Ah, a new home.
Always a blessing, always full of promise and new beginnings. New colors, new traditions, new location…..but full of items and people that areÂ the dearest in the world to us.
Well, my dear readers, welcome to our new home. More space, lots more organization, and tons of ways to read more of your favorite posts, comment, share, and invite your friends to enjoy the same things you do.
The old House was just getting too cluttered, too hard to find things, boxes had been hiding in the basement for too long and we were replacing kitchen utensils by the dozen…and along came a dear friend and her fantastic hubby, who own and operate an amazing web design/tech support business to not only help me reach the ideas I had for the Welcoming House, but to build it for the growth we know is totally possible for where we are heading in the future.
That magic team is comprised of Jesse and Erica, over at 3S designs. I have heard a rumor there is third partner, and I am sure they will introduce that person in the future, but right now I worked with this dynamic duo to reach an amazing goal, and you are viewing it right now.
Last month, the old Welcoming House hovered right around 30,000 reads. You read that right. 30 THOUSAND reads. I am mind boggled at the thought, especially when trying to wrap my mind around how much that would fill a football stadium, all reading my little posts and love notes to all of you. Wow. All I can say to that is, WELCOME and who knew we would be here less than two years since the beginning of the Welcoming House?
Let me quickly walk through the way this awesome new home works.
Not only do you have the tabs at the top (think like a cookbook —-smart move in design, huh?), but if you look to your right at the top of the page under the share buttons, you will see a small box that is titled “categories”. Â Click on it. You will see suddenly how this blog can go from 8 categories, to each category with subcategories under it. Looking for pressure canning recipes? Click the cook category and see what comes up. Its in there. Or what about DIY and Handy Hubby? Yep, its in there. Easiest way to find what you are looking for in a much shorter time! Yay!
My second favorite part of this new home is the tab titled SHOP up at the top right hand side. Want to find some AWESOME home based businesses that are trying to support their families, adoptions, or make a little money to ease things up? We have two pages to choose from right now, with a ton of others in the works as we head into the holiday season. Do you own a business and might be interested in partnering with us? Check out the advertising page, and learn more!
Want to join the Welcoming House Facebook Page but don’t want to search for it? Check out the super easy new space on the right side that allows you to become a Facebook Friend without even leaving this page!
And really guys, there are so many wonderful, amazing things we have not even touched on. We have room for videos, and teaching tutorials on anything I do around here. Space for more partners and businesses to join us. The ability to link to multiple blogs at a time or host huge linky parties for all the amazing blogs I know some of my readers host on their own time.
I could just go on and on.
I am incredibly thankful for my design team, and the many amazing businesses that have partnered with us to get this wonderful new House off the ground!
Come on in, kick off your shoes, grab a cup of coffee and join us. I bet you can’t read just one post.
And we love that……….
Blessings to you and yours,
Ps—in celebration of this awesome new step for the House, we are giving away two copies of the Growing Your Own Medicine E-book . To be entered into the drawing, which will end at midnight on November 13th, just leave a comment below. Extra entry for those awesome folks who want to share. 🙂 Just make sure to tell me in the comments! Oh, and have you signed up yet for our updates straight to your inbox? if you signed up on the old House, we no longer have that service, so you gotta do it again. Sorry, we tried. But we know you love us, and we are thankful for YOU!
Looks great! Love it! Keep up the great work!
Thanks Stacie! I can not wait to see where this takes off to in the next couple months over the holiday season as well!!! Are you ready to rumble? Well buckle your seat belt, because here we go! 🙂
This new site is AWESOME! It’s so sleek and dare i say “roomy”??
Best of luck with it! 🙂
Room to grow, praise the Lord! And I cant wait to see what He does with it over the next year or so as we have room to incorporate all the awesome ideas we have in mind!
Hugs to you, Gail!
I LOVE you! I’m so glad this page is up and running.
Love you too, and thank you for being one of the best friends ever in this world! I need cheerleaders like you, Jody!
Big fat hug,
What a great “new home.” Appreciate all of your ideas on how to get by in these days! You are a BLESSING.
Blessed by readers like you, Darlene. Thank you for commenting, and for your encouragement! I can not wait to see where this heads over the Holiday season…………
Heather I can see why you are so excited….Its great, God is so good!! He will meet all your families needs. Blessing to you and yours. 🙂
Thanks Martha! He has always been faithful in the past, even when we could not see the answers or how they would happen, and so this is no different! Thank you a million times over for commenting!
Blessings to you!
Heather, your designers did a great job! I love it! I’m glad you can have a little more room to give amazing tutorials, that you always do 🙂
Jill, first of all, thank you for your awesome guest poster for me! I was really enjoying how thought-provoking your post was!
Secondly, it is folks like you who make this a joy to write. And keep up a blog this size.
Blessings to you and thank you!
Congratulations on your NEW Home. So pleased to be able to visit with you and spend some time. Thanks for having me.
I enjoy following your posts and look forward to see what all you have in store. I will be sharing this link on fb for others to enjoy also. It looks great 🙂
Debi! You did it!!! Wahooooooooooooooooo!!!
Thanks for coming over, signing up, and commenting! May you have an absolutely wonderful day, my friend!
LOVE the new layout, it’s beautiful and so organized! 🙂 FYI… you Pinterest button at the top right is not working. I’m super excited to be able to explore your blog with such ease. Very nice. Congrats, Heather.
Life With Lorelai
Thank you a million times over, Lorelai! My designer caught that and now has it fixed and I cant thank you enough for letting us know! Hope to see you a lot more!
Yahoo I made it here !!! Love the new blog Heather !!!
Kelly—God Bless you, my friend! Thrilled to have you on board, and praying to see you lots more often! I miss you!
Hugs and love,
Love it Heather! Always love sharing your posts with my friends and family. Looking forward to sharing with you as I get settled and going again. My way, my time and with God’s help! Praise Jesus!
Big. Fat. Hug.
Welcome back and I cant wait to see how you “settle in” and enjoy your new life and place.
Blessings and hugs (of course)
The new site is gorgeous, Heather. I’m so happy to see how God has used this step of faith. It just keeps getting better!
Sweet friend, thank you! I just cant wait to see what He is going to do next as this whole thing is ONE BIG LEAP of faith, and He just keeps right on taking us places we never thought we would be going, right?
Hugs to you,
I think it looks fabulous! It’s very warm and inviting. Love the pic of you 🙂 I look forward to checking things out and keeping up with you in the new digs.
Hola me hermana.
your new site is gorgeous. I am sorry that my day took me to actually miss the first 24 hours but I am up late to ensure that I saw it. And for your fyi now when I go to the blogspot address it does indeed redirect me here. So I love you very much and am looking forward to reading more from someone who I love dearly and respect the hell out of. You make me believe that even I can make this journey. It bears repeating that I am very proud of you and in awe of all that you are.
your big brother
Your new blog site is fantastic! I thought I had been all over the old one. HA! I hadn’t seen half of what I could find here in just a few minutes!
I absolutely LOVE your blog. Reading what you write is almost like sitting at your table and visiting with you. Congratulations! I pray this will be a huge success!!!
oh Jan, what a blessing to read that! And that is exactly what I prayed and hoped for with this new design–that everyone would be able to easily find articles that they were missing, not be “able to read just one”, but above all else, feel like we were sitting down over a cup of coffee and talking about whatever subject I am writing on. Thank you for blessing me with those precious words.
Have a wonderful week!
LOVE IT! Beautiful! So much easier to read and get around. Blessings!
Hi Heather. I love your blog and have been following you for a couple of months now. But since you switched over i think i might be doing someyhing wrong. I can’t find the tabs at the top of the page you are talking about. They dont show up on my computer. Can you please help me?
Hello Traci and Welcome! The tabs I am referring to are the ones across the header bar, titled Home, Heal, DIY, Cook, Craft, etc. Otherwise, you can check out the Category box to your right, which will have the different posts broken down into categories or subcategories that you can then refine your searches to. Do you mind telling me what browser you are using to view the blog? Firefox, etc? And are you using a mobile device or a standard computer?
Hope we can figure it out and help you,
Thanks for letting me know and commenting.
It looks great!!!
I love the new look! I am always telling people I want
to live by you !
You come right on over to Southwest Minnesota and do that Chris. That way I have another set of helping hands when taking on the large jobs, and someone old enough to have a cup of coffee with at least once a week. 🙂
Have a wonderful day!