Friday, May 08, 2009

Happy Blogoversary to Me!!!

Well, sir, would you look at that? I have a Blogoversary today!

Four years. Wow.

Do you know why I started blogging? Allow me to give you a little background.

I became a Navy Wife in September of 2003. It was an odd situation because my husband was on shore duty. I knew what he told me about sea duty, but I guess I really didn't comprehend it because I hadn't experienced it. When he came up for orders in the Summer of 2004, I didn't really get all stressed out about it because I wasn't going anywhere. He would have to go where ever and I'd see him whenever I could. (Are you laughing yet?) See, I was/am a pretty independent gal and am not afraid to take care of myself.

He was lucky enough to get orders to Norfolk on a boat that was going to head down to Georgia after they finished doing whatever they needed to do to it. Georgia wasn't a bad deal...very drivable. He headed to Norfolk in January of 2005 and was immediately sucked into that boat. I didn't see him like I thought I would. I didn't talk to him like I thought I would. Hmmm...

We were, what is called "Geobachelor'ing it". Years later, I know it can be shortened to "Geobach'ing". A Geographical Bachelor is someone who is stationed somewhere and their family doesn't come with them. I came to the conclusion that I really didn't like this gig. Especially when I was 400 miles away (give or take) with three kids.

I made quite a few trips up I-95 on my own with three kids. It drove my Daddy crazy for me to do that. I was determined to see my husband and if you have enough juice and snacks? You can make the six hour drive. Many times, my husband would meet me half way in North Carolina where we would spend the weekend in a hotel with three kids. Worked for me!

I started this blog for him. I started this blog for me. I wanted to share what happened in his home that was so far away. He needed to know what these kids were up to. I wanted to share my thoughts. When he had a spare minute, he would check my blog and when he could call, we'd talk about what he had read.

Of course, the six months we were told this would carry on turned into 18 months. I finally knew that we all needed to be together as a family. The Man and I needed it and, most of all, the kids needed it.

We moved to Georgia in June of 2006. The Edge became my way of keeping my family (and his) up to date. We were alone in this town....but we were a family.

I love writing. I love words and using them. Big words. Little words. I love it. To me, blogging is the best of both worlds. I get to share what a crazy wonderful family I have while satisfying my need to write. I write how I talk (for the most part). If you were to meet me in person (and quite a few of you have!)? You'd would know without a doubt that's a true statement.

538 posts later, here we are. I'm glad you come to visit and I am so in awe of the blogging community. I've met a few fellow bloggers in person, become Email Pals with a few, text buddies with some more, yahoo chatters in some capacity with a hand full, and facebook gaming friends with even more. As a group, we laugh together, cry together, listen to vents, vent our own selves, and offer support without hesitation. Technology may be advancing at an alarming rate, but the human need for a closer contact and understanding still prevails and we, the humans, will find a way to do that. I encourage everyone to blog because what's life if we don't share it? Whatever you're going through? Someone has been there already. Whatever is going on? Someone may need you to walk with them down the same path. You may, in some capacity, help a total stranger and never even know it.

The upcoming year promises to be interesting in this family. I invite you to hang around and be nosy as all get out about it.

Happy Blogoversary to me. Here's to another 4 years of Edge goodness!
Image courtesy of Yahoo images. Isn't it cute!


Krys72599 said...

Happy Blogoversary to you!
I'm so happy that you started this blog - or we never would have "met."
And I know, somehow, in some state, at some time, we're going to meet for coffee in person!

Victoria said...

WOO HOO Happy Blogoversary to you! I just have to tell you I get a kick out of reading your Blog! You really are a hoot and I mean that in the most loving way possible! ;)


Lishak said...

Wow! 4 whole years! Happy Blogoversary! I'd love to see you again while I'm in GA this time. We'll definitely have to get together before your DH retires. :)

Jill AKA busymom said...

Happy Blogaversary to you Ms Hope:)

It's funny because I started blogging due to a sea tour also...I just had to have somewhere to say all the things I wanted to say...what I was going through and writing help me make through!

Jill AKA busymom said...

LOL Its very early here...writing helped me make it through:)

Anonymous said...

Happy Blogoversary, nice blog you have here. 4 years is a long time in bloggy terms. And what a cool motive for starting a blog, being ex-mil, I can understand that.


The family said...

HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY! I am Sooo glad that you did. You and your blog have become dear friends to me. I can't wait to be neighbors (positive thinking)

Roni said...

Happy Blogoversary Hope!! Kepp it going!

Teena in Toronto said...

Happy blogoversary!

Sam, Missy and Alex said...

Happy Blogoversary!

I became addicted to you well over a year ago and I love your blog!

I wish you many more years!!!

Much love to ya!

I Am Boymom said...

Woot! Happy late Blogoversary, I just had my first on the 8th! I love your blog and am so glad that I found you and have gotten to know you a little bit. I love your honesty and candor, and I have so enjoyed getting to know your family a little bit thorugh your musings. You are my Hope, Miss Hope. Stop by this week, I'm gonna try to do some prizes fro my Blogoversary Party!

Busy Texas Dee said...

I don't read your blogs everyday, because as you know I have three kids of my own. But when I do read them I love knowing about what is going on with my brother's family. I know for the most part this and by instant messaging are the only ways we can keep up with our families. I do enjoy talking to you but I know that isn't always going to happen. We get interrupted to much. Ha Ha I wonder why? So until we can get together and see how much our kids have grown then I guess this is what we have to do. So keep up the blogging and I will do my best to keep you posted as well. Love you all.