Thursday, June 13, 2013


I never know when to share those moments that make me so happy I could scream from the tallest mountain but since OH is void of any mountains I have decided to share one of my exciting moments on my blog. Today is number 300 post...who knew until I checked my design tab? 
Compliments of Google images (thanks Mary Lee for teaching me to give credit to photos)

I never imagined starting my blog on August 7, 2010 would lead to 300 posts.  I remember wondering if I could do this all by myself because so many friends had a blogging partner.  I remember several Central OH bloggers holding my hand virtually telling me it was going to be ok and it is.  A HUGE thanks to all my cheerleaders in OH. 
Last year's OLW was reflection and this year's OLW is gratitude.  Both powerful words for me as I think about all of the amazing opportunities that have happened because of the connections that I have made through my blog along with twitter.  The new family that I have found and enjoy working with at National Center for Family Literacy along with having the opportunity to write for Choice Literacy. All my virtual friends that I have never met but still feel like I know is amazing.  Who knew that I would become friends with so many authors when 3 years ago I was just reading their books and wishing that I could meet them.  The connections I have made are priceless.   

As my summer begins and one of my favorite parts is becoming a full time student again-learning from others by reading blogs, articles and twitter chats (#5thchat and #titletalk). By attending professional conferences and having conversations that will enrich my learning and taking the time to read and write which will lead to several more blog posts and my ever growing community of learners.  Thanks to my family and friends, I couldn't have done it without all of you!!


  1. Congratulations on #300! And most of all...thank you for your blog and encouragement. I learn from your honest, passionate, thoughtful posts. Your enthusiasm for teaching is contagious :)

  2. Hooray, hooray! And what a fabulous blog you have created, Maria. I always learn something new and exciting, when I visit...this blogging life we share is almost as good as teaching down the hall from you!

  3. As I read your comments Tracy and Tara I hope you realized that you both are my virtual friends that I learn so much from and admire so much. Perhaps some day we will all end up at a conference together.
    I will be attending NCTE for the first time this year in Boston.
    Wouldn't it be fun if we could all teach down the hall from each other.

  4. I hope our paths do cross soon! I am sure we could sit and talk for hours :)

  5. Congratulations! I love reading your blog and your tweets. :)
    Creating Lifelong Learners