In the beginning of this year, my wife and I both agreed to go public with some our most intimate, personal hardships endured over the last several years. What began as a tenuous conversation evolved into an exhilarating, cathartic process, week after week. We both admit that a deepened healing has been experienced as a result of sharing with you, beloved readers. We could not anticipate your responses, much less, the changes in our own heart. This blog was the impetus for new friendships, deepened relationships and a spiritual compass back home for one dear friend. Very little is more familiar to me (Leah) than putting ink to paper and pouring out my experiences, thoughts, feelings, hopes and dreams however; to share the contents of those journals with others, was nothing short of intimidatingly terrifying.
The very first post had to be the most difficult. Publish Immediately, I clicked the little icon and then pulled it back for editing. Publish Immediately, I (Kervens) assured my wife that we’re in this together. So many of our friends and family were afraid to broach the subject; I mean how do you come out and ask….”So how is your walk with God since all your children died?” Can you really bear to hear us talk about Solomon, Amelie, Zoe and Cassia and not worry for us? How is our marriage, our mental, emotional and even physical health? We were more afraid of the slew of painful questions like, “Am I seeing this or that specialist? Have I tried this or that natural, homeopathic remedy? Have I met with this preacher or shaman for prayer and spiritual light and instruction?” Instead of fear-driven interactions, we received words of encouragement, prayers, and empathetic engagement. As you assured us of your comfort, we were comforted.
Thank you family and friends for your presence on this journey. We know that we are not alone. So for every word read, for every comment sent, for the phone calls, the Facebook likes, the Twitter favs, emails shared and donations made, Thank you! We appreciate you for all this and so much more. We look forward to sharing and revealing more of our hearts, fears, pains, adventures and deepest hopes with you in 2015.
On this day, we celebrate the launch of our blog by sharing some stats and mile-markers. We celebrate the days of 2014, such as the, Forget Me Not Memorial Event and our five (5) year wedding anniversary and we look forward to the future. 2015 will include new fundraising endeavors like KickStarter, opportunities for you to post your story with us, a devotional and most importantly, opportunities to look at God’s love for us as we reflect over our lives. Please celebrate responsibly and graciously. Share love with a new and different face, in a new and different place, in a new and different way…why…because that’s what He did for us all.
Happy New Years family!
The Toussaints 🙂
The WordPress.com stats helper elves prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
- A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,300 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 55 trips to carry that many people.
- Our website was viewed by over 56 countries, most of which from the United States with Brazil & Italy not too far behind.
- The most popular and the most read post was Ever After