December 30, 2010

renaissance

[Feed readers, click through to see my new 'do.]

Well, well, well.

Crazy as it seems, five years ago today I started this blog.
Who knew. Seriously.

Truth be told, it was all on a whim- the blog, the title, what I thought I had to say. Over time, we found each other- and link after link, word after word ... it's been one heckuva long ride.

And here we are.


I have a feeling I will always be writing, whether it's here 

or in my head 

or on the back of opened envelopes.

My cape and mask (and sometimes moustache), this blog allows me to be who I dream to be, to meet myself, to pretend, to expose, to confide, to discover, and to break free from expectations and "the norm" and the... mundane.

And yet, as much as I try to break free from it, I find so much hidden beauty there, in all its flaws, the every day life.

This is my escape in which I find out that I actually love from whence I have fled, even if gone just for a moment. And so I write, and am ready to return.



blog design by the fabulous and beautiful @sarahviola

64 comments:

  1. Happy Blogiversary! Love your new look and I am so glad you up-and-started this blog those 5 years ago :)

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  2. Thanks, Drea!

    (I'm also testing my comment.)

    Steph

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  3. Lovey love LOVE the new look. Here I was thinking I was all happy and content with the look I've been sporting for a while, but now you're making me want to get a re-do, too! ;)

    Always writing . . . don't I know it. (And have stacks of church bulletins and scrap envelopes and receipts and all manner of paper with notes/ideas/thoughts scrawled across them to prove it.)

    I'm so glad you do what you do. I've learned so much from you through the years, and visiting you here is always, always a treat!

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  4. aw, i love this. and your new look! xo

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  5. oooh, look at your pretty new digs!

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  6. Congrats Steph! Selfishly, I'm so happy you started this blog because it is how I met you! I'll never forget our first IRL moments, walking along the boardwalk at Disney, chatting, and getting your happy, positive energy!

    And congrats on the new look! xoxo Christine

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  7. LOVE your new look, Sarah did awesome! 5 years, huh? That is pretty awesome! I love reading your blog and getting to know you, even though I would love to meet you in person. :)

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  8. I like the clean, crisp new look! And I love hearing what your blog means to you. Here's to another 5 years (at least) (more would be better but I don't want to appear greedy).

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  9. I LOVE THE NEW LOOK! It is perfect! Happy 5 years of blogging. Don't ever stop writing.

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  10. ooh the new look is lovely steph. congrats on five years. here is to many, many more!!

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  11. LOVE the new look! That picture at the top is so so perfect and adorable! Love your blog,the way you write and the titles you put on your posts!

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  12. Your blog is a blessing to me - congrats on 5 years. I love the new look.

    I had to laugh about writing on envelopes - I do that as well!

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  13. Happy Blog Anniversary! I love your new look. Your blog was the first "mom blog" I have read. I love how you love your children and you inspire me to be a great mom. Thanks for sharing your heart every day!

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  14. Oh love it! AND I wanted to let you know I found a semi easy looking baby blanket pattern I'm going to try out-it is a mitered blanket...I knit triangles and then sew them together?? I think...Anyways, I'll be starting this weekend so I am a bit excited :)

    Take care, Happy, Wonderful new years and HAPPY BIRTHDAY to your blog :)

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  15. LOVE LOVE LOVE the new look, wow 5 year already :-)

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  16. Love the new look and congrats on 5 years in the blogging world.

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  17. congrats on 5 years! and the new look is great!

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  18. I love the new look Steph!!! It is very similar to what I want to change mine to :) Looks good.

    Happy Blogaversary :) So glad you are writing.

    xoxoxo

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  19. Happy Anniversary!! And the new header?? Just gorgeous! xoxox

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  20. Love the new look! Great shot of the kids in the header, and I love the little mustache. Perfect. Great post, of course. Congrats on 5 years!!

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  21. Adore this new look, Steph! Happy bloggy anniversary. Your writing style has matured so much over the years. You're truly a writer.

    Nell

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  22. Love the new look with one small exception...I wish we could see Noah's sweet face. Happy blogging. I for one am very happy you started this blog. I love your writing style. You have such a flair for the written word. It's one of my favorite stops when I start reading blogs.

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  23. Gorgeous! Absolutely love the new look. I've been mulling over doing a redo at my site (mainly because my picture has two tinies and we're about to add a third). Yours is so clean and yet lovely. Quite matches your writing style, now that I think of it! And I echo many others here - yours is always one of my favourite stops.

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  24. I LOVE the new look. Happy bloggy birthday.

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  25. Happy Blogiversary - love the new look!

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  26. The design is so clean and gorgeous! Congrats on five years!

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  27. I *love* it! Did you do it yourself? It's so perfectly you, cleanly done but still kind of vintage.

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  28. LOVE IT!! Also I realized that I missed my 3 year blogversary earlier this month.

    I am so happy that you continue to write and that I get to read! You are one of my favorites.

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  29. The new design is all the work of @sarahviola!!

    Steph

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  30. Happy Birthday to your blog! Looking forward to what twenty eleven has to offer.

    Love the header...

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  31. Happy Blogging Birthday!!! Your online home looks absolutely lovely :)

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  32. LOVE the new look! Gorgeous!

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  33. We're all blessed to read ya, Steph! The new look is lovely..just like YOU.

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  34. I love this!!

    Truth be told, you were one of the moms that inspired me to start my own blog when I became pregnant with Olivia.

    I love this new look, new step, new turn, new what-have-you.

    It's beautiful.

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  35. its incredible how time flies and i am so glad you did start blogging :) I love your new look! hugs from MAlta

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  36. i LooooooVe your new blog header. and the little moustache is there... too good.

    we recently discovered the little moustaches that you can add to photos on picnik after one-person-too-many called out sweet son luca a girl. my hubby suggested we get a sharpie and draw him a 'stache every time we left the house. the picnik app has been a lot of fun!

    HaPpY bloggy birthday! so glad to have found you ♥

    xo,
    erika

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  37. Oh I love the new look! Wishing you all the best and many blessings in the New Year for you and your family!

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  38. Stephanie, this is FABULOUS! Tell us about it, who did it? I absolutely love the photo, it's complete perfection.

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  39. TOTALLY digging the new looks so far <3

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  40. i love it! good job steph & sarah!!

    i'm so glad you started those 5 years ago! now, i'm going to try to figure out where i was 5 years ago....aside from right down the street from you without knowing it!

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  41. Happy 5 years of blogging! (Very happy to have found your blog-love it) :)
    Love the new look as well.

    Blessings!

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  42. oh lady... much to be celebrated. love the new digs!

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  43. Wowzers... Love the look, love the five years,... just love it all!!! Happy Happy Holidays... to all of you!!!

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  44. beautiful! I hope my blog can become to me what yours is to you.

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  45. you are such an inspiration. Over the past 5 years, this blog has truly touch me.

    thanks for keeping it up. And the redesign? A-MAZING.

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  46. Love the new design and LOVE that the moustache made an appearance ;)

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  47. It looks lovely. Congrats on the new look and for accepting that you are a writer, whether you like it or not. :)

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  48. i need to pull my head out of the sand. i miss you steph. love the new look.

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  49. Happy Blog Birthday! Love the new look!

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  50. Looks fabulous! Love love love it :) And congrats on 5 years of blogging; you're one of the first blogs I really started reading, and your words only get more refreshing and enjoyable.

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  51. Happy blogging anniversary, Stephanie. Your words have often been a guide through foggy patches from someone who has walked the motherhood path I'm treading and an arm around my shoulder letting my heart know it wasn't the only one feeling the way it often has.
    So glad I know you through this space, which, by the way, looks just beautiful with it's fresh do.

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  52. Love the new look! Happy Blogiversary!
    xo-z

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  53. A lovely post! It is a fitting way to celebrate the 5th year of your lovely blog. :)

    Your new header is fabulous. It suits you perfectly.

    P.S. I'm going on 4 years next month. Unbelievable.

    stephanie@metropolitanmama.net

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  54. Ooh, look at you, all fancy and shiny and new. I love it!

    Happy New Year!

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  55. Five years! That's great! Love the new look and here's to many, many more years!

    Happy New Year!

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