Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Blog Love!!

We seem to be moving up in the world, haha. Thanks to some awesome gal pals I'm finally starting to figure out how to design this blog the way that I've wanted to all along! To use a little junior high vernacular (loving this word lately) my friends totally rock.

I have been super encouraged over the past few days by other bloggers who are so generous and insightful and just plain FUN, so I have to do a pay it forward sort of blog today. I just have to. Because sometimes it's really not all about me and my tiny universe...hard to believe, I know. :) I hope that if you're not a blogger yourself that you will enjoy perusing some other awesome sites today. And if you are a blogger, then I hope you can glean some new information or encouragement...or heck, even find a new blog yourself!

This would be the perfect opportunity for some of you lurkers to jump on the bandwagon and start blogging! Or even come out of hiding and *gasp!* become a follower of this or other blogs that you read. That would be swell, just swell.

First of all, THIS article posted by Shabby Blogs is what got my wheels turning this week. Blog envy. Ugh. It happens to the best of us. Just when you think you've got a handle on your corner of cyberspace you stumble upon someone else's blog that seems more awesome and more together...and then you feel like a loser. (I accidentally typed lobster there. No, we're not lobsters. And we're not losers, either.) If you're needing some encouragement today, check out that post. It totally hits home and offers some great advice!

My blog find of the week: North Fillmore! While I was mindlessly perusing facebook the other day, I found an adorable blog by a pretty lady that I happened to go to school with since like...the first grade. I had NO IDEA she was such an amazing photographer! Stephanie Lerch takes beautiful photos in natural lighting, and has even started her own business venture: Stephanie Lerch Photography. Steph, Eric and I are definitely going to have to get a hold of you sometime soon! Everyone head on over to Stephanie's blog and show her some love. :)

And now to pass the happy pipe onto our "circle" of blogging girlfriends. You simply must get to know these ladies! I stole pictures from you guys. You can sue me if you want, but it might hurt our relationship a little bit. (This is a LONG list, and it's not exhaustive. I follow LOTS of great blogs! Click on my profile on the sidebar to see them all!)

Meagan is pregnant! We are all so happy for her, and I'm sure she appreciates our patience as she wades through the ups and downs of morning sickness. Hop on over and give her a big fat congratulations and keep up with her new pregnancy!

Sarah is pregnant! Is she having a boy or a girl? If you aren't sure, I know one way you can find out. :) This lovely lady has such a big heart, and I really appreciate how genuine each and every one of her posts are. I'm sure you'll love her, too!

Cassie is pregnant! (Hehe, are you seeing a theme here?) Every single time I open up one of Cassie's posts I am sure to get a good laugh. She is so funny, and really blunt, which is the exact opposite of me and probably why I love her candor so much!

Heather, Heather, Heather...what can I say about this girl? Well, she's not pregnant for one! Haha. Heather's blog is like this blog's guilty pleasure. Heather is a young, single, tell-it-like-it-is girlfriend who  is hilarious and definitely has some jaw dropping moments! I never know WHAT kind of crazy antics I'm going to be reading about next. (Yes, I just said crazy antics. Heather, don't make fun of me, please.)

Say it with me...Kim is pregnant! And I'll just go ahead and tell you that she's having a girl! You can head over to her blog right this very minute and vote on what Kim's precious baby girl's name should be. I won't divulge my votes, but I'll tell you I picked 3! 

Here's a link to Christine's blog...and yes, she is pregnant, too! I swear when our circle of blog friends was formed NONE of these ladies were expecting. :) Christine loves to share family memories as well as the occasional yummy recipe. And girl, I STILL have your stuff...we so need to hook up at church!

This is Mirella's blog, and I am so so proud of her! She is our international blogging mama, and while English is not her first language she has challenged herself to create a blog entirely in English! Mirella's family just vacationed in should totally check it out. :)

I really, really wish I could post links to every single blog that I visit and to every single person who stops by here so faithfully. I'm thinking of half a dozen of you right now and hoping that I'm not hurting your feelings! It's 2:15 am and I HAVE to wrap this one up. So once again I really encourage you all to check out my personal blog list to see some other really fantastic blogs today. Read them, love them, follow them. :)

Time has totally slipped away from me tonight, but I just wanted to let some of you know that I've read your comments and your questions over the past few days and I do plan on answering them. Hopefully in the next day or two you'll see an "FAQ" section with answers to your photography questions and others. I really intended to do all of that tonight, but's bedtime! If you have any other questions for me let me know! I'll try to add them when I make the new page.

I can't end a post like this without saying to everyone who follows this blog that I big fat love your guts. I really, really do. Blogging can be a super personal thing, and without others' encouragement it can sometimes feel a little empty and one-sided. So thanks for filling up my bucket, friends! (500 blog points if you know which bucket I'm talking about.)

If you're new and/or want to leave a link to your blog in the comments, please feel free to do so! It's a day of blog love, and I want you to get in on it! :) Happy Wednesday!


The Pettijohn's said...

Thanks for the shout out! BTW your blog looks super cute. I love what you did with it.

Heather Rahn said...

Hey, thanks for the shout out!! LOOVE the new header...and you can say I have crazy antics all you called me "young", and for that I Heart You.

Cassie said...

LOVE the new blog header. Cute cute cute! Thanks for the shout out and blog love. Glad I can make you laugh.
PS now I am in love with Stephs blog. I never knew either!! She's amazing!!

Meagan said...

You just had to put a picture of those cupcakes in header didn't you?!?! I still want some airheads thanks to those things!! LOL Seriously though the new look is soooo cute!!

Thanks for the blog love!! :)

Kim Luke said...

I'm jealous of your blog header!!!! I accidentally deleted mine a couple months ago and I haven't had the time to make another one!
Thanks for the blog love!!! :))

Sarah said...

Aww, you're a doll!! Lovin all the shout outs!!
Blogland is my safe haven, I love all of you!!

"Just when you think you've got a handle on your corner of cyberspace you stumble upon someone else's blog that seems more awesome and more together...and then you feel like a loser."

Cough Cough..Adrien, this is what I think every single time I see your blog lol :)

Adrien said...

Happy to spread the love, ladies! You make me smile. :D

Anonymous said...

Ahhhhh I'm in the list, I hope there will be new blogfiends in my list thank you.

I loveeeeeee your new blog layout, I love pink, your header is amazing.

Big hug from the Netherlands LOL

Stephanie said...

Adrien, I agree, the header is adorable! Thank you so much for your sweet, sweet words about my blog/photography. It's so neat to reconnect with schoolmates through the bloggy world! :) You're a sweetie!


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