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

As I’ve said many times before, 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.

So I stopped reading mommy blogs – for the most part – and started searching out genealogy blogs. And I started blogging about genealogy, too.

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

My daughter looked like this when I started blogging. She is now 6 years old. I keep telling her she’ll always be my baby no matter how old she gets, which is what my mother used to say to me. She just rolls her eyes and says, “I’m NOT a baby!” I probably did the same when I was her age.

Five years ago, I looked like this (and yes, I’d had a little wine). I now look 5 years more exhausted, so we don’t need to go there.

My husband and I have now been married more than 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 the past year, he has ventured into The Twitter, but I doubt he’ll ever get into blogging.

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. Obviously, it didn’t.

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).

2012 has brought some major life changes for me – mostly all good. I have “retired” from several projects so I can spend more time researching and writing, but as usual, I wound up taking on a few more. My daughter is in 1st grade now, still into everything, and always keeping me on my toes. We continue to homeschool part-time, a decision I question on an almost daily basis (!).

Things continue to change. And more ancestors have been found.

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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 five 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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