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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Fiona and Twig

Hello everyone! I am so excited to have the fabulous Anne Lorys of Fiona and Twig here to guest post today. I started reading her blog last summer and have been addicted ever since. Not only does she take stunning photographs but her writing is beautiful and oh so witty.  Her blog was recently featured in Romantic Homes and her photography was in the most recent issue of Romantic Country. I hope you will enjoy her post and then head on over and visit her blog - you will become addicted too!

Hello, Dear Lillie Readers!

I was so honored when sweet Jennifer asked me to do
a guest post for her, as I have been a huge fan of lovely Jen and her
inspiring blog for quite some time now.

I'm sharing a post that I did this past Summer, which addresses
many of the pressures we gals tend to place on ourselves.
It seemed to strike a chord with my readers then,
and I hope it does with you, too.


My blog isn't as pretty
as hers is

I don't have as many followers
as she does

My house isn't as ( clean, fancy, fabulous )
as hers is

My kids aren't as cute
as hers are

I don't have it all together
like she does

I haven't been published
like she has

I don't get as many comments
as she does

I haven't been to ( Paris, Italy, Hawaii )
like she has

I can't ( sew, paint, write, photograph, craft ) as well
as she can.

I'm not as good

I am lacking

I'm not enough.

And to that, I say....


I see and sense this all the time in blogging,
and I know that I've felt it on occasion myself.

The truth is

No one else out there can be you as well as you!

You are special and one-of-a-kind
and blogging is so much richer having you as a part of it.

We can't all be Martha
or The Pioneer Woman...

but do we really want to be?
How much fun would that be, hmmm?

Be yourself.

Embrace it!

And know that you have one cheerleader

right here
no matter what !

You are enough.


  1. Hi Jennifer & Anne,

    How nice it is to have both of you here together. I have recently started following both of your blogs. I have to say, that I'm a new blogger and I very much enjoy each of your blogs.

    This post is a keeper, Thank-you!

    It is so nice to have the both of you to look up to!
    Jennifer, so glad to hear that Lola is doing better.
    All the best! Christine

  2. ahhhhhhh anne..... who always finds the absolute PERFECT things to say just when you need to hear them the most. dear well "straight to my heart" PERFECT......sooooo needed that!! (happy to see you here on this lovely this gal too! her babes are so gorgeous! )

  3. Well that is very well put! I love it, and was thinking something much along those lines this morning. It is hard not to compare, but we must remember we are doing this for ourselves, not the world!

  4. Anne,
    I loved this post last year and I love even more this time around... I hope you had fun being a guest at the wonderful Dear Liilie blog.

    I purchased your Mary Poppins 3/4's a favorite of mine...I hope the baby is getting better everyday...your family is beautiful.

    Smiles and Blessings,

  5. A good dose of encouragement is always welcome! Thank you so much!!!

  6. Beautiful. Thank you.

    "Your legacy is the lives you have touched."

    Jennifer & family, you are still in our thoughts and prayers.
    Blessings and happy wishes!

  7. Yes we ladies put a lot of pressure on ourselves. But do we know what goes on behind the scenes of the bloggers we admire? IS their home always that spotless, or just that way for photo shoots? Do they really do all that, and if so, when do they have time for family and for themselves? What AREN'T they telling us about their real lives? Blogs tend to show the glamorous side because, really, who wants to see the bad stuff?

    Thanks for the reminder to do a reality check every once in a while.

    Jennifer, I'm so glad Anne sent us here. Your blog is lovely!

  8. Thank you so much for inviting me to guest post on your gorgeous blog, my friend!

    If you need a babysitter, I'm available for that, too. ;-)

    Love ya!

  9. Beautifully written...Hi Jennifer and Anne! I've been following Dear Lillie for a few months. Such a touching blog. I love the photos- you are seriously talented! What a gorgeous family- wishing you all the best as you enjoy your new little Lola bundle. So glad the surgery news was positive. It's a heartbreaking thing to fear for your child. You are all in my prayers. : )

  10. So true. I always do tend to compare my decor/photography/children and life to others. Thank you for reminding us that we are all unique AND special. Both you ladies are awesome.


  11. A friend shared this lovely, uplifting post with me via email today. I am so guilty of all of these things. Thanks for the reminder to "chin up" so to speak. Thanks for making my heart smile :)

  12. I remember this post and reading it again was a wonderful reminder!
    Thank you!!

  13. This is a terrific post... and so true! =)

  14. Thank you Jen for featuring sweet Anne today. I LOVE her.
    Anne I loved this post then and I love it just as much as I did the first time I read it. When will we women get that we ARE enough just the way we are?
    Thank you for reposting this sweet friend.
    Thank you again Jen for featuring this beautiful blogger!

  15. Boy, I was worried at first, but then I thought, not you, Anne. You are perfect as yourself as you know, and an inspiration to others. See you at your own blog.

  16. Oh I remember this post well Anne! I didn't remember if these were the same images you used on the original post. But I'm swooning over the lovely combo of hydrangeas, roses and ironstone. And Jennifer I hope things are going well for you and your sweet family! xo ~Lili

  17. I remember this post, too, Anne! I think you could run it once a week and it wouldn't be too often! We all need to hear this......again and again. Bravo for you!

    Big TX Hugs,
    Angelic Accents

  18. Anne, I love you!!! Jenni, thank you for sharing her with everyone. I have followed Anne for quite a while now and just adore her! Beautiful post and lovely pictures as always!!

  19. I hope little Lola will continue to be well. It is certainly understandable that all of your energy should be directed to her and your family at this time. Thanks to Anne for always being open and honest and inspiring! Best wishes and blessings to all, Tammy

  20. A beautiful and true post by Anne! Anne is so kind, insightful and encouraging to other bloggers. Hope all is going better with Lola and the Dear Lillie family.
    ~ Julie

  21. I love this. Thank you for reminding us all that we are good enough just the way we are:)

  22. These words are probably the most inspiring words I have ever read on the net. Blessings to you Miss Anne.. and thank you.

  23. I remember this post, Anne, and it bears sharing again as a reminder to us all. It is also so nice to get aquainted with your blog and you, Jen. I'll be back to visit!

  24. To day May 29th it's Mothers dayin France, so Happy Mothers day from France from Catherine

  25. I've spent my whole morning on this beautiful blog (thanks to Emily's post listing her favorite blogs, though I can't seem to leave this one!) and had to stop and say this guest post is awesome! Horse Puckey is right! Love that. If we aren't remembering to be the one God made us to be, no one else will be!

    Hugs to both of you!


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