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jacqui anderson

Karen, you're beautiful inside and out and I know that I'm not really authorised to say that because i just have a weird blog thing for you but there are always going to be haters and those haters so just stop reading if they've got nothing nice to say instead of ruining it for all us who love reading your stories, love that someone in this world is open and honest and tells us how it is and am thankful that I have someone to relate to about parenting in this crazy world. So thanks from me for being AWESOME! we could totally be friends .... but only if you like chocolate!


I'm so happy you wrote this post! Some days I forget why I'm blogging and I always find myself going back to this same message: it's for me and my family. Most importantly, your children will love reading your writing. I'm 23 and my mother passed away when I was a little girl. She was before the time of blogging, but she kept a hand-written journal of camping trips and trips we would take to the beach. I love going back and reading her entries. Your children will absolutely value the stories you've recorded for them. :)

Lynn L.

I love your blog! Your sincerity is so refreshing! :)


I don't comment often on your blog (one other time I think), but I enjoy reading it. I've laughed with you and cried with you and worried with you. And I don't even know you and you don't know me. I don't share your beliefs in God, but I always, always appriciate you!! Thank you for candidly sharing your life with me!


Enjoy your time off! I love your post and you blog! Blessings upon you and your family!


I sent my almost 22 year old daughter over here to read your post, so she could understand the pros and cons about blogging and why she should keep a journal of her stories, etc.--even if it's in blog format. She read it & loved it. I hope that she will look back on it in years to come and be glad that she wrote down the stories. I first 'met' you back in the CK days and though I haven't scrapbooked in years, I have been a faithful blog reader. I've been stung with a few questions from readers of my blog, though 99.9% are wonderful. It's the odd comment, though, that gets under my skin and makes me want to curl into a ball. I love reading your blog because so many blogs make me feel as if I'm not enough. Your blog makes me realize that even the people who have mad photography and decorating skills are complex human beings, too, and I appreciate that you are real. Don't stop being who you are. Your family is wonderful and you are all so blessed with one another, no matter how you came into the family or whatever circumstances you are going through. I was adopted at birth, a fact that I tell very few people because not many understand that the people who raised me ARE my parents, that my family IS my family. I think that is one part of why I enjoy your blog so much--the love that you all have for each other, even when the kids are fighting or driving you crazy or you're all out picking out a Christmas tree together. Love makes a family, not biology. God bless!


I love your photo of Annie in front of the red Old Home Bread door. Something about the photo, and the feeling of it, is just perfect. Really lovely. Thanks for continuing to inspire so many us with your words and your pictures!


Karen, I loved this post! And I know you know that 99.9% of us come to your blog because we LIKE it. I've never understood why someone is so quick to judge and post something mean. It's their own insecurities coming through. Please know you are so appreciated by so many of us!
Joanne from Boston


I read your blog and always think what remarkable friends we could possibly be. There isn't anything wrong with the path your life has led or paths it has crossed, that has helped you become the person you were meant to be. Experience brings wisdom. People quick to judge are usually trying to hide their own imperfections. Do what you need to do and let the others hang on the roadside! :)

Jayme Tighe

I've been reading your blog for a couple of years now and have never left a message, but after reading this post, I feel compelled to do so.

Although I don't know you personally, I know we could be good friends. That's why I read your blog faithfully. I understand and relate to all of your life stories. Somehow they help me, so thank you for that.

Keep on doing what you're doing... We all thank you for it, but know that your family will cherish your words forever!


Karen - thank you for posting this. It is what I needed to read today. I have so much admiration for you. I've been reading your blog for a pretty long time and I think your writing has just gotten better every year. You have a beautiful family and I look forward to reading your posts! We put so much pressure on ourselves to be what other people think is right and I guess I just want you to know that I appreciate your honesty and your thoughts, even if some one else doesn't agree.


Karen, this was written so beautifully and from the heart (as always). I love you and your little family. {{hugs to you my friend}}.


Love this post Karen. I love that you are real and willing to share your life with us - the highs and lows. I also appreciate that you don't exploit the kids or your exes. I really respect your attitude. When a family situation may be tough, you will express your own unhappiness but you never speak ill of others. Life is messy but it's also wonderful.
Thank you for being honest and open and sharing your family with us.


I have never commented on a blog, don't read blogs ever (except when i get one of your notices on the workshop), but this post just moved me to tears. You wrote everything i feel on a daily basis. I hope to write and have pics of my own family someday. You may have just inspired me to quit letting my fears prevent that. Thanks so much for being you and putting it out here for us to see.


I love your blog and I love that you are real. You don't sugar coat mothering. I have raised 4 sons and I know how tough it is to be a mother and I have many moments that I'm not proud of and you make me feel ok about that. Thanks for sharing a bit of your life with us.

Bernadette @b3hd

Ditto. Do it for the kids. Do it for you. The rest is just the rest.

Ann Grounds

Karen, I just want to tell you that I LOVE you! Just the way you are. You are so REAL and I love reading about you and your imperfections. I could write some of your posts myself so you aren't in it alone. Thanks for being you, and thanks for sharing what you do. I hope one day we can have lunch or dinner together (maybe when you come to Marysville to visit Ross). I was lucky to have taken your class at Lasting memories in Lynnwood and that's when I became one of your "followers".

Dana F.

I've followed A LOT of photography blogs over the past few years. I'm embarrassed to admit that the list was close to 100. How I managed to feed my kids and keep a (semi) clean home with all of that blog-reading is beyond me.

As I grew in my own photography and quit wanting to be like everybody else, I stopped reading most of those blogs. Now I follow THREE photography blogs. One of them is yours. :) And it's not because you are better than the other 97 photographers. In fact, some of them are amazingly talented. (And famous!)
What keeps me always coming back is you, Karen. What you choose to share about yourself and your family has me coming back week after week. And wishing I was around the corner and I could come over and share stories over a cup of tea. You are so real and so relatable. And it doesn't hurt that you have adorable kids!

Jen Valentine

I wish people could use this as a disclaimer on their blogs! You write so awesome, you share you life with us and THAT'S WHAT I LOVE!!!!
I don't get haters, never have never will, but I know you have more luva's then haters! :O)
I get busy with life and then return to your blog like a wonderful novel to curl up with in bed, crazy huh? But I dive into each of your posts and your writing has always made me laugh, and cry at times too. I am in love with your photography and your photos of your family are beyond precious. So, thank you for sharing what you share. It is by far enough and I enjoy you and your blog- It's the highlight blog I return to to make me smile.



Thank you for saying that! I may be in the minority among blog readers but I have deleted many blogs from my reader because of the sheer sensationalism and lack of all discretion. We have the right to tell OUR stories. And I love it when people do. But I am so uncomfortable when people share very intimate details about people whose names do not appear in the byline. Having adult children makes me really conscious of what I share. It might be true and might have affected me deeply. But I refuse to use people to boost my numbers. Moreso, I think when we extend them that grace there is always better chance of peace and growth down the road. The expose is exciting to read (sometimes) and carthartic to write but painful for the other people involved and tends to embitter people. Not my thing to read or write.

Congratulations for striking balance!


I was 17 when my twin boys were born. I wasn't always a good mom. Sometimes I think about how selfish I was - some of the things I've said or done or not done - and it breaks. my. heart. So yeah, I hear you. You're not alone. I appreciate you sharing the truth about your life. If we all start being honest about our bad parts then other people won't be so ashamed of theirs. Keep on it Karen!


Oh, Karen, I think we could be good, good friends! I just found your blog tonight (thanks to Kerri Bradford's fb post) and have been reading and looking and reading some more on it all evening. Too many hours actually. And then I found this post and decided that we should really be friends. Well, I live in Seattle and you live in Alabama (I think?), so phooey. But that's okay because you are now bookmarked in my computer, which means you're bookmarked in my life, so that's good. :) I'm looking forward to getting to know you better! *Briana

Lyn Onotsky

I think you are bloody marvelous and I think you have done a great job with what you have been dealt with.

If I lived near you, I would be over to share a laugh with you and share my life with you since I can really relate to you since we are so much alike. I just wish that there were more people like you since it would make life easier for most of us. HONEST people are hard to come by!

Take care!
I have been following you for years and am the one that contacted you about where to get your Marratives products many moons ago and you replied trying to help me locate them since I am in Canada which I greatly appreciated.


I am such a lurker (and also perpetually behind on my blog reading these days) but even though it's a month old, I had to leave a comment here for you because this blog post felt like a hug. And blog posts his wonderful and honest and heartfelt deserve a comment saying so.

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