This is the 500th post on this blog.  Maybe I should write something special today.

Should.  I should go back and update the links.  I should tag posts.  I should update the header photo, which still shows us as a family of 3 from 4 years ago.  I should assemble and print baby books from the kids’ monthly updates through age four.  I should at least make our wedding album.

But instead I upload photos, and write, and upload photos with the occasional video thrown in.  This is it, what I compile of our life.

I love blogging here (and here, and here).  I love going back and experiencing a snapshot of our lives over the last five years.  I especially enjoy the times when I felt literary or lucked into producing some clever anecdote.  Those times I wonder, who was she?  As a new mom, so much of my creative energy flowed here, captured on paperwhite and bronzed in cyber space.

Where am I now?  Slowly, I slipped into being a working mom.  The kids go to preschool, and I juggle like all moms do.  The house, the meals, taxiing, training, blogging and managing a decent social and travel calendar.  Often my intentions of connecting with home are realized too little too late (literally – time zones!), and I take solace in the fact that I’ve put a little out here.  Even if our connection is one-sided, I’m glad to write and post for you.  Thank you for coming.

I wasn’t sure where I was going when I started this post.  But here it is.  I’m thankful.  Thankful for my literacy, my education, this outlet, my experiences, memories and snapshots.  And thankful for the readers who have connected with us these 5 years and 500 posts.  Thankful when you tell me you read the blog. Thank you.

Off on another adventure, our flight leaves in 4 hours.  Look for the trip report soon!

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