I can hardly believe it!
TODAY is the anniversary of the very first day I hit ‘publish‘ and entered the world as an official blogger.
You might say that I am slightly excited. This is a milestone. Maybe even a standing stone.
Now I am probably going to sound like every celebrity or sports star you have ever seen on TV when they give their words of appreciation. [grin]
Thank YOU for choosing to read and following my tappings into the cyberworld each week.
You give what I do purpose and meaning. You make my day when you respond and tap back your sweet thoughts. I love reading and responding to every comment.
This blog has been a God thing for me. From the dream, through all the hurdles, to its birth, God made a way. When I create or when I sit down at the keyboard, He is my inspiration. To God be the Glory!!
Now, I would be remiss if I did not express my gratitude to my husband. He has been patient with me on my photo journeys…never saying anything when I turn the house upside down working on a project or shoot…and allowing me to use his laptop for two months of evenings – through the entire 31 Extraordinary Days – while mine was in the shop. And most of all, he has been an amazing encourager. Believing in me and nudging me on when I had major doubts and misgivings.
My heart is full. Actually…my eyes have just welled up as I realize how this blog and you have helped me through the challenges of this past year. How I have learned to live out JOY. The words ‘thank you’ can hardly express my gratitude to all of you. Thank you!
Before we move on to the fun and celebration of the day…
I am excited that tomorrow…not today….an extraordinary VIP will be coming by to help me celebrate. I’ll have more to say then. Haha! I know I told you she would be here today. But…good things come to those who wait…or so they say. So…pop back tomorrow. You won’t be disappointed!
Today I’m celebrating Extraordinary friends!
One of the things I love about the blog world is meeting people. We may only meet through words and images on the screen. Yet, somehow our spirits are still able to connect and friendship and caring results.
No matter what it is in life, it’s all about our relationships.
Cherish your human connections –
your relationship with friends and family.
As part of this blogiversary, I want to celebrate two beautiful ladies.
Though we have never met, we have developed caring friendships.
Jennifer blogs at Celebrating Everyday Life.
I met her last summer when she published her first magazine. It was stunning. She has amazing creativity. I left her a comment to express my admiration and congratulations, and shared her link to all the fabulousness on my Facebook page. She, like the very gracious southern lady she is, thanked me. That day I visited her blog, loved it, and subscribed. Often I would leave a comment. And this is how our friendship began.
In October she did something that completely blew me away. She featured my little known blog on her’s. I couldn’t believe it! Truly that was the nicest thing I could even imagine. I know you’ll want to check out that post. Since then, we have continued to encourage one another and she has taken time in the midst of her busy life as mom of a little one, blogger, stylist, designer, photographer, event planner extraordinaire, dream catcher, and magazine publisher, to answer my questions and read my blog. Jennifer is even helping me celebrate this blogiversary by giving away a year’s subscription to her magazine, Celebrating Everyday Life!
Your comments really do make a difference!
Another blogging friend is a gal that faithfully leaves a thoughtful comment to every single one of my posts. Everyone needs a cheerleader in their corner and Mel has been the best. I know that she has gone through her own personal struggle this past year, but you would never know it the way she laughs and jokes, sees the goodness in her life and mine, and cheers me on with her encouraging words. I appreciate her intelligence, her wit, and her perspective. Mel is a longtime blogger in her own right…tapping thoughts into MelsDream since 2004. Good grief, I sure am late to the party! Haha!
And though I only mentioned two extraordinary and lovely ladies today….
I am truly grateful for you and the friendships that I have begun through this year in the wonderful world of blogging. If you haven’t guessed it by now. My hope is that this blog will not only be a place where you find joy and inspiration, but will also be a community of joy-seekers and inspirers. Life is richer and fuller because of our relationships. Thank you for being extraordinary and joining in the community.
And now for our Giveaway!
Today Jennifer Carroll of Celebrating Everyday Life is providing one lucky reader with a $25 iTunes gift card to be used for a one year subscription to Celebrating Everyday Life Magazine: 206 pages of glorious eye candy and inspiration. Check out this video preview of the first issue.
NOTE: All photos courtesy Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer Carroll.com/magazine.
It’s easy to enter this giveaway….
Leave a comment and tell about an extraordinary friendship you have…blogging or ‘real life.’
Want an extra chance or two to win?
“Like” An Extraordinary Day on Facebook and leave me a comment letting me know you do. If you already are a follower, just leave a comment saying so.
Contest ends Sunday, May 5, at 9 PM EDT. The winner must have a U.S. mailing address and will be chosen at random and notified by e-mail. Thank you Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer Carroll for graciously providing the iTunes gift card (magazine subscription) for the blogiversary. I was not compensated for this giveaway.
My fingers are crossed…I hope YOU win!
The Giveaway is Closed!
“Congrats on your one year anniversary. Mine is coming up in 19 days. You have a beautiful website. I’m visiting from Saturday Sharefest. Your title, The Day I pushed the Publish button caught my eye. Sheila Skillingstead”
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