Friday, August 23, 2013


August marked the one year birthday of my blog. 

Ahem. Where has the time gone?!

It has been a life changing year full of blessings, beauty, and surprises. It's been insane. In a good way. Well, mostly good, at least.

It has been a very, very crazy ride. And I owe lots of people lots of thanks.

Number One Thanks: JESUS! Because You rock my world. Thank You for holding me always, through both peace and turmoil.

Number Two: My parents! Thank you, Dad, for encouraging me to do things out of my comfort zone. Thank you for pushing me to greatness. Mom, thank you for always being there for me to cry or laugh or whatever with. Thank you for choosing to give me life. Thank you for your love and support.

Number Three: My absolutely beautiful, amazing cousin, Alex. You are wise beyond your years, girlfriend. Thank you for every time you've held me when I've cried and listened to me blubber over the phone. Thank you for laughing with me and staying up until. . .well, let's just say, very late. . .to listen and talk to me. Thank you for all the help you did in creating this blog--it seriously wouldn't have been posible without you. You're doing great things, love, and you are going to do so many more. To infinity and beyond!

Number Four: A very special thanks goes to Jen Wagner ( Jen, you are so talented in absolutely everything you do. I'm so, so blest that you are a part of my life. Thank you for telling me which books to read and which books not to. Thanks for telling me to start the blog in the first place. Thank you for always being there for me to rant to and for being excited with me about every little writing milestone. I can't wait to put your book on my shelf someday!

Number Five: Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU, to Faith Hough (
 )! Faith, I have looked up to you since day one. Thank you for your critiques of my writing. I value your opinion so very much. Thank you for reading what I write and for letting me peek into the mind of a creative genius. You seriously inspire me to no end. Every time I see your name pop up in my inbox, it makes me smile. Thank you=)

Number Six: Jeannette Smejkal (, you are ULTRA-AMAZING. Thank you for being the first to read my WIP and being honest with me about every single aspect of it. I've been so blest to work with you. You are a huge inspiration to me. I cannot believe how crazy talented you are. Thank you for keeping me writing.

Number Seven: Linda Kemper, who is probably the most giving person ever. Kempy, thank you for reading all my blog posts and always asking about my writing. Thank you for always being there for me. Words cannot express how grateful I am for you.

Number Eight: YOU! I have interacted with some of the most amazing readers/writers/whatever-ers on the planet. I have been so blest by each and every one of you guys. I have learned so much from all the blog posts I've read by you and the comments you've posted. I'm just so in awe of you all.

I'm so very blest to be on this writing journey with all of you guys. I love love love y'all!!!

Here's to another year of reading and writing!


  1. Hmmm...let me know what creative genius you've been peeking into the mind of--I'd like a look! ;) In all seriousness, I'm so glad to be able to walk with you on the writing journey that we're both on now--and your feedback about my writing has been so encouraging on days I feel like giving up! Also, I have never come that close to Jesus in a thank-you list before, so I'm pretty excited. :)
    Congratulations on your one-year blogging anniversary!

    1. Haha! Right back at you Faith--thanks so much=)

  2. Congrats Anne! I absolutely love your blog. Can't wait to hear more about how your WIP is going!

  3. Uncle Rex is very proud of you doll. ;) So humbled by the shout out. <3U big kiddo. Congrats! + Kempy

    1. Hahaha, thanks, Rexie=) So blest that you're apart of my life!

  4. Awe, I love you, Annie :) Thank you for including me.

    You are so, so very talented and I can't wait to put YOUR book on MY shelf one day!! I know you will get there...probably sooner than I will ;). Happy Blogoversary :)

  5. It's so nice to meet you, Anne. Such a touching and emotional post. Made me teary, and I don't even know you. That's the thing about writers, though, we're connected whether we realize it or not. Happy IWSG.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Joylene! I completely agree. . .writers have a bond that is so mysteriously, beautifully strong. Look forward to getting to know you!

  6. For lack of a better place, thanks for the goodreads book recommendation. I will definitely look into it when I find the time.