3.19.2011

four, yo

Today, I have been here writing and interacting with the intertubes for four years. 

In 2007 I didn't read blogs and started one after hearing it was free and wouldn't get lost as easily as my scribbles on the back of old envelopes. It was about gardening, running, making. A space for me to keep track of germination and growth. A while back I had a gardening business called dig this chick and so the name was easy. I like to write and take photos. I started dating Blogger.

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Then I was off to grad school in Chicago for two years without my husband (because he had just started his electrician apprenticeship) and I remember considering the possibilities of getting a bit more personal on my blog about all of that. And then, surprisingly, we were pregnant. My life was changing so quickly. I cautiously tip toed into writing more openly about my heart and it felt good. A whole different kind of germination and growth that led to I a whole lot of connection, thought-provokes and inspiration.

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Margot Bea's birthday 12.18.07

Grad school on hold and a Margot in my belly, dig this chick changed into something else entirely. At first I felt like I wanted to honor the initial intention of dig so I started a different blog for bug. In hindsight I think I wanted to prove my autonomy and passions persisted within the context of motherhood. Because long ago, when unsure if I'd have kids or not, my biggest fear about motherhood was swallowed identity. And then, after a year, I understood I am Nici, a mom who gardens, writes, sews, makes, runs. Nothing was swallowed but everything in my life is about me as a mom. It is all dig. Dig.

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Ruby Jane's birthday 11/23/09

This url has chronicled some of the most vulnerable and important moments of my life. I feel really thankful for this space and for you. YOU! Fer real. I learn so much from your experiences, advice, camaraderie, support. Thanks.


SO. A giveaway dontyouknow. And a good one. Remember how my camera broke and then Vann's gave me the rockstar loaner until I got my paws on my Dreamboat (thank you Vann's!)? Well, we're giving that barely-used, totally awesome rockstar loaner away to one of you lucky peeps!

Leave a comment for a chance at it. Tell me something interesting, path-changing that has happened to you in the last four years. For another entry, 'like' dig on facebook and leave another comment here telling me you did.

xo


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GoMe1987 said...

I fell in love with your blog a few months ago! This year has been a life changer for me. My husband was deployed to Afghanistan early October and missed the birth of our second daughter by 2 weeks. This year I have grown so much and now know the true strength I have. Just 5 more months until I get my husband back :)

Auto said...

4 years ago. I was a totally different person. I wonder about her and what she did with all of her spare time. Life changes so completely after you have kids. Cheers to four years!

jen said...

first is never good for winning anything ... but since i don't NEED a new camera ... i'll go first ... get it out of the way for someone who needs it.
(and if for some crazy ass reason number one wins it ... i'll donate it to someone who does.)
whew.
path changing in the last four years?
realizing my passion and determining that i am the only person that can tell me to go for it.

Megan said...

Congrats and Happy 4th Annviersary!! I love reading your blogg and your girls are so cute. Four years ago I was prego with my 2nd child and was WADDLING.

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jen said...

side note?
i was first when i started writing and then i had to rescue a dog's water dish from a water lovin' boy. so third it is!
also ... congrats on your four years. i've loved "getting to know" you and your family ...

booksNyarn said...

Happy Blogaversary Nici! :)

Thank you for letting us into your life and givings us laughs, tears and inspiration.

Adriana Iris said...

I lost my kid brother in December of 2010. He was 32... young very young. I was at times his mother and as a child his chunky self would get picked on a lot... it was easy to pick on him. so I protected him. blogging has been healing, cathartic and beautiful and because of it i've met and connected with some amazing women. connected... can you believe after such sorrow to find hope and beauty in life so quickly?! I have and it's all because of blogging...have a great weekend.

Boo's Mom said...

Congratulations on your anniversary! I so enjoy your blog. Please don't put my name in for a chance on the camera -- I have a decent one; let someone else who needs it win.

CC said...

In the last four years I've lived through two miscarriages, miles of tears, stacks of reference books, self-demanded genetic testing and countless hours of Acupuncture and Naturopathic consultation. Now at the end of that journey I've got a healthy 13 month old girl, another baby on the way and a powerful understanding of how heartbreaking infertility is and just how much hard work and luck went into my family. I am a successful business owner and world traveler. This path to motherhood is the defining experience of my life.

Thank you for your lovely blog and such a fantastic giveaway.

Mary A-J :) said...

Ryko is currently trying to help me type this. I am have had so many life changes which have happened, I graduated college, got married, moved from Minnesota back to my home state of Arizona, got pregnant, had an amazing boy, transitioned from being a stay at home mama to being a working mama, and now have my parents living in our home with us. There has been happy, sad, mind-blowing, discouraging, encouraging, and more. But always there is love to help shelter from any storms and love to help share any joys. So HAPPY you have your dreamboat. I am working towards mine but in the meantime would love to give a wonderful home and many hours of use to that beautiful lumix. :)

Sue said...

Hi, Great giveaway... In the last 4 years we have introduced biking and kayaking to our routine which is awesome fun.. and we have added chickens to our organic garden... wonderful fun for all the family :)

Michele said...

I started blogging after my youngest daughter came home from the hospital a year and a half ago. She was born three months premature, and once she was home it just didn't seem to do her any justice to write her milestones on little slips of paper like I did with her older sister. Her milestones were smaller, yet more momentous. A turn of the head...when she finally unclinched her fist. Now she's big and walking and standing on the couch. And holy shit, she's standing on the couch....

Lesley said...

Four years ago I had two young sons, now I have two young men. I am proud every single day of the people they are growing into, and they continuously shape who I am.

Lady George said...

Happy Blogaversary!!!

Four years ago I met the man that's changed my life completely over a flat tire. Now we're married, 1,200 miles from where we met, and off on all sorts of adventures that the U.S. Coast Guard sends us.

Staci said...

day-um!!! Best give away EVER! Perhaps just in time to document my own little love-bug's arrival in a couple weeks?? Here's hopin'!
Been reading along with you for about 2 1/2 of these four years and have much respect, admiration and adoration for you and yours. Thanks for giving us all real stuff to relate to and inspiration through all your adventures. And a sweet window into a place I miss so much!
Here's to another 4 years....

April said...

Yay for your 4-year mark!
In the last 4 years a lot of has happened including a near-fatal bout with depression and moving to Idaho and starting to build our tiny house. Maybe in 4 more it will be done.

Jenn said...

Congrats on your blogoversary!! Three and a half years ago, we brought our little girls home after a two year long journey to them. We brought them home to little ole' Montana from Africa. Our journey as parents dramatically changed from parenting our homegrown children, to growing in love and parenting children that were baked in someone else's oven, and raised for several years under their loving birth mother's care. It's been heart-breaking at times, eye opening, AMAZING always...and we are so thankful to be on this journey.

erin said...

oh my, what a mere four years can bring! like you, i've pushed out two beautiful babes, left my day job and started a small home sewing business. i also gained a sister-in-law (in montana!), a niece, and moved to a new state. and each day i discover more and more about myself as i amble through motherhood. i also discovered the comforting world of blogs and just this past year, discovered dig! i love your blog, thanks for trusting and sharing.

Jaim said...

Wow, congratulations on the 4 years! What a GREAT giveaway!

4 years has brought me a house in the middle of the wilderness, a new job as a momma, 2 girls that took a lot of hospital time to kick out, and a life I had never thought possible. 4 years has also taught me that I am blessed and need to never take anything for granted.

Thanks for sharing, inspiring, and showing us that "WE" can do it too.

rosalicious.com said...

Happy blogiversary! I think I've been reading since the start :)

This year will bring the big changes for me...we're uprooting our life in Denver to move to a smaller town to follow our dreams and start a family.

Thanks for the wonderfully cute, entertaining and thoughtful nuggets you've provided for the past four years. And for the chance to win a sweet camera :)

xo
Rosie

Becky V said...

I love your blog and have found it such a great resource for my forays into young motherhood. I have two little ones, 6 months and 2 years, am attempting my first "real" garden this yaer, aspire to cook only good whole food for my family and love keeping our dumplings occupied with fuss free activities. I loved your idea for an art table and made one for our home and have tried a couple of your recipes. Thanks so much for sharing. It's greatly appreciated!

Tonja Keene said...

In the past 4 years I moved away from Washington, my home state, to Utah where I have learned to be on my own without family or close friends as a cushion. I met a boy. We fell in love. We got PREGNANT! I was 25 but I felt like a child. I wasn't prepared. I was scared out of my mind. But life goes on despite fear, and here I am, 26 years old with the most amazing 16 month old daughter. Through blogs like yours I have found strength in motherhood and the ties that bind us all. You inspire me and encourage me with your words and pictures. THANK YOU!

sarah d v said...

I love your blog and photos as I silently observe. Your comment about losing your identity while being a mother totally hit home. I actually wrote an email about that yesterday. In the last four years, I've moved 4 times and become a mother and this year, I'm starting a garden! woo hoo.

Tanya said...

Happy 4 years to you! Boy, the past 4 years have held a lot of growth for me as well. I applied and was accepted to grad school, completed my MSW, got a dream job at the children's hospital at our university, experienced the heartache of my parents' divorce as an adult child, got married, got pregnant, moved home with my spouse and my belly, and am about to welcome our first daughter into the home I grew up in...sometimes even when it doesn't feel like it, growing up can also mean coming full circle to the place you started. I am so looking forward to the next 4!

Blogs like yours inspired me to start my own, and I don't anticipate it will ever have a following like dig, but it's a wonderful space for me to write, think about my life and those around me, and plan for the next things to come! Thank you :)

Six Little Monkeys Jumping on My Bed said...

Last four years: moved, sent my oldest off to college and next year send my youngest to kindergarten. So I am finding my new path as a still at home mom. Back to work? maybe, maybe not

Jessi said...

I had a preemie at 23 weeks, 2 days. He's changed my life.

jaymeefoster said...

I think I can sum up my love for your blog by telling you this:

When my google reader shows that I have 30 unread blogs and yours is one of them I always save it for last...savoring it, knowing it will be the best way to walk away from the computer and start my day.

From one Montanan to another thank you for reminding me that it's awesome to just be myself and love my daughter as big as the sky.

You're awesome Niki. : )

Kristianna said...

Four years ago -- in two weeks from today -- my daughter turned 5 and my husband moved on an entirely different path with his career. Simultaneously, to completely throw us for a loop, my beloved youngest child decided to begin growing in me. It's really only been in the past month or two that I've felt like things are back on track, but a different track than I foresaw 4 years ago. Life is confusing and amazing.

Congrats on 4 years!

Lisa Gonzalez - Happy Mama said...

Happy 4 years!!! I so enjoy reading your adventures on here :)

In the past four years I went from free-spirited single girl completely focused on self-wellness, to a married mama of two babes, writing and painting my way to self-wellness in small increments while my kids are busy at play or asleep. Some has changed but some remains the same. I'm so enjoying the mingling of the past and the present Me.

Brandi said...

Over the last four years I have quit my job to be a stay at home momma and wife. Our little family currently lives in Alaska, my husband is in the Air Force. We have committed ourselves to exploring this great state. We've been up here for 5.5 years with 2.5 left and I know that we will never see everything this great state has to offer.
I have attempted and failed at gardening. I'll continue to attempt though until I master it!
I've started shopping the farmer's market. With the midnight sun of Alaska some have great success at produce!!!
I enjoy cooking scratch made, wholesome meals for my family. Knowing exactly what is in each meal and nourishing the bodies that my meals feed makes me proud and accomplished.
I have made a conscience choice to shop OUTSIDE of the box stores. There are so many great artists out there and it does my soul good knowing I'm putting a little money into their pockets!
In the next 4 years I want to have completed my family with having another baby, reclaiming my body by getting fit again, start the exploration of our next duty station, and continue on the path of GROWTH!

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pinkpedicure said...

Almost 2 years ago our family of 4 moved out of the big city and into a wonderful small town. We haven't looked back once.

inlandempireoffroad said...

I am in love with your blog and how you just tell it like it is. The past four years have been a whirlwind for me, I got my bachelors, got married, and had a beautiful baby girl. What a great 4 years it's been :)

The Small Gal said...

I've been reading your blog for a little less than ayear now & I must say it is one of my favorites to read over my morning coffee. It always inspires me.

tyler said...

I've never commented on here, but I've been reading your blog for a long time. I absolutely love your style and views on life. You rock!

In November of 2009, when I was 19 weeks pregnant with my first child, my father passed away suddenly at the age of 46. It was heart wrenching to say the least. My life has definitely changed, but one good thing that has happened is I've learned to love more openly and honestly, because you never know how long you will get to be here.

Cait said...

Congrats on a great four years!

For us my man and I have both finished our undergraduate degrees, played house for a while in the city and then (more recently in the last few months) thrown caution to the wind and moved home to our farm. We started our own blog to keep our city friends updated about our farm adventures but at the same time we've enjoyed looking back through the blog at the little details of the last 6 months that we might have forgotten. The things we couldn't really notice at the time as we ran around getting ready for our animals to arrive!

PunkRockChic said...

My babies. My son, born two and a half years ago, via emergency c-section and my baby girl, born four months ago, via all-natural vbac. My babies and their births have changed, shaped, molded who I am. I've never been so unbelievably fulfilled :)

ValVery said...

Thanks, Nici, for giving your readers a chance like this; but also giving us a little peek into your family's life.
Four years ago, I turned 21 and was pregnant with my 2nd, my daughter. It was, hands down, the happiest year I've yet to experience. So far, in my 25th year, this has been the hardest and scariest year, and yet I'm seeing more and more light at the end of the tunnel; part of what got me here was reading Dig this Chick. So thanks.

Beth said...

Four years ago I was finishing up my second degree, planning my wedding, and working full-time on my career and my five-year plan. Since then I've graduated, walked down the aisle, bought a house, opened my home to my newly-single mom, quit my job to mother my 17 month old son...and thrown the five-year plan out the window.

I've only been reading your blog for about 6 months, but I look forward to each new post as a source of creative inspiration and grounding.

Mary-Cate said...

In the past 4 years I have moved away from my home (WI) to be with my boyfriend (now husband) while he finished grad school (in AL.) It's been a long 4 years here, but we were married and had our little guy, Zayn, 5 months ago. Now, it's possible we're moving halfway across country... and I'm so excited for wherever we go.

I also discovered your blog over a year ago and fell in love with it. I love you how you keep it real! I have even gone all the way back to read your first post and now I'm caught up (I hope that doesn't sound creepy.) xx

Jenny said...

Something that has changed my path in the last 4 years: Well, it was really just a little over 1 year ago. I found Kelle's blog while on maternity leave with my own little, and then of course, it brought me to yours. I savor everything just a little more now, and have started exploring my camera in a way I didn't know I could. Life is moving slower, in a good way, and I attribute it all to day I found Kelle.

Winning an almost new camera? I never win anything, but oh how wonderful that would be!

-Jenny in Iowa

Jill Carilli said...

What an awesome give away. I also tiptoed into blogging in 2006 but worried I had nothing to say. Didn't want the blog to be too personal or too much about my kids. So it sat stagnant. Then I realized my kids are my life, so why not document for them all our days together while I am blessed to be staying home with them. So I changed the name of my blog from Excited for my Thirties to The Adventures of SuperMom, and have never looked back. I love my blog and I keep it soley for friends and family to keep track of our adventures. I have picked up a few extra readers along the way and I am ok with that. :) xo

http://www.jillcarilli.blogspot.com

Jill Carilli said...

I also like DIG on facebook :)

http://www.jillcarilli.blogspot.com

Daina said...

Wow, what an amazing giveaway! I always enjoy hearing about how and why people started blogging. I started my own blog back in August and have really enjoyed getting to know people in the blogging community and opening myself up through my writing. Thanks for always posting and inspiring others to blog!

http://daina-newyorkstateofmind.blogspot.com

Aly said...

Four years ago I began dating my soon to be husband. That decision changed my life for the better. Now we have our sweet baby girl, Beatrice and another on the way. Glad to have found your blog and shared in your journey.

Aly said...

I liked you on FB :)

Stephanie said...

The last four years in a comment? This could go on to e one very long comment. I will do my best to sum it up the way I see how the last four years happened.
If I could describe it in a word: fast. My first born will be four in 6 weeks and I have no idea how that happened. It was just yesterday that we found out we were pregnant.
Since the moment he was born I feel like life has gone by at warped speed. They tell you not to blink because your children will be grown before you know it and man, it is so very true!
In these last four years I have learned so much about life, through my son. He has helped me to see and enjoy things in a way I would never have. He has inspired me to do and see things that the me before babies would not have enjoyed or understood.
As we leave tiddlywinks and head into childhood I will remind myself of how fast it all goes... Just yesterday he was a newborn in my arma and soon he will be four.
The last four years were the most amazing years of my life so far. I can only imagine how the next four will be... With TWO boys :)

Melanie Gardner said...

What a cool giveaway, and story too.

My path-changing event was when my husband set up my very first art show, without asking. He set it up and that was that. I just had to bring my work. He was trying to get me to admit to myself that, yes, I am an artist instead of just, "i like to paint and stuff." And it worked! I sold 3 pieces that night.

I owe him a lot for that.

Dana said...

Happy Anniversary! Love your blog so much! I'm inspired and awed by all you do.
The past 4 years I've been in school...about to graduate
this spring and begin a whole new chapter in my life.

jenniwaka said...

Almost exactly four years ago I quit a lecturing job at a university in Nagasaki, married my Japanese hubby and brought him back to the US (or actually came back without him for 8 months until his greencard came through). I have worked a trio of completely unrelated jobs since then and now am a stay-at-home mom with my almost 3-month-old and am so so happy! What a difference 4 years makes!

jennkennedy said...

My path changer is nestled up to my chest, milk drunk and half asleep right now. My husband and I welcomed our first (surprise) son in January. He is the most incredible thing we didn't know we were ready for.
Also, I drool over your photographs and the camera is a thing of beauty.

hayley j said...

happy 4 years of blogging...i'm so glad i found your blog. the last 4 years for me have been the greatest...high scool graduation, college, moving to germany. and miss ruby shares a birthday with my mama :)

Indiana in B'more said...

amazing nici: you inspire me! 2 weeks after my peanut was born almost 6 years ago, i started a year-long course of chemo & it's nasty cousin, radiation, to treat hodgkin's lymphoma. 2 years and 9 months ago, disease-free and trying to maybe have another, we conceived TWO! yup, we got a BOGO. trying and hard and a blessing all at the same time. i'd love to document all 3 of my lovely nutty kids with that camera!

Maria said...

Happy 4, Nici! Love your blog. I hope Margot's little thumb is better.
I love the Lumix. My sister has one & I love fooling around with it.

- Laura said...

Gosh, in four years my littles have grown in to beautiful olders...the change is remarkable and reminds me of the first year of life..so momentous and so life changing for ME!

I started a theater with 5 other strong, beautiful, creative and crazy women!! I found my creativity again in set design and construction. Seeing it onstage, under the lights as a backdrop to another artist story, another's direction and then the actors...I feel like I have a gallery showing every night! It is good.

In four years I've been finding and connecting with other women around the world who I will likely never meet but have touched my heart forever. Thank you, Nici!!!

Lorie and Joe Parke said...

Camera entry! I also "Liked" you on Facebook.

Rhonda said...

In the last 4 years I have become a mom of 2, a full time carreer woman and a wife. I feel whole and complete and I wouldnt change anything for the world! I also became hooked on the blog world and love "meeting" so many incredible and talented woman!
Happy 4 years to you!!

Rhonda said...

I also like you on FB as well :)

Mama Marchand said...

The biggest life altering moment for me is the birth of my daughter, Norah Lee. She has uprooted who I thought I was and turned me into a soft-hearted mama. She has changed my life completely and I'll never be the same!

Monica said...

the past 4 years have been a wonderful blur to me which i hope to make a bit more clearer with a spiffy camera like that! but here are some of my big life changers:

- becoming a homeowner (2007)
- marrying my hunk of a man (2009)
- becoming a momma (2010)
- becoming a full time momma (2011)

maybe i should have started a blog during all these events, eh?

congrats on your anniversary, Nici! hope to read many more..

Mama Marchand said...

I like you on FB now - so glad you have a page!

M said...

4 years, that is wonderful! Congratulations. 4 years ago I was planning my wedding with my sweet husband. Crazy to think about how much has changed in what seems like a short amount of time. Change is so so good. I can't wait to see where the next 4 take us!

Tara said...

Wishing you a happy 4 year anniversary! Wish I would have found you sooner, but am so glad I am now here. In four years we have watched our sweet girls go from 3,6, and 8 years old to now 7,10,and 12. They teach me so much everyday!

Honey said...

Happy Blogaverssary. I've enjoyed reading along!

In the past four years I have created my life. I have learned about cosmic superglue- the magical stuff that sticks me to my love more firmly than I would have ever believed possible. I fell in love with a piece of property, gardened there and dreamed there- and then stood in the burnt-down ruins of my home, and walked away, only to find a more amazing home waiting for me. I might have to walk away from this one too (although, at least it will still be standing!) but I have learned that no matter what life throws at you, even if you don't duck in time, there is something worthwhile waiting for you when you stand up!

In a lot of ways, the past four years have been me growing up- learning the value of house and home, realizing I do want a baby on my hip, and so much more.

Monica said...

by the way, we're also facebook buddies. can you tell i really want that camera??

Sarah & Taylor said...

Happy 4 years - I've really enjoyed your honest blog and pictures. Makes me miss MT so much. Transformation seems to happen to me in huge jumps and slowly and unnoticable. We're working hard to move back to MT this next year and simplify. Thanks for the inspiration. Doesn't motherhood transform us so quickly and perfectly?

Green Zebra Market Garden said...

In the past few years, I started grad school to get my PhD in floriculture. I hated the idea of living in an apartment for the subsequent 5 years and not being able to garden. I took a huge leap and bought a foreclosed home (at age 23) soon after starting school. I love my house (a 1920s bungalow) and especially love my 3/4 acre yard! The responsibilities with homeownership are huge, but it's totally worth it.

Malissa said...

Four years ago I decided I was going to graduate school. I overcame my fear of taking the GRE and statistics and threw myself headfirst into this endeavor. I was so scared and unsure but I wanted the autonomy and ability to help those I cared for. I was tired and frustrated that my patients I took care of were getting suboptimal care due to budgets and management issues, etc. I now work as a nurse practitioner in an oncology clinic. I am in love with my patients and my job. I am glad I made the leap after thinking about it for 13 years!

Donna said...

Oh! I have to agree that becoming a mama was truly life changing. our son was a huge surprise and resulted in many adjustments in priorities. I, like you, believed that before I had kids I would continue with all activities I did. I thought I was more than that. However, the birth of our son was the biggest most amazing experience and I have no problem with putting my energy into making him the best human being he can be. We have such a duty to these little guys and I have no regrets. I still work, run, and have a relationship. But I am his mother and I have no regrets. Thanks for sharing your motherhood experience with us!

Mememom said...

Happy anniversary! Four years can make a huge difference--particularly when you're counting in kid years. In the past four years, I've watched my "baby" leave for college, embraced the empty next while enjoying her visits, started my own business and watched my husband of 32 years prosper as a freelancer! Huge changes. Love your blog, your energy, your insights, your heart.

Tonya said...

Wow! What a great giveaway! Hmmm, a lot has changed for me in the last 4 years. I have changed a lot....many things that I have always believed to be true, I now question. I will turn 40 at the end of the week, and I think this is causing a minor upheaval in me. Also, I lost(not through death) my best friend of 16 years at the same time that I gave birth to my 8th child. This person, who I thought I knew and loved like a sister, pretty much left half of her family to start a *new* life. I am still reeling from this. The person she is now is not someone I could ever be friends with. Anyway, it has been a rough 2 years. I just want to say that I love your blog, you are an awesome woman and mother : )

The Watzeks' said...

Four years ago, I had yet to enter motherhood. But, I had met my husband. We would get married months later.
Now, we have added two children to our family and have moved away due to orders of Uncle Sam (the military). But, we're together and happy.
I've grown deeply in the past four years. I've become a wife and a mother. I've moved out of my parents house and moved states away. I'm riding this journey and loving every minute.

Happy Blog-birthday! I'm happy your blog went in this direction =)

Blair said...

congratulations on your anniversary:). i love your blog and know what you mean- what a great, lasting place to store memories (better than envelopes!;)) and to meet amazing people from around the world! A year ago I found out i was pregnant, after struggling with infertility. now i have a beautiful, sweet 4-month old boy. and i have the opportunity to show him all of life's wonders- i feel so blessed:).

happy anniversary & weekend!

xoxo,
blair

imaginaryeverything said...

Path changing? Accepting Motherhood. Accepting that any and all accomplishments outside of creating & nurturing this little being that came into my life- that everything else is just icing. She is the cake and ifshe is the only big idea that I ever follow through on, then she will be enough.

Kathleen said...

Congratulations on 4 years of beautifully written, real life journaling! I feel like in the last four years I have changed the way I observe, participate and reflect on the world through the eyes of my 17 month old. I believe they enter our lives as little re-start buttons to appreciate every day miracles.

Chante said...

The girl I was four years ago was not yet a mama. That girl didnt know that she wasnt even close to being the person she was meant to become. She didnt know that work and money would soon become so
unimportant. She didnt know how much love you could actually have for someone else. She didnt know she could love herself too.

Love love love your blog!

Happiness And Flower said...

4 years ago this June, after many years of hard work and preparation, I finally realised my lifelong ambition and opened an animal shelter. It is still going strong and making a difference to the lives of many homeless animals.

Many people told me I couldn't do it, but I did and I am proud of everything that we have achieved.

Now I am 4 weeks away from giving birth to my first baby, and looking forward to one day bringing her in to meet some of the adorable rescue pets that we help!

Zoe said...

Let's see. . . in the last four years I have moved to a new town for my husbands job in September 2007, graduated with my second masters degree in December 2007, had my first daughter in January 2008, went back to work in August 2008 after 4 years as a stay-at-home mom, stood by my mother-in-law as she bravely went through treatment for breast cancer, watched proudly as my son started kindergarten, had a miscarriage in 2009 and delivered my second daughter in September 2010. Wow, I didn't realize how busy I have been in a relatively short time. Bring on the next four years!

Becky said...

4 yrs seems like a lifetime! 4 yrs ago my life was "perfect", then it all fell apart and now its back together, better than before. Love that we lived thru it and can look back knowing there was a purpose. Love your blog!

Becky said...

Definitely liked you on FB!

kristinmt82 said...

I hope it is ok to enter for my mother, who needs this camera much more than I do. We both have overcome a lot this past year, but ignoring the genetic green eyed monster that is self-doubt was our biggest obstacle. Now, at 50(something) and 28, we are going to college together. I am married with two young boys with big dreams to start a business. She is single and struggling to make it on one income so she decided to finish the nursing degree she gave up when my older brother was born. Through her financial difficulties, she has always remained positive and selfless. She is always the first to offer help, even when she has the least to give. She recently took up photography, and entered herself into a MCP Action Challenge. I know she has great vision, but her camera is bottom line. I know she would never spend that much money on herself, but I think she deserves something spectacular. It's worth a shot, here we go!

Chante said...

I "liked" you on Facebook too. Would have "liked" you even if it weren't for the camera :)

michellespicka said...

Congratulations! I so enjoy reading your blog and observations about life. In the past 4 years, my kids have gotten older (they turn 6 on Monday), I have watched tons of basketball games (my husband is a varsity boys coach) and I have become more sure of myself as a Mom, wife and as a physical therapist (with the help of reading blogs like yours).

My little blog humbly has a link to yours so you have been sharing your story with my friends and family also and for that, I say thanks!

michellespicka said...

Totally like you on facebook also...

Shelly said...

As a teacher, I wrote a blog about learning, books, AHA moments in my classroom. Then my life took another path...adopting an orphan from Eastern Europe(not allowed to name the country until finalized!)

I began another blog, sharing my thoughts, discouragements, and miracles that took place in our paperwork process. Our travel date to meet her will be coming this week and our anticipation has never been greater.

Our family is changed. We see things we never saw. We celebrate more. We live in the moment. Mostly, love and laughter is all around us.

Mary Beth said...

Well, four years ago, I'd just gotten engaged to my wonderful husband - actually, it was four years ago today! Being able to spend the past four years with my best friend, partner and wonderfully cute husband has definitely been a life-changer for me!

Christina, Steve, Clara and Elena said...

Just under four years ago, my two sweet daughters, Clara and Elena were born. This seems to be a theme of several of your comments this week! Our twist - until just three days before their birth, I didn't know they existed. I was wandering through the world lamenting how I would not get to be a mother and how I was going to miss one of the largest, life-altering experiences there is. Then, we got the call from our adoption agency that a birth mother had picked us to parent her twins, and that they would be born within the next few days!! We high-tailed it across the width of Montana to go to them, and arrived just as they were born. From our first moments in that nursery on, I was a different person. And I am so happy for it.

KWQR said...

My biggest path-changing event was a bit more than four years ago... when my first son was born & we learned he has Down Syndrome. Rocked our world to the core... little did we know at the time that it was rocked in all the best ways.

A bit more than three years ago we welcomed our second little boy to the world. Somehow becoming a mother of two was what it took for me to really embrace motherhood. To be comfortable enough to let that word describe me. I had always said I did not want any kids... my fear of losing myself, my own identity, was a huge part of that proclamation. Funny what a little time & a whole lot of love can change.

Congrats on four years of blogging... I so enjoy your writing & pictures & a glimpse into your beautiful world.

Cheers,
Kate

me said...

I "like" you on facebook already!!

Karly said...

I discovered you through Kelle's blog and have been reading you since she linked. I like you on FB as well. I enjoy the peak into your little slice of heaven. :)

Amanda said...

I like you on facebook, already. :) How could I not?

Amanda said...

I had 2 daughters in the last four years, too. Scout is almost 4 and Louise is 8 months. I used to think I knew about what "life changing" meant. Things like meeting my husband, getting my degrees, whatever... they were life changing. But then I had my kids and they really changed everything.

Lisa said...

The last four years have been amazing in so many ways. Almost three years ago my brother died and I thought that nothing would feel normal again. since then I have made peace with my brothers death, (I still miss him everyday but have given up the guilt of it) then last year we welcomed my first son, Emmett Ryan (Ryan was my brother's name). Emmett is so much like my brother, all the best parts of him. Even if I don't have my brother with me any more we have this mini version of him to remind me how much I love him and miss him. Also, Emmett is pretty darn cute.

Love the blog! I read it every week. Hi to Margot and Ruby

Kathryn said...

I found your blog via Kelle Hampton's, and I've been an avid reader ever since! I got engaged almost a year ago and am getting married to the love of my life on May 21st! It's been complete life changing and I cannot wait for everything to come!

Jamie Moyer said...

Our number 3 boy was born almost 4 years ago. If it's not life changing living with 4 males I don't know what is:)

emboogie said...

I decided to go to school to be a nurse. Helps me to took at people - of all ages - in a totally different way. I love it and couldn't ever imagine going back.

emboogie said...

and I already like you on facebook : )

Kristyn said...

In the last four years, I've discovered that I am more courageous, loving, and forgiving than I ever thought possible. And that I will sacrifice anything for the sake of my family.

Since I'm fortunate enough to have a a Canon DSLR already, if my comment is selected as the winner, I'd like it to go to someone else who could really use it!!

Happy Blogaversary :)

jenny of all trades said...

Wow - a chance to own a camera fiddled with by Dig? How cool!
The event that has changed me the most in the last four years was my son coming into the world. I quit my job as an engineer, where I could rely on data and scientific truths to get me through the day. I landed squarely on my arse when my baby wouldn't do what the books said he "should". So I have had to become more intuitive and flexible. I think. I'm trying. :)

Elizabeth said...

The birth of my girlies (they are 14 and 16)was definitely a path changing time for me...I have been lucky to stay home with them and I am continually amazed that once you become a mom so much is defined by that. Through what I do with my girlies I am exploring who I am and growing with them!

The most recent path changing thing for me is my mom's passing. It was always one of my biggest fears to live in this world without my mom...so it all seems to hinge on the mothering thing...having a mom, being a mom...so thankful for both.

jane said...

Four years ago? I was wading in the waters of motherhood, just getting my feet wet with a little two month old baby girl to guide me along. Four years later we have two girls, and we continue to grow and change and adapt right along with them. It's a wonderful adventure! And I hope I win! I've been slowly saving for a new camera, and would LOVE to win this one!!!!!

T. Nelson said...

Love your blog... I stumbled upon it one day, and I have kept stumbling back! :)

My path-changer is my boyfriend Andrew. 2 years ago I was 36 years old and wondering if I was ever really going to be happy. I'd tried internet dating, blind dating, set-ups and everything. When I finally decided to calm down a little and try to enjoy the path I was on, I found Andrew. He'd been right under my nose all along. Sometimes you have to slow down and smell the roses to really see the opportunities around you.

Thank you for your blog. I really enjoy it. :)

T. Nelson said...

P.S. I liked you on Facebook too!

jane said...

Soooo, I liked you on facebook a while back. Does that count? I'm hoping it does. :)

Jenny said...

I also like Dig on Facebook!!!

-Jenny in Iowa

Xtine said...

I love your blog for so many reasons... yay to annaversaries. The last four years have been the biggest... married, become a mom, started doing art again for real... gone to my dark side and back... I love reading all the other comments because I know no matter what crazy life I am living there are women out there marching parallel with me! You are great Nici, thanks! Oh, I dont need a camera... but I would pass it on if Im the lucky gal

Tatiana said...

Isn't it funny how life sometimes has other plans that are not our own. 3 years ago I started my application process for grad school as well, 1 month into it I was pregnant. BIG surprise...like, BIG TIME. Our little girl just turned two last week. So this past September I started my process AGAIN, and BAM! pregnant.

Talk about path-changing. Our little boy will be here this May. I think I'll try grad school again when my kids go to school. That may be safer haha.

Tatiana said...

I also like you on facebook :)

Tsciancalepore at gmail dot com

Cate said...

I found your blog when Kelle visited you and posted about it, and have been reading ever since. My husband and I have a 2.5 yr old son, and we live an organic, vegan lifestyle. I relate to your life in a lot of ways and gain inspiration from you, and Kelle, in different and complimentary ways.

My life has continued to evolve in the last four years just as it has my whole life- all leading to right where I am supposed to be. Of course, having my son was the biggest evolution to date. He has taught me so much about life and myself and summons me to keep growing. Thank you for sharing your world w/ us! Happy Anniversary :))

Ps. I DO need that camera!!!! I love taking pictures of my son, and have thousands of him. But I miss a lot of amazing shots because my little point-and-shoot is slow! oxo

LynC said...

My last four years have been almost identical to yours (kid-wise anyway). Suprise I'm pregnant! Bought a house. Had Karson September 07. Got laid off. Suprise pregnant again! Found the perfect part-time job. Had Kamden October 09. Now I'm a part-time stay-at-home-mom. I never would have chosen this path for myself, but it's absolutely where I want to be now. Now, I'm looking forward to #3.

LynC said...

I like you on FB!

StellarMom said...

Four years ago, my husband and I lived in Hawaii. We lived on the Big Island, along the Hamakua coast, which for the greater part of the last century was a thriving sugar cane plantation district. The area is now a living relic of a bygone era- along the only two lane highway are the rusty and broken down sugar mills. These days most of the land is used for mono-ag landscaping plants or cattle grazing.
We lived in an eighty yr old post-and-pier house, which was raised a full story off the ground. Four years ago, my oldest son had just turned one. While eating cherry tomatoes in the backyard, he threw one into the dirt behind our back stairs. Before long, that tomato turned into a monsterous climbing plant that eventually reached the roof. In hawaii, almost anything and everything grows at an astonishing rate.
Between then and now, our life's path has taken a few hairpin turns. In 2008, I became pregnant with our second son, we moved from our paradise home to Colorado to be near my husband's family after his grandfather passed away, and shortly after moving my then-2 year-old son was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis, a life threatening genetic disease for which there is currently no cure.
During the summer of 09 I gave birth to my youngest son, and his big brother cut the cord.
Life is painfully beautiful, wonderfully crazy and everything in between. I love everything I've read on your blog, because you have such a gift for both absorbing and reflecting all that is life. Happy 4th, Nici!!!

Loeffler Family Blog said...

Happy 4th anniversary! 4 years ago I finished a PhD and gave birth to my own Ruby Elise... within a month of one another! Love your blog, keep it up!

mammothvictory said...

Both kids have gone off to college and it has been an adjustment to my life and who I am. I realized I had to fill a void, and it was a huge reminder of how much I lived through my children. Always will be a Mom first, but now I have come full circle again with my husband and ready for the next part of my life. I enjoyed every age, every phase and that makes it okay to let go.

Tracie O said...

Happy Happy 4th Birthday to your blog.
In the last four years my life has morphed from kids homework, afterschool activities and sports to being an "empty nester"...wow!!Becoming a parent early (19 when my first little was born) has enabled me to do things at 40 that I never thought possible.
Reconnecting with my husband...finding out who we are without the kiddos has been an adventure in itself!
Keep on blogging Nici.
You inspire me with each post!!

Adriana Iris said...

like on FB ;)
The birth of my daughter has been life changing as well.

Catherine (WA in PA) said...

Happy Anniversary, Nici. Four years ago, I realized that I needed to move across the country, to Pennsylvania, for a boy. And, as many times as we are told that's a bad idea, I knew it wasn't. So, I started saying good-bye to my Washington, packed up my Hyundai that Fall, and started that chapter. Four years later, I can't believe how fast it went.

And, it was a good decision after all. We're getting married in October, almost four years since the move.

I love Dig for whatever it is, or will become.

Julia said...

Nici,

Congratulations on all of your births! I enjoy this blog more than I probably should, consider it one of my guilty pleasures (only because I take time to "slow read", start reading the copy before the pictures upload, saunter back, look at the pictures.....and so on).

Thanks for blogging.

Kristina said...

Life changer = becoming a Mama to an 8 week premature baby....and then 17 months later doing it again. I know that Mama thing again, but it IS life changing :)

Sara said...

Happy four years of blogging! Today is my 30th birthday- I am glad to be getting older. Your blog is the first one I've gotten really into, I wish it had been around when my daughter was little (she is 10) but it has still helped me to hear your little truths about parenting. Thanks for bringing moms together. Have a great day! (I liked you on fb too :))

Sandi said...

In the last 4 years, I became a single Mom of 5 little people. It has been the scariest step of the journey so far. This enormous feat has turned me into a more simple,grateful, selfish-less,clear thinking person. I enjoy your blog for it's great humor and inspiring new ideas. I have learned to better prioritize in the last 4 yrs, to not just stop and smell the roses but to do it without guilt. I am a better person and a better Mom. Can't wait for the next four.
Sandi & kids

About me: said...

Happy Blogday! I love dig this chick as well, and first found out about you via Mamalode a few years back. My biggest path-changer was getting laid off from my job as an art museum curator two years ago. It felt as though part of me died, but a new part of me was born. An even better one. -Amy Pence-Brown, Boise, ID

Jodie said...

Congrats on four years! Thank you for sharing with us...LOVE your blog! My path seemed to change the most five years ago...most of them unexpected! I gave birth to my first child. I had never experienced such love but boy did I ever underestimate the difficulty of parenthood. Two months later, my mom was diagnosed with cancer and one short month later she passed away. Then, my husband quit his job leaving us without insurance and our baby seemed to be sick every other week. I tried to be supportive, but was carrying a lot of anger. Fortunately, he ended up getting a picture perfect job. Along the way, I kept trying to tell myself that everything happens for a reason. I'm not sure how much I believed it then. But, today I can now see how each "change of path" has led us to where we are today...which happens to be a pretty great spot!

Fay Smith said...

I similarly started a blog before kids were in the picture. In the past four years, I've had three babies and all sorts of thoughts to share on the interwebs. And I really want to start taking pictures with a grown-up camera!

Fay Smith said...

And now we're all official on Facebook!

jpoengland said...

Having two children in the span of 18 months which changed my life in the best possible way - it's a path I wasn't sure I wanted to take, but I can't imagine having traveled any other way.

J Scheppl said...

My life unexpectedly changed incredibly when we found out we were expecting our second baby when our first was still very tiny. We had a hard time getting pregnant to begin with, so the thought of having a second so fast and unexpectedly was exciting and horrifying at the same time! The biggest change has been becoming a mother, quitting a job I loved to start another (being a stay at home mom) that I love even more and beginning a home childcare business. I never expected how fast my life's plan would change. But, I'm loving every second of it!

J Scheppl said...

I already "liked" you on FB! : )

Nicki said...

Your blog is my fav. Love reading about motherhood from another woman's perspective. Love how motherhood is something that connects so many women - otherwise so very different - together. Love that many of us can embrace our differences.

Happy anniversary!!!

Nicki said...

I already "like" you on FB!

Courtney said...

Life four years ago was impossibly different. I was... arrogant about the ways in which I'd go set the world on fire. After life changing events like the very public ending of my dad's career, the ramifications that had on him and our family, meeting a great guy at the wrong time, marrying said great guy, and working on, I look around my tidy little house today and can't help but shake my head. How did I get here? How did this all turn out so well?

It's also interesting to think about four years from now. I'm about to hit the generational shift; both of my grandmothers are on the cusp of dying, and I feel this incredible need to soak up everything I can from them before they go.

Congratulations on 4 years!

Peeper said...

"Because long ago, when unsure if I'd have kids or not, my biggest fear about motherhood was swallowed identity."

You took the words right out of my mouth. This is the entire reason I blog. When I look back at it I can see my own evolution as I added "mom" to a long list of roles.

stangera said...

Four years ago I was pregnant with our first child; dreaming and thinking about her consumed my thoughts. :-)

Found you about a year ago through Kelle. You have such a way with words. You inspire me to be a better mama!

stangera said...

I "liked" you on FB. Hadn't even thought to search for you on there before!

Amy said...

Wow. 4 years! My 4 years? So much... But the biggest event? Got to be creating a soul in my very own belly and then standing by, watching that soul flourish. Now that's wild...

Jesse said...

I first read your blog a couple of years ago but didn't bookmark and so when I found you again through Kelle I was so happy. Funny thing is, I live is MT. Congrats on for years, thank you so much for sharing your beautiful writing with us.

karlee said...

AMAZING giveaway! I am in the market for a new camera! In the last 4 years I started dating my first boyfriend, got engaged, married, separated 18 months later...oh, and moved 9 times. I have learned SO much about who I am, what I want, and what I stand for.

Jesse said...

just ' liked' you too, can't believe I hadn't already done that

Jessica said...

Happy Anniversary! Love reading your blog and looking at your pictures.

In the past four years I have continued to attend college. 10 years ago I graduated high school, 8 years ago I had a son....and finally come May 14th I will be a college graduate!

Jessica said...

I liked you on facebook

Marti said...

I freaking love your blog and I can't believe you typed "Fer Real" my future sister in law says and does that all the time and it cracks me up something awful!

Puget Sound Mama said...

Neysa told me about your blog bringing her to tears. You have helped me to understand parenting, laughter, love, mistakes, and my shared love of plants. I look forward to reading your blog it is a highlight in my week. I I will like you on facebook- only because there is not a love button yet.

Mihaela said...

My daughter's birth. When she was almost 10 months old she was diagnosed with a rare genetic condition that turned our lives and us at a 360 degrees. I can say that now I'm much more patient, much more present, much more living in the moment, much more appreciative of little things. I am so much more.
I'm grateful most of the time. I strive to be grateful always.

Mihaela said...

I'm a FB fan already. Not sure if it counts.

Tisha said...

going from fun married couple to fun married couple with 2 sons! i cant imagine life without my 2 wild and crazy boys.

i've been a dig fan for some time now. thanks for sharing your life!

C said...

Four years ago I was living in Zurich, Switzerland, working as an aupair. What a life that was! Three and half years ago I met the love of my life, we bought a house two years ago, and can't imagin my life any different right now.

Kate said...

loving your story, miz dig :) my big "4 year" mark is coming one week from today on my wedding day! so instead of running around doing productive things, i'm drinking wine and reading blogs...thanks for the breather! happy weekending!!

C said...

I already like you on facebook :)
I forgot to mention my other big change- mountain biking, my love got me into it, and now I'm doing 3 18 mile rides a week.

LondonHeather said...

Congratulations on four years of blogging, and even more so for all of the things experienced and accomplished during that time. I really enjoy reading the things you share.

I guess my big path-changer was moving into London nearly four years ago, to a flat with people I didn't know, so that I could be closer to my work...that big step nudged this timid person out of her shell so much. The flat opened up an awesome part of the city to me and I fell in love with London even more; my flatmates became good friends; I met a whole bunch of other wonderful people through the church I attended, including the man who last year became my husband. I think back to how close I was to chickening out and am so glad I made the leap. May not sound like much, but a huge and wonderful thing for me.

Here's to the next four years!

Elizabeth said...

My life changer was having my daughter, Evalyn, she is an amazing kid and she's full of love and life, even if she only is 17 months old.

Brandi said...

Happy 4 years. I'm so glad I found your blog.

In the past four years I have gone back to school. It has not always been easy as I have a 13 & 4 year old at home. A family effort for sure.

Flower Patch Farmgirl said...

So, this post might just be my favorite. Scratch all the other times I've said that. I had no idea about Chicago! Oh, you were so close. I loved catching some back-story.

But this isn't supposed to be about all of that, right?? You gave us an assignment. Well, my past 12 months have been mind-bendingly path-changing. As in, new Siley, new outlook, new belief about what is really True. We have shucked off things that just don't matter and wrapped our arms around things that do, and, as it turns out, none of them are "things" at all.

Hilary said...

In the past 4 years I quit my job to stay home with my new infant (and 2 older children) and then just last year was the big shocker that there was yet another baby on the way for us!! So I've been navigating my way around being home full time with 3 and any day now 4 children. It's the most wonderful job I've ever had. I don't regret my decision at all!!

Jessica said...

So much has changed in my life in the past four years. I married the most amazing man almost 4 years ago, we welcomed our wonderful son almost 2 years ago and we are currently expecting our 2nd little peanut in September. All of these events have shaped the person I am today, and I wouldn't have it any other way! Life is AMAZING! :)

Jessica said...

Oh, and I "liked" you on Facebook! :)

Happiness is... said...

Four years. Wow. We dig.

I am commenting because of you - not because I need the camera - so count me as grateful, but also count me out.

Dig, thank you for bringing so many of us together. I love your writing. You are deep and rich, bearing your soul. Your talents are endless & ever growing. You roots go deep. Grow baby, grow.

Four years ago…settled in Annapolis, 2 of us, 1 dog, childless; driven by a career and friends and crafting. Finding a zest for insanely good cooking instead of insanely good baking. Gardening 8 hours at a clip (and getting questions from my neighbors "what DO you do out there for 8 hours?"). Ice skating. A lot. Hopeful for a child.

Now loving the little voices of an almost 3 year old. Getting a new dog tomorrow. Finishing another hat. Posting a blog. Starting a vegetable garden. Loving. Every. Single. Day. Loving the gift of motherhood and being a woman who loves herself.

Simply. Thank you for being true.

xo,

Jennifer from Annapolis

steve said...

Hey, First time reading, I like this post, as i did the same thing a few months ago. We moved into a new place last year and this year i get to plan what we grow...very excite! though haven't managed to translate that to my blog yet.

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Laci said...

I guess this is the perfect lure to make me stop blog stalking, and start putting in my two cents.

What hasn't been life changing in the last four years? Graduate college. Check... Lose my mother. Check... Get Married. Check...
But I think the biggest change is starting next week! I'm quitting my job to pursue a business with my husband (in which I am totally using as an excuse to get a new camera). I'm scared to death, but excited as hell.

Laci said...

Oh yeah. And now that I actually found what fun it is to follow you on facebook too, count me down for "liking" dig this chick in the land of fb.

Hilary said...

looking forward to following you on facebook now too!! i "like" dig!!!

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sarah said...

four years! i remember the early days and can't believe that means it was that long ago when you came out to SF pregnant and we went to the museum. my biggest change was definitely quitting the law firm (so glad!) and becoming a prof. best change ever. my job is so challenging and I've still got a lot to learn, but also inspiring and fun and amazing. yay life.

Lynn said...

My daughter is the most amazing young woman I know and I have come to realize that I am in large part responsible for that! My mother was right - your children will keep you humble. She just didn't tell me in how many, many ways. I've learned just how strong a woman I am.

KWZ said...

Just 2 years ago I had my world turned on its head. Everything I knew turned out to be a version of the reality. However, because of this I realized my soulmate was with me all along. I haven't left his side since that day!

Erin said...

Happy Anniversary!
Let me thank you for inspiring moms, especially Montana moms. :)I wish I could cook and sew like you though.

It is amazing what my kids have taught me in the last four years! In four years I went from one new born baby to three little kiddos. They continue to show me how to "see" life through different sets of eyes.

You have a beautiful family. Thank you for sharing with all of us.

I have "liked" you on facebook already.

KWZ said...

And of course Liked on FB - thanks for sharing!

Dr. Anthony said...

Happy Blogiverary to you, Happy Blogiversary to you, Happy Blogiversary dear Dig this Chick...Happy Blogiversary tooooo YOU!
Hmmm...let's see the last four years...I have opened two businesses and had two children (bringing the total to 3). Been a busy but terribly exciting past four years.

Thanks for putting yourself out there for me to laugh with and learn from.

Dr. Anthony said...

PS the above post is from Steph, guess I logged in with the business email. sorry about that. ;-)

Heather said...

For me, it was absolutely the birth of my son. I think it wasn't until he came into our lives that I really started to know myself and feel really comfortable in my skin.

Lucia said...

I like Dig on FB too!

Heather said...

I 'Like' Dig on Facebook!

Lucia said...

In the past four years I've moved two times and have made great progress towards finding where I want to be in the next four!

Julie said...

Thanks for brightening up my nights... after my two little ones have gone to bed... reading your stories and getting the feeling like I get to peek inside your life, like being friends with someone I'll probably never meet. I don't garden, but you inspire me. Also, that story about Margot's thumb was every parent's worst nightmare... hope she's better soon!

ali said...

four years ago i was commuting on the chicago el to a job where i overlooked fire escapes and brick walls and ate lunch at my desk while the street folk below broke bottles and yelled un-intelligible curses at each other. one day i decided, "enough." although i loved my co-workers, friends, and rent-controlled apartment, i gambled that the mountains held something i had been missing. i moved to missoula three years ago with a job and not much else to call my own. it's been a roller coaster of learning about who i am, what i want, and that my dog has a sweet tooth for sheep on waterworks. in many ways, the life you have built with your family is something of a dream for me. getting to read about the daily happenings of motherhood, staying sane, being creative, and finding beauty in the every day is such a special treat. thanks for letting us in to your life!

lega11ybrunette said...

I "liked" you on Facebook.

lega11ybrunette said...

In the last four years...I got married, bought a house, we got custody of my stepson, and I had a preemie born at 29.5 weeks. It's been busy!

Heather said...

I love your blog, I "met" you through Kelle Hampton and you really inspire me. This is a huge year of change for me, I have lived afraid to long. I am taking charge of my health, I am going to try and have fun doing things I have been afraid to do like gardening, taking pictures of things I find beautiful and sharing myself with others without shame. Reading your (and Kelle's) blog really gives me a great push. Thank you for sharing your life.

Heather said...

I like you on FB :o)

aprilallard said...

I wonderfully and totally unexpectedly got pregnant on my honeymoon 4 years ago. It was the most wonderful thing that ever happened to me and we now have 2 young ones. Not sure why I didn't know taking myself off the pill could possibly result in a pregnancy!!

Lisa S said...

Liked you on Facebook, like you here!

Lisa S said...

4 years ago I was starting my dream job..teaching 4 year olds. It has meant sacraficing finacially but I love it and learn from them everyday.
Found you a few months ago when enjoying the small things came to visit you and heave been enjoying reading since. happy anniversary!

PDXer To Be said...

I am in the midst of a 'life reboot' starting 2010. Not sure where I will end up just yet but I'm aming for new life adventures like starting over, single motherhood by choice and who knows what else is awaiting me!

Your blog is so honest & refreshing and your photography is always beautiful! Thanks for sharing your life & family with us readers!

Mary - aka PDXer To Be!

rebecca said...

,,,thank you for your always insightful, often entertaining words and for the photos on your blog that allow perfect strangers a peek in your home, world and personal lives, and for the laughs (to include margot's quips) the yummy recipes, more laughs, and the honesty you display on the pages of your blog,,,thank you, for the gardening tips, the sewing inspirations (love my az t-shirt) and a glimpse into your world as an artist (as if you didn't already possess plenty of talents),,,you're the model of a mother that i would liked to have emulated had i not chosen and followed in the direction that i did,,,it's easy to "dig" you and your readers are the better because of "dig this chick",,,congrats on 4 years and thank you for being so generous with your time,,,xo

Eva Marie said...

My daughter is the game changer of my life. At a whooping 14 months my daughter came into our lives as a wonderful surprise. My life whole heartedly changed and for that I am forever grateful.
I have this need to connect with women and even more specifically mothers.

lokywoky said...

In the last four years I have recovered from losing my husband of 25 years, moved across the country, started a business with my lovely daughter, lost that business due to the housing crash, gained a son-in-law, and then a grandson, moved across the country again to be near my aging mother and disabled sis.

All the while this was going on had four major and three minor surgeries and a bout with serious depression.

Then I hooked up with "dig this chick" and have had my spirits lifted and been inspired by the love, generosity and creativity that is expressed by the making, the doing, the words, and the love that is here on this blog, in the photos, in the shop and within her family.

Thanks for allowing me to partake in the awesome that is you.

PS. I "like" you on FB too!

erin said...

p.s. i "like" you.

Kelly said...

In April of 2009 I gave birth to twins, a boy and a girl. As if that wasn't life changing enough, we were surprised to find out that our daughter has Down syndrome. These kids are the best life changers I've ever had!!

Kelly said...

I like you on facebook!

Chaotic Collins Clan said...

Love your blog! Our lives changed two years ago when I found out I was pregnant with our third. We weren't planning on having any more children and I wasn't sure how we were going to swing it financially, but somehow we have and we couldn't be any happier.

Karisa said...

Oh my goodness, how did you know that's what I wanted for my birthday (rapidly approaching on the 1st)??? What a wonderful present that would be!

My life-changing events were the births of our first daughter in August 2007 and our second daughter in September 2009. My life has really become before and after with regard to motherhood. I could go on and on...

Karisa said...

I also 'liked' you on FB, which I would have done months ago if I had known you were on there!

Jenny said...

The most interesting/path-changing thing that has happened to me in the last four years, is becoming a mom. I wasn't ever sure if I would have kids either, but now I can't imagine life without my little boy. I am so privileged to have a husband that works so hard so that I can stay home and see him grow every day.

Thoroughly Modern Emily said...

Nici:

I recently started reading your blog (about 3 months ago) and since that time, my husband and I learned that we are expecting our first child. We are elated, but I'm admittedly nervous about what lies ahead. What type of mother will I be? How will this change our lives and our relationship with each other? Reading your blog has me feeling so positive about what's to come, because you so thoughtfully share your world with husband, daughters, pets and plants. Reading dig makes me excited about the changes in my own world. Thank you for keeping at it for four years. I look forward to reading for four more.

- EB (indiana)

Fresh Eggs Farm said...

I looked at this post earlier and thought that there were others who deserve the camera; however, my family and I are on the adventure of a lifetime - we are getting ready to purchase an old farmhouse on a couple acres or more. We'd love a great camera to help document each step.

Nicole said...

I started following your blog about two years ago and have been inspired about your approach to life. To be honest, I was not sure if I wanted to have children but reading your experiences has been eye opening. I love reading Margot's expressions and your responses.

My pathway changed dramatically when I gave up my own business and went to work for corporate america. Your blog reminds me to live for the moments that are given to us and not dwell on the negative.

Thanks for writing!

Sarah said...

i welcomed my own bea in november, ella bea. i have been inspired by you and kelle hampton to start taking photographs to document the magic of it all. thank you for sharing with us all!

Kristy said...

Having my son 16 months ago has forever changed my life.

Tonja Keene said...

"liked" on Facebook!

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