Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Welcome to Texas

Yes...you are at the Dixon's blog! A friend of mine was bored one day and messed around with my site. She gave me a fresh look for our move back to Texas. I was so excited to see something new here! She did such a fabulous job! Thanks, Pal!

Our time in Turkey has come to an end for the time being. We aren't sure what God has in store for us next, but we are super excited to see. Thanks to everyone for all the well wishes, calls, cards, emails, and hugs. Church on Sunday was bittersweet. So many good friends and memories there.

I also want to say thanks to all those who encouraged me after the comments on the blog post about my cats. With all the stuff I had going on already those comments really just crushed my spirits. That shocked me. I had no idea that I would react the way I did. I know that anonymous and Wondering Woman were just concerned about the cats and didn't mean to add to my stresses, and I do want to reassure them that we are doing everything we can to find a good home for the cats. Thanks for your concern.

Hopefully I will be back here soon with an update from the States!


Anonymous said...

Natalie, I was busy at the time the cats post came out, but I just went back to read it and catch up. In my opinion, those anonymous comments were mean-spirited. You were doing the best you could under difficult circumstances and I really don't believe you owed anyone either an explanation or an apology. But it is the way of anonymous commenters to drop in and criticize and make assumptions under the cloak of secrecy. I have litle patience for that, as you know.

Welcome back! I look forward to hearing about how the re-patriation goes.

Anonymous said...

my MIL used to say 'a change is as good as a rest' thought i was in the wrong place until i saw the familiar faces! be sure to stop by and let me know you are back in the USofA!

Anonymous said...

Wow, looks great here ! Your friend did a FAB job.
Been thinking about you.


Brittany said...

YAY! So glad you are back safe and sound, and your new blog layout looks great! Can't wait for more updates!

Anonymous said...

i'm done. i can't deal with the blogs (published for all to see, mind you) that are open for comments but as soon as someone says anything that is taken as "negative" (however, showing concern for animals isn't really negative, it's showing concern)they are attacked by fellow commenters for days and days. natalie, you're not the one turning me from your blog, the commenters who refuse to see another side are. good luck back in the states.

Me. Here. Right now. said...

MSP - People don't really put their thoughts out for all to see to be criticized. That's what you don't get. Mama always had a saying when I was growing up that if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all. And, if you have a problem with someone that needs addressing, you address them in private. Natalie has her email address published - now wouldn't that have been a nicer, more humane way to do that?

Would have saved the commenters from being protected by well-intended friends.

Also, any but the most cursory reading of this particular blog will show you that while she may have left out her entire plan - you can probably surmise she's going to do the right thing.

Classy Fab Sarah said...

The makeover looks great!!

I hope the travels went well and can't wait to hear all about things once you've settled in!!

Unknown said...

Love the new look!

Glad to see that you're safe-patiently waiting for tales of the transition.

Blessings this holiday!

Heather B. said...

Fabulous makeover!!! Glad to know that y'all made it to Texas safely! Can't wait to continue reading your blog. I have had fun getting caught up!

Welcome back to the States!!!

Mimi Lenox said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog with the Thanksgiving wishes. Nice to make your cyber-acquaintance. Texas (I hear) is a beautiful place and you have a beautiful family. Love the layout and feel of this blog. I shall return.

Have a safe and happy Holiday with those you love.


The Over-Thinker said...

I LOVE the new site. (But I am going to miss that "Single-Mom" banner) :-)

I can't wait to see what God has in store for you all---I'll bet it's going to be gooood. And that it will involve Taste Tests: States Edition!

With a lot of xoxoxoxoxoxo,

HeyJoe said...

Holy crap! How exciting. Back in the states just in time for Thanksgiving. Yee Haw!

Kristen said...

Glad you made it home safely! Happy Thanksgiving!

Kristy in AM

Lisa said...

I love the new look! Been praying for the kids and their "first days" at school.

Anonymous said...

Looks beautiful!!!

Are ya here yet????


Anonymous said...

Yay! I was so surprised to see that you had not only posted, but there was a whole new look!

Very exciting days ahead for you and your family and I wish you all the best.

I liked Hahn's comments. Silly people don't know how to ask a question. They just jump in and scream.


Brian said...

Wow! awesome! I love the new look. I'll be waiting to hear about your adventures stateside :)

Jennifer S said...

Love the new look. Can't wait to hear what you have to say, no matter where your feet are planted. Safe travels (if you're still on your way) and a Happy Thanksgiving, wherever you are!

LiteralDan said...

I like the new look!

I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving back here in the U.S. Welcome home!

Lost In Splendor said...

The new look is beautiful! I hope your move is going well.

Irrational Dad said...

I'm diggin' the new look. Hope it stays for a while.

Natalie said...

citizen of the world - i think one of the hardest things was that i was trying to make sure my family was ok. i tried to take care of the cats, but they were definitely not top priority. i would never have just trashed them though.

friyet - thanks! i was needing a fresh look for sure!

#1 - i agree. i love it! thanks for thinking about me!

brittany - thanks! i am trying to update, but no internet is making that difficult!

msp - please don't go away mad. i did understand the heart behind the comment. i also know that people who care about me are going to defend me...especially since they knew i wasn't doing very well emotionally at the time of your comment. i think they were just concerned for me...making sure i was doing ok. hope you can understand that.

hahn - thanks for your support. as always.

sarah - thanks! working on getting internet so i can blog! i miss it.

headless mom - thanks! tales coming soon.

heather - thanks! i love it as well. i needed something new.

mimi - thanks.

over-thinker - i will miss it too! i love the new look, but that picture made me laugh every time i looked at it. every time! i have been scouting out taste test items...i won't disappoint!

heyjoe - yep...it is exciting.

kristy - thanks! hope you holiday was fabulous!

mike and lisa - thanks! things were rough at first, but they have settled down now i think.

#2 - yep...we are here!

mamadallama - thanks! hahn is great. she's a smart cookie for sure.

brian - thanks! stories to tell for sure!

jennifer h - thanks. i look forward to having internet again so i can say things. i miss it!

literaldan - thanks!

sparkliesunshine - thanks!

joe - it will. i am way too lazy to change it myself!