When I started blogging several years back the last thing I'd expected was to meet really great people and make really good friends. I was simply hoping to chronicle my attempt at spending less and following a budget. I had hoped that a few people would find what I had to write at least semi-interesting but I truly had very little expectation for anything much more than my writing an online journal that anyone could stop by and read.
If you look at the photo below you'll probably not notice but can definitely see two ornaments on our tree, two stuffed buddies beneath, three Christmas cards on the wall, and one nutcracker on the bookcase (actually there's a Thanksgiving card on the bookcase as well but I'm not sure it's visible), all of which we received in the mail this year from fellow bloggers, readers of this "online journal," all blogging community friends, most of which I have never met. Little Abe and I also were the delightful recipients of a beautiful and fun online advent calendar we enjoyed this Christmas from a fellow blogger.
This year ended pretty rough. Christmas was nice, a bit too busy, but we enjoyed it all (mostly). But December had a few health scares for our family. We had to say good-bye to our cat of 13 years in November and my heart broke in pieces. We really feared we were going to lose our dog this month too. Thankfully he's still with us but there was a rough patch for sure. He's getting older so the reality of him not being here forever is... it's REALLY painful to think about it.
Needless to say, the Christmas packages that showed up VERY unexpectedly from friends I've made through the blog were bright shining moments in our month and so unbelievably surprising. I absolutely love Christmas cards and am so overjoyed to have the three of them from fellow bloggers hanging up there with the others. What an incredibly neat outcome to having started this silly online journal. I've met such incredible people and made good friends. To everyone who stops by here on occasion to read this online journal, you guys are all the greatest! I'm so fortunate to have made good friends through this blogging journey. And to those of you who truly went WAY above and beyond thank-you for spreading such wonderful Christmas cheer to this part of the globe and to my family!!!
I look forward to this new year. I look forward to all the adventures of this wonderful blogging community, and I wish everyone a fabulously blessed and happy New Year!!!