Saturday, April 10, 2010

A Milestone!

Today is my five year Blogoversary. What a great milestone! Thank you to Teena in Toronto for pointing it out to me. I was not even thinking about this anniversary until I got that reminder from Teena on my blackberry as we were leaving Katie's birthday party!

I started this blog on April 10, 2005, which was the month that our dossier was sent to China for Katie Starr. Little did I know that 3 days later, on the other side of the world, our baby was being born. Fate was being played out on two sides of the globe and the end result would change our lives in the best way possible. I hope that our precious Katie Starr Hong Shan feels the same way when she understands her story.

The name of my blog back then was "Journey of a Lifetime" and it truly was. Since then, the blog has morphed into so much more than a diary for a waiting mother; it is a diary our lives , a view into our life as a family and a much needed outlet for me.

Once Katie came home, the blog was renamed "Three and a Highchair" but the addition of Ethan soon changed that name into "Stress is the New Black."

So much has happened in that period of time, for us and for you! My adult son who gave me the present name for this blog (guess he thought I was a tad bit stressed!) has since graduated from The University of Florida, worked awhile, got engaged, married his beautiful wife and is about to graduate from Law School. His little sister Katie Starr has blossomed from a traumatized baby into a beautiful, bright and well adjusted five year old girl and their little brother Ethan is right there with her and continues to amaze us with his resilient personality and kind hearted nature.

We have been through great joy and as life will have it, also great sorrow and it is pretty much all chronicled here. It is a great place to reflect on where we have been and it gives us the clarity to see how we can continue to persevere.

The Blogisphere, which I am a proud member of, has brought me friendships from around the globe. Some of you I have had the honor to meet and sadly, many I have not. One thing is certain though, whether you blog yourself or read along and have never blogged, you are all an important part of this story. Hopefully, one that will continue on for many years to come.

If you want to take a look back at those first few posts in April of 2005 then please click here and enjoy the ride down memory lane. I sure did.


Tammie said...

My how the time passes - at times slowly & at times too fast to believe. Happy 5 year anniversary!

Donna said...

Happy Blogaversary! I've tried to figure out mine but I can't because I kept going back in time and creating posts about significant events that already happened. I think I started blogging around the same time as you though. Hard to believe it was half a decade ago!

Don't you wish we'd discovered blogging years sooner?

Our Blog: Double Happiness!

dawn said...

happy anniversary. five is your lucky number today.
I love going back to the beginning of your blog I do it quite often.
Does that make me a stalker?

Love Letters To China said...

I'm not sure if I ever read the beginning of your blog. I think once I get my computer back and the kids in school, I will take some time to explore. I'm so glad this world of adoption has brought you into my life. I feel like we have known each other forever.

Happy Blogoversary to you my dear friend and to many, many more...



M3 said...

Happy anniversary my friend!! So glad you started this blog and I got to "meet" you.

(PS: When I read this post it reminded me that I TOTALLY forgot to post about my 5-year anniversary. I didn't know that we started blogging around the same time.)

JO said...

I was just talking about how I am pretty sure my Mom's blog is five years old.

Congrats to longevity on the internet, for most give up after a month.

I love you and the voice you put out through your blog.

Love your son and namer of the blog.

Colleen said...

Happy Anniversary Lori!!!!

Life with JJ, Starr and Spice said...

Thank you everyone and a special thank you to my son and blog namer ;-) I love you Mr. J!

Vivian M said...

Happy 5 years!

Jeremiah Daniel said...

Happy five years, and I love the Images you have here, awesome stuff