A big thank you to you all! This has been such a fun year of blogging for me and I sincerely thank you for following my little blog. Everything I write about means something special to me, and knowing there are others out there who feel the same way and are interested in what I share is especially touching.
I also extend a heartfelt thank you, grazie di cuore, to Dianne Hales and Melissa Muldoon, for supporting and sharing Prayers & Piazzas with their large fanbase of international readers and fellow Italophiles. I have admired both women and their work for the past several years, and it was truly an honor to be included as a guest writer on Dianne Hales’ Becoming Italian Word by Word and Melissa Muldoon’s Studentessa Matta. Sono grata di voi due — I’m grateful for you two.
Following the lead of my friends at Terra Adopt, who are doing wonderful work in Southern Italy to help preserve ancient olive trees, I present a round-up of the most popular posts on the blog this year:
#1: How I Study Italian — This started as just an email to one of my friends wanting to brush up on her Italian, but on a whim, I decided to turn it into a post. This friend has been a quiet source of strength for me for many years, so I think it’s not by accident that she had an unconscious hand in my most viewed post of the year. Grazie, amica mia (thank you, my friend), and thanks to all of you for visiting and sharing your study tips and encouragements!
#2: Always Have Your Passport Ready — One of the most special posts of the year for me, and the one responsible for the most visitors to my blog on a single day. A spontaneous trip to Florence? Meeting an adored author? I still can hardly believe it!
#3: The Last First Day of School — Written from the heart for my firstborn, at the start of his senior year in high school. ❤ Thinking of all you Class of 2015 parents as I wrote this.
#4: My Crazy Journey to Learn Italian — Melissa Muldoon’s (aka Studentessa Matta) wonderful story of how she came to learn Italian. What a fantastic first guest post on P&P! I’m inspired to feature more stories from guest writers about how they came to this quirky, crazy love affair of learning Italian. What do you think ragazzi (guys)?
#5: When I grow up, I want to be like my kids and Mommy, Why Don’t You Have a Job? Two pieces from the Mommy-blogger archives, again written from the heart. Love knowing that other folks out there enjoyed these posts.
What will 2015 look like here? I’ll continue to split my time writing about these dual passions of family and Italy. I would love to hear from you on what you find most interesting (are you here for the “prayers” or the “piazzas” posts?) so please leave me a comment here or on Facebook, or email me at email@example.com.
I truly hope that 2014 has been filled with blessings, happiness and health, and I wish you tante belle cose (many beautiful things) for the new year.
With Heartfelt Gratitude,
Stacy di Anna Pollard