A Year of Blogging // #lifeasafamiLee Turns One!

Dear friends,

Who else feels like it was just the end of March a moment ago, and now we are already heading into the end of April?

It’s been busy, but I’m not sure why.  The last few weeks have been filled with lots of little, normal, everyday events mixed in with some bigger, life-changing, happy and some not-so-happy news from family and friends.

In the midst of it all, this blog quietly turned one…on April 16th, to be exact.

I had no idea when I published my first post, that a year (plus a few days) later, this is what the blog would look like.

Well…to be frank, I’m not quite sure yet what “this” means.  But I do know that when I started Life as a FamiLee, I thought it would just be a little way to stay connected with the many friends and family we have all over the world.  I would post about our new life in Kansas City, show some pictures from our wedding, maybe talk a little bit about the adventure that is the first year of marriage, etc. etc.

But I had no idea that as I started blogging, I would rediscover old dreams.  I would not only connect with our friends and family in deeper ways, but also get to know a HUGE, entirely-new-to-me blogging world, full of inspiring writers and new friends.

Some of my most favorite posts to write were about our love story – found here, here, and here – and not surprisingly, they were some of your favorite posts to read about as well. 😉

But there were some others posts that I just wrote for fun – like this one about how we renovated our basement – and others I wrote that came from a deeply personal place – like this letter to my daddy – that received lots of traffic from you all out there in the interwebs.  It’s intriguing to realize what people connect with in our day and age.  I’m guessing many of us have caught the DIY bug or watch lots of HGTV.  And maybe there’s something about having a meaningful relationship with our fathers that we can’t quite articulate, but our hearts respond to in some way.

And when I wrote this letter to the man I thought I wanted to marry back around Valentine’s Day (really, just as a fun, “whatever” post), I had no idea that it would garner over 700 views within 24 hours!  I know those are small stats for other blogs, but for me, all I was thinking was, “Who are these 700+ people out there in the world?!  It would be SO cool to meet them all!”

I’m not sure what’s to come for this blog.  Yes, I can be strategic, create a plan to increase hits and stats and views, have editorial content planned for the next six weeks, etc. etc.  But I’m finding that life doesn’t always go as planned.  And it actually takes a lot of courage to write about some of the things swirling in my heart and taking form in my mind.

There’s a lot I want to talk about in this next year.  Like…what it’s like to be a pastor’s wife.  How year two of marriage differs in so many slight shades from year one.  The fact that the Midwest has been such a healing balm to my busy, busy soul.  Our journey on starting a family (which, hold your horses friends, we’re still at the beginning of it!).

Most importantly, I want to continue writing about Truth.  About how a loving God in all His mercy can truly bring redemption to broken lives and shattered dreams such as mine…and yours.

Who knows what this next year will bring for all of us?  But no matter what joys, surprises, and new discoveries we may face, know that you are a part of this famiLee. 🙂  So, thank you. Thank you for reading along and sharing in this journey of ours.  We wouldn’t be here without you.

Love,

The Lee’s

Photo credit: Lívia Cristina via Foter.com / CC BY-NC-ND

 

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6 thoughts on “A Year of Blogging // #lifeasafamiLee Turns One!

  1. Catherine Wade says:

    Your blog is such a lovely way for me to stay connected. No matter what you write, I enjoy it. Your writing is like have a conversation with you. I always feel the love and caring person that you are. At times, you move me to tears and at others I am so uplifted. Miss you and hope you write again soon.

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    • Stacey says:

      Catherine, you’re just the best 🙂 Thank you for your heartfelt encouragement…it keeps me writing and connecting with those I love. Miss you lots! Give everyone in the office a hug for me! 🙂

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  2. Debra says:

    A year already, Stacey? I can hardly believe that. And 700 views on any post, let alone in a short period of time, is HUGE! The blogs I most enjoy reading are ones where the author is sharing what’s important to them at any time. It’s about connecting, and I think the most satisfying experience is when you find that groove without a lot of “hustling” to attract the readers. You’re authentic, and it comes through! I always look forward to what yo have to share, so do keep writing, my very busy friend! ox

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    • Stacey says:

      Debra – thank you! It means a lot from you to hear your encouragement! Yes, I don’t enjoy the “hustling” concept behind blogging which I know is a part of the territory for those who are operating their blog as a part of their business (which I definitely understand). I’m starting to find that groove…or at least I’m following the trail of that groove! Haha! Happy to share in this blogging journey with you…sending you much love from the Midwest! xoxo

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  3. Judy Hutchinson says:

    I do so love your posts my dear.. I read them all… J Judy

    *From:* life as a famiLee [mailto:comment-reply@wordpress.com] *Sent:* Wednesday, April 20, 2016 11:56 AM *To:* jhutchinson@apu.edu *Subject:* [New post] A Year of Blogging // #lifeasafamiLee Turns One!

    Stacey posted: “Dear friends, Who else feels like it was just the end of March a moment ago, and now we are already heading into the end of April? It’s been busy, but I’m not sure why. The last few weeks have been filled with lots of little, normal, everyday events mi”

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