I have been on Family Corner for ten years now, joined when I was 41 years old. I know a good majority of us have been on here that long or nearly so!
One Decade! Who would have ever thought that on that day when I was looking for crafts to do with my nieces, that ten years later this would be one of my favorite places to be on the web!
First I want to say thank you for Amanda for starting this websight!
Secondly I want to thank all of you for being there for me over the years in so many different ways!
Prayers when Mark had a stroke and I had a hysteectomy; support when I lost my best friend Eileen; getting to meet several of you over the years was a highlight, swapping post cards and then just the everyday chitchat of how was your day, what did you have for dinner and exchanging recipes!
I wonder how you have seen yourself change over the past ten years.
I know for me I was so much more active outside the house ten years ago. I fed homeless people, was in church groups, bible studies and this and that.
I find myself much more content at home in the past couple years.
Of course my energy is less but as we age that would probably be true with everyone. I really started noticing this though when I turned 50. I still have energy, dont take me wrong, but it doesnt appear now until afternoon and evening. Not a morning girl here!
And lastly I guess watching my parents age has become much more apparant. I know that is life and I know it is normal. When It is hard on me is when my mind thinks mom is still 45 and her 71 year old self does not match my expectations.
Dad is 75 and though he has more health issues than my mom, he has not vbecome forgetfull and frail like she has.
I also want to thank Amanda for starting this site..
When my dgd, Gabby, was born 3 months early I was scrambling to find any information I could on preemies for my dd while she stayed in the hospital with Gabby. I found some of what I was looking for on this site and then I hate to say it, but I lost it for awhile.
Then one day surfing the web I found it again and have been here every since. Really have loved the sisterhood that has been forged here.. we've lost some and gained some new ones, but FC is always here for us-to gripe, to praise, to ask for prayer and support, as well as to give prayer and support. Some of us have been lucky enough to meet face to face (something I'm still hoping to do some day).
I've gotten through some of my toughest moments with everyone here.
Here's to another 10 years!!
__________________ We don’t know who we are until we see what we can do… Martha Grimes
And lastly, we need to also remember those members we have lost in the last decade. The very last one I had the honor of meeting in person and I was also with her and her husband when she passed away. She will always be in my heart.