Today I reached a milestone in my blogging "career". Thanks to Pat at Back Porch Musings for being my 100th follower! It is Ri-Diculous how excited I get with each and every new follower. I remember when I started blogging back in February. I couldn't believe that even 10 people who I had never met, found me interesting enough to want to follow me. Now I'm at 100 and I still can't believe that 10 people I never met find me interesting. All right, I confess, I did do a good amount of asking, er, begging, some of you to follow me. Leaving humiliating comments all over blogland like "please please please follow me, but only if you want." I admit, at times I have felt like Sally Field at the Oscars......."You like me, you really like me!". Pitiful, I know. And as I continue to blog, I know that I will still get that giddy feeling seeing each and every new face on my list. It just never gets old.
If you read my post yesterday, you know that my husband reads my blog and judging from some of your comments I'm on the minority here. Well, apparently, he doesn't just read my posts - he follows my "Followers" list. He knows that Shelia from Note Songs always ends her comments with "be a Sweetie" and that Gloria from Happy To Be does her "happy dance" and even that Susan from Between Naps on the Porch hosts Tablescape Thursday and Metamorphosis Monday, although he does get those days confused from time to time. And when it's that time of the month, he's bold enough to ask "Is today Be a Witch Wednesday"? So when my dear sweet husband called from work this afternoon to see how my day was going, I was a bit surprised. He had already called an hour ago to see how my day was going. But I went along, thinking maybe he was having an early "Senior moment". But when he asked me to go upstairs into our bedroom I started to get a little curious. "Look in my bottom nightstand drawer" he told me. I thought maybe he needed a piece of paper he had written something on. He then said, "Look under my blue notebook". And there, under his blue notebook was evidence of one of the most thoughtful gestures I've ever received.
Knowing I was approaching my 100th Follower, my dear, sweet, wonderful husband had this "award" made for me weeks ago to commemorate the occasion. He knows how important blogging is to me, how important all of you are to me and he's never minimized it or made me feel silly for it in any way. But I had no idea he knew it meant THIS much to me. I've become a different person since I started this "hobby". Like The Nester says, it doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful. I know that now, but only because of all of you. I've learned so much and shared so much and I can't wait to learn and share more.
Ironically, about the same time I started blogging, all of my friends were starting to get on Facebook. I tried it......for a day, and quickly realized it just wasn't for me. And then God brought me to all of you and HE said, "This is where you belong" - and hopefully for a long time. I've seen many fellow bloggers taking "Bloggy Breaks" recently, and I've taken a few myself. It is time consuming and addicting at times. But I know that eventually you'll be back and so will I. And it's great to know that I've been missed and even greater to know that I can pick up right where I left off. So thank you. All of you. You are all so wonderful and such great "friends". Each and every 100 of you!