Thursday, May 26, 2016

Come On In

If there's one thing that weirds me out about blogging, it's talking about blogging on my blog.

It feels like the worst kind of faux pas and I should know, because I am, in fact, one of the matriarchs of blogging. Or at least that's how it feels whenever I make a string of decisions that ends with me walking into a blogging conference of twenty-somethings wearing Pocahontas headbands slung about their foreheads, pushing their hair up on their head in a way that would make me look like I suffered an unfortunate event earlier in the day and didn't realize how ridiculous I still looked.

Only they don't look ridiculous.
They look dewy and amazing and tender-skinned.
They look like they probably know html code and like they own multiple legit lipsticks.
They give me the feeling that I should bear some measure of shame over my incapability of using a computer without a mouse. I love them and they love me, but they think I'm wise. If you know what I mean.

I've been at this gig this for a very long time. I know what works for me.

But today, I'm breaking my own rule. I'm flinging open my freshly-painted doors and inviting you in for a tour (don't go in the boys' room, just DON'T) and pretend cookies.

(If you receive my posts in your inbox, this would be a great time to click over and see my pretty new blog design!)

You might as well know, this is how I'm answering the door, only without the amazing lighting and related perks of Kelly's photography skills. Guys, this is me. On the daily. When I'm writing to you, this is how I look. If you ever find yourself imagining me for some strange reason, let it be exactly like this - with bedhead, no make-up, and a mug of Earl Grey.

Don't let the fancy photo on my sidebar confuse you. At my very core I'm all misbehaving hair and that wonky birthmark beside my eye.

But I do love having tea with you. I love what we've got going here.

I love that you take me just as I am.

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Watercolor bloom by Jessica Flores Design
Hand lettering by Katy Girl Designs
Blog update by Danielle Burkleo 

41 comments:

  1. Celebrating the outer change with you and celebrating that nothing's changed on the inside as well.

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  2. The new blog design is beautiful. And love your wise,tea drinking,bedhead self!

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  4. stop it! I love this so much. You on the sofa with tea and wonky hair = best thing ever!

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  5. We wouldn't want you any other way!!! You are the best kind of wonderful!!! This really just feels like the natural next step - it feels right and fits you so well! Nice job!

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  6. I could not love this more. The new design, the same you, the honesty and realness.... I could go on and on. Love!

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  7. Matriarch for sure. I met you in the comments of a heavily discussed post. Several Years Ago.... You rock, thanks for inviting us to your world.

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  8. Cheering so loud for you right now! And I'll take any kind of Shannan I can get (messy hair, photo ready or my favorite - sweaty, dirt stained in a room blogging until the wee hours of the night in Ecuador). Love the heart God gave you beyond measure. xoxo

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  9. You've always been my fave. Love. Love. Love.
    ❤️

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  10. Blogging certainly has changed in the decade since I started doing it. Matriarchs rule!!! Ha. Or not.
    Everything look lovely, of course!! Especially you with wonky hair and tea. BTW- I have the best Earl Grey Tea ever. You should come over and I'll share a cuppa.
    Personally, I've been reading since you WERE a farm girl and I was a city girl, then we both switched spots!

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  11. Thank you for the warm welcome...such a lovely remodel.

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  12. WoW! Do you feel the L<3VE? I read through the comments and find that these lovely women feel the same way I do about who Shannan Martin is. This (almost) 59 year old thinks that Jesus has your photo (the one in this post) right on the front of His fridge.
    As an older, ahhemmm, mature woman, let me gently chide you by saying that you never need to justify who you are and how you do life. Be comfortable with who you are, Sweetie. You inspire so many with your witty, wise, whimsical and honest words that you post here. Just love you to pieces! Oh, and I'm loving the new site! Hugs from MN.

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  13. I love the redo...and your style of writing is my favorite. Of all time.

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  14. LOVE the new old you- You are my favorite blogger- my go to every.single.day.

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  15. Love the new header! Congrats- do you say that when a blogger changes their style/identity? Either way it's lovely!

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  16. God's continued blessings on you dear Shannon.

    You are real, you are oh so lovely, inside and out!

    FlowerLady

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  17. Lovely - all of it! Thanks for the invite and, because I AM actually drinking a steaming mug of tea as I read, cheers to new things!

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  18. Lovely - all of it! Thanks for the invite and, because I AM actually drinking a steaming mug of tea as I read, cheers to new things!

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  19. It's perfect and inviting and relatable and I feel right at home. You have a gift. This is just pure awesome. Congrats! Wish I'd brought pie to the housewarming.

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  20. So I'm not sure. I have asked myself, do I KNOW someone just because I read their blog and admire the words so consistently, so authentically offered there? I read my fav bloggers more than I talk to real life friends. I choose to liken it to following a beloved book series or journalistic documentary on a life. In that light I celebrate with you, am delighted for this evolution forward to a wider readership and an extended call for Christian activism in our chosen arena of ministry. You rock girl!

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  21. I'm so glad you started out as flowerpatch farmgirl because that's what drew me to you in the first place when you were still in the farmhouse. But, it has been such a pleasure to follow your journey into the city. I can only imagine how much stretching has gone on in my head as we muddled/rejoiced/commiserated through your life story (me mostly a silent partner!) For awhile I was sure we would join you in this new way of life and I had forgotten how we had started in the city only to wind up in the country as we were always supposed to.
    I have often thought about how idyllic your childhood was as you tell it and how I'm sure that security has set you up for the courageous way you live today. I dreamed of an idyllic childhood but experienced more of an ever-changing family tree with shallow roots. Now we've spent years creating for our children the kind of childhood you had and thought you wanted for your family. Providing security for my family has been so healing for me and I imagine my kids doing brave things with the strong roots we've set down. It's a wonder what a solid foundation can provide! I'm sure you and Cory are the solid foundation your famliy needs too. Thank you wholeheartedly for sharing your life and heart with us. Stories are the best!

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  22. Beautiful!!!!!! I love the new look! Keep on rocking the wonky hair!!!
    Love your words,
    from one wonky hair girl to another

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  23. LOVE this, and love you! This is perfect.

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  24. It is the perfect blend of cozy and fun, which is totally you--feels like home.

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  25. Oh my word! You crack me UP! YES, I know how you feel with those cute youngin's wearing the headbands. I tried it once and felt so ridiculous. My sister and I were scrolling Pinterest and seeing all the cute ladies wearing these adorable hats. I figured it was a legit thing since they were selling them at Target so I bought one but haven't worked up the courage to wear it out yet. My kids look at me like I've grown another head or something. #SomedayIllBeCool #maybe #okProbablyNot

    XOXO,
    Angie Pants

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  26. I just adore your real-life photo here. I completely understand your polished sidebar photo, but the one in this post is the BEST and makes me feel like you are sitting across from me this morning. You with your earl grey, me with my coffee, both of us with bedhead. Your birthmark and my sunspots and freckles showing.
    I feel welcome to this new, but the same, space and you are saying; " Hey! morning' everybody! You have bed head while reading my blog this morning? Hey, so do I! Welcome! You be you, and I will be me, and we will get along just fine!

    I want one day where ALL bloggers post first-thing-in-the-morning-photos, bed head and all, and let's all just be REAL.

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  27. I will never forget that b/w shot of you on your zanga site that led to your full- color new blog at FPFG. It was a magical moment, as is this one. Lots of love. - Jflo

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  28. Looks beautiful! I love the new you (but I love the old you too. :))

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  29. You are wonderful fresh and beautiful. Keep writing this great blog

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  30. I love you wise, writing, woman! So inspiring to follow along on your journey. The real you is stunning!
    xoxo Leslie @farmfreshfun

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  31. Yay for change and new beginnings! Super exciting!!!!:) Miss you!

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  32. LOVE the new look! Congrats! I'm looking forward to more glorious stories of the REAL!

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  33. I love this!! Life is change, and I can't wait to see where this will take the FPFG.

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  34. If I say I need to see you in person to memorize this image, could I bring my mug to your house? And can it have coffee in it instead of tea?

    You're cute. That's a rough sum up of my feelings.

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  35. Smiling as I sip my morning coffee on the porch...you're terrific!!!

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  36. You're gorgeous. I lost your blog for a while and just found it again. Am putting it on my favorites so I won't lose you again!

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  37. Pocahontas headbands hahahahaha if ever there was a time for the laugh cry emoji, this is it.

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