1. Katrina
    April 16, 2016 @ 1:42 am

    Great post, Susan! All the best to you and your family and your life and all the chocolate chip cookie eating you want in any form. 😉

  2. Kristin
    April 18, 2016 @ 8:01 am

    You know, I love reading blogs because of the stories they tell and for the vulnerability and feelings that come across that show us that we are all just human, doing the best we can to be happy and to love those that we love. It will all work out ? Much happiness and love!!

  3. Kristin
    April 18, 2016 @ 8:03 am

    That wasn’t supposed to be a question mark after “it will all work out”… Oops!! ??

  4. Milisa
    April 18, 2016 @ 10:57 am

    Wishing you the best in Texas! Kids are tough and they want us to be happy just like we want them to be happy. You got this and I look forward to hearing about your new adventures. I could definitely go for a batch of these cookies right about now. XOXO

  5. Lisa Maddox
    April 18, 2016 @ 12:14 pm

    These look like the best cookies in the world!

  6. Mickey
    April 19, 2016 @ 4:54 pm

    I love you and love your writing. I’m glad that you’re happy again and that you’re making sure that Seven will continue to be well-loved by both of his parents. <3

  7. Peabody (Culinary Concoctions by Peabody)
    April 19, 2016 @ 5:00 pm

    I applaud you actually for putting your son first. Not many women think of the family as two parents, they think the mother is more important than the father.
    I wish you happiness in your new adventure.

  8. Emilie
    April 19, 2016 @ 5:10 pm

    I’m so glad you are working towards finding your happy, and considering your son’s feelings in the process. It sounds like a hard road to be on, but that has to be better than living a lie or feeling down all the time. Everyone deserves to find happiness! Good luck with your new relationship and home!

  9. Nikki of Nik Snacks
    April 19, 2016 @ 5:16 pm

    Hearing that you’re happy makes me inherently happy, too. I’m looking forward to hearing about your man and your Texas adventures together.

  10. Laurie
    April 19, 2016 @ 6:14 pm

    I’m glad you’re happy now.

    I was here–how many years ago has it been now–when you bared your soul about your life and all the anguish about your marriage.

    I’ve seen your pictures and read your posts over the years since then–and saw there was something missing.

    I’m glad you’ve found a new peace where your heart is filled with sunshine instead of rain.

  11. Jamie
    April 19, 2016 @ 6:18 pm

    I am sure all of these decisions have been very difficult. Thank you for sharing about what you are going through here. I saw your post about the house on Facebook and had all of these questions but didn’t know how to ask them. Thank you for answering all of them. I am so glad that you have found happiness and I hope that the future is bright for both you and for Seven.

  12. Kari
    April 19, 2016 @ 7:35 pm

    You have come a LONG WAY, and I am very very happy for you!

  13. Judy
    April 19, 2016 @ 7:38 pm

    For the record, I can say I’m not surprised. Do you remember when we first ‘met’? We had a long back-and-forth conversation about the difficulties you were having at the time. I’ve worried about you ever since, even at a distance. It takes great courage to find yourself and make these hard decisions. In the end, it will be a win-win for everyone. It gives me hope for the future as well. Best wishes for a happy life. I will always be available for you. (And, what is it about Texas men? Another friend went through the same scenario in the last few years!)

  14. Kristen
    April 19, 2016 @ 8:48 pm

    I’m proud of you and happy for you friend! Cheers to finding the happiness you deserve.

  15. Jane, The Heritage Cook
    April 19, 2016 @ 9:16 pm

    I have lost “me” too and it is so wonderful to get back to our center. I’m delighted you found someone to bring out your smile again and I know your son will be grateful to have the happiest mom in the world. You will all figure out how to balance everything and the sun will be shining in Texas and Virginia. It is a brave thing to put this out in the world and I applaud you. Brava Susan – smile your beautiful smile every day!

  16. Angie | Big Bear's Wife
    April 19, 2016 @ 9:36 pm

    I’m sending a giant Virginia hug all the way down to Texas. My heart broke for you and Seven but it’s also full of joy that you’re happy, truly happy. I won’t get all sappy in the comments but I wish you the best and I can’t wait to follow along on your Texan sized adventures. I’m glad you’re stepping up and making YOU happy. I know it’s hard, but you’ll be better for it. <3

  17. Chris
    April 19, 2016 @ 10:06 pm

    Such strength, Susan! When you do what’s best for you, it’s ultimately what’s best for the family ?? I wish you the very best.

  18. DessertForTwo
    April 19, 2016 @ 10:08 pm

    Oh, Susan. This is such a beautiful post. You have definitely hit a nerve in me with struggles in my own life, and I am so glad there is a happy ending for you! I love when you say that you don’t know what you would do until you’re in the situation. It’s easy to sit back and say “I would never do that,” but until you’re actually faced with it, you just don’t know.
    ANYWAY, I know you’re going to love Texas. I’m moving there myself soon, too! I also know that much happiness awaits you because Texan men know how to treat a woman. They’re just good like that 😉
    MUCH love,

  19. Carolyn
    April 19, 2016 @ 10:54 pm

    Wow, just wow. That took guts to write, Susan. I am glad you’ve found your happy again and worked it out for the best for all in your family.

  20. Katie
    April 20, 2016 @ 8:07 am

    Oh Susan, thank you for opening up and sharing your life. Such a beautifully written post. Happiness is truly the key to everything. Excited to follow your Texas journey.

  21. Erin
    April 20, 2016 @ 8:26 am

    Brave post sista! Of course I’m happy to support your happiness. Please consider my house a second home if you need it. Happy to pick you up at the airport as well.
    I’m just down the road if needed.
    I’ll be in Texas again in November, maybe we can hook up.
    Glad you are back to the land of living.
    Love ya- E

  22. Brooke
    April 20, 2016 @ 9:32 am

    This beautiful post reminds me so very much of the essence of Elizabeth Gilbert’s ‘Not This’.

    It takes guts to say ‘Not This’.

    It goes against everything we know as women and mothers in our culture to be willing to choose your own happiness.

    And, as a mama who’s moved on from first story in life, I can tell you there are so many incredible places ways ones story can go. But first. You have to be willing to move from that overwhelming terror of ‘Not This’ and walk into a future full of change. So proud of you for being willing.

    So happy you’ve found your happy.

  23. Susan
    April 20, 2016 @ 10:47 am

    I know we haven’t “talked” in a while, but you have often been in my thoughts. I am so happy to hear you are letting go and taking hold. That you are finding yourself and being brave enough to “go for it”. I wish you all the joy and happiness this life can offer. I once did the same thing you are doing, only it was two children I left. Their Dad raised them and it was the best thing I could have ever done for them. The relationship I have with them now would never have been had I stayed. It’s hard to be selfish enough to take care of you first. I applaud your courage and again, wish you all the best.

  24. Cate O'Malley
    April 20, 2016 @ 11:12 am

    Sending huge virtual hugs and strength your way.

  25. Gabi
    April 20, 2016 @ 11:30 am

    Hi Susan,

    There is no one perfect way in anything. We all do the best we can.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts and heart. I applaud you for putting Seven’s needs first.
    Be happy and be well and be loved. That’s what life is about.
    I wish you every happiness!

  26. Denise
    April 20, 2016 @ 4:24 pm

    We could tell last year when we saw you that you were not you. Hearing that you are happy is all that matters, and this makes me happy! Wishing you fun, adventure and lots of love!!!!

  27. Lisa
    April 21, 2016 @ 8:06 am

    I love you Susan and just want the best for you and your family. Face it, life is SO short and we need to be happy – now! Love you!