Wednesday, June 06, 2007

For real??!!

I just happened to notice that THIS post is post #500 here at my Nitty.Gritty. blog. I kind of find that crazy! I mean, who am I to think I have anything interesting to post even once or twice...but 500? That's crazy. In a little more than a year and a half. Granted, I have posts of lots of pictures in there too...but still, I find that interesting.
Because, if you had asked me two years ago to keep a blog, I wouldn't have had a clue what you were even talking about, nor would I have thought I'd have the time, energy, or inspiration to write posts and share pictures and links of anything and everything!
Just shows me that really, our lives have depth and meaning and purpose and fun and so much to offer each of us if we pause and take the time to 'look at them' and enjoy them along the way.
I am still trying to figure out what my blog has turned out to be, or what the purpose of it is in my life and the lives of some of you who come here so frequently. It has definitely changed and evoloved and been a joy and sometimes 'trouble' for me too. But mostly I see it as simply my way to document my stories, me persepctives, my opinions, my journey of faith, my ordinary day-to-day events with my family, and some of the lessons that I get out of all of those things when I stop to reflect on life.
From aprons to grief. From buttercream to CAT scans. From laughter to tears. And of course, the way I lean on my God every step of the way...and still find times to enjoy a Starbuck's latte. =)
Life to me is a gift and a treasure that holds no guarantees from day to day...but still bursts with beauty and simple joys and opportunities at every single turn. That's the stuff that surprises and inspires me the most. And the fact that I have a place such as this blog, to record it and share it, makes me happy.
I hope Nitty.Gritty. continues to be thoughtful, funny, encouraging, challenging, and worthwhile from time no matter who stops by to read it. It's been my pleasure to share my life this way. And if you happen to have a great "definition" of what Nitty.Gritty. is to you...I'd love for you to share it with me! How fun it would see what "nitty gritty" looks like from inside of you! =)
Thanks for reading 500 posts. =) You must be crazy to read them all...just as I'm crazy to post them all. Here's to enjoying the adventure that results in Nitty.Gritty. posts...maybe even 500 more.


Nat said...

LOL - congrats on Number 500!

Anonymous said...

Call me crazy too!!

Here's to 500 more!!

Eminepala said...

woohoo congrats girl...

Cara said...

the beautiful thing is that you could go through and probably pull out at least 250 posts that could go into your nitty.gritty.firstbook!
just a thought.

i am rereading anne lamott's Plan B: More Thoughts on Faith. She does such a nice job of writing small, insightful essays. Could be a nice style for you too.

Mixed Up Me said...

And I have read them all . . .Here's to another 500 then some!!!

Anonymous said...

nitty gritty = the real deal..

Sarah D said...

I've loved everyone!

Danielsmommy said...

Hey Jody
Congrats on 500 posts. I read your blog daily and LOVE to read about all the fun/interesting things you have to say. Can't wait to read the next 500!!!

OP SuZ Q said...

Nitty Gritty to me is..........

*******at the top of my bookmarks with a special little icon!!
*******a place where I have learned A LOT!!!
*******an amazing blog that I like to read everyday - and I worry about you if you haven't posted in awhile!!
*******the second blog I ever knew about (the first one was Whitney Cerak)
*******a very positive place to go!!
*******what inspired me to keep my own blog!! (but I'm not as brave as you so as to let the whole world read it!)
*******has REinspired me to scrap!!
*******is written by an incredible Christian woman whose faith and trust in GOD is SO OBVIOUS and ADMIRABLE!!

susan opel said...

Happy 500th, Jody!

gloria said...

nitty.gritty.: sunshine and encouragement.

eek said...

Congrats on 500!

Christal said...

Nitty.Gritty is

A reminder that God is there,he is real and is awesome!

A reminder to have peace and have fun all at the same time.

A lil whip cream and butter cream and riding the cart at the shpping center!

Thanks for the thoughtful words and gentle reminders, laughter and tears Jody, and for keeping it REAL!
Love.... Christal

Cris said...

Happy 500th post!

Just me said...

Congrats on your 500th post!! I'm not sure I remember how I found your blog in the first place, but now I read it regularly (but, hardly ever leave comments...don't feel neglected though because I read quite a few blogs and hardly ever write!). I read to learn and boy have I learned a lot! Thanks for all the nitty-gritty!!

Valerie said...

we're all crazy, but it keeps us from going insane.

well, that, some faith, and Ben & Jerry's.

happy 500th!

Regina said...

Congrats on the 500! I have not been here for all of them - but really enjoy the ones I have been able to share in. I love your take on things, your photos and scrap layouts, your sense of humor/faith/love/family - it is all so very good!

Here's to another 500!