While I took a blogging hiatus, a technological vacation, a digital holiday… my friends have been busily browsing the archives on this site. As I sat down this morning to try and remember why I started this blog back in the start of 2008, the photos throughout the posts really spoke to me. I laughed, cried, and smiled as Josh and I struggled to tame the Georgian jungle, form our very own aviary (quite large and lacking a roof), garden amongst the predacious southern bugs, and prepare for children. I thought you might join me on my walkabout.
Spring of 2008 focused on building animal housing, gardening, and bringing home birds (guineas, chickens, turkeys, ducklings, etc.). I canned quite a bit, Josh had a massive identity crisis and woke up as Steve Irwin — hence the snakes, and I wrote simple living prose in my spare time.
In the summer, we acquired still more chickens and upped the number of cooking posts (Who knew that you guys wanted to see how I cook, bottle, and bake?), and explored country photography. We also (finally) painted the guinea house and began to realize that the guineas would never use the guinea house again (except to perch on top of it and host all night screechy slumber parties).
Late summer of ye old double-ought-eight proved to be a splendid way to gear up for fall — complete with pear pie, the canning of pole beans, the making & freezing of pesto, darning socks, making ice cream, and enjoying the last of lazy hazy days.
As fall crept in, we kept busy with gardening, stalking the chickens (with their various love triangles and ample sass), and exploring cooler weather comfort foods like pasta, eggplant, and pear butter. We also began to have hope that children really were in our future. We’d already experienced some disappointment but were keeping strong.
Finally, in the winter of 2008 — we got our children! From trips to Westville, Friendship bread, cane syrup cake, ginger cookies, Irish Dexters, to knitting patterns… winter carved out some time for blogging and also some miracles. I don’t think that I will ever forget posting “Good Lord be Praised! We Have Children!” and how your comments made me feel. We’ve been through so much together!
When I began this blog, I never imagined how close I would come to feel to you, the readers. I could not possibly have anticipated the love and support you’ve given me. Thank you. You have blessed my life abundantly.
And no… this is not a farewell post. And if you should want to make mosaics of your very own, check out the Mosaic Maker.