De-Lurk Here

Why hellllllooooo there!

So, here’s the deal:

I know there’s a lot of you out there.

Don’t think I don’t have Google Analytics installed.

You think you’re sneaky, eh?

Reading my blog, sneaking out the backdoor to meet your other blog boyfriend?

Yeah, well, this mama ain’t dumb.

She hears that screendoor slam shut behind the three inch stillettos you can hardly walk in…

Actually, I totally understand.

I stalk blogs too.

The reality is that I often don’t have time to comment, or I feel like I don’t have anything to say (shocking), or I don’t have both hands free to actually type!

BUT, if you are a blogger, you know what I mean when I say that COMMENTS MATTER.

Honestly, they. make. my. day.

So, take this as a virtual guest book. Complete with a goofy feathered pen. And two little girls standing there supervising.

Take a sec, comment here, say hello, introduce yourself.

It’d make my day.

For reals.

Then you won’t feel so guilty when you think you’re being all stealth.

‘Cuz you’re totally not.

Just so you know.


(credit for de-lurk idea goes to gypsy mama!)

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I'm a mom to four. A wife to one. I believe in story. I love telling you about mine and would love to hear yours. There's really no sense in wasting our suffering and not sharing in each other's joy. We're all in this together...even if it doesn't always feel like it.

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  1. 353
    Meriel Whale says:

    Hi, I am an Aunt to a SEN child in the UK and teach and counsel SEN kids too. Love these blogs, especially Schuyler’s Monster (Rob Rumel Hudson). Schuyler seems to be one of the most awesome kids I wish I knew.

  2. 354

    Hi! I am Lauren, I subscribe to your blog and absolutely love reading about your family and things in your life, you have a gift for writing. My brother is a special needs individual, and I have several cousins that are special needs, as well as a neice. I can relate to so much of what you write and really admire not only your tenacity, but your strength in how you handle things. Also really admire you for having the grace to post about it.

    I recently started a blog too (just this month actually) and hoppe to emulate the naturalness and “real life” thing that you have going here. I am also now participating in your Instagram Fridays.

    Thank you for giving me something to look forward to reading. Blessings!

  3. 355

    Hi Jeannette,

    I just found your blog from the link on forever folding laundry, and was glad I clicked the link…I’m a mom to a dd8 and then twin dds born 22 months later, and I totally get what you mean about not being a twin mom or laid back! Two of my girls are on the autism spectrum. Anyways, I havent read too much yet, but I liked reading your intro, and I thought I would say hi. Your kids are adorable!

  4. 356

    Hi. I found your blog today while traveling back from vacation. I saw your link for postal pix and used the discount. Awesome site! I can’t wait to get what I ordered. Thanks!!
    Nicole´s last blog post ..Healing up

  5. 357

    I’m a long-time reader. Long-time, as in, before Henry was born. I was googling stuff on pregnancy, because I had just found out I was pregnant with my first child. And so I found you, Jeannett, and you amused me. And I’ve been reading your blog ever since. And it only took me 5 years to de-lurk.
    Mandy´s last blog post ..Taking Dave Ramsey Too Far

  6. 358

    Hello! I found you on Lisa Leonard and I haven’t missed an InstaFriday since! Love your blog. Thanks for sharing your life.
    Crissy at The Little House on the Right´s last blog post ..Power of the Praying Wife Prayer of the Week: His Health

  7. 359

    Hi. Now that I’ve started blogging I realized how fun it is to get comments and to know who’s reading. So I thought it’s time for me to de-lurk. I have been following for a few months now I guess and I look forward to every new post. I don’t know how many international readers you have, but if you have a strange hit from Sweden coming pretty regularly in your analytics, that’s me :) You have a great voice! Keep it up!

  8. 360

    Hi there! Just came across your blog today. I absolutely LOVE the blogging world, especially the Mommy blogs. I have one too, although I hardly can say that I “blog”- I am terrible at keeping it up! I am glad I found yours! and I just love your “de-lurk” section, such a good idea. Makes me feel much less creepy as Im about to go stalk your posts here for a while! :)

    Thanks for sharing!

    Amber´s last blog post ..Friends and Babies.

  9. 361

    Hey. I just found your blog through the instaFriday link up. That’s what drew me in, because I am completely in love with instagramming and I thought “wow, that’s a cool idea.” But then I saw the reason behind your blog and I I know I will lurk here, so I thought I’d introduce myself. I’ve had my life rearranged {my marriage almost lost after 17 years} {intensive counselling to save our marriage} {ministry wounds} {depression} {working outside the home when I really only want to be at home with my kiddos}. I’m embracing the new rearrangement, though. It’s all good.
    Anne @ anne b. good´s last blog post ..Hooray! I’m Depressed… and That’s Valid! – or – Parenting Lessons From Marriage Counselling, Part 2

  10. 362

    Hi I’m Lauren and I’m not one for stalking, but I am one for having 37 browser windows open at a time and not knowing where to start to organize it all, so I have to subsribe! There’s just too much goodness out, and ‘m not quite sure how I stumbled upon your site, but I’m glad I did.

    I’m not a new blogger, but I am a new “public” blogger. I used to write all the time just for me, to get it out of my heart and my head. I’ve written about my raw emotions, my travels, and my triumphs. Over the years, I’ve found some blogs here and there that have brought me comfort and peace…stories from women who I can relate to who inspire me and help me keep my head up. I see my whole life in pictures and in stories…I want to share those with the rest of the world. So here I am, seprating the degrees of separation between me and the friends I’ve yet to meet. I look forward to following you and your Life Rearranged.

    Thanks for the invite – Lo
    Lauren Coughlan´s last blog post ..Coffee date: {overtime}

  11. 363

    I just happened upon your FABULOUS blog when i clicked on the InstaFriday button on…yet another blog that I had stumbled upon accidentally-on-purpose. :) I love it here and love the InstaFriday hop too. Fantastic! I will definitely be back.

    Tamar´s last blog post ..Photo Friday

  12. 364

    Jeannette – you are funny and so is your delurking page:) I love your blog and thanks for doing the instagram friday thing!



  13. 365

    Hi…I’m Lisa. Came across your blog via your post on simplemom. Lovin’ it :-)
    Lisa´s last blog post ..Palmer’s birth story, Part 1

  14. 366

    (oh, that would have been cool to be #365!) ok, Anyhoo…
    Hi Jeannett,
    I’m Kerry from Made For Real. Have been popping over to your site for a month or so now. You always make me laugh and I need lots of laughs in my weeks!! My hubby is a pastor, we have 4 tots ages 2 -12, and we miscarried our precious #5 last fall.

    Thanks for all you do to help people out. It’s clear to see you make a difference!
    Blessings to your family
    Kerry @ Made For Real´s last blog post ..grace for the good girl (freedom)

  15. 367

    Hi there! My name is Stephanie. I just love your blog. :-) I discovered it through “The Pleated Poppy”. I’ve been married to my amazing Huz, Oscar, for almost 5 years. We have 2 awesome kiddos, Zane who is almost 2 yrs & Alice who is almost 3 mos. We live in a small town in Nebraska, so I love blogs & feeling like I can connect with other Stay-at-home mamas around the country, makes my “community” a little larger than it physically is. :-)

  16. 368

    Howdy! My name is Amanda & I really enjoy reading about the fun, quirky, everyday craziness of your family & the funny/meaningful way you capture those moments. I’m married with a 16 month old son & another due in 2 months. My family & I live in Phnom Penh, Cambodia where we work with the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC). My works focuses on women’s rights, domestic & sexual violence & other social justice issues. Sometimes when life here is hot, overwhelming & the stories are heartbreaking, I like to day dream about life back in North America & picture my friends & family living ordered, calm lives that look a lot like pinterest boards. Your blog is a great reminder that life everywhere is messy & that gratitude & joy are hard won results of perseverance & faith amidst the storms.

    Thanks for sharing!
    amanda´s last blog post ..[16 months]

  17. 369

    Hi! Just read your story and I LOVE how honest you are about how overwhelming life unplanned with kids can be. I just had my first with no major complications, but I’m overwhelmed by moms who pretend like having babies is ever easy and I just appreciate authenticity. Thanks for sharing!
    Stephanie´s last blog post ..Menu Plan Monday: 7/9-7/13

  18. 370

    Hello! Love your blog, love Insta-Friday, love your heart!

    I’m an adoptive, fostering, homeschooling, Mama living in Georgia.

    Good luck with the new little man!

  19. 371

    Hi! I just discovered your blog and also follow you on instagram! This is my first week linking up to instafriday as well :) I just had my fourth baby three weeks ago so I’m very excited I found you and hopefully you can get the hang of this and give some pointers because I’m still overwhelmed! ;)
    Andrea´s last blog post ..The birth of Henry James

  20. 372

    Hi jeanette-
    im kendra kay and i dont know how i ended up on your blog but i was hopping around (as i often do) :) and i happened upon you. i decided to stay and read and well, your blog is so cute so here i am, introducing myself. i am in the “mom of 3″ club as well, its a good time huh?! well, gotta go, my youngest is wrapping her foot in play-doh!!!

  21. 373

    Hi Jeanette,
    Lauren here, via Reno, NV. Sure, whatevs I have been stalking you for like ever and totally enjoy myself and your funniness makes my day. And I also got all up into Insta-Friday then stopped doing it only to realize it was some of my reader’s favorite post. So thank you for the idea/inspiration to provide my readers with goofy pictures of my baby girl every Friday.

    And my word, could Owen be any more gorgeous?!

    Thank you for putting your heart out in this weird-O internet, it makes my day :)

  22. 374

    Hi I don’t have a blog as of yet.. I love reading them thought.. They are encouraging and up lifting for me at least. I am a crafter to put it simply because I sew, bead, metal smith, have a cricut expression and on and on lol. I love your blog the quote.. “God is good no matter what” lifted me like no other. You see I am a single mom my youngest is 18 and just graduated from H.S. Yippeee.. I have been job searching for over a year now to no avail. I let my job go a few years ago to take care of my mom who recently passed which left me with no income. Not meaning to sound harsh but thats the truth.. I have been without electricity since Jan. of this year, because the bill is so high they turned it off. I share electricity with my neighbor, God love her and pay the difference of the cost. It sucks in a word not going to sugar coat it especially in 100 plus degrees like today. BUT God is good and he will provide I know he not only will but CAN. So yes your blog makes me feel like I have no problems at all and I laugh so hard at your sarcasm and wit. I know we would be great friends.. Keep writing and inspiring.
    Love, Gweny

  23. 375

    Well, hello! I am enjoying your blog and thank you for the invite to “de-lurk.” I’ll be back!

  24. 376

    Just recently stumbled across your blog thru etst or instagram or both?! Love it! Thanks for being real and funny and real! I am fairly new to blogging (about a year in) and want to grow and learn from some fresh sites like this!! Thanks for your openness ;)
    Abbey´s last blog post ..When all else fails… Spray Paint!

  25. 377

    Hi there! I think I stumbled across your blog via Laura @ Bits of Splendor. I even linked up for Instagram Friday yesterday:-) Enjoy reading your blog. I recently started my own and it has a long way to go, but I enjoy documenting life. Nice to meet you (virtually):-)

  26. 378
    Natasha @ happy chaos says:

    Hi I am a mom of twins and have a blog

    I’ve been linking up to instafriday when I can.

    33, live in NJ and love meeting new blogging friends!
    Natasha @ happy chaos´s last blog post ..Instafriday…..

  27. 379

    Hi. I’m a cancer mom and artist.
    I love your blog!
    I would love to do a guest post on how I help my son with his diagnosis through art.
    Please let me know if you’re interested.

    Thanks :)
    Elizabeth Struk´s last blog post ..FOTD #41 + IF + Fan Art = MEGA POST

  28. 380

    Alrighty – You win. I will De-Lurk myself. I’ve been coming back and reading for a couple months now, and always chuckle when I see the option to leave the world of the other lurkers and make my presence known! So.. here goes!

    I’m Amart (Like Kmart, but with an A) – I’m the founder of a blog of Mommies in South Florida who document all kinds of stuff that happens to us. Each of us have our own obsessions, crazy antics & soap boxes we like to stand on over at I really enjoy reading your stories and you truly are a fabulous writer.

    De-Lurking wasn’t so bad, afterall. <3 :)

  29. 381

    What lovely blog. I LOVE the idea of this guest book thing. I love your instafriday hop too. Looking forward to linking up xxx
    Notsosuperscottishmummy´s last blog post ..Meal Planning Monday 13th August 2012

  30. 382

    I found your blog through a comment on mine and then through her insta-Friday post. Great idea…I love instagram. Your blog is super cute…love the title, love your outlook on your life story…basically I get all kinds of awesomeness vibes from you.

    Hope you are having a great day!
    Emily´s last blog post ..Weekend Recap

  31. 383

    I admit it, I’ve been stalking your blog for a while now cause of The Pleated Poppy’s Insta-Friday posts, just haven’t commented! Today is my first day participating:)

    Nice to e-meet you!
    Raj from Pink Chai Style
    Raj @Pink Chai Style´s last blog post ..Behind The Scenes: Week 1

  32. 384

    Hi, I’m Nancy! I have linked up to your Friday blog hop. It’s nice to hear about your family and what’s going on in your life. The guest book is a great idea. Looking forward to reading more too…blessings!!

  33. 385

    Holy crap this is awesome. Someone directed me to your e-book “Hire Bloggy Help” and the more I read the more I realized I needed to check out your blog and I think what you do here is amazing! I have PCOS and am really starting to get into what that means for my husband and me to start a family – if you ever need a guest post along those lines I’m happy to volunteer. (The guest post about suffering well had me in tears). I’m sticking you in my Google Reader!

  34. 386

    I love this idea! I’m a serial blog lurker… I love to read but don’t often feel like I have anything important to say, so I don’t. I’m Heather – mama, wife, knitter and writer. It’s nice to meet you! :)
    Heather O.´s last blog post ..I Will Still Plant My Apple Tree

  35. 387

    I love your blog.

    I’ve commented once or twice before.

    Your blog is always the first one I check to see if you’ve updated. And I’m sure I’ve shared your Cailiou blog with just about everyone I know. Sooooo hilarious. I also love the heart wrenching, one I didn’t know…

    My name is Laurie. I’m a mom to a brave boy fighting the beast known as epilepsy. We are slowly winning the battle and I look forward to the day that he will be ‘all the way back’ to us. I’m also a kindergarten teacher so I get to spend my day with hilarious little people!

    Thanks for always being so encouraging!
    laurie´s last blog post empty plate

  36. 388

    Hey. Love you, your blog, your kiddos and your faith. Its fun reading about you. {And stalking, I mean following, you on instagram.} Thanks for hosting the instafriday link up, its one of my favorite-est things of the week! Pop over and visit me if you ever have a minute.{Hahahahahaha!!} I know that’s a crazy thought. :)
    Sarah´s last blog post ..Insta Friday 8

  37. 389

    So glad Tauni Everett told me to take a look here. There are so many blogs, I find it amazing I keep finding amazing new ones every day. This is a fabulous site. I love what you’ve created and hope to be apart of your “saga” and vis versa. Insta Fri sound awesome.

  38. 390

    Hi! I just started a blog at, and I found yours through JonahBonah ( Your blog is lovely! I will come here often and I can’t wait for InstaFriday! I’m in! :)

  39. 391

    I was lined to you through Jason Naylor. I have a son who likely has Mitochondrial disease and was recently diagnosed with Epilepsy. I also have a daughter who has Epilepsy. I understand your feelings of guilt. When we first began our journey we were told our son would likely never walk…now he runs and jumps…why did we get so lucky?

    totally get it
    Rebecca´s last blog post ..Saying Goodbye

  40. 392
    nicole humphreys says:

    hello, sorry for the lack of caps, holding and nursing a little one. i just had to reach out to you and tell you how much your blog means to me. i also have 4 kids and my youngest drew suffered oxygen deprivation in utero at 30 weeks gestation. he has not been labeled with cp yet but time will tell. he is 9 months old. he also has microcephaly and hypertonia. he has high outer tone and low inner tone. he is small for his age, long but very thin, just shy of 15 lbs. no seizures, his eeg was normal. your blog posts about precious jill have brought me to tears, given me joy and made me smile. drew is close to stting unassisted but sill working on maintaining his neck and core strength for sustained periods of time. he wears benik hand splints to encorage an open hand. he is still working on purposeful controlled use of his hands and arms for holding, picking up toys etc. he has p/t and o/t bi weekly. he is making progress. he makes me a better mommy and a better person. he is such a joy, his smile lights up his whole face. it is hard seeing things being so hard for him and seeing how far behind he is but he is such a blessing and i have faith and trust in the lord. his timing is perfect and drew will follow god’s timeline not mine. i would love to hear how jill is doing and will continue reading your blog, i can identify so much with you.
    nicole humphreys

  41. 393

    Hello! I read your blog and have recently been linking up for InstaFridays. I love your blogging style! :)
    Maegan´s last blog post ..InstaFriday

  42. 394

    Hello Jeannett, I found your blog from over at The Pleated Poppy. I am so glad I did. I am a smaller blog, but I blog from my heart. Look forward to reading more from you. Have a great day.

  43. 395

    Hi! I’m Kellie…. I found your blog through a friend and only being here a few minutes, I think I love it! And you. Is that awkward?
    Anyway, I’ve been a long-time blog reader, and just jumped into my own blogging this last April. I think it’s the best way to scrap-book your family’s memories without having to buy all that fancy stuff! And it’s here when I want to write or when I have time…. or the inspiration strikes.
    Looking forward to reading your blog more and more! :)
    Thanks and God Bless!

  44. 396

    I found you through the Pleated Poppy. Today is my first day reading your blog – but it won’t be my last. Something about your posts instantly drew me in and made me want to keep following you. Thank you for your blog!

  45. 397

    Hello! I’m officially de-lurking. :) You have a great blog and an awesome heart. Thanks for sharing!

  46. 398

    As a fellow heart mom I am delurking too! My sweet boy was one of the ones with a severe defect and I still felt {out of the loop} as instead of the more normal Hypoplastic left he had hyproplastic right and a ventricular arrhythmia that led him to needing a heart transplant. Any heart problem really is a serious one. I am glad your little man is doing well and I’m sorry your little one is in the hospital now. I know how hard it is to have your children in 2 different places at once. I have been following along and really look forward to continuing your journey with your family.
    Hailey @ Love, Laughter and Lipstick
    Hailey´s last blog post ..Sea World

  47. 399

    Today is my first day visiting! Your “about me” story really drew me in…what an incredible testimony. I’m so glad you had the courage to share and so inspired by your positivity in spite of it all!!!

    God bless,
    Nicole Pharr´s last blog post ..High Five for Friday Favorites…

  48. 400
    Tracy Scarborough says:

    Hi – I read your guest post on Simple Mom today. My son was born with aortic valve stenosis. His was so severe that he had to have surgery when he was three days old. They were able to go in through his leg so you would never even know he had surgery. He is now healthy (though still monitored every few months) and happy and about to celebrate his first birthday! I know what you mean about feeling alone because your child has/had a “simple” heart defect. It helped me to read your story and know someone else felt the same way I did. You and your family are in my prayers. Thanks for writing such a wonderful blog! ~ Tracy

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    Stopping by to say Hi and delerk Love your blog!
    Ginny´s last blog post ..Tutorial Super Fast Crochet Scarf

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    This is such a cool idea! I often lurk around the blogosphere, but it’s nice to introduce myself!
    I have a charity craft blog, in which I focus on both the how to of making charity craft items and then sending them to the recipient charities.
    Sarah´s last blog post ..humansofnewyork:

    Hey guys. For the next ten days, I’m going to…