September 5, 2012

What's in the Name Challenge

Hello friends! 

I'm so excited for this post today.  This is part of a challenge hosted by my new friend over at My Colonial Home.  The challenge is to basically give you a little history as to where you blog name came from. 

Well D Family Values started a little over a year and a half ago on January 14, 2011.  To be honest, the blog existed long before the name...
When I first started this blog it was a new year and I had only been married a couple of months.  I had moved away from my family and everything I had ever known in Ohio to come up to Vermont and live in the mountains with my hubby.  It was all exciting, new, and EXTREMELY TERRIFYING to move my entire life.  So many new things were happening at once, newly graduated college, new career, new state, new husband, and my very first home.  Overwhelmed, I turned to blogs and hearing from other people all around about their trials, challenges, and day to day life.  I thought, what a perfect place to share all of these new experiences than the blogging world! 

I was so eager to start that I created an account without any idea on a blog name, what my first post would be, or even what all I would blog about.  Reading other blogs I saw some pretty niftly names and wanted something eye catching as well.  Without having any other plan, I settled on the title of "A Crazy Little Thing Called Life".  I wrote my first post and then....didn't see blogger for an entire year!  What happened?  I didn't know what in the world to write about.  I had so many ideas, my new life in Vermont, my faith, ghost hunting, or being newly married.  I couldn't settle on any one idea.   So I just decided to stop before I really got started and continued to visit blogs and be a lurker. 

FINALLY, one day I was reading a long favorite blog of mine Mabel's House.  She started her blog to focus around decorating and fixing up her first new home she bought with her husband.  But as I was reading her posts, they were not all just about her home.  She brought in her favorite books, family (including her beautiful baby girl), funny stories, and even talked about other trials and tribulations she had experienced.  A lightbulb popped up in my head and I realized, I don't need to focus on one topic.  It's my blog and there's so much I want to talk about and if nobody reads...NO BIG DEAL!
I went back to my blog and started writing my first post since I started this blog.  I thought about deleting the account and starting from scratch but decided...I want to see my first post and remember where I started from.  I knew I would have a lot to talk about regarding my family and new baby boy and that most of my posts would focus on them.  Since our last name is DeMasi, that's where the D came into play.  I am constantly learning new things about life and who I am and what I value.  Besides my family, I value decorating and creativity focused mostly on prim :) , ghost hunting, my faith, and all of the little things that pop up in life that you just want to share.  I honestly didn't know what would be in my blog and decided that I liked it that way.  So since Family is the focus of my blogs , that's where that came into play.  And since I want to share any and everything my family and I Value, it just fit.  Plus I like the slight play on words with the D hehe!  I'm still learning about blogging and I still don't get to post as much as I like.  But it sure is nice to have a safe place to share a small part of my life and get a peek at some other wonderful people and their lives and passions!

So there you go a long post not only about where my blog name came from but also my journey into the blog world.


  1. Hi Shannon,
    What a lovely post. Goodness it must have been so hard moving so far away but oh what a wonderful place to move to.
    And your family is beautiful! I love the name you finally came up with - so fitting.
    THANK YOU FOR JOINING MY CHALLENGE...I'm putting your link in my file for the drawing.

  2. Shannon~ Girl I love the diversity in your blog.Love seeing Baby D love the story of how your little family started.I see so much in you (can I trade my evil sister for you? LoL)Yes your should be your journal and expression of all you cherish.Warm Blessings!~Amy

  3. Hello Shannon, enjoyed reading your journey and nameing of your blog very much. To move and start a new life far from loved ones must have been hard, but you did it. Love all the pictures you posted,very nice and that sweet little Noah, what a doll. Great read my friend, keep on blogging, Blessings Francine.

  4. What a fun post Shannon. I know all about packing up and moving. We moved our little daughter and life to Alaska for 3 years. Thousands and thousands of miles away from anything remotely called home. I was pregnant at the time too. I love watching your baby grow. Reminds me of mine. I miss it. Thanks for sharing your life. -Steph-

  5. Great to read how you got your name Shannon! Glad to have you in the community! I am almost ready to send out your swap package to you! I sure hope you like it! Have a great day!
    Be blessed,