A Personal Note

Today is my 10th wedding anniversary. As many of you know, I’ve been living apart from my wife because of my job, though she will finally be joining me in South Carolina next month! To top it off, my wife is actually even further away than normal, as she is traveling in Greece as part of her job! (The last big commitment she wanted to live up to before leaving.)

If you had asked me 10 years ago how we would be celebrating this anniversary, I don’t think I would have guessed this in a million chances.

This weekend I am also missing my High School’s 25 year reunion. (Yeah, I’m getting old!) If you had asked me then where I would be living, again, I don’t think South Carolina would have even been a consideration. I don’t think I had even heard of Greenville, so I know I couldn’t have guessed that!

My point? Life’s an adventure. You never really know where you’ll end up, and if you’re open to it, life will surprise you. Ten years ago, I was getting married, something I swore I would never do again. Sometimes, you meet someone who you want to break all your rules for, and once you start breaking those rules, the adventure begins. I haven’t regretted any of the adventure, even the challenges of this past year. In fact, all of the challenges along the way in this adventure have only served to make me a better man, and made our relationship stronger than anything I could have imagined on our wedding day.

Then again, it’s fairly obvious that I simple wasn’t thinking big enough back then. I won’t make that mistake again. Now I know that our adventure may take us anywhere, and we’ll get through it, together. And still, 10 years from now, I hope I’m just as amazed by where life has taken us as I am today!

New Features Added to Community Site

I just posted a note over on the Survivor’s Network about ome new features I’ve added there, but wanted to share it here as well in the hopes that folks will check it out and start getting involved over there a bit more!

I’ve been testing a few new things in the hopes of getting folks to check in and get involved in the new site. One, a Twitter integration called Tweetstream, that lets you both share your twitter status updates on this site, and update twitter when you post something new here. You can enable it by going to your profile, edit profile then clicking the “Settings” link. You’ll see a new Tweetstream link from that window and just follow along the instructions.

You can also now post video or photos embedded into a status update or forum post by simply copying the URL where it’s located, and the embed plugin will do the rest, provided that the URL is from any of these sites:

* YouTube
* Blip.tv
* Vimeo
* DailyMotion
* Flickr
* Hulu
* Viddler
* Qik
* Revision3
* Photobucket
* Scribd
* WordPress.tv

Hope you enjoy!

First Carnival Against Child Abuse of 2010

Paul, from Mind Parts does a great job, not just in hosting the Carnival this month, but also explaining why the Carnival is very cool:

The purpose of the Carnival is to be a place where important posts are shared with others who may not be frequent readers of an author’s blog. I, myself, have realized that I cannot follow all the blogs I want to follow, so the monthly Carnival gives me a chance to see what else is out there. There are so many wonderful bloggers and you are all doing a wonderful service not only to yourselves, but to the cause of ending child abuse and recovering from child abuse. My sincere thanks to all of you.

I couldn’t agree more, and I’ll be over to his post to check out the other entries in this month’s edition!

New Groups on the Network

Over at the Survivor Network, folks are finally starting to get the hang of the Groups feature. We’ve had a couple of new ones added, the first for those of the Christian Faith to talk about how their faith plays a role in their healing, and the second a place to discuss the portrayal of survivors in TV and movies.

We’re also up to 246 members, with a lot of the new folks getting involved and starting a bunch of new discussions. Makes me glad to see them feeling comfortable and part of the community. If you haven’t joined and checked it out yet, what are you waiting for? :)