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Monday, August 13, 2012

{on a personal note}

You may have noticed that I haven't been around as much this summer, and posting fresh ideas less frequently than normal.  I've never explained the frequency of my posts before, because with a lot of young children at home, I've always posted when I was able to, and that's just how it needed to be.  However, after being asked about it (very nicely, I might add), I felt that I wanted to put some minds at ease. :) I consider all of you my friends, and I love and appreciate all the support I've received from you, and I felt like an explanation in this circumstance was warranted.

This summer has been an incredibly busy and emotional summer for our family, as we moved cross country to a new home, in a new state.  Many of you have probably done the same thing, and know how stressful and crazy it can be.  Once we arrived, I realized that due to the different school schedules of the two states, my kids got out late in the summer, and would be starting much earlier than they would have.  My family has always come first, and always will, but suddenly it hit me even more strongly that I needed to enjoy my time with them as much as possible, because I wouldn't have them for very long. So, instead of spending afternoons crafting or building, I'm playing games, going swimming, baking treats, going for bike rides, and watching movies--and loving every minute of it.

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You may even see less posts over the next two weeks, but...

When school starts on August 27th, I will be back in full force!  I am in the process of switching over from Blogger to WordPress, so there may be a few kinks over the next week or two while that is being done.  It's an exciting change, and I'm looking forward to it.  September will also bring back the popular Back 2 Basics series, featuring favorite bloggers' back to school projects. I've also got a long list of projects to share, and I can't wait for my favorite time of year...the fall, and then the holiday season.

Thank you for your patience and understanding...I appreciate each one of you!


25 Comments:

Blogger Letti said...

Have fun with your family and enjoy them while you can. My kids started school two weeks ago and I'm not liking it. I love it when their home.

August 13, 2012 at 11:57 AM  
Blogger Laura Webber said...

You are a WISE Mama to be putting your kids first! I'll patiently wait for more of your creativity, HAVE FUN!

August 13, 2012 at 12:33 PM  
Blogger Wells Family said...

I think that is awesome of you! Family is ALWAYS first!

August 13, 2012 at 12:48 PM  
Blogger Eveline said...

Enjoy your family. They always should come first. I'm fairly new to your blog so haven't noticed a lack of posts :)
Eveline.

August 13, 2012 at 1:25 PM  
Blogger Bliss said...

As a mom of six, mostly grown, I now can say with certainty it is a true fact that babies don't keep. It only makes me admire bloggers more when they take the steps needed to spend their time where it really is of most value - with their kids.

~Bliss~

August 13, 2012 at 3:54 PM  
Blogger Barb@Secondchancetodream.com said...

I'm very proud of you for choosing your family over a blog. You will never, ever look back with regret if you do that. It makes me sad that you even have to post a post like this. Keep up the GOOD work! Barb

August 13, 2012 at 4:06 PM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

I understand. Am thrilled that you'll be back in full swing soon though , from a selfish stand point. Enjoy you kiddos when they're young and btw they are darling.....

August 13, 2012 at 7:21 PM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

Just wondering, where you moved to??? Are you out in the southwest???

August 13, 2012 at 7:26 PM  
Blogger Kathy54 said...

Kierste -- no need to explain! When you said you were moving cross country, I didn't expect to hear from you at all. As a teacher/mom/grandparent, I appreciate the choice you are making and look forward to hearing from you when you are ready. Enjoy

August 13, 2012 at 10:26 PM  
Blogger Kristie K. said...

Of course your family should come first. I admire that.

Have fun with your family! Sorry your summer got short changed...

August 14, 2012 at 1:46 AM  
Blogger Mailee said...

Beautiful babies.

August 14, 2012 at 3:16 AM  
Blogger Jeanette said...

What beautiful kids. Enjoy them. They grow up way to fast. Mine are 26 and 22. Now I have a 2 year old and 8 week grand babies. That I try to see as much as I can.

August 14, 2012 at 8:07 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

I hope these next 2 weeks go slow for you guys so that you can enjoy every single second before school starts! :)

August 14, 2012 at 1:53 PM  
Blogger Cecilia Bramhall said...

Enjoy your time with your family! Time goes by too quickly not to put them first. Trust me, most of us understand!

August 14, 2012 at 10:15 PM  
Blogger grammypink said...

Blessing to you and your family. Oh my they are just so cute (I am drawn to redheads by kids have red hair so far none of the grandkiddos do. It does go by fast and being a grandmother of 7 and helping out with the care of them I too understand the need to put the blessing you have in your family first. Family first,if everyone would do this what a wonderful childhood all children would be blessed with. My husband and myself put our family first and that means being there at least 3 days some weeks more to care for the grandkiddos when thier parents are at work, or have biblestudy, we love every minute some days maybe not at the time win you have removed a 17 month for the 10th time off a table or our of his older sisters grocery cart, or when the tween and teen are not being loving sisters to each other,but at the end of the day you laugh and share the stunts they have done that day. We also take themon vacation with us every year and this year we did a Cali coast trip southern Cali to San Fransisco, they loved all the stops along the beach and the marine life. So when in doubt know your choice is the correnct one.

August 14, 2012 at 11:57 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

I've moved across the country several times and I have been SO impressed with how much you have posted during this time! You are amazing! :)

August 15, 2012 at 11:33 AM  
Blogger Kalen said...

You have such a beautiful family!!! Enjoy the last few weeks of summer with them! :)

August 15, 2012 at 6:48 PM  
Blogger Gillian said...

Yay for you and your fam! Can't wait to see more when you're ready! -gillian www.seaonsgredings.com

August 16, 2012 at 4:21 PM  
Blogger Debbie Faber said...

Keep your eye on those priorities. You will never regret, there is no do over being a mom. Having moved from Michigan to Texas 18 years ago, I still miss fall. You will find it very different here. Not necessarily bad, just different. No apple orchards, cool football game evenings and you can go swimming after visiting the pumpkin patch. Welcome to Texas!

August 16, 2012 at 11:04 PM  
Blogger TheMoonAndMe said...

Glad you're enjoying time with your family. That really is the priority. Moving is stressful enough. Have fun with those kiddos! I'm waiting on fall, too. :)
Kelly

August 17, 2012 at 12:16 PM  
Blogger Connie Forsyth said...

I can see why you have so many followers. You really have a gift in what you do and how you present it! I am your newest follower! Stop by if you ever have time!
Connie from Sadieloohoo

August 17, 2012 at 9:43 PM  
Blogger Yvonne said...

Family must ALWAYS come first.

I will be here. I'm so glad the move went well and that you are enjoying your family. ABSOLUTELY LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the picture. Everyone is growing so fast.

I hope the first day of school goes well and that it's a great year for them.

August 18, 2012 at 7:07 PM  
Blogger Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke Photography said...

oh my goodness, your children are adorable!!! 5 and young! LOVE the red heads and sorta jealous about that! I need to read back to see where you moved to...

August 19, 2012 at 6:08 PM  
Blogger Meredith @ Wait Til Your Father Gets Home said...

I was wondering where you've been! Family is always first (and you've got a beautiful one)! Enjoy your last few weeks before school starts with your kiddos!

August 20, 2012 at 5:42 PM  
Blogger Plus One Wee Bean's Mumma said...

Your family is beautiful and I'm so happy you have your priorities right!
Enjoy, posting will always be around the corner.
BLESSINGS!

August 22, 2012 at 5:32 PM  

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