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May 14, 2014

One Year

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I can hardly believe a year has already passed since hitting "publish" for the first time.  When I started my blog, I really didn't think I would make it this far. With homeschooling, homesteading, and ten youngsters keeping me on my toes, I didn't think I would actually be able to keep up with the rigors of blogging. I hoped that I would and was willing to give it my best shot, but I didn't have a lot of faith that I would actually be able to do it, but here we are exactly one year later, and I'm still snapping pictures and typing away.  It has been interesting browsing past posts and seeing how Front Forty Farm has evolved and is still in the process of becoming something that feels like home, something that gives my readers the feeling of a shared cup of tea with me.


I'm a shy person and actually quite private, so I think it was surprising to Hubby when I made the decision to publish that first post.  He had said to me many times before, "You should write a blog...you should blog about this...what a great blog post this would make..."  I always kind of laughed it off and said, "Me?  Blog? I don't think so.  I could never share publicly like that." I am, however, so glad I that I took Hubby's advice and started sharing in my little corner of the great, worldwide Internet. The process has been slow, and for some time very few came to visit, and nobody commented. I kept at it, but there were days when I wondered if the time I spent blogging was worth it...if maybe my time would be better spent doing something else, but then I slowly started receiving comments, and each one would be that motivation I needed to keep writing. I'm still very much a novice, but I am so grateful to the faithful readers that come back each day and leave their encouraging notes.  I'm glad I kept up with it and look forward to continuing.  I now have a neat little journal of the year's events...mostly of the small things, things that would so easily be forgotten.  I can look back through my archives and see a snapshot of a particular day, a week, a month, look at the items I created, and see the changes in my home and yard. I noticed that last year on this date the apple trees were full of leaves and blossoms, but this year the trees are bare except for their swollen buds.  I take pleasure in the small things and like remembering the tiny details of our lives, and blogging has helped me keep those memories close at hand. 

I have also had the wonderful opportunity of connecting with some lovely people through this blogging experience and have made friends that I look forward to getting to know better as time goes by.  I want to thank all those that have come to visit and have made my blogging experience, in my eyes, a success.



27 comments:

  1. Congratulations on your first year of blogging Emily. I'm so glad that you did press that button. If you hadn't I would never have met you. I love the way you've recapped your year. It is an amazing record of family life to look back on. I too wonder how you manage to do it with all the other things that you do.
    I hope that you continue to write for many years to come. Thank you for share these snippets of your life with us.
    debx

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    1. I'm so glad that I pushed that button too, Deb. I've really enjoyed your blog and getting to know you. Thank you so much for taking the time each day to stop by and leave such encouraging comments.

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  2. Happy Blogiversary! A few days ago I was looking up that Village frock I still want to make, when I realized it had been almost a year for your blog, I can't believe how fast it went! I love your year end collages. I wish blogging was around when my older kids were little, I find it so much nicer for storing away memories than my failed attempts at "baby books"! I can't wait to see what your next year of blogging brings!

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    1. Isn't it a great way to store those memories?!?! It's such fun to look back. Little #9 has almost outgrown her Village frock, and I am planning to make another soon.

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  3. Thank you for overcoming your shyness to share a "window" into your lovely family. It has been delightful.
    I can tell you are a person who values people and is investing into the dear ones God has loaned to you. What an honor to get to know you! Looking forward to future "visits" with you. Keep it up!

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    1. Thank you, Kim, for you sweet comment. I'm so happy that you stopped by.

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  4. I started reading your blog months ago, some how I found you through Small Things. I enjoy your beautiful farm, family and fun ideas. I even cried with you when your cat died! (I'm very attached to mine). Thanks for sharing, I always enjoy my coffee with you. You are the kind of gal I wish was my neighbor!
    Melanie in Idaho

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    1. Thanks, Melanie, for your sweet comment and coming to visit while you drink your coffee.

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  5. I love your blog! I hope you continue to share more of your part of the world.

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    1. Thank-you, Isabella for stopping by.

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  6. Congratulations! Thanks for sharing little glimpses of your life with us. xo

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    1. Thanks, Kim. I always enjoy your comments.

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  7. A year does pass so quickly doesn't it? I agree on the remembering the little things and I love to read back on what we did when, the words bringing the pictures back to my head. Here's to many more years!

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    1. People used to always tell me when I started having children to savour every moment because the years go by in the blink of an eye...I see what they meant now. Thanks for stopping by I always enjoy your input.

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  8. Happy One Year Birthday Emily! Your blog is lovely. The collages are full of beautiful pictures, moments from your life and home. I look forward to sharing another year with you!

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    1. Thank you for faithfully coming by, Katie. I have enjoyed watching your little one grow over this past year as well.

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  9. I am so glad that I recently found your blog. It has become one of my favorites. Congratulations on your one year anniversary.

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    1. Thanks so much for taking the time to comment. It's a pleasure to have you stop by. I do hope you continue to visit.

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  10. Beautiful collages, I'm very glad you took the plunge, it's been lovely to have a little window on to your life over the past months. Looking forward to the next year.

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    1. It's been lovely getting to know you better over the past few months. Thanks so much for faitthfully stopping by.

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  11. Emily,
    Happy one year of blogging !!!!!!!!
    It's hard to believe I have been following you for a year. Even though I don't comment very much, I visit your site daily. I consider myself a regular.
    Thank you for sharing a piece of your life, your insights and your talent with us.
    Here's to many more years of blogging,
    Vanessa

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    1. Thank-you, Vanessa, for faithfully following me for a year. I'm so glad you let me know...it's such an encouragment when I hear from my readers.

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  12. I would like to take this opportunity to say "hello!" from Sweden. I've been reading your blog for a while (I believe I found it through Knitsofacto?), and I like it very much. I love the way blogging let you visit people in other parts of the world, seeing the differences but also the similarities. Thank you for inviting us!

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    1. I'm so happy to "meet" you, Irene. I am happy that you took the opportunity to "introduce" your self. One of my favorite things about blogging is that it opens up a whole world of meeting new people and friends. I too enjoy seeing the differences and similarites of those living in other parts of the world. Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to say "hello".

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  13. Happy bloggy birthday! I hadn't realised you'd been blogging for such a short time when I first found my way here ... you're a natural and your blog is already a firm favourite. I'm behind with all the blogs I read at the moment after a few really busy weeks but it's been lovely to catch up here. You are an inspiration with the amount you manage to do, four children kept me busy enough! Here's to your continued success in year 2 x

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    1. Thank you, Annie, for your kind words. I'm so glad that we have found each other through the world of blogging...Knitsofacto has become one of my firm favorites as well. :)

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    2. Thank you, Annie, for your kind words. I'm so glad that we have found each other through the world of blogging...Knitsofacto has become one of my firm favorites as well. :)

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