Monday, September 15, 2008

Celebrating 100 Posts!

Today is my 100th blog post! To celebrate, I'm going to offer a giveaway. I will be giving away a $20 Amazon gift card. I will randomly select one winner, from everyone who posts a comment on this post between now and the time my next blog posts on Wednesday (17th) at 6:00 a.m. The winner will be announced on my blog on Friday. Winner must provide your email address to receive gift card, which will be awarded via email.

When I started blogging, it was because I heard it would help you get published. Well, I have had one article sold since I've started blogging. But what I've come to realize is, that it is the practice of writing regularly that will get me published. (i.e. practice makes perfect). It's not the blog, it's the regular writing - and the accountability of you guys!

But the most special thing I've received from blogging is the unexpected joy of making so many new friends! First I met Bonita, who commented on my 3rd post, and has been visiting ever since. We even had the opportunity to meet in person in North Carolina, chat and pray together.

I have a new friend all the way in Australia in His Princess. Who'd have thought this little Virginia gal would get to know someone in another country. And I even learned that our seasons are opposite (who knew?).

I've "chatted" with published authors too, like Rebecca Ingram Powell, Lysa TerKeurst, and most recently Karen Hossink. All this networking can't be bad for an aspiring author like me. The chance to chat with other writers is a blessing. Plus Rebecca has become a good friend, who in addition to blogging, I also email.

I've also had changes in my relationship with my personal, local friends since blogging.

My friend, Sue J., is a still water running deep kind of gal. Our outings tend to be alot of me talking and Sue J listening. Not that she ever seems to mind really. But often, after we're together I realize she said something and I just ran right over it, and I'll call her back to discuss. When she blogs, I'm able to really hear her in a way I don't when we're together. I can't interrupt, and I hear her entire message. It's great. I feel like I'm getting to know her better. (and I can still COMMENT at the end!)

My friend, Mrs. P., is such a sweet friend, and has always told me how I have inspired her spiritual life. I invited her to join my bible study many years ago, and we learned together. She says I taught her. But now, through her blog, I am learning so much! She is such a wonderful witness of Christ and I am the student now and she is the teacher.

My friend, Truth4 the Journey and I have been friends for 14 years! She is my longest (not OLDest) friendship, but we'd starting growing apart. She was busy raising and home schooling 6 children, and I had two of my own. Our get togethers started getting further and further apart, until I feared that we'd soon just be sending Christmas cards to each year. And then we started blogging. And commenting, and emailing, and calling and even went away together to She Speaks. This crazy blog thing rekindled our friendship!

My sister, ADHD, we of course kept in touch. But we can both get wrapped up in our own worlds and could go awhile without chatting. Now we "talk" nearly every day through our blogs and are finding out things about each other we never knew before. And a sweet sweet comment by "Irritable Mother" (Karen Hossink) showed me something I hadn't seen before. She said our blogs showed how we "love each other." Well I pictured tough-gal firefighter ADHD gagging at this remark. She is more likely to punch me in the arm than hug me. (I got all the lovey genes in our family. Also the brains & good looks, KIDDING!) But Karen's comment touched us both and even got an endearing comment out of "I am a Rock, I am Island" ADHD. Love ya ADHD!

I have 1 zillion of you guys I could also link too, but I fear this blog is already getting too long. But your daily encouragement and comments mean the world to me! So many of you visit and just build me up. So now it's my turn. I wish I could give each of you a gift card, but alas, as mentioned this blog hasn't turned me into a published author so I'm just a stay home mom on a budget. So leave me a comment on this post, and I'll draw ONE winner.

(One chance per person. Multiple comments do not increase your chance of winning. This means you, ADHD).

Happy Blog Day to me! Happy Blog Day to me! Happy 100th Blog Posting. Happy Blog Day to Me!

Deuteronomy 12:7 -- There, in the presence of the LORD your God, you and your families shall eat and shall rejoice in everything you have put your hand to, because the LORD your God has blessed you.

Psalm 40:16 -- But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who love your salvation always say, "The LORD be exalted!"

Psalm 104:34 -- May my meditation be pleasing to him, as I rejoice in the LORD.


My ADHD Me said...

Now why do you think I would try to enter more than once? What an odd statement that was. hhmm.

Yes, please Enter me into the contest. Of course, It's going to look a little bit biased if I win.

Congrats on your 100th Blog. You've Come A Long Way Baby!

Oh, ya

My ADHD Me said...

I PROMISE this is not a second entry...I meant to add this to my comment.

├╝bung macht den meister.

Alberquando is taking German. That means Practice Makes Perfect!!

The Patterson 5 said...

In celebration of your 100th blog my oldest has a joke for you!

What do you get when you cross a tadpole with the internet?

A blog frog!

Thanks for the encouragement in person, in bible studies and in the blogging world!

HisPrincess said...

I feel so special! Thanks for the mention and congratulations on your 100th blog post! I've loved every minute and am really enjoying getting to know you.

beverlydru said...

I am enjoying the blog world more than I could have imagined. Thank you for your encouragement to me!
Give-aways are such a bonus and so much fun.

ThreeGirlyGirls said...

Congrats!! Enter me!!

ps-come check out my blog for a giveaway this week too! you might just like it!! =)

Sue J said...

You may pass my entry along to the next blogger who comments here. I just don't do contests, home parties, and other like stuff. could I not leave a comment for the one who said "Why don't you write?" The one who was the first one on my blog before I even announced that I had a blog!?!!

Thanks for gobs of inspiration and a friendship that goes deep beyond the blog!

Since you started this party, do you have any of that fancy 100 blog party mix? You know, the kind where they toss in 100 of everything??? I need something to go with my coffee.

Tammy R said...

Celebrate...come on,not sure how the rest of that song goes.But I want you to know I truly enjoy your blog!

You keep writing and I'll keep reading,


Melissa the Careful Wisher said...

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Melissa the Careful Wisher said...

Congrats on your 100th post! I really enjoy your blog. God Bless, Melissa

On Purpose said...

Congrats on your 100th post!

Your words are encouragement to your readers.

Christina said...

Happy 100!
I am so thrilled to have found this blog and will be back very soon!

Bonita said...

Wow! A hundred already! That's a testimony to your faithfulness in blogging.

I'm so happy that blogging has proven to be such a positive experience and I'm even more happy that I get to read what you write.

Congratulations and thanks for being so generous!

Mrs. Sidney said...

Happy 100th Post!!

I just love stopping by your blog for encouragements and wisdom. Keep up the good work!!

Runner Mom said...

You go, girlfriend! 100 posts!! That is awesome! I wish that I could get my sister to create a blog! I would love that! But, she can barely send an email--bless her heart! Enjoy the day!
Love ya,

Carol said...

Yeah!! Congratulations on your 100th post!. Way to go. Woo-hoo!

Rebecca Ingram Powell said...

One hundred posts! Way to go!

You are an inspiration to so many! Happy Blog Day to you!

And here's to the next 100...and the 100 after that...and the 100 after that..

Joyful said...

I'm stopping by from visiting Bonita. Congratulations on your 100th post! How exciting!!!!


Alyce said...

Congratulations Kelly!! 100!! I wish you the best in your future writing adventures!!

Kelley said...

Congratulations on your 100th post!! Isn't it funny how a little thing like a blog can make such a HUGE impact on your life??? I have met people and gone places I never would have dreamed of. I also think it has grown me in my relationship with the LORD. You can't write about Him this much without falling deeper in love with Jesus!! Not to mention all of the great posts I have read. Have a super day and here's to the next 100 posts.....


Edie said...

Hi CK! Happy 100th Blog to you!! Darn I forgot the balloons. I have so enjoyed getting to know you over these last several weeks. You have been a real blessing to me and I thank you. :D

My ADHD Me said...

Happy 100 blogs plus one day to you.

Happy 100 blogs plus one day to you.

Happy 100 blogs plus one day to you
dear Chatty Kelly.............

Happy 100 blogs plus one day to you!!

and many more...........

Roxie said...

I'm impressed - 100 blogs and an article sold- You Go Girl!

My ADHD Me said...



barbarabaker said...

Many Congrats to you for celebrating 100 have a wonderful site and your righting is Impeccable!!!!

Irritable Mother said...

CK, have I told you how glad I am that you came across my blog so we could start this relationship? What a blessing both you and ADHD have been to me.
Getting serious for a moment...My sister lives states away from me. Haven't spoken to her in, uh, a long time. In many ways I don't even feel like I know her anymore. So when I see the playful banter going on between you and your sister, and when I read about you helping her with blog posting, etc, I just think, "Wow. Wouldn't that be great!!!"
And look! She said, "Love ya"!!! *grin*
As for starting to blog for one reason and finding a blessing you never expected in the way of friends ~ I fully understand what you're saying. Love the blogosphere!

Congrats on your 100th post!

Edie said...

Hi CK! I just stopped by to ask if you had a napkin, pleeease! LOL

Hope you're having a great day!

"B" His Girl said...

Happy 100 Kelly. Stop and smell the roses. May God take your post about Him around the www. Amen

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