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now don't fall out of your chair!

i know there are some of you... knOw... who want to kick me.
well... all i can say... kick if you must.

i've received lots of messages & curious wonderings of "where the heck" i've been.
thank yOu!
it did my heart GOOD!
i really appreciate your thoughts & reaching out.
i just wish i would have been better at reaching back!

i also received... in my inbox... some nOt so nice wonderings.
woah bubba!
to you also... i'm sorry!
you were right.
sorry i left things up in the air... out in lala land.

i truly apologize if i scared you... worried you.
in no way shape or form was that my intention.

all i can say... from where i've been standing... in these shoes...
the blog had to take a back seat.
simple as that.
all the burners were full...
i had to wrap it up in a freezer bag... stick in the box... and hope it stayed alive.

and yes... i dO want to blog again.
i like to talk & share way too much!  :)

i've missed it!
good grief... i've missed visiting blogs!
it's been forever.

life just took over.
big... hUgE things... and everyday little things.
yes i realize life can go on simultaniusly while blogging...
many of you do it beAutifuLLy...
for me... over the last seven months... it was just all too much.

we are safe... well... blessed...
and are about to move into our new house!
praise the Lord!!!!!!

i know lots of you have flown the coop...
but if by some crazy chance you're reading this... yippee yay... you came!
i do hope you stick around!
i really really do!
i would LOVE that!

this is a crazy... nutty... week ahead...
but i wanted to jump on & say "hold on"... i'm coming back...
i miss you...
but most important... i'm sOrry!

that is all for now.
hOpE to see you soon!

Reader Comments (55)

Well welcome back! I figured life got in the way and sent up some prayers for you. But never once did I get upset that you stopped posting, thats just silly. :)

Since I'm a silent reader, I thought I should respond since you so kindly made a plea for those still here to forgive. Hope life is treating you well and that your lovely family is thriving and happy! I hope you are too! And I hope your father is well on his way to a full recovery.

Here's to a bright new tomorrow, cheers!


August 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJanel

Missed seeing you when we were in TX this summer. Glad you didn't fall off the face of the planet :) Email when you have time. Would LOVE to catch up.

August 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterShannon D

SO nice to see you! Glad you were taking care of you and that sweet family of yours! And so happy for you that you are moving into your house soon! I am sure that will be a wonderful day!!

August 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterStacey

i just did the happy dance when i saw YOU in my Bloglovin' list. yahoo!!
there's now way a little 7 month break could keep me from coming back to visit.
so happy to see you back in your little space and can't wait to see more.

August 27, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterheather

Oh my heavens to betsy. SO good to see you! I wish I could just hug your face!

i am hoping all is well and that you are blessed beyond measure!

August 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKate @ Songs Kate Sang

Yea!! I'm so happy you are back! I checked everyday, I kept the faith, I never gave up on you! I'm glad you and your family are doing well, and I am looking forward to reading your blog in the near future :) :) :)

August 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterShelly Reil

:) Oh do I GET IT! And I am thrilled you will be moving into your new pad soon. With that being said it may be a few MORE months before you have the strength in your fingers or brain to type another blog post - ha! Take care! You were missed and yet trust me when I say that I am totally with you on needing to take a break - great lesson to us all. Hugs.

August 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

Never, ever, EVER should anyone apologize for living their life instead of blogging. Ever. So, so, so, so SOOOO happy to see you back. I so have enjoyed viewing life from your perspective, your taste, your whit, your artistic eye. Thanks for picking this back up again...I hope it is something that fills you up, that gives to you...not something that takes away from you. Happy moving!!!! Cannot wait to see your new place!

August 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVicki

Hooray! Welcome back - can't wait to see the photos of your new house!

August 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJack

What an absolute treat to find your post in my Google Reader this morning! My heart gave a little skip and a jump when I saw your name pop up and I eagerly devoured your every word. Twice. Sooooo - soooooo glad you and your beautiful family are alright and now ready to move into your new, built from the ground up, home. Oh what wonderful memories you will soon begin making there. Welcome home!

August 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGabriela

love your blog and so happy you're back! I can't wait for your beautiful photos and inspirational tidbits :)

August 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKristin

YAY! Glad to hear all is well and we'll be hearing from you again soon! I am sure you are in the back to school rush on top of moving into a new house rush, so check back when you can!!

August 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKrista

I knew you would be back...i checked every single day:) Hooray!!!

August 28, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterstephanie

Yay! you're back!

August 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLora

So glad you and the family are ok! :D missed you- ~angie

August 28, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterangie mock

YAY!! So glad you are back! Love reading your blog.

August 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKathy

you should never, ever have to apologize for living life....

breath... dream.... play.... fly....

we'll be here when you return!!!!

hugs & prayers to you sweet girl!!!!
amy boland

August 28, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteramy b

Hip hip HOORAY! I'm so glad you are back! I've been praying for you and your family! Welcome back, friend! And no need to apologize. Just glad you are back and doing well :) YAY!

August 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

You don't have to be sorry really ... I have missed you very much but totally understand ! can't wait to see what is in store :) I have also started blogging again can't wait for you to see .

love ya much ...

August 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLanny Lou

I know I "found" you on instagram recently (yay!.... and the house looks GREAT!). I can't believe anyone would be angry with you! (and shame on them.) Seriously, live your live. I think we've all just been curious and wondering if you've been keeping your head above water. We're all "friends" around here. Welcome back and we can't wait to see pictures of your amazing new place. xoxo Veronica

August 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVeronica

Glad you and your family are doing ok. It is always so nice to run accros your photos and wonderful words! Sending you peace and happiness from Austin, TX
Your friend from a previouse life,

August 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMonika Kelley

Well yay...I figured you'd be back eventually:) hope it's to show off that house!!

August 28, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterfarmgirl paints

Praise the LORD you are back!! I so missed you and so glad all is well!! I hope all goes well as you move into your new home!! I can't wait to see pictures!!!

August 28, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterelma

Sooooooo excited your back! Life is crazy & I just hoped all was well! Welcome back!

August 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChrissy Taylor

This just made my day....Welcome Back and I'm sorry life has gotten the best of you.

August 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatrina

SO glad you are back--I have missed ya tons!

August 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

YAY!!!!!! Oh, I am sooooo happy you havent given up over here. This, by far, has been my favorite blog to peek in on, and i missed you! And yes, I have been wondering, and didnt think you'd come back....but I cant wait to hear more, especially cannot wait to see what you have been doing with that house... I can only imagine!! It must be beautiful. Just glad to hear all is well :)

August 28, 2012 | Unregistered Commentershauna

Hi there, so nice to hear from you again, welcome back! And those who were not so nice, shame on them! Your blog is a treat for us to read, and I'm glad you have found the time to write it again! Blessings to you!

August 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKelly Ruiten

Welcome back. So happy you didn't give it up! The hope of seeing glimpses of your great taste gave me endurance :)

August 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTrudy

Out of the blue I decided jsut to check...just maybe...who knows...AND YES there you were! I'm a fan and please don't apologize :) I have missed your posts and I'm so happy you are on your way back! Blessings to you and your family :)
Tina (Doing the happy dance!)

August 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTina

Okay I was so excited when I did my daily check in... you just made my DAY... My girly is back!!

But seriously, I DO get the backburner thing and you don't have to apologize one bit... we missed you tons, but you have to take care of things and that's just okay. And you got nasty messages? Wha?? Why on earth?? I don't get people sometimes.

I can't wait for you to have that nice, sigh of relief settled moment once you're moved in and the boxes are unpacked... girl it's been a long haul for ya on this one...

So happy day to you my sweet friend.

August 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLemonade Makin' Mama

So glad to see all is well! Hadn't been following you super long when all of a sudden you "disappeared" into what we call LIFE. Can't believe there are those out there who can't understand that and extend some grace! Never should you have to apologize for putting your priorities in order! Can't wait to see photos of your new home! Welcome back :)

August 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKendra K

So glad to hear you're doing well! Congrats on your new house & welcome back!! You have been missed!

August 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

You're back! What a wonderful surprise! I nearly fell out of my chair this morning and spilled my coffee. So glad (and relieved) to know that all is well. You were missed!

August 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJane

woohoo! and yeehaw! so glad to see this today! i was NO Way and Yeah! had to continue reading immediately-so glad to see you! i have been thinking and praying everything is ok- and boy do we all know how fast and furious this world can get- and how we all need to sit back and reflect and take some deep breathes- all i can say is i am thrilled and welcome back!!!

August 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTonya


August 31, 2012 | Unregistered Commentercathy

Soooo glad to have you back. We all know how busy you are, but it's good to know you and the family are well, too. Thanks for letting us know what's going on. I've missed you!

August 31, 2012 | Unregistered Commentergrimsh

So glad you're back - cuz we were worried - LOL - but NEVER apologize for letting life take precedence over blogging :)
Happy to see you!! :)

August 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGale

Well, I almost fell out of MY chair, but I am glad to see that you and your family are well! It is totally understandable when blogging does not fit into your days. It's a season and will change like any season! Hooooorrrrraaaayyyyy about the house, I am beyond excited for you... congratulations for finally reaching the finish line! I am sure that God has done a beautiful work in you through this journey. When you get settled I (and I'm sure many others) would love to hear about it. Until then I will wish you lots of joy, and laughter, and a quick and easy move :)

September 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMelissaM

So happy you are back. I would look every now and then, but never worried. I knew life was crazy and you had much to do. Hope you are all doing well, and can not wait to see the house!!! Say hello to the girls.

September 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJalana Drott

Woo hoo! My favorite photographer/designer/blogger is coming back! Can't wait to get inspired by your new space! So glad you took the time you needed, I can just imagine all the details that needed your undivided attention! Happy moving!

September 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

Woo hoo! My favorite photographer/designer/blogger is coming back! Can't wait to get inspired by your new space! So glad you took the time you needed, I can just imagine all the details that needed your undivided attention! Happy moving!

September 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

Yay you're back - sure did miss ya all the way over here in New Zealand! Have checked your blog every couple of weeks and I nearly did fall off my chair when I saw you had posted. Hope the move goes well :-)

September 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSara

Sooo glad you're back...was concerned for you, but also happy that you made yourself and your family a priority...I just mailed out belated birthday cards this week for birthdays in June!Haha!! Totally get how overwhelming life can be...can't wait to share your wonderful posts again!

September 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMary Frances

I am so glad that you are back. But I am happier to see that you took time for your life and not let the blog get in the way. Can't wait to read about the new house. Happy Fall ( well soon enough)!!

September 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

how fun to see you're blogging again...i've been following you on instagram...

September 6, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterpeach

Phew! I'm glad you are well.
Having built and renovated a few times -- I know how easy it is to fall off the map.
Better to actually savor the things as they happen than blog and miss a single moment.

September 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJewelee

Hi I found your blog believe it or not the last day you posted but I have been through the whole thing twice and enjoyed it immensely- frankly reading your blog really inspired me to get back into blogging not sure why really I think I just wanted to be a part of the beautiful spirit you put out there by being part of the blogging world. I put you on my top sites page and have been watching for a new post- so glad to see you back I have sent up nice thoughts for y'all over the time you were gone. Glad to hear you are moving soon- looking forward to watching your new house turn into your beautiful home. Your husband looks so familiar did he use to Rodeo? Anyways sending you well wishes and welcome back.
RaNae of Ewe Creek Cottage

September 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRaNae

Hey, Welcome Back! I'm so excited to see the pics of the new house. Good luck with the move - I hope it all runs smoothly:)

p.s. Don't give a second thought to the Negative Nellies out there, sometimes life just takes over and all you can do is hold your breathe and wait to reach the surface.

October 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKelley

Just a quick hello to let you know I love your blog :) I really enjoy all of your Christmas ideas so I'm headed back to previous years to inspire me!! Hope you and your family are well! Looking forward to your next post ;). Tina

December 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTina

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