You know how you look at your kid or your brother’s kid or your dog or even your car, and you think, “How is it that you are this old already? Where has the time gone?”
And then all the happy memories come flooding back because when we get into reminisce mode, we can only recall the joyful, sweet, darling moments and suddenly, everything about our recollections seem to only be perfect.
This is where I am right now. I’m remembering this:
So many memories. So many hours sitting at this keyboard. So many ideas, challenges, learning curves, flops, and successes.
4,450+ posts. 1,000+ recipes. 124,600+ comments. Thousands and thousands of new friends. Joy beyond measure.
My dear friends,
HeavenlyHomemakers.com is turning 10 years old November 1.
It started with this: My very first blog post. It is so pitiful that I’m giggling at what blogging used to be and how little I knew back in the day. But every adventure starts somewhere. Mine started with a thumbnail picture and a few hesitant words all while I was saying, “Wait. What does this button do?”
My faithful friend Charlene patiently and lovingly taught me everything she could about starting a blog after God gave her the vision and she said to me, “Laura, you know a lot of stuff. You should put it out there for people on a blog.”
Of course I eagerly followed her divinely inspired declaration with, “Oh. What’s a blog?”
But the rest is history.
God opened big doors that day, helping me to discover my love of writing and gifting me with the opportunity to share my love of food and family.
My kids ranged in ages from 2-9 back then.
They loved it that I wanted to share all their fun pictures and daily activities with you.
You’ve watched my boys grow up. You’ve stuck with me as I’ve navigated these waters of parenting boys turning into men.
You celebrated with me when God helped my youngest finally defeat his chronic eczema.
You were there the day my oldest caught up to me and we stood nose-to-nose.
You were there the day his much taller self left for Ecuador.
And the day he graduated from high school.
You’ve walked with me through some of my most challenging days, and many of my flops.
You’ve been my cheerleaders, my sounding board, the ones who have handed me virtual tissues and offered me smiles and hugs. You’ve laughed with me, encouraged me, hung out with me, shared your knowledge with me, and held me accountable.
You’ve met up with me and taught me to love coffee.
How great is our God that He created this wonderful community back in November 2007? While I sure didn’t know what a blog was then, God did. He knew what we all needed and he created it, right here. He’s such a neat, fun, good God. Aren’t we blessed to be so loved by Him?
So here we are, coming up on November 2017.
Mostly, I want to say, “Thank you!!” Thank you, God. Thank you, Readers. Ten years is a long time to stick around, but I’ll venture to say, “We ain’t seen nothin’ yet!”
What might the next ten years bring in this blogging world? Only God knows, but as long as He gives the green light, I’ll be right here with you.
We’re celebrating this ten year blogging victory with something many of you have been requesting for quite some time. I started this project two years ago, eagerly asking for your input as your vote mattered most in this. The timing couldn’t be more perfect as we hit the 10th birthday of HeavenlyHomemakers.com.
It’s a real book, IN PRINT, and you can order it from Amazon right away! It shares the best posts and most popular recipes from 2007 to now. It’s big – 161 pages. It’s chapters share the Best of Times I wrote about:
- Life and of course…
Obviously there had to be a chapter about God being bigger than a free range chicken, how I fended off mean roosters, how I blackened the chicken on our grill, and well, as it all came together it just seemed obvious that we needed a Chicken Chapter.
I can’t wait for this book to be in all of our hands!!!!
There’s more celebration to come in November as we hit the 10 year mark here at Heavenly Homemakers. Watch for the book launch on November 1, a Nutrimill giveaway, and some super secret fun announcements! While we’re waiting for the big day, I’d love to hear:
How long have you been a Heavenly Homemakers reader?
Whether long or short, I hope you all know how much you mean to me. Your part of my journey is a gift, and I love you for making this site what it is. God is good, all the time.