Thursday, February 11, 2010

Friends. Forever.

Lately I've been thinking of my blog friends. The ones who know me-but not in real life. {Which totally sucks. Because I heart each and every single one of you}.

How I love reading about everyone. What they're doing.

What makes you who you truly are and allowing total strangers into your life. It's completely fascinating. I love it. It's one thing that I can constantly look forward to that won't let me down.

There's something special about this bond of friends that I've created in the {2} wonderful years that I've been blogging.

When I first started this blog journey it was a way for my family to keep up with Isabella. How she's changing. What we're up to.

Then I discovered blogs. Other blogs.

Addictive blogs.

I remember just thinking to myself, wow.

This is amazing. Talking to other people. Interacting with other women.

Because being a brand new mommy in a brand new town? Was hard. I was lonely. I was told that I had PPD and PPAD. Which, if you don't know, means post postpartum depression and a postpartum anxiety disorder.

I was shocked. Ashamed. Embarrassed. I've always been a happy girl. But not during that time. It was the darkest time of my life--in which should have been the happiest time of my life.

So, you see, when I started reading and writing and interacting? It saved me. Saved my sanity. Saved me from going to an even darker place.

And for that, friends? Thank you.

Thank you for being faithful readers. Thank you for your comments. Thank you for the smiles. Thank you for writing your lives out for us to read. It truly is amazing.

I guess what I'm trying to say is when I say I love y'all and I puffy heart y'all...I do. I truly, truly do.

Because we are now friends.

Friends forever.

33 comments:

Much More Than Mommy said...

This is so true! Sweet Valentine! :-)

Nick, Ali and Kendall said...

I recently found your blog and I just love it! I wish I could be your friend in {real life too!} I also just had a baby 5 months ago and PPD is scary and blogging has saved me too! Focusing on happy things and reading about other people really does help! Thanks for your fun blog and for making my days happier! :)

Jewls said...

Bloggy friends are the best! One day I would like to meet them all in real life!

Rach (Mommy Learns to Blog) said...

Aww, what a sweet post! I'm glad you found blogging and I'm even gladder I found blogging! It's what got me through my second major back surgery in 4 months 2 years ago, and I'm so lucky to have landed in the community of blogs I did!

Puffy heart you right back. The only thing I hate about blogging is that most of my BBFFs (bloggy best friends forever, of course) are so far outside of real-life reach. It sucks to meet people you click so strongly with that you wish you could just call to come meet you somewhere for a couple of hours, with the kids or alone ... when you TOTALLY know you'd have THAT friendship!

XXOOXXOO!

Shell said...

Would you think I'm the biggest dork ever if I told you that I'm tearing up? I feel the same way about you! Love you, girl!

I was thinking, though, if you, me, and Mommyologist were all together, we would be laughing and having so much fun that other moms would end up looking at us and thinking WE were the mean girls. How ironic.

Lin said...

Aw, we all puffy heart you too Chelle!

Lauranie said...

*sniff* You are sooo sweet!! I am glad we are friends too!! :D xo

Sophia's Mom said...

I heart you!
We wrote very similar posts for today!!! I started blogging because I was lonely too.

And now we have each other!
Isn't the internet fabulous?!

www.thewannabewahm.com

Dimes2Vines said...

I found you through Friday Follow and enjoy yours as well as others - you are right, they are addictive!

Homesick Cajun said...

I couldn't have said it better. It's amazing the relationships you form with the people you meet on line.

There are so many people who don't understand those relationships, don't understand how you can grow to care about people you don't really know "in real life!"

My family has never understood the friendships I've formed with the people I met on line, including meeting my husband on line. You know what? I feel sorry for those people, the one's who don't understand the friendships...they're missing out on so much!!

I'm glad you found a group of people who helped you!

Lindsay said...

I wasn't reading your blog then but I'm glad to have our friendship now! I love reading your funny stories, seeing your beautiful kids and learning more about you! So thanks for writing :-)

The Mommyologist said...

You know we love you too!! And you were one of the very first blogs I got addicted to!

It is so amazing how you make these connections through the blog world. I feel like I've known some of these girls my whole life and just wish that we could all have some kind of reunion someday and meet!

Pink Haired Momma said...

I love that us moms all came to the blog world to communicate with family and ended up communicating to the world and finding ourselves. It great cheap therapy for these wonderful yet difficult years of mommahood!!!

Krystyn said...

So glad to have found you, too! I love all of my online friends.

amanda said...

totally get it. totally.

heart you right back bloggy bff :)

morewineplease said...

I've really enjoyed getting to know you through your blog! I do agree with this post, and glad this helped you get out of your PPD!

Heather @ Two Little Monkeys said...

That is so sweet. And I love the bloggy world because you get to "meet" other mom's going through the same things you go through.

Jenny said...

puffy heart you too bloggy friend! i am not sure what i would do w/o my bloggy buddies. :)

Clare said...

i love your blog, and hearing about your girls!! xoxo

Candy said...

aw, i Love this post!! What a great insight - so happy u put it to words. I feel the same way. It really is amazing connecting with other women in this way and LEARNING. I've learned so much from bloggy friends including u lady!

Hattie said...

{{HUGS}} b/c that's what we do here in Texas to sweethearts!!! That was just too stinkin' sweet!!! I totally suffered from PPD w/ all four of my boys and no body knows, but me & my doctor. Thanks bunches for hanging out and sharing on here w/ us! I'm so happy to have met you on here!

Angie said...

Aww! I am new here, but have been on your blog before from Shell's.I look forward to developing these friendships!

Honey B. said...

Bloggy friends are amazing, I am truly touched on a daily basis....and you're one of them! *hugs*

Pres. Kathy said...

Thanks for having such an amazing blog! Glad I found it!

Pres. Kathy said...

:-) Have a great weekend

Danielle (Life with the Hewitt Family) said...

I know exactly what you mean. When I started blogging I was in a place that left me frustrated and that I never had time to do anything for me. I love how I have "met" so many ladies. I tell some of the cute stories to Josh and I know that he probably thinks I am just crazy but to me it is the exact same as telling something funny that one of my RL friends said or did. I just love this bloggy world and you are a great bloggy friend!

Bombtastic Belle said...

I remember when I started my first blog - it was on Xanga 6 years ago (I still have one there that I update, it's private since I tend to vent more openly, and this blog on here is for family, lol), it made my life so much easier. I'd just picke dup and moved to MS to be with Rich, never lived alone must less been away from family, marrying a military guy who was about to deploy before our one year anniversary. It was my sanity. I made several good friends off of it, some I know IRL - one is in Columbus, MS as a matter of fact - and I swear the relationships are just the same as if I'd met them in the store and started a convo.

You're amazing - even with PPD. I still think my sister had it with both of her kids, and never got help. My mother is bipolar (and we think my sister is too), and I've had bouts of depression (with meds to help), and I htink it's just part of life - it's not a stigma, life happens and sometimes you just need that extra help. :)

Formerly Gracie said...

Awww... Chelle! I love you too. I'm sorry I've been a bad friend recently-- not keeping up as well as I should, not leaving comments, etc.

I still read you whenever I get a chance, but lately I've been in that dark place. The addition of Baby #2, plus being the new mom in the new place... There are some days when logging on is all I can do to keep from losing it. Well, totally :-P Thank you.

Lisa Campbell said...

I really have enjoyed reading your blog. I wish that I could bog every day like you do.

Llama said...

I swear...it is blogs like yours and people like you that make me happy. I know its weird in some ways...but so wonderful in others. You are amazing...thank you for being such a great friend.

DeAnn said...

well you know I love you too! Im so glad we met thru Traci. I need happy blogger friends in my life! I do.. cause sometimes ya feel like your by yourself.. especially out here.. in Cali. I have no real friends and zero family.. I heart you!!!!!!!!! xoxo

casey aubut said...

I wish I would have had blogging and my blog "friends" when my daughter was born! I think I had a touch of PPD then and felt so alone- and was always so mad at myself because I knew I was missing the wonderful feeling I should have had at the beginning! Love our blog- it is a daily stop now! ;)

Low Expectations said...

What a sweet post! I enjoy reading your blog so much! I may not comment as much as I would like but know that I am reading it all!