Ladies, ladies, ladies (and my dad, Paul). It's Thursday and I don't usually post on Thursdays and I certainly don't post in the afternoons, but I am just too excited.
Back when my sister turned 30, I explained that there are two types of people in the world: those who get super excited for birthdays and those who don't. Erin (my sister) does and I don't. I'm not one to make a huge deal of birthdays and am generally caught in situations of "I can't believe you didn't tell me it was your birthday!". Birthdays, to me, just seem a bit awkward.
Today happens to be my little birthday. Normally, I don't say much about it and I'm not offended if someone forgets and I certainly wouldn't post it all over my blog, as I am now. But I just have to share all the lovely little surprises that have made me so thankful today.
Many of you probably know, but my sister Erin also has a blog and took the time to gather a whole slew of (can I call myself adorable?? Yes, I think on a birthday it's acceptable) adorable pictures of us from when we were kids and put together an especially nice post about us. Some of those pictures I haven't seen in forever. Others are among my favorites. She wrote about how different we are, but how much we are the same and that lately, we're celebrating those similarities.
But what I loved most is that at the end, she directed her blog friends over to my blog and kindly pointed out that as of last night, I had 99 followers and might someone do me the birthday favor of making that an even 100. Annnnnnd the lovely Sharon did. Thank you, Sharon!!
This is big, my friends. I've been blogging for about two years now. Just two months ago, I had 27 followers. I wrote and created because I love to write and create. But I wanted that blogging community I had heard so much about. Then my sister pointed out that my e-mail wasn't linked to my comments, making it impossible for bloggers to reply to the comments I left them on their blogs. So I immediately changed my settings. And that has made all the difference in the world. Two months ago, I never would have dreamed of reaching 100 followers by my birthday. And more excitingly, that among those 100 followers would be many kindred spirits. So while I am absolutely flattered by the number, I am even more excited to have found that community I had been hoping for.
So thank you, Erin, and thank you to all of you who take time out of your precious days to read and comment and e-mail and tweet and all those things you do to show how much you care about and support me. I truly, truly appreciate it. I am amazed by this past year and am finally beginning to see myself as a creative person and I owe so much of that to your support.
I'm off to celebrate my birthday, my rediscovered creativity, my recent blog designs (this latest one I am soooo very proud of), my second (!!!) wedding anniversary which also falls this weekend, and this very happy little life I am making with a husband I adore. (P.S. He got the morning off from work so he could surprise me with blueberry/cream cheese stuffed french toast! Love him!).
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.