What does a blogger say after disappearing for a year?

What does a blogger say after disappearing for a year?

Hello there? (Sure, start with that).

I’m back? Better than ever? (Snort).

I’ve missed you? (That one is true).

 

Life was pretty much a total jerk last year and hit me hard and kept on hitting. It’s honestly a blur that I’m still feeling my way out of.

In a nutshell…

My 15-year marriage ended, we sold our beautiful home, I became a single-mom of four, I started working full-time, I cried seventy billion tears, I leaned on my faith, and really just spent most of the whole year putting one foot in front of the other.

Which lead me where I am today. Here. Doing mostly just fine. Pretty adjusted to this new life of mine by now. Definitely different, definitely NOT what I pictured life looking like, (who’s is?!) but it’s also so much better in many ways too. Divorces don’t happen because things are going great.

I didn’t mean to abandon this blog for so long, but I always knew I’d get back around to it. I think I was just dreading writing this post before jumping back in to blogging.

If I still remember how.

If anyone is still out there??

It’s been so long, I feel so out of the home decor/DIY loop! Are people still DIYing? Do we still hit the thrift-store and give things makeovers? Are we still saying the word ‘upcycling?’ Is chevron still a thing? (ducks) Kidding!

So maybe I’ll do things a little differently. Maybe we’ll talk about other topics too. What do you think? What would you like to see? Let me know. I’m just a girl, standing in front of a dusty blog, asking for your feedback. Ask me your questions too. I’m sure you have a few.

 

 

 

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218 Comments

  1. February 7, 2018 / 3:26 PM

    Welcome back! I’d check back every so often, hoping you had posted something new, but it sounds like you were taking care of more important things! Personally, I LOVED the DIY before/afters! We’re in the market for a new house and will be doing some fixing up, so I’ll take all the inspiration I can get. Welcome back 🙂

  2. Corrie
    February 7, 2018 / 3:30 PM

    Welcome back! And hugs! I missed you and your blog. And I missed the Ugly Lamp Competition in particular. You have no idea how much job it gives me each year.

    And, to answer your question, blog about whatever interests you. We’re all just going to be excited to hear from you!

  3. February 7, 2018 / 4:04 PM

    Welcome back. Do whatever you want…it’s your blog. Just have fun with it.

  4. Angela
    February 7, 2018 / 4:45 PM

    What a surprise, to see your post in my Feedly! Welcome back, I always loved your posts! I also like reading about other women’s experiences with raising a family, dealing with change, cooking, hobbies, the whole life mess. Welcome back!

  5. Kristin Waters
    February 7, 2018 / 4:58 PM

    I’m so glad you’re back! I’ve been a follower of yours for years, and felt like something heavy must have happened in your life for you to just have stopped posting. I’m sorry for the hearbreak and pain you have gone through. You have brought me many smiles through the years and I hope that now that you’re back we can smile together again.

  6. Marcia
    February 7, 2018 / 5:22 PM

    Glad you’re back! I loved the before & afters in the old blog but it’s your blog so do what satisfies you. Sure it will be wonderful.

    So sorry for the rough year and glad that you’re doing better.

  7. Kathy
    February 7, 2018 / 5:39 PM

    I loved all the before and after’s but whatever you will do will be great!

    Best of lucky for brighter tomorrow’s with your darlng kids! Keep leaning on your faith and putting one step in front of the other. Sometimes life is so difficult so keep smiling! Prayers!

  8. Kristina Adamczewski
    February 7, 2018 / 5:40 PM

    I’m still here, too! I’m glad you’re back as well. Yes, people still DIY stuff…I just moved into my first apartment and I’m working on fixing up my furniture.

    I also think you should just do what you feel. I’m sorry you’ve had a hard time, but glad you’re doing better and found comfort in your faith (I have as well in hard times).

    I was at Goodwill recently and saw this butt-ugly lamp and thought of you haha 🙂

  9. Kathy
    February 7, 2018 / 5:41 PM

    You have a great job! I loved all the before and after’s but whatever you do will be great!

    Best of lucky for brighter tomorrow’s with your darlng kids! Keep leaning on your faith and putting one step in front of the other. Sometimes life is so difficult so keep smiling! Prayers!

  10. February 7, 2018 / 5:45 PM

    Still here! Hope you continue to find your new “normal” and can’t wait to see more before and afters <3

  11. Tara
    February 7, 2018 / 5:51 PM

    Welcome back! I’m sorry last year sucked so hard, here’s hoping this year is better.

  12. Carh
    February 7, 2018 / 5:54 PM

    Is it weird to say that I was afraid that’s what was happening? I thought about you sometimes and was like “should I, an internet stranger, check up on her?” It’s your blog, and you should write about whatever you want. If a cooking blog can talk about fitness, you can do whatever!

  13. SB
    February 7, 2018 / 5:56 PM

    I loved your blog and always found inspiration in what other people have done, but like the other poster said this is your blog – you do you. 🙂

    As for your life changes – I was there 7 years ago. It was hard, it was awful. I cried every day on the way to work for 18 months, but you know what? I made and through and I’m stronger and tougher than I ever thought I was and you are too.

    I can – without hesitation- tell you now getting divorced was absolutely the right thing to do for me and my family. I am happier now than I ever imagined and have moved on with the lessons I learned from that relationship.

    I also promise it gets easier.

    XOXO

  14. Olivia
    February 7, 2018 / 6:22 PM

    I’m glad you’re back! I always loved your posts and missed your voice. I love a straight up before and after but I’m sure I’ll enjoy anything you have to say/share.

    I’m sorry to hear your year has been so challenging and I’m wishing you and your family all the very best.

  15. February 7, 2018 / 6:41 PM

    good to see your post. glad that you are doing well despite the life altering changes that you have made. stay strong and i will look forward to seeing you back on your blog.

  16. Jodi Seevers
    February 7, 2018 / 6:42 PM

    Welcome back! Sorry for the rough year… That’s crummy, I wish things like that didn’t happen. But maybe the blog will echo your life? Better After?

  17. February 7, 2018 / 6:48 PM

    So sorry about your year. Life is not easy ( I always keep saying this saying)
    On the bright side, you are back after one year, I’m back after 6 years LOL and I’m so lost in here. All I can tell you that people are more into Instagram now, So keep posting here and there.I can’t give lots of advises just be true to your self and people will love you like they used to be

  18. Erin
    February 7, 2018 / 7:11 PM

    Welcome back! I’ve thought of you many times (often when seeing ugly lamps!)

    Taking care of the real world always trumps a blog!

    I’m down for whatever you have to post 🙂

  19. Denise
    February 7, 2018 / 7:14 PM

    Selfishly I’m thrilled you are back! You must have been feeling our love flowing your way, wishing you only the best. The best might not be what you once envisioned but it’s still better than the alternative. Whatever you feel comfortable with on the blog or whatever direction you choose to venture, follow your heart.
    And by the way, your family is GORGEOUS!

  20. Susan Fenton
    February 7, 2018 / 7:26 PM

    It’s wonderful to see you back! I’m sorry you had all the bumps and heartache. But remember…Better After is not just the name of your blog. 🙂 Wishing you a52nd your beautiful family all the best!

  21. February 7, 2018 / 7:34 PM

    Welcome back. You’ve been missed. As everyone has and will say we are sorry you’ve had such a crap year. I hope you’ll continue bringing us the great before and afters you always have. I think since you’ve been gone the blog o sphere has been missing some good thift store up-cycles.

  22. Hil
    February 7, 2018 / 7:40 PM

    Welcome back! I’m so sorry to hear about the difficulties, but it sounds like you are back on your feet and adjusting. I wish you nothing but the best from here on out, and I look forward to more of your writing on whatever you feel inspired to write about 🙂

  23. Riley
    February 7, 2018 / 7:46 PM

    I’ve missed you and your sense of humor. I always looked forward to your posts and have missed them. I love what someone else said–Better After is not just the name of your blog. Best wishes to you and your family as you move forward in this new direction.

  24. Susan
    February 7, 2018 / 7:48 PM

    I’m glad you’re back too! I checked your blog, sometimes every day, to see if you had posted anything new. I truly hope things go smoothly for you and your sweet kids. God’s mercy, patience, and kindness can heal even the deepest wounds. I’m excited to see what your creativity brings to your blog!!

  25. Amanda
    February 7, 2018 / 8:13 PM

    I was so thrilled to see your post pop up on my reader. Welcome back. I love the before and afters. I’ve been pretty slow at those myself and would love to see some inspiration.
    Sorry about your horrible year. Your family has been through a lot.

  26. Sarah
    February 7, 2018 / 8:16 PM

    Welcome back!

  27. lor
    February 7, 2018 / 8:38 PM

    Always loved your sass and humour. I’m sure that’s harder to come by after a tough year, but when you go through something like you did, I firmly believe you come out better and stronger (that’s my experience talking). Blog from your heart and it will all work out. We’ll be here.

  28. Stacey Clark
    February 7, 2018 / 8:46 PM

    Would you believe me if I said your blog, and wondering how you were doing randomly randomly dropped into my noodle tonight and I visited your page for the first time since 1/27/2017 to find this post?? It’s true, Google told me when I accidently typed the web address in the search bar rather than the address bar. Seriously tho, I’m really glad you are back. And you are ok. 😁

  29. Michelle M
    February 7, 2018 / 8:52 PM

    Welcome back!! Share ANYTHING you want, loved the before and after posts but they’re all over (if that’s all someone is looking for)…it was YOU we all loved being connected to! You have a GREAT sense of humor, am awesome writing style, and an eye for design… mix it up, do what feels right, we’ll be here eagerly waiting for your next post! Go for it and own it! That’s what you do best! So glad you are back, can’t wait to see where you go from here!

  30. kelsey
    February 7, 2018 / 10:30 PM

    I am so glad you’re back! So sorry for your hard year, you are a strong women who will persevere. Take inspiration from your blog, you are ‘better after’ this year 🙂 hope to see more of you soon!

  31. LuRae
    February 7, 2018 / 11:33 PM

    I enjoyed seeing fun pictures of before afters, but what really kept me “hooked” was your sense of humor and the witty ways you said things. I bet you could give us big belly laughs just telling a story about something as mundane as taking out the trash! Welcome back!

  32. Four dogs and one quilter
    February 8, 2018 / 4:12 AM

    So nice to see you come back. I missed reading your blog, always made me laugh.

  33. Amanda
    February 8, 2018 / 6:02 AM

    Wishing you the best. Glad to see you back. Hope 2018 is better for you!

  34. Tiffany
    February 8, 2018 / 6:19 AM

    Welcome back! I’m so sorry for all you’ve been through in the past year; I can imagine that it’s taken everything in you to just keep going. We missed you, but taking care of yourself and your family is far more important. For the blog, I love the makeovers, but realistically, any posts in your voice, with your humor will keep me coming back for more. Can’t wait to see what you do with your metamorphosis.

  35. Amy
    February 8, 2018 / 6:40 AM

    Welcome back!! We missed you, and so sorry to hear about all the trials that have been put in your path over the past year. 🙁 Like others have said, I’d enjoy other topics as well as the makeovers – I very much enjoy your writing.

  36. BEVERLY
    February 8, 2018 / 6:55 AM

    So happy to have you back! I have checked EVERY day since your last posting, just to see if you would be there. You brighten my day w/your wit and sense of humor. May your days ahead be easier with each passing 24 hours!

  37. Susan
    February 8, 2018 / 6:57 AM

    Yay! You still have fans and we can’t wait for your next post. Blogs evolve grow and change just like people do. We will all want to come along for the ride regardless of what you post because we enjoy your unique voice and sense of humor. I’m sure that will come through regardless of the topic.

    As a single mom of 3 after 14 years of marriage, I can really relate. Its taken me 5 years to land on my feet, not one, so you go girl!

  38. Jen Calvert
    February 8, 2018 / 7:24 AM

    Can’t wait to see what better after means in 2018!

  39. Mary
    February 8, 2018 / 7:33 AM

    So glad you came back! What an awful time this must have been. My sister went through the D after 33 years and she said it takes some time to figure out who you are after that. You write about anything you want or need to and I’ll read it. You are funny, smart and beautiful. You got this!

  40. Mary
    February 8, 2018 / 7:36 AM

    PS How about an Ugly Lamp Contest to coincide with the Olympics? Then we can all chant, UH-GLEE-LAMP in addition to U-S-A! We will send to photos and you add your Olympic-ly funny commentary.

  41. Kathy
    February 8, 2018 / 7:39 AM

    Better After

    Isn’t that appropriate. It describes you now. 🙂

    I love the makeovers and would like to see more restorations. Mid century modern is my passion and I’m getting into a 1970s vibe just a bit. Looking forward to seeing how the blog evolves.

    Peace & Grace

  42. CandiceMcC
    February 8, 2018 / 8:32 AM

    I don’t even know you except from here and I had a feeling that might be what was happening. Sigh. I’m sorry for your tears but glad you’re doing well now. Still here. Will read whatever because, honestly, I need to procrastinate at work. 😉 You’re family is gorgeous, by the way.

  43. Michele
    February 8, 2018 / 9:13 AM

    I’ve literally been checking this blog every day hoping for your reappearance! Don’t worry, you certainly aren’t the only blogger to take a hiatus from their blog due to personal life events! I’m so sorry you’ve had such immense stress, but I’m glad you’ve adjusted and I do hope that, even if it’s harder, you’re better off mentally and emotionally. I’ve been through an unexpected divorce and it was awful, but you do learn to adjust and hopefully eventually you’ll find someone much better suited to you, as I did. I can’t imagine the trials of being a single mother of 4! You definitely have me impressed!! Welcome back! Your blog community has been waiting patiently for your return 🙂 Looking forward to future Before and After posts, along with whatever other content you’d like to blog about!

  44. Abby S
    February 8, 2018 / 9:14 AM

    So glad you’re back! Actually thought of you and your blog the other week. Love when God sends those little nudges. You’ve been missed. Not for the DIYs per se–though those are great, but for your writing. Share anything you want! You’ll have a reader here.

  45. Michelle P
    February 8, 2018 / 9:23 AM

    Yay! Im glad you’re back! Your blog posts were my favorites! Sorry you had a rough year but yay you for bouncing back and pushing thru!

  46. Sherry Murphy
    February 8, 2018 / 10:05 AM

    So very glad you are back…I, too, check every day and TODAY was the day. Loved seeing your befores and afters. But whatever you decide to do, I will still be looking forward to it. Thankful the five of you are doing well…

  47. Heather
    February 8, 2018 / 10:23 AM

    You have been missed! So glad you’re back at it and things are on the upside now:).

  48. Roberta
    February 8, 2018 / 10:28 AM

    Welcome back! Sorry about the crap year. Hopefully it’s all good from here on out.

  49. Sarah
    February 8, 2018 / 10:44 AM

    I kept you in my RSS reader and was pleasantly surprised to see a post today. Welcome back! (I’ve never commented before but read religiously when you were posting regularly.) I’m sorry life has been so difficult – I’ve had a rough year myself and although I don’t have a blog, I did a similar disappearing act with my friends and acquaintances while I just tried to live through it. I got very ill, had 3 surgeries, mother almost died of cardiac arrest, father’s Parkinson’s is getting worse, father in law’s early onset Alzheimers is progressing rapidly, we had trouble conceiving, we just lost a baby.

    Sometimes life is just really junk for a while. I’m ready for some sunshine and happiness. Hope the same for you.

  50. Dolores
    February 8, 2018 / 11:27 AM

    Damn, am I glad you’re back! The blogosphere could really use your humor and wit! I really missed your befores and afters, but you could write about paint drying (and you probably have) and I would read it! I’m looking forward to your new posts! Welcome back!

  51. Jane Nelson
    February 8, 2018 / 11:32 AM

    I’m SO GLAD you’re back! Sorry about the rough year; sometimes life is a big old pile of suck. It sounds and looks like you’re handling it with grace, though, so props to you for that. Your humor and wit make my day brighter, so honestly, I’ll read anything you write about. Do what brings you joy, and I know it’ll bring joy to others as well.

  52. Tiff
    February 8, 2018 / 12:42 PM

    My favorite blogger is back!!

  53. Etxeiza
    February 8, 2018 / 12:55 PM

    Welcome from Basque country!

  54. February 8, 2018 / 1:04 PM

    Welcome back! Sorry life was a dick last year, but glad you made your way back here! I missed you and your hilarious posts.
    Just do your thing, and I will read it!
    xx

  55. Martina
    February 8, 2018 / 1:28 PM

    Sooo good to see you back! I’ve been paying little visits to this blog every now and again in hope to see a new post someday and here it is!
    I am sorry to read about your rough year, but hey…time is a great healer (speaking from experience) and you will soon be just fine, I mean fine fine.

    Greetings and blessings to all your beautiful family from Poland! Yes, you have at least one true fan of your blog accross the globe:))

  56. Aubrey
    February 8, 2018 / 1:41 PM

    I loved reading your blog and will read anything and everything to come because you are a gifted writer! I wish you and your family the very best!

  57. Amber
    February 8, 2018 / 1:47 PM

    I am so happy you’re back! I hate to hear that you’ve been going through a rough time, and I’ve missed your humor!

  58. CFab
    February 8, 2018 / 1:55 PM

    So sorry that you have had to go through this valley. I went through the same thing 2 years ago. Life’s turns surprise us sometimes. But don’t rush into another relationship, just to fill the void – even though it’s tempting. Love on yourself, love on your kids. It all has a way of working out!

  59. Victoria
    February 8, 2018 / 2:29 PM

    Yay! I made on of those “out loud” sounds (snortGasp?) when I saw your post! JUST saw an Ugly Lamp, and thought of this blog. That’ll teach me to pass up an Ugly Lamp!

  60. Carisa
    February 8, 2018 / 2:34 PM

    Happy to see a new post pop up in my feed again! Sorry for the crap year. It was a rough one! Glad you’ve come out the other side and want to blog again. Definitely loved the before and afters but it’s your blog so do what you want if something else is inspiring you.

  61. Lindsey Wolfe
    February 8, 2018 / 2:51 PM

    YAY! You are back. Boo to the last year being a jerk. 🙁 I’m so sorry. I was clearing out the blogs I follow two weeks ago and I got to yours and thought – no, I’m going to wait a bit longer! I’m glad I did! So happy to see your post in my blogger feed! <3 Can't wait to see what this develops into for you! Let it feed your soul and make you happy! Much love to a fellow Lindsey!

  62. Michelle
    February 8, 2018 / 2:58 PM

    Welcome back! I’ve missed your posts and I’m sure most of us would read anything you have to say–before & afters, funny stories, serious stuff, literally anything. Sorry that the past year has been so hard, but know that you are not alone. I was a single mom for several years after my divorce, but I’m remarried now and life is good. We all go through our own “stuff” and you’re lucky to have an internet support system. We’re so glad you’re back!

  63. Kristin
    February 8, 2018 / 3:21 PM

    I’ve missed you! Life can be rocky, so happy that you’re doing better! Looking forward to any kind of new posts, whenever you’re ready ❤️

  64. Deborah Metler
    February 8, 2018 / 3:23 PM

    I kinda figured that was behind the disappearance. Call it mother’s intuition, and as silly as it may sound (hope it doesn’t sound creepy) if I had a daughter instead of sons I think she would have been like you. If your heart is still in it, start slow, do what feels comfortable. If it looks like the old blog – fine. If it looks like something else – that’s fine, too. Get your footing, your audience will form around what you do. Better After, Take II

  65. Mila
    February 8, 2018 / 3:39 PM

    welcome back! excited to hear your unique and funny voice again, regardless of what you decide to talk about! But furniture makeovers still seem fun 😉

  66. Nicole
    February 8, 2018 / 3:41 PM

    Welcome back! You’ve been missed. Excited to see the amazing things God has in store for you.

  67. Lindy
    February 8, 2018 / 3:42 PM

    Welcome and thanks for being so honest….

  68. Mary
    February 8, 2018 / 3:42 PM

    :::tap, tap, tap::: Is this thing on?

    WELCOME BACK!

    Missed you, glad you’ve returned. Sorry life has been a jerk lately. Sometimes it’s like that. Dang life. B

    But, hey, WELCOME BACK!

  69. Bonnie
    February 8, 2018 / 3:43 PM

    I’ve been wondering where you were! The other day I suddenly wondered when I’d missed the Ugly Lamp Contest and made a mental note to look you up but here you are! I have no questions; I’m just glad you’re back and things are going well.

  70. Marlene Ambriz
    February 8, 2018 / 3:43 PM

    Glad you’re back! I’m sorry for what you’ve endured. I know how difficult it can be. However, I’m truly happy that you were able to “bounce back” so quickly. Truly faith and our children give us the strength to continue on after a divorce. Divorce is always ugly, but if you learn from it and grow through it, it will definitely make you stronger and wiser!

    Can’t wait to see new updates! And yes we’re all still here!

    P.S. Great family picture!

  71. Maura
    February 8, 2018 / 3:44 PM

    Welcome back. So happy you are. Onward & upward. I love before & afters in any form. And your taste, to me, has been impecable. So keep trusting your own eye and your own instincts in general. You got this!

  72. LeeAnn
    February 8, 2018 / 3:54 PM

    Life is messy and we are stronger for it. Though, we may not feel strong at times. We’ve all missed you and are thrilled you’re back. Welcome home!

  73. Jodie
    February 8, 2018 / 3:54 PM

    Welcome back! You have been missed. Your family photo is beautiful, and you are clearly surrounded by love.
    Take care of yourself and your gorgeous children. We will appreciate whatever you write for us.

  74. Jean
    February 8, 2018 / 3:58 PM

    Still here. Glad you are back. I like the furniture make-overs best, and your wit. Best wishes!

  75. Genevieve Williamson
    February 8, 2018 / 3:58 PM

    I have missed your blog so much! So sorry about your past year. Although I don’t know you, I’m sure many people like me will be praying for your life to continue to get better for you and your family. I hope 2018 is filled with sweet blessings for you!

    As for your blog, I definitely want to see more before and afters, but I’m sure I would enjoy whatever content you would like to blog about!

  76. Angela Allen
    February 8, 2018 / 3:58 PM

    Yay your back! You’ve been missed! I hope you’ll bring back the ugly lamp contest. It is so much fun. I love diy stuff still but I’ll be happy with whatever direction you decide to go.

  77. Marla
    February 8, 2018 / 3:59 PM

    YAY!! You’re back!! I have so missed your… everything!! Lol!! You always inspired me with all of the beautiful make overs you shared and humored me and lifted my spirits with your open, heartfelt, friendly like a next door neighbor, way of writing. I’m so sorry about your rough year, but as many have said, the name of your blog is probably even more appropriate today than you could have possibly know back then 😉 I personally believe make overs are still a thing, but I am personally not able to share in the satisfaction of creative restyling, so I will love the possibility of living vicariously through your blog!! Best Wishes 🙂

  78. Sally Pagel
    February 8, 2018 / 3:59 PM

    Oh how I have missed you! But I get it, I had a really bad 2017 too! On New Years Eve at midnight I was screaming out my patio doors “2017 Go suck an egg!” But like you I am on to bigger and better things. We will be “Better After” right?!?! Take your time find your footing and post when it feels right! We your loyal followers will be right here waiting and cheering you on! Blessings!

  79. Stephanie Dechant
    February 8, 2018 / 4:04 PM

    Welcome back! You’ve been missed, but completely understandable given the trials you’ve been through. I’m so sorry to hear about the heartbreak and struggles, but glad to hear you’re picking yourself up and keeping your beautiful face towards the sun.
    Your blog was the first blog I subscribed to, and I love the before and afters and the DIY tutorials, but I agree with many of the comments before mine, you should do what fulfills and satisfies your heart and soul. If you do that, your readers will follow.
    Many well wishes from me to you.

  80. Janice
    February 8, 2018 / 4:04 PM

    So glad you are back in the saddle. Your natural design inspiration will guide your blog for sure. Missed you!!

  81. Lindsey Watne
    February 8, 2018 / 4:06 PM

    I am so sorry to hear about all of your heartaches 🙁

    I came to your site because of the makeovers, but stayed because of your sense of humor and fresh perspective.

    Things will turn around for you. Definitely better after! 🙂

  82. Elisabeth Grant
    February 8, 2018 / 4:15 PM

    Oh my GOSH! I am so sorry for your terrible, horrible year. I’ve missed your blog and I was so happy to see your email in my inbox. What a huge life event for you – I’m glad you took the year off to start adjusting. I will take your blog any way you choose to dish it out. Before and After – yes, please! And anything else you want to add. Your community is here for you, so welcome back. “Better After” may turn out to be a prophetic moniker….
    All the best to you.

  83. Lynn Portnoff
    February 8, 2018 / 4:17 PM

    Welcome back! I’ve missed this blog and your witty writing. I am so sorry to hear about the year you’ve had. It must have been really hard. A lot of people I know had a year like yours and we could all use some home makeover pics and humor to get us through. I’m looking forward to seeing what posts the next year brings.

  84. Heather M
    February 8, 2018 / 4:23 PM

    Seeing an email in my inbox from Better After was the best thing to happen today! Man, I’ve missed this daily dose of awesome! I am with everyone else! You just do you…whatever that means now. I know I will be here to read! I’m sorry for your rough year. You are one strong lady!

  85. Ceci Kamakani
    February 8, 2018 / 4:26 PM

    We missed you!!!! I did for sure. Life does have a way of hitting you hard (also a full time working single mom of 4! hard life but worth every minute 🙂 ) I LOVE your blog as it was but the way you word things, im sure most of us can relate, so if it gets personal, i’m ready! No one’s life is perfect, so i think it’s safe to say there will be no judgement here! May God continue to bless you and your family (and this blog)!

    We got your back girl!

  86. February 8, 2018 / 4:29 PM

    Welcome back! Speaking as a blogger who pretty much abandoned her blog a long time ago, I know exactly how you feel. Life has a way of just happening…… I look forward to reading your posts again.
    As for my opinion, write about anything you want to 🙂

  87. Leah
    February 8, 2018 / 4:38 PM

    So sorry to hear of your hard year. Thank you for sharing, shows you’re real. Glad your back.

  88. February 8, 2018 / 4:41 PM

    I’m sorry to hear you’ve had a difficult year. I hope the future holds good things for you and your family. As others have said I’ve missed your blog and your wonderful style of writing immensely. I’m really glad you’re back. Whichever direction you decide to take your blog I’m sure it will be as successful as it was before. Welcome back. 😘

  89. Barbara Brannon
    February 8, 2018 / 4:43 PM

    Wow – you really made my day dear! Certainly missed you and your posts. Enjoyed them immensely! So sorry for your troubles, divorce is tough, especially with children involved. As a good friend of mine has told me so many times, “This too shall pass” – and believe me it does! So glad you are back! Happy Trails!!!

  90. Sandy
    February 8, 2018 / 4:47 PM

    Welcome back. Missed you.
    🤗 Hugs.

  91. Lyn White
    February 8, 2018 / 4:51 PM

    Lindsey, hi!
    Well done, you. Congratulations on making it through a horrible time.
    I have hoped for your return and checked often, concerned for you and your family.

    I have been inspired by your ‘betterafters’, but now you are the inspiration.
    I have really missed your gentle humour
    Welcome back

  92. Gina
    February 8, 2018 / 4:53 PM

    SO glad you are BACK!!!!! Yes…yes….yes…to whatever YOU decide to write about!!! Praying that 2018 is an awesome year!!!!

  93. Kelley Smith
    February 8, 2018 / 4:55 PM

    I’m so glad you are back! I’ve missed voice in betterafter. I can’t wait to see and hear about whatever you do!!!❤️

  94. Mary Jude
    February 8, 2018 / 4:57 PM

    In the ocean of daily emails i receive, Better After is the one I open first. It’s like opening a Christmas gift everyday of the year, ’cause I’m a visual girl. If I could, I’d invite you for tea and a talk, and give you a giant hug. You are not alone. We love you and will love whatever you post.

  95. Sandra
    February 8, 2018 / 4:59 PM

    So glad you’re back! Looking forward to the future blog. Your sense of humor always resonated with me…glad you’ve retained it even in the midst of horribly trying circumstances.

  96. Khadija
    February 8, 2018 / 5:00 PM

    Hi there! I am so so sorry about all you’ve been through. I am happy to see you coming back though. I haven’t been able to do too much diy but I hope to soon! I’m sening you and your family a big internet hug! 😀

  97. Judy
    February 8, 2018 / 5:00 PM

    I’ve missed your witty voice so much! Welcome back to the land of the living and your new normal. I absolutely loved your blog as it was, but you add in whatever strikes your fancy. God Bless you and your new life.

  98. Jenny B.
    February 8, 2018 / 5:08 PM

    Welcome back! I’m so sorry to hear about your divorce. I always enjoyed your writing. It didn’t really matter what the subject was – you made me chuckle. The ugly lamp contest is still my favorite, though. Feel free to bring that back whenever you like. 🙂

  99. Deidre Craig
    February 8, 2018 / 5:12 PM

    Prayed for you regularly. Kept your site refreshed always knowing I’d see you again.
    As for suggestions…just be you, your wonderful, creative, funny,fearless self.
    Blessings to you and your fabulous family.

  100. lisa ernst
    February 8, 2018 / 5:13 PM

    So glad you are back! I was so excited when you popped up in my email! So sorry for your hard year. They say a calm sea never made a skilled sailor, and I’m sure you’re coming out of the past year stronger than you ever thought you could be. Looking forward to seeing what you have in storefor us. Yay! Happy day!

  101. Judy
    February 8, 2018 / 5:17 PM

    Well, everybody else said what I wanted to say… I’m glad you’re back. I’ve missed you. So sorry for your terrible year. One step at a time is the best way. I missed your sense of humor; I hope it’s still intact. It will be interesting to see how you upcycle yourself and I’m sure you will be even more beautiful/resourceful/resilient/capable/cautious/powerful in your AFTER. Wishing you the very best and am so glad you had your faith to sustain you. God bless.

  102. Nancy
    February 8, 2018 / 5:18 PM

    Welcome back brave woman. Look forward to reading your blog once again❤️

  103. Kathy
    February 8, 2018 / 5:19 PM

    Wow! I was just wondering about you the other day! So glad you’re back and have missed the befores and afters andnd your hilarious writing style. Can’t wait to see what you do next!

  104. Tanya
    February 8, 2018 / 5:27 PM

    Great to hear an update from you. You’re doing the hard work ♥️

  105. Carol
    February 8, 2018 / 5:31 PM

    Been there, done that, we all missed you so it’s great you are back! After my husband left me & a whole lot of tears (10 years) and I realized it was his loss not mine, Me & my children married a man & it has been great. 35 years later I can say ‘thank you lord because it wasn’t meant to be’ You will get there! Loved all the before & afters!

  106. Sonia
    February 8, 2018 / 5:32 PM

    Welcome back! It’s not what knocks us down that defines us but how we rise back up. Cant wait to see what the “new” you has in store for us. On a personal note I’m having my first baby at 40 so maybe some fun DIY kid décor? Advice from a seasoned mom of 4 is always welcome. Keep taking us on your blogging journey.

  107. Janet
    February 8, 2018 / 5:38 PM

    Hooray!!!! Welcome back, I’m so thrilled to see your OK! Please do keep writing, your hilarious as hell and your blog is so damn fun. I’d love to see more of the projects you are working on and hear more about what you’re up to along with your much beloved before and after treasures. Go on, girl!

  108. Mary C.
    February 8, 2018 / 5:47 PM

    We’re still here. Missed you but totally understandable. It’s your blog so whatever you can write is a-ok with me.

  109. Barbara Cox
    February 8, 2018 / 5:54 PM

    Sorry for your rough year and glad things are going better. I’m just happy you came back. I’ve always loved your sense of humor and the before and afters, but will read anything you want to write about. A sincere Welcome Back!!!

  110. Leslie
    February 8, 2018 / 5:55 PM

    Welcome back! Missed you! Sorry life sucked for a while, but having been exactly where you are, my life was better after I got over the shock and adjustment, ie a year or so.
    Love before/afters so that would suit me fine. If you feel compelled to talk about other things, I expect I’ll read it cause you write great.

  111. Maria Bingham
    February 8, 2018 / 6:04 PM

    Ditto! I am glad you are doing better after a rough year. I hope you have lots of support from friends and family to take care of you and your beautiful children. I love your “voice” so I will enjoy anything you share on your blog! Just do what feels right for you and we will follow with enthusiasm.

  112. lee
    February 8, 2018 / 6:17 PM

    Great family photo– and welcome back!

  113. Olivia
    February 8, 2018 / 6:26 PM

    Beyond thrilled that you are back, Lindsay !!!!!

  114. Kristine
    February 8, 2018 / 6:31 PM

    I was just thinking about your blog this morning! I figured life had gotten messy. You’re not alone! Been there, done that and the good news is that life is still good! Our little family had tough days but lots of love & happy days, too. As one of my daughters said, “we don’t look very good ‘on paper’, but we are so happy”! I hope you will look back at this time in years to come and not remember all the awful stuff but remember being closer to God and each other in ways you weren’t before and changed for the better.

  115. February 8, 2018 / 6:33 PM

    I am thrilled that you are back! Sorry that the reason for your absence was so crappy. But, as your blog reminds us, some things that appear to be broken and worn out can always be made better by time, love and a good coat of paint. Okay, maybe all things don’t need the paint… but you get what I mean. 🙂

  116. Beverly
    February 8, 2018 / 6:37 PM

    Welcome Back! We missed you! I’m so very sorry you’ve had such a tough year.

  117. Jodie Farrow
    February 8, 2018 / 6:50 PM

    How apropos this blog is called “Better After!” I think it’s metaphor for 2017. Glad to have you back and better after all of it!

  118. denise
    February 8, 2018 / 7:01 PM

    Welcome back! Do what you did, or do something new, either way as you can tell… it’s your charm, wit and sparkling personality that we adore. 🙂

  119. February 8, 2018 / 7:02 PM

    Last Year was rough for us too. I’m so sorry your’s stunk too. (((Hugs))) here’s to a much better 2018 and getting to know our audiences again while figuring out what we want to be when we grow up! XO!

  120. F Bond
    February 8, 2018 / 7:09 PM

    So very happy you are back! You were missed! Go for it… I will be here!

  121. Michelle
    February 8, 2018 / 7:29 PM

    Life is all about how you handle those curveballs that we all get thrown at us. I have no doubt with your amazing sense of humor, positive attitude, and your kids having your back that you will be ok 🙂 I have missed your blog. Still love before and afters.. So glad you are back!

  122. Sarah
    February 8, 2018 / 7:33 PM

    I was so excited to see your email today! But also so sorry to hear the sad news.

    I loved your blog before and missed seeing the before and afters! Glad you are back!

  123. Debbie How
    February 8, 2018 / 7:51 PM

    Lindsey:
    Welcome back! From one who has been in your shoes, put one foot in front of the other, smile, take deep breaths and enjoy the ride. The best advice I received was, don’t sweat the small stuff (the books are really good).
    I really appreciate you sharing such a personal thing. Looking forward to future blogs. 😁

  124. donna giblin
    February 8, 2018 / 7:52 PM

    So glad to see you back. I am a sucker for before and afters (and even sent in a few to you 🙂 ) but your blog is yours and you should blog what you feel you want to. I had a sign made for my daughter’s wall when she went to college and she has since married and hung in her baby daughter’s room:
    Only three things matter:
    How much you loved,
    How gently you lived,
    and how gracefully you let
    go of things not meant for you.

    Aren’t they great words to live by?Be happy!

  125. MariB
    February 8, 2018 / 7:56 PM

    YAAAY! I was so hoping you’d come back to blogland! You’re my fave! I’m so sorry for what you’ve been going through with the end of your marriage; those were some dark days for me as well.
    Would still love to see more “Better Afters” from your readers, along with your accompanying hilarity! Anything you post will be well-received by me. Welcome back!

  126. Phyl
    February 8, 2018 / 8:19 PM

    Holy ballsack as my normally mild-mannered daughter said just today: I am so glad you’re back! And so looking forward to whatever you choose to share with your grateful readers.

  127. Angie
    February 8, 2018 / 8:26 PM

    We’ve missed you! I’m sure I’m the first to point out that Better After is the name of your blog, so why can’t it also be about the new you too? We all go through seasons of life & change and who knows, you could be the best Lindsey ever now!

  128. Erin
    February 8, 2018 / 8:29 PM

    So glad you are back! As others have said, I would enjoy anything you decide to write about, but I do enjoy the before and after pics 😉
    Beautiful family 🙂

  129. Cathie
    February 8, 2018 / 8:30 PM

    You have most definitely been missed. Sorry for your yucky year but so glad you have returned. I agree with many of the other commenters – just be you and write what feels right to you. We will read it all because it is from you. I too, loved the before/after – I haveso many things that are before and none of them have ever made it yet to become an after…lol The most important thing is that you are BACK!

  130. Mo
    February 8, 2018 / 8:34 PM

    So glad you are back. You have been missed. Thank god life goes on after divorce, or many of us would be in trouble. As stated, it’s your blog and can be whatever you want it to be. I’ll keep reading no matter what, as your sense if humor is much needed & so refreshing. Transformations can be of so many things!!!

  131. Jennifer
    February 8, 2018 / 8:43 PM

    It’s good to have you back, Lindsey! You have not been forgotten.

  132. Fran
    February 8, 2018 / 8:46 PM

    Big Italian hugs! Sometimes we need a sabbatical from life to recharge. Glad you are making such progress over the past hectic year.

  133. Ana
    February 8, 2018 / 8:50 PM

    Hello Lindsey. Yes i am here. I’ve missed you. So sorry for all the pain. Be strong. Big big hug.

  134. Alison Drummond Jones
    February 8, 2018 / 8:55 PM

    Booo … to you past year. When life bites, it bites hard. But I am so pleased you’re through the worst and out the other side. None of us really know where we’ll end up …. but one thing I know is that you make me laugh … oh, the second is the Notting Hill reference!

  135. Jennifer
    February 8, 2018 / 9:08 PM

    I have a strong belief that YOU will be “better after” as you continue forward. I’m sorry for the pain of your last year but encourage you to just get back to doing what you do! You are not alone in this situation. I had a 27 year marriage end in 2013 and I am “better after” too. Beauty from Ashes :). Probably one of the reasons I’ve always loved doing DIY projects like you always present so well. Best wishes to you and yours in 2018. It’s a new year!

  136. Cindy
    February 8, 2018 / 9:27 PM

    Welcome back!! I had checked back, often – always enjoyed your blog. You have lots of fans.
    What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger – and wiser. Beautiful family!
    You may be amazed where life leads you. God bless you and your children.

  137. Laura
    February 8, 2018 / 10:05 PM

    Welcome back!

  138. Denette
    February 8, 2018 / 10:32 PM

    HELLO!
    Welcome back!
    Missed you too.
    Loved what you used to do. It’s your blog, do what you want. I hope 2018 brings you joy and contentment.

  139. Amy
    February 8, 2018 / 10:39 PM

    Well fark a dark. I’ve been so caught up in my own drama that I didn’t think much about it. Brutal year for you though and I am so sorry. I say, pick up where you left off -if you want- EXCEPT add comments about YOU being Better, After. Feel free to add some snark. Have fun. Be sassy. Monetize this thang. Anyways… I didn’t read your blog for the redonnits. I read it because I love your writIng. Just write. Welcome back. Glad to have you!

  140. Marianne Franks
    February 8, 2018 / 11:40 PM

    Ok yay, glad your back! Dang it. I hate hearing you have had a hard year! I seriously love your style! Hilarious, real, and relatable! I love the before/afters. But like everyone says do what feels good to you! Hang in there!

  141. February 9, 2018 / 1:02 AM

    I’m really really glad your back. I’ve missed your blog, I used to real enjoy and look forward to reading it I love your writing. Sorry you’ve had such a s****y year but glad to hear your life’s on the mend. Life can be a bit crap sometimes but you know that will pass and you’ll get through it.

  142. Berry
    February 9, 2018 / 1:06 AM

    Welcome Back! Many sympathies, divorce really sucks. Talk about what pleases you, it is your blog. I enjoyed and still enjoy before and afters, but I’m sure I’ll enjoy whatever. 😉

  143. maria
    February 9, 2018 / 1:35 AM

    Hi Lindsey!! I’m so so so happy to see you back! I’ve missed you and often wondered if you were alright. I’m sorry you’ve had such a bad year but I hope blogging will help you distract yourself from time to time. I see you’ve changed the blog aspect, it’s much more polished and cool!! I hope you continue to post about makeovers because I love them, that said, you can also talk about whatever you want. It’s your happy place of the internet, so do as you wish!! I’ll be here to read what you have to say because well, I’m a loyal reader and I like you (you seem like a funny and nice person) Have a nice day!!!

  144. Vicky
    February 9, 2018 / 4:54 AM

    Great to have you back and very sorry to hear about the mrriage split. I’m divorced myself and two kids to bring up one 1 and one 3 so I know it’s not easy, but we are all here behind you all the way. hugs Vicky

  145. Beth Snyder
    February 9, 2018 / 5:35 AM

    Welcome back! Cheers to a new beginning! I enjoy all your before and after photos!
    😊

  146. Maureen
    February 9, 2018 / 6:17 AM

    Welcome back! We have missed your sense of humor more than any other part of your posts. Just post about your life and we will be tuning in to laugh and commiserate along with you.

  147. Wendy
    February 9, 2018 / 6:24 AM

    I think it’s safe to say you have a lot of fans! We’re all glad you’re back and it’s good to know you’re doing better. Life can suck sometimes, I know that personally…but there is “the other side”. I hope you can see it! You’ve experienced your own “before” and “after”. The “afters” are always better!! <3

  148. Nikki
    February 9, 2018 / 8:17 AM

    I missed your humor for sure! Every time I see an ugly lamp I think of you (not sure if that is a good thing, lol.) Hope your life gets better and your dreams come true.

  149. Sue
    February 9, 2018 / 8:17 AM

    Deeply sorry to hear of your personal losses last year. As a previous commenter said, hopefully, in time you will feel like your blog’s name, Better After. We are so happy to have you back blogging about whatever forum suits you. Your wit and humor will always shine through! Still loved what you did before, but perhaps there will be anecdotes about your new life experiences as well.

  150. Terrie
    February 9, 2018 / 8:19 AM

    I’m so sorry to hear of your troubles, but you’re not alone. After six years of emotional breakdowns and withdrawing so completely into myself that I have very little memory of those years, I’m finally starting to emerge and see life. It’s not what I expected, not what I planned, and I’m stuck, trying to figure out who I am now and how to move forward.

    Like everyone else, I liked pretty much everything you used to do. You probably have a different perspective on things now, and far less time, so just follow your instincts. We’ll be here.

  151. Angela Flickema
    February 9, 2018 / 9:11 AM

    So glad to see you back. And STRONGER. Your creativity is an inspiration. I had my ‘sucky’ year in 2015. Geographically separated for safety reasons, but still a civil marriage. Had to run toward God to stay focused. This year my words are ‘Be Aware’.

    I love better after and have a small pile of clothing that has grown into refashions in my head. Finally finishing my MA in Gerontology this year, so those aspirations have to wait another 4 months.

    Onto the next journey in life.

  152. Linda
    February 9, 2018 / 9:54 AM

    The before and after pictures drew me to your blog, but it was your design/life insights that kept me here. Life changes for everybody, but this is constant: you post, I read.
    Gotta go, need to cry; an old friend that I’ve never met has resurfaced. It is so nice to hear from you.

  153. Lisa
    February 9, 2018 / 10:57 AM

    Lindsey, welcome back! I really like your blog and missed it! Blessings to you and your beautiful family.

  154. Renee
    February 9, 2018 / 11:01 AM

    Damn! Sorry life kicked you in the teeth and got you down for a year, Lindsey. But just like a new year, you will come out of this with new ideas, new perspectives, new hopes and hopefully, a great ending. I missed you lots and watched for you daily! I love your before and after pictures. They were a great starting point to get my “befores” to my “afters”! Thanks for showing up in my inbox again. Somehow, I just knew you would!

  155. February 9, 2018 / 11:22 AM

    Welcome back. I have learned the hard way life does not always go as planned. But I have also been learning I can embrace the way it is. Sounds like you are already figuring that out. I love the before and after.

  156. Margaret
    February 9, 2018 / 11:31 AM

    I’m so happy you are back and happy you made it through a horrible year.
    You are a survivor and you are amazing. Love your blog.

  157. Rachel
    February 9, 2018 / 11:48 AM

    So glad you’re back! I did a double take when this post popped up in my reader. I’ll be reading whatever you decide to write!

  158. Tracey
    February 9, 2018 / 12:12 PM

    Welcome back! I also missed your laugh out loud funny comments, and I am sorry to hear that 2017 sucked. I am happy to ready anything you post, and I hope that 2018 is much better!

  159. Dawn
    February 9, 2018 / 12:34 PM

    Welcome back. Life. Adulting. Hmph. Over-rated at times. Sorry for your tough year. Can we help giving you laughs?

    You’re crazy talented and ridiculously funny. Whatever you decide will be great. The DIY, Ugly Lamps—it’s still good.

    So glad you’ve returned. Wishing you continued healing, hope, and happiness. Thanks for bringing us along on the ride.

  160. Lauri
    February 9, 2018 / 2:20 PM

    I’m so pleased to see you back! I check on you weekly, and every time I think about you and send you good wishes.

    It’s your blog; I think you should post whatever you want. I like the makeover stuff a lot but don’t mind a bit if you decide to change things up. I’m so happy to see that you are recovering; you and the kids look great 🙂

  161. libby
    February 9, 2018 / 2:45 PM

    <3<3<3

  162. February 9, 2018 / 3:06 PM

    Oh how I’ve missed your blog! Welcome back with open arms! Lindsey, I’m sorry that life has dealt you some crappy stuff. I don’t wish that on anyone. I’m so glad to see Better After pop back up in my emails! Now, YOU can be BETTER AFTER. <3

  163. Nicole Payne
    February 9, 2018 / 3:45 PM

    I’m so glad you’re back. I really looked forward to your blog and missed it this past year. Just keep doing the AMAZING job you’ve done in the past and you’ll be golden.

  164. Candie Firebaugh
    February 9, 2018 / 4:13 PM

    Hang in there, sweetie. I will get better

  165. Carol
    February 9, 2018 / 5:39 PM

    You were missed.

  166. February 9, 2018 / 6:06 PM

    Duuuuude! You should have little mini competitions! Like, tell people they have to go to a thrift store, buy something to repurpose/beautify and give them all a budget. (Like $20 Or something) I would totally get onboard with that and post it, having anyone who wants to join in with the hashtag. And then you could feature the winner. I’m glad you’re back.

  167. Lucy Gorman
    February 9, 2018 / 6:33 PM

    So glad you back! Just keep on being you.

  168. Courtney
    February 9, 2018 / 10:53 PM

    Also very glad your back, and sorry to hear about your awful year. But I was a little shocked that it’s been a whole year?! Wow, time has a funny way of just flying right by! Excited to see where the blog takes you this year, either way you’re funny as hell and looks to me like there are plenty of readers that are thrilled you’re back:)

  169. Beth
    February 9, 2018 / 11:01 PM

    I’m so glad you’re back! I’m so sorry that you’ve had a terrible year but glad you’ve made it through to the other side. You could write about anything and I would read it. The before and afters are great, but your humor and writing style are what I enjoy most. Write about your life, projects you’re working on, or before and afters, whatever floats your boat, but please do continue the ugly lamp contest, it is my very favorite thing! Here’s to new beginnings!

  170. Jeannie
    February 10, 2018 / 8:28 AM

    So happy you’re back! You can blog on whatever you want I’m just happy you’re ok and we get to cheer you on. Stay strong Lindsay, we’re here!

  171. Suzanne
    February 10, 2018 / 8:32 AM

    Hello from Montréal, QC

    Thank heavens you are still there! I thought you were dead! Welcome back! Plenty still of makeovers to discuss and many other things. Grab a chair, we’ll hang out.

    xxx
    Suzanne

  172. Marsha
    February 10, 2018 / 9:38 AM

    So glad you are back, but even happier that you are doing okay. Life can be so very hard. Looking forward to reading anything you decide to write

  173. Janet
    February 10, 2018 / 10:26 AM

    I can relate – so happy you are okay. Looking forward to what’s next for you. Write about anything you’d like to – trust me, I’ll read it!

  174. Beth Nichols
    February 10, 2018 / 2:15 PM

    I’m LOVING these comments about the “Better After” name being a deeper meaning than upcycling. I think what made this blog fun to follow is that you gave us peeks into other people’s life. Even if it was just their take on how to change an orange wall into a white wall…it was still fun to observe how other people do things. I think before and after can be applied to many different things in the world and life. If you have the itch to blog, I’m not sure that it matters what the content is as much as you are happy doing it. Much love to you and your new adventure that I”m quite certain you weren’t excited about starting.

  175. Kim G
    February 10, 2018 / 5:54 PM

    Oh how I have missed you!! All I can say is you do what makes you happy! I will still follow your blog! I love your wit and your style. Prayers for you and your family and what was once a bad year just made you that much stronger. Also prayers that you can have a little bit of peace for your future as a single mom with 4 growing kiddos. You go girl!

  176. Tabi
    February 10, 2018 / 11:02 PM

    I’m so glad you are back! I’m sorry life was a jerk. Write about anything you want, I’ll read it. Heck, you could write about the phone book and I’d read it. I love your “voice.”

  177. Ken
    February 11, 2018 / 5:45 AM

    Welcome back! I’m sure it was hard to write that first blog, but here you are better than before because you know how strong you can be!! So take your new eyes and show us new things with the flare that you do best!

  178. Lyndsey
    February 11, 2018 / 7:47 AM

    So happy things have improved for you a bit. I loved everything the blog used to be, but I also have complete confidence in anything you want to do differently. You are really talented. And that family photo is SO gorgeous.

  179. ashley
    February 11, 2018 / 9:25 AM

    I LOVE seeing a good before and after… whether it’s an “upcycled” piece of furniture, an ikea hack, a great diy on a home that didn’t cost a bajillion dollars… I LOVED your blog! And still do 🙂 I’ve been eagerly awaiting for your return and glad to see you are back! You do you girl… hugs and prayers to you as you navigate your “new life” 🙂

  180. Jenelle
    February 11, 2018 / 2:13 PM

    You are one of the funniest bloggers I’ve ever read. I came for the design ideas, but stayed for your humor. 🙂 I will read anything you write.

    LOTS and lots of love to you and your beautiful children.

  181. Paula Lusk
    February 11, 2018 / 2:54 PM

    I, too, have checked out your blog. One day I saw what looked like newer pictures on your instagram, so I checked them out. You seemed to be better. After all, we knew you were having trouble, and it seems like you had a doozie of a year. I pray and think that you are on the mend. Your blog has always been fun and full of silly contests, but, do what you are comfortable with. Your kids are getting so big. Take care of yourself.

  182. Karen Wierenga
    February 11, 2018 / 6:14 PM

    Real life is messy, isn’t it? Whatever you choose to do, whatever direction your path takes, do it with love and that sass and humor you’ve always shared with us. Real life is messy, isn’t it? Welcome back.

  183. Sheeba
    February 11, 2018 / 9:10 PM

    So glad you’re back! Period. 🙂

  184. Kelley N
    February 11, 2018 / 9:19 PM

    Hooray Lindsey! Like so many others I checked daily to see if you were checking in. And now you’re back!!! We are all so relieved and happy for your indomitable spirit and amazingly witty way of looking at life. We celebrate your new life and your new adventures with your kiddos! Here’s to you – Better After the hard times, and better than ever!! HaPpY DaNcE!!

  185. February 12, 2018 / 7:26 AM

    I almost squealed when I saw your post come up on Bloglovin! Only almost because I was in a public place. Had I been at home alone I probably would have cartwheeled. 😉

    I thought about you a lot over the past year. Mainly because I could feel the underlying angst in your life in your last few posts. I prayed for you a few times as well.

    I’m sorry your marriage has ended, but glad you’re still smiling. I’m looking forward to reading
    your witty posts.

  186. February 12, 2018 / 10:12 AM

    Welcome back! Good on you to return to this after your year. My life has been smooth sailing (knock wood) and I’ve barely blogged in the last year. 🙂

  187. Barbara Kerr
    February 12, 2018 / 10:50 AM

    I’ve checked in every day since you left. I know what you’re going through on the divorce front (been there myself about 15 years ago.)

    Life will never be the same, but I promise….you got this. Glad you’re back! Tons of people waiting for you 🙂

  188. February 12, 2018 / 11:18 AM

    So glad you’re back — we missed you!!!

  189. Maryanne
    February 12, 2018 / 11:23 AM

    I’m so happy you’re back! I still love befores and afters, but whatever you want to post would be great. I’ve been thinking about you and rooting for you this past year and will continue to do so.:)

  190. JoAnne
    February 12, 2018 / 12:39 PM

    THANK-YOU for finding the courage to write! I think of you often and have been hoping you are ok. I have missed reading your witty/funny posts – the before and afters I always found to be the bonus. I’m with the rest of your fans – if you write it, I will read it. Do what feels right for you. Love the family photo!! xo

  191. Gail
    February 12, 2018 / 1:47 PM

    Welcome back! Divorce sucks but most of us come out stronger than before. I love the ugly lamp contest and maybe start up a different one? Whatever you post I will read!

  192. Chrissy
    February 12, 2018 / 2:54 PM

    So about a week ago I stopped checking daily to see if you had returned, still heart broken as I was every day in your absence. Your blog was part of my daily routine for several years……..
    1. check email
    2. check the local paper
    3. check my bank account
    4. check better after
    ……and then I would start my day. So this afternoon I thought “it’s been a year…..at least I still have Pinterest”, but thankfully I checked one last time!!!! I cannot wait for tomorrow! My routine is complete once again!!! Welcome Back Beautiful!! This will be your year!

  193. Donna Stephens
    February 12, 2018 / 3:18 PM

    So glad to see your post. I also checked in from time to time! Sorry the past year has been difficult for you and I am sure for your kids! Here’s to a better year in 2018!

  194. Lori
    February 12, 2018 / 5:13 PM

    Welcome back! You are stronger than you know. I am so proud of all you have accomplished!!

  195. Kelly
    February 12, 2018 / 6:52 PM

    So glad you’re back! I miss your “real life” makeovers. Like real people with orange oak cabinets and less than million dollar budgets (me!) I miss you funny/snarky/cheery/sarcastic/hilarious writing. I know you still have healing to do so i’ll just be here waiting patiently! 🙂

  196. Diane
    February 12, 2018 / 8:51 PM

    There you are, sweet pea! I had a feeling you’d be back when you found your way. Sorry to hear about the terrible year. Keep moving forward; life has a way of surprising us! Wonderful things are ahead for you and your kids!

  197. Cassie
    February 12, 2018 / 10:46 PM

    I am so glad you are back!!! I have literally checked every other day since the day your vanished. I scoured over comments to see if I could get a glimpse as to what was going on. I am so glad you are back and I want to encourage you with the same thing, write whatever makes you happy! I loved the Before & Afters because I always want to know what is trending, as I try to DIY home investments as much as I can. I also connect with you because I am also a mother of 4, and I just love your sense of humor and silly ways of looking at things. Just keep on being you and please keep on posting!

  198. Nancy
    February 13, 2018 / 12:06 AM

    This old fart is so happy you’re back and have endured. “Nevertheless, she persisted!” We’re so much stronger than we ever imagined. Take the time you need to find your balance with blogging again. As you can tell, we’ll be here for you whatever direction you decide to take! Virtual hugs, and wishing you plenty of smiles this year.

  199. Peggy Pasicznyk
    February 13, 2018 / 6:58 AM

    Yay!!! So happy you are back. I, too, checked periodically to see if there was any action on your blog. Today was my lucky day!! Trust me, a few of us know what you have gone through. We are there for you.Welcome back!!

  200. Kim
    February 13, 2018 / 7:14 AM

    Whoop whoop! Glad you’re back!

  201. February 13, 2018 / 10:36 AM

    Welcome back!
    Your blog always, always brought/brings such happy/joy/laughter.

    Selfishly, so glad you found your way back.

    Life can be brutal. Hope all of us readers can help you smooth out the edges and bathe you in a bit of grace and goodness.

    You are loved. You are of value. You are APPRECIATED.

    Thanks for making me smile today.

  202. Andria
    February 13, 2018 / 4:41 PM

    I remember just praying for you and knowing that something big was going down, and hoped that you would eventually return to the blog…you have been missed and your return is awesomely celebrated! I’m sorry for all the hardship you’ve endured, and am inspired by your strong spirit. So glad you’re back, you are such a light! Yes, still DIY-ing, and hoping beyond hope that you will resurrect the Ugly Lamp Contest!

  203. Just Justin
    February 13, 2018 / 8:16 PM

    What a minute?!?! You were gone for a year?!?! Where have I been??? JK!

    YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!! I’m so excited you are back!

    You do you, girl! Do you! I’ll do me…you do you. I’m good at being me. You seem good at being you.

    “You take the good. You take the bad.
    You take them both and there you have.
    The facts of life. The facts of life.

    When the world never seems,
    To be living up to your dream,
    Then suddenly you’re finding out
    The facts of life are all about you.”

  204. Julie McCubbins
    February 14, 2018 / 8:37 AM

    “Long time reader, first time commenter.” 🙂 I was SO happily surprised to see your post come up in my email! (BTW…. My name is Julie, and I’m an AOL email user! Honestly thought AOL had something to do with not receiving your blog for so long. haha Pretty sure I’m the lone survivor on AOL.) Girl, I know what your year was like while you were gone. I, too, had a marriage end and had little ones. It’s a devastating time and a blur of rollercoaster emotions! But, God is GOOD, and we become a little stronger and wiser and continue on to take care of our babies. I will keep you in my prayers. Thank you for pulling on your boots and getting back to so much in your life that brings joy to yourself and others, like this blog. I’m looking forward to having you back in my life. 🙂

  205. Chris
    February 14, 2018 / 10:17 AM

    Hey! Glad to see you back! Been checking here periodically for a while, and praying for you too. 🙂
    Wishing you and your little ones all the best as you move on.

  206. Lana
    February 14, 2018 / 11:56 AM

    Sweet baby Jesus your back!!! Absolutely ecstatic!

  207. BB
    February 14, 2018 / 12:39 PM

    Agghhhhhhhh!!!! You’re back!!! I. AM. SO. HAPPY!!! But like kinda sad that you had a crap year. Although….you made it through! So Yay on you, you badass Mama, you!!! Welcome back hugs!!!

    Anyway, I love the DIYs. I NEED the DIYs because I cannot afford retail so upcycling is still my jam. In my humble opinion – chevron is out BUT I will gladly enjoy anything you blog on even if it includes a zigzag pattern of some sort. If you include other topic matter and such, I will still read because I like you and I think we probably like similar stuff so go for what you feel.

    Sending all the good vibes, energy, and light your way, Lindsey. You are wonderful 🙂

  208. Kimberly
    February 14, 2018 / 1:37 PM

    Lindsey, I am STOKED that you are back!! I will read whatever you post because you are witty, charming and so stinking bright in every sense of the word. However, I dearly loved all the before and afters.
    ~~No matter what, BETTER AFTER will now be your war cry, girlie!! 😉

  209. Michelle Hayes
    February 14, 2018 / 1:40 PM

    ‼️‼️❤️ WeLcOmE BaCk❤️‼️‼️
    You were sorely missed!! Sending hugs ~ I think you could use ~ and deserve ~ many! I’m not one to say that “everything happens for a reason “ because I don’t think that it does. That statement ~ imo ~ removes ones responsibility from their own actions and/or choices. As you stated ~ this was not how you saw your life. As your virtual friends we are here to support you. Whatever direction you wanna take your blog or write about on your blog……we are here!😊 Remember “It makes such a difference”, said Pooh, “to have someone who believes in you”. I do!

  210. Danielle
    February 15, 2018 / 12:03 PM

    Welcome BACK!! I’ve been following your blog (via daily emails) from the beginning. I think you should do whatever you want! But I do have to say that you are still the only blog that gives daily instant gratification of before and after. I think that makes you special (one of the many reasons!). And lady, you crack me up! So I’m thrilled to see you back in my inbox.

  211. SALLY
    February 15, 2018 / 1:46 PM

    WELCOMEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
    BAAAAAAAACKKKKKKKKKKKKK
    YIPPEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

  212. leeuna
    February 15, 2018 / 7:36 PM

    Yay! you’re back. I’m so happy to see you but sorry for what you have gone through/are going through. I like anything you blog about. I love your sense of humor and the way you write. Do what makes you happy and those of us who love you will be happy too.

  213. Petra
    February 17, 2018 / 8:16 AM

    Every once in a while I was looking if there is “life” again on Better After. And today it was!!!! I’m sorry for the last year that was surely hard for you. I love your blog and your kind of humor and your style of writing and for me it is really joy you are back again. I wish you and your family all the best!! And your blog will always be one of a kind with your ability to write. So write what interests you and it will interest us.

  214. Sheree L
    February 17, 2018 / 9:37 AM

    YAY! So glad to see you’re back! God bless you and your family as you adjust to your “new” life. You all look so beautiful in your photo.

    As others have said, I do love the “before and afters”, but will happily read anything you want to write! Follow your heart, and we will all be here to support you 🙂

  215. Chrissybozz
    February 17, 2018 / 3:47 PM

    Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh!! I feel a ray of sunshine on my face and it’s 32 degrees and raining here in NJ! I am so glad you are back to blogging! Your site was a daily treat of mine and I missed it so much when you left-but life can do that to us….smack us down:/…..so glad you have the time to devote to this site again! I hope everything is going uphill for you and your family. Thank you for taking time to put this place together…it is inspiring, funny, and just the kick in the pants I need to get my own cheapy cheap decor upgraded a bit. Be well!

  216. Chrissybozz
    February 17, 2018 / 3:49 PM

    Also, I just noticed your return was on February 7th…that’s my birthday!!!! It’s a sign from the decorating goddesses!!

  217. Diane
    February 18, 2018 / 6:12 AM

    Oh Lindsey:
    I’ve missed you so much. Life is hard, but you tackle it with such grace and finesse.
    Share with us what you need to and take it day by day. You have so much to offer on all counts, and we are here to help you through it. Together we can be stronger.
    Welcome Home.
    Love and Prayers

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