Monday, August 3, 2015

This Little Blog Turns Three!

That's right...it has been three years since I hit "Publish" on the first post on this little old blog. I did it knowing nothing about blogging, other than the fact that I had enjoyed reading a few other blogs for a few years prior. I didn't know what I would blog about, or how to photograph something well, or how to link or change my background. Three years later, I don't know a whole lot more, but I do know that I am glad I jumped in and started. When people ask my why I blog...I tell them it is kind of like an online scrapbook. It is a way for me to look back and remember the important and the mundane...the holidays and ordinary days...the times that pass quickly and without fanfare.

It is also a ticket...a ticket for me to visit places and people and homes and families that I otherwise would never have the chance to see and to know. I have made amazing friends here...friends who inspire me and pray for me and encourage me to be a better woman, wife, mother, teacher, Catholic, and friend. I gained the inspiration and confidence to homeschool our children thorough my Blog friends...I learned how to take better pictures, and have exchanged delicious recipes here. I have found a peace in my heart knowing that there are other women out there who share my love of all things home and family. And for all these things...I am thankful.

But enough about me! Birthdays are times to celebrate...and celebrate we shall! If you have read this blog for any period of time, you know my love holidays...and my love of fall and Halloween. To thank you all for sharing your lives with me, I am giving away a small token of my appreciation in celebration of three Bloggy years! If you would like to enter for a chance to win these cute and festive Halloween pillows and a very amazing scented Yankee candle, just let me know down below. We will draw a name from all entries received by midnight on Wednesday, August 5, and I will post the winner's name on Thursday.

So once again...thanks for reading...and if any of you are thinking about possibly starting your own blog...my advice? Jump right in! : )


27 comments:

  1. Happy Anniversary! Your blog is one of my favs. Keep going strong!

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  2. Yeah for blogging birthdays! Keep on doing a terrific job. I always like stopping by your neck of the woods! You can most certainly enter my name in your prize drawing :)

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  3. I hope you know how much I enjoy your blog! Always a treat for me when I see you have a new post. You are a great long-distance blogging friend and I hope we meet in person one day. I have met the nicest people in blog land. I love your cute give-away items! Please enter my name in your contest. Thanks for blogging. So glad you are here! Have a great week

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  4. I love visiting here. Your thoughts today are ones that echo my own. I'm pretty sure you were my first blog friend and I have been so grateful for your encouragement over the last few years. Congratulations on 3 years. Keep 'em coming.

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  5. OHHHHHHHHHHH PICK ME, PICK ME, PICK ME (squealing like a child, LOLOL)---

    Happy blogversary---I am so happy to have met you while blogging...you and your family are just precious, Billie Joe. Blessings

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  6. This is so thoughtful of you to offer. I almost never comment, but you should know that your blog inspires me in my homemaking and mothering. I love the way you all take time to relax and enjoy each other, it reminds me that sometimes the chores and to-do's can wait. God bless you, Billie Jo!

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  7. Happy Anniversary, Billie Jo! Doesn't the time just fly by? Please do enter my name in for your drawing! That pillow is adorable! and Yankee Candle to boot!

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  8. Happy Bloggy Birthday to one of my favorite people on the internet!! I would love a chance to win Halloween things! I was just thinking about costumes today and picking out what the kids will be. :)

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  9. I always enjoy coming to your blog. You are a wonderful Mother, and your children are growing up to be intelligent, well behaved and responsible folks, all because of you and your hubby. You love celebrating holidays like we do, so we at least have that in common. I am twice your age, and my children grown, married and allow me to enjoy my grandchildren now. Blessings to you and yours.

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  10. Dear Billie Jo ... Happy 3 Years of Blogging. I too, cherish the friendships of those who share their love of family and love being keepers of their homes. Such precious friendships. Blessings & Hugs ♥ Teri

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  11. I'm so ready for the smell of pumpkin spice and all the other aromas of Fall. At first blogging was a way of expressing my grief after my parents died, then it became an avenue to deal with depression, then it became a display of my vignettes, and now it is just a hodge podge of them all-now especially the grands. I found recently that you can make a book of your posts. You should do that someday for your chidlren.

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  12. I enjoy reading your blog and am glad to know there are other families out there who value their home life as much as mine does! The fall pillow and candle would be very cute in our home!

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  13. Happy blog birthday Billie Jo! I'm so glad I found you on here! Your blog and IG inspire me everyday!!! ♥♥♥

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  14. Hi Billie Jo!

    Three years is a long time, and I agree with you, it is a ticket to so many new places, and such a great way to make new friends... :0) I love the sweet, laid-back, family centered feel of your blog, it makes me smile every time I read it!!

    Hugs,
    Barb

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  15. Happy blog birthday, you are an inspiration. Here's to many more years of happy blogging.

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  16. Happy Blogaversary!!!! I hope that you enjoy many more years of blogging. I am fairly new to your blog, but I do enjoy it a lot! Please don't enter me, not because I would not love to win or because it isn't a lovely prize, but sending a yankee candle all that way would cost you a fortune! xx

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  17. Happy happy blog birthday! So happy I found yours and get a little peak in at your life and your sweet family! Love Halloween too! Hope you have some cake to celebrate your bloggy birthday!

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  18. Happy Anniversary to ACET!! I feel so blessed to have found you Billie Jo. I love your blog so much and love our "time" together. Congrats to you & please keep blogging forever!! Xoxo

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  19. Happy blog anniversary! I always enjoy stopping by your blog for the holiday celebrations, sage mothering advice, and fun household decorations :)

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  20. What a great summary of why you blog! You're so right - it is like a ticket to visit other parts of the country and world from the perspective of moms just like us! :)

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  21. After decluttering a TON to list our home, I don't want to be added to the giveaway, but wanted to say:
    YAY FOR BILLIE JO!!!

    I love blogging for the same reasons!
    You are a blessing to all who come visit here!

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  22. I love your blog and Instagram account. I look forward to your daily posts that celebrate home, family and faith. Your celebration of "ordinary days" gives me such joy and encouragement and lifts up my spirit that there are others who value family life in the same light. Thank you, I feel so blessed to have found your blog. Congratulations on your blog anniversary and many many more years.

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  23. Hi Billie Joe!! I have read your blog for about two years now and went back and read the previous year. I LOVE it!!! Even though we live close, it keeps me in touch with you and your beautiful family! I think I could eat with you guys EVERY day!! Thank you so much! Love your country home, and all your decorating! You are blessed old friend!

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  24. Happy blog anniversary!!! I started in 2010 and wouldn't change a thing. Met so many wonderful people, truly a blessing to me :-) Hope you continue for many more years to come!

    Blessings,
    Jill

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  25. Happy belated blogging anniversary Billie Jo! Sorry I didn't get over here sooner to wish you well. I love your blog and always feel uplifted after I leave here. Thanks for all your encouragement and support through the years as well. God Bless!

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  27. I can't imagine if you never started to blog... just can't imagine... where would I be? Too sad to think about... let's just say... I'm glad you're here.

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