New Year

Shep WinterFun fact: The end of December marked the first full calendar year for this blog so I was surprised with an email documenting the year’s total traffic data. In the past 12 months, about Prayers for a Pirate had roughly 30,000 visits.  Honestly, I have no idea what this really means comparatively speaking, it’s not a gigantic number, but it surprised me enough to share it with you. The numbers don’t matter anyway. The point is, this blog has been such a positive experience for me for so many reasons, and I had no idea how much I would enjoy writing it, and how much healing it would provide me.  I read every comment; I always have, from the very beginning when it was just me in a hospital room, posting frantic updates at 5:00 AM about Shepherd on my personal Facebook page. Since the moment I began using social media to share my heart and updates about Shepherd, you, the readers, have been such an enormous life raft of support, encouragement and understanding.

I didn’t know that writing would be the key to untangling the snare of emotions I felt last year about Shep’s accident, but it was. It was like therapy. Writing forces you to process and acknowledge what you’re really thinking and feeling, verses glossing over it and tuning out. And it’s still helpful, even though the story is no longer just about Shepherd. When I finally create the time to sit down and process what’s going on in my head and heart about our little family, it always surprises me how much peace and joy I get from putting it down in words.  My goal in 2016 is to keep making a space for this blog in my life. It is one of my very favorite things.

Thank you for being a part of our story.


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