So it’s been nearly two months?
I feel like we need introductions again. :)

Thank you so much for those who have expressed care and love to our family, as well as to my sister and her husband during the past few months. We still grieve the loss of dear little Kenny so deeply, and miss him every day. There have been so many of you that have cared that we could never thank you all personally, or express our gratitude and tell you how much it has meant to us.

The combination of life events and various commitments to some bigger things the past little while has been the reason for the blog hiatus. The Lord has been so faithful to us, to me. His faithfulness doesn’t mean that the difficulties of life simply go away and all is ease, but that He is walking so closely, so tenderly, with us through it all. And it has given us a perspective of eternity like a life void of heartache could never do. Heaven is ever more precious, and what feels like Home, even before I arrive.

I really don’t even know where to start catching up from the past few months. This year in general has been the most sparse with blogging that I think I’ve ever done, since I started writing on this little pad. :) Instagram has taken the place of blogging, I suppose, and I put little life snippets there. So, I don’t know if I’ll try to do some catchup-posts [because we’ve had some special things like birthdays and a family wedding (on my husband’s side) and surprise visits from family and some house projects] or if I’ll just start from here and go forward. But I’ve missed this space and the connection with you all here, and hope to be back more often.

Also, the look of this blog may be changing just a bit, just a little experimenting with headers and fonts and such. Just giving you a heads-up if you come here and think someone with ADD keeps changing things around. :)

And because no post is ever complete without pictures – at least on my blog – here’s a few of that one time we pretended to be hipsters. :)

that one time we pretended to be hipsters

  i love my little family

  wanna-be hipster family

It’s true. We were total wanna-be’s. :) We girls tried to dress the part, in the full 10 minutes we had to prepare, and my sister asked me, “Uh, aren’t you, like, trying too hard?”  You know, she was totally right. And obviously Hudson was there in his jammies and Husband didn’t know he’s get conned into being in the picture. But we had fun anyway. Ha!

the three littles

My brother [ a true hipster, and one who loves Jesus so much] is the owner of this super rad vehicle. He has plans to take a west-coast road trip in Melody [his name for this VW bus]  with some guys later this fall. I’m just a little jealous.

with the yellow bus

 // James, one of my brothers, and two of my sisters.//

This was a fun early morning when my brother rattled up to have coffee with me, and then we snapped a few pictures before everyone left for church and we returned home to the south.

four of we

Sorry girls. To get to him? You go through US.
[We were trying to look fierce and scary. I don’t think it worked.]

to get the bro, you have to go through us

Have a lovely weekend!

Remember you are loved by your Creator. ♥


18 thoughts on “Hello Again.

  1. Gail McNeeley

    I wonder how many of us would love to hop into a Melody and go on a road trip! (insert huge smile here.) You all look cute in the hipster mode! The little girls are dressed like my grandgirlies…they like dresses with their skinny jeans underneath. I am so grateful to be loved by our Creator and to know that He hears our prayers and He heals our hearts. I’m glad you’ve gotten back on here and I LOVE that I can see your snippets of life on IG! Hugs to you!

  2. Tami

    Was SO happy to see this in my email this morning!!! Hoping you & your family are doing well. After reading, i hopped on over to Instagram to follow you & can’t for some reason. I found what I think is your personal account that is private (mine is private too) but it said I needed to be following: the cottageat341south to like or comment, which is what I was trying to do in the first place!! When I searched for the cottageat341south, nothing comes up!! Am I missing a step, or overlooking something? Any insight you can give would be appreciated. Good to “see” you again. :)

    Tami Sabbe

    1. The Cottage at 341 South Post author

      You are so sweet! Thanks for the warm welcome back. :) Maybe try searching “Clarita” on Instagram instead of my blog name and see if that works?? I’m not a private user, so I’m not sure what is wrong!

  3. Shannon

    So good to hear from you again and love these photos! :) I would think with coming from the south you would have that look down pat. Or is the south just redneck, no hipster? :) Whatever the look, you guys are great! :)

  4. Christy

    So good to hear from you. I would love to see pictures of Beth’s wedding, so I hope you’ll do at least a few catch up posts. =) I love your signature!

  5. Elizabeth

    I just came over here earlier this morning and wondered where Clarita has gone…SO glad you’re back! I love your blog. If you do decide to move forward on your blog, rather than catching up, that’s fine. However, I want to see the projects around your house! I love your decorating and your home is always an inspiration! :)

    LOVE your brother’s VW….how fun is that?!? and how fun to take a trip to Cali. I would love to do that with Jeff someday!
    Anyway, you girls look absolutely beautiful in your hipster wear! Glad to see you back.
    Have a Happy, Happy 4th of July!!!

  6. Shana

    Glad you are back!:) I think I can speak for all your readers that we won’t complain about any catch-up posts.;)

  7. Jenny

    Such fun photos! I am glad you posted :) We had a camper van, and traveled around the country for three months a year after we were married. It made me feel so connected to our country, and all the beauty it contains. I am sure your brother will have a blast, and will get hellos as he travels in his cool van. I remember one place we drove into town, it was a very hippie environment, everyone was waving at us, we thought it felt like a movie.

  8. beklovesjeremy

    welcome back! i have no idea how long it’s been since i blogged… but i’m just not feeling it… and so my little spot on wordpress just sits for now!:) happy 4th of july weekend to you!

  9. Thelma

    fun to see a blog post again. i’ve missed you. hope one day to be inspired to post again myself:-)
    so. my vote. you must blog the wedding. i don’t care how much other stuff you do or don’t catch up on , but at least a few wedding photos pls:-)

  10. beachyrachel

    i so understand not being able to blog for so many reasons, but as others have said, i’m so glad to see you here again!! i miss you.

  11. jsriche

    I’m so happy to see you blogging again, Clarita! I’ve missed your posts – and will keep praying for you and your family.

  12. shellynissley

    Yay!! We still blog! :) Love it. Love you. :) Got your package. Bought another headband of yours at MSE . . . hmmm, what else. My life is full of short sentences these days, between tasks and kiddlets. Hopefully a longer conversation with you soon. :)

  13. Kim

    I’ve always wanted a van like that, Oh my and it’s even yellow “PeRfEcT”! LOvE the pictures! Happy to see your post!

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