When I first met Courtney, she was still in high school. (In fact, I believe I have a memory of Courtney dressed as a teenage fortune teller dispensing wisdom and fortunes at a Clark family Halloween party. Sorry the details are fuzzy, Courtney. At the time, I wasn't paying very good attention, because I was too busy realizing that Ben Blair was my favorite person in the world). Fast forward a decade or so and I get acquainted with Courtney once again through her blog (found via her brother Topher's blog). It was fun to read the creative stylings of grown-up Courtney and especially fun to discover that she is straight up hilarious (because funny people are like gold to me).
I've loved observing how Courtney's point of view has changed over the years. Courtney has been blogging for a long time. She was blogging when she worked full time. She was blogging through infertility. She was blogging through her first pregnancy. She blogged through a year of not knowing whether her sister would live or die. She blogs still today. I like how she approaches the world, even in these radically differing circumstances.
No doubt her words have influenced many people, but I'm guessing that by putting herself out there in such an honest way, she's far more profoundly influenced, altered and changed the way she herself thinks of the world. It seems clear from her writing that her straightforward approach has made her point of view more flexible. More understanding. Which is the sort of practice that makes for the best kind of person.
And Courtney is the best kind of person. Enthusiastic. Caring. And lots and lots of fun.
Lucky, lucky new baby.