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I quit blogging.

So this month I quit blogging.  I’ve blogged every few days since January of 2008.  Maybe I ran out of things to say.  Maybe it was the flu that hit hard and then a thousand other things that piled up.  Maybe I just got lazy.

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As the days wore on and turned into a few weeks I really started to think about this space and whether I wanted to continue to pour out my thoughts here.  I don’t have thousands and thousands of readers.  I’m not doing amazing giveaways or giving profound advice or life changing gluten free recipes.  I’m not a professional decorator, an adoption expert, or a child rearing guru.  I began to feel like I didn’t really have anything worth giving.  I am three years behind on printing my blog books.  My kids are getting bigger.  I’m no longer advertising for a thriving photography business.

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But I just couldn’t throw in the towel.  As I sat down to read through those early posts, I realized that I was blogging for me and my family.  Not for my readers (however few they are…Hi Dad!)  I was blogging to carve out a few memories.  I was blogging to show my kids how much they mean to me and how fleeting are the days of their childhood.

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So I’m moving forward.  I hope you’ll stick around and read on occasion.  We are working on a lot of projects in our house right now…some big…some small.  I’m contemplating a business endeavor.  We are making important decisions regarding Danny’s care.  I’m still hunting down deals at Target and getting my craft on from time to time.  My kids are still funny, and weird, and unruly.  And I’ve promised myself that I will document it all.

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See you soon!

January 30, 2014 - 12:20 pm

Ann - Jenn I love your blog. One of the few I still read actually. 🙂 I’m glad you’re continuing and excited to hear about your new endeavor!

January 30, 2014 - 12:28 pm

Ann B - Jenn, I love your blog! I love reading about how Sunshine is adjusting to life. I love hearing about what is going on with Danny, because you never know when something like that could be diagnosed for someone elses child. It is nice to see how a real family deals. I love reading about how all your violin players are progressing. I love the real stories about being a mom. I am overwhelmed by all the things you do, when I am struggling trying to work and find energy to be mom when I get home. And my child is only 2 months old, and he is only one child!

In short, please keep blogging!

January 30, 2014 - 12:31 pm

Rebekah McGee - Whew… at first I thought you were going to stop, I’m so glad you are going to keep at it! Your blog is encouraging to me, as my little boy is very like Danny and I love to “look ahead” and see what life can look like one day. You don’t have to be an expert for your posts to be meaningful! I have been encouraged by your faithfulness and in the way you remind me that the daily accomplishments are worth celebrating. Keep writing! 🙂

January 30, 2014 - 1:03 pm

Bobi Bobbitt - Whew!! You scared me there for a second. Thought you were throwing in the towel! I love keeping up with you and your sweet family through the blog. Glad you are going to keep it up! And by the way…. See you next week!!!!!

January 30, 2014 - 1:06 pm

Charlotte - So happy you will not stop blogging! You have no idea how often I check in to read updates all the way from Toronto, Canada. I feel like you guys are almost part of our family!

January 30, 2014 - 1:47 pm

Sheri C - I’m glad you are not quiting! I love your blog. It is so real, real life, real kids. As a mom with a non-perfect life and non-perfect kids I can relate. Plus I enjoy watching you fix up your house, it inspires me with mine! I agree with what everyone else has said – you are inspiring. 🙂 I will read as long as you care to share your world with us. Be blessed!

January 30, 2014 - 1:59 pm

Melissa C - So glad you are not quitting. Even though we don’t know each other in real life, your family is an inspiration to mine. Your children playing the violin encouraged me to start my daughter in violin lessons. Your decorating style to me is timeless and the smiles that light up in the pictures that you take, show how genuine of a family that you are. I agree with Sheri C, I will read as long as you care to share.

January 30, 2014 - 2:04 pm

Kate - I read your blog all the way from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I love it because you are real – no ads, giveaways, and fluff.

January 30, 2014 - 2:50 pm

Audrey - Jenn, I’ve been enjoying your blog, I believe, since you brought Danny home. I’m a silent reader and haven’t commented in a long time. As someone who has always toyed with wanting to adopt, I love reading about your family. And I love your projects! It sometimes inspires me to get off my butt and do something new to my house. I’m glad you’re not throwing in the towel just yet. And perhaps my favorite thing is that you don’t advertise and don’t do many giveaways. It’s just real and from the heart.

January 30, 2014 - 2:58 pm

Coy - I’m so glad. I have a very special place in my heart for Danny boy! And I love watching him grow in your blog.

January 30, 2014 - 4:30 pm

Amy - You are one of my few “check every day” blogs. I’ve been bummed this whole month that you haven’t blogged as much as usual! I am so glad that you will continue to blog.!

January 30, 2014 - 5:34 pm

Wendy - I would be so sad if you quit 🙁 I love to read your blog – I wish I had your talent on how you write and express yourself. I get excited when I am on FB and see you have posted something and cannot wait to rush over and read it. I often wish I had the ability to write like you and chronicle my families lives – I tend to forget those special moments and you have this incredible diary/blog of your littles life events.

January 30, 2014 - 5:43 pm

Kim - If you stop blogging I would just sit down and cry big fat ugly tears. Please keep going!!!

January 30, 2014 - 8:10 pm

magaret - I was so glad to see your post today. I was worried something had happened to you or one of your children. I don’t comment often, but I’ve been reading your blog for almost five years; I think since Sam was born. I love reading about your kids and your decorating and your projects. There are a few blogs I check everyday, and yours is one of them. So glad you decided to keep blogging!

January 31, 2014 - 6:57 am

Keshia - I echo the same sentiment. I come to your blog weekly all the way from sunny (though presently raining) Florida. I love that you’ve adopted 2 little ones and that you have a large family like mine. I like your decorating shares too! Keep blogging; more than just your Dad reads your post

January 31, 2014 - 9:03 am

Gretchen - I love seeing all that you and your family is up to. I live in the cornfields as well and adoption is part of our family also. Adoption is such a beautiful thing and yet such a minor part of our family but I still feel a connection to other families who share an adoption connection. Thank you for sharing. Your family is beautiful.

January 31, 2014 - 9:40 am

Jessica - I absolutely love your blog! I’m just a random fan from MS and somehow stumbled upon it. Love when you redo or update something in your house! Love your style! Your kids are adorable. Keep blogging 🙂

January 31, 2014 - 10:37 am

Julie B - Welcome back to blogging! I for one (and I’m not a family member LOL) miss you when you don’t blog. But I totally get it, sometimes it seems like pushing too hard when you can’t come up with a post, I have the same issues on my blog, so it’s better just to let it go. However I appreciate your randomness and updates on the kids. You are the best “dabbler” so wear that badge with pride and know that there are many who enjoy reading your thoughts and seeing your phonography as well as your “big girl” camera pics!

January 31, 2014 - 10:46 am

Kathryn - I’m glad you’re not giving up your blog. It’s one of the few that I regularly peek in on. I enjoy your writing style, your awesome sense of style and your adorable growing family. Most of all, I appreciate your heart to serve and love the Lord in the “everyday.” I’ll keep reading–even if you don’t even know me. It’s just proof that somebody besides “Dad” is reading. 🙂

January 31, 2014 - 3:21 pm

Ruth - I love your blog and probably mostly because of the reasons you blog…

”I realized that I was blogging for me and my family. Not for my readers (however few they are…Hi Dad!) I was blogging to carve out a few memories. I was blogging to show my kids how much they mean to me and how fleeting are the days of their childhood.”

you blog authentically and that is what makes it one of my favourites. You are positive and creative with beautiful photography and cute kids wearing colourful clothes and a stunning inspiring home. you have a wonderful family ethos and I love your creativity. I’ll keep reading! Ruth in NZ mom to 6 bios and one foster baby

January 31, 2014 - 8:37 pm

Jill Kort - I’m so glad you are going to keep blogging! I have been checking almost daily for an update on the Cooper family this month! I’ve been reading your blog since beginning our own adoption journey nearly 4 years ago. I don’t know if you remember, but we met in the Ethiopian airport when you were bringing home Danny and shared a flight back to DC. I’m afraid I might have appeared like a stalker when we met – I was a little star-struck!! Short of meeting my son – meeting you was a highlight of trip #1 to Ethiopia! HA!! We share Nebraska roots, similar family composition (you out number me by 1 now), and love of photography! Thanks for sharing your family (and decorating tricks). I will keep on reading for as long as you keep on sharing!

January 31, 2014 - 8:56 pm

Kym - Please, please don’t go! I’ve been following your blog here from Oz since Super Sam was born & have prayed, cried and laughed along through all the ups and downs since. Your blog is the first one I go to every few days. So please keep going, Instagram isn’t enough 😉

January 31, 2014 - 10:03 pm

Jen W - Glad you’re sticking around 🙂

January 31, 2014 - 10:15 pm

Cara Kapp - I’m so glad you’re back – I’m reading your blog all the way from South Africa. Was checking everyday a new post. Welcome back 🙂

January 31, 2014 - 11:50 pm

MarinaM - I too was going to be sad to see you go!! I’m constantly inspired by your crafts and projects! And more than that I am inspired to live for the Lord through all circumstances…especially the tough ones! Your blog is a ministry to me!

February 1, 2014 - 4:10 pm

Natalie - You now know of at least 26 people besides your dad that read. Keep on sharing! I appreciate the things you write and enjoy seeing your photos and decorating projects!

February 1, 2014 - 4:51 pm

JoyLenz - I read every post and I have never met you! (I found your blog because I was your nephews’ preschool teacher and followed your sister’s blog.) I’m an adoptive mom (my girls are from China) and I love following other families through the adoption process. And along the way, I often fall in love with a family. Yours is one! I think about and pray for you and your kiddos often.

February 3, 2014 - 1:05 pm

Sarah Wolfe - I’ve been your faithful reader since 2009! Please don’t stop… I would feel like I lost a far away friend even though I’ve never met you! I love reading about your family and you inspire me to get things done, because I so rarely do 🙂 Your pictures are amazing. Your sweet kiddos and your love for them and your husband shines through these pages!

February 20, 2014 - 9:28 am

Shawna - Sooo glad to see you are back! I’ve been checking and checking. Honestly there are two blogs I check when I have the time. {I used to check 15ish a day} There is something about your realness, honestly, adorable kids and faith. {Oh and the biggest… So I can stalk your house!} I have two girls {10 and 7} and I love to see how yours dress and the things you do with them. I used to blog so I know how time consuming it can be, but I’ll keep on reading and being inspired for as long as you are here 🙂

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