My children! It would be stating the obvious to say so much has changed in my life over four years, but seriously. I went from unemployed newlywed to government worker, to briefly unemployed again, to secretary to nanny to full-time mama. I went from being a Masters degree wife in one city to a PhD wife in another. We had a baby, then had another one. I wrote a book. I gratefully watched comments slooowly roll in as I talked about awkward things, ventured for a while into amateur fashion blogging, and shared my life.
Far better than the comments are the friendships. I think every blogger hopes she'll be widely read, with comments, likes, and emails to show for it. And I have to admit that yes, those visible, quantifiable marks of how many peeps are reading make my day when I receive them and sometimes throw me into unattractively self-centered doubt when I don't. But more than just wanting the readership, I sincerely wanted to form a community, however small, here, and am so happy that intention has become real. I love the sisterhood I've found in some readers and other bloggers, and love that I'm on a similar path with some of the closest friends I've made through blogging--over the past few years, we have each started families and grown through the newlywed phase of our marriages around the same time.
So, if you are reading this, thank you. I'm so grateful for your prayers, your words, and your friendship. If you're a longtime reader, thank you for sticking with a writer who let "maternity break" stretch into a yearlong blog death when her first baby turned everything upside down. If you're new here, thank you for dropping by, and I hope you'll stay a while. I still feel about this piece of the internet the same way I did when I started it: that I hope my love of weddings and relentless, if clumsy, pursuit of authentic love will come through these words and images to inspire your relationship and will just let me be a vessel of something greater; the path to holiness and to heaven, illuminated by Mary to the feet of her Son.
In celebration (and, like I said, because I'm easing back into this!), here, in no particular order, are 10 of my favorite posts, to revisit or to read for the first time:
So, four years in, can we have a little State of the Blog chat in the comments? Tell me what you like to see here, what you don't, and how I can make this into a better wedding planning resource for you. I love hearing from you, truly! Much love.