April 4, 2014

3 Years of Ultimate Blog Partying

Ultimate Blog Party 2014

When I first stumbled upon the Ultimate Blog Party in the spring of 2012, I was still a bit of a wide-eyed newbie blogger.

I feel that my intro post for 2013 was better than the first. In beginning this post, I noticed that I copied and pasted a few bits from year one to year two....

At first I thought this was tacky and/or lazy of me, but the thing is, those parts are still true for year 3, and I think that's a good thing.

It means I am being consistent and staying true to who I am and what I want to put out there.

What was, and is still, true for me, that I want you to know if this is your first time here:

Although my blogging has gotten bigger and broader, this space was originally my place to get things out, and it still very much is. Quite a lot is about issues regarding my husband's health problems. He is a Type 1 Diabetic on dialysis with a host of complications, including several things wrong with his heart. We have nearly lost him a couple of times. We feel very fortunate that he is still with us, but are now mindful of the possibility of losing him. It's hard and I need to write about it sometimes. And even when I'm not writing about it, it's always there, in the background.

On the other hand, I am also a mom of two, a 13 1/2 year old girl and an 8 year old boy. They are smart and beautiful and crazy. They complete me. I talk about them, what motherhood is like for me, and parenting.

Regardless of the subject, I am as upbeat and positive as I can be, laugh instead of cry most of the time and am full of gratitude for my many blessings.

I like social media very much. I play on Twitter and Facebook the most, but also dabble in PinterestGoogle+ and LinkedIn. I participate in Fat Mum Slim's Photo-a-day challenges and share on Instagram. And I might be starting to get a little more familiar with YouTube.

In my offline world I enjoy TV, movies, music, knitting and crocheting, walking, reading, coffee and wine. I live in Western Washington state.

What's newer that I'd also like you to know:

I changed the name of my blog to Dancing in the Rain last fall, and I am so happy I did. My original name was starting to grate on me. I love quotes, so I looked to some of my favorites for inspiration. "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass...It's about learning to dance in the rain" stood out because of how I try to find happiness even in the midst of my struggles, and because I live in a place where it rains a lot. It's a double entendre!

Around the same time last fall, I also started a guest post series called The View From Here: Your Perspective, Your Voice. Every Thursday I publish a post someone else has written that highlights something they have a certain perspective or opinion on; something about where they are in their life. I love these posts! I cordially invite anyone and everyone to submit their info to be a contributor.

If you want even more details about me, my family or this blog, please check out the pages at the top, as well as my labels in the sidebar.

I welcome you to my little corner of the blogosphere and hope you might like to stay awhile!

Thanks so much for popping in to meet me!
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