This Journey Our Life

what I’ve learned in my first year of blogging {a Five Minute Friday Bloggiversary post}

Cami, Family, Five-minute friday, Parenting, Special Needs, Special Needs Parenting, Thoughts and musingsRachel

It’s Five Minute Friday! Where a group of us join together for five minutes of writing without worrying about if it’s just right or not, hosted by the lovely Lisa-Jo.

This week I celebrated my first bloggiversary! With that milestone in mind, I’m sharing my thoughts on the metamorphosis my blog has undergone since my first post a year ago for today’s Five Minute Friday.

Today’s Prompt:  BARE



It’s been a year since I jumped back into the blogging world. Throughout this journey the blog has grown, blossoming into what it is today.

I’ve met several people in this online community and I’m thankful to know each one, learning their stories along the way.

I’ve also learned several lessons over the past blogging year and I’m grateful for every one.

But one rule I’ve tried hardest to follow?

Writing bare.

Because I want my writing to paint an accurate picture of what my life of parenting a child with special needs is like, I endeavor to tell our story like it is.

After reading over my blog post from my re-launch last February 6, I felt sad. 

I was disappointed to identify the barrier I’d placed around myself out of fear and vulnerability that might accompany writing about Cami’s needs and the situations we often face together as a family as a result.  What bothered me most is that it the post sounds apologetic.

But today I’m not apologizing.

I’m celebrating.

Yes, this week I celebrated my first bloggiversary, but today I celebrate much more.

Today, I’m celebrating the fact that I’ve made it through a year of blogging about parenting a child with special needs, sharing honestly from heart. 

Today, I’m celebrating the fact that I blog about Cami’s needs and the struggles she faces as a result, writing without apology.

Because who she is and what she faces is a huge part of who we are and what we face too.


I’ve also realized that you don’t always care whether I follow every grammatical rule to a tee, but only that I’m sincere in my writing.

And that’s why I want you to know that today and always—

I blog baring my heart.


THANK YOU to each of you for reading my blog throughout this past year—I appreciate each one of you and love it when you take time to share the path you’re walking along too. I hope you’ll continue to follow our journey throughout this year.

I also hope that you’ll stay tuned to This Journey Our Life for some exciting news next week, in addition to some other fun changes that will be taking place around here!

Happy Friday! =)