....go remarkably well together, wouldn't you say?
Small Treasures is one year old today. That's right, today's mark of the beginning of Advent is also my blogiversary! It's hard to believe a whole year has gone by since my very first post (and my, have the girls grown since then! Where was Madeleine's hair? Why did I post such a serious picture?).
I don't have any grand re-chronicling of memorable posts planned in today's honor. I'd just like to thank each and every one of you, my readers, for your visits, your encouraging comments and your support.
You know, when I started this blog I didn't do it for myself. I had no goals of getting published, receiving affirmation or conversing with adults to get a break from little ones in this house. Small Treasures was begun largely because I felt I had something to offer a larger community. I am an ordinary person. I don't possess extraordinary talents of any kind, whether crafting or cooking or writing. But when I apply myself to a task I can usually pull it off with some degree of grace and beauty. I am very happy and comfortable being ordinary. I don't want to be extraordinary at anything, with the exception of nearing closer to God, but even then I want to do it through an ordinary way of life.
That being said, I know what my gifts are. I know what I have to offer others. It isn't writing or reasoning or singing or cooking. It isn't even exceptional motherhood. I am good at all of those things - not exceptional, but good. Through Small Treasures I wanted to contribute something I thought might be useful to others: the gift of perspective. The gift of seeing the good in life all around us, yes, the "small treasures". They are abundant. They're everywhere. They're in our children, certainly. They're in our husbands, for sure. They're in every bud that blossoms outside a kitchen window and every seed that bears fruit in a backyard. Treasure can be found in suffering too. The ability to be closer to Christ on the cross only comes when we have a cross of our own. Now that's a treasure, only not a small one. When we endure some struggle the strength of a marriage and the compassion of family and friends inevitably manifest themselves. Lots of treasure there.
This post is going in a different direction than I intended. I was supposed to write a short paragraph and hit "Publish". Now I'm rambling. The point is, this blog was created, among other reasons, to offer a perspective of contentedness for the spots in life given us, and deep gratitude for the "small treasures" set before us which are often overlooked. Having been particularly graced with contentment and a positive outlook on life - gifts not acquired but wholly received - I hoped to spread those graces as far and wide as possible, and the blogosphere seemed a perfect medium. If this blog has been helpful in some way to even one of its readers, I'm happy.
As far as my original motivation of not blogging for myself? I have benefitted far more from this blog than I ever thought possible - the relationships, the prayers, the examples of good mothering, the kind comments - much more than I deserve. And once in a while I indulge myself in the hope that perhaps a young birthmother, looking for a nice Catholic couple will find something she likes here, and drop me an email. So, you see, this endeavor is not entirely selfless. :)
Have a blessed and peaceful Advent season, everyone!