The first person I want to say thank you to is getupgrrl, the retired and truly missed author of Chez Misscarriage. Grrl had a smart, funny, and extremely open style of writing. She actually made me laugh about things related to infertility...something I thought would never happen. I was able to see how much support Grrl got through her blog and, with her encouragement, I started my little blog back in October of 2004.
After I finally beat my particular brand of infertility (Gabe was born in December '05), my blog went dormant with only infrequent posts until August of '08. I was still reading a lot of blogs but, due to things going on in my life, I rarely wrote. Then I stumbled across a Barren Bitches Book Brigade post (tour #3, The Time Traveler's Wife) and that led me back to Mel's blog. Now, I had heard of the infamous Stirrup Queen but I had never really spent any time there. I figured she had so many followers and so many commenters that I would feel out of place. I couldn't have been more wrong. I got sucked in my Mel's warmth and humor and boundless energy and I decided I had to be a part of it. I don't even remember what I started doing first but, I got pulled back into blogging full force and I love it. So, Mel, in addition to thanks and kudos for all you do for this community, I want to send you a personal thank you from me. I wouldn't be the blogger I am today if it wasn't for you.
********************I also am very overdue in sending out thanks and bloggy love to the dear Lettie over at Polka Dot Pineapple. I got to meet Lettie when she and her husband were in North Carolina. I had a wonderful lunch and an hour+ conversation with her before we both had to head out. Lettie sent me a wonderful package of goodies from Hawaii (the lucky lady lives there) last month and I wanted to thank her.The second picture shows the lovely Hawaiian print fabric (hmmmm, what quilt to use it in), a doughnut pin cushion, a cute purple yo-yo key chain, and a mug rug (basically a small quilted coaster). I'm not sure what I did to warrant all these goodies but THANK YOU Lettie.
Oh, all you crafty knitters and crocheters, Lettie has a wonderful tutorial that teaches you how to make t-shirt yarn along with many other cool crafty tutorials. Go check it out.
********************The 2010 Book Challenge has started. It isn't too late to sign up. Come on...you know you wanna!
And, to wrap up the 2009 Book Challenge, I want to announce the prize winners. Mrs. Gamgee from Hobbit-ish Thoughts and Ramblings won the prize among the people who didn't quite hit their reading goal and Deb from All Things Deb won the big prize (a quilted tote/book bag) among the few, the proud, the readers who hit their reading goal.
********************Finally, Kym from I'm a Smart One has put up the sign up for Sock It To Me 2010. Don't miss a chance to get a kick ass socks from a fellow ALI blogger. GO SIGN UP!