Wednesday, March 30, 2011

A Songbird's Year

It’s been one year since A Songbird in Your Court went live. Can you believe it?  Happy Blogiversary!

It all started when I read Mindy’s blog to keep updated on her pregnancy with twins since she was on bed rest. Then I fell in love with Siestaville. Soon after I discovered that my friend Brigetta blogged, as did her BFF Krista whom I also know and love. It started, this teeny little dream to have my own space on the internet, my own little nest. But I didn’t have an angle, a story, or even a name. All I had was me.

Then I was driving to a vocal lesson one night. I was going to be singing in front of a few people who make me nervous so I was practicing and praying. I was trying to surrender my jitters and my need to be impressive when I heard that beloved whisper, “you are a songbird in My court.” And my blog was born.

I opened with this question which no one responded to, so I guess I’m the only one. But I can live with that. I came to accept my weirdness long ago. I began to chronicle spring days and my own struggles. Some of those early posts were lo-o-o-ng. But then so are some of my Late to Lent posts. I like to talk, big surprise. It may be why I have my own blog. I’ve cooked with you (ok I’ve mixed liquids but more cooking is coming. I can cook! I made that cake in the first pic from scratch.) I’ve dragged invited you to show and tell. And even begun to share (albeit very sporadically) some of the books I love. Together we’ve traveled  to New England, Florida and of course, Big Sur, in the process conquering my fear of flying.

I got to introduce you to the furry keeper of my heart. And you all loved on me as I had to say goodbye. Man, that still hurts to write.

I’ve shared my hopes, my dreams, my fears and my heartaches. And you have listened. In return I’ve found the most wonderful, supportive community. You all rock! Really you do. You make me cry, gasp, giggle and sometimes even snort with laughter. So I think the only fitting response is a giveaway.

Allow me to introduce you to my friend Jessica Ripka. The first time I heard Jess sing, (6-7 yrs ago yikes! Jess is that right?) I was blown away. Girl has some pipes. She also has style. I mean she was rocking tights and cute galoshes 6 years ago. Way ahead of trend. I’ve had the distinct pleasure of watching her unfurl her wings and learn to fly as an artist. Now check her out.

Isn’t she awesome? I am offering Jessica’s album Don’t Listen to My Face to one randomly chosen commenter. If she is in town (Jess has some gypsy blood in her so you really can’t predict how long she’ll be around) I’ll even get her to autograph it to you.

The rules (like almost every other giveaway out there) are as follows.

1. Leave a comment to this post. Any old random thing that you want to say. I’m listening. This will give you one entry.
2. If you want a second entry become a follower and leave me a comment stating that you are a follower. If you already are a follower please still leave an extra comment stating that you are already a follower! That is two entries.
3. If you want a third entry, post about my giveaway on your blog, Facebook or Twitter and leave a comment telling me that you are posting about my giveaway and which site you posted to. That is three entries.
Important: You need to leave a separate comment for each entry!!!
The give-away ends Saturday April 9th at 12:00 pm Pacific Time.

Have fun and thanks for making this last year so memorable.
big hugs,
Blog Med Sig 4


happygirl said...

Happy blogiversary!!! Love hearing how your blog got its name. Maybe if I prayed more and whined less I would hear that beloved voice, too.

David N. said...

Happy anniversary! Buy yourself some flowers and pretend they're from all of us. Or, you know, don't. Up to you.

Seriously though, congrats. Most bloggers bomb out after a couple months. You've continued to write consistent, personal content, and your blog will keep growing because of it.

David N. said...

Also: totally a subscriber. Just thought you'd want to know.

Jodi said...

I'm so glad to have been invited to your nest. I want a slice of that cake.

Jodi said...

I already follow. Is there any tea to go with the cake?

Anonymous said...

happy bloggyversary joybird.... and i read your puppy post you linked to. oh my - i might not have ever read a post about someone who loved her doggie so much as you! it was beautiful.

Cara @ Whimsy Smitten said...

Happy blogiversary! Cake?! Don't mind if I do!

Thanks for dropping by and for your encouraging words. They, and you, are much appreciated. <3

Jen said...

I've done the same thing with the fridge. If I had known about your blog then, I would have responded.

I love how you heard His sweet voice. I hear it in much the same way.

Jen said...

And I'm following you now, but not just because of the giveaway, but because I like your voice.

BTW, if you are interested, I have a link up on Tuesdays called Soli Deo Gloria. Some of your followers are part of this. Click below for more info.

nic said...

beautiful cake...and i'm so very glad you did decide to begin sharing your thoughts here a year ago. i've been blessed many a time by your perspective. happy blogiversary, joybird.

Lisa notes... said...

You've made the blogosphere a better place by singing in it! Thanks for the joy you add.

Brian Miller said...

woot. i want in...

happy happy happy happy happy happy happy happy happy happy happy happy happy happy happy happy happy happy happy happy happy happy happy happy happy happy happy happy happy happy

(pauses for breath)

blogoversary to YOOOUUUUUUUU!

imoomie said...

Happy super-duper blogaversary to you! The blog world is a better place with you in it!

Don't you love how everyone spells blog anniversary different??

TK said...

see God works in mysterious ways....and here I am at your blog and thinking oh how fab and what an encouragement to read your blog recently turned one as well and it has been a changing year for me and defining in so many ways - thankyou for visiting with me!! TK xx

TK said...

Now following your blog as well... oh I am looking forward to lots of songbird love in my court!! TK xx

Cheryl said...

I would love a chance to win!

Cheryl said...

I am your latest follower. ;)

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