Happenings on the Homestead: Where is She?

Maybe some of you have asked yourself that very question over the past few weeks – Where is She?  With fewer posts, less DIY projects, limited social media interaction, and lots of guest posts, it may have crossed your mind that something happened to me.  Thankfully I can say nothing happened and all is well on the homefront, but the last month has been downright Chaotic (yes, with a capital C).  I literally don’t know what happened to April – it skipped by within a second.  Have you ever had that?

Instead of bogging down a good post, I thought I owed you or at least wanted to share with you where I’ve been and why I’ve been so MIA lately.

With the start of nice weather, which came earlier than usual this year, I have been focusing less on interior projects and more on the outdoors.  The first DIY project that the Mister and I tackled was to enlarge the exterior porch columns.  They came out amazing, but of course I haven’t had a minute to photograph them and promise to do so soon!

A week later we started focusing on our side yard, which was a large unusable space filled with overgrown, cavernous trees.  After lots of thought on how we envisioned to use the space, we decided to remove the trees to create a large lawned area.

These are some pictures of them removing the trees and it was truly amazing to watch.  And of course, I photographed it!

This is the space now.

I know it looks totally scary to you and I’m sure you are thinking I’m crazy, but believe me… I have a vision… You just wait!  To come, will be the removal of the large tree stumps, fill, topsoil, and lots of grass seed.  I’m crossing my fingers it all works, hehe – I don’t have the best green thumb.

Additionally to this fairly big endeavour on the homestead, I went away.  Like away on a vacation!  Yes, a vacation and it was WITHOUT TECHNOLOGY – I left every form of connection home.  I was so thankful to get away on a cruise with my family – 12 of us in all – for a week.  It was incredible and wonderful to get away from the everyday “stuff”.  So this was my home for 8 days.

So now I’m back and incredibly crazy, as you can imagine.  Along with the nutty few weeks I had before leaving on vacation, I also have been working on quite a few Interior Design projects for local clients and E-Decorating clients.  They are all completely different and have been delightfully challenging and gratifying.  I feel truly blessed and am so fulfilled with where my business is heading. And…

That brings me to the blog…  Here I feel like I’m slacking.  I’m sure you can kinda see that I have had zero time to create new DIY projects or even snap a photo (hence the lack of photography of my new columns).  This is not a complaint at all, but I want to let you know – my amazing and valued readers and followers – that I am still here and don’t plan on leaving or going anywhere.  I feel that it’s so important to share quality information in my posts, versus fluff and quantity.  I put my heart and soul into each of my posts, and in turn that takes alot of time – like hours of time for one post.  I would love to blog everyday, but it’s near impossible because I would suffer, as well as my family (that’s a no-no).

Sometimes I wonder what my readers want and why they return time and time again.  Can you help me answer that – Would you rather fewer posts that are strong in quality or more posts throughout the week that are shorter in content?

I can not thank you all enough and it amazes me each day that I have the following of readers that I do – it’s truly incredible.  I thank my lucky stars each and everyday for how my business and blog have evolved and grown.  AND many of my clients have come from my blog, so stopping isn’t possible.

I just had to share this.  My blogging friends Jess and Monica over at East Coast Creative, formerly the fabulous Real Housewives of Bucks County, shared this picture the other day in a post.  It’s so true, isn’t it?!  You can never have all three, and that has to be okay.  From time to time, the chosen TWO will change, but for me one that is always important is my family time.

Well thank you for listening and I hope I didn’t babble too much.  I just thought you’d like to know where I’ve been and what I’ve been doing.  As usual, I will continue and strive to bring you great design ideas and inspiration, but please let me what keeps you stickin’ around.

And I promise, more posts will be coming soon!!! pinky-promise

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  1. says

    You were missed! The vacation looked wonderful and I hope you all enjoyed the time away. There so many online outlets for “fluff”, in my opinion, I prefer fewer posts that are more quality. Of course that’s just my opinion, but am a firm believer in quality over quantity. Of course putting yourself and your family first ALWAYS. Keep up the awesome work!

  2. says

    Yes in deed you were missed…I was wondering! I never doubted you at all because I know too well what a job blogging, being a wife/mother, and having a career in-tales. I am happy you and your family took a vacation and now you are ready to get back at it.
    Welcome back Jenna!

    Andrea xo

    P.S. I like posts less frequent without the fluff…you are good with me :)

  3. says

    I hear you! I’ve had similar challenges with “doing it all” recently and had to decide that I couldn’t blog about making the most of family life while ignoring my family to do so. Nice to see that you’re back {it’s good to be missed isn’t it?}. Glad you enjoyed some family time away from it all.

    • Jenna says

      Thanks Beth! We’re often pulled in so many directions and it’s difficult to juggle everything. It was nice to pull away for a few days and focus on family. I hope you are well and thanks for the thoughts. xo Jenna

  4. says

    Quality over quantity I say! Love that you unplugged and enjoyed your family. We all need to do more of that. No one wants “she was immediately available on high-speed” on their tombstone. Family is important….oh, and sleep, sleep is important too. Good luck with the yard, big doings there, hey?

    • Jenna says

      Thanks Dharma for your kind thoughts and it was WONDERFUL to unplug. I will definitely be doing it more often. xo Jenna