I don't know much about technology (which I know by now you all know). I don't know much about blogging. I don't know much about what makes a "good" blog and what makes a "great" blog. I don't know where mine would rate among the military blogger community. Don't have a clue. It isn't why I started this. It isn't why I continue.
But I do know that when I started this I didn't expect to receive what I have. I never expected to get email after email from new spouses and guard spouses and MOM's about what hearing their thoughts put to "paper" has done to comfort them. I never thought I would hear from military families around the world. I never thought I would get to "meet" women in Australia, in Canada, in the United Kingdom, in India. I never thought my journey was so similar to the journey of thousands of women around the world.
I cannot tell you what your emails and messages and comments do to lighten the load. I cannot tell you what the short minute it takes to leave a comment saying "Yes, I have BEEN there!" does to bring strength. And not just to me - but to everyone who reads.
I want to thank the many of you who came to my defense when Promises went under attack. I want to thank those of you again who fought for me. Who understood how much I was hurting through that - strangers who have very much become friends.
I cannot tell you how often your messages have brought me to tears, have humbled me to my core, who have understood me when I wondered if anyone would. I am honored to share the story of this Army Family. I am honored to hear from civilians who say they now "get it" a little more, who understand a little better, who can now empathize and share our pride.
The moments that a spouse says her husband shared Promises with friends saying, "This, this is what it is." The people this has connected me to ... I could not be more grateful.
I want to ask forgiveness for slowing down my writing. I'm still here! I promise. And I don't plan on going anywhere. But the things I want to write about, I can't right now. The things that bring me to my mac to type aren't things I feel right publishing.
But I am here.
I wanted you to know - just incase you were wondering.
And while I wait for that *Spark* to come please keep sharing the blog. Take your favorite post (maybe one that you have never shared) and share the journey. If this has done any good for you, please continue to pass it along.
Y'all are the best. Thank you for sharing the journey!