Sunday, December 6, 2009


50,000 King Penguins
Without even realizing it, my blog hit the 50,000 hit mark this week. I just can't believe that within one year, that many people pushed the button and clicked on my little blog. It seems fitting during this waiting period of advent to express my thanks for all the support I've gotten this past year from each of you. Blogging is one part addiction but three parts grace. I mean that. While it has consumed me, periodically, it has also given me new friends, new ideas, spiritual support, encouragement, laughter and even literal gifts.

My community has expanded tenfold and I can honestly say that above all, the isolation I felt in that very special world of raising a child with disabilities is completely gone. Completely! Can you even begin to understand how profound that is?

Writing almost daily in this blog has also sparked that deepest, most essential creative spirit within. I feel as if the muscle, so necessary to exercise in order to write, has grown stronger, more limber, more expressive.

And while writing is also a necessity to me, something that I'd do lonely and cooped up in my room, in front of this screen, having you as the "audience" has been invaluable. Thank you.

And now, before I really start to wax silly, I'll sign off with today's Carol of the Day. I went to an Episcopal prep school and every Christmas the choir did Lessons and Carols. The first carol always began with one soprano in the back of the darkened church singing this. It still sends chills up my spine.


  1. Thank you for the gifts that you have given me in the past year, of companionship, inspiration, laughter, support and affirmation. I'm so glad that we've met here!

  2. Congratulations!! I am just beginning to figure out the world of blogging. You captured it so well in your post! Your words reach far beyond your own circle as I share some of your thoughts with my grad students as well as often inspiring a shift in my own thinking. It is also wonderful when someone else reads one's words. Now that I have more than 5 people reading my blog (maybe 10!) it adds another layer to the process, enriching and enhancing my thoughts. Thank you for your excellent work!

  3. Beautiful. Can I tell you how much I'd like Charles to be a boy soprano singing in a choir like this? Alas, I think that's unlikely to happen.

    And congratulations from a regular lurker on hitting the 50,000 mark. While I can only imagine the challenge/isolation of raising a child with disabilities, I can completely relate to the joy of finding an "audience" for your creativity - so important...

  4. Congratulations :) I love your blog for so many reasons. And I am very glad that we have cyber-met.

  5. What a beautiful and unique way to mark this milestone. And yes, as superflous as blogging can be, if used well, it can grant more gifts than expected. I'm glad you've been flooded.

  6. Thank you Elizabeth, for all you write, and all you do. You are an inspiration on many levels.

    And thank you for this carol- we used to start O Come Emmanuel in the same way. Transcendent.

  7. You, my dear, are the epitome of good writing, heartfelt messages, and giving of yourself.
    I thank you for every post you've written, every post you'll write.

  8. Congrats. I can relate to the appreciation you feel from blogging. Blessings during the holiday season. I went to Catholic school and love Christmas carols.

  9. Here I am, officially unlurking myself to tell you congratulations!

  10. Congratulations.
    And on that no longer feeling isolated thing... how incredible for you.
    I am grateful to be able to come here and receive whatever your giving on each day. Thank you, and looking forward to more.
    And I should also add , that you have lead me to other great blogs, and who knows the so on and so on of that.

  11. Amazing! Congratulations!!! And what a recriprocal gift, the feeling of community and understanding you've created with your blog. Celebrate!

  12. Congratulations, Elizabeth! I can understand how profound it must be not to feel isolated, I'm happy that you found a community through your blog. Thank you for blogging.

  13. Wow! What an accomplishment in so short of time. Here is to 50K more!

  14. Amazing -- 50,000! You are way less isolated and so are we, your readers. Your authenticity and grace are a gift to all of us Elizabeth!!



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