"Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. " -Helen Keller

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Happy Blogoversary to me!

5 years ago today I tentatively put my stamp on this little sliver of the blogosphere. All I was hoping for was a place to let it all out...a place where it was safe to scream and yell and stomp my feet while I raged about how unfair infertility was. Little did I know I would find so much more. I found a group of women who knew that even though there were days you couldn't seem to feed yourself more than *floor cake, you would still soldier on, you would still fight through it, all for the promise of the miracle. I found a community who supported me through my journey and who embrace me even though I've managed to have my miracle baby. I've found sisters and friends who are spread across the earth. I've found women (and men) who inspire me with their drive and determination. I've been awed by the beauty of a simple everyday story. And, I have to bow at the feet of the women whose snarkiness and warped sense of humor trump even mine.

I never would have guessed that my status as poster child for repeat pregnancy loss/secondary infertility would have brought so many riches to my life. I wouldn't wish this journey on anyone but I wouldn't trade it for anything. Thanks for spending a part of it with me.

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Now, to counteract that diabetic coma inducing part of the post, I'll share with you a tidbit that shows what my life is really like. I was sitting here getting ready to start this post and I heard a rustling in the kitchen behind me. I figured it was one of the older boys who had woken up but, when I turned around, it was Gabe. As I was asking him if he was ok, he came walking out of the kitchen bare assed with pajama shorts in hand. His response to the "are you ok" question..."Mommy, I'm stinky." Yes folks, Gabe woke up to sort of loose poop (I know, tmi) and, instead of asking for help, he elects to take off his diaper and put it in the trash. In the process, he gets said poop on his legs, on his pj shorts and shirt, and on the edge of the garbage can. I told him thank you for trying to be a big boy and clean up after yourself but, if this ever happened again, he absolutely HAD to let me change his diaper. I also told him a better way of being a big boy would be to go in the potty (he is still flat out refusing...arrrrgh). Aaaah, the glamors of mommyhood. Thank god the mess wasn't any worse than it was.

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BLOGOVERSARY GIVEAWAY
To celebrate my 5 years blogging, I am giving away this fabulous adult sized pumpkin hat. I designed this based on a child sized pumpkin hat pattern I found. It is crocheted with a thick burnt orange chenille that should keep you warm in even very cold weather. For those of you with a normal sized head, it will be a fairly loose fit and won't completely squish your hair. For those of you with abnormally large cabezas like me, it will still fit. It will just be a snug fit.


I will also be giving away this second pumpkin hat generously donated by my dear friend, the FABULOUS Jen over at In One Ear. This hat is sized to fit a large child/teenager.
The contest starts today and will be open all week long. I'll announce the winners next Sunday. I'm keeping the entry rules simple. This contest is open to anyone and everyone who reads my blog. Even if this is the first post you have read, you are eligible. All you need to do is comment on this post. If you have a favorite memory, story, or post from my blog, tell me about that please.


*Getupgrrl, if you are out there reading, know that we remember you and your words still mean something this many years later.

23 comments:

battynurse said...

Happy blogoversary!!!! So glad you are here!!!

GeekByMarriage said...

Happy blogoversary!!
Those hats are darling!!!
I seriously cant pick a favorite post. I love all of you!!

Here's to 50 more years of bloggy goodness!

Summer @ B is for Brown said...

Happy anny! So glad you're in the blogging world.
Cute hats!

Sheliza said...

Happy Blogaversary Kristin!! I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know you and your family's adventures through the blog. I think you are one the sweetest and most loyal people anyone could know. Keep up your fun, witty posts and I just love laughing each day with your no-holding-back style :-)

Teena in Toronto said...

Happy blogoversary!

Quiet Dreams said...

Happy blogoversary! Nothing very profound from me, but you were one of the first people I started reading when I first dipped my toes into the ocean of the ALI blogworld. And soon I noticed that you were often the first, or one of the first people to comment on the blogs I was frequenting (how does she DO that?).

Happy day, friend. You are one of the best people I have ever known.

Sandy said...

Happy Blogoversary!!! You are one of my favorite bloggers and it makes me happy that people like you are out in the world. Also, I LOVE that you have a big head, cuz both me an Oscar have that sad affliction.

Jen said...

you know I love you girl! cute hats hee hee

Aunt Becky said...

Happy Blog-versary, yo.

Beautiful Mess said...

Happy blogoversary, love! I'm so glad to have met you and be able to sit in your virtual living room. It's quite nice here. I don't know if I have a favorite of your blogs, but you have always given me great advice. you supported me though anything I've gone through. I know I can always count on you. Plus you knitted me a BEAUTIFUL scarf. And now that the weather is getting cooler, I can war it again!
*HUGS*

'Murgdan' said...

Wow! Happy blogoversary! That's a long time, woman! Those hats are cute...I love halloween. And I love pumpkins!

JJ said...

Happy, happy day! Keep it going :0)

Lollipop Goldstein said...

Happy blogoversary, dearest. This is a funny story about your blog--and totally off-topic. But I only knew how far away we were from seeing Harry Potter by reading your blog daily. I loved the counter at the top!

Stacie said...

Happy Blogoversary! 5 years is a wonderful accomplishment! I am so glad I found you and your blog!

Billy said...

Happy Blogoversary!!

HereWeGoAJen said...

Happy blogoversary to you! And many more! Five years is quite impressive. :)

Lavender Luz said...

IF sucks, except for the connections we make. You are a gem of one.

Sorry that I laughed about Gabe. BTDT.

EWebey said...

Happy Blogoversary!!!
Love the little hats!!
Sucks the little guy is not feeling top notch.
*and even sorrier for the poopy mess!

Keep up the fun writing!!

Minta said...

I love those pumpkins hats. Would you mind posting/e-mailing the general pattern or "how-to." The ones I've done recently were done in rounds increasing for the first few rounds then working the circle down, but your look almost like they're worked sideways (in the back loops, to create a ribbed look)... Sorry, I've got crochet on the brain :)

WiseGuy said...

Hey Sweetie! Happy Blogoversary....I am not entering the giveaway but I will tell you of one of the things that keeps me coming back - Gabe's stories....I remember the toothpaste and volcano stories well! :-)

rys said...

Happy blogoversary sweetie! Your honesty and positive outlook get me through many days. I am so lucky to have you as an SBC. Here's to many more years of blogging!

Baby Smiling In Back Seat said...

Happy Blogoversary!

Somehow the toothpaste incident is what sticks most in my mind. :)

Kymberli said...

I could have sworn I commented on this post about your blogoversary! Happy belated blogoversary!

I'm also counting this one for the Oct. 21 Blogger Bingo square! :)