About a week ago, I happened to notice my blog post count. It’s not something I’ve watched since around number 500 or so. So imagine my surprise when I saw the number and then counted on my fingers to discover that I would hit Post 1000 tonight.
This is post 1000.
I’m smiling at the timing of this. This, if you will pardon me, momentous occasion. I set out in April of 2013 to write. Everyday. I thought maybe six months would suit, proving to myself I could stick with something. But something unexpected happened–it became a habit. One I grew to depend on. A companion every evening, with whom I would sit down and share my thoughts or stories or woes. There were a few evenings I would have rather been left alone, but I pushed through and my soul was better for it.
This has been good for my soul.
So after the six month mark, I continued, and then one year and two and two and a half, and now…..1000.
I have loved sharing my stories because in doing so, many of you have shared yours with me. Stories are the very fibers of our lives, and I thrive upon them. I love to sit and hear folks’ stories, just as I enjoy sharing mine. When we listen, we learn and one of the most important things we learn is that we are more alike than not. WE. ARE. ALL. CONNECTED.
And so it is that the timing of this is so perfect. For the first time in 103 days, all of the ones I am most connected to are all under one roof. The Fella, who has been away for work for all this time, is home. Home! (The fact that I bought a special bag of sweet potato chips just for him might tell you how excited I am.) My Aub is finishing up the semester and tucked away in her room HERE studying. Home! I don’t dare interrupt, but knowing my girl who is one of my dearest friends is right here warms my heart. All of my people. Home.
I have big things going on–good things and wonderful things and challenging things. I have a project that I’m going to put some loving hands to. I have a coffee shop that I and others who love it are working to save. I have a family who would probably like to eat something other than yogurt and blueberries or chicken wraps or cheese quesadillas for supper. (Not that those are leaving the menu entirely, just so y’all know.) In this season of chaos and all the busy things–good things–I seek a time of Advent. Of preparation. My soul craves it.
During this season of Advent and reconnecting and rebuilding and recreating and remembering, I’m going to change things up a little bit. Some days will be writing and sharing stories, but some days it will be 1000 words. As in a picture is worth a…..
I’m no photographer by any means, but there are moments and things during the day that touch my heart, and I look forward to sharing those with you.
Tonight I am thankful for all of you–my friends and family and others whom I’ve never formally met who take the time to read the stories, to hear the words, and to feel all the things along with me . For those of you who share my words with others, thank you. I give thanks for the stories you have shared with me which touch my heart and make me laugh or weep or think. Thank you.
And tonight I’m thankful for the Fella being home safe. Where he belongs. Not just because I need someone to tell me Miss Sophie is okay or haul off the recycling or help us move the scarecrow and pumpkins so the nativity can be put up in the yard. Because he is loved and as Cooter put it, “Daddy is one of my shining lights.” I’m thankful this semester is almost over for Aub, who has worked and studied and performed and written and volunteered and made beautiful music. She amazes and inspires me. I look forward to cuddling in front of the fire with my littles and reading stories of Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien and making all the merry memories. I am excited about my project, and I am hopeful for our coffeeshop. Most of all, I’m looking forward to quieting my soul and listening. Listening to hear the whispered stories of my past and the story of where I am meant to go, and dreaming of what may come.
Thank you all for sharing the journey. I look forward to continuing onward with you however it may look, sharing the light and love and laughter.
Love to all.