July 18, 2011

blog bday and a giveaway :)


It's my birthday...my blog's birthday I guess I should say.
Two short years ago, I closed my eyes and hit "publish", having no clue what
this little hobby would lead to.  Approximately 350 posts later, I'm still typing
away, amazed at what a blessing this little piece of the world wide web has been.

Originally started to share a little more of our lives with friends and family,
never guessing what I would learn about myself.
Just to share with you some of the blessings brought fourth by this blogging hobby of mine, I've compiled a list of posts, past and present, that show why I'm in love...
(just click the link below the pic to read the post)


{memories}


My blog has been and still is the virtual scrapbook of all our
school projects, art projects, or just plain ol' projects.
We are a busy crafty family...we've always got something going on.
I love that I can look back on old posts and see fun things we've done...
especially on bad days when I'm wondering, "why I'm homeschooling again?" :)







Blogging has brought out passions in me I didn't know I had...
like taking photos...dropping my point and shoot in the
creek was the best thing that ever happened to me...well sorta.
Buying my first DSLR has shown me a whole new art form,
and blogging has encouraged me to learn more.





Blogging has enriched our homeschooling so much.
Reading other homeschoolers' blogs, meeting others that are crazy enough to do this too, and being encouraged by readers to keep going is such a blessing.


Through blogging, I scrounged together the guts to do something with my creative side and
start my very own online shop.
I have absolutely loved this!
Never would I had guessed that just months later, it would lead to this...





Also through blogging, I realized just how much I loved expressing myself through words.
I always thought I hated writing until I started actually doing it.
I've loved sharing my thoughts and then hearing yours in return.
More blessing....




And last but not least...the friendships! This is the very last thing I thought would ever happen through blogging. But it's lead to friendships both virtual and real-life...and
I so hope to meet a whole list of you someday!

And to show my appreciation for y'all stickin' with me these last few years,
I want to give one of you something sweet from my shop.
Remember this from a few days ago?
Ya want one?

Just leave me a comment and you're signed up!
I'll do the drawing on Wednesday.
And for those that don't want to wait or were eyeing something else in my shop,
feel free to take 30% off everything in my shop this week.
Just use the code: LAFAM2.
This being a reader appreciating giveaway, followers/subscribers are welcome to join in.
If you're not, become one and join in too :)

Thanks so much for helping this little hobby of mine turn into such a blessing.
I so appreciate you reading along.
Have a great Monday.

xo,
{alicia}



45 comments:

Sheri said...

Happy 2 Year Anniversary. Love your blog - so happy that God crossed our paths. p.s. still loving my camera strap :)

Kaylee said...

So fun! I just found your blog a few weeks ago and have been having so much fun following along! Yay for a 2 year blog anniversary :)

underwooddays said...

Congratulations on two years of writing. I found your blog last week and have really enjoyed reading your thoughts on art, homeschooling,family.. I LOVE your thoughts. Keep up the GREAT work.

Heather said...

Happy anniversary, Alicia! I really enjoy reading your blog. Your photos are wonderul, your ideas are so creative, and your family is charming! Thanks for all that you do and all that you share with us!

Anna @ Blissful Whimsy said...

Happy blogs birthday Alicia! I'm os glad you blog :o)

thetwistedruffle said...

congrats alicia! i pretty much feel exactly like heather, you are divine, and your kids are so adorable. the crafts and homeschool ideas you have really give me a kick in the pants! love the banner!!!

Cheryl said...

Hooray for birthdays!! Your blog is so simple and sweet I love reading ! :)

katiez said...

Happy blog anniversary! I would love to win this!!

mysteryhistorymom said...

Congratulations on your blog birthday! I love it and also love that you home school!:) We are kindred spirits! Lori

mominthezoo said...

Hey, Happy Bloggy Birthday! I've been reading your blog for quite some time, this is my first comment. :)

Anne said...

Happy Blog Birthday! I love your blog for the craft ideas. Thanks for the chance to win!

Smallgood said...

Happy anniversary! I hope there are many more to come. Yours is one of my absolute favorite blogs. I draw so much inspiration from it.

My Blessed Serendipity Life said...

Happy bloggy birthday! Blogging is so addictive and rewarding too. I have enjoyed following you. Congrats on your anniversary.

Danielle

Lacey said...

Happy blogaversary! Thanks for having such a great giveaway!

Susie said...

Happy Blog Birthday! I'm really glad you started blogging, we love reading all your updates :-)

{Jordan Anne} said...

Congratulations! :) 2 years is quite a milestone. I enjoy your blog so much, and I'm so thankful for it! :)

Kayla said...

Happy Blog Birthday!! I enjoy reading your blog :-)

Kayla

{Amy} said...

happy two whole years to you, alicia. i am just about to hit two years myself..wish i would have met you when we first started out! thanks for sharing and inspiring all of us!

Sew Country Chick said...

Happy Blog Bday Alicia! Your blog and family are so beautiful and inspiring. I just had my blog b-day too but forgot to mention it. Thanks for sharing.

Jessie May said...

Happy Blog Birthday Alicia! Hope you have many more! I stop by every day and love reading what you're up to and love your pictures. Have a supa dupa day :)

Denise said...

Happy Blog Birthday! You and your blog and so many others have inspired me to continue to write, create, sew and remember my blessings everyday! Thank you!

Jessica Horn said...

Happy blog birthday Alicia! I hope you have many many many more. Love reading it!

Mandy said...

congrats! and thanks for the shot:)

Randi~Dukes and Duchesses said...

Happy blog birthday! I love reading your blog ... it's so real and so fun. I'm so glad I found it! I'll keep my fingers crossed that I win the adorable banner!

Tiffany said...

Happy Birthday! I love reading your blog-- I'm so glad you decided to hit publish! :)

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Congratulations! Your blog is delightful. :D Thanks for being so generous to your readers.

xoxoxxo,
Ricki Jill

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

A sweet giveaway to celebrate two years. Way to go, Alicia.

Fondly,
Glenda

Tara said...

Just found your lovely blog the other day! I've enjoyed reading your posts. Congratulations on your two year anniversary! Blogs are a lot of work and you have done an amazing job!

Tins and Treasures said...

Happy Blog Birthday,
You said it so well, I'm addicted too...so many of the same reasons.

Take care ~Natalie

katygirl said...

yay! i am getting caught up on blogging after being gone for a week. this is so fun! glad we became blog friends. :)

Nichole said...

Congratulations!! I love reading your blog!

Beth said...

Happy birthday to your blog! I just discovered your blog a few months ago in blog hop home tour. Love it & your blog & your shop.

Blissful Blooms said...

Well HAPPY BIRTHDAY my sweet friend! I don't think you will ever quite know all the ways God has used you through your blog, but know that He is. I am so thankful that He brought you and your sweet blog into my life. You have been such an inspiration to me. I think you are absolutely marvelous!

Kelly said...

Oh, I love this banner! Fun giveaway~

sfrediani said...

I am new to your blog and LOVING it! Thanks for taking the time to share your life with so many. I would love to win your beautiful creation as we are starting school in our home next week and it would brighten things up in here for sure!

Biz said...

Signing up for your give away!
Hoping your having a wonderful week!
Be Blessed!
Biz

annalea said...

ooh, i am glad you extended it - completely forgot to put my name in the hat. this was such a sweet look back - and i caught up on more blog history too. :) happy blogiversary!

Jennifer S. said...

Sign me up! I read your blog first :)

Mandi said...

im in!

Becky said...

Happy Birthday! I am glad to be a new follower and can already tell I will be a "regular" on here :)

Holly said...

Well happy blogaversary!! It's fun to celebrate them for sure :) Your blog is so cute and I'm glad you found me so that I could find YOU!

Amy said...

Happy Blog Anniversary! Love stopping by your corner of blogworld.

Sarah - Red Gingham said...

A big happy 2nd blogaversary to you! I'm fairly new to your blog but love what you have to share. It really is wonderful what you end up doing when you begin blogging. Here's to another two years to you!

annemarie said...

I am new here and love your blog. Great giveaway!!

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