I never managed to celebrate my first blog birthday because I remember being too busy to even think. BUT I really wasn't about to let two years go by without mentioning it at all. You know, two years is something worth celebrating. I can't even stick with the same brand of toothpaste for two years, or car insurance, for that matter. So two years of reading and writing and connecting? You better bet I'm gonna celebrate. (I didn't bake these cupcakes for the blog, but for my niece's first birthday party. Can you say ombre success?! And some said it couldn't be done.) The blog's birthday is actually the 8th of July, but we'll just act like this isn't a belated act of shame.
It's certainly been a great ride. I've met so many incredible people and have finally started to tame the beast that is social media. I'm confidant and headed in the direction to do wonderful things. I appreciate all the sincere comments when I announced the sad news in June. The process of healing hasn't gotten easier, but moving forward and doing the things I love is something Nan would have wanted. She was always so proud and full of love. I appreciate the encouragement and understanding during my absence.
I've been so pleased to share in the growth of other bloggers, and to share my own growth recently, when announcing the opening of the Etsy shop, Scout&Score!, with my boyfriend. We're working on a website with the same name that will feature all the things we enjoy most in life. Slowly but surely we'll be doing much more of what we love and a lot less of what we don't.
I appreciate all the great book recommendations, great discussions and readalong/reading challenge hosts. This blog, and other blogs, have brought my reading back from the depths, and was just what I needed. How awesome does it feel to walk into a book store and know the plot summaries on almost all those new releases sitting on the shelves?! Come on, you know you've considered the feeling before!
Because I can't throw a huge giveaway, or bake goodies and send them your way, please accept my sincere thanks for making blogging so awesome. You guys are the best.