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The State of the Blog – 2013

We may not have it all together, but together we have it all.

2013 wasn’t a stellar year for me personally, but my blog has continued to grow, and for that, I sincerely thank you. I found a really cool “2013 Year in Review” report on the back of my blog, and I wanted to share some of the information I found there (because I’m a numbers person and totally find it fascinating). The Big Picture Feels Like Home was viewed 872,946 times during 2013, including over 100,000 times in November, and readers came from nearly every country of the world – over 200 of them! But not a single one from Greenland, … Read more

Free eBook – Spring Crafts, Activities, & Family Fun

Two of my favorite bloggers, Mandi Ehman and Allie McDonald, have teamed up to create a new eBook. Spring Crafts, Activities, and Fun for Families contains 26 spring-themed activities and crafts for kids, adults, and families. 15 different bloggers appear in the ebook, including myself and many that I’ve featured in Things to Write Home About. click here to download the free printable ebook

A Call for Bloggy Help

I had a breakdown this week. I struggled. I Tweeted a request for prayers. I can’t do this another day. went through my head over and over and over. I cried for hours, most of the day. Grace couldn’t understand why I was so sad; I couldn’t either. My friends prayed. I prayed. Several called or offered phone numbers. God got me through that day. And the next. And the next. He’ll get me through the next three or four weeks of bed rest. I’ll manage. I’m grateful that He is there to carry me through these days. But I’m … Read more

Then God Laughed

I met Mama Kat at the Bloggy Bootcamp in February, when I sat across from her at dinner. Since then, I have wanted to start participating in her weekly Writer’s Workshop. I love writing this blog, but sometimes I feel like I’m focusing so much on the recipes, photos, and crafts that I don’t do much storytelling. I started blogging for the storytelling. The storytelling is going to keep me blogging. So, I’m going to make more of an effort to participate in Kat’s Writer’s Workshop. Each week, she posts several writing prompts and asks participants to write on one … Read more