With all of the hiking antics and recovery of last week I failed to mark and acknowledge in some way that my blog turned 1! AHHHHHHHHH I cannot believed I have been blogging for a whole year – its nuts! Its had several “re vamps”, increased in following, been short listed for an award and connected me with amazing people all over the world. THANK YOU to all of my followers old and new, without you reading, liking and commenting, I would have no audience to share it all with so thank you!
I still feel like a little newbie blogger, though after a year I don’t think I am anymore? I still don’t really get the whole code thing and still mastering some social media sites that blogging has led me to use more, but over all I absolutely LOVE to write it, share our story and record the highs and lows of our roller coaster life. I love the people it has connected me with, blogs I have found that say it so perfectly they could’ve taken it from my heart and I generally love the online banter.
Its quite emotional to think that when I set my blog up it was to share Poppy’s journey and our struggles to come to terms with her diagnosis and battles and journey for care. I am tearful to think that it has meant so many got to know a baby they never met and that her legacy can live on through my words and experiences.
I love how it has evolved to a place where I can openly share the lows, raw emotions and heartache of loosing my baby and hopefully teach others how it feels to be on this road. I love how it has also become a reflection of our crazy, beautiful and fun family life. I feel weird to say “Im a blogger” but I am and I love to blog – it is my most favourite new hobby. It may or may not in the future lead to work, opportunities, experiences or whatever else “professional bloggers” do and whilst I do not rule those things out it is not my main goal and focus or reasons for blogging. If blogging leads me to that I will (if it feels right) jump on it im sure, but right now it makes me happy to share our life with the world, have a place my kids can see a true record of their childhood with all of the feelings, emotions and adventures captured in one spot and writing it down is helping me heal, deal with and accept what has happened. I write and capture our story, I share our emotions and all angles of our family life and if anyone wants to jump on board they are most welcome – but either way, despite the tough, painful days we are living the dream!
Here are some of my favourite posts from the last year that give a good overview and insights to our journey and the themes that run through my blog:
Sprinkles of Joy
Fighting for change
Blankets of Love
Still A Birth
The beareaved Mother
A world of my own
Why im hating Christmas
Adventures in Prague
Thoughts on being an Earth Mum
The negative side of a positive test
My 2 little playmates
Look far we’ve come
In celebration of my blogs 1st birthday I would love to give one lucky reader a very happy (un)birthday pressie and make your life a little more “hearty”! Iv’e chosen a few things that make me happy to brighten your summers day so …Just enter below for your chance to win my fave summer scent “pink grapefruit” from The Body Shop (Body scrub, shower gel and body sorbet), 2 pouches of chocolate (because lets face it – choc is whats helped me survive all this) and a mini “Pain au raisin” Yankee candle – Everything you need to unwind and feel good (just click on the rafflecopter link below)!!! Thanks for following and thanks for supporting 🙂 xxx
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