So, here are a few that I wanted to share with you--those that came to mind as having some of the biggest impacts on me this past year!
In February, while searching some pregnancy boards, there was a link to a birth story. As a very pregnant lady at the time, I clicked on over. What I discovered was not just any birth story, but little Nella's birth story. I remember tears streaming down my face while reading the honest, raw, and beautiful words. The writing & pictures touched me and I've been hooked since! Kelle Hampton's blog, "Enjoying the Small Things", is full of beauty, love, fun, and honesty.
I don't recall how I came to discover Brittney's adorable family blog, but I love it! The Poe Family has boys within 3 months of age to mine. So, checking out her blog has given me some great ideas of things to do with Big Brother. As a former elementary teacher, Brittney has some excellent ideas for activities with the kiddos--letters of the week, muffin tin meals, adorable preschool lunches.
Once the decision was made that the last school year would be my last teaching for awhile, I began investigating more options about couponing and deals. Saving Cents with Sense is a local deal site for me and one of the first I found. I had the pleasure of meeting Melissa over the summer and she was so sweet! The knowledge I've gained has been invaluable for our grocery spending!
With my new-found couponing
addiction prowess, I found myself with a small pantry stockpile and began doing more freezer cooking. Then, I heard about Menu Plan Monday and for the first time ever made a menu plan for the week! This was HUGE for our family!
And, at the very end of the year, a little message on twitter led me to Roscommon Acres and broke my heart. As I sat reading Dana's account of what happened to her sweet, little Tiggy with tears streaming down my face, I was amazed at her strength & courage at writing that post (and all that have followed since). I realized how easily that could have been me or so many of my friends writing that post instead (and that makes me cry still). Because of reading what Dana so courageously shared, I was finally convicted in doing some "baby proofing" that we should have taken care of long ago. We spent New Year's day affixing furniture to the wall and taking care of a few other safety things we needed to do.
So, there you have it--some sites & stories that had great impact on my 2010.
Who impacted YOU in 2010?
*To see who impacted others in 2010, head over to Blogging with Amy's link up!