If I had a dollar for every time someone viewed my blog I'd be rich!!!
No, seriously. I'd have a million dollars. The week, after 2 1/2 years of blogging, I hit the 1,000,000 all time page view mark! Crazy.
People sometimes ask me if I make money blogging. The answer is: yes, but I would probably make more money each day if I went and collected pennies from the fountain at our park. It's cents per day. I'm not getting rich in dollars as I write but you, my incredible readers, have made me rich in far more important ways.
You have been my encouragers and support. You have cried with me, rejoiced with me, and wrapped your metaphorical arms around me with your many comments and messages. I am not deserving of the love you have shown me and I consider you true gifts.
Every week I come here to write with honesty in hopes that by sharing my experience one of you will feel less alone. Yet every week after I hit that "publish" button, I realize once again that I am the one made to feel less alone. I write to give and yet I receive far more than I ever offer.
By sharing my story I have been made more aware of God and his redeeming power. My eyes have been opened to his movements in my life, in my story. I have also become aware of how true is it that he lives and breathes through his people. I ask God who is he and he shows me:
He is in the woman whose been through my struggle before, cheering me on.
He is in the commenter who is right there with me both in joy and in sorrow.
He is in the tears in your eyes as you watched him put a family together, across oceans.
He is in the friend I know only through words on a screen, but whose words comfort and encourage me.
He is in the prayers, the thousand prayers, offered for me by friends, by family, by readers who give them so generously to a woman they have never met.
I will be drinking champagne with my love tonight and cheersing with unspeakable gratitude for you, my friends. Thank you for allowing me to write, to share, and to journey with you.