Welcome! I'm Melissa Gross, a dynamic and interactive teacher and speaker called to lead and encourage Christian women in their walk with the Lord through classes, workshops and retreats incorporating Bible study, devotionals, illustrated Bible journaling, paper crafting and mixed media projects that merge faith and art bringing God’s Word to life so you can find renewed excitement to dive into the Word, use your creative gifts, and apply the Truth as you draw closer to the Lord and serve Him in your everyday life. This site is where I share my everyday adventures, Bible Journaling pages, scrapbook layouts, handmade cards, and other crafty projects, as well as information on my upcoming workshops and events. I also post photos, ramble about books I'm reading, stuff I'm organizing, and other FUN bits & pieces of my wonderful life.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

2nd Blogiversary!

It's my TWO YEAR BLOGIVERSARY and today I'm celebrating the fact that I have not only been able to share bits & pieces of my life with each of you, but that I've also preserved memories and stories through that sharing. Each time I publish a post, I'm recording a little bit of what's happening in my life - whether it's showcasing my latest scrapbook layout or reviewing the books I've read or revealing new photos I've taken or discussing my latest organizing project or just simply chronicling the events of our latest adventure.

There really wasn't any particular reason that I picked this date to publish my first blog post, it was just a random day when I decided to give it a try. So, in celebration of my blogiversary today I am sharing two very random stories (with photos) that have been on my to-blog list.

Message in a Bottle - On our anniversary cruise this past December, Robbie decided it would be fun to throw out a message in a bottle just to see if anyone would find it and send us a note. I worried a little bit that throwing the corked bottle in the water might be considered polluting or might somehow be endangering some species of fish I'd never heard of, however the adventure and possibility of receiving a response from some obscure corner of the world won out.

We have not yet discovered a reply email in our inbox or lovely notecard in our mailbox in response to our message. So, we must assume that our bottle is still floating along on the waves (or sitting at the bottom of the ocean if the cork leaked!).

Nameless/Story-less Photos - On our recent outing to Canton Trade Days, I noticed tons of old photos for sale. These vintage photos were arranged in boxes by category, but contained no names, no dates, no locations, no stories, no recorded memories.




I'm so glad that I have a fun hobby that allows me to preserve the stories and memories that go along with my photos. In fact, I'll be sharing a few new layouts and stories in the next day or two!

Thanks for joining me today as I celebrate my 2nd Blogiversary. If you have a random story idea on your to-blog list, please tell me what it is and then get on over to your own blog and publish it - I'll be around to see what you're up to! :>)

15 comments:

Jane said...

happy Blogiversary. Will have to think about a random story :)

Cheri said...

Happy Blogiversary! No random story for me today. Need to get my kiester in gear and head into the office. :(

Ellyn said...

Happy Blogiversary Melissa! I have tons of random stories, too many to fit in this little box! Have a great day!

Sian said...

happy Blogiversary Melissa! It's always a pleasure to drop by here and see what you are blogging. May your blog be filled with random stories for many years to come!

Rebekah said...

Happy Blogiversary!! You have a wonderful place to visit here and I can only hope mine will be that way someday. Right now, it doesn't seem to be the happening place! My random thoughts have been about keeping joy alive in my heart and feeding it right. Seems I'm struggling lately with that and I don't know why. I have so much to be thankful for and yet find myself being grumbly or ungrateful. Not nice!

scrappyjacky said...

Happy Blogversary.
I love the idea of a 'message in a bottle' and think I'll do that on our next cruise.

Jo.C said...

Happy Blogversary - you'll probably forget about it and I'll of a sudden a letter will appear :0)

Alison said...

Happy Blogversary Melissa...I really do enjoy coming to visit you!
Alison xx

furrypig said...

Happy 2nd Blogerversary to you and here's to many more!! I always love seeing your happy posts and your lovely smiling face xxx

Sue Althouse said...

Happy Blogiversary! Wow, has it really been 2 years? Congrats! Love the note in a bottle, hope you get a reply someday!

Amy said...

Happy Blogiversary Melissa!
I feel as though most of my blog posts are random stories, I look forward to reading many more of yours!

Maria Ontiveros said...

Happy Day!
I really appreciate your thoughts on blogging. It really does record a slice of my life, mainly the artistic side, but the rest slips in, too!
Rinda

Karen said...

Happy Blogiversary! I've been thinking about putting some of the story posts I've done over the years into a book with just a couple of card and scrapbook posts since I don't often go back and scrap my blog posts. Thanks for reminding me!

Tammy said...

Happy Anniversary! I hope you get a return message one day! Keep the great posts coming! :)

Jimjams said...

Happy happy Blogiversary - two great tales recorded for posterity - I too agree it is such a shame that nobody knows who those people are - not even their great-great-great-great-grandkids! Our distant relations will at least have a head-start!