Times are a changing around here. My girls are growing like beautiful flowers that are blooming into the most delightful young ladies despite all my worry, constant conversations and continuous praying.
The days seem to slip away in a millisecond as the seasons melt into one another and I find myself trying to memorize yet another year to write on my checks.
But this past year in particular has been especially blur-like. My eldest learned to drive, my youngest became a teenager, and my life perspective began to dramatically change. The little take for granted’s became monumental. My faith grew like it hasn’t in years and my constant enamor with social media and online life dissolved into disenchantment. I didn’t really know who I was for awhile. Has that ever happened to you? My senses were overstimulated as I tried to balance my life on what seemed to be a very tiny beam. My focus that was usually multifaceted, narrowed into an ability to focus on only one task.
I craved simplicity, stability, structure.
And my family.
I almost considered taking my blog down even though my mind kept a silent tally of ideas and notes as I went through my days.
I prayed for answers and waited.
And then I’d pray again.
Slowly I started to hear God’s whispers.
Family was first.
So I continued to pray and be a mom and a daughter and a sister and a wife and a child of God. By spring I started feeling the familiar little flutters of butterfly wings in my stomach that let me know when something is a changing. I went on a weekend getaway with some dear friends. Conversations unfolded and God started speaking to me rather than whispering.
I started getting answers to prayers.
I was in awe. Why do I always respond with surprise when answered prayers come?
Blessings can come in such beautiful packages.
And unusually surprising ways.
I knew that I had to keep going. My passion for inspiring people was planted in me before I was born. Nothing makes my soul smile like making people feel something stir inside. Whether it comes from sharing a delicious recipe that we’ve enjoyed or a table I’ve set to decorating my foyer or fireplace mantel and everything in between, I love to inspire you. And I believe that is what God has called me to do.
So for the past few months my husband, My Yanni, and I have been working on a new blog as I’ve been trying to keep up with the constant flow of creative ideas, recipes, decorating suggestions, and DIY projects as we decide on fonts and layouts and widgets and designs. We’re working on the last little details and kinks and hope that the new Wenderly will be up in a few weeks.
*photos credits for this pic go to my eldest daughter*
I hope that you’ll join me for all the new inspiration that I would love to share with you.
First on the list are homemade carmel apple hand pies made with the apples we picked from our magical family trip to the apple orchard.
With love and anticipation!
I’ve been reading your blog for a few years now, though I’ve never commented before, but I have to admit I’ve missed you this last year when you posted fewer and fewer articles. I look forward to your new look and posts. Can’t wait for you Apple hand pie recipe too.
Thank you so much Kim!! I so appreciate your support!!
Can’t wait to check out the new Wenderly!
Thank you sweet friend!
Social media does get overwhelming and disenchanting at times. It helps to let go and refocus and the break can often lead to new perspectives. I’m glad that you are going to continue blogging and I look forward to seeing what you have in store for us. Best wishes with everything.
Thank you Paula! You always have the sweetest sentiments!
Though I rarely comment, I do so enjoy your blog and am looking forward to your new iteration. I’m happy to know that you’re finding your purpose and focus. It’s easy to lose both in today’s often fleeting, ever changing, sometimes surreal online world.
Thank you so very much Lana!! Your words touch my heart.
YAY! I can’t wait to see your new digs AND that recipe.
I love you and your precious family! xoxo
Thank you sweet friend! xoxoxo
I was nervous there for a bit, Wendy. Love your blog and all your fantastic ideas, my friend. Can’t wait to see what is to come! Your girls are so blessed to have you as their mama. LOVE all your family pictures. XO
Thank you sweet Sandy!! xoxoxo
HI! I follow you on FB and read your blog today and I have so enjoyed seeing your beautiful photos and reading what message I was suppose to see today. I am now at that “spinin’ my wheels” stage. My oldest started college away from home and my youngest is now a teenager and growing up faster than the speed of sound! Looks like I will be a follower because I like where this is going!! Best of blessings! Donna
Thank you so much Donna!! It’s so nice to meet you and I look forward to sharing the ride with you! 🙂
Oh Wendy! I love this post more than you could know. Every word. Every picture.
I can’t wait to see what’s in store for you…and what’s in store for us as we follow along.
Awww thanks Bridget! You made me teary! xoxoxo
You and me both, neighbor. 😉 XO
(so glad you’re still here. I can’t make apple pie without you.)
Hugs, Wendy!! Thank you for sharing. You DO inspire. I cannot wait to see what the new Wenderly has in store. xoxo
Thank you so much Carrie!! xoxoxo
You and your sweet family are just precious! I can’t wait to see what all God has in store for you all as it all unfolds. You are such a blessing and inspiration to so many! God’s message of beauty in the everyday and seeing snippets of his blessings everywhere you look is just what we all need to hear more often! You have such a gift for sharing it!
Awwwww Robyn, you say the sweetest things!!! You are such a blessing to me! xoxo
Looking so forward to the new blog! You are such an inspiring friend to have!
Thank you so much Lyndsay!!
I love your blog, all the way from Australia. I’ve missed your recipes and I can’t wait to see the new Wenderly and try your new recipes.
Why thank you so very much Mim!! I can’t wait to share!!
Lovely post! Grateful for God’s precious Holy Spirit, His counsel, & provision! Happy Friday 🙂