500th Post — We’ll Be Away For Awhile

Today’s post was going to be about how happy I was to see this…..

… pictures of some of the projects Frugal Family Fun Blog has helped to inspire from around the world. I was going to write about how much joy it gives me (and Emily) to see children from Turkey, Poland, China, Australia, Hungry, and Italy (to name a few!) all creating wonderful works of art!
But this morning I received a phone call because my father is very, very, very sick. He is currently hospitalized. We will be away from this space for awhile, but please send lots of powerful prayers, good thoughts, and positive energy his way. And thank you for understanding. We hope to be back to our normal happy blogging selves shortly.


  1. learningandlivingbyfaith says

    I will keep your father, you, and your family in my prayers!


  2. Sending prayers for you and your family.

  3. Raising a Happy Child says

    I am so very sorry to hear that! I will keep your family in your thoughts. Travel safe!

  4. Thinking of you guys. The peace of Jesus to you all,

  5. Mama to 3 Blessings says

    I am sorry to hear this – keeping your Father in my prayers. We will miss you.

  6. I'm so sorry for this news Valerie. I'll be thinking of you and sending healing thoughts. You'll be missed.

  7. La Dolce Vita says

    So sorry. I'll say a prayer.

  8. Sending your father healing prayers, thinking of you x

  9. Praying lots… for your Dad and for your family.

    God is in control.

  10. Dara Squires says

    My family and everyone I know will be praying for you, your father and your family at this time.

  11. Tricia Orchard says

    I am sorry to hear your father is ill. I will send prayers and positive thoughts your way.

    We'll miss you!


  12. Be well.

  13. praying for you and your family.

  14. Hope all is well!
    sara http://myfrugalfunlife.blogspot.com/

  15. Im so sorry you are habing to go through this, my prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

  16. I'm so sorry to hear this. Our prayers are with you and your family.

  17. maryanne @ mama smiles says

    Oh Valerie, I'm so sorry. We're sending prayers and good thoughts your way.

  18. My thoughts are with you and your family. With love xx

  19. Keeping your father and your family in my prayers.

  20. Lots of good thoughts for your dad.

  21. Good thoughts and prayers sent the way of you, your family and your Dad.

    Take care!

    Looking forward to another 500 post! And it can wait.

  22. I'm praying for you and your family.

  23. Wonder Mom says

    Oh Valerie- I am very sorry…

    We will pray for you all- be safe and KEEP AWAY from this blog as long as you need!

    (Not that I don't want you to be posting, because I am constantly "borrowing" your ideas- Your time with the fam is so much more important now!)

  24. Amy's Stocking Stuffers says

    I'll be thinking of you and your family.

  25. I'm sorry to hear about your father. The thoughts, prayers and good vibes are going out now. Take care and don't worry about being away… We'll be here when you return.

  26. Valerie, I will be praying for your Dad. Keep us updated on how we can best pray for ya'll. And we'll miss your posts and comments, but you're doing something more important right now.

  27. I am sorry and i will say a pray for him 🙁

  28. I am sorry to hear about your father. Will keep him and your family in our thoughts. Hope all goes well. Take care of yourself!

  29. Lenetta @ Nettacow says

    Oh, Valerie, so sorry! We will be praying for sure. Hugs!

  30. Congrats! You have been awarded the Sunshine Award! You can pick it up at my blog here http://lifeissooogood.blogspot.com/
    Thanks for the wonderful blogging!

  31. prayers for your father and family! i visit your blog daily and enjoy all the wonderful posts of creative things to do with my kids. thanks so much for the ideas!

  32. Mommy, I'm Home says

    Hope he is OK. Sending you positive thoughts…

  33. Praying for you and your family… may God heal your father quickly and give you all peace in the midst of this struggle!

  34. Sending prayers your way! Thanks for all the joy you spread. Now it's time you get some back in this difficult time.

  35. I am so sorry to hear about your dad. You, he, and your family will be in my prayers. Take as much time off as you need – I know I (and I'm sure all of your other readers), will be here whenever you get back. All the best,

  36. So sorry to hear about your father! Thoughts and prayers are with you and your whole family.

  37. Ditto to what others have said. Dad's are special. I'll wager just having you near will be a portent tonic for him.

  38. Whimsical Creations says

    Sorry to hear about your dad. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  39. Saying prayers for you, and for your family.

  40. we'll be thinking of you and your family here. take care!

  41. Oh my goodness, I am SO sorry to hear about your father – I hope everything turns out ok. Praying for you.
    Oh and I love your crafts, too. 🙂


  42. Valerie, I am so sorry! Sending you our prayers for you and your family. Much love, the Kings

  43. I'm sorry that your father is sick. I will be keeping him in my thoughts and prayers.

  44. Hope all goes well with your father.

  45. We will pray for you and your family. May God continue to be your light and strength. We look forward to many more wonderful blogs from you in the futre!

  46. Just Breathe says

    I am so sorry about your Dad. I will be praying for him. Take care & God Bless.

  47. I am so sorry to hear about your Dad! You are all in our prayers for a speedy recovery!

  48. Cdyana & co. says

    i am sorry to hear that about your father. i pray for his speed recovery.
    gonna miss your ideas, u & ur lil princesses

  49. Oh no! Im keeping you guys in my thoughts!

  50. Jolene (South Africa) says

    Keeping your father and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

  51. Praying for your dad and your entire family. My thoughts are certainly with you at this time.

  52. The Ortega's says

    So sorry to hear about your father. You and your family are in out thoughts and prayers. Travel safe, we'll be here when you get back.

  53. Sending you and your family strength! You are in our prayers.

  54. Leisure Beader says

    pray for your father and your whole family. hope everything good. waiting for you to come back.

  55. I hope everything is ok. My thoughts are with your family.

  56. Iamredeemed says

    praying for you and your family……

  57. I know we don't know each other but thank you for all your crafty inspiration. Travel safe and we are sending prayers to you. Hopefully all of these well wishes will be inspiration to you and help you keep strong.
    Peace and Blessings

  58. Val in the Rose Garden says

    Sending you love and healing thoughts my friend! I hope his recovery is a quick and easy one. {{{hugs}}}

    Love Val

  59. Stacy of KSW says

    I'm praying for all of you now and wishing your father a speedy recovery. I hope your presence brings him comfort.

  60. Just found your blog and this sad news.Praying for your family.
    I have loved your projects.
    God Bless

  61. We are sorry to hear that your father is ill. I hope all turns out well. We will miss your wonderful ideas!

  62. Stephanie - My Frugal Lifestyle says

    I've always loved your blog and it has really inspired me. Thanks for all your hard work and many hours of great family fun ideas.

  63. Jessica Monte says

    I will keep your dad in my prayers. And because you're always an inspiration and I love your blog, I just gave you an award over at my place. Thank you for all of your hard work and brightening up the world!

  64. An Almost Unschooling Mom says

    I missed this post in my reader somehow, and just realized I hadn't seen anything from you in a while, so went back to check what was up – I'm sorry to hear about your father, and will be in prayer with you!

  65. Melissa: Mother to 3 Little Sprouts says

    We are thinking of you and are sending you lots of prayers and good wishes! Very sorry to hear that.

  66. Thinking of you and sending prayers your way!

  67. We have prayed for your father, the doctors and caregivers, you and your family – and may God's healing hand be upon your father and all of you. May God keep all of you in His mighty and loving care.

  68. I am sorry to hear about your Dad! I will keep you and your family in our prayers.


  69. Sending prayers to your father for a quick recovery.


  70. Love and Light to you all, Sabine, the Netherlands

  71. Sorry to read about your father. Hoping things have begun improving. Well wishes to you all.

  72. I will pray for you and your family. I was like I know that kitty and it was my Chole. LOL

    Stay strong!

  73. Kitten Muffin says

    Big love to you and your family!

  74. Sending your dad lots of healing light.

  75. ♄ meninheira says

    Valerie, no tenĂ­a ni idea! se me habĂ­a pasado este post.
    Me alegro muchísimo de que ya esté en casa, os mando muchísimos besos para todos.

    meni ^-^