Friday, January 6, 2012

Why I Love This Blog

On December 26, 2010, I thought of a Christmas 2011 gift for Scott.  (Talk about planning!)  I decided to keep a journal for a year, and I wrote the first entry that night.  It went something like this:

"We're headed into what may be a trying year.  Not necessarily bad but trying.  For the first time in our 4+-year relationship, we're discussing decisions that need to be made out of necessity and not desire.  And just as we always have, we're bound to grow together.  The possibilities are endless which is exciting.  It stirs some anxiety in my currently somewhat heavy heart, but it will be interesting to see where we are in life when I give this to you in a year!"

I knew that 2011 was going to be a big year for us.  I didn't know why or how, but I knew.  Earlier that month, we experienced a lay-off, and we were still trying to figure out our new one-income status.  There were already other plans in the works for the next year, but a lay-off is unsettling, nonetheless.  We quickly learned that the lay-off was a gift in disguise.  Case in point: We could finally get married now that we weren't working in the same department for the same company.  (New HR rule.  Lame.)

I never did finish that journal.  I didn't make it past April.  With working full-time, planning a wedding in four months, and gearing up to move and work in a different state, I probably averaged five hours of sleep per night.  I'll admit that it was a gift more intended for us than him.  I was really looking forward to opening it on Christmas Day and having stories that were probably forgotten from the past year.  A good idea but hard to keep up in a year like ours.

But now I have this blog!  It's convenient, because I can blog on my phone anywhere, anytime.  It's a great way to keep you guys updated, and I often get e-mails and texts referring to something I recently posted.  It will be so fun to read through the past year come August.  So much can happen in a year!  2011 proved that for the Kudias.

Today I am thankful for this blog and that others, if only a small handful, read it.  And there's been a noticeable decrease in hearing "What's new?"  Now it's more like "Good job using the fire extinguisher!"

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