Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Still Standing!

I am sorry I've been gone for so long. Lack of blogging makes me feel blah, and I can't wait until we can catch up fully. I'd say my lack of writing is akin to when a runner doesn't get a chance to run, but you know I have zero real-world experience in that department so it's pure speculation.

I'm doing 3 relatively short but back-to-back trips, the final one of which starts tomorrow. Lest someone out there on the internet thinks it would be an ideal time to empty our house of all worldly possessions, I'll point out that Tim and our attack labrador will be guarding the house.

While I hadn't planned on going to the BlogHer conference this year, my desire to hug people who have loved on us for the past 11 months is far stronger than my fear that my clothes will look stupid or that I'll cry if anyone says anything nice to me. Or mean to me. Or anything at all.

Sooooo, just checking in to say I miss you.

We are still standing. And laughing. And remembering.

We can feel your prayers.

Can't wait to catch up!

And if you are going to BlogHer, come get that hug.

40 comments:

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Not going to Blogher, but sending you a great big virtual hug Anna! Have a wonderful trip. I know you will be feeling the love!

spedhead said...

I hope you have a really fun adventure at BlogHer! So many of my favorites are going, I wish I was!!! I have missed your writing and look forward to "catching up."

Pam Priester said...

So good to "see" you here, Anna. Miss you very much. That BlogHer conference is going to be blessed to the high heavens to have you in their midst. So glad to hear you're going! Soak in the love!

IrishRN07 said...

Hurray! So glad you're doing well. Yes, we were worried. To use my new "Anna-ism" ...just a "teensy bit'. Have a great time at the conference. Prayers are just getting started. :)

-Maureen

claire plante said...

Anna,

Have a great time and good luck!

Love,
Claire

Elizabeth said...

Missed you, too! Glad you're still standing. Hope you have a good time at the BlogHer conference.

Suburban Correspondent said...

Have fun this weekend!

Amanda said...

I was just thinkIng of you yesterday! I hope you enjoy your time

ALI said...

Have a great trip. Happy to read you are laughing.

You are such an inspiration. Thank you!

Cynthia said...

I've missed you!!
XO

LauraBeth said...

Anna... Prayers continue, whether you post or not. (though we love when you post... It feels like visiting with a friend.). Have a blessed trip... We'll "chat" later.

Sending love, hugs, and more prayers to you, Tim, and Margaret, from the other side of town...

Ellen Stewart (aka Ellie/El/e/Mrs. Seaman) said...

I am not going to BlogHer, so I think it's time you come to Aurora, IL.

Elisa @ What the Vita said...

Virtual hugs!! XXXX

helenasc said...

Good to "see" you. Praying for us as everyone begins to prepare for back to school. Breaks my heart for you all over again to even think about it. Hugs!

Anonymous said...

So proud.

A Speckled Trout said...

I'm glad you checked in........it felt like my favorite neighbor was gone for too long.

Enjoy your big time trip and don't worry about your clothes. I was on an interview today and noticed that the bottom of my skirt looked like it was dipped in a cup of coffee. I think they may have liked my, though. Like Sally Field really liked me. Or felt sorry for me. Sometimes I get those two things mixed up.

Laura at Ms. Smartie Pants said...

My hug will have to be a virtual one, I hope you have a great time!

Melanie said...

Wish I could hug you back in person, Anna! Not going to BlogHer (sigh!) but am sending you a HUGE virtual hug, anyway. You'll be among a lot of my favorites who will be there - you, of course, being on the top of that list.

Revel in all that love. You so deserve it!

So glad you guys are still standing, laughing and remembering. Jack, I'm sure is looking down and is so proud.

Enjoy, Enjoy!

Melanie B.

Gigi said...

Have a great time. Since I won't be there I'll just send my hug.

Anna said...

so excited you'll be at blogher, hope to see you!

~ (also an) anna

Kim said...

Delighted to hear you are still standing, still laughing and still remembering. We will not stop praying! Have a great time in the big city.

Gina said...

SO GLAD YOU ARE GOING!!!!! I think you will be blessed beyond measure to get out from behind the computer and get to see in person the lives your family is touching IN PERSON!!! I pray there will be more healing to your heart as you attend this conference and that your testimony will also heal others. For all of us who cannot attend we will be standing in prayer and in spirit with you. Love you and and your precious family!!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I wish I was one of those people getting a chance to hug you in person. Take it all in and feel the love from all of us. God Bless.

Anne said...

Anna,
Wish I could go to Blogher.Too far and not in our budget.Glad to hear you are going.It is always nice to meet other bloggers.We continue to pray for you all!!!
xx
Anne

Anonymous said...

Glad you are okay, have fun at BlogHer! Mary in NY

Christy said...

So wish I was going, in only to hug you, but I'm afraid I'm not, this year. xoxo

(attack labrador! Hahahaha!)

Recovering Church Lady said...

Glad to hear that you are still standing. I get quiet when I am sad or depressed, but writing always makes me feel better so its an odd conundrum at times.

Anonymous said...

It's good to hear that you are going to do this interesting, fulfilling thing for yourself. Have a wonderful, huggy time.

love,
jbhat

OSMA said...

If a brunette lady with great shoes on (Cristie) hugs you, that one's from me. :)

Also, if you need to escape, La Bonne Soupe a couple blocks up is a great hideout with excellent chocolate mousse.

So wishing I could be there to meet you in real life but I look forward to the post when you return.

Have yourself a blast in NYC. And more hugs than your nametag can handle.

xoxoxo

Princess Kate said...

I have missed you and your words. I wish you all the best at the Blogher. Virtual hugs from all of us that cannot be there but will be holding you up in prayer. Stay strong my friend. God bless you and grant you peace.

Cat Alford said...

I wish I was going, Anna! I hope you have a great time! Best,
Cat

Mama Mary said...

I am beyond disappointed that I'm nt at BlogHer this year and missing a hug fom you is one of the biggest reasons. I will be thinking of you this weekend and I can't wait to read about all of your adventures.

luv2run said...

Thanks for updating your blog, I have been checking it ONLY about 100 times a day and wondering when I was going to get my read on!

I can attest about the NOT running thing, I get that one!!!! its what keeps me sane!!! I have had some health issues as of late and havent gotten to run in about a week and its driving me nuts. I hope to get one in soon!

I wont at the blogher but sending you a hug anyway!!!!!

Luv2run

LWilliams2011 said...

Anna, I'm one of your silent blog fans. There's probably not a day that goes by where I don't think of you and Jack. And when I see a bird...(yes, there's lots of birds, so I think of Jack quite frequently). Some days I deliberately don't check your blog because 1) crying at work isn't cool and 2) I simply can't think about your pain & anguish. But most days, I'm drawn to find out how you're doing, to think about the important things in life, to feel. When I can't bear another whinny complaint, tantrum, "no", or "mommy, mommy, mommy...." from my 5-year old son, I think of you and Jack. Your blog invokes such strong feelings, emotions, questions, and importantly - hope. Sometimes I just want to feel nothing, to be numb. There's so much sorrow in the world. But then...something in conscious (or mabye subconscious) says "check out Anna's blog today". Anna, you are making a difference. Just wanted you to know that.

anymommy said...

Have a wonderful time. I am hugging you from the west coast.

Anonymous said...

I've never commented before but have been reading since just before jack's passing. It may just be me, but every time I see previews for the odd life of timothy green I can't help but think they look alike. Wonder if you see the resemblance.

the mama bird diaries said...

I'm so glad I got that hug. You are a beautiful person. I'm so glad you came.

melissa said...

Anna - I've just revisited your blog after a long time and wish I had time to read more of the posts. It really amazes me how you can continue to write so poignantly and succinctly about your life, with the tragedy combined with the everyday - you still make such beautiful observations about life and I leave it with every time with a promise to appreciate life more every day. There will be an end for all of us. You are one of the best blog writers out there and deserve all the rewards you receive. You humble me with your abilities and talent.

tracy@sellabitmum said...

Hugging you(more than once even - so lucky, lucky me) was so incredible this weekend. I so loved meeting you. xoxo

Arnebya said...

I wish I'd met you. BlogHer was incredibly overwhelming (my first time goin). You are one of the few people for whom I am genuinely remorseful over having not met. I hope you had a wonderful time, though. And I hope you were hugged on and loved and lifted up.