Tuesday, October 25, 2011


Last Friday I came home from a long week of work and saw a note sitting on the counter for me!

I get so excited when I open the mailbox and there's more than just bills! Dynamo had left this note on the counter for me.

It was a note from my friend, Rachel! On the front of the card it said "Encourager."

On the inside was the kindest, sweetest, most generous message about me inspiring her and encouraging her on the bike. As tears poured down my face, I ran outside and handed the card to Dynamo to read.

The week before while riding Rachel told me that she felt inspired to do something...to have something that she could do for herself....to learn something new. And...she has chosen sewing. She will be taking a beginning sewing class in December and is so excited. I am so excited for her!

Well, my heart smiled when she told me this!! She told me that she read my blog and it inspired her to get started! Right then I truly felt that all the work that I do on this blog was worthwhile. If I inspire one person to ride a bike or start sewing or make a card or send a card to someone else then everything was worth it.

In the beginning when I started this blog it was to keep family to keep up-to-date on our adventures and maybe start getting my crafts out there. Now, the blog is much more to me! Maybe it will inspire the girl who might not be the skinniest, fastest, or most coordinated to get out there and get on the bike or run a race! Maybe it will inspire someone to start knitting or crocheting! Maybe it will inspire someone to send a card to a friend they've been thinking about! Now, the blog is about doing something for someone else. It's about showing people that they can do anything they want to do if they put their mind to it. I don't have much that I can give, but there's one thing that I can give...that is myself, my love of life, and my love for creating...to share it with others. I want to share what I know in hopes of helping someone else to get out there and try something new.

I always joke and say that I don't think anyone other than my mom, Dynamo's mom, and my few friends read my blog (Elise - you are my faithful reader and I love you for that). I don't get many comments, and at the beginning that was discouraging (Thank you Jim and Missy for faithfully commenting). But...I do get emails from people or calls from friends, or the occasional bar of soap for inspiration in the mail (thanks Mis!) that do let me know someone reads this thing!

But, when I got the card in the mail last week in "honor of my 52 weeks of mail" my heart was so happy! All 367 posts that I've made on here were worthwhile! So, thank you, Rachel! And...thank you to everyone who reads this blog, whether you care about my rugs or our mountain bike monday posts! Dynamo still swears more people like bike stuff than craft stuff :)

I hope each of you out there find your "thing" and if you don't have a "thing" yet just be patient...you will find it. Everyone has gifts. God gives us all gifts and He expects us to use them. God is good.


Charleston Hokie said...

You are inspiring girl. Keep up the blog....I love "tuning" into your life everyday to see what's going on. XOXO

FarmgirlDeb said...

this particular post brought tears to my eyes...happy tears...tears because I understand where you are coming from! Life is so good and I am really enjoying your blog!