Happy Birthday, Square Piece!

No, it’s not my birthday!  It’s my blog, Square Piece’s, birthday!

This time last year, after years of ignoring the urge to write, I finally produced my first, little post.  It was a humble post written after a long, hard day.  (In the later months, I explained the details of what had transpired in The Birth of Square Piece; take a minute and discover what pushed me over the edge.  It’s not every day that a cop shows up on your door step.)  In my first few posts, you’ll see that my “Momma Comments” were only “Donna Comments” at the time.  I’ve gotten a lot of feedback that my readers love my posts, sure, but they also love seeing what Momma has to say about them.  Momma has a reaction to each post and I love that she shares those reactions with us.  (In the beginning, if I didn’t see her comment within the hour, I’d have to call and inquire, “Did you reeeeeeeeead Square Piece yet?  You haven’t commented.”)

My second post, however, was less humble as I began my journey into two categories: The Husband Funnies and Incidents.  They both began as I recalled the infamous Cottage Cheese Incident.  If you don’t already know, my husband, Brian Spears, pre-approves every post in which I write about him.  Embarrassing him is never my goal.  On the contrary, we find a lot of entertainment in laughing at ourselves and, I’m sure you’ve noticed, don’t need to resort to belittling others for amusement.

My favorite series in which we’ve laughed at Brian has GOT to be The Dreadlock Incident.

My favorite series in which we’ve laughed at ME has GOT to be The Christmas Tree Incident.

If you’ve been keeping up, you know that I’ve written e.v.e.r.y s.i.n.g.l.e day since then.  Brian and I even turned our cell phones into hot spots for the week that we vacationed in Illinois so that I could keep up with Square Piece.  Had we not done that, I wouldn’t have been able to share Vacation Day 8, Ross’ Leather Pants.  There you’ll see that sometimes silliness can merge with reflection and make for a Chicken-Soup-For-the-Soul kinda moment.

It took a while for everyone to catch on that this is a daily blog.  Being that I work a full-time job (Why I’m Your Hairstylist – it’s a good one!), sometimes I post at 12:01 A.M., and sometimes I post at 11:55 P.M.; but I always post once a day.  If you haven’t seen the post show up on Facebook, that doesn’t mean that nothing’s posted.  Nope, Facebook is just one avenue in which readers have access to the latest post.  But (and many readers have expressed surprise about this) Square Piece isn’t actually linked to Facebook in any capacity other than to get the word out.  Square Piece is its OWN website (www.IWantASquarePiece.com).  Therefore, for the readers who have subscribed via email (option on the right sidebar), I – Square Piece herself – am the only one who has access to your email addresses.  There is no other website with whom I’ve entered into agreement to be able to run Square Piece; so I consider this a safe place.  While it wasn’t free to build and run my site as it would have been if I used Google’s Blogger, privacy and individuality was a gift that I was willing to afford for myself.

And what a gift it has been!  Square Piece has been the source of much laughter and countless smiles in this household.  Even Brian gets a kick out of all the feedback.

So thank you for being a part of Square Piece’s first birthday!  Please join me in my little celebration!

(Perhaps a good “birthday gift” would be to share Square Piece with your friends, posting something like, “This blog has caused me to think/laugh/smile/etc. a lot in the past year,” and maybe include a link to a specific post that you’ve enjoyed.)


  1. June 15, 2012

    Wow! one year already?! I love reading your blog and learning new things about you and Brian (I have a greater respect and admiration for Brian now that I know how he thinks and relates to you on a day to day basis). I love sharing in your experiences and seeing you continue to mature and grow in your faith and self-awareness as a beautiful young lady (inside and out). Thanks for the giggles, laughs, smiles, tears and love that flows out of your blog. ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

  2. June 15, 2012

    Your momma is a wonderful encourager! 🙂
    Write on, Square Piece!

  3. June 15, 2012
    Heather F

    Happy Birthday to our little square piece…love each and every blog, and getting that little inside view of what your and Brian’s life is….it is a privilege learning more about my niece and nephew, as we live a distance away and don’t get together as we should as life also gets in the way:) this is an awesome media to do that….and it gives me things that go HMMMMM?????

  4. June 15, 2012
    Karen Mckinley

    I have the best seat in the house! Between your blogs and living life together I can sing God’s praises of multitudes of grace I’ve experienced through that. Keep writing! Even though I’m next door it can be farther than you think and I love how it connects us. We’re better friends because of it! Happy birthday square! Xx k

  5. June 15, 2012

    WOW! I can’t believe it’s been a year already. I have missed Square Piece SO much lately. I love sharing your blogs with my friends and family and I love it that some of them are more faithful readers than I am! I must say, I am REALLY enjoying your letters to Bennett. I’m so glad you are already writing to him. Man Suzy! You are already such a great Mommy! Happy Birthday Square Piece!

  6. June 15, 2012

    I’m keeping up despite the missing email notice, having gotten hooked after the Cottage Cheese Incident. Between Square Piece and Brian working at church, I’m grateful for the opportunity to get to know you both better. Thanks for sharing your life.

  7. June 15, 2012
    Janice Cline

    Your mom finally got me to come over and sign up for myself, instead of just reading things she shared on her wall.

    I must say that your perspective on sharing things that involve your husband, is refreshing. So many women take delight in making known their husband’s downfalls. And it is always clear that you both find these things funny and nether of you are being put down in a post.

    Thank you for your faithful posts. I keep a medical journal online and frankly find myself bored with it all and wishing people didn’t care to hear how I am doing. It is a lot of work and your work always makes me smile!

  8. June 15, 2012

    Thanks for opening up your world for all to see. I still get excited to read your post EVERY day. You bring joy on so many levels. I appreciate your humility and sincerity. I like getting to know your more through your writings…it’s like I get to meet with you every day instead of 4 times a year when I come in for my awesome hair cuts :).

  9. June 15, 2012

    Every day you prove what I thought from the beginning….that you are one special gal. You are funny, deep, full of compassion…..you look at life through a different lens, one that makes me laugh at myself and at you……..

  10. June 15, 2012

    Ah, Suzy, SquarePiece has been such a gift as it has allowed me to ‘get to know you’. I so appreciate the way you challenge my thoughts on things (intentional or not). I look forward to reading your blog each day–the only one I read every day!–I know I will laugh and/or cry, I will be challenged and/or encouraged. Happy birthday, S.P.!

  11. June 18, 2012
    Cindi Loretz

    I missed the actual day but have to say Happy Birthday! It is great part of my day when I get to come here and be inspired to smile, laugh, tear up and grow in faith…thank you for that!
    Be blessed

  12. June 19, 2012

    Happy Burrffday Square piece!

  13. June 19, 2012

    I didn’t realize Square Piece is only one year old. I thought it had gone on long before I became a fan. Your writing continues to provide such a wonderful break to my work day. I love your positive attitude on life and the great relationship you and Brian share. Bennett is one lucky boy.

    And you are one lucky mom. Think of all the new topics for your blog he will provide!!!! They will be
    too numerous to mention.


  14. July 2, 2012
    Adele Bernard

    Happy Birthday Square Piece…yes I’m late. Sorry

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