Friends, I don't even know where to begin this post.
Six years ago, at our mom's old wooden kitchen table, Jenny and I had the plan to start a blog together. It wasn't our first business venture together (that would have been March Lion Inc. Cards, which we sold at the local museum and made $20 - we were five and seven!), but it was the longest, the richest, and the one which would inevitably change both our lives. At the time, we were both single, young, carefree, and living together at our parents' house. We created Lovely, and in the next month had almost 100 posts! Our goal was to show the world Long Island: the history, creativity, sweet, lovely side. We had a blast visiting places, writing, taking photos, editing fashion posts, and journaling our lives.
This blog followed me through meeting Eric, getting engaged, married, becoming a mother, becoming a teacher (and leaving teaching). It has followed Jenny though running, new jobs, meeting Andrey, and officiating many weddings (even on TV!). When our domain name got snatched out from under us (flattering, thanks), a few years back, just as we were climbing the mountain in Blog-Town, it was truly devastating. It threw us off kilter, and it's been tough, really tough, to get the momentum back.
Which is why, when Jenny and I finally had the chance to sit down and chat a few weeks back, we made the incredibly hard decision to stop posting over here. Everything will still be up, as we love our posts (so much!), but we just don't have the time to devote to Lovely, and Lovely deserves a lot of love and time.
So, where do we go from here? First off, like I said, all the posts will remain here, as will the comments, and the comments sections will be open, too! We will keep our eye on the blog, so if you ever need us via the blog, don't hesitate to reach out. Secondly, we're moving on to new pastures, as you will. I will be blogging more about social media, parenthood, and every day life on Howell Social Media's website; you can also find me blogging for various parenting websites, as well. Of course, you can always find me on Twitter or Instagram.
Jenny's going to cease blogging for a little while, but you can follow along with her Instagram, check out her store, or find her on her officiant site.
As the genius Jim Henson wrote,
"Somehow I know, we'll meet again
Not sure quite where, and I don't know just when
You're in my heart
So until then, wanna smile, wanna cry