I decided that, in honor of four years of blogging, I would go back to see if I could find any of my old friends and introduce you.
My sisters, Geri, Mary, Judy, and Michelle (and friend, Kandee) have been big supporters from the start (Thanks, Girls :) (Even though Michelle told me I "sucked," I let her keep reading.)
Most of my original commenters were bloggers, and most of them haven't blogged in years. "Princess Pointful," "Mama of a Whole Lot of Drama" and I cheered each other on for a long time, but I guess they moved on.
I found Sherrie, who lost her dear mom a few months back and wrote about it on her blog (which she hadn't been to in a while). She's a real sweetheart. Sherrie, you were there when no one else was :) Thanks. Jax, too (of MomMom's Rant) last posted (in 2009) about losing her mom. I can only imagine how tough that must be.
Green Girl in Wisconsin is still blogging! Her header is a charming Wisconsin scene. A Novel Woman is also blogging regularly and still has a familiar little photo of her child-self on her site. I enjoyed checking in tonight.
That brings me to Angie, of John Deere Mom, my longest-lasting blogging friendship (of almost four years). She's got one of the cutest blog headers on the Internet and still keeps in touch now and then. Her best friend, Debbie (also a teacher), hails from Finding Normal and continues to search for "normal," having recently moved eight hours away from Angie :( Thanks, Girls, for supporting me :)
I also cannot forget Meno, whose blog I still love (Yes, Meno, even though you "used to be funny."). Meno is showing class and strength as she goes through a tough divorce. She has a unique sense of humor that I've adored ever since I met her via Cre8Buzz. Thanks, Meno.
That brings me through my first blogging year (or the fact that it's 10:45pm and I should be in bed). What about you? If you're a blogger, when's the last time you went back and visited your early-adopters (or at least early blog-foster parents? (If you're a new blogger, welcome! :)
Let's all raise our glasses and celebrate the gift that is friendship. As I read on a post that I will be linking up on Saturday...
Our friends are the hands of God here on earth.
And for you, I am grateful.