Sunday, October 05, 2008


Oh my goodness. Braydon and I have known for a long time that we have several hundred readers (last check we have about 1,500-2,000 unique visitors per week). That's not too many people when you consider the millions who are surfing in blogland. But still, seeing as we started this blog thinking that we'd have a handful of readers (our parents mainly!), we do get quite a kick out of this-- how strange it is that so many people find some interest in our little life. And we know that our blog is meaningful for lots of people because we pretty regularly receive comments and/or email from people all over telling us how much our blog means to them. But I had absolutely no idea that posting something like the "Ugh." post below would spark such a reaction (especially since it was posted on a Saturday afternoon-- our blog's slowest traffic day). Within 24 hours we had almost 50 loving supportive heart-felt comments from readers all over the place. With very few exceptions these comments are from people we've never met in real life and probably never will. When I posted it I had actually thought that the nasty-anons would start pelting me with their defense. It had never occurred to me that the post would get the reaction it got. Wow. Reading through those comments is humbling and embarrassing and inspiring and rejuvenating all at once. Wow, thank you all. We feel the love. We feel the love. Thanks y'all. And thanks for reading.
P.S. I took the photo above this afternoon. I don't want to get too cheesey on you all... or sound like a bad poet or something... but... I was just struck by this huge gorgeous majestic tree growing up with such strong beautiful branches, and sitting there, right in the middle, is a dead stub of a branch. The symbolism is transparent, don't you think?


Mom to 3 said...

Hi J-M family!

I am a totally addicted reader of your blog. I love your "here's what we did today" posts along with the thought-provoking adoption related posts.

It is totally obvious that you and Braydon are extremely loving parents who only want to do what is best for their children.

I (selfishly) hope that both of you continue to write. I love your parenting style. Just looking at the pure joy in the faces of your children and the confidence that they exude ought to tell you that you are doing something right!!

Much love and hope to continue reading for a long long time!

Bek said...

I am sorry for the icky comments. I have to say that EVERY time I publish something about adoption I get them too. I makes me so sad because clearly people don't know our whole story (or yours) and they are judging on what we share with them... sorry.

I always send them a note that says something to the effect of "This is my house, I would not allow you to say these things to me in my home, so if you can't play nice, then don't come here".... still.

Your blog has helped so many, but it cannot come at too big of a price for you.... hang in there!

Love the new header too!

Beverly said...

What I am discovering about the nasty anon comments is that they will pick one or two posts to rot on about but then don't necessarily come back to defend their own stupidity when confronted publically. Sorry to hear you got comments like that on your adoption talk.

Heza Hekele said...

The second picture of Meera is my favorite. Those cheeks!

Lovely Photography all around!

happy mom said...

as live gets crazy as it always is, I find less time to come and read your blog, but it is such an inspiring blog. I am sorry as well that there are those people that just can't remember the golden rule as you said.

I do hope you stay open and don't go private and I think your little ones are so cute!