Bringing blogging back.

We all have em.

You know those squinty  eyed photos on the beach?

Yeah, that one.

You spend hours getting all pretty only to return to the sand for a few family photos.

And don't think for a second that its all giggles and smiles.

In fact.

It's quite the opposite.

So why do we do this annual ritual?

Why do we force life to freeze that moment in time?

I have the answers friends.

Because life passes so quickly, we can't catch up with it.

As humans, we do everything in our power to stop that moment.

Breathe it in. Savor it. 

And even if we have to paint on smiles some days, our hearts our always grateful.

I guess that's why so many of us blog.

We put "us" out there.

We blog happy times. Sad times.

We blog.

But what happens when that blog that was started to file of lives takes over?

What happens when it becomes a job and not a scrapbook?

What happens when your story becomes a commercial of sorts?

No one is to blame.

It just kinda happens.

I'm guessing by now you may have heard about "Younghouselove"

You may know them as John and Sherry.

They are saying goodbye.

My heart felt so many emotions as I read this.

I had the pleasure of meeting them and can I tell you,,,, they inspired my socks off!

They are the real deal.

They started off small and worked so very hard to grow their blog.

I wondered how they could do it and wished I could follow in their path.

yeah..ok.. maybe not as big but as faithful.

It cost y'all.

Time. Precious time.

Unlike monetary things, time plays fair.

We are all gifted the same amount of time in each day.

It's what we do with it that matters.

I respect their decision and actually breathed out a sigh of relief for them.

I'm sure many of you bloggers can relate.

I have been so busy painting that I haven't had the time to paint a wall.

Change a light fixture. Make a cool DIY.

So what's there to blog about I thought.

And it brought me here.

Lets start back at the beginning.

I want to return to what I loved so much.

Sharing our story. 

It may not be glamorous nor informative.

It may be down right boring but its "us" the real deal.

I think blogging should go back to the basics.

I miss so many of my friends that just couldn't stand the pressure.

That breaks my heart.

So if you're still here reading this... bless your heart!

If you are one of those that have laid your pen down, I hope this encourages you.

I hope, if your heart is tugged to write....Oh my precious friend write!!!!!

Throw those stats out the window.

Don't count your followers.... count on your friends.

Put your family first and share when your heart is ready.

I have so much to be thankful for today and you are one of them.

So here is to bringing blogging back!

Now take a deep breath and LIVE LIFE!

I love y'all.


  1. Love this and your family photos are fabulous!

  2. :) Glad to still be here Susie.
    When I started blogging, a sweet blogger told me to ' not get caught up' . I didn't know what she meant at the time... now I do. I blog for pleasure.. my guilty little me time. I blog to share... not form profit. I left a career for family. To spend more time with my boys as they grew up. Still enjoying that , even thought they are now young men. Like you said , life is too fleeting to take time away from it.
    Glad you are still here :)Happy weekend.
    Hugs, Gee

  3. Beautiful post. It's always been the people and the connections that has motivated me to write. Thanks for the reminder of what's important.

  4. I thought John & Sherry were just taking a break? I don't read there often so maybe I've missed something. Their blog IS part of their job, their livelihood. I know many bloggers are blogging to earn money and that's fine. I'm sure there is alot that goes into it, so why not be compensated?

    Glad to see you posting again.

    1. Hi Tina! If I read it correctly, they took a small break and then decided to move on to some new adventures. I still believe that they will pop in from time to time. Gosh I hope so anyway.. I agree that for many, it is a means of income and I think that is awesome. A lot if time and effort goes into writing a blog and if you feel lead to make an income with it, by all means go for it. Many if my sweet friends depend on their blogs as a way of helping out the household. In fact, a few of them depend on it to survive. Each and every one of us need to take our own path and write our own stories. ❤️❤️

  5. I was very sad yesterday when I found out younghouselove is no more. I am happy for them, because they are great folks and they seem happy and confident about their decision. I will miss their blog, though. However, like stated in the comments above, some seek an income, and younghouselove certainly did flourish. Was it too much of a good thing? Did they spend so much time putting a great blog out there that they were missing family time? I am not a blogger, just a reader. I wish I understood how blog writing takes so much time.

    1. I'm not even close to their status but I do know where a lot of the time goes. Taking pictures and research is a huge time gobbler.

  6. back to basic blogging-now thats an idea that makes me smile.

    an online life can be fun but it really should'nt be the only Life someone has.

  7. You have such a beautiful family!
    I loved this post...a lot of blogs I have enjoyed seemed to stray from a 'friendly hello' to a 'must publish something'. I feel nervous for them, knowing that they must come up with I ideas each and every day.
    Your blog has remained true to day one

  8. John and Sherry stayed authentic and I'll miss them so much. I wonder what direction blogging will take as the years progress. I hope the online friendships stay--the inspiration is nice but the touch of heart to heart is best!

  9. Fantastic post and photos
    Current events in the world have me ready to pull away from blogging. Your enthusiasm will help keep me blogging.

  10. So well put. Glad you wrote this as these thoughts were on my mind as well, very nice to see others thinking the same. Cheers to bringing blogging back.

  11. Thank you for this beautiful post. I, too, was so saddened to see John and Sherry go, but totally respect their decision. And as a blogger, I, too, can get discouraged at times with all that "stats" business and forget that I started blogging because I love blogging!! Your words blessed my heart. Thanks.

  12. Susie, you are a smart centered woman. You've always been a sweet blogger even as things have changed. I've been blogging 6 years and like you, I've seen so many changes. There's a lot I don't enjoy now but so much that is still fun to me. I just love the connection with others. I believe as you do that blogging is kind of a byproduct of's not life itself. :)

  13. Awesome post! Thank you for coming back to your readers!

  14. I have always been in awe of a blogger's ability to produce so much! I appreciate any little post or inspiration and I thank you for all you have so freely given. Last year I and 3 of my 4 grandchildren, painted pumpkin pictures based on your showing how. I count you as a blessing, and I always heard a cloudy day was best for those required beach photos!

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