Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Aprons... and Fair Warning

Spring Apron Toolbelts are going up throughout the week and weekend in the Shop. These tend to go quickly, so don't miss out!

And... wow. Brace yourself for this. My Messy, Thrilling Life, this blog I've dutifully posted to and worked on for almost four years, will be shutting down on Tuesday, April 7. I'm telling you now, way in advance, so you can copy down favorite recipes, quotes, or other tidbits you may have found pleasurable and want to keep. I'm also telling you now so you can post a comment to this post with your name and email address to get on the upcoming Freeman House Newsletter, which will begin going out via email in May. Consider it a concise version of the blog... still with photos and recipes and news... but minus the ramblings and things of a personal nature that we're used to finding here.

Why? Why will this blog be gone on April 7th? Well, it's simple, really. I'm ready to move on. April 8th I turn thirty. 30. I'm ready to kick off a new decade afresh. I'm ready to funnel my creativity into new projects. I'm ready to reroute the time I devote to this to other ventures. Yeah, I guess I'm simply ready to leave this behind.

So. There you have it. I'm leaving the comments open on this post until the end, so feel free to rail or complain or give me your reasons why I shouldn't quit the blogging forum. Only be sure to leave your information so I can keep you advised on what's going on with the house, garden, kitchen and other various upcoming events and happenings at Freeman House.

It's been a wild ride, hasn't it? Thank you for joining me. It's been such a pleasure to take you along on my messy, thrilling life.... -Brin

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Ess said...

Goodness me, this is rather a shock! I visit your blog almost daily, and whilst the relationship is entirely 'one way', I have felt nurtured, astonished, loved, inspired, surprised, challenged and stimulated by 'My Messy...'

However, I completely respect your decision and thank you, Brin, for sharing your life with us.

I would love to recieve a newsletter in the future.

Lots of love for the future!

Ess Cox

Susan said...

Life is constantly changing isn't it? I'd love the newsletter as well. All the best to you and sweet to Miss M - the most beautiful chocolate dog. Susan

Mary said...

I am so disappointed you won't have the blog as I've enjoyed it so much! Please sign me up for the newsletter. I will continue to pray for you and your job; you will make it. God bless you.

Diane said...

Though I will miss checking in on your blog, I would love to receive your newsletter. Being in my early 50's, I am sure that you will find your 30's to be inspiring and continually freeing.
I love Freeman House and that wonderful pup of yours. Wishing you the best, Diane

blissmiss said...

Have visited your blog on a daily basis but never commented before. Thank you for sharing your life with us, I've truly enjoyed it and learned a lot from you.

Happy that you're following your heart but so very sad to miss your personal experiences.

All the best & may your wishes come true!

Warm regards,
Blissy

klutzymama said...

Sorry to see you go...have really enjoyed your blog. Looking forward to the newsletter, though.

Kim said...

First response, "I'm sad that you are closing down your blog!"

Second response, "Take courage as you move on in your life, especially if God is leading you onto new things!"

Kathleen Grace said...

Ahhh Brin, I understand, I really do, but I will miss your blog all the same. So, sign me up for the newsletter. My email is kathyscottage@yahoo.com. I'm glad you are doing the newsletter. I am praying for you.
Hugs
Kathy

cupcake studio said...

I don't know what to say. Your blog is so astounding. Well written, thoughtful, sweet...you're a gem, Miss Brin!

Yes please, put me on The Freeman House newsletter list. Will look forward to it.

Mel said...

I've so enjoyed reading your blog and experiencing a little bit of Texan life here in England.

Please add me to the newsletter list.

I wish you all the best and hope your dreams will come true.

Steph said...

I would love to be added to the newsletter list!
I have enjoyed your blog, and have received some great recipes and ideas from you!
Good Luck with everything...
Steph
flygirl65 at gmail dot com

Georgia Peach said...

It will really be a loss not to go to your blog every day or so. I wish you the best and want to be kept up to date. GeorgiaPeach

ketthomas11@yahoo.com

Diland said...

I feel like I'm losing a good and wise friend! You are my favorite blog to check in with........a blog I stumbled on a few months ago all the way from good ol Virginia.......I shared you with my google group of Pi Phi's from Oklahoma State (1987) and we all adore you!! You are such a wise and great writer........and at such a young age! God has tremendous plans for you I am sure! Please add me to your email.. Would hate to miss out on Freeman news...
dipoe@ntelos.net

Life At Camellia Cottage said...

Oh, Brin! I just found you a few months ago and now you're leaving me! I've been so amazed by your posts - mostly the ones about yor faith in a loving God! You have really made me think and that is a good thing!

And let me share this with you - I will be 57 on April 23rd, and my life really started in my 30's! I met my wonderful husband, got married and started realizing what life was supposed to be all about for me. I hope you find your 30's are your best decade yet!

Please add me to the newsletter list! And may all God's best blessings be yours! Becky G. @ mycamelliacottage@yahoo.com

Shelley in SC said...

Grrrrr, so frustrating to lose you but so understandable too. This is life. Would love to be added to your newsletter.

Sue@CountryPleasures said...

I'm sad. I'm going to be selfish for a moment and say, I don't want to see you go! I come here everyday to check on you, savor your recipes, laugh, cry, pray and be inspired. With that said, I do respect your decision but I will miss your blog! Losing your blog is like losing one of my favorite magazines! Please sign me up for the newsletter so I may keep up with you and Millie, Freeman House and gardens. I hope you find peace, my 30's were full of change and growth, my best years. I love ya Brin, I miss you already!

Sue@CountryPleasures said...

I just had a thought, somewhere I read where you can turn a blog into a book, does anyone know? And, just how long will your blog be up, I mean, you can leave it up without posting so we can copy and paste our hearts out? Just in case you want to pop in now and again? I'd hate for you to lose your rights to the "Messy, thrilling Life.

Jess said...

No! NO! NOOOOOOOOO!
Please don't leave!!! It's like an old friend moving out of the country...I have to tell you I"M DEPRESSED over this!
Anyway, that being said - can't wait for the newsletter. Sounds very exciting. Thanks for the heads up so I can get recipes, quotes etc..I'll post my e-mail address later.

Cynthia said...

I understand and think making changes on the "big" birthdays is always a good idea. Please sign me up for the newsletter.

MeridionalBelle said...

Oh no... not what I wanted to hear this morning. I am going to miss reading your blog so much. Like the others, I feel like I know you personally. You have added so much inspiration to me daily. I am thankful, however, that we still will be able to get a Brin fix with your newsletter. Please add me to the list!!

Vintage Girl said...

I have been following your blog for a long time now and although I'm sad to see it go, I know you must follow your heart. I would love to receive your newsletter, for sure. Brin, you be happy and I just know where ever this may lead you you will be successful and flourish. Hugs, Heather

stacey said...

I have never posted on here either but like many others said your blog is the first place I go in the mornings to see. I have so enjoyed your blog and feel like I know you and Millie. I have also fell in love with Freeman house. I wish you wouldn't quit blogging but I do understand needing a change. Please add me to the list!
stacey71969@msn.com. Thank!

Emma's Paper Patch said...

oh, i just found your blog a couple months ago, and it has become on of my favorites...so sad to see that it is going to be gone. however, i respect your decision and would love the receive your newsletter. your recipes that i have tried have become some favorites in our home. thank you for all you did, (i loved your faith posts) this was a truely inspiring blog. now hopefully i can get a couple of your aprons before they run out!
alissa

Emma's Paper Patch said...

guess you might need my email...
ellanandrubys@hotmail.com

God bless you and keep you close in what He has called you to do.
Alissa

Emma's Paper Patch said...

i need to spell check
ellaandrubys@hotmail.com
alissa

lizeberspacher said...

I enjoy reading your blog. It perks me up when my high school students are getting me down. And it makes me miss the country--I'm a Nebraska girl stuck in the suburbs of Chicago. You also remind me a lot of the way God takes care of us when we're in the midst of hard times.
Please keep me on your email list...

liz.eberspacher@gmail.com

Linda said...

I will really miss reading your blog ~ although I haven't commented much, I do read it faithfully. I hope that God truly blesses you in your future paths! I would lofe to receive newsletters from you.
Blessings,
Linda
diamondk410@aol.com

Brambleberry said...

I'd love to be on the newsletter mailing list.

designeronhiatus@yahoo.com

Best of luck to you....I'll definately miss this place!

Tammy said...

I'm going to cry! My day started out bad and is definitely getting worse. I have to have my daily dose of Brin everyday and can't imagine life without it.

Thank you for all your words of wisdom and encouragement, recipes, beautiful photos, EVERYTHING! You are truly inspiring. I also live in an old house that resembles Freeman House on the outside-chipped paint, old windows, etc... You have helped me love my old, chippy house even more. You have even inspired me to tackle some projects that I didn't think I had the ability to do!

I will miss you, Millie, and Freeman House. Please sign me up for your newsletter if you must go. tammy@yourstoryhour.org

One more thing. I have slowly been reading your blog from the beginning. Will it be gone forever on April 7th? Better get reading!

God bless you in your future.

Tammy

Mrs. said...

good for you!! there is a season for everything...may Jesus walk before you into the next season.

Peace.

would love to receive the newsletter...

dawn dot luecke at gmail dot com

April said...

Oh, man. I'm going to miss this. But sign me up, babe. I'd love to stay "in touch." mcclurestewart (at) gmail (dot) com.

Amy said...

Awww I love your blog and sad to see you leave the blogging world = (
But please keep me e-mailed on all other adventures of the freeman house.

Sarah said...

Brin,

Thank you for the beautiful blog. I completely understand since I turned 30 this year myself and was shocked at the feelings that came with this birthday. I would love to receive your newsletter at ss0366@yahoo.com and wish you the best on your next decade of adventures!

Your sister in Christ,
Sarah H.

Beverly said...

I'll miss your "Messy Thrilling Life" so much. Thanks for letting us share a part of that life. I'm happy and excited to think of you turning the page and discovering the next chapter.

Please send the Freeman House Newsletter to bevae1@msn.com.

Benita said...

I am soo sad. I just found this blog a little over a month ago, and have read everything. I really understand some of the things you are going through. I am going through some of them to. Good luck with everything. I hope all your dreams come true.

the_persephonie@yahoo.com

Cori G. said...

Oh how sad for us, but exciting for you! And by the way, your ramblings are always interesting and thought provoking :)!
Will you add me to your list?
cori.alaine@gmail.com.
I wish you lots of luck on your new adventures.

Cori G.

Brooke said...

Hello, I would love to receive your newsletter! I love your blog. I have been a "lurker" and never commented before. Good luck. I will be 30 this year as well so I hear ya! my email is brooke.plemons@gmail.com.
Thanks so much! Blessings.

flowersandflamingos said...

I would love to receive your newsletter - amyloubal@att.net

Will miss your blog!!! I hope your 30's are fabulous!!!
Amy

Faye said...

WE WILL MISS YOU.I HAVE ENJUOED YOUR BLOG SO MUCH.YOU WILL BE IN OUR PRAYERS!

Emily said...

I am so sad that you're closing up but totally understand. Add me to the newsletter list please! emily.duss@gmail.com

Peter & Abby Hansen said...

Love the blog, especially the recipes! Please keep me in the email loop!

abbyhansen2006@gmail.com

Jane said...

I am so sorry to see you go. I will miss my daily dose but I know how it goes. You have to direct your energies where you think best. Please sign me up for your newsletter. I am turning 50 this year and have the luxury of hindsight. My life just started to get rolling at 30. I didn't met my DH and soulmate until I was 37. You just never know what tomorrow brings but I hope it holds nothing but goodness for you!

Jane
grrltawk@aol.com

Emily said...

I just found you and you're leaving!! I'm so sad. I do love your posts, recipes, projects, etc. Thanks for some great inspiration!

Emily eazimm1683@yahoo.com

***LARISSA*** said...

This is sad news! I will miss your blog so much, as it is a consistant source of inspiration and kinship for my soul. I can't tell you how many times God has gently spoken to me through your blog... reminding me that he is listening, does love me, and there are other people out there going through similar things!
I consider myself blessed for being able to read your blog daily (or at least almost) for the last six months or so, and you will be in my prayers as you start your new adventures. Please include me in your monthly newsletter!!!
ris9175@yahoo.com

Tara said...

I'd like to be on your mailing list.

booksandcooks06@aol.com

Heidi said...

I am so sad...please don't go. I looked forward to reading your blog daily! You are such an inspiration, a fresh respite from this crazy world. I am encouraged to be more like you (your faith, gardening, fresh recipes...live off the land)on a daily basis. I pray for you and your job. Please sign me up for your mailing. I will eagerly look forward to receiving it.

Dinah said...

I'm going to miss your blog so much Brin, but I understand fully that you want to move forward, so put me on the newsletter list. I'd love to receive it.
email: dynacinsc@yahoo.com

Mary D in Texas said...

I would love the newsletter. I'm going to miss the blog though.

Sue said...

I am going to miss you but time moves on and we grow and change. My prayers are with you for finding where it is God wants you to be and to find what it is He has planned for you to do. You have so many talents! Would love to keep in touch via your future newsletters! Sue sgiachero@triad.rroc.com

PS 30 is just the beginning!

PS 30 is just the beginning!!

kelly said...

Oh, I'm so sad!! I just found you a couple months ago and now you're leaving!

I will turn 30 on october 7th this year. I know how you feel... ;)

I would love to receive your newsletter:
Kelly McMullen
mcmullen dot kelly at gmail dot com

Amy said...

Have you finally decided to knock Martha off the domestic queen post? You know you could...

Shelley in SC said...

Forgot to leave my e-mail address:

Madhouse7@aol.com

An Accomplished Woman said...

You will be missed. I have read you for almost a year.

I would love the newsletter, just to keep up with you.

hctubb@yahoo.com

Cynthia

Vee said...

Thank you for giving so much, Brin. I think that we'll hear from you again. Either here or there or that book, that devotional...somewhere...please God!

Take marvelous good care of yourself. Blogdom will never be the same without you in it.

Wendy said...

Dear Brin-
I feel like we are losing a wise and caring friend. Like everyone else, I have enjoyed your blog, admired your faith, laughed with you and cried with you. On another note, I must say I love new beginnings and am happy for you. I loved my 30's. I look forward to you adventures in your newsletter...
wjeannont@cox.net

curlyq said...

Will miss you and Millie's adventures. Please sign me up for the newsletter. All the best!!!!!!!!!!
Debbie mkdk6@bellsouth.net

Lisa in Texas = ) said...

First of all, I would like to say that I have really enjoy reading your blog. And will miss it when it is gone but I totally understand. And I appreciate you taking the time to let us all know about this in advance so it will not be such a shock.
I would love to be added to your list for your newsletter.

liscarp at yahoo dot com

Thanks again,

Lisa in Texas = )

Brandy said...

I am so sad to see you go, Brin. Although I don't know you "personally", I feel we have so much in common. I, too went through a devastating divorce, have struggled with life after the fact, had a beloved dog named Millie (Millicent), love the beauty of living in the country, and am seeking God's perfect will and plan for my life.

Please include me in any newsletter or updates! I am so looking forward to seeing where God leads you on your journey!

David Tate said...

I have been going through a season of trials, and have withdrawn from "real life" friends. Although I've only been a "lurker," you have been a friend to me as you have shared your perspective that God is sovereign and working for our ultimate good in spite of what we see. Thanks for helping me put one foot in front of the other. You will be greatly missed. Please sign me up for the Freeman House newsletter.

Cheryl

Brandy said...

Forgot to leave my email address.

milliepup92@hotmail.com

Antonella said...

well.. I'll miss you and Miss Millie a lot.
please count me in for the newsletter:
bassi.antonella@gmail.com

wihing you the best for the future to come

Antonella

Cottage Lifestyle said...

Brin, you are an incredibly talented woman in many, many ways. You were ahead of the time starting a blog in 2005. You will be successful in all that you do. I am one that embraces change and while I will miss your blog I look forward to your next venture.

Please add me to your mailing list: cottagelifestyle@gmail.com.

Enjoy it all,

Renee

VernP said...

Sad for me, happy for you. Your blog has often been a high point in my day, and I will miss it. You have such an amazing creative energy, and I hope you find joy in whatever your next project might be.

~Veronica
vernprice@gmail.com

Old Centennial Farmhouse said...

I am so sad to hear that I won't be able to flip to your bright page and your beautiful writing...on a day to day basis...but you are the one who knows best! Pleae include me in your newsletter list! I would love to keep up on your beautiful old home and your dear little pup!

Amy said...

I am so sad. I read your blog everyday. Sometimes twice a day. You have so many gifts that have touched so many people. I will miss you. I would love, love, love to get your newsletter. My email address is ajinman30@gmail.com. Thank you for sharing your life with us.

Deb said...

Seeing a new post from you has always made me smile. You will be missed! Please add me to your newsletter list: seesmom@gvtc.com.

Praying God's abundant blessings for you!

Heather Brandt said...

Please add to your list.

heatherlbrandt (at) verizon (dot) net

scb said...

I just returned home from a VERY discouraging job fair...no job for teachers in my area...STILL. I have to say, I am very sad to hear this news about your blog. But, in a weird way it gives me the assurance that we can all move on, follow old dreams, and begin new adventures. Thank you for the many nights you comforted me through your blog. I do not know you...but I wish you only the best. Much love and well wishes to you. Please add my email to your newsletter list: scbell@mac.com

Hannah said...

Thanks so much for pouring out your heart for the world to delight in... such beauty and creativity in you! Peace and grace over this next season in your life... know that He is walking with you friend! Blessings :)

Would love to recieve the newsletter: ilovejesus007@hotmail.com

~ Sharon said...

Brin,
I have been a lurker since I happened on your blog less than a year ago. I have so enjoyed reading the happenings in your life; its been a little escape for me every few days to catch up on your blog.

I understand what in one way seems to be a sudden change to us readers, but has been a long time coming for you. I've noticed your increasing discomfort lately and recognized how God has been preparing you for a change of season and an uprooting so to speak.

He does this in my life anytime there is a new season coming for me. I become drastically and exponentially uncomfortable in my environment in every way. I've come to see over the years this is his way of shifting things spiritually in my life so that I am ready when it is HIS time for the change in MY life.

I thank you for giving to us, (to me), portions of YOU every day. And I bless you in the name of our God Jehovah that in your days to come you WILL find increase, you WILL find His hand gently & sometimes forcefully guiding you, that you WILL find the destiny your heart is burning after and you WILL find peace, security and confidence in following God's voice as you make the changes He directs you to make.

I selfishly hope you will start another blog at some point, but in the meantime, know that I (an absolute stranger, but a sister by royal blood) will pray for you daily in all your endeavors. May God bless you (and your puppy) on this compelling, new journey He has set your feet to!

~ Sharon T.

~ Sharon said...

Oh, I almost forgot; please do include me on your newsletters!

s.thibodaux@yahoo.com

Bren said...

Brin,

I am so sorry to see my daily fix going away. But, I do understand you're needing to take a break and do other things.

I will miss your wit, creativity, information, philosophy and faith, and your spirit. You are such an old soul in a young wrapper. I feel we are kindred souls, even though I am much older.

Please include me in your newsletter mailing.

Bren

Bren said...

Please put me on your newsletter list:

kolniakb6@aol.com

Kimberly said...

Oh dear. You were the girl who inspired me to start blogging, and it's been such a source of joy and comfort to me. So, thank you for opening up and exposing yourself and allowing us in for a while. I'm so sad, but looking forward to your newsletters. If I can be selfish, I'd like to ask you to include your latest reads and listenings in it too. I've so enjoyed some of the books you've turned me onto. God bless, and I know it's been said already, but the 30's rock!
kimberly@teamcoyle.net

From A Creative Heart said...

I will miss your blog...but I always applaud the opportunities to move on and try out new things!!
would love to receive your newsletter:

dailygrace@bellsouth.net

jennymarie1981 said...

Blessings to you...
I completely respect your decision to change things up a bit. In fact I've seen a trend where a few of the blogs I read on a daily basis are shutting down to focus more time on living and less time on blogging about their life.

Your honesty, creativity, and generosity have made life here in Indianapolis a little sweeter.

Jenny

Terri and Bob said...

Of course add me to the newsletter list.

steffes3@embarqmail.com

I will greatly miss your blog but will look forward to your newsletters. Will you do the "advertisements" for the new products on your newsletters?

Hey, too, what have you heard about the calendars? I almost forgot about them!

~Mad said...

YOU WILL SO BE MISSED.

~Mad(elyn) in Alabama
Madelyn Magruder
mwing73 (at) charter (dot) net

Lady Laura said...

Oh, Brin--you will be greatly missed! I like the idea of a newsletter, please add me to your mailing list, please.

Good luck in whatever the future holds for you.

Colie said...

A newsletter? By you? Oh my- that sounds WONDERFUL!!!

Brin, as much as I will miss peeking into your "messy thrilling life" every week via your blog, I am excited for all the new adventures the new decade will bring you.

I joined the thirty-something gang a few years ago, and let me tell you, it beats my twenties hands down! :)

Blessings to you!!

Michelle said...

Oh Brin, I'm so sad this blog is leaving. :( I totally understand what direction you are headed and with a fresh perspective of things. I will definitey miss my daily visits here but wish you the best with your new ventures! Please, please add me to your newsletter!! :)

Michelle
(misha503@gmail.com)

runningsteers said...

Thank you Brin for sharing what you have with us!! I see God working through you everyday, and please know that you have been a blessing to so many!! Keep following his lead, and know that many prayers are headed your way, please keep me updated via the newsletter!!

Sara said...

Okay I have to ask...what do you do in Daingerfield all day long? I was born here. I grew up here. Went away to college. Came back. Here now. I was directed to your blog by a coworker and I'm glad because it's interesting to view this place through your eyes; it's as though I've never been here before, and I've been here always. Hmm.

diana said...

I would LOVE to receive your May newsletter. Thank you so much for all that you have shared with us.. the fun the recipes, the inspiration. .. and Happy Birthday

Sissy said...

I think I'm going to cry. Seriously. Wow. I will certainly be spending some time getting the recipes off of here. Thanks for the warning. I will miss your inspiration, your honesty, your travels, your food and your puppy. And I am definitely signing up for the newsletter.

Thank you, Brin. And happy early birthday.

cheri said...

Yours is about the third blog I have just begun to read only to have them say they will not be blogging anymore!

Anyway, I enjoy and appreciate what I have read so far and if you would be willing to include cherishields@hotmail.com on your mailing list I'd be ever so grateful.

May God richly bless you in your new endeavors!

Michelle said...

I'll miss your blog so much.
Please add me to the list for your newletter.

Michelle said...

ps. email is OldTinGrl at aol dot com

Kathi D said...

I will miss visiting you here, and wish you well on your new endeavors. And please include me in the newsletter list:

kathi@ithinkwereallbozos.com

Kathi D said...

P.S. As one who has already been there, I will say that the 30's are the most wonderful decade; well, they all are, but it wasn't until I turned 30 that I felt "grown up" and I enjoyed it so much.

Jenn said...

Ad me to the list too. I think it's wonderful that you are moving on. Especially if you feel led to. Sign me up Brin. I await the newsletter anxiously.

Jenn said...

Oh toodles32@hotmail.com Jenn

Shaun and Holly said...

Awe! I will miss your Blogging!
I would love a newsletter:
sfillmore1@cogeco.ca

I am still waiting for onw of your calendars...any sign of them yet? I look forward to that too...

Holly

The Old Painted Cottage said...

I'm really sorry to hear this Brin. I've been a daily reader for longer than I can remember. Your regular postings will be sorely missed.

Please add me to your list:
jennifer@theoldpaintedcottage.com

oxox
Jennifer

Linds said...

I will miss this blog too. Sigh. But I understand all about new beginnings, Brin, and wish you much happiness for your next decade! Please sign me up for the newsletter too!

Jane said...

Ohh!! Im going to miss your blog too, but would love to receive your newsletter. A big thank you for all your wonderful posts Brin and hoping all turns out well for you, in your future endeavours.

BecMama said...

How sad this makes me. I look forward to visiting your blog each day. You inspire me. I dream about having a Freeman House of my own someday and find myself dealing with some your same feelings at the exact time you post about them. I wish you well dear friend and will be so excited to receive my first Newsletter. Thank you for sharing life with us all!

Becca Lucas
becclynn@hotmail.com

Cindy said...

Boo freakin hoo! I love your gently spiritual insight and i so empathize with your forlorness wondering...whats up God? I will look forward to your newsletter, although sad to not read your daily goings-on.

Include me please. (is my email addy included with this post?)

Peace and much love.

Cindy

Susan said...

Feeling so sad. You and Millie are apart of my daily routine. I wish you all the luck and happiness in the world. Put me on your email list.
shajek@cfl.rr.com

Susan

StoneRose said...
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StoneRose said...

Brin--I have so enjoyed everything you've had to share. Will miss you, but know that God has all the best for your life and understand that we all go through different seasons and have to pick and choose what is God's best for us.
I would love to receive your newsletter; please sign me up; heartsong117@att.net
Wishing you all the best,
Carole

Tricia said...

I will miss your blog, but thank you for not leaving us out in the cold!
I look forward to your newsletter!

Lori said...

I have throughly enjoyed your blog. Please add me to your newsletter list. Thanks and God's best to you!

Lori in PA

Lindy said...

Awww... I'm really sad. Yours is one of the few blogs that I visit on a daily basis. :(

I wish you nothing but joy and happiness in your future endeavors. And please add me to your mailing list.

linneek@yahoo.com

xo,
Lindy

L said...

Sign me up for the newsletter also. I am glad to know you will be keeping us updated even if it is of a less personal nature.

Kim said...

Aw. Well, here's to moving on! Please add me to the newsletter!

knwaldron@gmail.com

Cheryl said...

Oh Honey, I'm going to miss you! My day was always made that much brighter by a post from Brin.
Well, I pray that you will find the desires of your heart and that you will cling to God's word. He will richly bless you sweetheart, maybe not how we may think but He will bless you!
By the way did we ever get the recipe for, was it Sugar Shoes or something?
God Bless you my dear!!
cheryl
cheryl123@cox.net

Cheryl said...

I forgot to thank you for sharing so much with us. You'll be greatly missed!

Kim said...

I've enjoyed your blog!

Please add my to your newsletter -

Kim Kauffman
kimmy_curls@hotmail.com

leslie said...

Best Wishes Brin.
lesliegrimmer@yahoo.com

Gayle said...

I love your blog too. Thanks for sharing. I would love to receive your newsletter.

Best wishes,
Gayle
burnetg@comcast.net

Cheryl L said...

I'll be so sorry to see your blog go. It's one of the first ones I visit every day. I do understand, however, the need to "move on" so to speak. I pray God's blessings on you and your new adventures in life. For someone so young (I can say that, cause I could be your mother) you really do seem to have your priorities straight. I'll look forward to getting your email updates. God Bless You!!!

gayled said...

Another Gayle here, how odd....Well I choose to say "until later" rather than goodbye...I know you will publish a cookbook or something so I'll just look forward to that for now...You have a gift you know and thanks for the time you felt compelled to share it with others...please add me to the list..thanks for sharing

gdaniel5@comcast.net

Tessa said...
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Tessa said...

So gutted that you are leaving - you have been an inspiration to me in your journey of faith, here in my little corner of England. Please do sign me up for your newsletter,
Tess

Tessa@theorams.karoo.co.uk

Randi said...

I'm so disappointed. I respect your decision but HATE it. :) Wish I could keep reading ... please sign me up for the newsletter. randidukes(at)verizon(dot)net. Your blog will be missed!

The Farmer's Wife said...

Hi Brin,

I have been reading your blog for over a year now and absolutely love it. I will miss it terribly, but am looking forward to your newsletter. My email is chad_farmer@msn.com

Thanks so much!
Ashleigh

Fiffer Lou said...

{Gasp}I'd never thought this would happen. When I first discovered your blog...I fell so in love with it that I went back and read from the beginning. Thanks for sharing your life and struggles with us. You have been an inspiration and blessing in ways you'll never imagine. You have not only a gift of writing but of encouragement as well and it's been neat to see how the Lord has used your pains and joys to help others. I most definitely want to be added to your mailing list. My email is fiffanytan@gmail.com. My question now is who will my friend Cori G. and I talk about at work? :D Praying God will bless you in all you do!

Pam said...

Hi Brin,
I will miss your blog very much and am sad to see you go. Please include me in your newsletter.

Did the calendars ever go out. I ordered one in November, but never recieved one. Just wondering...

Happy Birthday!
~Pam :)

Kristie said...

I'm SO sorry to hear that you will be ending your blog!!! I've really enjoyed each and every post!!

Please sign me up for your newsletter!!!

gkrigo@aol.com

Best wishes to you and sweet Millie!

~Kristie

wanderingbtrfly said...

I am so incredibly disappointed! I can understand the feeling of needing to move on, though, so I suppose I will wish you well instead of cry!

Maybe archive the blog instead of deleting it, so your faithful readers can re-read your posts when they need a bit of a peaceful friend?

Good luck!

The Ramblin' Rat said...

I am totally bummed you are shutting down your wonderful blog, but I can understand why. I pray that the new journey you take will reveal more of God's grace and mercy upon you and that you fall more in love with Him every day.

Thank you so much for sharing your life with us. I look forward to the newsletters.

My e-mail is beckykschroder@hotmail.com.

Lulu said...

wow, i have no words...

Jenn said...

I am going to miss your blog tremendously, but please sign me up for your newsletter.
I can't say I want to be 30 again (at 34 I still can't remember anything truly impressive that happened on my 30th birthday other than getting to come home to my husband and oldest daughter). I wish you all the best and can't wait for the newsletters!!

Jenn

Polly said...

I will miss this blog, Brin, but I understand. I would love to receive your Freeman House Newsletter.

Good luck!
Polly
milliways06@yahoo.com

karen said...

Thank you Brin for sharing your life with us. I love making your Daffodil pasta and enjoy making the dishcloths among many of things that you've shared with us.
I would love to receive the newsletter.
I met my husband when I was 30--got married at 31--had my 1st son at 32--my second son at 35--my 30's were
the best time in my life. I'm sure that yours will be too. Best of luck to you and Millie!
Karen e-mail: kaburns@cox.net

Amy said...

Count me in on receiving the newsletter...and thank you in advance.

Amy

Erin said...

Oh no!! I feel like I missed out on such a treasure, I just found your blog a week or so ago and have just loved your writing. I'm going to have to devote some time to reading everything I missed before it is taken down. :) I'd love to receive your newsletter.

Erin

Beverly said...

I understand but will miss the blog.
I would love the newsletter. At least your talent will be available...

ancient one said...

Oh my... you will be soooo missed... please put me on the Freeman house newsletter...

afirstof7@aol.com

Jan said...

Wow. Why do I feel just like I did when my son got married and moved out?

Proud that he grew up so nicely and sad because I miss the heck out of him!

Best of luck, Brin, on growin up. At 57 I'm still working on it!

I'll be looking forward to the newsletter.

God Bless,
Jan in PA

Rosa said...

Thanks for all the blogging you've done!
Your's was the first blog that showed me a blog could be more that family news.
I've been encouraged, inspired and challenged to think.
I pray your thirties will be filled with will be a joyful fufilling time for you.
And of Course I would like to get the Freeman House newsletter!
rosa_veldkamp@hotmail.com

Deanne said...

I would like to receive your newletters and updates the recipes are great! bakermomof4@aol.com

Jen said...

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Ahem, now that that is out of my system...
I think I'll be O.K, but I'll miss this blog so much.
Turning 30 is a great time to move on, start the decade fresh, be ready for new adventures. Thank you for all the time, creativity, and real-ness that you have shared with us. I know your messy, thrilling life will continue to bless others no matter what you end up doing.
Oh, yeah, I would love to get the newsletter!
cupcakesandcartwheels@live.com

Best Wishes!
Jen

redeemed diva said...

Wow! What an exciting time for you--thanks for letting us in on your life...and food...and fun adventures. You will be missed.
"The LORD bless you and keep you;
the LORD make his face shine upon you
and be gracious to you;
the LORD turn his face toward you
and give you peace." '

Awaiting the newsletter: eyeholler at yahoo dot com

deb said...

I would love your newsletter.
debaquinn@comcast.net

Lots of luck! Deb

Dawn said...

Wow! I've read along for a couple of years now and just thought that your blog was great. Sorry to see it go, however excited for your new decade to come. I'd love to receive your newsletter, Brin. Best to you and all you do.
~Dawn

muttonfish said...

I will miss this blog so much. It's one of my favorites. Pls put me on the list:

mrmlaw@mindspring.com

Godspeed and good luck. :hug:

Howdy! I'm Ruth Ann said...

Hi Brin, new adventures are always a good thing, and good for you! Your blog has been so refreshing, interesting, insightful, full of wisdom, fun, exciting, precious, exquisite, straightforward, honest, rollicking, hilarious, beautiful, breathtaking, wonderful, glorious, remarkable, sparkling, homespun, and so very adorable!! It is one of my favorite blogs ever!

Your blog is about your life, but your life isn't your blog...you have new and exciting things to look forward to...

I love this verse and it just seems to fit so nicely:

Isaiah 43:18-19
Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.

I think the thing that helps in this situation is your newsletter, we all feel like we know you and want the best for you, so letting us know how you are will be wonderful! Can't wait to see what great things the Lord has in store for you!

Please add my email to your list:
ruthannwinans@yahoo.com

Blessings to you!
Ruthann
Warm Pie, Happy Home

Nicole said...

Ooh! Add me! Add me!

nicocacola86@yahoo.com

Johanna said...

I will miss your blog dearly. I love your real-life Christian approach to daily living.

Please sign me up for your newsletters!

Best of luck and welcome to the 30's. I'm on the other side of 30, but loving every minute of it. Well, almost every minute. . .

-Johanna

Johanna said...

Opps! It might help to have my e-mail:

gardenbee@everestkc.net

Thank you!

Jami said...

Brin, I understand your need to move on. I loved coming to your blog reading the inspiring quotes.
God bless you!

I'd really like to recieve your newsletter. wearthergirl90@suddenlink.net (no, that's not a typo. the R is supposed to be there)

"The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen."
Frank Loyd Wright

Amanda said...

I've enjoyed you so much Brin- I will miss this blog very much. I pray many blessings on you as you start a new chapter! I would love to receive the Freeman Houston newsletter!
Amanda
ackaufmann425@yahoo.com

Twyla and Lindsey said...

I have such admiration for you, Brin. You have inspired me so many times and I have enjoyed your adventures. I will miss you in this forum, but please sign me up for your newsletter! My name is Twyla and my email address is: tweets2457@aol.com . Have a wonderful day! Twyla

betty r said...

Oh Brin I will miss your blog. However I do understand..it does take up a lot of time. Wish you all the best with the newsletter which I would like to receive.

Mim said...

Brin,
Life goes on... and you are making changes. Good luck with your job search.
We are also suddenly without jobs after 25 years with the same company.. it's shocking.
Please add me to your newsletter list.
kennelmr at gmail dot com

Keli Anne said...

I'll miss you, but I understand! I would like to be on your mailing list. Maybe you can inform us when you come back to the East TX area with your goodies....

Good Luck!
Keli

kelianne13@aol.com

kattyrae said...

I'm sorry you are leaving us. I wish you would stay! But I do understand...
Is there a way I could sign up for the newsletter without leaving my email in a comment for all to see??
God bless you and keep you in His loving care!

millicent said...

Followed Faithfully and regularly Love your wit and wisdom. Good luck and God Bless in all you do. Would love to receive your News Letter - Millicent

millicent said...

Brin - forgot to add my email addy for the Newsletter. Still coming to terms with your decision! Look in every day from U.K.
lornaandrew@hotmail.com

A family of boys said...

I absolutely love how you keep being so open here! It's so refreshing to see someone following God's lead in their life and isn't afraid to say it. Time to run and find a pretty notebook for all those recipes. :)

I'd love to get the newsletter...

wvecestudios at verizon dot net

UnderHisWing4Ever said...

I will miss reading the blog so please include me in the newsletter mailout. Jeanette

Susan said...

Brin,
Thank you for your blog and all the time you put into it. Thank you for sharing your life and your faith. You inspire me and reminded me that I wanted to learn to knit. I found someone to teach me last summer. You make me laugh. You make me think. I have a friend that says, "God never is late, but rarely showes up early." God is a great patience, faith building teacher that way!! I know God will provide for you. Blessing to your 30's! I would love to receive your newsletter.
susan
Philippians 3:10
reinerharper@juno.com

Denise said...

Please add me to your newsleter distribution list.
dandjsteve1@yahoo.com
Thanks!!!!!!

Sandi said...

oh Brin...I will miss your blog so much! I do understand your need for change though so do whatever you need to do. It is so refreshing to see a young person living such an amazing Christian life! Please add me to your newsletter email. (hsb@frontiernet.net)
Prayers and blessings for you!

Patsy said...

Gosh Brin, add me to the list of folks who will definitely miss your blog. Please add me to the newsletter list:

paking@tigerpaw.com

Kim said...

Oh I wish you weren't doing this, but do understand. I wish you well with your future endeavors and truly pray that God will keep you in the palm of his hand. It's been such a blessing to "read" your testimony.

Rosemary said...

I will miss your blog also. Please add me to the newsletter.
rwa3457986@aol.com

Faith said...

Well, I suppose all good things eventually must come to an end. But it is sadness for us folks who have been avid daily readers.

Best of luck to you in your future adventures! You are lovely, simply lovely. Lovely and strong and talented and possessing the sweetest heart I think I've ever seen.

Happy 30th birthday!! (Yes, I know it's not today. You have all year to celebrate your 30th, you know. I did.) The 30s are amazing, by the way. Not as tumultuous as the 20s. Challenging, but in totally different ways.

Add me to the list please!!

Faith
lizzysbelljar@gmail.com

Kristen said...

Hi,Brin. I'll miss you, but I wish you the best wherever life takes you. Please add me to your newsletter list: kablair@comcast.net.

Thanks for sharing your life with us these past few years.

~Kristen

Rebecca said...

Your blog is beautiful and I will miss it so much. I know I didn't post comments often but I read it everyday. Thank you for being beautiful and inspiring. And, for turning me on to your Etsy shop. :) Please add me to your newsletter list. I know it will be fabulous.
rebecca.ruffner@gmail.com

Kerri said...
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Chris said...

I've only recently discovered your blog and have enjoyed every bit that I've read. I'd love to get your newsletter. And I think you'll love your 30's! rctaher*hotmail.com

Linda Z said...

Ok, Brin... no well wishes here! :) This decision of yours totally stinks. I was going to write a nice, encouraging sort of comment, but last night I slipped into the depths of despair. Now I can't even climb out all because of you.

You're turning off the light right before you birthday? We can't even celebrate the big 3-0 with you? That is just retched.

I'm really trying my best to stay mad at you, but you are too dang likable.

I'll try to be positive about this... really I will. But for now I am writing you off... at least until I read your daffodil post.

Disgruntled in CA :P

Linda Z said...

Oh, and after all that I forgot my email address.

mrsz_mail@yahoo.com

Ya, I guess you can send me that newsletter of yours.

rnsarms said...

May God keep you and strengthen you where he leads you!

Many Blessings,
Your sister in Christ,
Sue
RnSARMS(at)aol(dot)com

michele said...

I used my quiet time during my daughters nap to read your blog. I adored it! Best of wishes to you as you hit 30. I am 35 and have to say the 30's have been the best for me. I really felt like I came into my own. I hope you find it to be as wonderful. I would love to get your newsletters.

Michele
mkaluzny@wi.rr.com

michele said...

I used my quiet time during my daughters nap to read your blog. I adored it! Best of wishes to you as you hit 30. I am 35 and have to say the 30's have been the best for me. I really felt like I came into my own. I hope you find it to be as wonderful. I would love to get your newsletters.

Michele
mkaluzny@wi.rr.com

repete5 said...

Brin,

Like so many others I have been blessed to be a reader of your blog. I would love to receive your newsletters. My email address is repete5 at msn dot com

Thank you so much! Sara

Neighborhood Gossip said...

noooooooooooooooooooo!

Please add me to the email
kat@theburbblog.com

Nick & Taylor said...

love your sweet uplifting blog. Thanks for sharing your life with us!
my address is tbwilson@gmail.com
-taylor

Carolyn (Harbor Hon) said...

Darling Brin,
Sorry to hear you're shutting it all down, but you have to do what's best for you. I think you already have my email, but it's ceamystery@hotmail.com just in case. Let me hear from you every now and again. xxoo

So blessed! said...

Do you realize how many lives you touch? I am comment #174, I believe. You are the first blog I have ever read and I am almost 50 years old. You were my inspiration for becoming a blogger myself. I have so enjoyed every one of your post. I have laughed, cried, prayed, and being greatly inspired by your daily tidbits. It won't be the same in the bloggy world, but I definetly understand a need to change directions in life sometimes. Good luck and God Bless you in your New Days and New Seasons.
Yes, I would love to receive your newsletter. tacolli8@aol.com
A fellow NE Texas girl...

linda t said...

Oh Brin, you know I am your biggest fan! I will miss your posts to pieces but am thrilled to receive your newsletter!
You are such a blessing and I am honored to "know" you. Know that many are praying that your 30's bring you continued peace, joy and contentment and the love of your life!

Let's stay in touch- linda@randythompson.org

God Bless You Brin!

Junelle said...

I visit your blog everyday. I only lurked and never posted anything before, but I didn't want to miss out on your newsletter. Just wanted to let you know you are very inspirational to me and it is obvious you are a good soul.

Did you ever think of writing a book about life at the Freeman house, Millie, the garden. The way you write, your photgraphs. If you ever decide to write a book I would buy it.

Thanks for sharing your messy, thrilling life and lots of luck in whatever you do!

jodi said...

Add me to your list please.

lifeontwoacres@gmail.com

Jodi

April said...

Oh, how much you will be missed! You have been such a huge blessing to me, as my own life has turned messy and thrilling. It's nice to see someone deal with every twist and turn with such a great deal of strength and grace. I look forward to the newsletter and I pray God's richest blessings on you as you follow Him!

Rox said...

My Cup O' Brin.... : ) I have so enjoyed following you all over... Your travels.. your words... your Monday Quiet time that has helped me more times than you know.. Your pictures... love the pictures. You must keep us posted on Millie and her many adventures... I will miss this blog... when there has been very little somedays that I can count on this littloe blog that could has always been there :) I won't lie... I will miss you and your stories. But i am so looking forward to the newsletter. Your 30's will be so wonderful. I loved mine. So much of my life happened in my 30's. I am 41 now and it seems like yesterday.. I wish you all the luck and blessings one life can hold :)
Roxanne

aj said...

Thank you for all the great posts~
I would love to receive a newsletter, my email is:

bridgesaj@yahoo.com

Thank you again, and good luck!

Susan said...

Thank you for the warning! I'll miss Freeman House dearly!
In Christ,
Susan F.

sdf55@sbcglobal.net

incapearl said...

Hey Brin,

Please add me to your mailing list...

incapearl@gmail.com

Thanks,
Summer

Cee said...

Along with many others I will miss reading of your adventures. Messy and thrilling they have been, but also inspiring and challenging and beautiful. It was Ess, your first commenter here, who led me in discovery of this blog. I am grateful for her friendship as I am yours. Indeed you have been so open in your sharing that I feel a friend. I would love to continue receiving your newsletter and you can email it to:

cjrlewis AT gmail DOT com.

Here's to a lovely decade of being in your 30's. After a somewhat turbulent 20's my thirties have been the fulfillment of many of the dreams God placed in my heart as a young girl. I pray the same for you.

Love
Cee Lew

I Should Be Cleaning Up said...

Change is always good, because it keeps you on your toes - and you don't learn unless you challenge yourself. I've enjoyed your blog so much :) Thanks for sharing your joys and your challenges and how God is working in your life. All the best,
Kath
thatsagoodmeatball at yahoo dot com

Elenka said...

Oh, geez, what sad news, but I understand. I would love your newsletter and thank you for all your blog entries of the paste.
elenka@rocketmail.com

Tammy said...

Just recently found your blog and I am truly going to miss it!
Please add me to your growing list for the newsletter.
Thanks!
Tammy

tfarrell@calpoly.edu

chunnym said...

I wish you the best. I've enjoyed the ride with you. Please add me to your email list!~
Philicia Martin
chunnym@yahoo.com

Blythe said...

I came across your blog several months ago and it has been such a treat! You have such a wonderful style of writing and I've enjoyed every post.

Turning thirty will be the beginning of a remarkable decade in your life. I wish you the best!

Please add me to your mailing list:
msgeorgiagirl@mchsi.com

May God continue to bless you and use you to bless others as you have blessed me. :)

Anna said...

I *want* that newsletter. pleasantviewschoolhouse . .at . . .gmaildotcom

Wishing you well in everything.

Grace =) said...

Psalm 37:3-8, 18-19, 23-24

Brin, I wanted to leave you those verses because they really comforted me today and I thought you would enjoy reading them too. The whole Psalm is good, of course, but I especially was encouraged by these verses.

I am also greatly encouraged by your blog! I will miss reading your posts every day. You have such a gift for writing, I so enjoy reading what you say and viewing the world through your eyes. You offered an outlook on our world that was both refreshing and encouraging and I am going to miss you!

I have a request to make: Even if you don't continue to post, please don't delete your blog. I enjoy just browsing through the archives and reading about your trips and other adventures you have had. As someone who is just entering her 20s I appreciate reading about the things you have gone through and hearing how God and blessed you and provided for you and how you have made lemonade out of the lemons you have gotten. I would like to save your whole blog so I can go back and read it, but I don't have room on my hard drive. :) It just seems like such a shame to lose all the hard work and beauty that you have put into the last 4 years.

Okay, I'm begging here! :)

Of course, any decision you make will be respected. But I, and I think others, will really miss going back and looking over what you have written. I would appreciate it so much if you left the blog up.

Pretty please sign me up for your newsletter too! I think that you should be able to get my email address through here, but if not please mention it so I can send you my email address (I don't want to put it out here publicly).

Wishing you every blessing and good thing this year and every year to come. Happy (early) Birthday.

Luv in Christ,
Gracie :)

valiegal said...

I'm really gonna miss your blog. It is one of my favorites and is listed as that on my blog. I've been reading you daily almost! for many months now. valiegal

www.blueberriesforever.blogspot.com

valiegal said...

Oh and please sign me up for your newsletter. I'd love to see the updates on the Freeman House.

Elaine said...

I've stopped by your blog just about every day for over a year now. I will miss being able to do that because I have enjoyed it so much. In fact yours was one of the first blogs I ever read. Please sign me up for your e-mail newsletter. Blessings on your new endeavors Brin! ~ Elaine

Kelly said...

Brin I really enjoy getting to read your thoughts each day. I just found you last month and would love to get your newsletter. Thanks so much.
k.stanbery@sbcglobal.net

Venjeana said...

I will be sorry to see your blog shut down. My sister told me to check you out after I complained about not finding a good conservative blog by someone who knits. So, you have been an inspiration to me. I wish I had your wisdom at 30. It only took me 50 years!

Carol said...

Found your blog just a few months ago and reading it has become part of my morning ritual. I will miss it, but look forward to your newsletter. All the best in your new ventures. my email is: cmalovrh@aol.com

3xthejoy said...

add me too!

Blooming Where I'm Planted said...

Add me to your email list please!
angbunnyhill@yahoo.com

Thanks, Brin - you've touched a lot of lives!

Mel said...

I forgot to leave my email for that newsletter!
meleightorrance@hotmail.com

Stephanie said...

I have enjoyed your blog so much, I will miss it a lot.

I hope your thirties are fabulous and may your hopes and dreams come to life:)

Please add me to the list for the newsletter!
sdavis1020atgmaildotcom.

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