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Monday, January 20, 2014

i miss you

Oh my dear beautiful readers. 
Can I get something off my chest? K thanks. I miss you. This little internet space of mine has become one of the sweetest blessings of my life so far, because of the dear ones I've met through it - you. The connections made, emails exchanged, friends hugged at meet-ups, and prayers prayed. I've been blessed like woah through this thing called blogging and for that I am forever grateful. And so, I am sorry for being a bit MIA in the past months. I know I have been, and I wish it wasn't true. You're still here, and for that I'm thankful. Yet, I know full well that sharing friends and advertising business posts have outnumbered my real, raw, heart to heart writing posts. Honestly, it has partly been due to busy-ness, partly due to fear and partly because life in 2013 was brutal. Or rather, brutiful. And some of the things that touched my life were not things I could share openly here.... because, this is the Internet. And because some things are not my story to tell. Not mine to share. A few months ago, I also experienced some online hating from almost-anonymous sources. It's bound to happen, I get that. And we've all been touched by it in some way or form (sadly). I know that with any kind of online platform, bullies can come and try to tear down good things we strive to accomplish. Try as I might, though - it affected me and made me pull back a bit from sharing so much, so openly. My default is to wear my heart on my sleeve, anyway, so my online journal which I call this blog is just a natural extension of that. It is hard sometimes to be honest but it's also good. Being real is beautiful. Boundaries are important, too. There is power in real-ness, in sharing our messy, our story, our hearts like open books, through writing or music or art or in one on one coffee chats or on our blogs. I've found healing and hope countless times through perusing or diving deep into a blogger's writing, their story, their heart. And I know you have, too. That is why we love this little community. It's sweet. 

All of that to say (and cheers to you if you're still tracking after that stream of consciousness above), it is a new season. A new year. A new time. A new chapter and a new leaf turned. And I am back. 

I miss writing and sharing real stories and real life. And I miss reading your beautiful stories and beautiful lives on your blogs too. 

So, dear friends, I'm comin' back. I'm thankful for new seasons, healing, and His loving grace. You are all so so dear to my heart. And I'm thankful for the ebb and flow off life, the ups and the downs, too. For the good and the bad? They're all brushstrokes in the masterpiece He is painting called our lives. And it's good. 

Love. To you and you and you..




  1. Girl, I know how you feel all too well!
    Amen to you embracing a new season..there's nothing wrong with that at all. And it's good that you're a woman of wisdom who knows when and when not to share..that can sometimes be a tricky balance to find, but it's so important.
    I should be sleep right now, but I'm glad to have happened upon this post despite my jet lag (just spent two weeks on the west coast!).
    Can't wait for more posts from you as always!

  2. It is really hard sometimes to decide between sharing all of who you are and holding back. There really is a fine line between too much and not enough. Welcome back. I hope 2014 will bring you through only the most beautiful blessings.

  3. I adore, admire, and relate to your open heart and open book self. You inspire me as a blogger and as a sister in Christ!!! Covering you in love and prayer! xx

  4. So so glad to see this. I miss your sweet posts that never fail to touch my heart. Glad to see you're coming back to us. Love you dearly.

  5. Yay, I am so glad you are coming back. Your words and posts bless so many and speak so much truth. And when you take a stand like that, there is bound to be resistance. Love you!

    A Silver Snapshot

  6. I love this Erin. Love you MUCH!

  7. Can so relate, ma dear. I think everybody misses you, but also understands just needing to take a break :) You are amazing always.

  8. Love this blog and so glad that you're back! Your posts never cease to inspire me! Life can get crazy, but I'm glad that we both know that God is ultimately in control! Love you, Miss Erin! xoxo - Caitlyn Coker

  9. Yay! I so enjoy you and your heart! You touch so many lives through your blog including mine! I know God is using this blogging community I've seen a huge change just in the past year!!! I am excited to see what He has planned for this year. Be blessed Erin! - Amber C.

  10. you have an incredibly amazing influence on tons of people (including me), erin. i pray that this year holds happy blessings for you. xoxoxoxo.

  11. We all have haters. But some of us like you and I have great beautiful hearts and we wonder how anyone could hate on us. We have so much love and so much to offer. How could the devil send haters our way. Well he does and b/c we have 1 on our side that will always be there and always win. Those haters will never get to us 100%. God wont let them hun. You're a great person and a positive influence. Anyone who hates on you is truly jealous and unhappy with themselves. Try experiencing hate for a year or more. to this day I still get it occassionally.

  12. Love you! You are a Gem! Don't ever stop being you:) they hated Jesus so we will be hated also for his glory! All we can do is bless those who persecute us for they know not what they do.. Because if they did they wouldn't be doing it. xoxoox E

  13. Oh, Erin. When I first stumbled across your blog I was so happy to see how you express your heart, and beliefs, so openly--it's rare on the Internet and I love it so much. I know how criticism can hurt. Thank you for being you anyway. :) And know that I'll keep reading no matter how personally or non-personally you happy to have "met" you! Love you! XO

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