I do believe one of my if not my very favorite things about blogging is the many friends I've made this year. When I first started blogging my audience was limited to close family and friends. Slowly, very slowly as I ventured out to other blogs the world grew so much larger yet closer. Contradicting as that may sound I'm sure my fellow bloggers know exactly what I mean. I've made so many new friends, and I use the word in all its definitions. I have a special group of friends I never would have met if not for the world of blogging. I've learned so much by visiting blogs written by people living in other parts of my country and people living in other parts of the world! Cultures, religions, music...the list is endless of the new discoveries blogging has quietly or sometimes with a crescendo managed to enrich my life.
I've been in awe of friends and yes I do view you as my friends, who are dealing with life's hardest trials. And doing this with grace. Sometimes it requires a lot of determination and tenacity. A persistence in dealing with the medical community that is found in the hearts of mothers and spouses and children. It may take screaming and foot stomping to capture the attention of those we need. But they persist and plough through the 'junque' until they attain what goal they are seeking. Sometimes grace doesn't come in with a quiet voice but a lot of thumping and bumping and in your face stomping. And then I've found by reading the blogs of my friends facing these moments it may come quietly with much soul searching and prayer. I pray for all of you and honor those you love every day.
I've met authors, musicians, poets. I've met people who are struggling to achieve goals of every kind. The world is so full of artists with open hearts and minds. I do smile so often during the day remembering a phrase, a tune an experience shared. Life is fuller now than I have ever found before. When trying to explain this new found love and my new found friends to someone who does not participate in this medium I feel like I fall short. I did have a lifelong friend say, "I can see you love this, your face lights up when you tell me about blogging". What can I say? You all do make me a deeper, happier person.
Today I want to take a few moments to thank one of the members of my community. Rick Watson, author extraordinaire and creator of Life 101. A great blog read each and every day and author of Remembering Big. This book is a read aloud to your family. A find yourself a quiet spot and enjoy, read. It's stories from Rick's life that are humorous, inspiring and grab that book of tissues touching. Rick and his lovely wife Jilda, blog writer of her own creation, Transformation Information, are also singer/songwriters. If you want a lovely listen... they make beautiful music. Follow their blog and find their music.
I mention all this as a background to my congratulations to Rick on the huge win his team achieved last night. I'm sure most of you have gathered by now I am a fan, some might say rabid...I say so and why not, of LSU. Rick is equally proud of Alabama, the Crimson Tide. For those of you living under a log deep in the woods and may not be aware of the game...last night was the BCS championship game for the football title of National Champion. And with resounding, humiliating success Alabama beat LSU hands down. Rick was very gracious the last time our teams met so I would like to make sure I acknowledge how soundly and undeniably his team won the latest match! Roll Tide...you are now the nation's number one champions and deservedly so.
Waxing poetic about my own team...we won 13 we lost one...not a bad year all-in-all!
I would also like to take a moment to thank my latest followers. I look forward to visiting with you, finding out what makes your world go round. Welcome and if you get a chance check out my other friends...my blog buddies. They all are great reads and great lives to follow.