So rumor has it I've been blogging for THREE years now. That seems both crazy and perfectly reasonable at the same time.
This blog has been life-changing in so many ways. Literally, I changed my degree program in grad school because of blogging, which means this little blog will probably indirectly affect where I teach and where we live in the future.
And, of course, like so many others, I've built a whole community of friends through this blog. From coffee dates in Phoenix to staying at blog friends' houses on cross-country road trips, the women I have met via blogging are simply amazing. We've thrown baby showers for each other. We send group texts during labor. We send gifts in the mail and chat via Skype. In fact, Micah and I were talking about who I would have in the delivery room if he happened to be indisposed when I went into labor and I decided it would probably be one of my dear friends who I met through this little blog in the past year.
And, most importantly, this blog has become the sweetest ministry. Even when I've felt a lull with blogging or wonder if it's even worth it to spend my time writing here, I always sense this pull from the Holy Spirit to keep on typing. I have this quiet inner conviction to share God's Word here, and so I do. Whether 10, 100, or 1,000 stop by to read my words, He always uses them for His glory. I cannot tell you how many amazing conversations I've had in person and over email, encouraging women to read the Word, stop church-hopping, commit to Christ, and so on. God's work in this little digital space is nothing short of miraculous.
And so it's been three years and I will keep marching on. I will keep tapping my keys when the Spirit leads and trying to share God's love, grace, and truth with all of you. Often this will happen through sharing Scripture, but I hope you also see evidences of His grace and my joy in Him through funny pictures and stories and recipes and organization tips and whatever happens to be on the blogging agenda that day.
And to thank all of you who have been loyal readers and dear friends over these past three years, I've put together a fun giveaway for you. I wish I could give you all a gift, but since I can't, I will at least bless one of you with the amazingly fun package of goodies below. This is stuff I've gathered together to give to you and some of it is donated by dear blog friends as well!
Honest Company - Face and Body Lotion
Nailtiques Formula 2 and Color Lacquer (These non-toxic nail products are amazing!)
Turquoise stone bracelet from Threads
Rodan + Fields Cleansing Mask and Night Renewing Serum from my amazing rep, Erin Kimbell
Scripture prints from BabEblessings
Cosmetic package from e.l.f. and Stila
Rhinestone Cluster Earrings from Trend Company
a Rafflecopter giveaway
I have been following via Feedly for a few+ months, but I added myself to GFC. Happy Sunday!
I guess I commented pre-maturely! I enjoy posts with a religious tone to them. And I enjoy seeing your journey with pregnancy.
Love you, love your heart and your bloggy blog! You're a funny storyteller!
love day to day posts, nothing fancy!
I read through Bloglovin - I love it as a replacement for Google Reader!
I love your posts about faith. You have a great way of turning everyday occurrences into real and honest ways of challenging readers.
General lifestyle-type posts are my favorite! And I totally agree with you on blogging being a lifechanger!
Congrats on reaching another blogging milestone!!!! I love reading all of your posts, especially maternity/baby, travel, and general happenings in your life. You're words are always positive and uplifting and your light for Christ shines bright. BIG HUGS FOR YOU!!!!
What a great giveaway! I love when you're honest about your pregnancy experiences. You always make me laugh. Can't wait to meet your cute little baby. :)
I love reading your faith based posts, your closet challenges and the Saturday snippets posts! You always find great little links.
I enjoy your posts about teaching, pregnancy and your Saturday Snippets. Can't wait to find out boy or girl and what you named your new little bundle of joy! Praying for a smooth delivery for you and baby. Happy blog-iversary!
I am so glad you keep on typing. There have been SO many times that the Lord has spoken directly to me through your posts, but mostly your wisdom and encouragement. I'm so blessed to have met you on this crazy thing called the internet. Congrats on 3 years! (and here's to hoping my lucky streak of winning your giveaways continues ;)
I just came across your blog this evening and love it!!!! Congrats on 3 years of blogging! i Have a lot of catching up to do lol
Happy Blogiversary! I'm happy to have been following for a while, and I appreciate your honesty and sharing your faith!
Love your blog!
Awesome! What a fun blogiversary! Love your stuff...good luck with the "waddling"!!!!
So glad you've been blogging, Jen! Holy Spirit definitely has used you; don't doubt that! I think it was you who introduced me to She Reads Truth, and I'm very grateful. Keep up the good work! :)
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