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How 2011 Added Up

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 82,000 times in 2011. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 4 days for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

This is pretty cool, but this is how the year added up for my blog.  How did 2011 add up in real life?  Well, it was quite a year, full of ups and downs, turmoil and surprises.  My husband got very sick and almost died, my oldest child traveled to the other side of the country without us and later started high school, my second youngest started kindergarten, I felt like my children were leaving the nest too quickly and my heart broke a little.  My marriage was tested, I rediscovered the value of true friendship, we got rid of a dog, I got pregnant, and we adopted a new dog.   I’ve found myself at times in despair and at times swelling with hope and optimism.  It’s been a learning experience, and hopefully a growing experience.

Somehow in the midst of all this, I got to be 16 weeks pregnant.  The weeks are flying by, and I often forget I’m even pregnant.

I feel good – better, probably, than a 44-year-old woman should feel with her sixth pregnancy.  I have been feeling the faint stirrings of this new life within me, gradually growing stronger, and I am again aware of the magic of it all, and I am grateful.  Scared of what the future might hold, but grateful.

As I grow this baby and attempt to potty train both a toddler and a puppy, all the while still trying to keep all my ducks in a row, I am ready to move on to a new year, however arbitrary it is.  After all, tomorrow’s just another day, isn’t it?  But I’m hopeful.  For peace, and good health, and contentment, and yes, love.

A big thank you to everyone who takes a few minutes out of their day or week to read my humble blog; I appreciate you.

Happy New Year.