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Photo Credit: my Facebook newsfeed
A year later I can confirm that, while still small, this community is so very supportive and has welcomed me with open arms. A year later I can also confirm that knowing that people read my words has been a source of accountability, because it forces me to deal with the tough stuff.
When I started this blog, I did it for me. I figured that a few people might stumble across it eventually, but never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that I would get 12,836 page views from all over the world. I never dreamt that I would get 100, or 1000, or 10,000. This blows my mind.
My writing isn't the greatest and most of my posts have multiple typos, but this is partially by design. For the most part I sit and write and punch "publish" without much editing because sometimes I second guess myself. I worry if people will judge me or think I'm crazy or whatever. So before I lose the courage, I post. It's what I need to do right now. Maybe at some point I'll get past this, and if not, that's ok.
I'm really terrible with this sentimental stuff. Writing it out has been so difficult but so cathartic. I've grown so much in those 92 posts. All 624 comments have been read and most responded to. It means so much to know that people cared about me enough to read my posts and make a comment. I do not have words to adequately express my gratitude.
Since starting this blog, my husband and I survived our first holiday season knowing that we'd never have our own kids and it turned out to be wonderful, I survived the pregnancies of two sisters and the births of two nieces, I suffered a painful casualty of infertility when I lost a really good friend, I made the impossible decision to get an IUD, I survived Mothers' Day and Father's Day, I turned another year older and celebrated my first birthday where I new for sure there wouldn't be a pregnancy or baby by my next birthday, and so many things in between.
I sense that there's going to be a few rough months ahead with my sister's recent pregnancy announcement so I will really need this space. I'm so much stronger and in a better place than I was this time last year, and this is in no small part to every person who reads this blog.