I first started blogging about six years ago. My kids were little and they gave me plenty of stories to share and it was a good way to let family and friends keep up with us.


We debated the best way to cut waffles, took a poll as to whether the edge brownie pieces were best, and found ridiculous time consuming games. (Seriously, boomshine. Click at your own risk though...it's addictive.) 

There would be the occasional bouts of silence, words that I wished I could take back, and others that I wish I would remember more often. 

I stopped blogging back around April. After months of quiet I realized that I still wanted to blog but I wanted to do it differently and Life Through My Lens was born. I still tell stories about my family and share recipes and I am showing a lot more of my photography. I'm trying to be more deliberate so there are fewer words to regret and more worth remembering.

Since it began in August I have met many new people and welcomed back old friends. I've enjoyed the camaraderie and encouragement that has been shared here and on other blogs. 

When I logged in this afternoon I noticed that I've had almost 4000 visits. I know there are blogs who see that much traffic in a week but it seemed like kind of a lot to me.

So I decided to celebrate by hosting my first ever give away.  I am going to give a set of four note cards to one of my readers. All you have to do is leave a comment telling me what you enjoy about the blogging world.

The front of the card is one of my favorite images. I love hydrangeas and the soft white teapot just looks soothing to me. 


The top inside of the card is printed with a beautiful benediction from Numbers 6 and the bottom half is blank for your personal message.



Winner will be chosen randomly and announced on Tuesday, December 18th. Winner will have one week to contact me at whatmartysees@gmail.com to give me an address in order for me to mail the cards.


16 Comments

  1. For me it is all about the community. I have made some of best friends from blogging and if I had never started then I would have never found those special people.

    Mollyxxx

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    1. That's so true! There are people that I look for either here or on their blogs and if it's quiet for a bit I wonder what is going on in their world. Of course that could just mean I am nosy ;-)

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  2. This was so beautifully written! Love how you said more words to remember and fewer to regret!

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  3. Your cards are just beautiful!! I LOVE hydrangeas, too!! I have planted several small bushes and am waiting (not so patiently) for them to get growing ;) ~ Blogging is an outlet for me...some days it's even therapeutic. I am so thankful for the lovely community of bloggy friends I have met and get to share with!! Hope you had a great week!!

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    1. Thanks, Amanda! You are one of the people I was thinking of when I wrote this post. I loved finding your blog and just enjoy the few minutes when I am reading it in the the midst of my busy day.

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  4. There's something over hydrageneas - I'm not an excellent Gardner, but I love to take pictures of hydrageneas! I like cards with Scripture verses - Have you printed this beautiful card self or is it printed by a firm? It would be a nice idea to make a set of cards from photos, designing the text etc.
    Well, the community means a lot to me in blogging. Blogging might also serve as a place of solitude as a break from the daily things :-)
    Wishing you a great weekend, Marty!

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    1. I actually had these printed by a company. I enjoy giving them as a gift but also just to send someone...something a little different than what you'd find in a store.
      And, yes! I totally use blogging as a break from my daily activities :-)

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  5. Congrats to you. Each blogging milestone is one to be acknowledged. I would have to say that the friendships- true friendships with those I have met only online through this virtual space has been amazing. Beyond what I ever thought it could be.

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    1. It's amazing how bonds form over cyberspace isn't it? You just sort of get into each others lives :-)

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  6. what a beautiful giveaway ~ and congrats to you ~

    (A Creative Harbor) aka ArtMuseDog and Carol ^_^

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  7. Yay for your first giveaway!! Thanks for sharing with my NO RULES Weekend Blog Party :))

    Paula
    lifeasweknowitbypaula.blogspot.com

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    1. I was delighted to link up with your weekend party...it's always so much fun to be a part of!

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  8. What fun it has been getting to know you through your words here and your comments. The cards you are giving away are lovely. Hydrangeas are one of my favorite flowers. Is it a picture that you took?

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I appreciate any thoughts you'd like to share...it makes our visits so much more enjoyable!

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