Saturday, 1 September 2007

Two years journaling !

Yes,two years ago I took the plunge, and started to write in this journal, and what an experience it proved to be, I have made so many wonderful friends, which has been proved to me recently when I became ill with depression, so many comments, from you all sending me your love, and assuring me of your prayers, I firmly believe in the power of prayer, and as my sister said to me if love could make you better, then you have it ,Happily, I feel so much better now ,thanks to love and prayer  and the magic little pill I pop each morning 

                                                           

What did you think to my opening tag today? My dear and talented friend Debbie made it for me; it was through the net I met her! Even though she lives just round the corner, I was shopping one day and she said she had seen me on the welcome page when I was featured as a Silver Surfer, a year last May, and we have been friends ever since, now she doesn’t often enter in her journal, she is far to busy making her very clever graphics, and sharing them with us all.

 

Over the last two years I have introduced you to my lovely family, and you have shared many of our gatherings, I have taken you along with Maurice and I when we have gone out and about .I have shown youknitting, sewing and patch work I have done, I told my Mothers life story, told you about all the Vicars I had the joy of knowing, Like so many of you I did a tribute to a victim of September 11th

I was honoured to get to know and mourn John Santore ,this for me, like many of you was a moving thing to do ,and I will always keep a place in my heart for this brave young fire-fighter. You shared our joy when we got our puppy Kizzie; I have told you about my ironing, and when I have cleaned my windows! (Guess what; we haven’t had our Summer duvet on yet!)

I have told you what books I have read .all about Maurice’s shifts and what I have for my supper .and you have faithfully commented and given me so much pleasure with your reply’s and your own journals ,So thank you all for sharing the last two years  with me ,sharing your journals/blogs and lives with me  ,

                                                           

    I will close this entry ,as always ...love Jan xx

 

 

 

59 comments:

kirkbyj05 said...

It's been a pleasure getting to know you Jan.  So thank you!  
Especially for taking the time to write your lovely entries so full of you and all that you do.
You have been a kind and easy person to get to know in this way.
How can we not love you when you share your heart with us.

I'm glad you are feeling so much better.  That makes me feel good too. See?  Prayers do work.
A wonderful graphic from Debbie too.  Well done!

Love
Jeanie xxx

stijoan said...

happy journal birthday Jan. hope you are feeling better.
hugs and love joanne

oddb0dkins said...

It's been a pleasure. Happy anniversary.
B. x

pm71blackfen said...

Jan, I'd like to join with the others to wish you a happy 2nd Journal Birthday - may we get to read many more from you!  Love the graphic too, how special.  Love, Pat    http://journals.aol.co.uk/pm71blackfen/ramblings-from-pat/

wobblymoo said...

Happy Journal Birthday Jan, it's lovely to have shared it all with you xx

blpltt said...

I really treasure you as a friend, Jan.  I'm glad time, and the little pill, are doing their work.
Many congratulations, and love to you all.
Bunny xx

brck753 said...

Happy birthday Serendipity lol. Glad you have the journal as it helped us to meet and become friends. Three cheers for journals hip hip hooray, hip hip hooray, hip hip hooray. May you be journaling for many more years.
Love
Debbie
xxx

ukgal36 said...

Happy Anniversary!!
I love reading about each others lives..I feel we get to know each other in a far more intimate way this way...we tell each other things we normally wouldn't in everyday conversation ...there are no barriers...it's truly wonderful....
I love your journal!
Lyn

aniracj said...

You have even ventured to Oundle to see my lovely daughter get married!!!! Hope you do the same with Kev and Lucy. Thanks for being a good friend and here's to the years to come. Love Joan (Oh and it will be a pink one in January!!!)

emabecmar said...

Happy Anniversary to your wonderful journal and to you also. (((((((hugs)))))))))
Cindy

jeanno43 said...

Many congratulations on your 2nd Anniversary Jan.  You came a very long way from your beginning and soon became one of the very best journals.  I have enjoyed whatever you have shared with us.  Your friend Debbie is certainly very talented, that is an amazing graphic.  May you continue to write for many years to come. xxxxx

http://journals.aol.co.uk/jeanno43/JeannettesJottings/

edwardssoapy said...

Hi Jan!

Happy anniversary to your journal 'Serendipity'!  

I really do enjoy reading your journal.  Thank you for sharing your photos with us, and the trips you have been on.  With every post, I feel as if I'm going on an interesting adventure with you.

Wow, the opening graphic is so pretty,  Debbie is very clever and talented!

Glad to hear to pills are making you feel better. You'll soon be back as the Jan we know, and love! You are in my thoughts.

Love and hugs,
Leigh :o)
http://journals.aol.co.uk/edwardssoapy/LeighsWorld/"

jckfrstross said...

Congrats!!!!! thank you for sharing your life with me:) enjoy your weekend

Deb

marainey1 said...

I'm glad you started your journal too !  You've shared your love of life and stories of the past that I've so enjoyed.  Your tag is very eye catching that's for sure !
I'm glad you've recovered from your illness and I'm looking forward to many more delightful  entries in Serendipity.  'On Ya' - ma

jaymact1 said...

First of all so glad you are feeling better and secondly congratulations on you two years in j-land well done. Have enjoyed reading all about you and yours and think of you as a friend. Your graphics today are superb Debbie is so clever wish I could do something like that. You must be feeling the cold our summer duvets have been on since April but you know know how hot I get, most nights I'm on top of even that. Hope you have a great day. LOve joan.

wldconnie said...

So pleased to see you are feeling so much better. I have enjoyed reading your journal. It is the everyday things that we all do that are of interest. So many folk read your journal that they must find it interesting even if you do talk about doing the ironing!! Keep it up as we all love you. Love Conniexx

madcobug said...

I am so glad that you are feeling better. I for one have enjoyed reading all your enteries. You always are doing things to make life interesting. I know you have enjoyed having little Kizzie around to keep you company. Our Patches is standing up against the computer chair and my arm trying to get my attention. Tell kizzie that Patches says hello and she sure would like to see her and play for a while. Have a nice weekend Jan. Helen

madcobug said...

PS. love your new graphics. Helen

dklars said...

Happy second birhday!   I have so enjoyed getting to know you through your journal these past few years!
~~Kath~~

seraphoflove9001 said...

Congrats!!! :o)
Lisa

sugarsweet056 said...

CONGRATS on your J-Land Anniversary! WOO HOO #2!!!
Great tag! Have a lovely weekend.
Hugs,
Sugar

msecz said...

its been nice knowing you thiese past 2 years... and I hope to read your journal for many more too. what did we ever do before journals I wonder
Sandra

ktkamanski said...

It has been such a pleasure traveling with you through this journal - I enjoy your reads and all that you choose to share with us. Happy Two Year Anniversary To YOU, with hopes you will continue for many more! Take care of you and yours always! Enjoy,
Katie

lsfp1960 said...

Congratulations on two great years of journaling !  I certainly look forward to more wonderful entries from you in the future.  The opening tag is very nice, I've never used any of Debbie's tags but admire her work in other peoples journals.  Keep up the good work Jan....Linda in Washington state  

icklemisssexpot said...

Jan i pray you continue to feel better and that your 'happy' pill as i call them keeps working...It's been a pleasure to read your journal and share in everything you have written about...Long may you continue to give us that insight to your life :o)  Caff xxxxxx
http://journals.aol.co.uk/icklemisssexpot/Upsidesdownsidesandinbetween/

cornwalldreckly said...

Jan, you have brought us all a lot of pleasure with your blog and I hope you will continue writing for many years to come.  I started my first blog in 2003 during a very sad time for my family and it was a lifeline.  I am sure that writing helps to keep life in perspective.  I hope your health continues to improve.  I loved the tag. Christine

egre328 said...

Happy journal anniversary and thank you for all your entries, which I really love reading.  Eileenx

rdautumnsage said...

Congratulations my dear friend on you two year Anniversary. May you have many , many more to come. (Hugs) Indigo

pharmolo said...

Congratulations, Jan, and looking forward to many more years for you!

nightmaremom said...

{{{Jan}}}  Congrats!  You've come along way and it has been my pleasure sharing it with you.
Love ya my friend
d

lanurseprn said...

Don't forget that you always update us on "Lavender Blue" and their new window decorations! I love that!
I'm glad you are feeling better, Jan. It's been such a pleasure getting to know you and going through this journey with you.
Hugs and love,
Pam xoxox

sybilsybil45 said...

Hi Jan, Congradulations on two wonderful years.  You are always an insperation to me....in fact all the J landers are.  I look on in amazment at all the clever things you do...all your side bars etc. tags etc. I still have never been able to fathom everything out. No wonder you have such a vast readership !!  Keep journaling  we love it. Love and prayers always  Sybil xxx

faircolleen said...

I love your journal Jan. . .dont forget we have been to Lavander Blue and an engagement and a wedding and some craft fairs and we know what shift Maurice is on and what you put in your trolley. . .LOL. GREAT journal. . .congratulations.

frdbrow7 said...

Jan I could not believe it when you said you had been journalling for TWO years!  Gosh, where has the time gone?
Mind you, I was just thinking last night in bed, as you do ;-) that it is about a year and a half since the the 'add to journal' button went missing and I could no longer continue with my 'diary' journal.  I have no such excuse now, and as everything dies down in the garden, will get on with it.
Love your graphics, clever Debbie!

jlocorriere05 said...

Happy 2nd anniversary Jan. It's been a pleasure getting to know you and your family. Your journal is always so upbeat even when you had this spell of depression. I'm looking forward to many more happy years of reading you! Jeannette xx  http://journals.aol.co.uk/jlocorriere05/Welcometomytravels  

cacklinrosie101 said...

Happy 2nd anniversary, Jan!  Mine is coming up next month.  I just might have to implore Debbie to make me a graphic because I am clueless on many things.  It's been my pleasure to share your life with you.  I'm so glad that the little pill you pop is helping you feel yourself again.  Depression is hell.  Enjoy your weekend. Much love xx Chris

rachealcarol said...

Jan it was a wonderful day when you walked into AOL journals so happy happy birthday to you, it's been an absolute pleasure to share your days. Rache

sylviam4000 said...

Happy Anniversary Jan.
Have only started reading journals again this evening, after a fairly long absence, due to illness and the resultant depression it caused. I'm real sorry to read that you too have suffered a bout of depression - it's a crucifying illness. Today my family helped me feel alive again - son took me and hubby (along with our 2 little grandaughters) to the New Forest and Barton-on-Sea. I'd had a rough night, still awake at 2am, and was woken at 8.45 this morning by frantic knocks on the front door: My little girls were waiting on the step with a smile and a hug and a big surprise: "We're taking you and grandad out Nan, so you've got to get washed and dressed quick, while daddy makes your breakfasts". Never in my wildest dreams, did I realise I'd be paddling in the sea today, creased up with laughter, when Holly and I got an unexpected soaking - we were daft enough to think the tide was going out - we were caught out lol!
Hope your family brings you the pleasures mine have today. Take care.
Lots of love
Sylvia xx

mariealicejoan said...

I loved your opening tag Jan!  And congratulations on your two year anniversary! I, for one, am so glad you have kept it up and look forward to at least another ten years of your Serendipity, if not more!  Hope springs eternal!!
Marie
http://journals.aol.co.uk/mariealicejoan/MariesMuses/

deegleed said...

This will be the 40th entry. I doubt you will ever read it. Anyway, let's hope you continue to keep us all entralled with your Blog for many years to come. Love Dan

faveanti said...

I only wish I had more time so I could read at least some of your earlier entries Jan.  Happy anniversary anyway.
Love, Angie, xx

funnyface0s0 said...

Happy Anniversary Jan .....thank you for sharing your life with me, its been such a pleasure getting to know you.   Thank you for the support and love you gave me when i lost my Mother, you don't know just how much that helped me.   I hope we will be friends for many more Anniverseries to come.
With fondest love, Jayne xxx

nedmoh said...

Happy Anniversary and Congratulations on Two years of Serendipity Jan.Well done ,so many people love you, as we all do .Its a pleasure  to have you as my sister and I am very proud of you  and what you have achieved.Thats a amazing graphic Debbie has made for you ,well done to her too........With Love Jeanxxx

jacksj989 said...

Thank you for sharing your journal with me and may you continue to be able to keep sharing and helping, in only the way that you know how, to make me feel as if was are there with you in your lows and highs.

May the next two years be all highs for you.

By for now,

John.

beckiepainton said...

wow 2 years?doesnt time fly!!thansk for sharing you life with us, its been very enjoyable! Beckie x

ally123130585918 said...

Jan your friend Debbie is so clever your opening tag is brilliant ~ Happy belated 3nd anniversary to your journal ~ I have enjoyed every trip you have taken us on ~ and being introduced to your lovely family and everything else you have shared with us ~ you well deserved to WIN Silver Surfer and thank you for letting me be part of your life ~ Ally x

ally123130585918 said...

PS  Sorry Jan that should read 2nd anniversary :o( Ally xx

hugsdoodlewacky said...

((((()((((((((((((((((((HGSTOYOU)))))))))))))))Congrats.Have a nice day.

gotomaria said...

Hi, Jan,  just catching up with your journals.  I love the creative anniversary tag.  Way to keep it up for 2 years!  I look forward to reading more of your adventures.  Sorry to hear about your panic attack...but glad you were able to find something to help it!   Keep writing, it brings joy  and something to look forward too as well.  I've found a very good blog on positive attitude that you might like.  Here is one of the entries:  http://www.positivityblog.com/index.php/2007/05/09/top-5-tips-for-living-a-more-positive-life/ .. I find them very uplifting and good tips.   Good luck and thanks for stopping by my journal from time to time!  Maria  

plieck30 said...

Happy anniversary. If it wasn't for the computer and j-land I most probably would not have ever met you. I'm so glad I did and I'm so glad to read that you are feeling better. Take care of yourself and may you have many more years of journaling. Paula

kaydeejay5449 said...

Hi, Jan!  I have enjoyed knowing you since I found your journal.  I think Jeannette of Jeannette's Jottings lead me your way.  However I found you, I am so blessed that I did.  You have been a source of inspiration and a lot of fun.  I am so glad you are feeling better.  As one who has dealt with depression, I am so proud of how you have faced this and that you have shared it with so many.  

So, here's to many more years of journaling and sharing your journey with us!
Love, Kathy

meerkatwenallt said...

First time I have gone on to a blog even though I have been hearing about them for a while.With yours being the first I must say I am impressed.It's bright and  cheerful and it feels like serendipity to have found it,especially when I read that you were invoved in care of the elderly.I have been nursing(qualified) since 1977 and although I have diversified often I still return to elderly care.Strange how life is.I must keep abreast of what's going on as,although at present I am not working due to health problems,I will probably end up needing care myself.And if today is anything to go bu it may be soon.

astra1547 said...

Hi Jan...
Congratulations on your 2nd anniversary of writting your journal. It has been a great pleasure to read all that you have written...I do hope your feeling much better now.Best wishes and take care!

Astra!
http://journals.aol.com/astra1547/astras-new-journal/

ASTRA1547@sky.com

siennastarr said...

Congratulations on 2 years in Jland, Jan! :)  Don't forget you are "The Lady of the Blog!"  I'm so relieved to hear that you are feeling better.  Amazing what those little pills can do, isn't it??

Much love to you, my sweet and caring friend!

Hugs
Jackie
http://journals.aol.com/siennastarr/Hopefloats/

sarajanesmiles said...

Happy Birthday your journal :o)
Jan... I wish that I had known you were suffering with depression my dear.  I haven't been visiting journals for a while, trying to get my own under control.  I am glad that you are starting to feel better.  Biggest ((((( hugs ))))) in the world to you, lots of love and "continue to feel better" thoughts.
Sara   xxx

zoepaul6968 said...

congratulations hun,we love you zoe xxx
http://journals.aol.co.uk/zoepaul6968/domestic-chaos/

lindapaterson177 said...

Congratulations Jan and your tag was brilliant!
luv bella x

lindachapmanuk said...

Hi Jan! That was a lovely entry! ...and Debbie makes lovely tags! Linda xx

sunnyside46 said...

how sweet
Marti