February 19, 2013

3 Years of Blogging - then and now

I told my husband the other day that my blogiversary was coming up.  He said, "Two years, right?"

I said, "No, three."

"Really?!"

"Yup."


Today it's been three years since I began and I never would have guessed what would become of it.  I had no idea how much I would love it and how much of a part of my life it would be.

Thank you for your support and friendship.  Without you it wouldn't really be blogging.  These ties we've made have meant a lot to me and I am so grateful for the chance I've had to live this dream I never knew I had.

So, I thought it would be fun to take a little look at the very beginning.  This is how old Rex and Baden were when I began.  Rex was only 2.


Baden was about 8 months old.


And in three years I've gone from short hair...

...to long hair....


....to super short hair.  (I still don't have a great picture of the way my hair is right now.  I never remember to have my husband take pictures for me, so it's always a self-photo with my go-go-gadget arms.)


We've gone through lots of different headers.  This was my first.


And this one hung around for a while.


Over the years my taste has changed and some of my older tutorials are kind of funny to me now.  But most things have stayed the same.  Baden still gives this same dirty look.


And I'm still learning a lot.

There have moments where I thought about giving up.  There have been comments that kind of hurt.  There have been times when I'm just plain worn out.  However, YOU have made it well worth it.  I still get excited to show you the next project.  Sometimes I get emails from you that make my day.  Sometimes you send me links to things you think I'd like.  I am always touched by the kindness, thoughtfulness, and generosity of my readers.


You are great friends to have.  So thanks for hanging with me through it all and coming by for a visit.

45 comments:

Unknown said...

Congrats on sticking it out for such a long time! Wow! I have just started blogging, decided I had better jump on board and get involved rather then just lurking the wayside! Ha. It takes a level of commitment for sure!

Amber said...

Wow congratulations! I always enjoy popping by your blog. And I must say I always really liked that 2nd blog header - such a cool photo! :)

gina said...

Wow! 3 years - congrats! Thats awesome! I love your blog - its def in my top 3 of all the ones I read!

HeatherS said...

Congratulations to you! I've enjoyed your blog for a long time, and I really admire how you manage to publish so regularly with two boys and now a little one on the way. I only have one, and he runs me ragged! Looking forward to many more great ideas from you.

Katie said...

Congratulations! That's a pretty big milestone. You deserve cake... except that you are eating healthy now... you deserve one of those fancy cakes made out of watermelon and decorated with grapes and kiwi that have been floating all around pinterest. If I knew you in real life I would make you one. THAT'S how excited for you I am!

Suzanne Winter said...

Congrats on THREE years!!! I love how your boys look essentially the same, just bigger ;o) I love reading your blog, and I hope you are around for years and years to come!!!

dawn - Mi rincón de mariposas said...

Congratulations and thanks so much for sharing these 3 years!!

La Pantigana said...

Enhorabuena por esos 3 años en la blogosfera compaartiendo

Maria said...

Happy 3rd blogiversary!

Kris @ everywhereorange.com said...

congrats on 3 years!!!! so much fun to see how the boys and you have changed!!!

Аленушка said...

Congratulations! You've made me better!
Aljonushka from faraway Belarus

shansen20 said...

Just wanted to let ya know that I really appreciate all you share! Happy blogiveraary!!

Leigh Anne said...

Congrats! I love your blog and your sweet heart that shows through in your posts! Loved the look back .......keep up the great work ;)

kim west said...

we love you miss cheri! you are one of my favorite bloggers! always keeping it real and in perspective! you had better not quit! especially know that you get to post some girl crap! congrats girl!!!!

Julie Rosenhan said...

I'm so glad that i found your blog 1.5 years ago. I love reading about your cute family and you do amazing tutorials! Thanks for the mommy school posts. My boys are still a bit young, but you've given me lots of ideas to utilize in the future. Thanks for continuing to blog!!

Matt said...

3 years!! Way to go :) I always enjoy reading your blog and love that you always try to keep it positive and try to be the change in the world as well as encouraging your boys to be as well..thanks for all your hard work..you are awesome!! (Ps..thanks for the great boy tutorials..)
- heather

jBrink said...

Wow!! Congratulations on three years!!! :)

Unknown said...

That is so awesome! You are so beautiful. Your blog is on my daily hits. And to see how the boys have grown and all the changes. That is priceless. Thanks for taking the time to share!

Unknown said...

xoxoxo Cheri! It's been a pleasure joining you all of these years and following along. Keep roaring momma!!!
xo
Heather

Michelle Johnnie said...

3 Years! Way to go! Congrads on your success.

Unknown said...

I am so happy to have been along with you on this ride! I remember when you started and must admit was a little envious of how quickly your blog was growing and mine wasn't. But I know why it was growing...because you are amazing! You are unique, smart, SO uber creative and are fantastic with tutorials and new ideas. Watching your blog grow and evolve but still remain true to what it started as has been an amazing transformation. Congratulations on 3 years! And to many more!

laia.altimir said...

Congratulations for this three years with us!

Sarah said...

I am proud of you! Three years is a milestone. I'm pumped to say I remember the first header really well. ;). I've been reading a very long time, almost since the start and I still love it all. So congrats today and enjoy!! Anytime you wanna come back and visit Wisconsin come on over!! Limemadedesigns.com

Erika said...

Congrats! Your is one of my very favorites, for sure.

DressUpNotDown said...

I started following during header #2. :o) I have enjoyed all the boy related posts...I also have two boys.

www.dressupnotdown.blogspot.com

Jessie said...

Happy third anniversary! Hope there are many more (-:

Maureen said...

Cheri,

I enjoy the projects but what I really like is the posts on your family. It is great to read about what they are learning and what they are discovering. I have enjoyed watching them change and grow over the past few years.

Maureen

Tiffany said...

No way 3 years, no way!

Maren T. said...

I was a header two follower, fun to see your changes. I cut back in my blogging but yours is one of the three I read everyday. Love your blog, ideas, and inspiration!

McKenzie @ Girl Loves Glam said...

Congrats! You are amazing! You are one blogger that I take the time to read EVERY, SINGLE post. Every post is perfection. I love that you keep it real. I can't wait to see what you have up your sleeve next. Your boys have grown up so much!

The Writer Chic said...

Congrats on your milestone!

Stephanie said...

Congrats on another year! I know I'm glad you're still around :) I just hit 2 years yesterday, and even some of my stuff has changed so much!

Alicen said...

Just a random reader who loves your blog. Your family is adorable and you're doing a great job, momma! :) Congrats on three years!

Emily said...

I really enjoy reading what you have to offer. Always remember that you made it on Martha--it doesn't get much cooler for a crafter than that!

Unknown said...

congratulation on three years of interesting and fresh blogs. and soon to be three children. It will be so interesting to see what her distinguishing trait is...

Lindsay said...

Congratulations on three years! I'm always amazed by people who insist on being unkind online -- but I think you are just great and I love your blog. :)

kelly said...

love your blog! thanks for posting. :)

Mandi @ Southern Gnome said...

Happy 3 years! I love following along. I enjoy what you do here.

Unknown said...

Yay! Three years! Keep it up, i love reading :)

Unknown said...

It's been wonderful to follow you from the beginning. I'm not great at commenting, but I'm so glad you've been willing to share your thoughts and talents with us here in blogland! Congrats on a great 3 years!

Coley said...

Love seeing pictures from the beginning to now! I love following your blog :) Keep up the great work!

The Miller Five said...

Wow! 3 years! Congratulations Cheri! I LOVE your blog and I'm so grateful that you take the time to keep it going.

Siobhan said...

Happy Blogiversary to you! Congratulations on three lovely years of your soulful, kind voice and your amazing creative genius. x

Andrea said...

Gosh three years,I've been reading since almost the beginning. Congrats and you are one of my favorite bloggers ever,and cant wait to see where this little baby girl takes you in the project department!

Laura at Ms. Smartie Pants said...

Oh my gosh I remember those sweet little faces! I remember Bayden with his little helmet on his head, wow time has gone quickly. I never put it together but you started blogging just before me (although I've pretty much given it up). Much continued success, I've loved going along for the ride!

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