Note to Readers: Family Emergency

Just a quick note to readers to let you know that my mother has been hospitalized with a very serious, potentially life-threatening condition, which had gone undetected until discovered earlier this week.  I was at the the hospital all day Tuesday and most of Monday, and will likely be with her the remainder of the week.  Obviously, writing about frugal living has taken a back seat in what seems most important at the moment.

If I am a little slow to respond to emails, or approve comments, or join in discussions I hope you’ll understand.  I’ll post another update towards the end of the week.  In the interim, I have a great guest post scheduled for Thursday and an update to our square foot garden tentatively scheduled for Friday.  After that, I can’t make any promises, but know that I will get back to cranking out posts when the time is right.

Finally, someone asked the other day what I liked most about writing this blog.  I’d like to change my answer.  The thing I most like is the sense of community that is developed over time with readers and other bloggers.  Since announcing this news in a couple forums, and to my network friends and colleagues, I’ve received a ton of well-wishes and prayers for my family.  The most amazing thing is that I’ve never even met 99.9% of the people who read this blog in person.  Thanks to all of you who have kept my family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.


  1. I’ll be faithfully praying for you, your mom, and your family. Keep us posted as you are able, but don’t worry about anything with this site.

    We will all be here when you get back.

  2. Prayers for you, your mom and your family. The most important thing right now is to care for your family. God’s peace….

  3. Our prayers go out to you, your mother and the rest of your family.
    Please let us all know how it goes.

  4. Best wishes to you and your mom. You and your whole family are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Ron is right. Don’t worry about us. We’ll all be here when you get back.

  5. Thoughts and prayers for you and your family during this trying time…I know this is very difficult to watch someone you love go through this. Prayers for wisdom and strength for you and prayers for healing for your mom.

  6. I’m sorry to hear your mother is facing this. My prayers are with her and your family.

    Take as much time as you need away from your blog and tending to family matters. We’ll be here when you return.

  7. I always read your blog, and find it very helpful. I am praying for your family during this difficult time. I am sorry your mom is going through this.

  8. Will be thinking good and positive thoughts for you, your mother and your family and hope for a speedy recovery.

  9. I’m so sorry to hear this. Praying for your Mom and your family during this time. I’m a newer reader and fan of your blog!
    Take care,

  10. So sorry to hear about your Mom. We’ll be keeping your Mother and your family in our thoughts and prayers. Best wishes to all of you.

  11. My thoughts are with you and your family at this time. I will say a little prayer for you as well. Chin up.

  12. Prayers, Strength, and Sunshine to your whole family.

    Catch you when you are back up to it.

  13. I’ll be praying for you and your mom. If there’s anything I can do to help (w/ the site or posts or whatever) shoot me an email..

  14. Thanks to everyone for their well-wishes, and for keeping our family in your thoughts and prayers. We are in a holding pattern at the moment as we learn what treatment options are available.

  15. as with everyone else, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. take you time…do what you need to do. the blogosphere will be here when you return, don’t you worry about us.

  16. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Please take care of you and your family’s needs and don’t worry about the blog. This time is precious.

  17. I am continuing to pray for you! Keep us posted on how things are going and don’t worry about the blog for now. Your readers will be here when you can come back to it!

  18. Family comes first! Our wishes for a successful treatment for your Mom.
    We enjoy reading your blog as you seem to add to our learning that began with Ramsey, Burkett, Dayton and Blue. Thanks!

    Alyson LID 01/27/06

  19. Our prayers are with you, your mom and your family and the doctors that are in charge of her care. May God bless you all. Sincerely, Peg