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State of the Blog

State of the Blog

Merry Christmas! If you are still around after my months of neglect and sporadic posting, then I am truly grateful to you. Thank you for being interested enough to stick with me. Blogging has been difficult for me this year. Between remodeling a house on my own, moving across the country, being together again as a family after nine months of separation, kids coming and going and coming home again, adjusting to a new home, starting a part-time job, well, let’s just say this has been a year for the books.


I’ve been struggling with my mental health for the last few months. I haven’t been in a deep depression, but I’ve been in enough of a funk that I haven’t wanted to do things that I normally do that give me pleasure. Blogging and doing projects and sharing what I know is something that normally gives me pleasure, but then it didn’t. It became a chore and something that felt like more than I could do at the moment. And let’s face it, no one wants to read a post written by Debby Downer.

For the record, I am getting help for my depression. It’s a lifelong thing with me and I know those things I need to do to break the cycle. I have an amazing support system around me and I’m doing those things that I know I need to do to keep myself in a good state of mind. So even though I struggle, please know that I am working on it.

If you follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, you may have seen that I’ve tried to do some microblogging through my social media accounts. If you want to keep up with my life and projects, be sure to follow me on one of those platforms. That’s what I can handle right now.

I’m taking a break and giving myself permission to rest and regroup. It’s what I need for me to get my feet back under me. I’m also developing a plan for how to go forward with my blog. I want to put some thought into how I accomplish my goals and plans for this blog. Rest assured, I will be back. There are too many projects and too much I have to share, but for now, know that I’m trying to rest and allow myself the peace of knowing I’m taking care of myself.

Sweater PillowToday’s pillow is a repurposed sweater and the stuffing from a thrifted pillow. My son asked me where we got such a sweater, I said, "the Eighties!" #everythingoldisnewagain #repurposed #diycraft #hometalkeveryday #iloveit #sosquishy

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It’s a hard concept and one I’ve struggled with most of my life. I’m a rock star at taking care of others, but taking care of myself is something that I’ve yet to get the hang of.  I am improving my physical health because I know that will have a direct impact on my mental health. I’m not really one for New Year’s resolutions because I know myself. I most likely won’t keep them. That said, I am at a point in my life where I’m looking to simplify and spend my time focusing on those things that bring me joy and peace.

Speaking of peace and joy, I’d be horribly remiss if I didn’t #sharethegift of the season that is the greatest source of peace and joy in my life.


I know that God’s love for each of us is real. I’ve felt it too many times in my life to ever say differently. I know He loves me and that He knows me as a person. He knows my strengths and my weaknesses and He knows the desires of my heart. He loves me in spite of my failings and He only asks that I keep trying. Because He loves me, He had a plan before the world was formed, to help me return to Him someday. That plan included sending His son to earth to provide a way for me to return home.


At this Christmas time, I am especially reminded how much that love for me is real. I am humbled by the love He has for me and that my Savior was willing to take that burden on for me as well as for each of you. If I could give you any gift this season, it would be the knowledge that you are loved by our Heavenly Father and His son, Jesus Christ. There is a plan for each of us. I’m trying my best to discover those things I know my Heavenly Father wants me to do, to be the daughter he sent me here on earth to be.

I pray for the peace and love and joy of the season to be with you. Thank you for your continued support, encouragement and friendship. It’s one of the great blessings of my life to have so many amazing people that I can call "friend."

Merry Christmas and all the best to you in the new year!



  1. I wanted to drop by and give you some encouragement. I hope that you are in a good place, what better place to be than when you put yourself in the Lord’s loving hands? Take some time for just you and Jesus today… and know that you are loved and admired by so many.
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  2. Hello 🙂
    I love your blog! I discovered it before Christmas and I wanted to email you but I couldn’t find a “contact me” button??? I thought maybe after Christmas somehow I’d be smarter and figure it out, but it turns out, I am still dumb with blogs 😮 Is there a way to contact you through email? If so, would u please point me in the right direction? I love your blog and have really really enjoyed exploring it 🙂

    • Just saw your blog and I am so touched by your writing and sharing of your life! Such raw honesty, I admire your ability to open up and tell how you feel. I hope you are doing ok and was wondering if you are still going to blog? I hope so. I would love to hear from you and continue to share the love of Christ with each other. I too have gone through losing my beloved dog Hollie. It was very tragic and God used losing her, in many ways to change my life. Depression has been a big hurdle to get over everyday. We both have many blessings in our lives. I would love to share with you!

  3. I just found your blog today thru a pin on Pinterest, & it’s wonderful. I hope joy soon comes back into your life. Take care of yourself & know there are so many people who enjoy reading about what you’re doing & care about how you’re doing. God bless.

  4. I think you’re brilliant. Really.

  5. “Rest in (His)peace”. Life and we will always have a dark side of our moon and a left hand. God has given you a right hand to accomplish and over come many thing (and you have). Your gifted right hand will help your left hand in times when you allow it to. The dark side of your moon will once again but, for a time, show it’s light. Strengthen your left hand to flip you the dark side of your moon when needed. Peace of all understanding be with you.

  6. Karen K from Buffalo :

    No one wants to talk about depression, especially if it pertains to yourself. It’s taboo, unspeakable & uncomfortable to anyone who has never had it. But they say that 1 in 3 people have had it one time or another in their life. For some of us it’s chronic & medically necessary to get through one day at a time. I knew you had a problem with it. And I’ve expressed my problem with it. There will be better days coming even though you don’t feel that way right now. As we put Jesus into the season, put yourself into his hands. I’m hanging in there with you ’cause I believe our God doesn’t ever leave us & we have to trust Him in all ways. Some people have diabetes, or arthritis, we have the deep dark depression that is unspeakable, but treatable. I hope you find the right “mix” of medications to kick those clouds out & see the sun the way we are supposed to. Keep the faith…..