This post is only part of what I want to do, but it's the easier part, so I'm doing it first.
Serach and I were flattered and amazed at all the wonderful wishes we received upon the birth of Elianna, and wanted to thank everyone. Some people wrote comments, some e-mailed, some called, and a number of bloggers spread the word in typical blog fashion: Via posts of their own. One friend called and said, "I opened up Hirhurim today, and there was a post wishing you a Mazel Tov, so... Mazel Tov!! That's pretty impressive, ya know?"
Yes, I know, and am flattered. And Gil wasn't the only one: From bloggers I've met [SoccerDad and BeyondBT] to one I almost met [PsychoToddler], from music lovers [Chaim] to sweet poets [Shira]. There were at least two rebbetzins [RenReb & Ezer K'Negdo], a couple students [Irina & I'm Haaretz, PhD], a pair of Haveil Havalims [Irina & R' Chaim HaQoton], and a cooking carnival [Sarah]. And who could forget the pundit [Yitzchak], the mothers of children [Cruisin' Mom & Pearl], the "crazy settler" [Jameel ;) ], and of course, the pundit settler mother [WestBankMama] ?!
Not us. So, from Serach, myself, and of course, Elianna...
Thank you all so very much. We truly appreciate your kind words, blessings, and heartfelt good wishes. We're incredibly flattered that so many people came by to wish mazel tov and congratulations once SIL posted it, from the first commenter (the mighty DovBear!) to some delurking readers, from old friends to first-time visitors. We wish there were a way to repay all your kindness and friendship, but for now we will just continue to try and be good friends and blog-neighbors.
Y'all have an open invitation to SerandEz [andElianna!] - and I don't just mean the blog. Just drop us an e-mail or call so there's food ready when you walk in, okay?
PS If I left anybody out, I'm deeply sorry! Please let me know!