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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Time Travel Tuesday

This week we are "travelling" back to our first blog post and telling how we started blogging.

If you look through my archives you'll find the very first post is this one; however that wasn't the very first one I actually wrote on this blog. I kept an online "journal" on our family website and when I started blogging I copied over the last few posts I did on the website. The first post that I created on this blog is Budding Artist with a picture of Kayla and her easel!

A while ago there was a meme going around listing the 5 reasons you blog, so I'll repost my answers for that as to how I started blogging:
1. I blog for my family and friends. We are in the military and have no family close by so they don't get to see Kayla "grow up." I created a family website for us, but then I found out about blogging and it just seemed easier, more fun, and more interactive. I still have the family website, but it's just languishing out in cyberspace now.
2. I started reading blogs about 1.5 yrs ago and while I could leave comments on some of them without having a blogger account, there were some that didn't allow anonymous comments. I got tired of lurking and decided to create my own account.
3. I used to keep diaries and journals and every great once in a while I enjoy looking through them and reading about the things that were going on in my life and remembering who I was then. I figured this would be another way to keep a journal and look back on. Hopefully it'll give Kayla a glimpse into her life too!
4. I try to subtly use my blog to be an advocate for not just my daughter, but all people with Down syndrome. I hope to raise awareness and acceptance and even if I only change one person's perspective, it's worth it.
5. And the last reason? Why not? "Everyone" was doing it!

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28 comments:

PEA said...

All I can say is that I'm SO happy that you did start blogging:-) I love my visits here!! xox

Sara said...

YOu do an awesome job blogging too Michelle!! You know how to write :)

annie said...

Hi Michelle.
Kayla is so cute with her easel! I love your blog. I love the friday freebies and just the cuteness of Kayla. You are such an encouragement and sweetheart.

Annie

chelle said...

It always amazes me to look back at bloggers I read and see how much their children have grown and how much has changed!

Much More Than A Mom said...

I'm so glad you did!

FBF Rothkopf said...

Michelle, I finally stumbled onto your blog (I'm slow at this!) and it's just lovelly - made even more gorgeous by all those photos of Miss Kayla. She is SO cute!

Francine (Sofia's mom)

"Early Bird" said...

I'm bladd you do!!

Faithfulmommy said...

Glad you started!! It's great to be reading my faves again!!

Sue said...

Blogging is a great way to raise awareness. I love to see how happy Kayla is - I think it's great for everyone to see it.

I'm glad it's a good way for your family to keep up with you and Kayla too. It's hard not being close to family.

Tracey said...

:) Glad you blog! I have to check out your first posts still, but I may have to do one of my own this week.

Linda said...

I,too, am glad you did. Your positive attitude and grateful heart and sweet spirit are a blessing. And you are a super advocate. I know Kayla will enjoy your blog when she's older. Just the videos and pictures alone are a treasure - and her Mommy's precious words will bless her heart.
This "blogging business" has turned out to be a wonderful thing!!

Cindy said...

Hi Michelle! I am 100% confident God is using you and your blog to raise awareness and to bless other families. You do such a great job. Even though I just found you recently, I've already read lots of your old stuff and have been so impressed with your heart and your efforts.

Alycia said...

I am so happy you started blogging and I enjoyed reading your first post. Kayla is a cutie and I love all of her new pictures on your blog. I love my visits here!

Tammy and Parker said...

Well, I don't know what I'd do without my Kayla fix, so keep blogging!

Once Upon a Dream... said...

I love your blog Michelle! Your write beautifully and it's like having a conversation with you!

Eden

Catch said...

And you do a terrific job too Michelle!! I got my book in the mail today!!!! Thank You...it looks like a fun book to get into....thanks again for being so nice!!!

Christina said...

with the others, I love your blog and Kayla:-)

Dori (Aviva's mommy) said...

I am glad I found your blog!! You hav a way with words.

Sarah said...

I absolutely, positively LOVE your first official entry! Down syndrome, as with any other syndrome or disability is something that a whole person, a whole spirit has, it does not define them. I think that's where the disconnect is. As believers, we know the value of human life, the fact that the spirit, the soul, is God-breathed. We know that each person has purpose and value. I suppose we just pray for those who haven't found the Lord, because it is a sad existance without Him. Your daughter, as I've said before, is beautiful! What a blessing to have a daughter like her grace your family. I'm sure she has taught and continues to teach you so much.
Sarah

Sgt and Mrs Hub said...

I for one am thankful that you blog! I so enjoy coming over here and reading your post.

-Andrea

Sarah said...

I just read your blogaversary post from March 17th, how fun to get to know Kayla in that way. She was much ahead of my Chloe on the mobility thing! Chloe is nine months old and still hasn't figured out crawling yet. She does the scoot backwards thing and can crawl her hands, but can't figure out how to put one knee in front of the other. All in good time right, then she'll be in to everything! Oh, and my girls LOVE Boz and Signing Time too, they are their favorites! Chloe signed more for the first time yesterday! Oh, and I also took the time to read your birth story, that was fun. Is there a post about how you first found out Kayla had Downs and how you dealt with it?
Sarah

Barb said...

No doubt about it, Michelle. You are a wonderful advocate for people affected by Down syndrome.

And I'm really glad you decided to delurk and start your own blog.

:-)

Trace said...

And just like everyone else, I'm so glad you started blogging too!! :)

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad you started your blog! I love reading and watching those videos of Kayla. Kayla's videos always brighten my day up!I think it is time to post another video of her! She truly is a beautiful and fun little girl!
love ya,
mimi

Carrie! :o) said...

I, for one, am so glad you decided to blog! I've really enjoyed reading about Kayla and your family. :o)

Beck said...

I love your blog - it's so heart-warming and fun.

smileymamaT said...

Numbers 2 and 3 are how I started blogging too. Well mostly because I was following LauraJ's blog and couldn't leave a comment, so I just said, what the heck, I love to write anyway!!
T

A Special Family said...

those are great reasons. My life is certainly better for having your blog to read, and I am sure many many others are in the same belief!