Somehow I totally forgot and let slip by my blogaversary this year. As with all things, I blame the baby.
YES! 6 years I’ve used this place as my venting ground, virtual scrapbook, and stream-of-consciousness diary. We’ve been through several PCSs, a deployment, a baby, 2 dogs, multiple publishing opportunities on other sites, and a whole lot of life together. Some of you I’ve known for pretty much all 6 years, some of you are new friends, all of you are awesome. It’s amazing how much of my life – of all of our lives in the SoldierMan household – are different thanks to this blog. Thanks to all of you. Thanks for being with me, encouraging me, sympathizing with me, challenging me, listening to me, talking to me, and letting me share part of myself in this little space with you.
To kick off my celebration week, I thought a little retrospective was in order, so I traveled back through my ~1200 blog posts (yowza!) to glean 6 of my favorites. These are not in any particular order. They aren’t my most popular, most commented-on, or the most profound. They’re just some of the blog posts I look back on the most fondly.
Now this is a story all about how my life got flipped turned upside down, so I’d like to take a minute, just sit right there, and let me tell you how…we got these two big, insane, adorable, lovable, crazy-making, house-filling puppies. SoldierMan had begged for a long time to get a husky puppy. So we went looking for ONE husky puppy. We got so much more than we bargained for. Read here.
The BIG News!!! I wrote this post when SoldierMan was in OCS and we had just found out the trajectory of our Army life. Or so we thought. Looking back on it now, of course, I really had
noooo very little idea of what lay ahead. Part of that is because the Army never does what it’s supposed to. Part of it is because we made different choices along the way than we thought we would. But, I read this post and remember how exciting everything was and how all the possibilities of the future were ahead of us. And I kinda love it. Read here.
The beginning of my introvert self-discovery. Which led to the MBTI obsession, which has taken to the back burner but is still very much in there somewhere. Probably the best thing about this post was the conversations it started with friends of mine who see life through a different lens. Some of their comments are on that post. Read here.
Ah, Mawwiage. I come back to this one often, not only because it keeps becoming relevant, but because it just makes me love y’all even more. Even though there were a variety of opinions about this very emotionally-charged subject, the disagreement always stayed civil and respectful, even in the back-and-forth in emails that some of us exchanged in the days after this posted. I love you guys. Read here.
Why You Might Think I’m a Psychopath. The image makes sense when you read the actual post. As I said above, not a particularly significant or profound thought in this one, but it’s one of my favorites because it makes me laugh. At myself. My over-active imagination gets the better of me sometimes. For the record, there was no alcohol involved in the event described or it’s retelling. Read here.
SoldierMan’s first Father’s Day. I can’t believe it was nearly a year ago. Every single word is still true. He’s still a sight to behold when he’s with her. He’s peculiarly tender and playful with her. He’s incredibly proud of her, and wherever we go, he wants to be the one to carry her. He’s pretty much the best baby daddy there is. Read here.
Thanks for sticking with me for 6 years! More fun to come this week (maybe even a giveaway! ;) Oh who am I kidding, “maybe.” Yes, there will be a giveaway. Keep checking back!)