Nine years ago this month, Sarah was having a bone marrow transplant at Duke.
Nine years ago this month, I started blogging.
It’s amazing to me that some of you who are reading this post right now joined the Smith family journey all those years ago. (And by the way, if you’re someone who has been reading since Sarah’s early hospital days, please leave a quick comment—I’d love to see how many of you fit the category of “vintage” Smith friends.)
And for those of you who have come along more recently? I’m thrilled that you’re here because it’s always a joy to cross paths with new friends. If it wasn’t for you—my old and new readers--I would have no reason to blog, no reason to sit down at a computer and type out the story of our lives. So thank you all a hundred times over; I’m more grateful for my blog friends than you could possibly know.
My blogging has undergone a few changes over the years. I started out on Caringbridge (a blog service for families with health issues) and for the first couple of years wrote posts largely centered around Sarah’s illness and treatment; however, as she (thankfully) began to get better, I branched out more to general family posts. I didn’t include pictures way back then because I just didn’t know how’; at this point in my life, though, I can’t imagine blogging without pictures since I love photography almost as much as I love writing.
Almost three years ago, I made the decision to transition from Caringbridge to a more general blog, although our Caringbridge site is still up. And may I just add that if you ever have a little extra time to spend, read back through some of those archives; they contain some of my favorite stories and some of my favorite writing.
And so that all brings us up to right now.
And right now brings us to more changes. Good changes.
As a little bit of background, for the past year or so I’ve become increasingly frustrated with the limitations I’ve run into with Blogger, the platform that currently hosts Smithellaneous. However, I was a bit intimidated about making any changes because tech speak is not my first language and Blogger is well suited to people with limited technical knowledge.
But hey. In March, I will turn fifty years old. And even though you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, I think there is a good chance that a middle-aged lady like myself can learn a new thing or two.
Which brings me to the point of this post. (And yes, there is a point. If you were starting to wonder.)
Starting on Saturday, the switch over to my new blog home will take place which means that Smithellaneous will be off line for a couple days while this middle aged mama frantically tries to learn the “new tricks” necessary to take the blog to a new level. And when I say a new level, I mean exactly that. The new blogging platform is unlimited in its features and opportunities for creativity in presentation, photography display, blog posts, reader interaction, design, etc.
I am really, really pumped about this transition but also a little scared. (But that’s okay.)
As far as the nuts and bolts of the move go, my original goal was to move all the material from this site over to the new one; however, as I’ve consulted with some tech people about that, I’ve discovered that while the text would transfer just fine , the pictures would not. And since I really don’t feel like moving a thousand or so pictures one by one, I decided that the best thing to do is to leave everything here that’s already here and let this spot serve as a sort of Smithellaneous Archives. That means I’ll be starting from scratch in my new Smithellaneous home, which will be a liberating and fun experience.
If you’re wondering what complicated technical hoops you might have to jump through in order to get to the new site, here is the address: smithellaneous.com
There now. Now wasn’t that easy? The very same address you’re already using will take you straight to the new site. (I love simple stuff.)
And if you want to come here to this current site, you’ll just type in smithellaneous.blogspot.com.
Also, to make things even more easy for you, I will be adding clickable links to each site which will take you back and forth between the two sites in about half a second.
So anyway, that’s the news on the blog switch front. Thanks in advance for your patience as the changeover is made; it will probably take a couple weeks to get everything exactly the way I want it in my new home but the end result will be more than worth it.
Have I mentioned how excited I am?
And now to reward you for slogging through paragraph after paragraph of technical stuff, here are a few photos to close with.
Sarah and Meagan asked me to take their picture because they were so impressed that they dressed exactly the same without even without planning it, sporting pink and brown tops, jeans, and Sperry’s.
I’m posting the next two pictures for no reason whatsoever except for that they strike me funny.
We were attempting to flip the mattress with just Steve, Sarah and me (which I truly didn’t think was possibly) and Steve made such dramatic grunting noises as he gradually shouldered the mattress into an upright position that I stopped helping and just started giggling. And may I just say that a giggling wife is not a real helpful person when it comes to mattress flipping?
Steve is no doubt standing and wondering just what kind of loony tunes wife he married all those years ago.
Speaking of things that make me giggle, we were attempting a different “take” on a family Christmas photo and along the way, tried this one which turned out to be a little on the goofy side. (As well as not being very well focused.)
Nathan and Meagan are trying very hard not to giggle.
We finally ended up with this one, which is not real great (it was too dark and I had to lighten it to the point where it looks a little funky) but at least we got something to commemorate Meagan’s first Christmas as a Smith.
Are they a great pair, or what?