When Life Gets in The Way

This last week has been another one in a long line of events that have had us hopping from one place to another in a hurried frenzy to get everything on our to-do list done. We’ve had outdoor projects, work deadlines to meet, family events, and church commitments, not to mention the regular day to day duties of running a household. As you’ve been able to tell by the dwindling posts, blogging hasn’t been making the priority list.

When we started this venture Dustin didn’t have full time work and we kept ourselves busy by working on our little “The Rooster and The Hen” blog along with a few other side jobs. We’ve since been blessed by him finding a great job that he loves. To top it off, his new company has offered to pay for some additional schooling which he’ll be starting next month, meaning we probably won’t be seeing much of him this summer. There go all my honey-do lists!

As for me, I’ve been battling “morning” (more like all day) sickness for some time now and it’s taken it’s toll on both me and the kids. I’ve been feeling lately that I need to focus more on spending time with them rather then planning and executing projects around the house.

But this is not goodbye – we’re just going to take the summer off from blogging with the hopes that we’ll be back by the fall (and perhaps a few random posts and Facebooking in the summer). We’ve met so many wonderful bloggers out there that have such fantastic content that I’m sure we’ll hardly be missed. In fact, we’ve compiled a list of some of our most frequent reads so you’ll have plenty of inspiration while we’re on hiatus.

We hope you have a great summer…stay cool.

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  1. Enjoy your summer! Hope to see you this fall. :)

  2. I really know where you’re at. Trying to build the blog was taking a toll on our home life, so we’ve scaled back. Our original intent was to do something creative together–to strengthen our home life, not detract from it. It is still that, and we love being part of the blog community, but it takes a lot of time! Still trying to figure out what the right balance is. I will miss your blog, but hope you will have a wonderful summer. I think you’ve definitely got your priorities right! Thanks for linking to us here.

  3. Well I can certainly understand and appreciate everything you’ve shared!! Our family and home life takes absolute priority and with my own husband working full-time and going to school I totally get the juggling act that has to happen. :-) Just know that we so enjoy you guys and your creative ideas and we’ll definitely be eagerly anticipating your return!

  4. Bless your hearts! I can totally relate — it’s hard to squeeze in posting when life is busy and full. Hope you enjoy a restful summer and come back refreshed. We’ll miss you!!
    xo Heidi

  5. I applaud you for stepping back to take care of you and family although I will miss seeing your posts and your Transformation parties. Please keep us updated as to how you are doing via FB. Good luck with the remainder of your pregnancy. Laura
    PS- I am flattered that you would include me in your reading list.

  6. Wow. Very proud of you for setting your priorities. I’m excited for you and your husband. Have a great summer and I’ll keep your blog in my blogroll to keep up with you when you get back online in the fall. See ya soon!

  7. You will be missed, but we’ll be here when you return! Boundaries, priorities, limits..those are all things we blogger types have to learn. Bravo to you for keeping them in check!!

    Congrats on the new bundle!! I hope that morning sickness eases soon!

  8. Wow! Well I have to say congrats on, everything – new job! soon-to-be-new-chick! Your posts will be missed but I look forward to your return after the summer and hearing about all that has gone on.

  9. I hear you! I don’t know how these bloggers with little ones can keep up with all the work. My kids are self-sufficient (for the most part) … but they can get their own snacks. And play out front without me having to watch their every move. My son can even hop on the train and meet up with his friends.

    This leaves me with too much time on my hands! I’m still a few years from wanting to re-enter the workforce (if they would even want me at this point in my life) so blogging has been a wonderful way to keep my mind sharp and creative … and an opportunity to hone my writing skills.

    I will miss your wit and wisdom during the summer months but look forward to your return in the fall. And for the time being, you have fabulous archives and projects to keep visitors interested and reading … and waiting for your return!



    P.S. Thanks for the shout out!

  10. Hey friends,

    Life has a way of changing perspective and I totally applaud your willingness to put your family first. Enjoy your break and your sweet family. We will be here when you get back :)

    Stay inspired and wonderful like you have always inspired me.


  11. I’ll be here when you come back! Blogs will keep, kids will grow up. You have the right priority.


  12. You guys are rockstars and I’m so happy for D’s new found job and your new little bundle!

    We’ll be anxiously awaiting your return – don’t keep me in suspense with that dining room and your garden, and all your other fabulous projects!

    Keep in FB touch and get back to blogging when life allows!

  13. Oh, I hear your! Pregnancy was not the fun part for me, with any of the three kids. With the first one I wound up quitting my job to stay home and throw up all day. Sorry, too much TMI? :)

    Good for you, re-focus, re-charge, and try to relax (as much as is possible at this point:)


  14. What an awesome post! Life happens, and you guys are grabbing it by the horns and making the most of every minute. Do what feels most right for you and the family and it will all pan out in time. If you want to come back with a little bit here and there over the summer give a shout, I’d be honored to have you share a tidbit on my little ol’ blog. :)

    Thanks so much for sharing my button. See you soon!!

  15. So glad to hear you and your family are coming first! Good for you, we’ll be happy to see you when you return!


  16. I am glad that life is getting in the way, that good things are going your way. You both deserve that and much, much more! I’ll be missing you and will be looking for great news, posts, pics…whatever you get time to put up! Have a great summer and lots of blessings!!

  17. I will miss you guys! I’m an empty nester and I know there is no way I could blog with young children. It sounds like things are going great, except the morning sickness, hope that passes soon! Take care of yourselves, take plenty of pictures (I call them future blog posts) and I know we will catch up soon. Hugs and best wishes for a wonderful summer!

  18. Congratulations and I’ll miss you! Have a great summer and we can all have a great big party when you’re ready to come back! Take care!! ~Lori

  19. I had no idea you were expecting! Congrats! Hope you have a great summer and you are both able to recharge and enjoy your family:)

  20. All wonderful reasons to let the blogging fall to the side! Congrats on the job, the schooling, the pregnancy! Looking forward to hearing from you in the fall, have a beautiful summer!!!!

  21. Enjoy your break. Congratulations on the pregnancy and I hope you will be feeling better soon! :)

  22. So I was poking around at some of your projects from your peacock bathroom, and just thought I’d say hi…how’s it going? Any little projects in the works? Baby news? Hope all is well, and that you guys had a great Christmas!!