February 20, 2012

2 Years of Blogging

Yesterday I mentioned that it was my blog anniversary, so today I thought I'd take the day off from crafting.  I had plans to post a fun video for you like last year, but the weekend got a little too busy.  So, here are a few things I wanted to say as I think about this whole blogging thing.  


1) I have a lot to learn.  I don't EVER want to portray the idea that I am perfect or that I have everything put together.  I want you to leave  my blog feeling inspired, and NEVER inferior.
The way I see it, we are all learning together.  I'm trying to learn how to balance my life and how to be a good person/mother just like you.  That's what makes our interaction fun.  We are all in the same boat trying to figure it all out.  I mess up projects.  I often feel like I'm messing up my kids, but I am trying.  I think we all feel happier when we come to realize that all of us really are trying our best.


2) This blog is a gift.  I read the book "The Outliers" a while back and it made me think about some things in a different light.  It tracks successful people and examines what contributed to their success.  There are many factors including conditions, opportunities, time frames, culture, and a billion other things.  The point is, I realize that this blog opportunity is a gift.  I try to work hard, but there are conditions that have allowed me to do this.  If my husband weren't able to provide for our family then would be working full time and never would have had this chance.  If my parents hadn't raised me to be project-oriented and artistic I wouldn't know about any of these subjects.  If I had been born in a different time frame or country, I might not have had the opportunity to reach a lot of people through technology.

What I'm trying to say, is that I can't take credit for this opportunity, but I CAN try to do the best with the gift I've been given.  I believe that our lives become amazing when we stop wishing we had certain things or were someone else, but when we stop to really realize what we've been given.  In EVERY case it's a lot.  They may be different blessings than what we want, but they are our blessings and we receive even more of them when we claim what we've been given.  (It's like the parable of the talents.)  So take inventory and make plans.  Make them big.


3) Thank you.  Without you guys I'm just talking to myself about paint and thread and life.  I appreciate your comments and emails so much.  There have been many that have changed my day.  When you guys purchased the purse pattern or the prints for charity, I felt like we made a great team.  I feel like we can do great things together.  I love hearing your Wake Up Wednesday experiences.  And even if you're here and you've never left a comment I still think you're great.  I'm not always the best about leaving comment myself :)


So, here's to another couple of years - projects to create, skills to learn, mistakes to make, life to share.  Thank you for reading my blog.

40 comments:

  1. Well said girl! Happy blogaversary again!

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  2. You are incredibly sweet and humble. Thanks for your posts :)

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  3. Cheers! Keep rockin Momma~

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  4. Happy second year! I wish you the best in the year to come!

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  5. Happy Blogaversity. I love reading about you and your two boys. Seems like I have read you for more than two years, as this is the one blog I read every day. Have a fun day with your men.

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  6. Thanks for making your blog what it is, I sure love reading it! I love how down to earth your blog is. It's real, and that's what I love!

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  7. Thank you so much for all you share here. I'm am truly inspired by your projects and your blog. I read your posts daily, and although I rarely leave a comment, I really appreciate you. Even more now that I finally got the courage to try blogging and see how much work it is. Thanks!

    Haley
    everneveragain.blogspot.com

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  8. You are amazing Cheri! Thank you for sharing so much with us. I just love how you have such a good heart. You are so down-to-earth and you are super talented. I really appreciate all that you do here Thank you! :0)

    - jen

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  9. Thanks for your dedication to the blog. Without you Will would not have a cool bed. Plus even when I don't leave a comment, I do talk right to the computer and tell you how totally awesome you are. Will loves to see the pictures of his "cousins", Rex and Baden. Keep up the good work and take days off if needed we will check back over and over again.

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  10. I'm sure your parents are very proud of you! You're an inspiration and I love how you keep it "real"! God bless you.

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  11. Happy Anniversary! This is my favorite blog - I love all your posts and your family is so sweet - love that pic of you and your 2 boys - so sweet!

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  12. By far my favorite blog. You are a fantastic person & such an example! I appreciate all the hard work you put into this. You have been a great inspiration to me in a number of ways! I can't thank you enough!! This pic of you & your boys is darling too. :))

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  13. Happy blogaversary! I love reading along with you and your adventures and can't wait to see what else you have in store! You are an amazing inspiration to so many people.

    Best of luck in all you do!
    Rachel
    @holy craft

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  14. You've left a beautiful hand print in blogosphere. Two years well spent. Thank you.

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  15. Congratulations, long may you continue to spread your special word!

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  16. Happy 2 year anniversary!

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  17. Happy Blogiversary!

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  18. i dont usually comment on the blogs i read its hard enough to find time to read them let alone leave comments! but i LOVE your blog and the variety of things use post about is exactly what i enjoy!
    happy blogiversary!!

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  19. Congratulations, I really enjoy your blog!!

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  20. Happy blogiversary! I love your blog!

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  21. I try and read your blog everyday........you are a very talented lady and your family is beautiful. Here's to another two years and many more:)

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  22. Ok, I've been a reader for almost 2 years and never left a comment but I really love your blog and feel like I can relate. I have 3 boys and no girls (love your boy projects!) and mostly I love that you are so real. Sometimes blogs don't seem like they are real life but you seem like a next door neighbor friend! Happy 2 years!

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  23. I've never left a comment and have been following your blog for about six months, but I love the cute pics of your boys and the fun projects you share and am anxiously hoping for a home and kids of my own someday. That day just isn't now yet. It inspires me to have fun when I have both. :) Happy anniversary!

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  24. You make me smile! Thank you for your wonderful insight. It truly is all about gifts we are blessed with and sharing them and learning from each other. I'm so glad I found your site and blog. Have a very happy tomorrow. Have lots of happy tomorrows!

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  25. What great thoughts- thanks for putting them into words so well! I wish you another great two years :)

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  26. Ok so my first thought was...what she started her blog just before me and she has several thousand more followers and then I read you post which is so right on and yes I have so much to be grateful for. I think of musicians and how much they love to hang together and jam, that what blogging is for me, friends to "jam" with except we're craftin! Here's to many more years for both of us!

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  27. Thank you, Cheri, and here's to many more years! :-)

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  28. I love your blog!! you do inspire. so thank you. keep on bloggin! have a happy day.

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  29. Happy blogiversary!!!!!! You are a wonderful person, openhearted & very talanted. Thank you for making my life more interesting! And for making me provide my english)) Good luck!!!
    Alena from faraway Belarus

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  30. Happy Anniversary! I believe that everything happens for a reason and we are all here for a reason. You are a great inspiration for me with all your great crafting projects and ideas. We are all truly blessed to have the technology we have and I'm so grateful. Thanks for your blog, I'm new to all this and I'm happy I found your blog.

    madebyniki.blogspot.com

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  31. Yay for this fabulous blog! Keep the inspiration coming Cheri! We love it!

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  32. Congrats on two great years!! I love, love your blog and read it often! You keep me inspired!!

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  33. Was that cute little video a year ago already?! Time sure has flown!

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  34. I unplugged this weekend, so I'm just catching up. This was well said: They may be different blessings than what we want, but they are our blessings and we receive even more of them when we claim what we've been given. Agreed, indeed. Happy Happy Anniversary, I can't wait until you come back to NY so we can meet.

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  35. You are a great person!!! The things I learn from you are the best! Your blog inspires my life!
    Paula
    www.comoagenteviramae.blogspot.com

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  36. Just wanted to say THANKS for your blog. I always find inspiration here. I don't comment often, but I feel like we have a lot in common (I have three boys, primary pres., etc.) I love to stop and visit and always leave feeling uplifted... especially your line today about trying to stop wishing for things, and just accepting who we are and living our best lives. That is just what I needed to hear. Thanks again.
    Leslie

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  37. Aww. I love the picture of you and your boys. So very cute. LOVE your blog! Thanks for being here!

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  38. Congratulations on 2 years, what a great achievement - here's to many many more Cheri!

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  39. Yay for 2 years, Cheri! I remember finding your blog a couple of years ago and saw a picture of Baden in his helmet and we had JUST left a meeting with our Dr. to have one put on my baby girl that same exact day! I immediately related to you and I've been hooked ever since! Brought together by baby helmets! :) haha!

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