Before I start, I will warn you –
there will be no pictures with this post.
Just words. Just honesty. Just heart.
I promise the pretty pictures will come soon.
Several months ago, I was diagnosed with an alphabet
soup list of symptoms and syndromes and “-isms.”
I won’t lie. There were a few rough months.
Let’s just say there was a lot of sleeping and
praying going on.
But, after a MAJOR lifestyle change and an even more
major diet change –
I am slowly working myself back to being healthy.
And, while I may not be anywhere near 100% right now,
there is a world of difference in how I feel today.
(I hope to share this journey with you this coming year.)
That said… I have decided to start blogging again.
During my blogging hiatus, I was able to really
think about blogging.
Did I want to continue?
Was my heart even in it?
Did I have the time or energy?
Somewhere along the way, I realized I missed it.
I missed the creativity and writing and sharing and
teaching and being able to interact with you.
But, something had to change.
My true spirit had to come through, or I would
be right back to doubting my worth and value as a blogger.
For years, I felt I had been just floating around trying to
find my landing place in the Blogging World.
And, then one day – my sweet Mama said to me,
after a conversation about canning tomatoes…
“you are a Farmer’s Daughter.”
And it’s as if a light bulb went off and everything
fell into place.
I AM a Farmer’s Daughter.
I am a proud child of a family of Southern Farmers
who earned their living tilling the soil and
making things grow.
But, I am also a Farmer’s Wife’s Daughter.
One who cooks honest-to-goodness homemade meals,
grows a garden, cans and preserves, and
makes from scratch.
Mama recycled and reused because she wanted
to – not because it was en vogue.
I realized that living in Suburbia, I had in essence –
lost my “farming roots.”
So, in many ways – my sickness has “brought me home.”
These are the same qualities I hope to share with you
through my blog.
Which is why my tagline is now
“Simple, Country Living.”
I always felt a little strange to talk and write and blog
about things “farmhouse” and “country” when I lived
in the middle of Suburbia.
Yes, we live on 5-acres and I plant and garden and grow
lots of things – but it’s not exactly a “farm.“
But, it occurred to me during this new awakening
that it doesn’t matter where you live –
it’s how you live and how you think
and what is in your heart.
I may not live in a 100-year old home –
and there isn’t a beloved barn in my back yard.
But, the “farm” is in my soul and it’s in my blood
and most of all, it’s in my heritage.
And THAT is also what I want to pass down to
The love of all things simple and country.
So, I hope you will join me on this new journey.
There will be some new additions which I will
introduce you to in these next few days,
gearing up to Monday.
If you are still reading, thank you for caring enough to
listen. I am excited and renewed and hope to impart
this same feeling through my blog – to you!