Here’s To Another Four Years

Four years ago today, I think its safe to say we were all in a different place.

I had a kindergartener in the public school system and a three-year old at home. We were preparing for our first deployment, and I was a little less crazy and frazzled than I am today.

Okay, so maybe that’s debatable.

I’ve spent a lot of the day reflecting on that day four years ago. It was a big day for us. We put ourselves out there and had no idea what to expect. Lots of eyes were watching. Many a word was read. People were waiting to see what might happen.

Would it last?

Would the people be willing to accept it?

So many questions were unanswered. And all we could do was wait, and watch.

Our lives are different in so many ways. I’m four years wiser older. Stevie is in the fourth grade. Alex is in first grade. We are done with diapers. Everyone is sleeping through the night. McDaddy is, well, he’s still McDaddy.

We heard a lot about change.

And I think its safe to say there has surely been change. And lots of it.

There has been a dramatic change in the landscape. Turnout is much higher tonight than it was back then. And, on top of that, people are so much more apt to voice their opinion this time around. There are days when people want to be heard, and there are some days, it remains quiet. People from other countries have taken an interest. That fact is still hard for me to comprehend. Complete strangers want to show their support and admiration.

It is past time for us to step up and be heard.

And I want to hear from all of you!

I am interested in your thoughts, and I want to hear your opinions. I think we all agree that this is a very important day.

It is important because four years ago today, I wrote my very first blog post here at From Inmates To Playdates, Inc.


Well, what did you think I was rambling on about?

There is reason to celebrate because that is A LOT of crazy.

Thanks for embracing my crazy, supporting us through our first deployment, rejoicing with me when I finally got a Saturn Sky, encouraging us when I announced our second deployment, listened, as I rambled on about my funeral, and for just stopping by here day after day after day.

I couldn’t do this without you.

Well, I mean I guess I could technically. But what kind of fun would that be?

I’ve watched the numbers, calculated the returns, talked with members of THE PARTY, and anxiously awaited the results.

I’ve decided to stick around and bring about some more change in my little corner of the bloggysphere.

[And the crowd goes wild!]

I’d love for you to stick around and celebrate with us! Grab a Dr. Pepper and let yourself go wild down there in the comment section.

Here’s to another four years HERE ON THE BLOG!


  1. Beth says

    I love your blog. I don’t comment much, but I do read every post. I did win a purse from you once 🙂 I think of you every time I look at it. I probably started reading shortly after you started the blog. I’m not sure how I found it, but I’m glad I’ve stayed around.

  2. says

    Hi Julie! I just had to stop by after seeing your comment about WVU on Big Mama’s blog. Go ‘Eers! We’re displaced West Virginians, living in Virginia now, and I’m always so glad to see fellow Mountaineers in the blogosphere.

    Thank you to your husband and family for your service to our country. Hope today is a blessed on for you all.

    Love your blog and will sure to be back. 🙂

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