Four years ago today, I published my first blog post. It was, shall we say, NOT my best work.

I started this blog with the assumption that I would be a “mommy-blogger.” After all, everyone who was anyone was a mommy-blogger back in the day. And I was a mommy… with a blog… so… there you go.

I now, however, consider myself to be a geneamommyblogger.

I’d been reading blogs for a year or so before I decided to give it whirl myself. And back in the day, there were only a handful of people blogging about genealogy. Somehow, I stumbled across Randy Seaver’s Genea-Musings one day, and he had links to a few others who were blogging about genealogy.

I stopped reading mommy blogs – for the most part – and started reading genealogy blogs.

I’d found my people.

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It’s hard to believe how much life has changed in four short years.

My daughter looked like this when I started blogging. She now looks like this.

I looked like this (and yes, I’d had a little wine). I now look 4 years more tired, so we don’t need to go there.

My husband and I have now been married twice as long as we were in 2007. He still hates it when I talk about him on my blog. I try not to, but sometimes I can’t help myself.

In 2007, I was recovering from a fall down the stairs, which included surgery, a plate and 8 screws, a cast, a wheelchair, lots of meds, and 4 months of physical therapy.

In 2009, I recovered from herniated discs in my lower back and neck. This included x-rays, two MRIs, a CT scan with a myelogram, lots of meds, and another 5 months of physical therapy. I thought the pain in my right arm would kill me. 

In 2011… no major physical traumas, thank goodness! I still battle the disc pain, and I’m still too chicken to have the plate in my ankle removed. But I’m not in a wheelchair, cast, or crutches, I’m off the meds, I can type again, and I haven’t seen a physical therapist in 2 years (no offense to physical therapists).

Things continue to change. And overall, life is good.

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I’m so thankful that I’ve had this blog. It’s given me a place to sharea place to learna place to cry, a place to laugh, and a place to remember.

And I’m thankful to you for coming along for the ride. Knowing and sharing with you has made this journey so much more special.

It has truly been an amazing four years!

Copyright © by Elizabeth O’Neal

Elizabeth is a professional genealogist and California native living in the Santa Barbara area. She has been researching her own family for almost three decades, and providing research services to others for about 8 years.

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