Just out of curiosity, I checked the date of my first blog post. It has been one year! My first post was March 5, 2013. I can't believe I have kept it up for a full year plus published over 100 posts. It has been such a fun experience. I have learned so much about blogging, writing, statistics, page views, gadgets, widgets, buttons, link parties, etc. Blogging has its own language, that is for sure! Prior to my blogging life, I never realized how much time goes into one post. Not only is there the writing and editing process but then there are links and photo editing, publicizing, and the list goes on. It is a lot of work but love every minute of it! When I originally started, it was my hope to have more of a food blog. Even the name of the blog, (A Cup, A Cup) was in reference to the fruit cake in the movie Steele Magnolias. I love to bake and cook for my family. But I soon realized how hard it is to get decent pictures of food. I mean really hard. I have basic photography knowledge. Usually my approach is to take a load of pictures in various settings in hopes to get one good picture. Time after time, the food would not look near as good as it did in the person and it is really hard to capture how good it tastes. I also learned that food pictures look best in natural light and I tend to do most of my baking at night under the the lights of my kitchen. As time went on, the blog definitely took a change in direction. I found that many of my posts have been more of a healing method (for me) as my family has had a rough two years. There have been several posts that I have hesitated to share. I wasn't sure if people would find them too honest, negative, or real. However, my husband would always encourage me to publish the post regardless of what I thought others might think. He said it was more important to publish and pray that they would reach someone who needed it rather than worry about those who may judge or criticize. Surprisingly, I have only received love and support... so I think. :) If you don't like my blog please don't tell me. I would rather not know! :) My most favorite posts are about my family and the category I call "A Cup of Girl Talk". I enjoy just being honest about being a wife, mother, and woman. Those posts are usually filled with humor and I feel like I am at Starbucks with my best girlfriends. My husband I have also enjoyed sharing our home-improvement projects. We have worked so hard on our home and it is great to share it with everyone. Of course, I would not have continued if I didn't have any readers. Thank you so much to those of you who have taken the time out of your very busy schedules to read my posts. I have cherished every word of encouragement you have given me along the way. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!! HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY TO ME!!!! (Yes, during this process I learned that "blogiversary" is an actual term). :) Who knew?