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Karen - I absolutely love you and your family. Your class was amazing for me as a hobbies. I have not taken the skills I learned from you further than a hobby, but I am fine with that. I am awful at retaining information. Yet, with your class, I have retained it no problem.

Your family is in my prayers as you navigate this season.

Cristy Mullin

I've checked your blog once a week or so for the last year so I am THRILLED to see an update from you, even if you have no intention of returning to blogging. I have genuinely missed reading your posts and seeing photos of your family. Wishing you the best!!


Thank you for the email I received earlier today and for this, which took great courage to post. I do not know, nor need to know what has happened. What I do know is that a year ago when you left blogging, I read that post and my heart just ached for you and your family, and I worried for you and prayed for you over the last year+. As I read todays post I could see the hand of God all over you and your writing. We may not be able to see, much less process, the reasons behind life's twist and turns. But we can trust that we have a good and loving Father who has a bigger plan. Be patient with yourself and those feelings - they are human and normal. We serve a big God! He can handle our emotions and all that goes with it! Know this(I'm sure you do!) - HE NEVER LEAVES US! - even when we don't talk to him for three days! :) What a blessing that is, right? A recent Bible study I participating in discussed moving forward in faith - every day - little by little, and the importance of not letting "resistance" keep us stuck. Every movement forward, in faith, counts! Even those little scoots that don't really equal a full step! I will continue to lift up your family in prayer, trusting that with your courage, faith, and love, you'll find your path!
Blessings dear one~
Side note -- I would LOVE to see you teaching again! xx

Kathy C.

Continued hugs and prayers to you all....thanks for the updates...keep taking care of you and your beautiful family!!!

Hugs - Kathy :)


I, too, have prayed for you and checked in periodically hoping you were okay. You gave me such a gift with your photos and words for so many years and that gift still continues today with these words. Thank you!


I have also been checking back here hoping and praying for an update. That last post, wow. I have been so worried for you and your beautiful family. I am so glad that you posted this today, and I am still praying that you are all well. Hugs to you!


Thank you for sharing. I have thought of you and your family often and prayed you were doing well. It is strange to say to someone you have never actually 'met' that I value our friendship and appreciate sharing your life and family for so long. I hope you realize how many lives you've touched. I have no idea what you and your family are going through, but I am sure that you, and God, will bring your family though this. You are strong and loving and have such a beautiful faith and such a wonderful family. You will continue to be in so many of our hearts and prayers and I hope that there will be a day when you can reconnect with us. I will miss you, dear friend, but know you will be well. God bless you and your family until we hopefully 'see' each other again.


I've kept you in my blog feed all the time. It's so nice to hear from you again. I really missed reading your posts.


You have taught me 90% of what I know about photography and a month has not gone by that I haven't spoken highly of your workshop. We have never met, of course, but as one soul to another, I empathize with your struggle and have faith that you will continue to grow and heal..and hopefully feel free and motivated enough to teach another Year in the Making Class! All kidding aside, I'll keep you in my happiest thoughts and will say a prayer that this year is your best and brightest yet.

Bernice J

No matter how many times we have made mistakes, or had sad or terrible things happen to us...God is there. God is unchangeable and unmovable. This earthly life is such a small part of our real life, eternal life. That's the wonder and amazement of Easter, isn't it?

Susan Lew

I am glad things are better for you and your family. I think of you often. Take care.

Kristi Sikora-Blankenship

Karen.... your words are soothing to my soul..... I've missed them..... maybe as your seasons change, you will write a book? I'd buy anything you ever wrote, ever....
Kristi (from Cropper Hopper)


It was lovely to see your name pop up in my feed! Thank you for sharing your authentic truth.

Julie in Oz

Right here with you Karen...please dont leave blogging forever, whatever you do just come back every now and again and let us know how you are all doing. Thinking of you often and checking in regularly...

Jennifer Niksich

Life does go on and never as we plan it. So hard to understand and comprehend that things do indeed allow life to go on. Throughout this year I have prayed and wondered how all of you have been. I have silently followed you from the beginning. I feel as if my kids have grown up right along with yours. You have helped me many times put words to what I had been feeling because you were feeling the same thing. No matter what happens just remember that the love you and your family have is more important than anything else. Well wishes and prayers being said for all of you.

Gina F.

Karen!!!! When i saw the email from Snapshots of a Good Life i skipped all the other emails and read yours first!!!! I am happy to know that you have reached a point where you could write and send that email. I have always thought the world of you and you have always been my photography inspiration. I will continue to keep you and your family in my prayers. Xxoo


Thank you for posting so glad to hear from you, you will remain in my thoughts x

Angelica W.

It was so wonderful to "hear" from you. I am praying for you, and your family. I also want you to know, that when you are ready, I would love love love to retake your photography workshop. Wishing you and yours all the very best.


It was so nice to see a post from you and get an update on how you all are doing. I'm so glad you've reached a point where you feel you can "choose something better." I continue to think of your sweet family and pray that things get better for you. One of my favorite quotes is "I have been to the valleys, but I have also been to the mountaintops." Here's hoping that this season of your valley is ending so that you can reach the mountaintops. <3


So glad to see this post. I will continue to keep you and your family in my prayers.
Life does go on. And faster than you think. Don't wait. Enjoy every day.

Melissa Ladd

I have thought of you often over the last year or so, and I'm so sorry to hear of the heartache that your family has been through. I'm happy to read your update and I'll continue to pray.


Seeing your email in my inbox and reading it brought tears. I have thought of you and your family many times in the past years and have prayed for you all every time that I scroll through my "favorites" in my browser and see your name. I could never remove it from my "favorites" list, you see. I am so very glad that you sent out this update to all of us students and blog readers. That took great courage. Thank you.

On a more personal note, this has been a difficult season in my family's life also. Last summer, we chose to send our sixteen year old son to a wilderness therapy program after his depression, anxiety and attachment issues from his adoption became life threatening. It was the hardest thing that I have ever done as a parent. He is now at a therapeutic boarding school and looking forward to his future, but every day is still hard. During the past year, one of the things that has helped the most were two books, a couple of TED talks, and a parenting course by a researcher named Brene' Brown. Her words about vulnerability, shame, and living bravely have resonated so strongly with me and have taught me so much. I am stronger as a person and as a parent because of her work. Perhaps they will speak to you too. Your family will continue to be in my prayers as you move forward. With all my best,

ellen patton

You are an inspiration!


Thanks so much for the update! Your family popped into my thoughts the other day & then here you are today in my blogfeed! I will continue to keep you & yours in my prayers.

Dawn Reynolds

Thank you for posting! I am thankful you woke up deciding to choose something better. I hope you find the desire for photography again, for looking at past pictures, and for maybe sharing a post or picture every now and then. You have been missed! You will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. And maybe some day we will have that drink!


So much love and hugs to you and your family. So good to hear from you again!!! You have been missed!! And you are loved for being perfectly imperfect!


Hi Karen,

I have continued to check your blog since you left and often find myself wondering how all of you are doing. I am so glad to hear you are finding some joy and smiles again!!

Please know that I completely understand your decision to no longer maintain the blog -- but please was one of my favorites and if you ever come back, I'll be here to read it!!

All the best to all of you,



I was so happy to see your email this morning!! I have thought of you and your family often this past year and have kept you in prayer. Life has a way of throwing us this major curveballs and sometimes they derail us for a bit, but God is always there to pick us up, dust us off, and push us forward again. I too have suffered majorly in my life and my heart aches for whatever pain and suffering you and your family have gone through because I have been there and I know how hard it is. But I am testimony that it does get better and that faith and trust in our heavenly Father gets us through it. Much love to you my dear friend...I met you but once, and took your class, but you are my friend in every sense of the word...because you are my sister in Christ. I will be praying for you and will continue to look for postings from you. I've missed you!!

Melissa Becker

I have always found inspiration in your blog. I wish you & your family the best.
My daughter is a new US Navy Sailor and I live vicariously through her, scared and excited at the same time! Thank you to Josh for his service. Thank you to you & your children for the sacrifice and support of our military. I will continue to check back and see if you leave updates from time to time :)

Judy Webb

I still have a few pieces of Narrative papers that I keep for the memories they bring. Texas scrappers and photographers miss you so much. Many US Air Force bases in TX, hope your family spends time here. I remember you had a grandfather that lived here.
Thank you for your up-date; your positive attitude has influenced so many lives. We continue to pray for your family and it's journey through life.


Holding you all close in my heart and prayers.♥

brianne sheppard

Ah I teared up. I didn't realize how much I missed your words, and how much I hope that they would return. I will keep checking for any updates, even if they are few and far between :) I wish you and your family, all the best!


I was so excited to see your email pop up in my inbox yesterday. Sad to see that you are not back for good but I totally understand. You have been in my thoughts and prayers the last year and will continue to. Keep us posted when you can and one of these days I hope to take a class from you. You are an amazing woman. Keep doing what you're doing and know that we are all cheering you on!


I have followed your blog ever since I took a one day workshop with you in Lafayette, La.
your blog is/was an inspiration to many women. I hope you realize how your pictures and words touched so many. I, too, check your blog to see if you're decided to post. Thank you for your for sharing your journey with us. I keep you and your family in my prayers. I hope one day you return to your blog. Easter is a time of new beginnings!


You and your family are often in my thoughts so I'm so thrilled to see you here writing. My son just made his college decision and will be heading to Oregon state this fall. I had a silly little wonder if maybe I'd run into you while visiting him sometime. I recalled your last post and thought that you are just the person that I would want to sit down with and have a chat. I appreciate your honesty and bravery and hope to hear more about your path. Wishing you much love and light as you move forward in this new way, whatever that may look like for you

Rae Yamane

I'm glad to hear that your heart is beginning to heal. Your words have always inspired me because of their honesty and how set in reality they were and as I've just read still are. As always those words of yours have hit home for me. I wish you and your family the best in what ever road you take and song you sing. Selfishly I hope you will let us all know how your doing occasionally, I truly miss reading your posts.


So glad to see this post from you today....I have been thinking a lot about you and hoping things were going well. Life can be hard. And sometimes so hard you think you cannot go on. But as you said in your post, it does go on. whether you want it to or not. I miss your posts and watching your beautiful family grow...and knowing that you are still intact. But I get it. I wish you nothing but joy and happiness on your future travels through life. And as Rae said, I hope you will occasionally post here and let us know how things are going.


Your words, your presence, your truth--I've really MISSED YOU. Thank you for checking in, for plugging in, for moving forward in faith. Sending you a giant hug from Ohio, with all the love and gratitude my heart can hold. ❤️

Deanna Gemmer

You have been so missed! I hope that you pop in from time to time to say hello. I can't wait to see what adventure God has for you next.


May God bless you and your beautiful family, through whatever the future brings. You can and will handle it.

Deb Wisker

So glad you're back! Thanks for the photos! The kids are huge!!!! I hope time has been good for healing and renewal of faith in humanity.
Looking forward to seeing more of you soon!


Hello! No matter the depth of your family pain this last year. You write from the heart and it endears so many of us. We understand you may no longer do updates but I believe I speak for most that we have become invested in your family via your blog. Please at least give us yearly updates. Thank you to you and your hubby for his service defending us.. any God bless your family with his amazing grace.


Happy Easter.......


just want to say I'm glad your family is together and present.

Laura C

You and your family have been in my thoughts and prayers on a regular basis. You've had a profound impact on the people who've taken your classes or read your blog over the past years, myself included. You are authentic, genuine, kind and such an excellent role model. I'm so very sorry for the pain in your life and the lives of those so important to you. I know that you take comfort in the promise that ALL things work together for good for those who love the Lord. The valley is where the fertile soil is and where the growth happens. You are beautiful and God is making you even more so through this valley. God bless you sweet one. God bless your family. Always know you are loved.


When I was making coffee this morning I thought "I wonder how Karen is? I've missed her." Then it struck me how weird that is since we've never "met". So what a stroke of luck that I checked your blog - something I haven't done in a year.
Thank you for checking in. Thank you for being strong and all you and your family has shared.
Blessings and prayers to you and yours in this beautiful season of renewal!

Pam S.

Miss you and continue to pray for you and your family!

Linda Wiley

Ever since your previous post, I have kept checking in on your blog, how beautiful it was to hear from you today. I also am one of those that has kept your family in our prayers. I love hearing the words you shared today. You truly are an amazing person..... the prayers will continue......


I've checked your blog periodically since your last post, I've thought and prayed more a parent with 4 kiddos and two in the beginning teen stage, I have thought of your little family. I just finally had some time to work on my photography and am kicking myself for not taking your class. I hope you had a wonderful Easter. Much love and peace.


I'm so glad to see a post from you! You and your dear ones have been in my prayers, and will continue to be.

Deb Lucero

I, too, have missed your blog and pics of your beautiful family but I commend you for taking care of your family first. Your family is in my prayers!


I about fell over when I opened up Feedly this morning and saw you had a new post. I actually just wistfully checked in not long ago to see if you had moved anything around here. I hope your kids are recovered (recovering?) from whatever happened, and from one AF spouse to another—there are so many opportunities to get to know good women when you move around all over the place, too.


I check your blog often to see if you had posted anything- I always enjoy seeing your family- seems you can rally thur anything. I dont have a clue what you are going through but it seems like you have a lot of support here ! Best wishes - and hope you blog again soon
- lynn


I hope that peace is settling in for you and your family.

I miss you.


Yay! I'm glad you posted an update! Missed hearing from you!


What a nice surprise to see your blog pop up in my feed! Glad to hear you and your family are doing well weathering the storm that has hit. Much love to you and your family and best wishes on whatever path you choose to take next!


I don't know why I was prompted to check your blog today... perhaps to remember to pray for you and your family. I usually never comment on blogs... but just wanted to let you know that God brought you to my mind today and I will be praying for all of you!! I sure miss your words of wisdom and honesty but totally understand your 'season'. GOD BLESS!!


I think of you and pray for you .. I was glad to see your blog in my feed! I miss "seeing you" on the internet and wish you only the best.


Man, I have missed you and your posts. So good to have an update form you. As always you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. -Susan


So glad to see your update - My husband is retired AF; it's a great life. Enjoy every minute. Looking forward to hearing more from you. Best to you always.


I was happy to see you have posted. I have prayed for you and your family and just wanted to tell you not only does life go on, but each day is a Brand New Day. Embrace it and continue to heal. Many blessings to you and your family. Hugs and love.


I was so happy to see your update! I've also been praying for you and your family and dropping in every now and again to see if you'd posted. You have made such a wonderful connection with so many women from across the world through your Photographers Workshop - I'm from Australia! I only know you through that workshop and your blog and I feel like I know you, and feel like I've just caught up with a long lost friend! Sorry, I'm not a stalker - really! I just want to say thank you for being you. Thank you for caring about us, but know that we all care about you too, and send loads of prayers and hugs. I love what Marge posted in the comments about God always being with you - so true. He is a good, good Father. God bless Karen, stick close to God, He will see you through and way out the other side 😘


Karen thank you for posting your update! You and your family have been in my prayers and will continue to be. God bless xo

stephanie ackerman

I just love you and your big ol'heart. I will keep sending those little notes and hopefully we can sit on a couple of bar stools up there before you start to move around. God is with you sister and I am continuing to pray without specifics and for the times when you don't know how or what to pray. DON'y let this dark world dim the bright light that God has gifted you. Use your mess as your message.

Donna Doerschuk

Happy to see an update from you, Karen! I always enjoyed reading about your family's adventures, your photography tips, and your take on your life's journey. As we all learn at one time or another in our journey, life DOES go on! Adjusting to our new norm is not always easy, but certainly allows us to grow. Wishing you and yours all the very best! xox

"The journey is the destination." ~~ Dan Eldon


So lovely to hear your voice again! Hope that this Season brings about something beautiful for you all and that whilst the storms rage you know that we are here rooting for you and for your family. All the best in your move and as life continues to move on and take us to new and exciting adventures that you may find your way through the rough because the view up ahead is magnificent! xo

Yvonne C

I decided to click on the link to your blog today (I still have it in my 'favorites' list). So glad I did. It was nice to read your post. Your words are always so inspiring. Wishing you and your family nothing but the best in the next chapter of life!

Donna Carter

I have followed you for a very long time; love your work....but more than anything, I love your passion for your family. You inspire us all to be better wives/moms. I have checked several times over the past year, and prayed for you when I checked. Your kids are still gorgeous as ever, and growing up. best wishes to your next adventure...thank your husband for the Air Force (I grew up as an Air Force kid!)

Stephanie Tidwell

so nice to hear from you again!


I was so happy to see a post for you in the blog reader! I've checked your blog every few months to see if there was an update, and I thought about you and your family. Thank you for writing - I have felt and appreciated your honesty and candor. I'm glad you are well and so is Josh. Wishing your kids well too.
Oh, and if you'd consider offering A Year in the Making again, I would love to take it!

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