohio. Then, just this month, my best friend, Lori, from SC gave birth to a blog, aptly named Happy Busy Mama. I know you'll want to stop by and say, "Hey" (that's Southern for Hello!)

I encourage you to visit some of these fantastic blogs. Also, if you have a blog, or know of a great blog, which I have neglected to mention, please leave me a comment with the link.

Looking forward to another great year!!! :)


Rebecca's Refining said...

I will never accomplish anything if I read all these blogs!! :)

busymomof10 said...

Let me clarify -- I don't read them all everyday! But, I can usually keep up with any updates by checking each of my favorites once a week, or whenever I see a new post.

Christie said...

Happy Blogoversary! :) I can't belive it's been a year already!!

Vivianna said...

Well, it is so nice to share your one year Blogoversary! Congratulation... Thank you for taking the time to list all the different blogs that have ministered to you in one way or another. This blogging "thing" can be pretty "cool".

By the way, would you be interested in joining me on a 10 day journey to better health? If you are, just let me know via e-mail and I will discuss the details with you.


Michelle (She Looketh Well) said...

Wow! What a great idea! I can't wait to check out some of the ones I have not heard of.

Happy blogoversary! Mine is coming up in December. It has been a riot. Six months before I started my blog I had no idea what a blog was. I'm a bit sheltered

Love ya, Elizabeth, you are a treasure that God has blessed me with in blogworld!

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