Monday, October 8, 2007

I have missed you!

Ok, for one reason or another, I did not get to read blogs Friday night, Saturday night or Sunday night! I have been completely out-of-the-loop for the past 3 days and I was going a little stir crazy. A million new posts have been entered. And it took me from 5 o'clock this morning until just now - 8:45! - to read them all. And that doesn't include reading any of the blogs I find through comments. Whew! Mama said there'd be days like this! She just didn't tell me there'd be that many days in a row.

Funny how I went 34 years without knowing any of you and now I can barely get through a day without checking in. Kimmie is having a hard time with her adoption process. Anita is still struggling to make sense of the tornado to hit Greensburg. Robin is having surgery today. Rosemary's husband is leaving for Qatar soon. Auld Hat changed her template! I have a hundred people that I truly want to see and to pray for and I'm having a hard time keeping up. I know, I know - everyone told me that was bound to happen. But I feel so guilty. Not because any blogger has ever pressured anyone to leave comments or check in. Everyone in this community is so obviously grateful for any comment left on their page. Nobody expects everyone to do it every single day; leave a comment on each and every friend's blog. But, I LIKE to do that. I just know the immense sense of friendship I feel when someone leaves me a little line albeit daily, weekly or even just once. So, I want that someone to feel the same way. It's a way of taking the lonely out of alone. Or inviting someone into your home for a cuppa whatever. Or sharing the joys with your friend. Or grieving with them. So please forgive me everyone. Know that I'm always thinking of you and hoping that God's blessings are about to knock on your door.
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Love,

38 comments:

Anita said...

Thanks Julie... A beautiful post... Don't ever feel obligated to constantly keep up and comment... We all know how busy life is!
You are a permanent fixture on my prayer list, too!

Janet said...

Julie,

I haven't had time to check in either, but hey, that's life!
Please don't feel guilty about not being able to read/comment every single day on everyone else's blog (or I'll have to feel guilty, too!)
;)

I think it has to be enough to know that we all read/comment when we can, *if* we can.

BTW, beautiful blog about your 'Dad' below...

Cheers,
J.

Sandi said...

Oh, please don't stress Julie! I love it when you read and comment on my blog, but I understand if you can't.
But know the feeling is mutual! Your posts are always so refreshing, and yours is one of the blogs I look forward to reading. You've got such a big heart, and it's nice to know that someone like you is keeping me in her thoughts!

Kristen said...

I know what you mean! All of my blogging friends are a huge inspiration to me and uplifting as well. I am so thankful for this new group of friends!

Shelly @ thePINKbarn said...

Goodmorning Julie....Thanks for the great advice for my NYC trip! I will surely take LOTS of pics!! Have a great day my new friend! :-)
blessings,
shelly

Mary said...

Hi Julie, you are so sweet! We all understand that life intrudes on blogland occasionally! Your wonderful comments and encouragement have meant so much to me, but I totally understand your predicament. Please don't stress out about it!
xoxo,
Mary

Cece said...

You truly are a kind heart. Thank you for being so caring. Cece

JANET said...

Hi Julie,
This is the other Janet! I have had a busy weekend too, but I did get a new post up, and thank you for responding. Have a wonderful week!

Linda said...

Hi Julie, You have a kind heart, we do the best we can each day not to worry ... I loved that you visited me and the nice comments. I feel blessed to be meeting such nice people.

For the napkin exchange I used material with a soft butter colored background with a pretty pink cabbage rose design....I forgot to take a picture, don't know what I was thinking.

Your anniversay plans might have changed,but it was a wonderful day and you made someone very happy,that is the best gift we can give anyone. Linda

Dena ~ swaddlecottage said...

Hi Julie,

I know just how you feel! My list of favorites gets longer every day and I try so hard to keep up! I hate missing a visit, but sometimes life gets hectic. You are such a sweetie and no one expects a visit every single day. When you can is plenty fine. There's always a cuppa waiting just for you ;)
Hugs,
Dena

La Tea Dah said...

I know how you feel, Julie. Sometimes it's really difficult to keep up in blogland. Isn't it awesome, though? I love the friends and I ALWAYS appreciate the nice posts you send to me.

My week-end was, errrr, tough. I came down with the tummy flu. We were at the cabin, so I had the bumpy, mountain-road ride down to the valley over jolts and jars. Not too good for a queasy tummy, to say the least! LOL! Today I'm resting but am feeling quite alot better.

I hope you enjoy a great week!
LaTeaDah

Sophie Honeysuckle said...

Ah Julie-don't panic, we're not going anywhere!! By the way, I think it's great to find another Smiths fan!! You don't meet too many of them blogging-think you're the first!!

rosemary said...

Julie...love you daily, weekly and monthly. My life is pretty blah...whenever you might drop in not much will have changed...the weather will be good or bad, the kittens and cats feuding about some imagined trespass, the dogs will be barking at the air and I will be crabby. See? Same stuff, different day.

Alice said...

I don't get around much on the weekends either. And like you, I find I really miss my blog friends.

I'm always curious about other bloggers who never leave comments and have no blogroll of friends. I recently deleted a few of them as it feels like a one-sided friendship. I'm all for using one's blog in whatever way it is pleasing but I'm not going to keep reading and commenting there. Ya know, we're all busy.

Kim ~ "HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs" said...

Julie Dear, You are always so sweet to everyone...I know I appreciate the time you've taken to visit me and for all of your sweet comments...you are a dear!

Love, Kim

Esther Sunday said...

Hey, no problem Julie! It can be almost impossible. I think everyone knows that everyone would love to just spend the day reading and "talking" to each other via comments, but it just can't happen. But, I miss not being able to too, and can't wait to get caught up. Love, Esther

Bethany Hissong said...

I feel just like you!!! I had such a busy week and weekend, I could barely check in...then I start missing everbody and wondering what is happening everywhere else! Sending a hug from Lancaster!

justabeachkat said...

You and I are feeling the same way. I feel like I'm missing out when I can't visit all my blog friends. I love getting comments and so it's important to me to leave them too. Sometimes I get so far behind and it sure is nice when I can catch up.

Nice Post!

Hugs!
Kat

Joy said...

You are such a sweet blogger :)

DebraK from ~the Bunnies Bungalow~ said...

What a nice post. It's hard sometimes to make blog rounds with our busy lives.

Where in PA are you? Can you believe I've never been to the Apple Fest? I love apples too. Guess I should try to get there huh?

Hugs, DebraK

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Oh Julie, Please don't worry about it. But I know what you mean. I spent all morning reading and commenting on blogs when there were a million other things I should have been doing. But it's just so darn much fun and you are right that everyone feels like just a good friend and you want to see what they are up to. Be good to yourself and stay as sweet as you are. xoxo Lynn

Cre8Tiva said...

julie...how true...a few short months ago, we didn't know each other, now we miss each other...i am sure world peace will be accomplished with this connection...so please do not EVER feel that you MUST return a comment left by me...come when you can...enjoy what you find...comment when you feel it...hugs...great thoughts...blessings, rebecca

Redneck Nerdboy! said...

I visit some on Monday, some on Tuesday, and some one Wednesday... then I start all over again. It's easier.

You're very kind.

Kari & Kijsa said...

Oh, we love your comments too- and visting your blog, and reading your posts, and finding new friends to do the same! It reminds me of when you leave for vacation, and stop your mail, and when you come back- there is a big plastic tub full of all sorts of postal treasures! Thank you for visiting! your comments mean so much!!!
blessings,
kari & kijsa

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Julie, I was away for two days and did the blog catch up like you....Thank you for the sweet post and lovely poem...
Penny

FarmHouse Style said...

Julie you are so sweet:) Of course we love to visit with you each day, but completely understand....

I know what you mean, I still smile each time I see that I have a new comment posted.

Friendship is addictive.

Rhonda

BellaColle said...

Okay..you are too sweet! I'm soo thankful when you visit..but hey, life happens..your my blog buddy... I know where to find ya! lol!! ;P

just_charming_ said...

Hi Julie, only found your blog a week ago. Just a lovely uplifting blog! Keep up your wonderful positive spirit!

Brenda said...

Thank you so much girl. I miss you alot if i don't see or hear from you,but forgive you when your busy!

Super Mom said...

Julie: you've spread yourself thin.
But that is your charm.
:)

Alexandra, Writing & Baking Enthusiast said...

Don't worry, your heart shows through. :)
Alexandra

Rosemary said...

It is what it is. We do what we can.
Rosemary

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

Yep, I know how it goes. And now look, you have 32 or 33 comments to read! The more you read, the more places you can comment. The more places you comment, the more comments you get. And it goes round and round and never stops. You can usually tell the people that invest time in finding and nurturing their new friends, they have lots of comments!
Wonderful! But, the more friends you have, the harder it gets to keep up with everyone. And that is definitely the drawback because you want to keep up. So, either lots of friends, less visiting time, or less friends, more visiting time, OR lots of friends and spend your whole day visiting! Or, I think there is one more, lots of friends and you only visit a few of them regularly. Seems like they all have their drawbacks and plus sides! Wow, quite a dilemma, huh? Too bad we don't have more hours in the day!
xo,
Melissa

Heidi said...

You are always there with a comment on my blog so I just want to take a moment to say thank you. It feels so good to know others are reading your blog and interacting with you, as you well know. It is normal that life gets busy and we cannot always keep up. That is okay too.

~~ Heidi ~~

Emilie said...

Julie- You're the hardest working blogger out there! Please don't feel bad about not leaving comments. Like you said, we don't expect you to. You deserve a couple days off!

Kimmie said...

Julie;

What a wonderful friend you are...giving (always), generous, kind, thoughtful, encouraging, sweet,helpful, loving, gentle, compassionate, faithful, uplifting, joy-full...

You are the kind of friend most of us only dream of- I am blessed to have your friendship. (you are welcome at my house anytime...;-)

hugs
Kimmie
mama to 6
one homemade and 5 adopted

Redneck Nerdboy! said...

Holy...

Look at all the people who hang on your every word! :D

Wonderful!

Kari said...

That's exactly how I feel! I feel so guilty if I don't visit everyone every day or if I don't leave comments all the time! I love blogging, but sometimes I think it's affecting my self-worth just a little too negatively. lol I'm always feeling like I'm slacking off. This past week hasn't helped that feeling either. Once you fall behind, you REALLY fall behind, huh? But I just can't bring myself to quit. I'm addicted.

Hello, my name is Kari and I'm a blog addict. (Hello, Kari - heard faintly in the background!)lol