Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Living in the Present... With a Quick Look to the Past

I can't move on to 2009 without taking a quick look back to the friends I made in 2008, even though I am trying to be all about living in the moment. So, here are a few moments of time from 2008 that have opened up my world, so-to-speak.

My new journey began last summer when my daughter and I vacationed at the beach. I started my blog that week, and we began creating digital scrapbooks through Scrapblog (a site she had used in school that year). There, at the beach, I created my first Scrapblog called "Destin 2008." What joy I found through that site. Which leads me to ...

...meeting so many new friends through Scrapblog and google Blog. It was through Scrapblog that I first met Octamom (who led me to AVT Coach), Miruspeg, McMGrad89, and MrsPeel. Although I created my blog originally to share news with family about our Destin vacation, it soon opened doors to an even bigger world of friendship! I am so thankful to have met these lovely ladies through Scrapblog, and to get to know them even better through their blogs.

For instance, Octamom was probably the first to find me through my blog via our Scrapblog connection. It was hit and miss there for a while, as I tried to figure out how to open my blog to comments. But we finally connected. Since then, I have come to admire this woman so much! Not only is she a mother to eight beautiful children, she is also an amazingly-talented writer, photographer, and scrapblog designer. Her humorous look at life never fails to put a smile on my face! Here is Octamom's header, which includes a couple of photos of her elusive self....

As AVTCoach said in her recent blog, she and I share the same birthday... down to the year. I believe we are soul sisters, and I am thrilled to be a part of her world! I am always interested in what she says and have found her blog on abundance to be quite thought-provoking. She provides educational ideas related to some of her favorite children's books, and it is apparent that she is devoted to her work and to the children she serves. This is her blog profile picture ...

Then there's Peggy. This woman is also an amazing person who definitely touches others' lives. While some of us (me included) have big ideas that may never see fruition, she lives them! If you look through her blog Middle Age Ramblings, you will find photographs of Joseph. At first glance you would assume he is her grandson; she has entire scrapblogs devoted to this little boy. But no, Joseph is a neighbor she has befriended, along with his mom. You will also find photographs from her travels. Among them are photographs of a trip she took to Rwanda. During that trip, she shared her love of photography with local children who were given the opportunity to take pictures of their own. It is an amazing story you can see firsthand through her scrapblog, Journey to Rwanda.


McMGrad89 is a fellow teacher and a mom to two cuties. She gets my vote as Mom of the Year for holding down the homefront during her husband's extended business trip. I am so impressed that she can balance her life as a teacher and as a mom and still find time to create beautiful scrapblogs and post to her blog, So I Was Just Thinking! (Apparently, she stays behind the camera much, much, more than in front of it... Note to Annemarie... you need to post a picture of yourself on your blog. No more invisible blogger for you!

MrsPeel is another friend of mine discovered through Scrapblog. She has been blogging much longer than I have but only recently opened her blog on google. I'm so glad that she's joined us. She always lifts my spirits through the heartfelt comments she leaves. Here's a photo of the lovely Mrs. Peel and her equally lovely daughter....


Since then, I've met many more people who have inspired me through their writings and photography, such as Caroline at The Zen in You, Deb at From Stilletos to Sneakers, Jen, Gill, and now even newer acquaintances such as Kaci, Angie, and Inga.

Being a part of this community has indeed enlightened me, inspired me, and entertained me! Thank you all for being a part of it!

May your new year be one of blessings, fulfillment, and hope!

6 comments:

MrsPeel said...

the feeling is more than mutual :)
Hope one day we can meet in person, you are most certainly an inspiration for us ....
Hope you guys have started the year with much happiness!!!
I'm gonna be short as I haven't been feeling very well today, but didn't want to go without leaving a message on aknowledgement!
Huggzzz

miruspeg said...

What a wonderful, reflective post Roban and thank you for including me in your tribute to your bloggy friends!
Have a very Happy & Prosperous 2009. It is a pleasure knowing you & I look forward to be enlightened, inspired, and entertained BY YOU!
Take care always
Peggy

Caroline said...

Wonderful post! Happy New Year and I hope that you have many more wonderful moments in time :)

Rebecca Saylor said...

Wow Roban - Thank you for sharing your experiences! It warms our hearts to see the connections made through Scrapblog. We truly appreciate all the wonderful community members like you that keep Scrapblog going!

Here's to a wonderful 2009!!

Cheers!
Rebecca @ scrapblog

McMGrad89 said...

Where Have I Been!!!!??? How did I miss this? I guess it is my sad computer problems that kept me from making it over here. You are so sweet. Contrary to popular belief, I do have pictures of myself, but I don't use them. I promise to post them as soon as I have a fully working computer that doesn't rely on wifi. Thanks again for kind thoughts. I am certainly looking forward to G making it home in 7 days!!

McMGrad89 said...

There, I put a picture...not my favorite, but don't let anyone say I don't listen and respond! :-)