Monday, October 8, 2012

Community

When I started blogging in 2009, I really just did it for us.  I loved the concept of documenting our lives through this medium.  I never in a billion years thought anybody other than our parents would read it, but I knew it would be fun to look back and see our journey.
 
Never, ever did I think it would turn into what it has turned into for me.  Now, blogging is not only a way for me to journal our life, but it is a community.  It is comprised of a group of dear friends, many of whom I've never even met in real life.  I know that sounds so weird to somebody who isn't in it.
 
Just something about blogging brings people together.  It's a great group of women that just kind of "get" each other.  We're from all over the world, which is one of the things that makes this group unique.  We're all different, with different views and opinions on many things, but that's what makes it interesting.
 
I love following others in the journey of life, just as many of you follow our journey.  We celebrate great times and are there for each other in not so great times.  So, so many people prayed for us through the miscarriages, and I can never than you all enough for that.  You were there when we announced our pregnancy and celebrated Emma Ramey's birth.  It truly is like having a support group of people you have never met (again, sounds weird, I know...but it really is an incredible thing).
 
This community spirit was shown more than I have ever seen it yesterday.  I'm sure most of you have read about sweet Julee losing her husband over the weekend.  It's one of the most tragic things I can imagine.  My heart hurts so much for her...it's all I could think about yesterday.
 
But, in the middle of such a sad time in this community, there has been such generosity and love shown.  Almost immediately, the talk on twitter turned to "what can we do?"  A fundraiser was organized (which is still going through 5:00 central time today) and a silent auction is already planned for next week (which I will be participating in).  There is even a place to sign up to send Julee encouraging mail.  This was all within 24 hours.  I was absolutely blown away.
 
I have never been more proud to be part of this community. I truly believe that people are fundamentally good, and yesterday showed this.  I am very thankful for my group of "internet friends" today!