January 14, 2013 6:33 PM

Mommylife 8th Blog Anniversary

Eight years ago today, Barbara began her blog. I remember when she made the decision and told me that she felt God was taking her in a new direction.  She felt that God wanted her to impact His world in a more immediate relational way and that this new technology called blogging would be an ideal venue. She felt limited in reaching a broader audience, even though she'd already authored a number of books, countless magazine articles, and newspaper columns. Little did she know what an impact she would have....
Thanks to Lexie (I don't have anyone to "remind" me anymore except Barbara's many daughters and sisters :) and her going through Barbara's archives for her past posts on the previous anniversaries and sending them along with a reminder to me of this important day.  I have posted them below, along with her sweet note and reason why she did this for us. If any of you are so moved, please let us know what Mommylife has meant to you over the years. I urge you all to take continuing use of the incredible amount of wisdom stored here in her archives. It truly is a valuable resource.  
                             BTW: Lexie's main blog spot is  LexicalLight.com

Hi, Tripp, 
Barbara's blog birthday is tomorrow, so I put together the link from all her previous blog birthdays. If you'd like to post it for her blog birthday, I would be honored. I'll include the post in the text of this email and as a Word document. Let me know if it doesn't work. 

Why? Barbara's blog was one that inspired me to blog and to write. I started my blog in April of 2005. She kindly responded to my email about how to become a writer. One was to attend a conference. The conference I attended that year is one I now speak at every year. 

I consider her a writing mentor, as well as a life mentor. 

Thanks for continuing to post. I appreciate the effort it must take. 

It seems I think of Barbara often in my laundry room. When I do, I think of her I pray for your family.

Thanks for your time, 
Lexie

In honor of Mommylife's 8th blog birthday on January 15, 2013 here are the links to the posts Barbara wrote on previous blog birthdays, including the first post. (Starting in 2009 the posts all have her blog story; she updates the blog stats and does a quick recap in each one.)

January 15, 2012 Mommylife 7th blogiversary
"But I've always thought that real life was more interesting than anything I could make up. And my own call is to share mine as openly as possible so that others will be unafraid to share their own."

January 15, 2011 Happy Birthday, MommyLife - 6 years blogging
"In the past six years, I have written 8038 entries at MommyLife - and you have made 28,088 comments. Today's Sitemeter visit count stands at 3,032,368 - though my Awstats counter registers 2.5 times the daily visits Sitemeter captures. Currently, I'm averaging 7000 visits/day ".

January 15, 2010 Happy Birthday, MommyLife!
"In the excitement over Maddy's American Idol adventure, I forgot to anticipate my Blog Birthday. So here I am - after my "unprecedented" (to use a favorite White House word) 11-day blog hiatus - getting back into the swing of things when I realize it's actually January 15th and I have now been blogging for five years."

January 20, 2009 MommyLife Blogiversary - #4
"My Blogiversary was January 15 - but my blog was kaput that day, an unusual occurrence thanks to the faithfulness of my BlogGuru who has overseen its behind-the-scenes for 3 1/2 of its 4 years (Thank you, King of Fools)."

January 15, 2008 My Blog Birthday - and Book Giveaway Winners
"Today is the day! My third Blog Birthday! In the past three years, I have written 2468 entries at MommyLife and you have made 10,110 comments. Together we have informed and encouraged each other. You have seen me lose 90 pounds and I have seen you all have a lot of babies!"

January 15, 2007 Happy Birthday to MommyLife!
"Remember back in the days when if you read something you loved in a magazine, you'd cut it out and tuck it away? Maybe to celebrate this birthday, if any of you have favorite entries here, you can share the link in the comments below. If you've forgotten where to find it, just google the title or keywords in my personal Google on the right. I'd love to know what made a difference in your life."


January 15, 2006 Happy Birthday to MommyLife!
"Okay, I know I've been like a little kid counting down the days 'til my birthday. Believe me, I don't do this with my real one! But my blogging birthday gives me a chance to reflect on the past year and how much my blog has come to mean to me."

January 15, 2005 Yo ho, Yo ho, the Mommy Life for me!  (First post.)
"Here's why we need to talk: I've been a mother of toddlers for 35 years."
"On the technical side, I must confess I'm stumbling in the dark setting up this blog.  I wish I knew more, but hope to learn as I go along.  I'm just so anxious to get the conversation going!  Books and columns aren't as immediate and alive as a blog.
  I plan to post five times a week - with lots of pratical ideas and inspiration for helping your children reach their potential even as you reach your own.  Do you know other mommies who could use some encouragement?  Then please pass it on."

Love,
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Tripp, Barbara's emails with me, books, and blog helped to change my views on Christianity and parenthood to a more positive light. Her work has meant a great deal to me. I think of her every time I hear a political story that affects children or someone says something in front of their kids that makes it sound like their kids are a burden rather than a blessing. I appreciate that you have continued to post. I used to read her work daily and her words continue to echo in my mind.

Posted by: Gen | January 14, 2013 11:14 PM

Barbara and I began blogging at almost the same time, although she quickly outpaced me. I'm not sure if I can begin to tell you how much she has meant to me over these last eight years. She was there to encourage and counsel me through 3 pregnancies, 1 miscarriage, difficult decisions about family planning, beginning to homeschool, a "complicated" toddler and many other issues that come up in the life of a mommy. She congratulated me on this pregnancy just days before she went home.
I'm so thankful that you've decided to keep her blog up for now. It's such a blessing to come here when I wonder what she would've said about this or that. Or just to get a little feel for her presence. I miss her often and pray for her family as they try to press forward.

Posted by: Shannon Miller | January 15, 2013 2:30 PM

Oh, Momma C, I am missing you tonight as I do frequently. You were such a mentor to me... I've been following the blog nearly since the beginning, I think even before Katherine was born 6 years ago. Thanks for sharing the wisdom, delight, and HUMOR in being a mom!

Tripp, thank you so much for continuing to post here. I pray for you and your family often.

Posted by: Becky Castle Miller | January 15, 2013 4:36 PM

I always appreciated Barbara's openness and honesty about her life and you are no different, Tripp. Thanks for continuing to post from time to time and for reminding me of today's anniversary.

Posted by: Crystal | January 16, 2013 12:23 AM

Thanks, Tripp, for continuing to post on Mommylife. I've follwed Barbara since pretty much the beginning. I loved her openness and her guts for not being afraid to stand up for what she felt was right. I miss her especially these days when there is such political turmoil and would love to know her take on these topics. I'm sure she is helping St. Michael the Archangel 'defend us in battle'. As always, you and your family are in my prayers.

Posted by: Chris | January 16, 2013 11:52 AM

Barbara's blog has been a huge inspiration to me ever since I discovered it years sgo. I learned so many things from her about parenting and teaching my children. When I found out 17 months ago that my youngest has Down Syndrome, I knew Barbara and her blog were one of the first places to turn for encouragement and practical wisdom. I miss Barbara and her wisdom. Thank you for continuing her blog.

Posted by: Karen | January 21, 2013 11:21 PM

I have been following Barbara's blog going on 5 years and loved coming here for insight on all things passionate to her. I agreed with her on so many things and she always was so resourceful and knowledgable. I do miss her but so glad she is with our Heavenly Father.

Thank you Tripp for keeping us up to date with your family and I have "grown up" with your family through the years and enjoy still hearing about them.

Posted by: Megan | February 17, 2013 12:46 PM

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