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!
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