Thursday, February 11, 2016

5 Years of Blog Posts in the Books!


This week marks 5 years since I first pressed publish on my first post here at Townsend House.  I have blogged off and on since 2001, but Townsend House is where I really found my voice, and knew what I wanted to write about.







Townsend House has always been a lifestyle blog albeit a somewhat different lifestyle than the norm.  Figuring out self-sufficiency, or not; trying to reduce the amount of resources we use, figuring out how to live in a consumer culture as a producer instead of a consumer, reducing chemical exposure.  It is all there in the past five years.  Being able to find products that fit in with what we have learned about chemicals has been a challenge, but it has been a learning process. 

Trying to make the best choices for my family.

It is funny to think about all the changes.  When I started Townsend House, Emma was 2 and Jack was just 6 months old.  Things have definitely changed!




Through this time we have expanded our garden, converted our two family home into a single family (which is still a work in process!), started homeschooling, and added another little one to the mix with Lucy.






We got chickens for the first time, and then realized we had no place to house them, so Matt built a chicken coop.  We processed those chickens two winters ago and now I am anxious to have new chicks in the spring (we will see if Matt agrees!). 





I purged my house of stuff, became quite minimalist, and then started to allow all the junk back in.  Adding a third little one seemed to double all of our belongings, I have no idea how that happened.  Now I am on a journey to pare everything down again.







I have worked through so many emotions over the past several years.  Realizing that it is up to me to control my happiness, and at the same time releasing the guilt I felt for not making everyone else around me happy.  Knowing that I needed to concentrate on myself more, and really take the time for self-care so that I can be the best wife and mom for my family; setting up routines, figuring out chore schedules, returning to my love of reading and knitting.









It is amazing to look back on all that I have accomplished in the past five years.  I think that is what I love most about blogging.  I obviously want to be an encouragement to others, and share what I love, but also it is a way to document life, to know what we have been up to over the years.




I am incredibly grateful for this space, and the friends that I have made, and the community that I have through this little online world.  It has been supportive and informative to me through the years.


I want to say thank you for reading, and supporting me in this endeavor.  It has been so much fun, and I look forward to continuing well into the future!

25 comments:

  1. I love this post. Such a nice idea to share with us your story behind your blog, and also helps us get you know you a little more! :) crazy how long you've been blogging!

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    1. It has been a while :-) Thanks for visiting!

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  2. I hit my six year mark last October and I can't believe it's been that long. Happy blogaversary to you!

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    1. Happy blogaversary to you as well! It seems like it has gone so fast!

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  3. I'm coming up on one year. Congrats on 5- wow!

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  4. Sounds like it's been a great 5 years! I'm coming up on 4 years I guess, wow!

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  5. Congratulations! Five years is a long time for anything, really, especially writing on the Internet (what with the "fads" and the blogs that don't last past the first few months for whatever reason).
    Looking forward to many more! :D

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  6. 5 years is awesome. Congrats to you! I have been blogging since 2008!

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  7. Congrats to 5 years! What an accomplishment. I have been trying to get our family to a more sustainable place also. I did my first garden last year, recycle pretty much everything and am trying to buy more bulk items. Keep on keeping on :)

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  8. That's awesome that it's been five years! Congratulations! It's always great seeing the stories behind the bloggers~

    Lauren | The Arizona Prepster

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  9. Happy blogiversary! The time goes by so fast doesn't it. Cheers to many more years.

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  10. Happy blog anniversary to you. It's my eight year this year. Wishing you more years of blogging fun.

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  11. I have only been blogging six months now so this is a real inspiration to me. Well done for sticking to it and I hope it continues to be a successful and positive journey for you!

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  12. Congrats on 5 years. I really wonder if I'll be blogging 5 years from now. 5 years ago I was pregnant and still trying to teach Pilates. Lol.

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  13. Congrats on 5 years. I really wonder if I'll be blogging 5 years from now. 5 years ago I was pregnant and still trying to teach Pilates. Lol.

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  14. I loved reading this! Five years is a span than marks a lot of growth and learning. I love that blogging is a way to journal the progress. Congratulations!

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  15. It sounds like you've got quite the setup with your blog! Congrats on the five years!

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  16. Congratulations on the five years! That is a huge accomplishment! I hope you are still doing it five years from now!

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  17. Wow, congrats on the 5 yrs! It's amazing to see in pictures all of the changes. I have been wanting chicks, but I don't think my hubby would allow it. HA! Here's to 5 more years for you!

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  18. YAY five years is quite the milestone. I think mine will be 6 soon and that seems like forever. It's amazing how much things change from the beginning but yet stay the same ;)

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  19. Congratulations on reaching the 5 year milestone! Looks like you have done a lot in that time!! Oh and now I want some chickens :)

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  20. Congrats! That's such a great accomplishment. :)

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  21. Congrats reaching the 5 years I hope they'll be many many more

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  22. Omg congrats on 5 years!!! That's a pretty impressive milestone. Wishing you the best in the future :)

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