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I’m Back. But Not Without an Explanation First.

First, let me tell you where I’ve been. Because it’s been over two months.

In July something came over me. Maybe sorrow. Or idleness. But the world felt too much and my thoughts were indecipherable.

So I unintentionally stepped back from so much. Perhaps too much. This blog was one such thing. This was hard for me because I am a great lover of consistency.

But healing came as I stepped back.

Was the launch of this blog a cause for the sorrow that came? Yes.

It is something, isn’t it? To put yourself out there. Your joys. Your happiness. For the world to also enjoy.

I couldn’t quite figure out how to separate growing this blog by looking at numbers and likes and comments from my worth.

I also stepped out of the kitchen. Because it too was tied to this blog. I turned a hobby into a job. A “have to.” I was crushed. What had I done?

This is all so embarrassing to mention because I am a grown woman. Mature in her faith. But here it is.

Yesterday I stepped into the kitchen with Beau. Me humming and sautéing onions. Him chopping, in deep thought, like he does. I was stirring the red onions watching the balsamic vinegar stain them, until the two were inseparable. And as soon as they joined their smell rose and hit my nose. And a happiness I cannot describe came over me.

It felt so right to be in the kitchen.

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I’ve been waiting to come back. Waiting for Him to encourage me in such. This post is a first step.

Since I have stepped away, my blog readership has increased substantially which I cannot quite figure out. So, to all of you who have subscribed since my silence, I’m back. And my next post will be all food and all deliciousness.

Many of you have encouraged me to come back. I can’t quite express what that meant to me. But hope is a good word for such.

Thank you for your patience. It’s time to get back in the kitchen.

belle in cartoon form


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  • BeckyOctober 19, 2013 - 3:27 pm
    Yay! You're back - that makes me so happy! But good for you for stepping back for a while. I definitely understand the thing where blogging goes from being fun to being not fun but stressful. It took me a while but I finally let go of the pressure I felt to write regularly because I had readers. I write now for the love of writing. For the outlet it provides. When, and only when, it fits in my life. I write for me and any readers I have are just a bonus. Love you, girl! And love your blog!


    • Bri McKoyOctober 22, 2013 - 1:54 pm
      YAY! Becky! Thank you for your support. I am so grateful for your friendship. And I miss you so much! Can't wait to be in the kitchen cooking with you again :)


  • Mom McKoyOctober 19, 2013 - 5:03 pm
    Dear, dear Brianne, So glad you're back! I'd been wondering if I fell off your email list... A. W. Thorold writes, “The highest pinnacle of the spiritual life is not happy joy in unbroken sunshine, but absolute and undoubting trust in the love of God.” I pray you'll know you're loved with or without a blog, with or without people's comments, and with or without the approval of others. Who cares what anyone else thinks? You're a gift to the world, whether they appreciate you or not. And He's given you a gift that's meant to be shared in so many ways. Don't let anyone or anything keep you from letting that gift, which is the love of God, flow from your life. It's why you're here!


    • Bri McKoyOctober 22, 2013 - 1:53 pm
      Thank you for these words of encouragement, mom 2 :) It has always meant so much to me that you visit my blog. Very grateful for you!


  • Rachel G.October 19, 2013 - 8:09 pm
    Dear Bri! I'm so glad you are back. You are and have always been an inspiration to me. Thank your for being vulnerable because we have all been there in some form or another. I love your blog and I love you! John and I are in our 5th week of strictly Paleo and we love visiting your blog. You have been a inspiration to many of our recipes and to us. Hugs!


    • Bri McKoyOctober 22, 2013 - 1:51 pm
      Thank you so much, Rachel! I miss you so much! Thank you for your sweet words, they really lift me up!


  • Donna AkersOctober 20, 2013 - 1:33 am
    Dear Bri:) I am one of the new comers to your website while you were away, I suppose! The minute I landed on your website I knew how special it was and how much I was going to enjoy reading your blogs and receiving yummy recipes for my new adventure in the Paleo life! Thank you for your honesty, your realness! I love your love for your sweet man, the fact that you cook together......and, your shared love for our Christ! I am finding that there is much to be thankful for in our daily life...even in the hard:) Thank you again! Shine Jesus, Shine!!! Donna


    • Bri McKoyOctober 22, 2013 - 1:50 pm
      Donna! What refreshing words. Thank you! And to know you are a sister in Christ, such a gift! So grateful for you! Thank you so much!


  • JacquieOctober 21, 2013 - 7:06 pm
    Bri! You are such an incredible blessing. I think the step away was a good one and you should never be afraid to take a step away in the future. Because really, your step away was really a step toward the One who's been guiding these steps in the first place. Oh and, in wanting to make a paleo soup recipe a few weeks ago you know where I searched first -- your blog! Can't wait to see what you post next! :)


    • Bri McKoyOctober 22, 2013 - 1:49 pm
      Thank you so much, Jacquie! Your encouragement means so much. Grateful to have you in my life! Also, I am posting a paleo chili next week ;)


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