Monday, February 28, 2011

Welcome Friends!

Hey there. I know why you're here. Either you're a regular reader, and you've come to experience my usual dose of awesomeness, or you're a SITS girl and you're checking me out!

Go ahead.... check me out... give me the once-over, I don't mind.

Are you wanting to know a little bit more about me? Well just take a look-see at that navigation bar up there & click the "About Me" tab. Are you wanting to find more posts that make you laugh, or cry, or lick your lips, or pull your hair out? I've got those too. If you like photography, check out my 365 Project Blog. I also write over at The Smartly, and Mamapedia Voices, and She Is Dallas.

I've been on the blogging scene since 2008 and it's been one heck of a ride. Blogging saved me, in a lot of ways... it helped me find my inner voice. It helped me connect with people when I found myself utterly alone after ANOTHER move far away from friends & family. It helped me feel like I wasn't the only mother, or wife, or woman going through a crisis (whatever crisis was on my mind that particular day). Blogging has made me feel normal - whatever that is - and it's good.

WELCOME! Pull up a chair and stay a while.

Texan Mama

89 comments:

Leslie Limon said...

Oh. My. Goodness! It's your SITS day! Congratulations! I can't think of a more deserving blogger. :)

Enjoy the love and attention. :)

Courtney Kirkland said...

Yep. You caught me. Totally here for your SITS day....and overjoyed that I found you!! Hope you get lots of readerships and comment love today! I'll be back!

Cindy said...

I'm new here! Coming over to wish you a happy SITS day!
I'll be looking around now:)
Have a terrific day!
Cindy

Brenna said...

Happy SITS Day! I loved reading about how your mil read your blog. There are so many times that I wish friends and family didn't read my blog, but so often they are also my biggest supporters. Always something, right? ;)

Broot said...

Happy SITS Day! I've loved what I've read so far... I think I'll be here for awhile reading some more! :)

laura said...

Happy SITS Day! The posts that you highlighted were so well-chosen!

heather@actingbalanced.com said...

Visiting from SITS - and going to poke around... I also moved far from fam and friends and started a blog because keeping up on Facebook wasn't doing it for me any more...
great to 'meet' you!

Heather from www.actingbalanced.com

Jennifer said...

Stopping in from SITS- Loved your post about your MIL. You're lucky to have a decent one. Can't wait to browse through more posts. (New follower too.)

Tina said...

Happy SITS Day! Going to take a closer look around! I married a Texan and lived there for 9 years. So I know what you mean about that Texas pride, although they always made me feel accepted!! Love and miss that place!

Heather said...

Happy SITS Day!! Happy to have a chance to experience your awesomeness!

Gigi said...

No idea what SITS is - but am assuming it's your turn to be featured? Congrats. All the newcomers will love you!

Jenny said...

wee grats on your SITS day :D

jamie @ kreyv said...

Hilarious! I am loving your blog (visiting from SITS).

Ginny Marie said...

Congrats on your SITS Day! :)

Mommy Boots said...

Happy SITS Day to you!!!

Jen said...

Oh yeah!!! Its your SITS day. Yippeeeee!!! :)

Gigi said...

Enjoy your day in the sun! Hope we get to reconnect at another blogging conference sometime soon!

A.Marie said...

Happy SITS day!!! :)

Susie said...

Congratulations on your SITs feature! I hope you enjoy your day in the sun.

FYI, the link to your blog on SITs is not working:-(

Mrs.Mayhem said...

Congrats on your SITS day! I enjoyed reading a few of your older posts.

(Florida) Girl said...

Happy SITS Day. I look forward to taking a look around.

Elaine A. said...

Hey friend! Glad to know you! Happy SITS day! :-)

TornadoTwos said...

visiting here for the first time from SITS. So glad they featured you today, I'm really enjoying your blog. I also have 5 kids, so it's nice to find your blog :)

Have a great SITS day!

Jill said...

Congrats on your big SITS day! I get so excited when I know the featured blogger. =)

Grams said...

Enjoy your SITS day. I can relate to your post about your mother-in-law reading your blog. Mine doesn't, but all of his cousins do. I often find myself censoring because I know the extended family will be talking.

Heidi said...

cheers to you on your SITS day! i totally know the feeling of being the 'new girl' in town. we just moved to minneapolis this past fall and i still feel on the fringe of most friendships i've developed.

enjoy your day!

Waisting Time said...

Happy SITS day! I love what blogging has done for me too. And the amazing community.

The Mommy Mambo said...

I've been round these parts before. LOL Not sure I ever really followed officially, but I'm here to sign up now!

I too am a proud TEXAS blogger and a native, born and bred! I love your decor, btw. It feels so homey and all!

Tamela said...

Came over to wish you a Happy SITS Day!

Swizz said...

Way to go! You've made the big time having a SITS day. ;o)

As a regular reader I have to say YOU help keep ME sane. And laughing!

Have fun with all of the traffic today! I hope lots more people stick around to hang out with us on a daily basis.

Jennifer said...

Happy SITS day, Gretchen! And in reference to your interview over on SITS- I totally accept you as a Texan! If you feel like you are a Texan, then own it! Besides, you are more of a Texan than I am right now and I was born there and lived there until I was 25. But, the military has taken me out of Texas for the past 13 years and my accent has largely disappeared- but I still consider myself a Texan and Texas is still my home.

Charlotte said...

I'm so glad that SITS introduced me to you today. I'm impressed by how you seem to keep your head above water juggling so many different projects (not to mention 5 KIDS!!!). You are super momma. And I can't wait to see what you have here. I'm your latest follower :)

CONGRATS on your SITS day!

Ash said...

Congratulations on SITS day my friend!!!!

Enjoy all the love :)

Sunday said...

Congrats on your SITS Day!

I'm from Oklahoma and so typically that would mean we have to be enemies...but I've never played by the rules so I'm going to just keep loving you and your blog!

Amy said...

Happy SITS day! I'm really enjoying your blog. I live in AZ and love it, but I grew up in Dallas and I get homesick for Texas all the time.
Following you now!

Losing Brownies said...

Happy SITS day! I can't imagine moving so often! Bless you for keeping sane while moving state so often!

Claire said...

saw you on SITS. Love your blog! you take beautiful photos. What kind of camera do you have?

Selena and Anna said...

Happy SITS Day!!!! Looking forward to exploring a little more on your site...or, as you say..checking you out!!

Mama Kat said...

So glad you're having your SITS day!! Enjoy it. :)

Hello! I'm Kate. said...

HAPPY SITS DAY!!!

I am the oldest of 5 kiddos. It's the best way to grow up and the best thing my parents for me was give me my siblings. We're super close now that we are all grown up (well there's still one more at home. He's 17.)

I hope today is awesome!!!

Mommyof2girlz said...

Happy Feature Day! Hope you have a wonderful day full of lots of bloggy lovin :)

Bella @ If This is Motherhood said...

I was already a follower but Happy SITS Day!

divinepainter said...

Popping over from SITS... you have a wonderful "voice." Happy blogging.

modchik said...

Hey Happy SITS day Gretchen!!So when am I going to see you again? San Diego?? this summer??

Celeste said...

Happy SITS day! Glad to have found your blog. Looks fabulous!

CHEERS!

Aspiring Millionaire said...

Your too funny. I just read your poo post and seriously, if I had enough money to drink expensive coffee (I don't drink it at all, but thats beside the point) why would I want poo coffee? (And poo is so much better to say than poop, your right! lol)

Great blog. I love blogging too and I think it keeps me sane.

Happy SITS day. :)

Joanna said...

Hi There! and Congratulations on your SITS day! I loved your post about the cell phones in school, I think our families have a lot in common values-wise. I can't wait to read more, and I'm a new follower!

Michelle Saunderson said...

Happy SITS Day!!!!

Everyday Mama said...

Happy SITS Day! I haven't been to Texas yet but now I can't wait...I am so excited to follow you now as you conquer five kiddies and change the world :)

The Change Agent said...

I hear you about the comment support! Warm fuzzies are a must! Happy SITS day! cute header. A warm TX welcome from one non-native Texan to another!

International Floral Blogs said...

Just wanted to say hi, found u on sits. So true that blogging is good when it´s a cris day ...

Love Emelie

Shell said...

Congrats on your day!

omgyummy said...

Congrats on your SITS day. Love the post about 382 baths and knowing she was your last. Dang - I knew I was done at 2 kids. You obviously have a lot more resilience than I do. Congratulations again. Your writing is fun to read and your photos are fabulous. Really fun blog.

Diane said...

Congrats on your SITS day! You're an awesome photographer. :)

Renee Weatherford said...

Happy SITS day!!! :)

Jacki said...

Congrats on your SITS day! Can't wait to check out your site.

ScrappinMichele said...

Happy SITS Day! Love your blog design!

scrapwordsmom said...

Stopping by to say Hi from SITS today. One heck of a blog you have here...love all the cowboy stuff. Very Texas like!

Madison said...

Congrats on your SITS Day!

KDC Events said...

Happy SITS day! Looking forward to checking things out =)

Heather said...

As a native Texan transplanted to GA, this is a breath of fresh air...love it!

Heather
www.realhousewifega.com
www.thegiftcloset.blogspot.com

April said...

Happy SITS day! I enjoyed perusing your blog!

Amy said...

Hello, Gretchen.

So nice to see you're getting your day to shine.

Sorry it's been so long since I've been by. I'm slowly catching up on work and blogs as I can.

Three.20 said...

Found you through SITS :) Your blog has so much variety when reading. I really enjoyed it :)

Zeemaid said...

Happy SITS day! I love your background. :)

Deidre said...

Congratulations on your sits day!

Ashley said...

So happy to be stopping by from SITS and become a new follower! Can't wait to look around because I'm loving what I see so far! =)

Lauren P. said...

Congrats on your SITS day!!! Off to learn more about you and your blog! :)

Kristy said...

Blogging saved me too! I was a new mom and needed an outlet and something to call my own. I like you. Will follow! Congrats on your SITS day!

maggiemaesdays said...

Happy SITS day to you :) I have to say, reading your About Me was a breath of fresh air... lots to say and share... I LOVE THAT! I'll be back again... No doubt about it :)

thisitalianfamily said...

Such a cute blog! Love your header! Happy SITS Day!

Lindsay {Designer Wife} said...

Happy SITS Day, Gretchen!!! I hear you on blogging saving you after moving far away from family & friends... that's exactly what brought me here, too. Enjoy your SITS Day! :)

Linds

Eclipsed said...

A very happy SITS Day! Enjoy being queen for the day...off to give you a thorough once over.

criticalcrass said...

happy sitsday!

Amanda @ Ninth Street Notions said...

Love your fun sense of humor! Happy SITS day!

Classy Career Girl said...

Happy SITS day! Hope its a great one!

Crystal said...

Woo hoo!!! That's my girl!!! I'm so happy for you. I hope you enjoy your SITS day...bask in your awesomeness because you are. Love ya...so, so excited for you!!!!

thatgirlblogs said...

happy sits day! hey, I know those smartly bloggers! well, marcy anyway. good to meet you/subscribing.

Tammy said...

Happy SITS day...can't wait to look around! :) Enjoy your special day.

misssrobin said...

See what happens when my life goes crazy and I fall behind on blogs? I missed your special party. I guess it's a good thing I wasn't assigned to bring anything. Sorry.

I hope it's been great for you. I am so excited that your day is here.

And I'm eager to read a couple I haven't read before.

Have fun finding your way through it all.

Caren with a "C" said...

I totally understand the pool. My husband is so glad I now blog instead of talk his ear off. Happy SITS day! I love your blog title and your pictures!

Sorta Southern Single Mom said...

Happy SITS Day... or days, since I'm late to the game! I, too, relocated north to south. I've never been to Texas, but I had a neighbor who was a Texan and WOOEEE, she was an entity onto herself AND a great friend!

ALELY said...

HAPPY SITS DAY! one of the main reasons why i started blogging was because we moved from the west coast to the east coast and it was a way to keep family and friends in the know. it's been a great ride for me too!

happy wednesday!

xo,
alely

Jennifer said...

Sorry I missed it. I'm so far behind. I hope it was awesome.

astridvanwoerkom said...

Happy belated SITS day. By the way, I'm not a Texan commenter. ;)

Nocturnal Queen said...

Congratulations on your SITS day!

journeyofawoman said...

happpy SITS day!


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Jenny said...

Visiting from SITS. Love the way you write.

Anastasia said...

Congrats!