Tuesday, September 18, 2012

New do

When you have a blog, and you look at it every day, it's sort of like looking at your furniture every single day in the same place and not getting to shoosh it all around and sometimes pretend you're on HGTV and do a camera test explaining why you put what where.

Not that I've ever done that. I've just heard about people who do. Weird, weird people.

Anyway, for the attention span impaired, looking at the same blog makes us eventually get pouty and roll our eyes and say things like "I'm so sick of that tree and those colors...what was I thinking?"

Not that I've ever done that. I've just heard about people who do. Whiny, whiny people.

Either way, it's good to get a new look sometime and that's when my girl Jackie who always sets me up and who patiently answers all my questions three times each comes in.  She redid my blog and I LOVE it.

It still needs some tweaking (none of the pages are updated yet) and I am headed to Houston tomorrow to get my smock on at our seventh Smockaholics Anonymous so it probably ain't gonna happen this week. 

So if you are reading this on a reader or via email, I'm requesting the honor of your presence on my real live site so that you can see how cute my new bloggy do is.

Now for you RSS addicts you may have forgotten what to do so just click on the title bar up there that says "New do" and it should pop you right on over here. We'll wait.

Ya back?

Whatcha think?? Does the little Bethie owl make you want to cry? Yeah me too.

Okay, now that I enticed you to come over, I want to make this

 Missy's National Delurking Day. 

Because I know y'all are out there, silently, silently avoiding interacting with me.

You should know that I am the type of girl that, if you really want to torture me, yelling in my face is not the key. No. Ignore me. I can't stand the silent treatment. I am a hard core ENFP so not talking to me is cruel and unusual punishment.

(Unless I'm PMSing and then I turn into an INTJ and believe me, I do not wear it well.)

Could y'all do me a kindness and drop me a comment? I'm enabling anonymous comments to make it as easy as possible.

Smockaholics is fun but it's exhausting and it will be so much fun to come home and read your comments at night!

Tell me about yourself, where you're from, how long you've been hanging out here at Naptime. I'm dying to hear from you!

Go!


272 comments:

  1. cute new blog 'do! I recently moved back from the big city to my small-mid size growing up hometown so that I could be closer to my nieces. I've been a reader for quite a while....can't remember how long. But I do know what brought me here was a link from a friend when you posted about "ton o bricks" morphing from best friend to husband.

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  2. Why is the Missy-bird sleeping? Is this a new stage? Like, it's almost MISSY'S naptime? And why is the Walker-bird looking like he is about to lose it? Is this related to the Missy-bird napping? So many questions... so little time for you to answer.

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    1. I know right? I have three looks - this one, Halloween and xmas, and I am sleeping in every one of them. It's a nice idea.

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  3. Missy,
    My name is Amy C. I love your blog; been reading since 2010. I don't know if I've ever commented though.... Only bc I usually read blogs from my iphone (which is a pain to type on) and its late at night or in the middle of the night when I'm trying to nurse a baby back to sleep. I think I once read through all your achieves during the winter of 2011 when I was hugely prego and getting zero sleep at night. I live north of The Woodlands, in Montgomery. Married to my BF, we are both Aggies, and I'm a momma to three kiddos. We spent the end of 2010-most of 2011 building our dream house only for my husband to decide to take another job not even a year later. So, I'm moving in 10 days to East TX:'( I should be packing right now instead of reading blogs! I always read your blog, Edie at Life in Grace, Pennington Point, August Fields, Farmpatch Flowergirl, and No Greater Joy Mom. Just typed all that on my iPhone. Whew!

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  4. De-Lurking! I'm not sure how I found your blog, but I follow you because you make me laugh (and sometimes cry). Thanks for calling me out on my lurky-creeper tendencies... ;)

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    1. Nice to meet you Elyse! I don't think you're creepy anymore ;)

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  5. Yeah, the Walker owl looks a little freaked out. : ) How funny that you are coming to Houston tomorrow. I'm going to Austin tomorrow! I'll wave at you on the interstate.

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  6. I have commented before. Love your blog. Am I now officially no longer a lurker?

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    1. Yes, now you have to comment all the time. That's the rule.

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  7. Periodic reader. Living just outside of Austin, TX--in the country. Drive frequently through Austin (first in a Prius, now in a little white convertible eco car). Love to eat. Grown woman (older). Mother and grandmother. :)

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  8. I comment every now and then on here (like on your Hell hath no Fabreeze post). I found your blog because someone put a link to it on facebook a year or two ago, and I've been hooked ever since.
    I lived 18 years in IL, two years in AZ, and 11 in MO (that was split around my AZ years). I have two little boys - one with special needs that we are still trying to figure out. I was a teacher. Now I'm home with my kids. My husband is a therapist but currently in nursing school. So we're exhausted all of the time.
    Love the new look. And love the idea of getting people to de-lurk. May have to copy that idea at some point. :)

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  9. Hi Missy. I love your blog! I've read several posts to my parents, sister, cousins, and shared one at staff devotions (I teach K at a small Christian school). I've been following you for maybe a year or 2 now - ever since a facebook friend posted a link to your "I don't want my children to be happy" post, which was fantastic. And then I just kept reading...

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  10. I love the new look! And yes, poor little Bethie owl in her little cage so far away from the rest of you...heartbreaking!! I hope you have plans to re-draw it once she's home.

    I'm a stay-at-home mom of two, a boy who's 2 1/2 and a girl who's 5 1/2. (Those halves are very important, you know). I'm homeschooling my girl using Calvert First Grade, but plan to use one of your curriculums with my son once he's ready. I've been reading your blog for too long to remember.

    I'm originally from Nebraska, but went to California for college where I met and married my husband (in the span of 5 months...a whirlwind courtship if there ever was one!). We moved to Missouri a few years ago to be closer to family...which is a blessing and a curse all in one. :-)

    I follow you through my RSS reader, but just had to click over for Delurking Day!

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  11. Super cute! I think I' ve been reading around 2 years. Thanks for writing.

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  12. That Bethie bird... oh, my. I love your blog - I'm a mama of 2 rambunctious boys (3 and 1) currently living in the Middle East where my husband is posted as a diplomat. Thankfully things have stayed pretty calm where we are lately! One of my favorite of your recent posts (about raising crazy praying kids) inspired us to start doing the Lord's Prayer as part of our bedtime routine. Already, my oldest has memorized most of the responses, and LOVES doing it - thank you!!

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  13. Seriously cute blog! I am an occasional lurker...been around for a couple of years. :)

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  14. Hi Missy!
    I've been reading for a while...can't remember how long. I found this blog through another blog that linked to your "God thinks you rock" post. I live in Canada and I'm currently a SAHM to one little boy with another due in Dec.!

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  15. No idea how I found you but I'm a faithful reader and sometime commenter...mother of two grown children, married to my college sweetheart, and grandmother to two little girls and one little boy who is expected to arrive in a few months.

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  16. I'm de-lurking! I found your blog through Marla Taviano (I think). I've got so many of your posts starred and on my "need to read this again someday!" list :) i think you're so funny and real and wish i'd had the chance to meet you when you lived here...i am just in spring! i have so many questions, including how do you handle your 4 kids when i can barely handle my 2?! and more about adoption :) love the new blog!

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  17. I've been reading for awhile. I just love your humor and helpfulness.

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  18. I'm a sometimes commenter too, who keeps hoping the next blog post will titled - "It's finally our turn!" The little owl in the cage is so sad! I love reading about your crazy life because it makes me feel like I'm not alone - we constantly call our family a three ring circus. Thanks for always making me laugh :) and for the encouragement in the adoption arena.

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  19. Jennifer in Oregon here! I have 4 kiddos that I homeschool. Well, on good days I do. On bad days I hide in the pantry and eat chocolate. I don't remember how long I've been reading, but I've read through the archives. I think I found your blog via Kimball @ A Soft Place to Land. The blog change looks great!

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  20. Hiya! I am a regular reader and rare commenter. I can't remember how or when I started reading, I just know that you were there when I was beccame a stay at home mom literally overnight after loosing my job and needed to know how in the *&*& all these other mommmies did it without loosing their ever loving mind. You soothed my soul and continue to do so, post by post. You've been so amazingly honest with all of us and it's such a strong testimony. You are REAL and so much more powerful than someone who pretended never to have problems, issues or struggles. Thank you for all that you share. I've got 3.5 years of staying at home under my belt now- and another baby to boot and I think it's so funny to think about how little I knew then and how much more I have to learn. 4 year olds are no piece of cake either, so I'll keep reading and you keep writing and we all just might be okay, k? Thank you and goodnight.

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  21. Hi Missy! I read your blog all the time but have never commented. I'm just quiet like that! I can't remember what I was googling when I happened upon your post about the funcan letter! That was just about the funniest thing I have ever read! I've been reading ever since. Love your family and wish you luck with bringing your little Bethie home. Thanks for all the laughs and inspiration!

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  22. Hi,I'm Jen a stay at home mum in Australia to 5 little boys from 3 to almost nine. Two at school, three at home, and I have never commented on a blog before! Have been reading yours for a couple of years now I think, not sure how I first came across you, but I harbour dreams of possible adoption/fostering one day, and love mums being real about kids and life! Thanks for blogging!

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  23. Love your blog! I am a major Naptime FB linker, hoping my 500 friends can a little Jesus from you. You are much funnier than me! I have 5 kids, just moved from IL to CA last year and just started general contracting our home here in CA. Take a peak at www.generalmom.wordpress.com….I am dying from the "not one single comment" slow death. Hahaha and you were the only comment ever on my old blog about my kids two years ago. I have a special comment place in my heart for Missy!

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  24. I'm and INTJ. But I still like you ; )

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  25. Lurker from Sweden. Can't even remeber who got me here in the first place. But been reading for a while now :) Keep it up!!

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  26. Hi Missy! I'm reading from Turkey :) I don't know if I've every commented before but I love reading your blog, it always gives me a good laugh. I've been following along for a few years now. We have a 6 year old son from Ethiopia and I know how hard the wait can be - I hope you get your Bethie home soon!

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  27. I'm Becky from WV! Daily reader for a couple years. Praying for your sweet Bethie. She'll come home soon

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  28. Leslie from Oklahoma! I've been reading ever since a friend shared the link to your "I don't want my kids to be happy" post. I'm a stay-at-home mom to two boys, ages 2 1/2 and 5 months.

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  29. Hi! I'm Wendy from Alabama! (Wow, just writing that felt like I was in the Miss American pagent.) I have been reading a long time and always enjoy your posts.

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  30. Hi! I'm here and accounted for!

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  31. Your great personality shines through so well on your posts, even the sad and hard ones. Thanks for sharing so honestly.

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  32. All right, I'll bite. I'm Gaby. I've been reading for probably about a year or so and I started after someone linked to your post about not loving your kids (the one about the college fund) on FB. You once linked one of my posts to a list of favorites of the week (Even the words that are left unsaid) and I usually don't comment but think you are very funny and insightful and, like you, I'm stuck on a seemingly never-ending international adoption (from Haiti. Not as long as you, but who's counting!).

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  33. Kathryn from Mississippi ("The Help" town). Found your blog when Tim Challies Linked to a post about abortion. Have been around ever since.

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  34. Hi Missy! I've been reading Naptime for a while now...maybe almost a year? I found you because of the I don't want my kids to be happy post, and have been hooked ever since. Thanks for being awesome! Love the new look!!

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  35. Hi Missy. I've been reading your blog for a couple years now. I was introduced through the "I don't want my children to be happy" post. Since then, I have read your blog from beginning to end (no joke), found other blogs, and even started my own. I write about the challenges and joys of motherhood, working parenthood, and most recently, the loss of my full-term, stillborn second daughter. (I remember reading about your firend, Mitzi. Does she blog?) Anyways, thank you for blogging. It opened my eyes and heart to the supportive, encouraging world of blogs.

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  36. Love your blog - it's a bright spot in my day. Your humour is next to none.

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  37. What a sweet nod to Bethie. Truly. I can't wait until she is home with you.

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  38. I know you. You know me. I want to take a sledgehammer to Bethie's cage. Seriously.Not.Fair. But like the new look mama. Praying today for you chickie.

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  39. Dare I say it's been 4 years since I started reading here?! :)

    Hoping and praying and wishing you know your Bethie very soon.

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  40. I've been an enthusiastic follower of your blog since sometime this summer, I think. Your humor, compassion, and eloquence always impress and inspire me.

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    1. Oh, and about myself? I have four kids, but the youngest is fifteen now. I live in a semi-rural area in Western Massachusetts.

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  41. Wow, Missy, I have to confess: I think I've lurked since close to your blog's beginnings. I remember Ike being a baby. I've been around long enough that when you occassionally repost stuff, I remember it from back in the day.
    Maybe 5 years? I think I had only two little boys when I started following you. And now I have two big boys and two little girls. We live in Charleston, SC.
    I truly hope you blog the next five years as well. I enjoy your family!

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  42. Hi Missy! Found your blog two years ago via a friend who is a huge adoption advocate. You may have read her blog, All Are Precious. Anyhow, I live outside of Austin in a small town with my hubby of 21 years and our 4 kiddos that we homeschool. Well, ok, one of them left for college this year so I'm down to 3. I've tried several times to leave comments, but I'm a tech-dork who apparently doesn't know what she is doing because they always tell me I need an account or something. Don't laugh at me. When you're hitting your late 40s, we'll talk. Anyhow, glad you made your way to Austin and hope you love it there. New look is great but I want your little baby owl outta the cage! Come home baby girl!

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  43. I found your blog from Shaun Groves. I have really enjoyed your insight into being a mother and a Christian, and life in the US (I'm in England). Your style is very entertaining. I love how you don't pretend you have all the answers, and you talk about the difficulties of being a mother with refreshing honesty.

    I am INFP, which is the same, except I need quiet where ENFPs need people, because too many people make me feel like someone is banging saucepans together right next to my head. I get lonely at home, though. Blogs like yours help me to stay sane ;-)

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  44. Missy, thanks so much for pushing me to stop lurking! I love reading your blog, have been for a year or two now. A friend who has also adopted posted one of your blog entries on her Facebook page and that's how I found your lovely, real writing style about being a mama. Thank you for reminding me that none of us are perfect, and I can just stop trying and failing to be, God's grace covers it all. Thank you for your convictions, the Lord has used you to speak His truth into me, and remind me why we are all here.

    I live outside of Chicago in the NW burbs and have 3 great kids, Will is 9, Asher is 8 and Joy is 4 (going on 17).

    Have fun at Smockaholics, wish I could go!

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  45. Hi Missy! I'm not sure how long I've been reading...awhile...before Ike was potty trained? I follow on Google Reader and I'm glad you've been posting more often lately. I have two little girls - 4 and 1, and we hope to foster and/or adopt one day. The Bethie owl is totally heartbreaking. Praying for her to come home!

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  46. Love your blog! Just sent the link last week so my sister can learn more about the Feingold diet for my nephew. Your blog is always good for making me smile:)

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  47. I've been reading for about three years and came here through the Baby Bangs blog. I am a single mama raising three little ones in East TN. I just signed a contract on my home yesterday, so it looks like we will have a move in our future. Thanks for sharing!

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  48. Oh my gosh y'all are killing me - I have SO MUCH TO DO and all I want to do is reply!! Ahhhhh! tonight!!

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  49. Hey there... Holly, from KY. I've been reading your blog for a couple of years I guess. I drop a comment here and there, but not often. Actually, I usually read from work as this provides a wonderful break from the grind and sadness I sometimes see here, so thanks for that! It would also explain the few comments I post, as I usually read and then have to run help with the next emergency :)

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  50. Yes the owl in the cage makes me tear up and yes I love to redo.
    I am also technically an ENFP and totally turn INTJ too. I thought I was the only one! Being in a formal work environment turns me T and J also. I use to tell people that I had a split personality, but all my alters have the same name so that it would be less confusing for others. It always worried me if someone didn't take that as a joke. :)

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  51. Tracylavant@gmail.comSeptember 19, 2012 at 8:14 AM

    Hi Missy, ...Tracy from NC. I've been reading for a couple of years. I'm currently pregnant with my first baby. I love your writing style. Nice to meet you!

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  52. I am always here and I would never, ever ignore you. I love you and your blog.

    Sandy

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  53. Hi from MN! I got started following your blog after I read your "how to be the perfect mother" post from awhile back, and I've shared that post with quite a few people since. Thank you for the encouragement that you give. :)

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  54. putting on my invisible delurker pants since i'm reading this in my nightgown and avoiding the homeschool that should have started 18 minutes ago. i read your hell hath no febreeze post in my best Texan (i grew up in Tyler) to my born and/or raised in PA kids and they were rolling. keep writing and we'll keep praying for your Bethie bird to be out of her cage.

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  55. There are only a few blogs that I check daily and yours is one of them. I have to admit, I get annoyed when you go several days (or weeks!) without blogging. I first found you through one of your adoption posts (I'm mom to 3 bio, 2 adopted, and 1 foster/hope-to-soon-be-adopted). I still laugh about the lady in the orange dress at Communion! I blog too (http://canyousaychaos.blog) and one day I almost blogged about how I think you and I could be great friends, but then I thought it might seem too creepy - even for me. :). Anyway, love the new look and I want you to know that I pray for Baby Bethie all the time. She's out there waiting for you - it won't be long now!

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  56. I've been reading for about a year, found you through Tari H. I think? I live in The Woodlands, TX (not my first choice but meh, there it is) and enjoy reading your blog!

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  57. I've been reading for a couple of years now. I found you through Smockaholics Anonymous! I doubt you remember me, but we talked a while at the last sale about adoption. I went to Baylor with Wynne. Anyhow, I'll be seeing you tomorrow!

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  58. New look is great! I've been here about 2 years and we've interacted several times. :) I'm from TN and I blog at carterchaos-ecarter.blogspot.com. Your new look is fantastic!! Fall has me feeling a revamp coming on at my site too. Just haven't had a moment yet! Have fun at your Smockathingy.

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  59. Hello. I'm Kristen and I'm a lurker.
    I've been reading for a while (maybe 2 years) and I absolutely love the way you write about your family and bring humor to some stressful mommy moments.
    I live in West Virginia and have two little ones (ages 4 and 2) and one on the way! Your passion for adoption has fanned my own flames on the topic and we are praying about adopting a fourth little one in a few years.

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  60. Hi Missy. Lurker here for 1 year or so, but spent a good couple hours one day going back and laughing and crying at some older posts. Love your humor, honesty, and faith. I feel like we'd be great friends if I lived in Huston or now Austin. See, I'm with it. I don't blog myself, but am thankful for those that do. You're one of my favs. Laura in Little Rock

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  61. Hi Missy! I don't know how long I have been reading--it's been 2 years or so. I live in GA with my husband of 18 years and we have 1 boy who is 15 with his driver's permit, and a daughter who is 13 an my challenging one sometimes. Even though my kids are older than yours, I love reading about y'all. It makes me think of the days when mine were younger. I have a crafty blog, but just am never good at leaving a lot of comments on other peoples blogs :)

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  62. Hello dear friend! I don't know what's more exhausting for you...Smockaholics or being at home with 4 elementary school aged children! I have been reading Naptime since it began. I bet you didn't know I was so dedicated. I'm a stalker. I should have reminded you to bring my air mattress and pump! ha ha

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  63. I'll de-lurk. :) I've been lurking for _years_. Years. I found you about a year after you started your blog and then I went back and read all of your previous postings and now I drop by about every other day to see how you're doing.

    See? It's like we're best friends. ;)

    I love your blend of silly and serious and you always give me something to think about. I don't even know you, but "It takes a whole lotta Jesus to be your mama" went through my head the other day when I was dealing with my 7 year old and 5 year old.

    I don't think you realize how much grace you give so many people. On this Delurking Day, I hope you do. I'm not a blogger or even much of a commenter on people's blogs, no matter how much I love them. I do want you to know what a difference you make in people's lives, though. Keep writing, Missy! Know that we're rooting for you .... and praying silently for you to bring Bethy home.

    xoxo

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  64. Hi Missy! I'm Jess and I'm such a lurker! I came across your blog about a year ago while I was spending a few months loving on some very sweet babies over in Kenya. A friend of mine linked your post about adoption parents being heros. I cried my way through that post and was hooked. I fell like we've become friends over the past year, we are right? Okay good that's what I thought. Especially since we were both in the Houston area (not going to lie I shed a silent single tear when I read y'all moved)Okay back to the point of this post, your new do. I love it!! I'm a huge owl fan myself and it looks great! Keep on keeping us posted with the entertainment of your life :) Jess

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  65. I've been reading for a while but probably never commented. I'm in MS, with a daughter (4) and a son (2) and on the West Sands waitlist for a baby boy from Ethiopia. Your blog cracks me up!

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  66. I've been reading for close to a year. Love your blog. I'm also a Texas girl. My mom lives in the Austin area so now we have something in common. :) Your writing is very entertaining...keep it up!

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  67. This post totally made me smile and a little sad at the same time, cause I know to the core of my soul, our weekend would've been richer having you there. You are good people and were missed! Love the new look! It's happy and inviting. Have a great trip!
    Kristin

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  68. I have been reading and loving your blog for awhile. You always make me both smile and think! Thanks for making my life a little richer.
    Faith

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  69. I'm pregnant with my fourth and my first three are 2, 3, and 4 years old. My hubs and I talk about you on a first-name basis. Your blog has been my go-to place for a good laugh or a good cry whenever I need to relieve some pressure. You're in our prayers!

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  70. Erica here, lived in Romania until 1 week and 3 days ago. Long story. Now I live in Iowa. I've been reading for a few years. When I found the first couple posts, I think I went on a binge and read the first few years of your blog. :) All that to say, I appreciate your perspective and I think you have a God-given gift. Thanks for using it to His glory. Praying for you and your fam and Bethie.

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  71. I read every post and have commented a time or two. Love your new look! I am a North Carolina stalker!!! :)

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  72. I'm Amanda and I hardly ever comment :) I live in Dallas now but I'm from Iowa and I've been reading 2 or 3 years. I have three kids - 4, 2, 11 mo and I'm gearing up to get #4 in the works! I love the owls and the Bethie one makes me sad. My baby's little leather shoes have owls on them, I'll pray for her when I put them on.

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  73. Hi Missy! I don't know if I have ever commented before, but I have been reading for about a year & a half now. I love your blog, whether you are making me laugh or making me cry. You are a very talented writer & I look forward to every single post!! Thanks for being awesome :)

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  74. I'm Amy D. :-) I've commented a time or two or three or a lot, I don't know. I live in Washington, not Dc. I have 4 kids, one on the way. (I'm 5 months) after 5 months of unemployment (don't do the math), my husband is back to work today! I have been reading off and on since your "I don't want my children to be happy" post.

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  75. Hey Missy! I'm Heather from AL, and I want you to know I would not de-lurk for just anybody. I've been reading for quite a while now (2+ years??). You make me laugh until I cry and, sometimes, just cry, but you always give a fresh and frank perspective on life. I totally agree with the commenter above who talked about all the grace you give out through your blog. I think I found you through an adoption rabbit trail. We have two daughters, 10 and 5, who God blessed us with through domestic adoption. We are currently sitting on paperwork (I guess I'm hoping it will hatch!!) to begin our third adoption, this time internationally. Leaning heavily towards Ethiopia, though our girls have requested siblings from just about every continent--and they're praying for them, too!
    I love the "new do," though I confess to being a reader addict. Once our adoption gets rolling, I may resurrect my blog, and if I do, I'll send you a link. Thanks for being such a bright spot in so many of my days!

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  76. Eileen from Virginia, email reader since last year. I think I got the link from a friend who has adopted one son from Ethiopia and is waiting for two more! I am a wife of one, mother of twelve (six of whom still live at home), homeschool teacher of five.
    Keep up the honest blogs!

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  77. Missy, I love your blog...it is probably the only one I ALWAYS read and look for in my mailbox. You make me laugh just when I need it most and cry, too. Your heart for adoption has opened my eyes to it in more depth. I pray with you for Bethie to come home soon. I am a homeschooling mom of 3, and live in MO after moving across the country THREE times from MT to MO, back to MT then BACK to MO. We are here to stay (til the good Lord says move again!) Thanks for sharing your heart and your humor. Keep it up! I most recently commented on fb about the Ask the Genius post. That picture STILL has me laughing! Blessings to y'all!

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  78. Yo Yo. Mariah from SC. Over a year. Love the new look. You make me laugh a lot, and I'd like you to write some Craigslist ads for me. that is all. <3

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  79. Aww....now I feel bad. Like I've been hurting your feelings because I'm not a commenting fool. I've been reading you for years, and I used to be a more faithful commenter on blogs in general. Yours is one of the first blogs I ever discovered, and I remember my delight when you first commented on mine! Consider me re-de-lurked!

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  80. I've commented a few times, but only a handfull. Nichole from Northeast Indiana. Raising three toddlers and fostering 7 delinquent teenagers with my husband of 10 years. I blog about it, but more or less for me to look back on in years to come (don't get much traffic). Anyways, love your blog and your new look :)

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  81. I don't remember when I found your blog, but I do remember how! I was reading A Long Way from the Theta House and you left a ridiculously hilarious comment about feeling awkward around the erotica section at a bookstore and wanting to work that into conversation :) I had to read the blog of someone who left a comment that funny! I live in the midwest and have 3 daughters, 6, 3, and 2. My middle one is named Maggie, although my littlest is totally the one who would pee in a sink like she was at a frat party (I made my husband read that post because I was laughing so much). I use google reader and tend to read blogs while I'm multitasking, hence the no commenting. Oh, and I have no idea what "smocking" clothes are. I suppose I could google it, but my girls are arguing over a little people's bus and I have to go :)

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  82. Hi Missy! I have been reading your blog for about 3 years now. I am a stay at home mom to a 7 year old little man and a 4 year old little lady. I found Naptime through my friend Angel at Living with Moxie. Love how you make us laugh and cry all while keeping Jesus at the forefront. Praying for your family as you continue to transition to Austin :)

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  83. Hi, Missy! I'm Heather from Dallas and I found you through A Long Way from the Theta House I think several Christmases ago when you had a post about Mary. And then I came and stayed over here. I only check about 6 blogs regularly and have no idea how to sign-in to comment and whatnot - hence the lack of commenting! (I'm sure it's not hard, it's a personal problem) I have two small boys and am a former teacher. I enjoy reading your posts for your honesty, the way you challenge me to be a more INTENTIONAL parent (loved, loved the recent prayer posts), and your awesome sense of humor. Please know that you and your dear family are being prayed for (although sans comment) from this home. :)

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  84. I found your blog by something our youth pastor shared. (have no clue how he found you b/c he is a man with no kids! and he sure hasn't wished for naptime unless maybe after eating Sunday dinner after church! lol) but anyway...its been a long time now that I have followed you and I LOVE you! Yes, I'm a lurker though. Not that I don't want to comment...I'm just always busy! I am a mom to an almost 16 yr old (yes, I'm OLD!) and I have 10 yr old boy/girl twins, run my own business, help my 84 yr old dad alot and well...yes I'm busy! I have shared your blog MANY times with friends and a certain friend of mine always discuss..."what Missy was talking about!" Like we know you, like you are our BFF! If I lived closer to you (I'm in NC BTW) you would sooooo be annoyed with me. I probably would be over at your house all the time and you would think I'm some crazy stalker mama, but truth is....you make me laugh so dang hard sometimes...I could use you for exercise b/c my stomach literally hurts like I have done crunches! LOL OK...gotta run...busy, busy, busy. LOVE the new look! (Oh, and everytime I hear Call Me Maybe...I get sad now and think about sweet Bethany and "Before you came into my life I missed you so bad, so bad" Anyway...I say a prayer for you!)

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  85. Hi Missy! My name is Emily and I'm from just north of Toronto. I've been reading for probably 2-3 years now. I have 3 kids, 7 year old boy, 4 year old girl and 19 month old girl. I can't remember how I found your blog but it's one of my regular reads and I miss you when you when you are absent! I love your faith, humour, honesty and love for your family. You have a big community all waiting with you fornBethy's homecoming! I also think you are completely gorgeous and I also subscribe to your version of birth: makeup, hair and drugs ;) Love the new blog look too!

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  86. Hi Missy, Lauren/Mama Threads here in GA! I've been reading you for, oh a while now. It was after a friend posted a link to facebook of your blog post about not wanting your children to "just be happy." I was hooked. :) I've commented a few times here and there, but usually stay quiet. I'm raising 4 little crazy people (well, hopefully not raising crazy people, because I hope that the final product is crazy about Jesus, but they are mostly just the plain old regular kind of crazy right now). There's nothing and everything special about me, just like any of us, right? :) I'm passionate about Jesus, and also about marriage and family; most of my blog posts are about what God teaches me through my journey, but hey, yesterday I wrote a post about making sex with your husband feel hot again! ;) And that too, is really just another post about our Great Father who cares so much about us that He desires to brings healing to every part of our brokenness. I stick around because you're heartfelt and hilarious and I think we would totally be friends if only we did not live an entire country apart from one another. Like the new look! :)

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  87. Missy, I love your blog because it makes me laugh and cry, and you're so faithful in your use of the Word of God. I'm not sure how long I've been reading your blog, but probably 3-4 years. One of my favorite posts is "I have been trained", since I can so relate as a "trained" Precept Bible study leader. Ouch! So glad you're back to posting more.

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  88. Missy, I LOVE YOUR BLOG!! I stumbled upon it in my time of need a few years ago and can't turn away. I am from Rio Rancho, New Mexico and I love your honesty and you make me laugh!! I love hearing your mommy stories, helps me understand we are all alike. I am a mother to four monkeys ages 10, 9, 6, and 16 months. My life is chaotic but I wouldn't change it for the world. Thank you for sharing your stories, thoughts, and obstacles! Sending love from the Southwest!!

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  89. Delurking as requested. Love reading your blog, both for the giggles and the times when something you say about God stops me in my tracks! :)

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  90. Love it Missy. A new blog post from you in my inbox is one of the highlights of my week/day, etc. I always love reading what is on your mind, and how it has often challenged me soooo much as a mom, friend, wife, and person! Thanks for keeping at it.

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  91. Hey Missy! I think I met you through Sandy when we did that 31 Days thing together last year. You are absolutely one of THE funniest people I read--you make me laugh every time you post (so, of course, I always love when there is a new post from you). Thanks for giving so much of yourself.

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  92. Hi Missy, I started reading your blog when a Facebook friend posted one of your blogs and it really touched me - (don't remember which one now). I am an adoptive parent of two awesome Korean born kids and really get your heart for orphans. I also have a friend in Florida who is waiting on their "Baby T from Ethopia. They have already been over there and held the little guy almost a year ago and still haven't been able to go back and finally take him home, so I am praying for your Bethie and for Baby T and for miracles to start happening in Ethopia. My name is Laura, but my e-mail address is named after my Keeshond dogs that I started out parenting before we finally had some human kids. keeshmom - "mother of Keeshonden". Our current Keeshond is a total sweetheart, of course, and completes our family.

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  93. I've delurked myself already, but just want to tell you that I love the new 'do! Looks smashing!
    Nancy

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  94. I don't remember when or how I found your blog, but it was one of the first ones I ever started reading a few years ago. I love your honesty and humor, your bravery and your messiness. The fact that you are also an imperfect Christian is the icing on the cake. Praying for Bethie!

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  95. Delurking Day. I love it!

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  96. Love the new do! I think I have commented once or twice. Middle aged mom living in MS. I so enjoy your blog. Hoping for that link to "I Don't Want My Kids To Be Happy" as I read it from time to time. It is one of my favorite blog articles ever!

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  97. Hi Missy! Gosh, I've been lurking FOREVER! Somewhere I came across the 'I don't want my kids to be happy' posting (AMEN!) and have been lurking ever since. I'm a 47yo mom of 2, and I recently became a 'mother-in-law'... still hard for me to believe. I'm from the far southeast corner of PA. I just love your humor and honesty: I so appreciate how you don't try to act like you've 'got it all together.' (I really struggle with taking off my 'mask' and letting people see the real me... I guess I really fear rejection.) Anyway, love your blog!

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  98. Love the new blog look and love YOU! I have been following your blog for almost 2 years now. In that time, I have moved from CT to Rochester, NY. I also started a blog of my own.
    Thank you for sharing your words. All the best, now and always!!

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  99. Hi Missy, you did it! The lady who never ever comments on any blog was persuaded to leave one on yours. I don't remember how I found your blog, but I remember laughing out loud when I read it. I couldn't help but come back for more oh-so-honest and entertaining posts and I've been a lurker ever since. I'm a new mom living in NY. I've read lots of baby-related books, but it's from you (and usually Maggie) that I learn of true parenting realities! I only have an infant now, but my heart is for a houseful of kids. Orphans tug at my heartstrings like few other things do. I would love to adopt in the future. For now I'm learning about the adoption process through others' stories, realizing that it is not for the faint-hearted or impatient, and praying for these precious little ones to join their waiting families soon. I love your blog's new look, but it's heartbreaking to see little Bethie's owl in the cage. Praying she comes home to you soon.

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  100. Since you asked so nicely I cannot resist finally moving beyond the lurker status. I also have four children born within less than 4 years of each other. Mine are a bit younger than yours, 2-5.5 and we were a family of 2 for about 2 years so the whole growing from 0-6 as fast as you did is likely a record. :) I added you to my reader a few weeks ago and cannot remember how I landed here, sorry because if I had a blog I'd really want to know how people find me!! I just plowed through Kisses from Katie and Interrupted by Jen Hatmaker in less than one week so I have a lot of convictions swirling through my little mommy brain. Both of these authors' blogs I have in reader also, maybe how I found yours? I too love rearranging my furniture and have even taken pictures of it to help me decide what is prettiest, which doesn't make us not weird I'm sure but makes me feel a little better. :)

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  101. Hi! I've been following you awhile. I am a SAHM to 2 bio kids and currently 3 foster kids (sometimes more, sometimes less). Current age range of 16 to 5. We live out in the boonies 40 miles from the nearest city which is still laughably small compared to where I grew up (in the Seattle city-limits). Love all your funny stories!

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  102. I love the new design! I think I found your blog thru Boo Mama's blogroll and I've been laughing ever since! When I'm down and need a good laugh, I go to the "popular posts" link and read those until I've nearly peed my pants. Thanks for your honest, hysterical posts!

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  103. Hi Missy! I've followed you for over 3 years now. I was the one, back in the day, when you answered my question about going from 1 kid to 2...remember me? My big boy is 5 and in kindergarten now, and my little lady is 2.5 and a "My do it Me-seff!!" PILL! Every last thing you said in that post (my favorite blog post of all time!) came true and then some! We made the adjustment, though, and still haven't decided if we're brave enough to do it again. Thanks again for all the advice, I'll let you know if I ever need the "going from 2 to 3" post!
    And I LOVE the new setup! One question...where is the door on that blasted cage?? Praying we can set little Bethie free ASAP!

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  104. I've been reading for years. Love your blog! I don't have a blog so that's why I don't comment. I had three kids in less than three years and used to be a music teacher. Now, I homeschool my kids. It's hard and wonderful at the same time.

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  105. Wow, girl, you've got some serious comments to read through. Why DO people lurk, I wonder?? I much prefer a give and take kind of relationship.

    That said, I guess I don't exactly comment on *every* post! :) (but I do read them all!) I've been reading your blog for a couple years at least--maybe three. You've encouraged me in my walk with the Lord, as an adoptive mother, and as a woman in general. And I think I'll be forever grateful to you for "talking me down" that night I was freaking about how much our life was changing and how would my children's first parents feel about us "letting them down" by moving. {hugs}

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  106. Love the new look, Missy! Can't wait for the day when little Bethie owl is on the limb with the rest of the family! Praying for that day to hurry up and come! ;)

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  107. Hi!! I'm Callie. I'm a strange college kid who thinks it's entertaining to read adoption blogs. Been around for several years I think, but its hard to remember. You have proved to be a great study procrastination method :) I go to Texas A&M, but this summer I interned at the Austin Stone in their orphan care ministry so I'm excited for you for your move to Austin. Know there is lots of awesome people who love orphans and Ethiopia for you to do life with :)

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  108. I love the new look! I have been reading your blog off and on (mostly on, but sometimes life gets busy...y'know) for the past several years. Which is way longer than I lasted as a blogger! Thanks for making me laugh, and sometimes cry. I appreciate your spiritual insight and encourage you to continue on. Thanks!

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  109. I've been following your blog for probably about a year now, ever since a friend shared your "I Don't Want My Kids To Be Happy" post. Love your humor and your honesty about the difficulties of being a Christian momma in today's world!

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  110. I'll add, since someone asked & I imagine that bloggers wonder, Why Do People Lurk...for me its for the following reasons: I often don't feel I have anything "new" to add because I find that the post and/or comments already said it better, also if its anything the least bit controversial I steer clear because its hard enough for me to sort through those sort of things in real life so my personality would get really stressed to engage in that sort of exchange online and finally I get so little time on the computer that I figure whatever I said would be so rushed I would regret how I said something or wonder if I should go back and say it a different way and wonder if anyone commented on my comment, basically it would keep me up at night. For years I've followed many blogs that have been interesting, inspiring, uplifting, etc and I share those posts with my real friends but have always hesitated to jump into the world of having online friends. So an introverted perfectionist is likely a lurker I suppose :)

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  111. Hi Missy! I've been reading your blog for about 3 years...this is my first time commenting. :) I don't remember the topic of that first blog post I read so long ago but I just remember being incredibly moved. I also remember thinking "she's totally someone I can relate to!" Thanks for letting us into your life and thoughts...you're inspiring! Sometimes if I'm having a rough day all it takes is reading one of your posts to pull me right outta my funk. Thanks for that!

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  112. I've been reading your blog for...I don't know. A while. We actually met at Created For Care. I just didn't realize you were you which is kind of awkward.

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  113. Kelly, I've been following for about a year now, and I oughta know better because I have a blog myself GAH. I will make it a point to try and comment more! I'm here in PA, a teacher turned stay at home mom for the moment until a teaching position opens up. My husband is studying theology so thank you for your posts, it drums up some interesting convo once the kiddos are asleep. You're an amazing writer!

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  114. I am a mom from Michigan and I have been following your for a few years now. I can't remember for sure how I found your blog but I keep coming back. I like hearing your stories and views. I almost feel like you are my friend except that you don't know me. Kinda creepy, huh? I do have a bunch of cousins and and two aunts in Austin so now it is almost like we are even closer friends. :)

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  115. Hi Missy! I'm delurking as requested and wanted to let you know that I love your blog for your honesty and your sense of humor. I first found you through a link to your "I don't want my children to be happy" post and have been reading ever since. We are in the process of adopting from China so I especially appreciate your honesty about how hard the adoption wait is - we are living through that right now too.

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    1. Hi! Hope your child is home soon. We originally intended to adopt from China so a little of my heart will always be there.

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  116. I'm from Mississippi (Go DAWGS!), but live in Idaho now. I've been reading your blog for at least 2 or 3 years. Thanks for all the encouraging words, smiles, and belly laughs you have provided. Praying for your sweet Bethlehem.
    You ROCK, sista!

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  117. I am a mom of two and one on the way from Mississippi, and I've been reading you for a couple of years. My favorite ever post (and one I revisit from time to time) is "My Heart Goes to Kindergarten." My oldest is a little clingy like her mama, and this post just speaks to me. I even read it to my women's book study at church. Thanks for your insight!

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  118. You caught me! My name is Michelle, and I am a lurker. Have been now for about a year. But I love your blog! And I love the new 'do! (I will say I was super excited at first that you or someone had a new haircut, because I love new haircuts, but I digress!) Anyway, a friend turned me onto your blog, and I love your honest mom-ness, and I love your heart. Thanks for sharing it with the world!

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  119. Ok, ok, I guess I can leave a comment this time. My name is Beth and I have 2 kids, a 4yr old daughter and a 1 yr old son. I'm a stay at home mom and we live just outside of Dallas. I've been reading your blog since someone linked to the "I don't want my children to be happy" post. Your humor and honesty are a huge encouragement for me as a Christian mom. I never comment (here, or any other blog or even on my own facebook) because I find it hard to express myself online in writing without getting too long winded, and I'm afraid if I try to cut it down to make it shorter, people who don't know me in real life will misunderstand something I say. That and I don't like to have to log in to leave a comment either. I love your blog and I've been praying for your adoption process as well. So... there you are. Another lurker revealed. :-)

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  120. I'm a mom of 3 grown kids and a grandma to 6 fabulous kids under 10 yo; I'm also a retired h.s. English teacher & h.s. counselor and have been married 41 yrs to my husband, who is a retired director of parks & rec. I've been reading your blog for a couple yrs and would have given anything to read keepin'-it-real blogs like yours when I was a young mom, esp the 6 yrs I was a sahm!! Love your humor, your faith, & your family; thank you for sharing it all via your outstanding writing skills!!

    And, BTW, love your new "do"!

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  121. Love your blog! My name is Kristie and I live in Atlanta, have four teen and pre-teen boys and you make me laugh. Been following your blog for a year or two, I would love to adopt a girl or two, and I am praying for you that yours happens very quickly. I'm a stay at home mom (ha! I wish! where exactly did that phrase come from?) and it is so cool to watch my boys grow. Keep writing and stay strong! Nothing happens in this world that is outside of God's Sovereignty (and yes, I often have to remind myself of this!).

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  122. Hi Missy,
    Im Angelena. I have been lurking. (Shouldn't there be a round of "Hi Angelena" like at an AA meeting, not that Ive ever been. Although, if there is free child care there I would be interested...Just saying ) I have two little ones and am seriously sleep deprived. Ive been reading your awesome blog since a friend linked to "I don't want my kids to be happy". I love your posts and wonder how blogging moms ever find the time to blog, much less maintain a sense of humor. Thank you for keeping it real and making me laugh. We live in SC. Im not into public speaking so I'll probably never leave another comment but I'll be there. Lurking. Sweetly.

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      Please comment again. Comments are my love language.

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  123. I've been reading your blog for a few months now from a link from another blog. I am totally an RSS reader, so I can't really comment on the changes. I am currently inhabiting Knoxville, TN (though I am a tried and true yankee at heart) working on a PhD in political science. I graduating next year and starting to apply for professorships. I am expecting my first child in November (yikes!) and my husband and I are planning out an impending international adoption. Thanks for writing!

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    1. Hi Allyn!! Congrats on that baby!! Life's about to change in every possible way. :)

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  124. Missy, you're racking up the comments today! I think I first commented when you maybe mentioned the PCA? Fellow PCAer here, if that's the case. :) You've been in my reader for a long time. I keep up, but don't comment often. And yes, I hate it when others do that to me! Sorry!! :-} ~~Rhonda :)

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  125. Hi, I am Sybil. I live in Alabama, have a 19 month old daughter, and am 10 weeks pregnant with #2 (SURPRISE!) and I have been a lurker since my daughter was 3 weeks old. Can you guess which post a friend sent my crazy post-partum self with a 3 weeks old? I loved it. I cried. I was hooked. What really drew me in was the fact that you are adopting. I am adoption obsessed. My mother was adopted. I always just felt so thankful that her 16 year old mother gave her to a loving family instead of aborting her, so that I could be born. Not, that I am someone super special, I am just thankful for my life, ya know? Then, I nannied for an adopted child while in college. I have always wanted to adopt and feel called to do so, just waiting on God to call the hubby, as well. The fact that you are a real, honest, God-loving/fearing mom and wife is why I continue to lurk. I have always wanted to comment, especially on your controversial topics (I was a poli-sci major so I love a good debate) but I always get nervous and I am not really sure why. Anyway, every time I read something of yours, I feel we could seriously be best friends, for I, too, am often sarcastic, enjoy a nice glass of wine (shoot, a pregnancy craving I cannot fulfill) and find myself nodding in agreement to everything you post. Oh, and I am also ENFP. Love the new look, and the Bethie owl breaks.my.heart. I promise I will try to comment more!

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    1. Yes, please do!!

      Congrats on your surprise! And after the first trimester I had a glass of wine whenever I wanted one, which was about once a week. None of my kids can read or anything, but I'm sure that's not why (just kidding)

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  126. Hi Missy- I am from KS and have been reading since 2010ish? I work in Republican politics, used to work in the Senate, have a 16 month old. I had major post partum depression after her traumatic birth- but I think I'm okay now! I check in on the naptime goings on regularly- we are pulling food dye and additives from our house, so that's been helpful.

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  127. Hey Missy, LOVE the new look!! Simply Adorable!

    I'm from KS (Hey up there Lora!) have 3 monkeys. . .I mean kiddos and I've probably been readying for year and a half two years?

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  128. I have no idea how long I've been lurking, years probably. I laugh until I cry and pass you on to people who I think would relate. In Ohio, with a 2 year old granddaughter so I can relate.

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    1. Hi Cynthia. 2 year old granddaughters are so cute. 2 year old daughters are a piece of work, but I've been told 2 year old granddaughters are perfect.

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  129. I love reading your blog! I'm a mommy of four (7, 5, and twin almost two year olds) from California. I've been reading for a couple of years no. :) Thanks for offering comic relief and encouragement amidst my busy days! ~ Louanne

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  130. Hi Missy! Delurking here :) I can't remember how long I've been reading or even how I found your blog, but I love it. Your sense of humor is hysterical. So many times I end up making my DH read an entire post just because I think it's so funny. Our family is originally from Alabama, but we currently live in Guangzhou, China. We have two little blessings who joined our family through domestic adoption: our DD just turned 4, and our DS is 6 1/2 months. Thanks so much for keeping things real around here :)

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  131. Yeah for anonymous posting :) I have actually e-mailed you in the past because I so desperately wanted to tell you how much a post you had written meant to me. And how you make me laugh! You assured me that getting a google id was easy but I've yet to do it :) I am a mom of 3 kiddos-9,7 & 3 in Missouri. I have been reading your blog for at least a couple of years. You never fail to amaze me with your insightful posts and I always wonder how a mom of 4 manages to put that many coherent thoughts together!

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  132. Hey, Missy! It's nice to "meet" you even though I've been referring to "my friend" Missy around my house for a couple of years now :) I've got four Alaska-grown kiddos; 7, 6, 4, 3 and one we're ransoming in Russia. I found your blog through facebook, and I fancy that you and I are cut from the same cloth. I am, regularly, so encouraged by your firm and passionate, ENFP pursuit of the Lord. --I don't comment, on your blog, or any other, as somehow I imagine it's presumptive... or... the anonymity of it all leaves me feeling... uncomfortable. BUT since you've asked... I totally understand your desire to connect with your readers/witnesses (life to life, baby!), IMO relational intimacy is the Best (not only) vehicle for the Gospel... so... go you! --Ariena

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  133. I've been lurking for a while now...not sure how long. and...I'm pretty sure you're my "mom twin." like you get in my head and write down my thoughts. it's quite fun. :)

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    1. It's true. I crawl in there at night. And we need to talk.

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  134. Officially delurking. I am from the Sugar Land area, but went to the good ole University of Texas! Austin is near and dear to my heart. Hope you guys love it there!

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  135. Wow, your PMSing personality is my normal personality...there is nothing wrong with being an INTJ! Saying hello from over in VA (my cousin in Phoenix told me about your blog)

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  136. I've been lurking around for (almost) the last year and a couple months because I got married last June and promptly got sick. One of my dear friends (another lurker) sent me your blog about when you had the 'flu' and it wasn't the flu but a baby. Well it didn't end up being a baby (or the flu for that matter) but I never stopped reading your blog.

    I live up in Dallas with my husband and I'm a born and bred Texas girl. I am a Believer and have been praying for you and your family since I 'found' you. I too has been referring to you as "my friend Missy" and I have forced my husband to read your blog posts more than he would like to admit. Because of you I am already researching food dyes and that Feingold diet to do before we have little minions of our own.

    I bet you didn't know you were such a blessing to so many people. You are loved and prayed for my people you don't even know :)

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  137. I'm not de-lurking, I do post on occasion. But you probably don't know the answers to any of those questions about me. Too bad! I am an INTJ all the time, so there ;) Anyway, I love how your little owl is sleeping on the branch. I can relate. And yes, the owl in the cage is so heart-wrenching! Good job, very compelling blog!

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  138. Is the Missy bird praying? The Bethie owl was like a knife through the heart. Made me hurt for you. I'm Angie, a Mom of four, one from domestic adoption. We have four babies in heaven. We were considering adopting from Ethiopia after our fourth loss, I think I ran across your blog on an Ethiopian blog roll somewhere, but I honestly don't know, it's been so long. We live in Illinois, but I'm from Texas, so I relate to you a bit.

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  139. I'm from Iowa and have been reading your blog for a year or two now. I'm not sure how I initially found it, but I remember I couldn't stop reading your previous posts. I've really enjoyed your blog! Sometimes when I need a good laugh, I remember your post about the fish one of your kids got in school and its sad demise. To this day, that's probably one of the most entertaining posts I've ever read. Your blog frequently comes up in our house and my husband knows you by name now :) We just had our first baby last month, so I'm sure I'll have a few good stories to tell as he gets older! Thanks for sharing your life with us!

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      Congrats on that baby boy. I do so love baby boys.

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  140. I've got three young girls -- hence Pink Dryer Lint as my blog title. I live in central Pennsylvania where my husband is a campus minister and I teach college public speaking and writing. I've been reading and loving your honesty and humor for over a year. Keep up the great work!

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  141. *guilty* total lurker these days. Still reading your blog religiously. Still completely ignoring the fact that I myself have not written in FOREVER. Still randomly rearranging furniture in my home to avoid actually having to write anything - be it a blog or a comment. Still here. :)

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  142. Hi! I'm your long lost friend in Minnesota. We're not actually friends, but I'm pretty sure we would be. I LOVE your sarcasm. I have a pretty bad case of that myself....but the funny kind...like you. (: I've been a stay at home mom since my first child was born, and I just went back to teaching first grade this year. My kids are 8, 6 and 3.

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    1. But I'm not sarcastic at ALL.

      Don't you think you're better teacher now? I always think now that I'm a mom, I'd be so much better.

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  143. I'm Kim from Texas and I have been reading your blog for quite some time...and, I have to admit, when you left a comment on my blog when we received our referral, I thought it was really cool! We have two biological children and are waiting for a court date for our Ella in Ethiopia. Praying your referral comes soon!

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    1. Oh Kim, those of us at The Slowest Agency On The Planet have to stick together. I can't wait till you bring Ella home!

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  144. Hey, I LIKE lurking, thankyouverymuch. :)

    I don't know how I stumbled on your blog or even how long I've been reading, but I know it's been many months. I am a blogaholic. Yep. I have several bookmark folders with types of blogs (food blogs--I love looking at fun bento lunches for kids, even though I don't have any, mommy blogs (that's you!)--love reading about precious little ones, medical friend blogs, etc). I check them all every single night and read all that have updated.

    I'm Sarah and I am 26 and am from South Dakota. I graduated with an elementary education degree and had hopes of being a teacher and having a handful (or more) of children. Unfortunately right as I was graduating, I started having medical issues. I found out I had a few neurological disorders and wound up bedridden for almost 2 years. Now I do get out some, but I spend most of my time (90% most days and nights) laying flat in bed. I have peripheral neuropathy which causes severe nerve pain. I also have POTS which stands for postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome. In short, my nervous system doesn't regulate things properly, so my body temperature, blood pressure, heart rate, and other things are all out of whack. I have a lot of fevers and heart rate spikes and other issues. Because I spend so much time in bed, I live on my computer. It's my connection to the world. I love to read (am reading books 81 and 82 of the year--my goal is 100) and reading blogs is definitely part of that. :)

    Anyway, I think that is enough about me... I don't have an official blog, but I do write in a CaringBridge website. A lot of it medical, but I also write about what I am reading and what is going on in my life. I love having new readers or occasional guestbook notes from people, so feel free to stop by if you ever have time. The link is: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/sarahmae

    You and your family remain in my prayers. :)

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    1. Sarah, that stinks. I'm blessed to think that I might give you 45 seconds or so of escape here and there.

      You need to de-lurk more often!

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  145. I am Robyn, from Ohio. I have 6 kids, 6 and under (bio, domestic adoption and foster). I have been reading for a year or so. You make me laugh, teach me things, and remind me that I am not the only crazy mom. =)

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    1. Wowsa. 6 under 7. You are Supermom. Even when all you do is get 6 kids under 7 fed, you get a big S on your chest. Rock on with your bad Supermom self.

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  146. Hi, I'm Wendy from Fayetteville, Arkansas. I found your blog through my friend Melinda's blog, http://haakinitup.blogspot.com/. I have a link to you on my blog at http://www.wendy-thelittlethings.blogspot.com/. I've been reading maybe the last 6-8 months? I love your open and out-there faith. You are not ashamed to stand up for what you believe in, and your posts are VERY insightful.

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  147. Hi, Missy:

    Jeanie from Minnesota. I have read for years but with no blog or Google account, I can't comment. Have wanted to many times but I don't want either a blog or Google account -- so there ya go.

    I've been married for coming up on 14 years. My husband works in the I.T. industry (see "no blog or Google account" above, LOL). He is an amazing guy. We have one son who is 4. He is also amazing (like my husband). After years in the corporate world and FINALLY getting pregnant we had our son and I stay home with him. My degree is in education and I have extensive youth work experience as well as a bunch of mission trips under my belt.

    I'm from a big family (8 kids) and my dad is a (now-retired) Lutheran pastor. He is a real people person and someone everyone should know. My mom is quiet and gentle. We just took her on vacation to California to see one of my sisters who lives there with her family. I learned in college to be very grateful for the parents I have because until then I didn't realize some people had parents that just weren't as great as mine. (Is it bad to say that?)

    We just got back from CA last night so I have no witty comments but I'm pretty sure we could talk for hours if in the same room. Maybe someday we'll get the chance.

    You have a lot to say, and it is clear the Lord puts things on your heart and He speaks through you many times in this blog. It would be nice to comment more often but I do understand why bloggers have the comment restrictions they do, it's just that not all of us want a blog or Google account. Makes it kind of hard to make comments even if we want to. But hey -- not my blog! Do what you want and rock on with your bad self in Austin. I'll keep reading.

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    1. Hi Jeanie!

      I will keep the anonymous comments active for a while if you promise to comment. It's just that eventually the uglies will come out. Sigh.

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  148. Hi Missy,
    I love the new look but when I saw it this morning I burst into tears. We have to pray Bethie out! I have been reading you for years and have never commented. You are one of my very favorite blogs. YOU ARE SO FUNNY! I'm in southern California. I have a wonderful husband and an 8 year old son and 6 year old daughter. I teach first grade in public school and and desperately seeking the Lord to do something else. Your posts on diet have changed my family radically! Thank you!!! We don't have any allergies or diet restrictions but we ate all of the garbage out there and were oblivious to it. Not anymore thanks to you! You are awesome. Can we hang out when we are in Heaven?

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  149. Hi there. I'm Marianne from San Diego, but I tell the Starbucks people my name is Annie. Otherwise they get all confused and write "Marina" on my cup. Grew up in SC and now live out West with the hubs and our 2 cuties, age 5 and 2. I have a music ed degree and teach a few piano students, but mostly stay home with the kiddos. Love your blog and personal transparency, and especially your posts that so boldly proclaim the love of God.

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  150. Hi Missy...I have no idea how long Ive been lurking, since before you sold adopted tshirts? I relate to you in many many ways...my blog if I had one would be called 4 teens and a toddler. I just cant find the time to blog, or pee for that matter! Your life stories mirror the craziness of my own...I'm outnumbered, tryng not to be outsmarted, struggle for good recipes, staying healthy, balancing my iPad purse car door and Starbucks with grace while texting because I'm running late! I have three biological kids and two adopted. I feel blessed and overwhelmed and appreciate your sharing your thoughts and life so I dont feel like its just me! Youve taught me, challenged me and inspired me more than once. I never miss a post!

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