We’re celebrating 10 years at NSS!
It was 10 years ago today that I decided to launch this blog on the Feast of St. Francis de Sales, patron saint of communicators. Where has the time gone? Back in those early days, I was blogging every day, sometimes more than once a day. That was before social media had become the norm, and so what today would be a Facebook post was a full-blown blog post back then. Originally, I started the blog as a way to get out there ahead of my 2008 book, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Catholic Catechism (Yes, that’s just about 10 years old as well!). But very quickly this blog became a place to explore my spiritual life, share recipes and travel stories, commiserate over my struggles, and post photos and anecdotes from my life as a mom. The blog truly lived up to its name back then. It was NOT strictly spiritual. One day I might post a survey that showed which Disney princess I was or what punctuation mark best suited me. The next day I’d be posting about Thomas Merton. You never knew what you’d get, and that’s what I loved about this space. What I still love about this space. And there were fan favorites as well: Foodie Friday, Manic Monday, Wisdom Wednesday.
Now, all these years later, a lot has changed. While I still maintain a chunk of my freelance writing business, I spend my days working for the Diocese of Albany, and so blogging has dropped off significantly. Not to mention the fact that my kids have reached the age where they now have veto power of my sharing of their stories. Those are no longer my stories to share; they get to write their own stories now. Recipes and travel are on the back burner while I go about the business of my current daily life. And while I’m not here as often as I used to be (or would like to be), this blog will always be one of my favorite places to hang out. I thank those who have continued to visit day after day, year after year, and I welcome those who only recently have joined us. I will do my best to be present here at least somewhat regularly. A special thank you to those who comment or send me emails when a particular post speaks to them. I appreciate the support, encouragement, and sharing.
When I started this blog, I did so with a prayer, and so I will share that prayer again here today on this special anniversary:
Do not look forward in fear to the changes of life;
rather, look to them with full hope that as they arise,
God, whose very own you are,
will lead you safely through all things;
and when you cannot stand it,
God will carry you in His arms.
Do not fear what may happen tomorrow;
the same everlasting Father who cares for you today
will take care of you then and every day.
He will either shield you from suffering,
or will give you unfailing strength to bear it.
Be at peace,
and put aside all anxious thoughts and imagination.
— St. Francis de Sales