An Interruption

by Chris on January 28, 2014

I’m not gonna lie. This is a horrible post to write. I’ve been a little MIA recently, and I’m afraid it will be that way for a little while. To cut to the chase, I’ve had some medical problems come up, and I need a moment to get healthy. A surgery is scheduled for Thursday, and a six-week recovery will follow. And no–I will not be laying in a field of flowers that whole time.

Field of flowers

I’m pretty private about my personal life, so I’m already revealing more than I’m comfortable with. However, you deserve an explanation. Please know that my absence isn’t wanted, but most certainly needed. If you believe in prayer, I’d love some! If you don’t, how ’bout some positive thoughts?

Positive thoughts

 I’ll be checking in sporadically, but this blog o’ mine is gonna have to take a back seat for a moment. And believe me–that’s a tough call to make when you love it as much as I do. The good news? This guy has threatened to blog for me if I don’t feel up to it. I may have to feign illness just for that. He’s a funny one!

Us out

 I will miss you, and I hope you’ll stay with me! See you soon!



Two Thirty~Five Designs January 28, 2014 at 12:37 pm

Oh gosh, hate this for you!!
Prayers, lots of them, hugs and hopes for a restful and speedy recovery.

Emma (Glitter and Gold) January 28, 2014 at 1:12 pm

I’m so sorry . . . take time and get better, I’m sure that man is gonna be at your beck and call so your in good hands! Don’t worry we will all be here when you get back . . . thoughts and prayers heading your way! I do secretly want him to post too!!!

Heather January 28, 2014 at 1:13 pm

I hope you have a speedy and smooth recovery. Get well soon!

Wendy January 28, 2014 at 1:16 pm

Definitely sending prayers your way!!!!

Cheri January 28, 2014 at 1:47 pm

What a guy to blog for you…but you just take care of yourself. We’ll miss you but we’ll be here when you get back. Prayers.

Lori January 28, 2014 at 2:08 pm

I’m sorry! I hope your surgery goes smoothly and you are feeling back to your old self soon!

Lisa S January 28, 2014 at 2:13 pm

Thoughts and prayers. Take care of yourself!

Miss Mustard Seed January 28, 2014 at 2:19 pm

I love that picture of you and your husband. :) I will be praying for you, my friend. I know you’ll be better soon and we’ll be hear waiting when you get back. Take care.

Miss Mustard Seed January 28, 2014 at 2:20 pm

LOL…I know the English teacher in you just went nuts. I mean.. we’ll be here.

Chris January 28, 2014 at 8:41 pm

That was just the laugh I needed! Thank you, my friend! :)

Allison @ The Golden Sycamore January 28, 2014 at 2:25 pm

Hope you’re feeling better very soon! Praying for a speedy recovery!

Heather January 28, 2014 at 2:41 pm

Sending positive thoughts and prayers for strength, comfort and good health! Hang in there we will miss you too – long time reader 1st time commenter :)

Chris January 28, 2014 at 8:41 pm

Thank you, Heather! And thank you for 1st time commenting. :)

Rebecca Havener January 28, 2014 at 2:48 pm

I hope your surgery goes well and that you have a speedy recovery. Sending prayers and happy thoughts your way.

Becky January 28, 2014 at 3:10 pm

I am a new reader…. and also a pray-er. Get well soon!

Kristie January 28, 2014 at 3:15 pm

Praying for a smooth surgery and speedy recovery.

Carolyn G. January 28, 2014 at 3:18 pm

Prayers for your speedy return to health! We will be here when you are ready to return.

Renee January 28, 2014 at 3:18 pm

Praying for a speedy recovery! Take care of yourself!

Stacy January 28, 2014 at 3:20 pm

Thoughts and prayers. Take care of yourself and feel better soon! Hope your surgery goes well. We will be waiting for you.

Libby Boyle January 28, 2014 at 3:21 pm

Good luck. I’ll still be here when you’re well enough to blog again.

L Carter January 28, 2014 at 3:30 pm

Hope you’re on the mend really soon.

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog January 28, 2014 at 3:41 pm

All positive thoughts headed your way!! Get well soon!

Southern Gal January 28, 2014 at 3:42 pm

I’ll be praying for you, Chris. Get well soon!

Carrie -WorthPinning January 28, 2014 at 3:52 pm

Happy healing. Take good care and get better!

cassie January 28, 2014 at 3:55 pm

thinking of you and wishing you all the best in health and happiness and a speedy recovery!

Tracey Smyth January 28, 2014 at 4:03 pm

I’m not a pray er but I wish you the very best and look foward to your posts when you recover. Lots of love from Belfast x

Marie@TheInteriorFrugalista January 28, 2014 at 4:08 pm

When a fellow blogger is down,no matter how much we know or don’t know each other, we feel their pain. I think I can speak for all of us when I say that. So know that you are in our thoughts and wishing you a speedy recovery!

Amanda January 28, 2014 at 4:08 pm

I’m sending happy thoughts your way! Get well soon!

Patty January 28, 2014 at 4:31 pm

Don’t worry about us. Take care of yourself. I will remember you in my prayers.

Jenny@EvolutionofStyle January 28, 2014 at 4:37 pm

We will be here waiting for you when you return! Take your time and do what you need to do to get healthy. Healthy thoughts and prayers coming your way, girlfriend.

Jen January 28, 2014 at 4:41 pm

Praying and sending endless well wishes! You will be missed, but you need to take care of you. I hope you are feeling well soon. Hugs to you.

Sharon V January 28, 2014 at 4:43 pm

Prayers for you and your surgical team!

Cindy January 28, 2014 at 4:47 pm

JustAHusband should write something — that would be cool and weird. haha

Prayers and virtual hugs for you. Take care of yourself — we’ll love you just as much during six weeks of silence!

amanda barnett January 28, 2014 at 4:51 pm

sending love and prayer your way. wishing all the best for a speedy recovery and it’s a good thing your hubby is funny since laughter is the best medicine.

Kim January 28, 2014 at 5:03 pm

Best wishes for a speedy recovery!

Virginia January 28, 2014 at 5:10 pm

Keeping you in my prayers! Take care of yourself and we’ll be here when you get back!

Kellie January 28, 2014 at 5:22 pm

You’re in my prayers! I hope you have a restful recovery, even if it can’t be in that field of flowers. Probably hard to find a field of flowers in Michigan right now anyway, right? : )

Lisa Marutz January 28, 2014 at 5:30 pm

Yes…praying for you and looking forward to your return! Take your time, healing takes patience, mind and body, give yourself time to heal!

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. January 28, 2014 at 5:41 pm

Stay strong and positive! Totally rooting for you!!!

Vicki January 28, 2014 at 5:54 pm

Sending thoughts and prayers your way.

Pat January 28, 2014 at 6:09 pm

I’m so sorry you have to go through this but I know you’ll be just fine! You have a great attitude and that goes a long way in recovery. Have “JustAGuy” let us know how you’re doing! :) Will hold you in prayer and send healing energy your way.


Lindsay Wilkes - The Cottage Mama January 28, 2014 at 6:17 pm

Oh, I’m so sorry to hear that you aren’t feeling well. Sending big healing prayers your way. I hope you feel better soon!

Kari January 28, 2014 at 6:18 pm

Thank you for this beautiful quote. I needed to hear this today.
Wishing you the best and hoping you recover asap!

Kim {plumberry pie} January 28, 2014 at 6:22 pm

Sending many prayers and positive thoughts your way. Best wishes for a speedy recovery. Hugs to you.

Ofelia, from Mexico City January 28, 2014 at 6:51 pm

I have been reading your posts, but never commented before. Today I just wanna say, put you in God hand’s and stay positive. Best wishes, soon recovery and we will be here waiting for you.

Karen January 28, 2014 at 6:55 pm

Sendings you blessings and prayers for good health and a speedy recovery! Stay strong and think positive and take golden seal (herb) . It’s a miracle for aid in self healing. REALLY! (discuss with your Dr.).

Kristyn January 28, 2014 at 7:33 pm

I’m a firm believer that prayer is one of the most powerful things on this earth. Will be praying for you and your family. :)

Tery January 28, 2014 at 7:44 pm

Sorry so to hear it completely understand. Prayers are coming your way!
Best wishes and a speedy recovery.

Kristin S January 28, 2014 at 8:12 pm

Wise choice. YOU are more important than your blog.

Jennifer@The Chronicles of Home January 28, 2014 at 8:24 pm

Hoping you’re back up and running again soon, and feeling well even sooner. Sorry to hear about the issues!

Bridget January 28, 2014 at 8:25 pm

I hope for a speedy recovery. Take care of yourself and I am looking forward to your return. Prayers and positive thoughts are sent your way!

Jill Flory January 28, 2014 at 8:28 pm

So sorry Chris! It sounds like you are doing the right thing even if it is hard. Praying your surgery will go great and fix whatever it is supposed to!

Kathy R. January 28, 2014 at 8:41 pm

Prayers! Be well soon!

sondra January 28, 2014 at 9:28 pm

Praying all goes well and you have speedy and thorough recovery!

Mique January 28, 2014 at 9:37 pm

Sending prayers and good wishes for a quick recovery. There are a lot of people out there (here ;) thinking about you! xo

Colette January 28, 2014 at 9:44 pm

i’ll pray for you. get the rest you need and we will see you when you get back

Heather D. January 28, 2014 at 9:56 pm

Positive thoughts and prayers are being sent your way!

cassie {hi sugarplum} January 28, 2014 at 10:16 pm

Now I’ve got a big lump in my throat!!! I was acting like the tough cookie earlier on the phone, but now I’m not feeling that so much!!! Lots of prayers and positive vibes and lOVE and hair stroking coming your way!! Make sure Mr. STFU texts me Thursday!! xoxoxo

Cheryl January 28, 2014 at 10:46 pm

hope all goes well. I am sure that sweet dog of yours will be a good nurse. take care!!!

Amber Price January 28, 2014 at 11:09 pm

So sorry to hear this! Hang in there and take care of yourself. Your amazing blog will wait. That’s the beauty of blogging right?! :)

Shan January 28, 2014 at 11:21 pm

Prayers, love and light are being sent your way. Take care of yourself.

Terah Young January 28, 2014 at 11:33 pm

Will definitely keep you in my prayers and thoughts. I was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer 8 months ago and missed blogging for about 3 weeks. Blogging was my therapy throughout my treatments. Hoping things go well for you.

Centsational Girl January 28, 2014 at 11:42 pm

All I wish for you is a speedy recovery and a return to the world in perfect health…. take the time you need, we all love you and your voice and the beauty you create. Be well my friend, I am sending prayers your way!

Leanne January 29, 2014 at 1:44 am

Sending prayers and happy thoughts your way. Hoping for a speedy recovery

Ashlee January 29, 2014 at 2:04 am

I’m so sorry! our health is that thing we take for granted so often, I hope you have a speedy recovery and everything goes smoothly as you feel better

Elaine January 29, 2014 at 3:04 am

So many prayers and well wishes for your surgery and recovery. I, too, will be here when you return. In the meantime, I’ll go back and re-read your posts from days…years past. Probably begin with posts about Maximus, lol!

melissa*320 sycamore January 29, 2014 at 3:46 am

Justa! Lots of prayers being sent your way. I need to send you some good Jack Handey Deep Thoughts too…I’ll round up the best ones for you. :) xoxo

Jo @ Coventry Lane Design January 29, 2014 at 5:06 am

Best of luck for a speedy recovery. I look forward to reading your fantastic blog when your healthy and happy again. Take care and rest well.

lak January 29, 2014 at 8:41 am

Have missed reading your blog lately and have been checking in regularly. Wishing you a speedy recovery so that you can get back to doing the things you love!!! Take care of yourself, sending you positive thoughts and prayers, and when your back to blogging we will all be happy. I kinda would like to read a post by Mr. JAG!!! Take care girl!!!

Rhonda K January 29, 2014 at 9:08 am

Hang in there! It is ok to take time for yourself to heal – allow yourself to do that. We will all still be here. Prayers your way!

Bossy Betty January 29, 2014 at 10:27 am

Sending you lots of love and support!

courtney {a thoughtful place} January 29, 2014 at 11:00 am

Sweet friend. Huge believer in the power of positive thinking and prayer. I am doing both for you. All of that sweet {and handsome }love around you will be so healing. Big, huge {but gentle} hugs. Love you, girl.

Melissa Kramer January 29, 2014 at 11:57 am

Wishing a full & speedy recovery! Rest and take of yourself :)

Dream Mom January 29, 2014 at 12:13 pm

Sending prayers your way for a successful surgery tomorrow and a great recovery. I wish you the best.

By the way, that’s a great photo of the two of you. You two look great together and happy (hubby looks extra handsome and rugged). That would be a great picture on your photo wall.

Denise January 29, 2014 at 12:46 pm

Psalm 103:2-4 Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits– who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion.

Jeremiah 17:14 Heal me, O LORD, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.

Denise January 29, 2014 at 12:49 pm

You are loved from afar & by many you have never even met. I look forward to rejoicing with you over your recovery. –much love.

Deb Carey January 29, 2014 at 12:53 pm


hopeinbrazil January 29, 2014 at 1:32 pm

Don’t worry about keeping up with your blog. Just rest and get well. We’ll all be here when you get back.

chrissi January 29, 2014 at 2:17 pm

prayers. lots of prayers.

gloria wyssbrod January 29, 2014 at 4:13 pm

Prayers your way. God Bless you hope all goes well for you.

Paula@SweetPea January 29, 2014 at 7:15 pm

I hope all goes well with your surgery and that you are back to normal in no time. I’m assuming that you will have to miss school and I know that will be hard for you too.

Renee in Michigan January 29, 2014 at 9:12 pm

So sorry to read this news. May your surgery go smoothly tomorrow and your recovery go quickly for you. Thoughts and prayers from the other side of the state for you. ((Hugs))

Renee in Michigan January 29, 2014 at 9:19 pm

So sorry to read this news. May your surgery go smoothly tomorrow and your recovery go by quickly for you. Please have your hubby let us know how you are doing!! Thoughts and prayers coming to you from the other side of “the mitten”

Renee in Michigan January 29, 2014 at 9:21 pm

Whoops. I didn’t think the first one went through.

Leigh January 30, 2014 at 10:13 am

Hope it all goes well and the recovery is swift. Take care.

Jen Clark January 30, 2014 at 11:12 am

What a sad post to read! I hope everything goes as smoothly as possible. Good luck!

heidi January 30, 2014 at 11:42 am

Sending positive thoughts, well wishes, and healing prayers.

Jolene January 30, 2014 at 5:00 pm

Sending prayers your way for a speedy recovery!

emilie January 30, 2014 at 5:06 pm

Oh good luck! I hope the end of the journey brings you peace.

jessica @fourgenerationsoneroof January 30, 2014 at 6:07 pm

Hoping your surgery went well today! Thinking of you :)

Tammy January 30, 2014 at 9:30 pm

Praying GODs healing hands on you and your family and doctors!

CTBaker in the Acres January 30, 2014 at 10:51 pm

Prayers for a speedy recovery!! You’re one of my faves, so I’m going to miss you!

Koltureshoq January 31, 2014 at 1:21 am

Hi dear. Hope your surgery went well. Wishing you a speedy recovery and lots of love. Jesus our healer will heal you completely. Take all the time you need to rest. We’ll be waiting for you

Stephanie January 31, 2014 at 1:29 am

So sorry to hear you’re not feeling well, bit lots of prayers going your way. Better to take care of yourself and have a faster recovery. Take care-I’ll be waiting for sure. Been following since really close to the beginning so I’m not planning on going anywhere! Take care Chris!

Amber January 31, 2014 at 1:06 pm

I don’t normally post on blogs, but I have been following yours for quite awhile and have noticed your absence. I want you to know that I really enjoy your blog. I will say a prayer for you and look forward to your return to blogging. Wishing you all the very best with your surgery and recovery.

Hung Pham January 31, 2014 at 1:35 pm

<3<3<3<3<3<3 Sending you happy thoughts =)

Laura January 31, 2014 at 1:45 pm

Praying for healing for you.

Tammy @ the colored door January 31, 2014 at 8:19 pm

Prayers and positive thoughts coming your way!

Cheryl January 31, 2014 at 8:32 pm

Healing prayers will be said for you. I enjoy your blog so I will check in every so often. Take care

Michael January 31, 2014 at 8:38 pm

I just want to say that I am very sorry to hear about your health situation. I will pray for you.

Have you read Angelspeake? It is about communicating with your angels by writing. You could just type away to your angels and to the angels of healing. And tell them your fears and what you want. It is an excellent site, Angelspeake. With an archive of the words of the angels and newsletters.

Get well soon.

with love,

Funky Junk Interiors February 1, 2014 at 12:22 am

Good thoughts and prayers all the way for you Chris. If you need anything, you know where to ask!

Michelle February 1, 2014 at 1:10 am

Get well soon! Rest and take the time you need to heal. We’ll be here waiting when you get back…but not until you are fully ready!

Debbie February 1, 2014 at 11:47 am

Praying for you! We will be here :) waiting and praying.

Amy at Ms. Toody Goo Shoes February 1, 2014 at 2:24 pm

Wishing you a speedy recovery. Sending positive thoughts and prayers.

joy February 2, 2014 at 3:35 am

Bless you! All the best to you!

Jackie McClement February 2, 2014 at 4:50 am

You will get through it with flying colors!! Make sure you DO rest and be aware of all the changes your body and mind go through because of your surgery! I’m going out on a limb and guessing you might be having the big “H”. If so, take the pain meds, rest, rest, rest and more rest! Regardless of what it is, know there are tons of prayers being said for you and the good Lord is always right there with you! Heal quickly, quietly and completely.

kristin February 2, 2014 at 10:50 am

I check in from time to time on my fellow Michigander. :) So glad I did. I will pray for you and you will be in my thoughts. Just one post by your hubby could be entertaining?? take care and god Bless you and your family. (I grew up in Petoskey, went to MSU, dad lives in Cascade….that is how I am your fellow snow buddy. ;) )

kristin February 2, 2014 at 10:52 am

I was writing too fast and didn’t check my writing close enough –Capital G—“God”–sorry!That is a big boo boo. :( Yeah, capital T at the beginning of the sentence. However, that pales in comparison….

Layla February 3, 2014 at 10:40 am

Sending lots of love and get well wishes from Alabama today, Chris!

Lesley February 4, 2014 at 12:13 pm

Sorry to hear you are out of action for a while Chris ..
I pray for a speedy recovery
Best wishes xx

cara martin February 5, 2014 at 10:13 am

Praying for your health and a speedy recovery from your surgery!

Chris Bunn February 5, 2014 at 11:30 am

I’ve been a longtime lurker and massive admirer of your site and ideas.
Take care of yourself and get well soon.
My thoughts and prayers will be with you.

Michelle February 5, 2014 at 3:38 pm

Hi Chris, I’ve been thinking about you and hoping your recovery is coming along. Best wishes to you and your family.

Dee Williamson February 5, 2014 at 10:23 pm

Oh no! I can’t imagine leaving my blog. I know you’ll miss it, and we will definitely miss you. Of course I will stay, silly. I am praying for a quick recovery and I hope all is well after this.

Rest up! And you can feel free to put that funny guy up to the challenge. I’m sure you’ll enjoy reading his posts and our responses to them when you can. ;-)

Andrea February 7, 2014 at 5:54 pm

Many prayers for healthy, peace, strength, and a smooth and speedy recovery!!! All the best!

Sharon Russell February 7, 2014 at 8:08 pm

Thoughts and prayers are with you-before, during and after. I made it to 51 without any surgeries-then had 2 in 2 years! While I understand you’re wanting to keep things private I do hope that you will reach out to those closest to you and draw from their experience, strength an hope. I found it comforting to know what helped others who had gone through similar experiences/surgeries-and it helped ease a lot of fears–and made recovery smoother, too. Be gentle with yourself-and allow plenty of time to heal. Blessings, Sharon

Mandy February 8, 2014 at 11:42 am

Praying here, Chris. Take care & get healthy fast. Maybe Maximus can take over for a few weeks, ha! Much love, friend!

Karen February 9, 2014 at 6:59 am

Just happened upon your site while researching painting furniture. Great site and I’ll look forward to your speedy recovery, so you can continue sharing your inspiration with us!!! Be well.

Vincent February 9, 2014 at 6:58 pm

Get well soon, Chris. We’ll still be here when you are all good and well to once again inspire us with your amazing insights. Get better soon.

Steph February 10, 2014 at 11:48 am

Sending healing prayers and no one will leave you! :)

Julia @ Hooked on Houses February 11, 2014 at 2:25 pm

I’m behind on my blog reading so I’m a little late seeing this. But I want you to know I’m sending you hugs, positive thoughts, best wishes, and prayers for a speedy recovery! xo

Diane@InMyOwnStyle February 12, 2014 at 7:13 pm

I just saw this post Chris. So sorry that you have to go through this. Sending you lots of get well wishes and prayers your way.. XO

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