Facebook is 10 years old today. Wow. It's seems like there has always been a Facebook and yet it's a mere 10 years old. On the other hand, those 10 years have flown by and it's hard to believe that FB has been around that long.
Quite a paradox.
I love Facebook and social media in general. I love that I can stay in touch and find people who would have otherwise drifted out of my life. I love that my family posts pictures from far away and I can share in things. I love that I can offer love, support and kindness to people who need it and never have to dial their number (I hate talking on the phone). I love that the older it gets, the more social media touches lives in positive ways. I love that I can make new "Facebook friends" and it feels like we're besties even though, in some cases, we've never met face to face.
I also love that it did not exist in the 80's...just sayin'.
My kids tell me that Facebook is now for "old" people (translation...anyone over the age of 30) and that they've moved on to Instagram, Vine, Tinder and whatever else is floating around out there. What. Ever. Love it or hate it, Facebook turns 10 big ones today.
Which of course got me thinking.
Where was I 10 years ago?
We were living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland in what I can only describe as my dream home. Small town, 30 minutes from the ocean, unbelievable house with an even more unbelievable kitchen, wonderful family...It was a dream come true.
My drinking was escalating at the time but was no where near where it would be by 2010. That said, I was dealing with a lot in those years. The hubs had emergency bypass surgery. Matt was hospitalized for a very severe case of strep. My mother was slowly dying and trying to take me with her.
But in spite of all of that, life was really, really good. The hubs was working at a job he loved. The boys were young and involved in activities that kept me busy. I discovered Little League Baseball which I grew to love with a passion. I made some life long friends. I loved our house and our neighborhood and we entertained a lot. I was in graduate school (again). I knew and loved every inch of that little town.
I've often wondered why God took us to that life in 2004 only to help me make decisions that would move us away from it only three years later. I guess He just wanted us there. And now He wants us here. I think He wanted us here for the schools and the opportunities my boys would never have had in our small town. He wanted us here so that I could change jobs and find this one that I love. He wanted us here...well...just because He said so!
I mean, who else takes a job that has her company spending 30 grand to move her and her family 400 miles south only to get laid off 18 months later? This girl!
AND He locked us in here because we bought our house at the height of the real estate market only to see prices plummet within six months of moving in...can you say upside down? I think that you can.
Sooooo...no matter how homesick I was (am?) in those first couple of years, He made sure we weren't going anywhere.
And since my life here is so amazing, I guess He knew what He was doing. (Duh!)
I still miss that house though. Just sayin'.