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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Happy Blogiversary ~ Celebrating with a giveaway!

I started blogging in 2005.
I was a 28-year-old girl.
I had a 2-year-old and a 4-year-old.
Adam and I were running youth group at our house.
I was training for my first marathon.
And, by the sounds of my writing, I was a bit sleep deprived.
You can see theses posts here.

I decided last year (and I'm still not exactly sure why) on this day that I would attempt to write a post every single day except for Sundays.
I did that for quite a while, and then decided that I would take Saturday and Sunday off of writing.

My goals with my blog are to be able to share my faith in a way that is easy to read, but at the same time is straightforward and honest. Ok, ok...all-up-in-your-grill and blunt.
Call it what you may.
And also to open the door for me to be able to speak more.
I really desire to be able to get more speaking engagements...can you tell I like to talk?

Running a photography business sure makes it a little easier on the days when I feel like there is nothing to write, or I'm just plain tired!
I can just fill a post with pretty pictures and not a lot of words!

Writing every day has definitely showed me that I can do what I put my mind to.
I try to live like that anyways.
Running a half marathon when AJ was 6 months old (long before the days when I could post to Facebook and instagram and get all kinds of inspiration and go-get-ems!) definitely defined me to a great degree.
Running hundreds of miles with my dad in training, and then 5ks, 10ks, half marathons and marathons -it teaches you a lot.
A lot about perseverance.
A lot about doing things you say you are going to do.

And when I say I am going to do something...I just have to do it.
A nice way of putting it would be that I am iron-willed and uncompromising.
haha...or you could just say that I am obstinate, stubborn and willful.

I wanted to thank you for reading my thoughts.
I wanted to thank you for the friendships I have gained all because of this blog!
I wanted to thank you for the messages, texts and letters from people saying that I have helped them see things differently, or that I have encouraged them in some way.

Your kindness means so much to me, and believe me -

there are a lot of insecurities that comes with putting yourself out there the way I have chosen to!

You never know what people are thinking, or saying behind your back.
So when I do get a comment, or an email?

It means more than I can say. And it never gets old!

So as a thank you for your support I wanted to do a giveaway!
I was lucky enough to get this incredible roommate my junior year of college named Amanda.
She and I became super close and I really can't imagine what my year might have been like without her.
She owns this amazing online boutique and I thought the perfect giveaway would be a

$25.00 gift certificate to Luvi's Closet!

(I know that while a lot of my readers are female, I do have some loyal male readers as well! You can still enter, and be the coolest husband, boyfriend, brother or friend on the planet by gifting it!!)
I wish I could win it, because I love her stuff!

So...It's pretty self-explanatory. There are 4 ways you can get points.
Do what ya gotta do, and I will be drawing the winner next Thursday.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

And did I say thank you yet?
Because really. Thank you for being a part of my life.


  1. Andrea7:42 PM

    Love you friend! Thanks for your faithfulness and encouragement <3

    1. :) So glad you can take my kind of friendship!

  2. Awesome job keeping up with blogging! That's a huge accomplishment to be proud of :)

  3. Thank YOU for blogging and being such an encouragement. I always leave your page feeling so encouraged, or so happy seeing your amazing pictures. :) xo

  4. Woohoo!!! Happy Blogiversary!!!!! Love you!

    1. Thanks girl! Love you too! #conferencebuddies

  5. Anonymous9:17 PM

    Stubborn and obstinate?! Never in a million years would I have described you with those adjectives.....so glad I get to learn more about you every day. In my words, you're the BOMB!! <3

  6. Ok I'm commenting Rachelle! lol
    This blog has been such a blessing to me! I'll start to read at a million miles an hour but as a continue to absorb and read, I slow down, so by the time I end I'm feeling at peace and focused! thank you! can't wait to read more!

    1. thank you Bonnie!! I am so glad to have you in my life :)

  7. Congratulations Rachelle! It's sometimes a very hard job keeping up with blogging and you're done it! Go out and celebrate! Wishig you continues success.

    1. thank you so much Catherine!

  8. You are a daily encouragement and honestly if you weren't "in my face" I wouldn't read your posts!
    Don't stop letting God use you!

    1. See...That's why we get along so well, Leah! We like the straight, hard facts :) Thank you!

  9. Super proud of your commitment to writing over the past 9 years and especially this past year! Beyond that, I'm just really thankful that God has made you who you are and you are a life-giving world-changer that I have the blessing of getting to know! Thank you for serving New Hampshire with your wild passion for Jesus, and the overflow of the many other avenues that you are impacting people outside of NH!

    1. So blessed that God put you in my life! You are amazing. xo

  10. i always read (of course) and think you're the best! it's because i'm your favorite brother. =)

    1. you would be my favorite brother even if i had 10 other brothers :)

  11. miss you! next time i visit we should get coffee and catch up, love you <3 xoxo

    1. i miss you too!! YESSS...we need a coffee date asap!

  12. Erin Whitten12:25 PM

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us! :-)


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