It doesn't seem like it was that long ago but as I sit here at my computer reflecting upon all the events that have taken place over the past ten years I realize that I have consciously learned and grown more during that period than at any other period of my life. To say that it has been an adventure is an understatement though I suppose it would not fit most people's definition of "adventure". Typically people consider an adventure to involve great physical feats and I fall a little short in that area. Okay, I fall a lot short in that area but that's beside the point. To me an adventure involves moving beyond where you were at whether it be physical or situational. In short, every day of our lives involves some sort of "adventure". Some are merely more exciting than others.
Ten years ago today my son mentioned to me once again that he thought I should blog. My initial response was the same as always. I laughed at him and said I knew nothing about that sort of thing. That night was a bit different though. I couldn't get his words out of my mind. I laughed some more after thinking about it a bit and shook my head. Where on earth would I begin? Who would want to read words written by a middle-aged woman from the Upper Midwest? Besides, from what I had seen, people could get pretty nasty on the internet saying things and behaving in ways most ot them probably would never do face-to-face. I didn't want to deal with that sort of thing. It wasn't that I objected to hearing other people's opinions. It was the name-calling, horrible language, ripping apart nastiness that I detested. Was there such a place where I could post my thoughts and have meaningful dialogue with people? I wondered. If there was, perhaps I could blog there and so not knowing where to look, on the evening of July 29, 2007 I opened up my browser and typed the words, "Christian blog" and found myself standing on the doorstep of Christianblog.com.
It doesn't seem like it was that long ago and yet so much has happened since that time. Four months after joining CB, I was diagnosed with Triple Negative Invasive Ductal Carcinoma (a highly aggressive form of breast cancer with a poor prognosis). I had no idea as to whether I would be here five years later let alone nearly ten years later yet here I am.
Two years later, I suffered a hemorrhagic stroke due to a ruptured brain aneurysm that occurred while I was sleeping. It is only by the grace of God that I survived and am able to live a fairly normal life.
Over the past ten years I lost my job due to my health issues and my husband lost his job after more than 27 years. My son was married, divorced and remarried once again and last fall his wife had to have an emergency C-section at 31 weeks. I am pleased to say their nine month old son is doing very well!
During this time I have met some incredible people here at CB and formed some wonderful friendships. I've had the privilege of even meeting a few of them face to face and in October I will get to see another one in person. I also lost a very dear friend and brother a little over a year ago.
I have been blessed by blogs that people have written. I am very thankful for the times they unknowingly wrote exactly what I needed to hear. I have also had people write and tell me that I have done the same for them.
In short, for the past ten years CB has lived up to it's motto, "A place to be blessed and to bless othersI" Thank you, CB!