Monday, September 22, 2014

Return To My Roots


The phrase "ya don't know what you got till it's gone" never seemed to resonate as much as it did my first year away from home. I was 19 and headed off on a brand new adventure (college in Minneapolis, MN). I was excited to leave my small town in West Virginia, a town where no one seemed to ever leave and nothing seemed to change. As my Mom and I packed everything I could fit in the back of her little Toyota Corolla, I was sure I was leaving the "country life" and never looking back. 

We arrived in Minneapolis the following day and I can still remember the shock I felt as we drove over the I-35W Bridge into Minneapolis. Even at 19, I had never so much as visited a "big city", unless you count the time in 6th grade where my school took a field trip to the National Aquarium in Baltimore's Inner Harbor. As I took in the Minneapolis Skyline, I couldn't help but think perhaps the world was a lot bigger than I had originally anticipated. It wasn't until the car was unloaded, the "I Love You's had been said, and I turned to hug my Mom goodbye, that I realized the huge change my life was about to take. Did I really want to do this? I don't know anyone or anything about living here. What was I thinking?!? In that moment I no longer wanted to conquer the unknown, I desperately wanted to return to everything familiar, everything small, everything I knew to be home.

College and my years living in Minneapolis, Minnesota turned out to be some of the best years of my life! I made life long friends, created some of my fondest memories, I grew up a lot, met my husband, had my first child, and grew up some more. As I embraced my new life in the city, I found myself searching for ways to bring the country back in my life. I listened to country music (something I swore used to give me a headache), I created small DIY projects around my home that I could share with my daughter, I jumped headfirst into cooking and baking the recipes I grew up with, and I slowed down and began to remind myself to enjoy the simple things in life. 

After eight years of living in Minnesota, God, Who has a glorious sense of humor, opened a door for me to return to that same small town in West Virginia, the place I was so sure I'd never return to, where I currently serve on staff as an Associate Pastor, leading worship, student ministries, and a host of other things in between. I have four children now and a wonderful hardworking husband who is my best friend and team mate in life - we do everything together. It really is true that having a family changes you. Once upon a time I was ready to dive into the busyness of life. Time couldn't go fast enough and the adventures couldn't be crazy enough. Now, all that has changed for me. I long for the days to slow down and for the simplicity of just enjoying the little things in this great life God has blessed me with. Don't get me wrong. I still have big dreams. I still long for adventures. But in between all of those big things I don't want to miss the little dreams and the little adventures that are just as important, if not more. 

No matter where you call home, in the city, or some place south of the Mason Dixon Line, there are things about southern living we all long for; the food, the family values, the fashion and rustic simplicity. That really is the reason I decided to begin this blogging adventure. I believe that on some level those are the values, the hopes, and the little things we all want out of life, but sometimes, life doesn't always make it easy, and sometimes our life doesn't reflect it as it should. My family and I hope to share with you some things along the way that will bring a little bit of Our Southern Style to you and that I as you follow Our Southern Style, you will embrace some new ways (and maybe even reclaim some old ways) to bring a little bit of country living to your own life - and create a southern style - all your own. Thanks for being a part of my adventure! 

God, Family, Loving Life,

Jennifer Crayne




237 comments:

  1. I will look forward to reading your blog and learning something new each time about you and your family in the post too.

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    1. Thanks Laurie! I'm still learning in this new world of blogging - but having fun doing it. I'm excited to share much more :) Thanks for reading!

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  2. I love the design of the blog!! Great color choice!!

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    1. Thanks Kelli! My favorite part is my little red cardinal - my Grandma - who is a very special lady - passed away 2 years ago and cardinals were always her favorite. Every time I look at my blog it reminds me of her :)

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  3. I really enjoyed reading about your life and the "big city" and back again. Your website is very nice and I loved the picture of your children! I think "Our Southern Style" is going to be a hit! Keep on posting and we'll keep on reading! Thanks for sharing part of your life with all of us! Good Luck with this new and exciting world of blogging! Have fun with it! Thanks, Michele :)

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    1. Thanks so much for your kind words Michele! So far I'm having a blast! I'm excited (as are my kiddoes) to share a lot more :) Thanks again for your support and for reading!

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  4. I am a WV crafter transplanted to upstate New York.I have a wonderful family and fantastic husband. It was such a pleasure to find another southern lady who shares my love of crafting. God bless you and I am sure your blog will be a success.

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    1. Thank you so much! Always nice to meet another W.Virginian :) I never knew the saying "You can take the girl out of the country but you can't take the country out of the girl" until I moved to Minneapolis for a time. I'm sure its the same for you. Keep being country! :) Thanks for your kind words and for reading!

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  5. Thanks for your blog, i'm looking forward to reading all your reviews, project ideas and much more.

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    1. Thanks Cindy! I'm excited to be a part of the blogging experience! thanks for reading!

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  6. very nice way to introduce yourself its always nice to meet the character (it always makes the movie better)

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    1. Thanks Wendi! I'm excited to share more of my story!

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  7. Look forward to hearing more from you. You have such a beautiful family.

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    1. Thanks for reading! Looking forward to sharing more!

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    2. Thanks! Excited to share more with you! Thanks for following!

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  8. I love southern living. Excited to read more and follow your blog!!

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    1. Thanks Lisa! There really is no other way to live :) Thanks for reading and following!

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  9. I am really looking forward to this blog. Thank you for sharing with us

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    1. Thank you Linda! So happy to have so many supportive followers already! Can't wait to share more!

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    1. Thank you Theresa! Love you Pic! We are a family who loves our Pitbull too :)

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  11. Very descriptive and thoroughly written review! Thank you so much

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  12. So very true, thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you Toni! We all have a story to share - thanks for reading mine :) Looking forward to sharing more!

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  13. I'm looking forward to what you have to share with us in the near future!

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    1. Thank you Carter! Looking forward to sharing more!

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  14. Looking forward to what's to come on your blog!

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  15. Welcome and looking forward to reading your blog!

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    1. Thanks Lesley! Living in Minneapolis for as long as I did - I visited WI on many occasions and it was beautiful! (it reminded me a lot of WV at times :) Thanks for reading

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  16. congrats on your blog> I wish you much success

    sibabe64 at ptd dot net

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  17. Good luck w/the new blog :) So Exciting !!

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    1. Thanks for the support and for following Shayna!

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  18. Love the slower life of a small town. the NW corner of GA has the Mountains, rural living yet close enough to a "big city" if I so desire. God brought you to this phase, so He will bless you to accomplish your goals.

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    1. Elaine - I love Georgia! It was one of my pics for college but God led me to Minneapolis instead. Thanks for reading! God bless!

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  19. I also grew up in a small town and went away to college only to return to the small town. There is just something about living here that you can't run away from.

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    1. So true Deborah! I found the further I ran, the more I longed to come "home" Thanks for reading!

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  20. My husband would love more southern living in our lives! Excited for your blog!

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    1. Thank you Kelly! Even on busy days when my life doesn't feel so simple and "southern" I pour myself a glass of sweet tea - always makes it better :)

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  21. Mine was the opposite. I grew up in Southern California and moved to a small town in Eastern Kentucky. I hated everything about it at first. Now you couldn't pay me to move back to a big city! Good luck on your new blog!

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    1. Its funny how you fall in love with a small town - there's just something about it :) Thanks for reading Becky!

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  22. I'm 34 and I still remember the exact moment that my mom dropped me off at college (after unpacking and lunch) and the tears and thinking "maybe I don't want to do this!" haha. Ten minutes later I was meeting my roommates and in another world. Sounds like life has turned out very well for you. Good luck in all you do!

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    1. Thanks Jennifer (best name in the world after you get past the fact that practically ever other female has the same name :) Thanks for reading and following! College years really are some of the most amazing times!

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  23. Great story. My family is from West Virginia and I always enjoyed our vacations visiting family.

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    1. Thanks for reading Sue! God Bless and enjoy your next visit to "almost heaven" :)

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  24. Welcome!!!! We love forward to your blog. I like your story.

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    1. Thanks Denise! Can't 'wait to share more! Thanks for reading and following

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  25. I love finding new blogs to read! I look forward to reading more! Good Luck :-)

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    1. Thank you Kimberly! I'm looking forward to the adventure :)

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  26. You don't know what you got till it's gone is so true! I felt the same way after heading off to basic training. Once I got home siblings had grown up and everything was different. I missed how it was before even with the sibling rivalry and all that stuff.

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    1. Tina, first thank you and God bless you for your service to our country. Our country is one of my greatest loves - we are who we are because of brave women and men for sacrifice so much day in and day out. Second, - thanks for reading and following my blog - I'm excited for what's to come :)

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    2. Thank you!!! I don't hear this much because I was Army Reserve for 8 years which some people don't tend to think that it means as much although reservists are often called first. I've heard it's because they are more expendable. Luckily I was only on alert once for Somalia but never had to go anywhere. Good luck with your blog!! Look forward to reading your posts!

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    3. Service is service in my book :) We need service men and women here at home just as much as we do abroad. Thank you again! Glad to have you on US soil :)

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  27. Looks like a great blog! Can't wait to read more! You're kiddos are adorable!

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    1. Thanks Amber! I'm looking forward to writing more!

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  28. Welcome the the world of blogging...wish you much fun in your new venture!
    Ann B.

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    1. Thanks Ann! It is definitely a new adventure - thanks for wishing me well :) I'm sure it will be a lot of fun

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  29. Love the country/rustic layout of the blog! Looking forward to many more posts!

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    1. Thanks Stephanie! my design makes me want to grab a glass of sweet tea and a front porch swing - one of my favorite places to be which is what I hope people feel when they visit Our Southern Style :) Thanks for reading!

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  30. cant wait to continue reading what you have to say and following you great introduction

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    1. Thanks Brittney! I'm looking forward to writing more :)

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  31. Congratulations on starting your new blog and best of luck! You blog looks amazing i love the rustic look and your family is precious. Have a amazing day thanks for sharing your sight with all of us.

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    1. Thanks Debra! My family and I are excited to share a little bit more about what we love in the south. Thank you for the best wishes!

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  32. Thank you for sharing your story with us, and congratulations on this new chapter for yourself. I have tossed and turned with the idea of having a blog I think I will commit sometime soon, I just have so much on my plate and don't want another commitment I don't have the resources either. However I am very happy for you and look forward to reading what comes next in your adventures.

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    1. Hey Ashley! I was in the same boat you are in - tossed and turned a lot of times about starting a blog - Being a wife, Mom of 4, full time pastor, (not to mention all the laundry and cooking and cleaning and activities that comes with having 4 kids). It definitely takes time, but like anything in life, if you want it bad enough sometimes you just have to do what you can to make it happen. Thanks for reading!

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  33. cant wait to read more! bookmaaking this so i can come back

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    1. One of the nicest compliments I have gotten! Bookmarked! I truly take that as an honor - thanks for reading Kylie!

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  34. I enjoyed reading this and relating to parts of it. We had to move over 25 years ago for economic reasons and established our family here in the Northeast. We both come from a small, Midwestern town and would love to have moved back at any given time from the craziness and stress here but God has His reasons for our living here and we've been blest for following His will. Our children's roots are here and some are married and with children & we wouldn't want to miss this experience of grandparenting. But, it is a joy to return for visits to all things familiar - even though lots has changed with the years - and now we are the next generation till we are to pass from this life.

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    1. What an awesome story! God truly has a reason for blessing you with an adventure in the Northeast - imagine all of the lives you have touched simply because you moved! Even when I lived in the city - I always looked for moments of the small town life - even if it meant walking downtown to the banks of the Mississippi, pulling up a seat in the grass, turning my back to the city and just for a moment, blocking out all the noise except the sound of the water flowing by. I hope as you follow Our Southern Style I can bring a little bit of the small town up there to your big town in the Northeast. Thanks for reading!

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    2. Thanks for taking the time to reply! I do look forward to following your blog entries and to regain that sense of small town closeness!

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  35. God does have of way of knowing what we really need in our lives. It is so great to hear when someone finds that purpose and meaning in their lives and it come with happiness. This was an awesome story, thanks for sharing it.

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    1. That is so very true - He is a great and good God who always has our best in His plans - its nice to be reminded of that every now and then. Thanks for reading Debra!

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  36. Awesome 1st blog! I live in Minnesota! I love it :-) except winter lol

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    1. There are many things about Minnesota I love! Winter is definitely NOT one of them - I don't miss that -40 wind chill!

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    2. Lol I know! And it's coming very soon :-(

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  37. I totally envy the southern way of life! Being a Christian myself, with a young child so seemingly no time for church, I look forward to reading and following your blog!

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    1. Thanks for reading Amber! It's definitely hard to make it to church every Sunday, especially with kids in tow! I'd encourage you to look for a small group or even a MOPS group - there really is nothing like the encouragement you get from being around other Christian believers who can pray with you and for you. Thanks for following my blog - I hope I can bring some encouragement to you as well!

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  38. I lived in the south my whole life, except for our year ago the Navy moved us to Washington state. It's not the same I midd the south.
    I look for forward to reading your blog!

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    1. Thank you for your service to our country Rebecca! I love our beautiful country and I'm so proud to call the United States my home. I hope I can bring a little bit of "home" and the south into your life :) Thanks again for your service and thanks for reading!

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  39. I ALWAYS LIVED IN OR AROUND A BIG CITY. WHEN WE MOVED WAY OUT TO A SUBURB WHERE WE STILL HAD CORN FIELDS IT WAS GREAT. MY DAD WAS FROM A SMALL TOWN IN WISCONSIN BUT LEFT AT 18 BECAUSE OF NO WORK BUT RETURNED AT RETIREMENT. WELL OUR IDEAL BURB LIFE WITH CORN FIELDS TURNED INTO ANOTHER EXTENSION OF THE BIG TOWN & IT WENT ON FOR ANOTHER 40-50 MILES. SO NOW IM RETIRED & WHERE DID I GO BUT TO THAT SMALL TOWN WHERE MY DAD WAS BORN. WINTERS WILL BE TERRIBLE BUT THE SUMMERS ARE BEAUTIFUL. NOTHING LIKE A SMALL TOWN !!!!!

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    1. It's so true! There's something about that small town that just always calls you to come back :) Thanks for reading Karen!

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  40. You can take the girl out of the country, but you can't take the country out of us country girls.

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    1. Yes! So True! I bought a poster that said that very thing and hung it on my dorm room wall when I lived in Minneapolis :) Thanks for reading!

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  41. I am excited for your new move and blogging journey!! :) I will be bookmarking your site...I look forward to reading your stories!

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    1. Thank you Kelly - that is the biggest compliment! thank you for reading and following!

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  42. Welcome to the world of blogging. Look forward to hearing more.

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    1. Thanks Joanne! I'm excited to hear more!

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  43. My husband & I always loved to travel! Of course, we have traveled to other cities, like Minneapolis, etc., but we always liked visiting the South!! Our good friends moved to TN & some others moved to Florida, etc. So of course, we had to go visit them. We were in awe at some of the cities we visited. Like Sevierville, TN, the place where Dolly Parton calls home. The majestic beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains - friendly people, good home cooking at real family restaurants!! We always said that when the kids were grown, we would move to one of these places, but God put it in our hearts not to leave the family & God does NOT make mistakes! We were blessed with 4 daughters & between them, they gave us 15 grandchildren - real hard to leave them. We live in IL & are getting our winter clothes out for the below freezing temps & the snow. Look forward to reading some good ol' Southern stories & hearing of the Lord!! WELCOME!!!

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    1. Thank you for reading Sue! I definitely don't envy your already breaking out your winter clothes lol - I remember doing that around this same time when I lived in Minneaolis - I never seemed to have enough warm clothes when I lived there :) You are exactly right - God NEVER makes mistakes and I imagine you bring more blessings to your children and grandchildren then you probably know. I still keep my picture of my Grandma up in my kitchen - I think of her every time I cook or bake because her picture always reminds me of the realness of her love - and of course - love should always be the first and main ingredient in our cooking :) Thank you for reading and following! God Bless!

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    2. Thank you!! What you said was really sweet!! I didn't think I could love as deep as I do for my children, but I was wrong! I love my grandchildren just as much!! A lot of love does go into my cooking that is why it is homemade for them & not out of a box. You do have a way with words - you will do fine blogging!! WELCOME!!

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  44. i love your blog thanks for sharing with us

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    1. Thanks Judy! I'm excited to share more! :)

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  45. Keep up the good work. It will pay off in the end

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    1. Thanks Linda! Its a lot of work - but fun work! Thanks for reading!

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  46. Great post! I enjoyed reading about you and your little ones are adorable. I look forward to reading more in the future.

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    1. Thanks Darla! I'm excited to be on this blogging adventure :)

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  47. I cannot wait until you get your reviews up. I think this is going to be one terrific blog. As I read over this a second time, I can see you have been blessed with the ability to write in a fashion that is very interesting, clear, concise, and informative. May God continue to bless you and your family richly.

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    1. Thank you Debra! What a compliment! Thank you so much for your kind words! I'm looking forward to sharing more - thanks again for reading and following Our Southern Style! God Bless!

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  48. Welcome and good luck on your new blog!

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  49. Jen, I realize that the older I get, the more I long for the small things. I loved reading about your background and I have followed you on Pinterest also. Your values are mine and I'm sure we'll have many common beliefs as we travel together on your pages.

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    1. I'm finding that more and more as well Terrie! The longer you live - the more you realize what life truly is all about and really where the greatest joys are found. Thanks for following and reading! Looking forward to the journey.

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  50. The comment box here keeps deleting my long comments, so I'll keep it short this time! I had similar experiences in my youth with moving from a small place to a much, much bigger place... changed my life for sure!! I wanted to thank you for writing about them and your beautiful family! Keep the faith and keep writing!

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    1. Thanks for coming back and trying to keep posting! I know that can be so frustrating lol! Thank you for the wonderful compliments and support - I find that so many people -though the stories are different - share so many of the same experiences. Looking forward to writing and sharing more so keep following :)

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  51. I think that change can be good if you put your mind to it when i was little we used to move around a lot i think this is the longest time i have spent in the same place but that is good for my kids not to bounce around like I did I was tought To Keep my head high
    and Be-live In yourself & you will go Places in life

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  52. Change can definitely be a great thing - if there is one thing that is constant it is that there will always be change :) Thanks for the reminder that we should always believe in ourselves. And thanks for reading!

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  53. From a fellow small town girl, big city transplant and back home again isn't great to be home...

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  54. WOW! So many comments and so many replies! Busy, Busy, Busy! Just checking back in to see what was new and exciting. Hope to see so much more from your website in the future! You're doing a terrific job! Thanks, Michele :)

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    1. Thanks Michele! Slow-Cooker give-a-way and review coming tomorrow :) and a few more things in the works. Thanks for all the support!

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  55. congrats on the new blog and good luck, cant wait to see move later on

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    1. Thansk Adrienne! I'm excited for everything up and coming :)

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  56. Good luck to you. I remember having that kid of panic feeling too!

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    1. That kind of change is always hard at first, especially when you are young :) Thanks for reading Wendi!

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  57. Thanks for sharing your new blog

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  58. I posted the other day but just wanted to say again that your blog looks wonderful. I love the adorable background you chose!

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    1. Thanks Becky! And thanks for visiting again! Hope you'll keep coming back!

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  59. Good luck with the blogging, I could never do it myself but I enjoy reading them

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  60. loving the design!!! good luck with the blogging!!

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    1. Thanks Brianna - someone in my family helped with the design and i LOVE it too :) Thanks for reading!

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  61. I feel like I'm bugging you, however, on the Giveaway for the Step2 Workshop, it tells everyone to comment on your first blog! I'm glad that you are having a giveaway and a review! Spreading your wings! That's Terrific! Keep it going! Thanks, Michele :)

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    1. Thanks Michelle - not bugging me at all - I'll keeping posting more if you keep coming back ;)

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  62. Love your blog and look forward to reading more.

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    1. Thank you Jan! I'm looking forward to the adventure :)

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  63. Looks like an awesome new blog ladies

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  64. This post hits a nerve with me, my oldest daughter just moved to a big city- tho probably not as big as where you moved, and she's only an hour away. But I'm excited to see where it leads her, I hope she does as well as you have! Best of luck on your new blogging adventure!

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    1. I'm sure she will do wonderful Claire! One thing I can say for sure is that it taught me to be strong, and to stand tall and be confident in myself. I'm sure she will do wonderfully! Thanks for reading!

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  65. I'm back again from the giveaway again! Just stopping by to say "hello" and hope all is well! Sure is an awful lot of postings here! We're all keeping you busy! Thanks again, Michele :)

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    1. Thanks again for returning! :) I'm pulling for ya for the win ;)

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  66. I hope all is going well with your new blog. I know it has to be hard with all other things you have to do

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    1. It definitely takes time - but its also a little bit of "me" time. I enjoy writing and always love a new adventure - even if it is on my laptop from my living room couch . Thanks for reading!

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  67. I definitely still long for southern living! I was born and raised in Georgia, but I'm living in Indiana now. CULTURE SHOCK! Good luck in your new venture!

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    1. Every time I have driven through Georgia I have always thought "I would love to live here!" Hope Our Southern Style gives you some new ways to being a little bit of Georgia to Indiana :) Thanks for reading Laura!

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  68. Hi Jen!
    I miss the south (grew up as a child in N.C.) and moved straight from there to Utah. I was about 10 1/2 yrs old. I was an outcast for a long time, esp with my accent. I truly miss the south. There is just nothing like it. Thank you for sharing your experiences. I look forward to reading your posts and getting to know you a little bit. :)
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    Mippy/Sabrina :)

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    1. Thanks for reading Mippy :) That is quite the move you made! Hopefully Our Southern Style can bring a bit of the country life back to you in Utah :)

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  69. You have a beautiful family. Keep up the good work

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    1. Thanks Linda - they are my joy :) Hope you'll keep reading!

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  70. Cute blog design! Funny how life happens huh. I enjoyed your story and your writing style! Best wishes with blogging!

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    1. Thanks Natasha! Hope to see you back soon!

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  71. Its funny how the ole saying, "Home is where the heart is" really is true isnt it.

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    1. Boy is it ever true - probably was first said by someone who lived in the south and had to move away ;) Thanks for reading!

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  72. The more I read this post the more anxious I get to see your next ones. You are a talented writer.

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    1. Thanks Debra - working on one today :) Hope you will enjoy reading that one just as much

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  73. I feel like I'm hounding you! However, on the giveaway for the Step2 Workshop, it tells everyone to comment on your first blog daily, but I'm running out of things to say. I enjoyed reading your story and responding & I can't wait until you have more reviews & giveaways! You may block me then :}

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    1. Hound away! Fingers crossed you win ;)

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  75. Back again. Looking forward to reading new posts!

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    1. Thanks Angela! Looking forward adding more :) Another one in the works now

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  76. Have a great day. Keep up the good work.

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  77. What a beautiful family! Good luck with your blog.

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  78. I to have moved all over Jen, I lived in Waukesha & Wausau Wisconsin, and moved as far away as Amarillo, Texas only to move back to Illinois where I first started out in Rockford. Now I live in a small river town named Savanna, much smaller then Rockford was. The one thing that I cannot believe is that how fast these years have flown by. My four kid's are all grown and gone now, but I do have a eighteen month old grandson also now. He is the greatest too. I guess no matter where your mind sometimes leads you, your heart will always take you back where you belong-

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    1. Wow! So many places! Living in Minnesota I had the chance to travel to Wisconsin on a number of occasions - it's a very beautiful state! At times it reminded me of West Virginia :) I'm sure you making even more wonderful memories with your new Grandson :) God Bless and thanks for reading!

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  79. I love your blog already! Very beautiful kiddos!

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    1. Thanks Edna! They take after their Mom ;)

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  80. Hello. It's me again! Contest keeps telling us to post on your 1st posting! Hope all is going well with you and your family! Also, hope is going well with the website and blogging! Have a good night! I know I'll be back again! Thanks again, Michele :)

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  81. Looking forward to reading more!! If you have any good recipes to share, I know I'd love to try them out. :)

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    1. Thanks Dani! I'll definitely be posting more and more recipes as the blog moves forward - I just posted one for applesauce :) It's awesome!

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  82. Keep up the good work Jen. Go for the gold

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  83. Back again. Looking forward to posts with tips and crafts too

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    1. Thanks Angela! Don't worry - there will be plenty of those! Gonna work on some new craft ideas very soon!

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  84. I really am looking forward to what you have to blog about!

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  85. Your blog is very interesting, your family is beautiful and I loved reading your first post because it is very similiar to my life when I started to college. Can't wait to see what else you have to write about.

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    1. Thanks Terrie! Its amazing how one person's story seems to resonate with so many people. Thanks for reading and following!

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  86. Looking forward to seeing all you have to say on your blog. I would love to see recipes!

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    1. Thanks Linda! Just posted an applesauce recipe - you'll have to check it out!

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  87. Youre amazing! Keep up the blogging!

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    1. You're amazing Christina! Thanks for reading!!

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  88. Back again. Looks like a neat blog. Ready for more stories and recipes etc!

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    1. Thanks Angela! I'm ready to post more! What kind of stories and recipes do you enjoy reading and look for?

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  89. Thanks for sharing your life with us. I look forward to hearing more about you and your family! May God bless you!

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    1. Thanks KitKat :) One of my college roommates was named "Kat" - love her dearly God bless you and thanks for reading!

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  90. I know how it feels to move somewhere new. I gre up in New Zealand then moved to Hawaii for college. It was a tough move but I loved it there as I also met my husband and started my family there.

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    1. Wow, I bet that was tough - I've only ever seen pictures of New Zealand but what a beautiful country it seems to be. I suppose Hawaii is pretty beautiful too :) Thanks for reading!

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  91. Hi. Blog looks really interesting keep it up

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  92. I would like to see more pictures of the south. I'm in IL so I would love pictues of mountains. Thanks!

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    1. Definitely! I'm a fan of my WV mountains :)

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  93. I look forward to reading your blog. God Bless!

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    1. Thanks Edna! So glad to count you as one of my readers!

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  94. How are you doing with your new blog. Please share and let us know how it is coming along.

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    1. Thanks for checking in on me Linda! Its coming along - I still work a full time job (plus work my tush off at home with the family) But I do have several reviews, give-a-ways, recipes, plus a few more of my own thoughts in the works. Thanks for supporting Our Southern Style!

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  95. Back again... Awesome blog thank you for sharing with us

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  96. I haven't made it out of VA yet but hopefully soon!

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  97. I love wishing you success on your great new blog!

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  98. Such a wonderful life story. I truly look foreward to your upcoming blogs. God bless.

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  99. The blog looks great! It is always good to remember your roots and where you come from.

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