This is the very first post I published, on July 19, 2008:
Hello, Mini-Women! Welcome to my very first blog ever! Since we're going to BE friends and talk ABOUT friends (and other stuff) , I decided to start with my all-time BFF (best friend forever . . . but you already know that, right?) His name is Jim and we've been married for -- drum roll please -- 35 years, which is about 3 or 4 times longer than you've even been alive! We're on our new Harley, named Headley, on which we have a bunch of adventures. That's only one of the many things I love about my BFF, besides how he's always glad to see me and we laugh about our arguments and we love each other no matter what. Just like BFFs are supposed to do. Can't wait to hear about YOUR BFFs. And keep checking in, because soon I'll be talking about my next character friend, Lucy Rooney.
Wow. The blog has come a LOOOOONG way since then, hasn't it? Now we have Mini-Women like you who are practically writing the posts! Like Friday, when I asked what we should be HUNGRY for, ASHER, EVE, NIMI, OLIVIA, ANYA, SARA, HALLE BELLE, AMANDA, KAYLEE, MCKENNA and THE LITTLE FLOWER gave the answers I would've given if I hadn't let you ladies go first. You said we need to be hungry for:
* knowing God
* the word of God (and did you give us some great verses about hunger or what?)
* being more like Jesus
* being close to God all the time
* righteousness (the good kind, not "Hey, look at how perfect I am."
* MORE of God
* God's love
* a relationship with God
You totally GOT that it's spiritual hunger we're talking about, and that even though we need to always be hungry for more (sort of like chocolate!), we will never starve. God won't let that happen. God WANTS us at the table.
Especially if it's a party! Thank you so much for your kind words -- and for being the ones who make this blog such a safe, fun, challenging place where we can talk about so many things and never worry that someone is going to put us down or tell us we're nuts. I am as grateful for TWEEN YOU AND ME as you are. I mean, really .... we are celebrating
306,771 visits to the blog
an average of 120 visits every day
We. Are. So. Blessed. To be that hungry. I hope you always find the spiritual food you need here, and if I could, I would be handing out cupcakes with sprinkles right now.
It isn't just Hunger that brings you here. It's something else, too, something that begins with the letter I.
If you want to post a comment today, tell us what I-word we need to BE in order to know that God is right there, waiting to feed us.
And also -- if you want to celebrate Tween You and Me in some small way, tell us how you did that. Me? I'm having another cup of hot chocolate. With cinnamon. Yeah.