Monday, September 29, 2014

Five Years


I've been writing this blog for five years as of yesterday. That's 1/3 of the time I've known Carter Shuffler and I've known him basically forever.

It's funny and telling that when I reflected on five years, my first thought was to think in Carter terms. I think it's an indicator of how I rank this blog. Carter, Ana Claire (& baby lumpkin), my blog. My family. What I love. What I enjoy. My life.

This blog is not a job. I'm not sure I would even call it a hobby. It's just my blog. It's where I document my thoughts. It's where I share bits and pieces of what I like with my friends. I think most blogs evolve and turn into other things but I'm pretty happy with my status quo. When I started this blog, it was an outlet for chit chat and to document goings-on at my house...and I think it's still just that. Which is probably why I still love writing it.

I'm very thankful that I write this blog. I'm proud of it. I'm proud of my commitment. I'm proud that it's a happy place. Nothing heavy. No sirreee. Just pretty things in pretty places with pretty ideas for us to make things more pretty. Because I think your atmosphere influences your person...but that is starting to sound heavy.

Thank YOU. Every time September 28 rolls around, I get very warm and fuzzy when I reflect on the fact that you read my words. You might be new. You might remember my first post. Either way, you spend time with me and for that I am grateful. Because blogging is an exercise in sharing so connecting with you on the other end closes the circle for me. So, thank you.

Though I'm not throwing down with a party as I alluded to last year, I'm still throwing down in my heart. It's full with so many things inclusive of this blog.

Year six will see me as a mother of two (yikes!) and we'll see what else...I can't wait to find out.



  1. And thank you for every post that gives us a pretty moment to enjoy! A labor of love that is much appreciated.

  2. Five years is crazy! It has flown by, and I've loved all of the prettiness! Nice work:)

  3. Congrats, D! I can't believe it's been 5 years already! Very soon (read: when hubs hangs the chandelier), I'll send you a "thanks, AO, for the inspiration" pic of my nursery. It's a (rough) nod to the awesome house of turquoise post you did a few months ago with the fuchsia and mint green.

  4. So proud of you, dear friend...can't wait to follow along for what you'll have to say over the next several years...

  5. Jennifer Dengel9/29/2014

    Daniela, you were the first blogger to publish a glimpse into my work and I am always grateful to you for that...Congrats on 5 years--I admire your joy and commitment!

  6. Congrats dear Daniela, we love having you here!

    The Arts by Karena


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