Thursday, December 2, 2010

Unexpected Friendship

Friendship
Blogging has been an unexpected light in my life. My friend at "Farm Girl Digital Designs" has been telling me for a long time that we should start a blog here at Verde Farm. I thought it sounded like a good idea, but where to find the time? While Richie and I pondered starting a small business with our farm, we knew we needed a website. Jill, a.k.a. Farm Girl, came to the rescue. She designed our blog, header, button and took many of our pictures. I asked her to do a special button for Verde Cottage, and she did that, as well.  She's been so supportive and does wonderful work. Check out her website and check out her abundant creativity.
I remember putting up my first post and thinking: “Who would read this? Would this interest anyone but us?” I was shocked when I got my first comments. Shocked and thrilled. I quickly came to know many of you--and in such a short time. I felt as if I had new friends. I truly look forward to your posts, comments and e-mails. The graciousness and interest from folks all over the US, and the world, for that matter, is positive, warm and unexpected.

For example, I've received two spontaneous gifts in the mail for no reason at all.  My first was from Julie, at "Dog Trot Farm."She read one of my fall posts about decorations and my inability to find the cute crows she had in her house. Sure enough, a box full of crows flying south from Maine to West Virginia arrived in no time, along with a cute little pumpkin--a surprise for someone she didn't even know, out of the blue, just because. 
Julie’s Window Boxes
One of my Maine Crows

Secondly, my friend Peggy at "A Primitive Plot" sent me an adorable pumpkin with a crow on top she designed herself. "Everyone needs a fun box in the mail sometimes," she said. And so, another crow flew from Michigan to West Virginia to someone she didn't even know, out of the blue, just because. 
Peggy’s Beautiful Crafting
My Michigan Crow
This is the way it goes with blogging. The people that love to blog are special folks and ultimately giving of themselves through their posts, comments, e-mails and so much more. I am so thankful for this unexpected gift and all my wonderful new friends who share their lives with me and allow me to share our lives with them. 

30 comments:

Farm Girl said...

Sweet post, and we are so thankful for you! That made me so happy to hear that Julie sent you some crows. I wanted you to have crows too,
You are such a dear and I always look forward to reading your very sweet posts.
Blogging is just a magic place.

TexWisGirl said...

Oh how wonderful! I love this little community of friends I have stumbled upon and am so grateful for all of you too! I love the sharing of life, spirit and love across miles and countries. :)

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

I know exactly how you feel. Every minute of blogging is fun for me and you couldn't find kinder people. Enjoy the rest of your day!!

Tete said...

I love blogging and the people I have met on here have been so supportive through every single thing that happens- good and bad.
I am so happy for you! Fun things in the mail make you want to do the happy dance every time you think about it!
Your little farm is such a wonderful place to visit. I love your animals so much! Each one looks like it was hand picked and so precious!
Hugs- Tete

John Going Gently said...

blogging brings like minds together!!!!

Beverly@Beverly's Back Porch said...

You are so right, blogging is fun and you do meet wonderful people. I recently started following John Gray, who commented above me. I love his dry Brit humor.

Sharon said...

Haven't met a blogger, yet, that I didn't have at least one thing in common!

Have you?

XXX

Lisa Sall - Sall's Country Life said...

Oh Amy, spoken so well...that is why I love your blog so much!! I feel exactly the same way about blogging. I am bummed when I actually have to go work someplace and can't stay home and blog. So many wonderful people out there. I have to thank my sister for getting me on to it, what a fun creative outlet. Farm Girl has done a wonderful job for you!!!

Unknown said...

I have had a great time meeting new friends out here in blogland! I'm greatful I have met you...I love your blog!

jp@A Green Ridge said...

Amy, I totally agree with you. Who would have thought????...:)JP

Jen said...

Great Post Amy... you do meet some wonderful people through bloggin and learn so many new things. I love to visit your blog and I'm so glad you visit mine :)

Karen Thomason/Gordon Setter Crossing said...

Even though my blog is about Gordon Setters, I love the farm or country blogs. I have 5 dogs but no chickens, no goats, no little Porters! A visit to your blog at Verde Farm and some others like, Come By Chance, Henhouse Pottery, Milkweed and Teasel, gives me a chance to visit the farm and I've learned so much from you all. You're blog is beautiful and I look forward to visiting each day. I hope my blog serves the dog world as well as yours does the Farming community!

Laurie at Turner Farm said...

Wonderful post Amy. So glad that Farm Girl convinced you to enter the world of blogging. It has been fabulous discovering your corner of the world, what a beautiful corner it is. How sweet of Dog Trot Farms and A Primitive Plot to send you those gifts. ~ Blessings

Pondside said...

It really is a lovely community, isn't it? Tomorrow I'm going to have coffee with a woman I met through blogging - she lives up island and will be down for a few hours. We enjoy our chats, face to face and in the cyber world. On Monday I'll meet another blogger friend on the mainland - two women who have made my life richer and who I'd never have met but for blogging.

Deb said...

Im so glad you started a blog...and I'm glad I found you...

Mary said...

Amy, I have found the same to be true on my end. My cyber-friends from the blog world are warm, encouraging, welcoming, and so generous with their time. A wonderful surprise. Keep on blogging, I love reading your posts! :)

-Mary

Lori Skoog said...

Amy...What amazes me, is the fact that 99% of the blogging pals I've met are such interesting, kind people. Anyone could read us. They could be nut cases! But nope...instead each one has been genuine, with so much to offer. Like Farmchick has said, she enjoys peeking into our lives and learning about us. Nothing would make me happier, than to meet these people face to face. So far, that has only happened to me twice...and one came all the way from Kentucky (Punkin's Patch). After reading posts on a regular basis, you really get to "know" people. And so many of the blogs I go to have several comments from people I already am familiar with. A big circle.

Your blog is fabulous!

Chris at Red Gate Farm said...

Amy,
I know just what you mean! When I got my first comment I didn't even know to LOOK for it and it was weeks later! Then I got smart and have them sent to my email :) I was so excited every time a comment came through and I still AM!! You all make me smile and I appreciate each and every gesture! AND I know I can count on YOU Amy to always leave me a thoughtful comment! Thank you...

Chris

Heritage Farm Village said...

many heartfelt thanks to you amy for your generous words! that was very very kind. but it is no surprise others from far away are drawn to you as you are gifted with a special charm that is evident through your writings. it is very fulfilling to know that you are happy with my design as you know how nervous i was hoping i was doing the right thing for you all. thank you for believing in me and i am glad i was a small part of your blogging success! jill

Maura @ Kisiwa Creek Photography said...

Amy what a wonderful post and you're right...we certainly can find some wonderful friends out there in Blogland. Enjoy your crows and have fun decorating for the holidays!
Maura :)

Quay Po Cooks said...

Blogging give me joy and I so enjoy reading your blog and many others. I made many virtual friends after just 3 months of blogging and I feel connected with them. They are so many wonderful people out there! So glad I found your blog and you are special!

Rebecca said...

You've got a wonderful blog and so much to share-and I'm glad you take the time to share it all with us in blogland!!!

Country Gal said...

I feel the same. Blogging brings so many people together from all over the world and creates wonderful friendships and sharing alike.It makes you feel welcome into others lives and lets you know that through lifes ups and downs your not alone. To this day I still get giddy about recieving comments ! Have a warm and happy day !

peggy said...

Thank you Amy, you have really summed it up, this incredible experience of blogging. It is hard to explain to non-bloggers who much it means to us. I posted some family pictures so my grandson could get them and I said no one will want to see this, Then I stopped to think that every day I look at family pictures of my blogger friends and love and enjoy them. You are all my extended family.

Terry said...

It's amazing the friends you make through blogging. Who would have thought it??

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

i know just what you mean.....i have made the most wonderful friends....right here in blogville...it amazes me too...friendships i could have never even imagined. and now, i have YOU :-)

sending cozy december love,
from kary and teddy
xxx

Janice Grinyer said...

And the best thing about blog friends? You can "visit" them in the middle of the night and they dont mind lol!!!!

Thank you Amy for sharing Verde Farm and your photography - its are soothing to the soul and I can get my creativity cap on every time I "visit" lol!

Chai Chai said...

This page is so beautiful and so well designed, feels like home (or the home one wants to have).

Angela said...

There are so many great people in the blogging community! I have met and made friends with some amazing people from all over the United States and Canada. I hope to meet as many of them in person as I can.

Have a Great Weekend!
Angela

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