Reason to Celebrate!

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This month I’m celebrating a BIG anniversary. SIX WHOLE months of consistently putting my fingers to the keys and putting myself out there. Chasing freedom with every word. Following a pinky promise I made to my Mama to write. To push past fears. To swallow pride whole and just write. For an audience of One, in hopes that maybe just one woman would be encouraged along with me.

Half of a year may not seem like long to you, but it sure feels like eons to me. Like the way time droned on in grade school. Months, years, were BIG deals back then. And how about when you “dated” a boy in junior high and celebrated your “anniversary” of “going together?”

I’m a child of the 80’s and 90’s, so that’s the lingo we used. And we didn’t actually “go” anywhere. Except maybe to the movies or the roller rink. But I sure remember celebrating my whopping THREE MONTH ANNIVERSARY with my 8th grade boyfriend, who now just happens to be my husband and my lifetime love.

It WAS a BIG deal, capped off with some couples’ skating, indoor fireworks, and a snail-mail Hallmark card enclosed with, hold your breath, wait for it–his football picture–of him clad in shoulder pads and braces, given to me to frame and keep, like, FOREVER!

That’s how I feel right now, for my “six month anniversary” of sorts. Smiling as big and wide as his sweet little brace face that I still keep in my 8th grade scrapbook. Only now I’m scrapbooking a blog. Taking the scraps of life, the leftovers and do-overs, and even the torn pieces, and handing them all over to God.

Looking up to the One who saves and keeps every last one, then renews and reuses them for my good and His glory. Helping me paste them on the pages of a well-worn life for others to see. For my little girls and my guy, for women like you and me, and for my Mom. Oh, how I hope she’s reading these pages from Heaven.

And a fellow blogger and friend just gave me something else to celebrate and glue right here on this post, and I can’t thank her enough. Paige at Tales from the Laundry Room gave me her top spot and nominated me for an inspirational blogger award. I’m so blessed to write, arm-in-arm, and heart-to-heart with amazing women like her.

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To accept it, I’ve gotta follow the rules: (which is fairly easy for a recovering, people-pleasing rule follower like me. 🙂

1. Display the Award on your Blog.

2. Announce your win with a blog post and thank the Blogger who awarded you.

3. Present 10 deserving Bloggers with the Award, paying it forward.

4. Link your awardees in the post and let them know of their being awarded with a comment (or a pingback).

5. Include an embedded video of your current favorite song (YouTube has almost everything, just copy and paste the link into youreditor). If a video is not possible, you can embed a SoundCloud track.

Wish I could list more, but my 10 are:

Angie at angieryg.com

Bonnie at bonniejwallace.org

Jo Ann at JoAnnFore.com

Karina at forhisnameandhisrenown.wordpress.com

Kathy at Cornerstoneconfessions.com

Lindsey at LindseyPBrackett.com

Michelle at MichelleLazerk.com

Rachel at RachelWojo.com

Renee at ReneeRobinson.com

Twila at gottatellsomebody.com

They’re inspiring writers who point to the ONE name that matters, which brings me to a favorite song.  It’ll make you want to sing, dance, and celebrate! And based on my prior post, you know I can’t sing. But since you can’t hear me, and I can’t hear you, let’s press play and belt it out together.

The Only Name–by Bid Daddy Weave:

Then in the comments, share what God’s given you to celebrate. And I’d be so blessed if you would scroll to the bottom or hop over to the sidebar and input your email to receive my weekly blog posts. I hope to bless you right back!

2 thoughts on “Reason to Celebrate!

  1. HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY Christie! I’m so proud of you and know that your momma would be proud too. She always was. Know that you inspire and encourage more than just one woman by putting your thoughts to keystrokes in a public domain. I know how hard it is to be vulnerable and real out of fear, but I for one and glad that you are using your God-gifted voice to inspire. Your words have come at just the right time for me. Honestly, the start of your blog came at the right time – almost like it was ordained from above.

    I remember that 8th grade 3 month anniversary and the many talks about your now husband. God had a very specific plan for your life and I am blessed that I was able to be a part of some of those pieces in our adolescent days and now to be able to see how HE weaved together each event, detour, etc. to bring you to where you are now.

    PS – I want to know more about this writing conference you went to awhile back.

    • I don’t know how I missed replying to this comment–but it’s worth grabbing my mental scrapbook scissors, cutting it out, and pasting it to my heart–FOREVER! 🙂 LOVE it and you. And I’m pretty sure you made my mom nod & smile from Heaven. 🙂

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