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On a Personal Note: Hello From Magan!

Hi there, friends! Magan here. I hope you had a fantastic Fourth of July and were able to relax, sip a fun summery drink, and watch beautiful fireworks! I’m not entirely sure if you’ve noticed, but I’ve stepped back a bit from blogging since May. I just wanted to hop on and say hello… and let you know what’s been going on in my life.

I decided to chop of six+ inches of hair at the end of May. I had been growing my hair out for FIVE YEARS and for about the last 8 months or so, have been in need of a change. Our foster daughter also really, really liked to yank and tug on my long hair so I was wearing it up all the time. If you go back in Rather Be Reading vlogs, you can also see that I’ve changed my hair color a ton. That does damage over time so cutting off lots of length has really made my hair feel so much healthier. Looking at the before picture below, I definitely miss how pretty my hair looked curled, but I’m also enjoying the new things I can do with it at this length. Here’s the before and after for ya:

cutting off over six inches of hair

No, I don’t really know why I took the middle picture like that. Channelling my inner Cousin Itt? 

I mentioned our foster daughter. It’s been almost four months that we’ve had her now. I’m about to start planning a birthday party for her and I am so excited. I’m thinking snow cones will be involved. Everything is going really well; there have been definite adjustments from me cutting back on the amount of time I was working to learning how to live on a much stricter schedule or having a baby with a bed time, but I wouldn’t change a bit of it. We love her so, so much and we’re taking things one day at a time. Ultimately, we would love to make her a permanent member of the Blasig family, but friends, we have a long, long road ahead of us. I can’t discuss any details about what’s happening with her or her situation, but please just pray that whatever happens in the future, she’ll be safe and well taken care of.

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We did get to take baby girl to Colorado with us in May! That was a super fun trip with my family. I was so, so stressed out about the drive to Colorado from Texas because, well, she’s never been the best in the car. But, we took lots of snacks, toys, and my mom and I pretty much sat in the backseat with her the entire time, keeping her company. She was a champ, I tell ya! Not a single meltdown! (This was a small miracle.) I was most excited about the time away from home — away from all the daily chaos of being a foster parents with tons and tons of home visits or responsibilities. We did amazing things with my family — took a beautiful train ride from Durano to Silverton and we also went to the hot springs in Pagosa Springs (a little slice of heaven).

We took in every gorgeous sunset we could:

To be honest, I was so sad to leave Colorado. Before we left, I was barely keeping up with my reading schedule. (Amazing how introducing one small person into your life can make such a dramatic difference in your life.) In Colorado, I had a lot more time to read and relax and I dreaded going back home and losing my sanity again. When I got home, Estelle and I had a chat about our schedules and re-evaluated what’s been happening on Rather Be Reading. It just so happened that Estelle had tons of books she needed to put reviews up for, and I was really working hard to get through one a week. We decided to adjust my schedule to post regularly on Wednesdays instead of alternating our weeks as we had been doing.

So that’s our plan for right now — Estelle posts on Mondays and Thursdays and I maintain Wednesdays. We’re currently in the middle of our Sweet Summertime Reads feature and we’re doing as many posts together as we can. Anytime I can chime in and work on another post, you can bet that I will be here. My sincerest hope is to get ahead in the scheduling again. I’m positive that when this happens, you’ll be seeing even more of me around here again.

I’ve also been feeling the need to mix-up what I read lately. I’ve had trouble choosing my next book (quite often, actually) so Estelle has chimed in with recommendations for me. My reading time feels so precious and I want to make sure I’m reading things I’ll enjoy. Here’s what I’ve picked up lately:

I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella || Fun, flirty read that made me laugh out loud.
Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland || My curent read, as recommended by Estelle.
Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King || A bit heavy, but incredibly well written.

I do very, very much miss all of you, blogging friends. I know I’m absent from twitter and commenting on your blogs. I wish so much for more time in the day so I could hang out more with you, but I also don’t want to be that parent that completely ignores her child. I promise I still check twitter and love watching what you’re all up to on Instagram. I’m a bit slow at responding to emails or tweets sometimes, but do hope you’ll continue to send me random messages or comments if something strikes your fancy.

Thanks for reading this super long post and for wanting to stay up to date with what’s happening with us. Love you all!

xoxo,
M.

July 8, 2013 - 6:09 pm

Cynthia - The hair looks great! The picture from the middle reminds me of that girl from The Ring, lol! I’m so happy for you and your baby! I will definitely keep you guys in my prayers and thoughts, I’m sure you are both doing great. It’s definitely a life change having a little one around but they are such a blessing. I hope you guys get to keep her forever.

July 8, 2013 - 12:12 pm

Tara - You and the hubs are doing such an amazing thing with baby girl!! It takes a special kind of person to be able to open your heart to a foster child and I admire you guys so much. You keep being an amazing mom and all of us bloggers will always be here for you 🙂

July 7, 2013 - 1:31 pm

Alexa Y. - I’ve missed seeing you around M! But I’m so glad to hear that things are going well with the baby. You’re doing an incredible job, and it’s totally understandable that you’d have less time to read and blog. I’ll be praying for you, D + the baby! Lots of love <3

July 6, 2013 - 6:32 pm

Janita @ Book, Interrupted - Amazing post! It’s so inspiring that you have a foster child and could go on such a beautiful trip as well! I’ve visited Colorado before, it’s so scenic and awe-inspiring. There’s something so peaceful about being surrounded by those mountains 🙂

I love the hair as well. I just went through a major transformation as well. I cut off almost 10 inches of hair recently, so right now my hair is resting on my shoulders. Weirdest feeling after having long hair for such a loooong time.

July 6, 2013 - 6:23 pm

Jamie - Love you lady! Definitely missed your presence but I am so genuinely happy for everything that is going on with you right now and think you are EXACTLY where you need to be — loving on that little girl! 🙂 We love you!!!

July 6, 2013 - 5:16 pm

Lisa - So much love for this post! Thanks for catching us up! I think of you and your lovely family quite often!

July 6, 2013 - 1:24 pm

elena - miss and love you, lady!! so glad it’s going well with the bb (fingers x’d for you and your fam!) and your hair is so wonderful. colorado looks absolutely lovely. lots and lots of positive thoughts and love xoxo

July 6, 2013 - 12:03 pm

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - Love your pictures, lady!
Love this personal note. Love every single time you post on the blog, whether it’s a lot or a little, personal or not. Keep doing what you’re doing. You’re so fortunate to have the best co-blogger out there AND you and D are so fortunate to have that little miss to make such a wonderful impression on. Everything will balance out and work out and be just so. You are amazing and I love every form of you that I get whether it is twitter or blog or pictures on instagram or whatever. DO NOT let that sound too creepy cause I’m not a weirdo! xo

July 6, 2013 - 11:50 am

Jen @ Pop! Goes The Reader - I’m so glad to hear that things are going well, Magan! I’ll be keeping you in my thoughts and sending all the positive vibes I can in hopes that your foster daughter can become a permanent fixture in your family 🙂 Your photos from Colorado are absolutely stunning and I love your new haircut. I’ve been growing my own out for quite awhile now and while I do like it long, sometimes I get the urge to chop it all off as it can be a bit of a hassle at times. That said, I always tend to regret it immediately so I’m going to hold off on the impulsive haircuts for now 😛 I can’t wait to hear what you thought of I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella, which I adored, and Nantucket Blue and Please Ignore Vera Dietz, both of which I’m curious to read in the future. Best wishes!

July 6, 2013 - 10:40 am

Bookworm1858 - Thanks for the update Magan! I love your new shorter hair-it looks so thick and shiny (my hair is very thin and baby fine). I will also be praying for your foster daughter and her future with your family!

July 6, 2013 - 10:21 am

Jess @ Gone with the Words - Magan, I am SO happy to hear things are still going great with baby girl! You don’t know how much I want for you guys to be able to keep her in your lives. I’ll definitely be praying for that. As someone who has pretty much been absent a lot around the blogosphere these last few months, I totally understand where you’re coming from. I think sometimes we need these “breaks”, otherwise blogging would become like a job. In other words, don’t worry about us. 🙂 We’ll still be around!

LOVE the Colorado pictures! I so stalked them on IG haha.

XOXOXO

July 6, 2013 - 9:30 am

Amy - My dear Magan, I’m so incredibly happy for you that the little lady is doing so well! I think about how you are doing all the time, and I wish I had a few more minutes in the day to actually ASK you instead of just WONDER. But I’m certainly hoping that things turn out exactly as you are hoping they will, and that your foster daughter becomes a permanent part of your little family. <33
Also, birthday snow cones pretty much guarantee an excellent day. Now I am craving one!
P.S. Your pictures from Colorado are gorgeous! As all your pictures usually are. And I LOVE LOVE LOVE your new hair! Such a pretty length.

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