Tuesday, 5 May 2015



I'm sitting here, typing away on my iPad (I spilt tea on my laptop last week... let's not go there) finding it hard to believe that I am writing my thousandth post.

Yes folks, you did read that right.

Little did I know, when I wrote that first post back in 2007, what this blog would come to mean for me, the journeys it would accompany us on, the milestones it would record, the places it would go. I remember the thrill of discovering that ten people had read my first rather lame post, the excitement of that first comment, the struggle to get my head round the technical side of things... The disbelief at my first award nomination, the shock of being shortlisted for the BIBs, the amazement as my readership grew and the first time a blogger I really admired commented on my blog, rather than vice versa.

It's been a rollercoaster journey... The constant questioning... Why am I doing this? What is its purpose? Who am I writing for? It's been my companion on many long hospital nights, and the medium of recording some of the most difficult parts of my life so far, its been the means of meeting many, many wonderful people... People who have become true friends.

I love blogging. I love writing. I love the way it's opened so many doors of opportunity for us as a family. I love the friends I've made in the blogging world. I love the friends I've made through a readership who faithfully read and comment. I love the opportunity to share my faith with people who may not otherwise hear. I love the fact that for the first time in my life, I have actually stuck at a hobby for more than a few weeks. I love the creativity. I love the way it's made me want to be a better photographer. A better writer. A better mother.

I was truly, truly clueless as to what I was letting myself in for when I wrote post number 1 eight years ago... Now I'm so excited to see where my little corner of the Internet will take us in the next 1000 posts.

Who knows, but one things for sure. I'm not planning on going anywhere anytime soon.

Thank you to all of you who have supported Clarina and her at times rather random contemplations for the last few years.

I am very grateful!


  1. Congrats on this milestone post Claire! I love to read your blog - thanks for sharing your heart and your faith with us xx

  2. Congratulations! Such a fabulous achievement-always a joy to read xx

  3. Oh Claire, Wow! That's some achievement! Congratulations on your 1000th post lovely lady, and here's to many more thousands too! Xxx

  4. Sharon Walker5 May 2015 at 09:31

    Congrats on this milestone post Claire! I love to read your blog - thanks for sharing your heart and your faith with us xx

  5. Well done my dear Claire! Keep going and you are a gifted writer. May the Lord bless you further in this writing field!

  6. Oh my goodness, 1000? That's quite some milestone and deserves a huge congratulations! I'm nots sure whether I'll ever get to that many but it's a lovely community to be part of so here's hoping x

  7. Wow! How awesome! Well done!!

  8. That is a major achievement. Strange that the first post I read on your blog is your 1000th. Looking forward to reading more.

  9. Ahh she looks so cute, I remember doing this for my son about 4 years ago for school. Congratulations on your 1000th post, it is pretty incredible how quick they go isn't it. I'm on 1634 now!! ekk Mich x

  10. Congratulations!! What a wonderful milestone!


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