three years & almost nine hundred posts (?!?!) later, here we are. i can't begin to tell you how grateful i am. you are what has made this adventure so worthwhile. you have taken the time to reach out, share your thoughts, & read on faithfully (even during some of my early posts, which now make me cringe!). your encouragement along the way is what has made me keep writing. i'm also struck by the friendships this adventure has afforded me -- if the only thing that came of this space was that i met claudia, it would be more than worth it. i receive emails from you that humble me & remind me why it's always worth the time to come here, write another story, be transparent and intentional about this journey we're all on. to be a part of your busy, full lives is a true privilege.
this blog has forced me to grow -- and i've found that any experience that forces you to grow is worthwhile, even if that growth can be painful at moments. it's forced me to grow as a writer (thank you for your steady hand as an editor, mom), as a wife, mother, friend and perhaps most profoundly person who wants to get up each day and make my little lot in this world count. for my contribution that day to those around me to be simple and kind and generous and worthy and joyful. so often i pause to see the beauty in something or take the time to try something new or notice something i otherwise might have flown right past because i think to share it here. this space has helped me find my voice, over and over again.
i want to say once again that our lives are far from perfect. i hope so much that you can come here & find a bright moment in your day, but not think this is our whole story & that we don't know the pain and mess and hurt you feel. while the moments captured here are often our happiest, that's in part because we see them emerge from the harder, more confusing and painful moments in our lives. in that light, i hope they encourage you.
the people make anything worthwhile -- the bloggers i've met along the way, who have become friends mean so much to me -- alison, claudia, alli, ashley, paige, megan, ashley & so many more -- thank you.
without a doubt the blog i have read most consistently is cup of jo. it was one of the first blogs i found & it's become a part of my daily life. i think ryan feels like joanna is a part of our life -- so many recipes we've tried, outings when we've visited new york city, conversations we've had & ideas i've brought up begin with "so, I read on cup of jo..." i respect her writing, humility, authenticity & voice so very much. when she left a comment on this post, i jumped around the room for a solid five minutes.
i'm so excited for year four -- to that end, next week i'll be sharing ellie's first birthday party & doing a valentine's day wish list, so swing back by! y'all are awesome.