happy birthday to wet oatmeal kisses

Apr 29, 2010

Wowsers! A whole year of writing here at Wet Oatmeal Kisses has gone by. I attended the birth of a lovely baby with black hair early Monday morning and completely forgot that April 26 was the day I gave birth to this blog; this nook of the world where I record my thoughts, my epiphanies, my struggles, and my joys.

I eschewed the whole idea of blogging for a lllllooooooooonnnnnggg time. I kind of saw it as a waste of time. I can still see how it can be, how the blogging world can suck you in if you let it, but I can also see the benefits…and for me, they are huge. I am recording things for my family to remember, things that would not otherwise get written down. I am thinking about what I can say that might be of value to someone else. I am able to get my emotions out and feel them without having to let them all out on the ones I love best. I am writing my thoughts and thinking deeply about how to communicate with the outside world. You see, I don’t just want to write, I want to be understood. I want to connect. I want to touch the lives of my readers.

I am proud of myself. I rarely stick with something for very long and I have stuck with this pretty well, especially for moi. I have written 200 posts in 365 days. I have found new friends. I have made connections with people I wouldn’t have known existed. I have written about my mothering joys and my mothering weaknesses. I have learned from my thoughts. I hope I have blessed your lives in some way or another.

Thank you for joining me on this journey – I am very grateful for my readers and the feedback and comments you leave me. I treasure each and every one.

Here’s an idea – as a birthday gift to Wet Oatmeal Kisses leave a comment with your favorite post from the past year – it will totally make my day!

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  1. Sally

    Your blog has inspired me to share my thoughts on my blog, on my personal spirituality and beliefs in God. I had been staying away from those things because I didn’t feel like most of my family or friends could connect with me on that level. However, I have discovered how important it is for ME to record those special, spiritual moments, that are totally and completely a part of who I am.
    Thank you for being who you are and not holding back on what is really important to you.

  2. Anne

    My favorite [well, one of my favorites] is on Annes’ birthday! Posted on November 26. How I love that goo.


  3. jessica

    I’ve loved them all but I’m very grateful for the one where you introduced me to Don Aslett’s toilet cleaning amazingness! And go figure, that one was called unsolicited advice, which you know I LOVE.


  4. I can’t pick just one but I love your Thankful Thursday post. They always inspire me and cause me to look deeper into myself and to remember to thank Heavenly Father for my blessings. I also really liked the post about when you hit the owl……I know I know, it wasn’t exactly a positive thing but it kinda cracked me up thinking about you all screaming over grossness(is that a word) of the poor dead creature.
    Anyway, happy bloggy birthday Tracy! You and your blog have been more of an inspiration and blessing to me than you can possibly imagine. :)

  5. Robyn

    I love reading book reviews among other posts.

  6. Becky

    Do I have to pick one??? Every time I see your blog bolded on my feed reader I get a little burst of excitement, knowing I’ll have another chance to learn from you. Thank you for sharing yourself with us!
    A recent one I loved was when you talked about how easy it is to think we can accomplish countless things in a day. I’ve thought about that a lot lately when I’m tempted to let my “to do” list crowd out those special moments with my sweet family.

    Thank you!!!!!