2000… and Counting!

posted by Andrea | 11/2/2017
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As of yesterday, I’m officially back from my 5-week maternity leave… yay!

AND, as of yesterday, I have officially published 2000 posts here on my blog… wowzers! 

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It still amazes me that 8-10 years ago, I didn’t even know what a “blog” was, I wasn’t a part of any social media, and Dave and I didn’t even have internet at home! Now, I make a living from the internet and share hundreds of thousands of words about all things “HOME”, all while taking care of 4 little people.

As I’ve said so many times before, I honestly can’t imagine a more fitting “job” for me at this point in my life.

  • I don’t have to leave my house
  • I don’t need to get dressed up
  • I don’t have to leave my house
  • I don’t need to suck up to my boss or make small talk with coworkers
  • I don’t have to leave my house
  • I can set my own hours
  • Did I mention the fact that I don’t have to leave my house? 🙂

Of course, it’s not all rainbows and roses — but I do feel very fortunate to do what I do for over 7 years now.

As I think back to my childhood, writing was always the easiest way for me to express myself, my thoughts, my feelings, and my emotions — despite the fact that I’m an awful speller! I kept journals for years and years and years, I sent emails (or even snail mail) instead of calling whenever possible, and I loved passing notes at school!

I will never claim to be an extremely talented writer, but I do enjoy it and I know I’ve gotten better over the years.

I’m proud of myself for trying something new, learning SO many new skills, stepping out of my comfort zone, pushing past adversity, and sticking with it even when I saw little to no income for the first couple of years.

And yes, I’m honored to have all you fabulously loyal readers who have stuck with me throughout the years, cheered me on, encouraged me from afar, celebrated with me and my family, and shared parts of your own lives with me.

THANK YOU!! 

It’s been such a fun journey so far and hopefully I won’t be going anywhere for a long time!

2000… and counting!

Clara is excited too!

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25 comments

  1. Melinda

    11/02/2017

    Andrea, I am SO HAPPY for you! I can’t tell you how many ideas I’ve taken from you over the years, and how many of them I’ve shared with others! You are great at what you do and I can’t imagine what life would be like if you chose to no longer do your blog.

    I’m about to start my online adventure and your story has encouraged me to keep going even though I will have to put in lots more work before I see any income from it.

    Here’s to another 2000 Andrea! 🙂

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks so much Melinda!!

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  2. Jeanine

    11/02/2017

    Thank you, Andrea, you have an amazing blog, and you have persevered through having four children, so that means, you are pretty amazing in my book! I always recommend your blog to new mothers (and others)! Keep on keeping on, and I’ll keep on reading!

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  3. Kim

    11/02/2017

    I think I found your blog sometime right before Nora was born. Although I am old enough to be your mom, I learn so much from you. I admire you for a number of reasons! One of them is that you are so comfortable with being yourself and living simply, not at all concerned about keeping up with the material nonsense that many of your peers are. How i could have used you as a peer going through my 20’s and 30’s.
    There are only a handful of other blogs I have followed for over six years. Keep up the good work. You impact my life in many, many positive ways.
    Blessings to you, Dave and those precious little ones God has given you.
    Kim

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks so much Kim!!

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  4. JoDi

    11/02/2017

    CONGRATS! Looking forward to the next 2,000. No pressure! Haha!

    After you did the posts where you included things from the archives from every year, I realized I really want to go back and read what I missed which is mostly posts from the first year and maybe a little bit of the second. I really enjoy your writing, and it’s been fun watching the growth of your blog, family, and you!

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks — and yes, there are A LOT of posts in my archives, so you could be reading for a while 🙂

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  5. Shan

    11/02/2017

    Andrea, You are a great blog writer, photographer, meal planner, “cooker”, family photo journalist, gardener, wife, mother, work-at-home Mom, daughter, friend…I can go on and on, but you inspire me because you don’t just keep thinking about doing something, you started a number of years back doing one blog at a time and kept up with it and here you are!!! Thank you for sharing your life with us. We love you and your family!!

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks so much Shan! What a fabulous compliment!

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  6. JJ

    11/02/2017

    So thankful for your blog!!! I was honestly excited for November to get your posts again! Congratulations on 2,000 posts!!!

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    Andrea Reply:

    You know what… I was excited for November too. It was good to step away for a bit, but I love the routine of writing every day!

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  7. Kathy

    11/02/2017

    So glad you’re back!

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  8. Myka

    11/02/2017

    Congrats, Andrea! I’ve been reading your blog since before you had Nora! Its feels like it was yesterday.
    http://www.supersimpleways.com

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  9. Bonnie'sMama

    11/02/2017

    I wouldn’t have thought about this with your other babies, but in light of what you’ve written about post-partum depression, I think you look so much happier this time around.

    It’s good to have you back, Andrea. Your blog is a daily treat for me.

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    Andrea Reply:

    I AM happier! Potentially also because Clara is a pretty good night time sleeper 🙂

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  10. Kimberley

    11/02/2017

    Congrats! I am so glad to see you are back!!!

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  11. Ann

    11/02/2017

    Hi Andrea! So glad you’re back! Wonderful though, that you took off 5 weeks for you, your family & bsby Clara Jo!!
    Guess what?
    If I made a list of MY favorite things, your blog would be on it! Great job! Great writing content! I found you years ago {before Nora} when I searched something about organizing. Thank.YOU!

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    Andrea Reply:

    Awww, thanks Ann 🙂 I’m glad you found my blog all those years ago!

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  12. JoAnn C.

    11/02/2017

    Congratulations, Andrea. I’m so happy for you and happy to be a loyal reader. I can’t believe how quickly time has gone by. I started reading your blog when Nora was about three months old. And now she runs the world…well she will when she graduates kindergarten. Anyway, congratulations and thank you for blogging.

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    Andrea Reply:

    haha — yeah, she already has big plans for a money-making lemonade stand this summer. Go Nora 🙂

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  13. Lynn

    11/02/2017

    Welcome back! We missed you! We look forward to your posts ever day!

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  14. Summer

    11/02/2017

    Welcome back! I missed your posts these last five weeks, but enjoyed the little peeks into your busy newborn phase. You rock girl! Blessings to you and yours!

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Summer — believe it or not, Clara is already outgrown her super cute and tiny newborn clothes!

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  15. Jenny Z

    11/02/2017

    Congrats! I have been following since your old house! My #1 favorite blog! I too hope you don’t go anywhere!

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks so much Jenny!!!!

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