Sunday, August 9, 2015

Hello There...

Hello's been quite a long while since we've chatted, hasn't it? I truly apologize for the extended radio silence, as I had not intended to be quiet for so many months.

You see, as 2014 came to a close, I began to suffer a rather severe case of blogger and social media burnout, and just did not have the inspiration or desire to blog about anything. I really needed a break from the computer in general, and over the past half year or so, I have been limiting my time online, and have not been on social media all that much. Granted, I have still utilized my computer (it didn't grow any cobwebs), as well as done my fair share of online shopping (a necessity in the small time where I live) and such, but honestly not to the extent I was when I had been blogging full time.

To my followers: I want to say a heart felt THANK YOU to all of you who have sent me emails, or left comments on my blog posts, inquiring where I am, and sending your well wishes for me and my family...they truly meant so much to me, and I appreciate you taking time out of your busy schedule to let me know that I was missed.

On the home front, the family and I have been doing well, and really enjoying our life here in Montana. Since moving out here at the beginning of last year, we have settled in nicely to our new community, found a new church home, and have developed wonderful new friendships. We continue to homeschool our three youngest boys, and our eldest son (who just turned 17 earlier this past week) will be attending the local Christian Academy full time this year. Life continues to be full as we further our journey and adventures out here in the Northwest Rocky Mountains.

As for the future of my blogs All Things Simplified and Madewell that I have taken an extended break, and feel as if I am no longer suffering from blogger and social media burnout, I do have plans to start posting again on a fairly regular basis, if all goes well. No promises that I will have the amount of content that I once did, but I do hope you'll check in every day or two to see what I have to share.

To all of you who had followed me before, I truly hope that you will come back to join me in my further shopping, domestic, and life adventures! I hope you'll bring your friends, too...
the more, the merrier! :)


  1. Melissa, I'm so glad you're back! I am really looking forward to "seeing" you online again. I have missed you.

  2. I've missed you too! So excited to have you back & glad to hear the blogging & social media break was good for you. Looking forward to catching up!

  3. It's so nice to see you back M! I completely hear you about just needing a break sometimes...I feel so glad to hear that things are good, and whatever capacity you return in it will be lovely to have you back in the community. =)

  4. Welcome back Melissa! What a lovely hello post. :) Your presence online has definitely been missed.
    Happy Birthday to your oldest son, time flies doesn't it? It's an exciting time for your family and I'm so happy everything is going well, looking forward to seeing you here XO

  5. So nice to see your post and know that the blogs are back! I'm glad that all is well with you and your family.

  6. It's so nice to see you back, Melissa, welcome!

  7. Thank you so very much ladies...I truly appreciate you stopping by to welcome me back! I am extremely thankful for each of you, and am looking very forward to our future chats! Enjoy the rest of your day, and thanks again for taking the time to stop by! :)

  8. This is wonderful news. :-) I figured it was the malaise that has settled over the land, as I have noticed a lot of people have taken extended breaks of one form or another. I look forward to seeing what you do in the future, we'll all be here, so if there are breaks between, no biggie!

  9. I am very happy to read that you and your family are all well. I look forward to reading about your new life in Montana. Glimpsing little slices of lives in different places make the blog world so fascinating. Welcome back! You have been missed.

  10. Thank you Dina and Teacups!

    I actually have a new post up today, and hope you ladies will all stop by and check it out. It's about my trip to the center of the universe. :)

  11. Welcome back, Melissa! I'm so glad to see you back, and your lovely voice as strong and clear as ever! Looking forward to your regular posts ... Lots to catch up on, since I've only just returned stateside after a trip home... Love, Maqsad

    1. Thank you Maqsad! I'm so glad you stopped by, and that you're back in the states! Looking forward to catching up! :)