Hello lovelies!  I want to fill you in on the need for my emergency blog break last week.  I won’t be able to share every single detail because of time (and I really don’t want to bore you all), but will do the best I can to explain.

To begin with, my daughter and I are moving again…in 7 days!  We only found out just last week and I’ve been frantically trying to throw everything into boxes and tie up ends that I thought I’d have another 4 months to tie up.  The background story is this:

Last Summer we moved across the country from our home in California to start what we hoped would be a fun and fresh start for us here on the East Coast.  From day one things started to go wrong.  First it was the black slime coming up into our kitchen sink making the room unusable.  The fridge gave out shortly thereafter.  Next it was the bathtub drain, and then nasty stuff started to come up our bathroom sink as well.  From outside appearances this place is not a dump, so we had no idea what we were in for when we rented the place out.  I wish that was the entirety of the situation.  Unfortunately our apartment is also sandwiched in between two sets of unsavory neighbors that I wouldn’t wish on anyone.  On one side we are assaulted by the daily barrage of their screaming fights coupled by the strong scent of marijuana and cigarette smoke that seems to seep through our walls.  Second (not as bad) is our neighbor who likes to wake me up early in the morning by ringing my doorbell incessantly until I answer…and then proceeds to go into tirades about the alarm system in her unit…asking if I ever hear it go off, etc, etc (completely nuts).

Next, I’ve been having some health issues that are making blogging/work very difficult and painful for me…and I strongly suspect that these are in great part due to the growing stress I’ve been under over the past 8 months.

Finally…and the reason for this sudden acceleration in our moving schedule (we were already planning to get out of here when the lease ended in July)…is that my daughter has been suffering from horrible bullying at her school.  If you follow me on twitter then you know a bit about what has been going on for her.  I’ve also just posted a more detailed infor in this post earlier today.  Basically any attempts I’ve made to have the threats, verbal and emotional abuse stopped by the school went nowhere.  The last straw came this past Tuesday when my daughter was thrown against the wall by a girl in her class.  After she crumpled to the floor in pain a lunch aid came over to see what had happened and told my daughter that she would report the attack.  She didn’t.  I only heard about the incident from my daughter when class got out that day.  I just could not wait around for another more violent act against my daughter to take place and I went into the office and withdrew her from school immediately.

So dear ones…I am packing up my life again and moving to Oklahoma.  Yes, it sounds crazy even to me.  But my family lives there (after relocating there last year) and I really feel the need to be near to them once again after such an ordeal.  We have found a sweet little house that seems the perfect place to find the peace and happiness that we were so hoping to have here in New Jersey.  I will be sad to leave behind the friends I have made here but know that this is the right step for me to take in my life right now.

This week I will be doing my best to keep regular posts up here on Creature Comforts and then some incredibly generous blogging friends of mine will be writing a few guest posts to get us through the following week as I pack the moving truck and drive to Oklahoma.  I thank you all in advance for your support and understanding.  I will try my hardest to keep everything flowing as smoothly as possible here on CC during this process.  xox Ez

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  1. Jen Collins / / Reply

    i am so sad to read about the rough eight months you’ve just had, & admire you for being able to cope with it with the grace i’ve witnessed on your blog/twitter. it sounds like you’re making the right decision, for both of you, & i wish you lots of luck & ease with your new transition!

  2. Erin / / Reply

    What a load on your plate! I hope that the move to Oklahoma goes well and that you find it a much nicer place to be than where you are right now. And all you need to keep repeating to yourself is keep calm and carry on!

  3. Aimee / / Reply

    wow, ez, that is so much for one person to handle – stay strong and best wishes for you move. praying that everything will work out okay for you and your daughter :) x

  4. Lauren / / Reply

    Your home should be your Haven and it sounds like you have found the perfect new spot to start fresh and live in the happiness you both deserve. I hope you and your daughter can hear this HUGE community of people out here in blogger world cheering you along!!

  5. jo / / Reply

    oh my goodness ez..i am so incredibly sorry to hear about all of this. i’m glad you are taking control though and taking steps to make life better for you and your daughter. i’m sure oklahoma will be the perfect home for you both! good luck and take care of yourselves!!!!

  6. Emily / / Reply

    My heart goes out to you in every way! I am so sorry for all that you have had to endure! Good for you for standing up and taking action. I hope that the move goes smoothly, and I am sure Oklahoma will be wonderful!! Big ((HUGS))

  7. Suze / / Reply

    Hi Ez,
    So sorry of your recent troubles, it’s so unfair, and what happened to your daughter is simply scandalous.
    I really admire you for your courage and the decision to pack your stuff and move on: definitely sounds like the right move to build something fresh and happy for you both! Not always our decisions in life bring us to happiness, it’s just life. In those cases, when it’s just not working, the best thing to do is… well, start over, with a smile if possible. I learnt from experience how difficult is to do this, so again well done and wish you all the best! :)

  8. Alana / / Reply

    Take your time and know that we will all be here when you get back! I hope your move is a smooth and safe one and perhaps filled with some nice memories for you and your daughter. When life gives you lemons, make lemonade, right? Surely yours will be the sweetest kind!

  9. Renae / / Reply

    I follow you here as you’ve been bookmarked as one of my "fave blogs." I’m so terribly sorry to hear of all of the horrible things that have been going on with you and your daughter! What an awful thing to have to deal with. I hope that she will be comfortable in her new school and that both of you will find peace and warmth in your new home. God bless you both, i’ll be thinking about you!

  10. Sally / / Reply

    What a lot you two gals have been through. I am SO GLAD to hear you’re going to go be with your family. I’m sure their love will heal you … hugs to you and your sweet little daughter.

  11. jess / / Reply

    that is a horrific story and i’m sorry to hear it. but don’t give up on the east coast because of jersey… brooklyn is warm and welcoming and a lovely place to raise children. best of luck in oklahoma, i spent summers there as a kid and always had a blast. stay strong! your blog is rad!

  12. Amanda @ Kind Over Matter / / Reply

    Ez – how terrible. ohman. i can’t believe the school still did nothing & said what they did about 6th grade, what?! unacceptable. you both will be in my thoughts, so glad that you are moving near family. i wish all the best for you & we all will be here when you get settled in, take your time!!! xoxoxo

  13. Brenda / / Reply

    I’ve never posted here before although I’ve been reading Creature Comforts for a couple of months now. I just had to pop in and say how sorry I am that things have been so rough and stressful for you lately. I totally understand the move you are making in an attempt to keep your daughter safe. I would do the same thing. I hope you will find your new home peaceful and restful and everything that you need it to be right now.
    I’ll say a prayer for you and your daughter. May you both find the strength and courage you need right now.

  14. Heather / / Reply

    I’m new to your blog, but have enjoyed it very much. I’m so sorry to hear about all the problems you’ve been having, and so sorry especially to hear about what has been happening with your daughter. No one should be treated that way. It sounds like Oklahoma is the right step, and I applaud you for having the strength to pick up and move if things just aren’t working out. Good for you, and best of luck!

  15. Christy / / Reply

    hello ez,

    i feel your distress. i hope your move to oklahoma will be as stress free and easy as can be. good luck and all the best!

  16. Courtney / / Reply

    Oh my goodness! No one should ever, ever have to go through what you and your daughter have been through these past few months. I’m thankful you’re able to move closer to your family. I’ll be thinking good thoughts for this new phase in your life! Best of luck for a safe and happy move.

  17. Laurel G / / Reply

    I am so sorry to hear about all of this. But I am glad you guys will be able to move on to happier and healthier times! I will keep you and your daughter in my thoughts and prayers!

  18. linda / / Reply

    Oh my, I hope everything works out in the end and going closer to family sounds like a great idea to me. I agree, you have to do what you feel is right…go with it. All my best and until next time when you come back and post :)

  19. Ivana / / Reply

    When it rains, it pours, doesn’t it? So sorry to hear about this, but your new home in Oklahoma sounds magical… Good luck with the big move! : )

  20. SaRaH / / Reply

    Come on, don’t worry about the blogs, just take your time and get settled in!
    It’s a really difficult time for you and your daughter and it’s good to do something, to change. Good luck with your move and new start. I stay tune.

  21. Meghan C / / Reply

    Oh, Ez. I’m so sorry to hear all that you and your daughter have been going through. Oklahoma sounds like the perfect place for a fresh start, and I wish you two the best. Hang in there, things will be looking up soon! xo

  22. kelly / / Reply

    Saying a little prayer for you and your little one. :) Good for you for taking the risk and doing what you feel is best for both of you. :) Here’s to new and better and midwest! :)

  23. Gabrielle / / Reply

    What a horrible few months you’ve had, I’m so sorry to hear that. I’ll be wishing you all the luck with your move and hope life starts to treat you and your daughter more kindly.

  24. Linden / / Reply

    Just dropping in to give you a big Oklahoma welcome! We’re lucky to have you both coming our way! : )

  25. White Cabana / / Reply

    Oh dear. What a rough few months you and your daughter have had. It’s tough to fight all these battles at once. Your family will be there to support you and it might be wise to start fresh again. The blogging community will be here to support you whenever you feel ready to come back. Have a safe drive.

  26. Danica / / Reply

    You are doing the right thing, good for you! Where in Oklahoma are you moving to? I grew up there, and can give you a great list of things to do and places to see…. Best of luck to you, and congrats on your new adventure!

  27. Heather S / / Reply

    I am so sorry for all that you have been going through, i wish you peace and joy when as you move into this next phase.. Take care of yourself and your family first and foremost.. Sending positive thoughts your way..

  28. Jaclyn Marie / / Reply

    I’m SO sorry to hear what a horrible ordeal you have been through!! I wish you the best of luck with the movie, and I think you’re going to find an amazing life in Oklahoma! It’s a wonderful place full of wonderful people.

  29. Dallas / / Reply

    Ez, you and your daughter are truly resilient, and I wish you the best of luck in your move. You have brought me inspiration and comfort on so many of my own rough days with your imagination and the wonderful things you share with us. I know Oklahoma will be amazing for the two of you.

  30. Mary / / Reply

    I’ll keep you and your daughter in my prayers as you move to Oklahoma and start anew. And kudos to you for making what I’m sure was a difficult decision. Good luck!

  31. Jessie / / Reply

    How awful, Ez. I’m sorry you’ve been going through such a nightmare. I totally feel for you and your sweet girl. Nothing hurts more than when your kids are in pain. You’re doing the right thing.

  32. Anna Joyce / / Reply

    Good luck! I hope you find what you are looking for and your daughter is very lucky to have a mother who is so willing to shelter her from harm- good mama. My children are too young to be bullied yet, but I would pick and move to Oklahoma too if I needed too. We look forward to your return! Take care of your self and your family ez.

  33. Brenda / / Reply

    Good Lord, Ez! I’m so sorry for everything you and your daughter have experienced! I was horribly bullied on in grade school, including physical violence. My teachers didn’t do anything about it. My parents didn’t really know about it (they didn’t really believe the little bits they heard from me – thought it was made up, apparently). I’m so glad that you took immediate action and that you’re protecting your child as you are! I’m a firm believe, through experience, that as doors close, all sorts of doors fly open up ahead. It takes a lot of courage to do what you’re doing – I applaud you! Big hug!

  34. Deana / / Reply

    Goodness… how awful. Big hugs for you & your sweet daughter. I hope the new home brings much love, peace & comfort for both of you. Safe travels…

  35. daisy janie / / Reply

    You bring such beauty and inspiration to so many through your lovely posts each day. I hope that your move allows you to bring that same beauty back into *your* everyday life. I respect and admire your Mama Lion reaction to the situation.

  36. Tif. / / Reply

    Ez, Wise to move closer to your family. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. I wish you and your daughter the best.

  37. mary / / Reply

    I am so sorry to hear about this turmoil you’ve been through…and am ESPECIALLY upset about what’s been happening to your daughter. It makes my stomach turn. I wish you nothing but the best with your new move.

  38. Julianne / / Reply

    That is SO terrible, I’m so sorry this was happening to your daughter. My thoughts will be with you guys, I’m so glad you will be moving. You definitely need to find somewhere new where you can be comfortable and happy. Good luck with everything!

    By the way, I wanted to tell you how much I LOVE reading your blog. It really makes my day better each time I visit. It has given me LOTS of inspiration for my own artwork and I’ve used lots of your printables, etc to make my house and office prettier. Thank you for your wonderful posts.

  39. beth / / Reply

    so sorry to hear about all the mess in your current situation, but it’ll be great to make a fresh start and being near your family will be a big hug for you guys. don’t worry about us here! we’re rooting for you.

  40. Traci P. / / Reply

    I’m sorry that this has happened to you…and to you daughter. I hope (know, really) that family will be just the healing balm for this sore. Here’s to new beginnings! And to OK getting you back to okay.

    FYI, if you run short of guest posters, feel free to email me. I know we haven’t worked together, but I love to write and love your blogs and would be happy to help in any way I can.

  41. laura / / Reply

    best wishes, ez!!! i’m sorry to hear that things didn’t work out here but i hope you find the peace you’re looking for close to family. hugs, hugs, and more hugs for you and your daughter.

  42. lolly / / Reply

    Oh my gosh, Ez! How awful about your daughter :( I wish you a much better fresh start in Oklahoma! xo

  43. Karen / / Reply

    I can’t even begin to imagine the stress you’re under! Take your time, remember to breathe, and we’ll all be here when you get back.

  44. kate g. / / Reply

    Oh my goodness — I am sorry to hear about all the recent problems! How awful for both of you. Good luck with your move!

  45. emma lamb / / Reply

    omg Ez! how horrible for you and your daughter, i think everyone wil be able to appreciate how stressful things have been for you both… take all the time you need (i’m sure all your lovely blog readers will be happy towait!) and i wish you the best of luck with the move… :)

  46. Samia / / Reply

    My prayers are with you Ez, good luck. And may all the happiness and peace come your way. I hope Oklahoma works out for you and your daughter. xo

  47. hip hip gin gin / / Reply

    Oh my god. I’m so sorry you and your daughter have been going through all of this. Especially the bullying. She is very lucky to have a mom like you to stand up for her, and to take her out of a school that obviously cares very little about the health and safety of its kids. I hope Oklahoma welcomes you and treats you both with the love and kindness you deserve. If the Oklahoma bloggers I’ve encountered are any indication you will have a wonderful life there. All the best to you both!

  48. Alexandria F. / / Reply

    This post is very hard to read and stomach. I can only imagine the suffering you both have been through these past months and I’m glad to hear you are moving away. I know exactly how stressful it is to work all day and come home to a miserable living situation. My heart goes out to you and your daughter on your new journey. Best wishes!

  49. amanda james / / Reply

    oh, ez, i am so sorry to hear that. i hope everything will end well when you are moving nearer to your family. and i hope your little daughter will get over it. i know it is hard. i was a victim of mobbing in school myself though it wasn’t called mobbing that days. it never goes that far as it does with your little one, but words can hurt much more than anything else. i think we all had/have some kind of experience. as long as she knows you are there having an open ear to her problems and encouraging her and also love her, she’ll get over it. and i think you are that kind of person. so, i am keeping my fingers crossed. kind regards, amanda

  50. Romina / / Reply

    I’m a fellow reader and Love your blog, and I just want to say That I’m sorry about those difficult 8 months for you and your daughter and hope everything get better because you deserve it!. another thing I’m glad you pulled your daughter out of school to prove that even if a whole system let’s it happen you will still be by her side, trust me she will always remember that. When I was small I was also bullied, and when I told my mom of course she at first said tell a teacher or the principal, I did and only thing they did was tell the other kid to not bully, which encourage him to bullied me more! again I told my mom! and my mom told me, angry that the school didn’t took bigger measure to stop this she told me "next time he hits you you’ll hit back" and well I did that, made the other kid cry, was sent to the principal, mother got called in, when the principal told her what happened my mom said"oh she hit him?good I told her to do it if he bullied her again, since you guys didn’t do nothing, so I’ll stand by her" she hug me I got send back to class full of pride of my mom and that kid never bullied me again.

    wishing you the best

  51. Bea / / Reply

    I hope your daughter is ok! I can’t believe the school is not doing anything. I wish you all the best on your move.

  52. bea t / / Reply

    i’m sorry to hear about what you and your daughter have been going through… it’s been a rough year for you both. hopefully it will only get better. good luck with the move!

  53. Clementine Cassie / / Reply

    Hugs and kisses to both you and K, Ez. I’m so sorry about all the awful crap you’ve had to deal with and I hope your move goes smoothly and your new home offers you the comfort and ease you both deserve.

  54. Natasha / / Reply

    It’s horrendous that the school didn’t do/hasn’t done anything about bullying. I am completely at a loss to understand. What would’ve happened to your daughter if you weren’t such a strong advocate for her? What will happen to these bullies if they’re allowed to continue on like this?

    I admire what you’re doing and hope that you find what you’re looking for in Oklahoma. xo and good luck with the move.

  55. MissDDT / / Reply

    Wow! I am so sorry to hear about all the trouble you and your daughter have been through! You know, the "moving" bug must be going around because I know a few of my friends that are moving or have moved to the South from the North within these past few months.

    I tell you, these days are so hard for everyone now. If it’s not financial, it’s physical or emotional. I hope you and your daughter will be ok. Since you will be closer to your family, it will work out for the best. Once you take the emotion out and look at the situation from the outside-in, moving on is usually the best option. Stay strong and be safe girls!

  56. pam / / Reply

    Take your time…we will all be sitting here waiting when you get things straightened out! Good luck and I hope the best for your daughter as well. No fun being bullied and it isn’t right. TTFN!

  57. Gosia / / Reply

    Good luck + all the necessary blassings for you and your daughter!!! I’ll keep coming back here, waiting patiently for you to sort your things out:-)

  58. Ange / / Reply

    Oh dear! I’m so sorry to hear about your awful ordeal. My thoughts are with you. Things should be better in the midwest, and especially with family around. Take care and good luck with your move!

  59. Heather / / Reply

    So sorry about everything. Please don’t feel like you have to keep the blog going for us in the midst of a huge move! It’s okay to take a break :) As much as I enjoy reading your blog, your health and sanity are more important!

  60. Amy I. / / Reply

    Hi Ez, I rarely comment but I wanted to send you positive vibes and good wishes. I admire your strength to take the high road, even though it might not be the easiest, and to seek out happiness and safety for your daughter and yourself. Best of luck with your move!

  61. annie / / Reply

    Ez – what happened to your daughter is crazy! it makes me sad when schools should be advocating for anti bullying policies but they are apathetic instead. i hope you and your daughter will be much happier in oklahoma, sounds like you’ve had a really rough time.

  62. Chandra / / Reply

    EZ, best of luck with your move. I admire your decisive action on behalf of you and your daughter. Stay strong.

  63. Michelle | Cicada Studio / / Reply

    Oh dear! Despite the terrible situation here, your proactive approach seems to be bringing you much peace, which is great. I’m sure your family will be equally happy to have you back, too! Take care and good luck with the transition home.

  64. Sophia / / Reply

    I’m so sorry that you had such a tough time! I hope everything works out for your new adventure :)

  65. Maria laura Kinard / / Reply

    I was just fiddling trough My twitter when I saw your twit about closing your shop so sorry to hear that and as a Mom I feel for you really .You and your daughter will be in my prayers I am also hoping you get close to your family some peace ,warmth and love with them also heal from all this ordeal you have to go trough

  66. Nevie-Pie / / Reply

    All the best with your move. It sounds like you’ve been through an awful time. Hope it gets alot better!

  67. Stephanie / / Reply

    what a shame — good luck. I’ve only recently found your blog and shop.

  68. Brandi / / Reply

    Ez- I’m so sorry for all the horrible things you and your daughter have been going through. Your family is in my prayers and I hope you find peace in OK :)

  69. rachel / / Reply

    So sorry to hear everything you & your daughter have been dealing with. Don’t worry about the blog! We’ll all be here waiting. :)

  70. jena / / Reply

    Goodness Ez, I’m so sorry this all happened to you at once! I hope you find peace and wide open skies in OK and the open arms of family will certainly help ease your transition. Wishing you a safe and as stress free as possible move! You’re doing the right thing. I hope you find a place you can truly feel comfortable with and make your home soon. Much love!
    <3 jena

  71. Heather / / Reply

    wow, I have JUST started reading your blog and I am so touched by your story. I hope everything works out best for you and your daughter and I am happy to hear that you are removing yourselves from that horrible situation. I think living near family is extremely important, no matter where they are (my hubby and I are living far away from ours and we are hoping to get close to them soon)

  72. Marichelle / / Reply

    Oh biz. As sad as it is to see you guys go, you know how happy I am to know that you’ll soon have another chance at finding real happiness. I can’t wait to hear all about your new home – I have a really good feeling about this one!!! Working on NP has been an amazing experience, I will surely miss goofin’ off with you the most. We’ll always have Erasure, spiral stairs to the stockroom and the fireman’s pole… oh if they only knew :) BTW, the seedling and I are holding you to your promise, so I know we’ll see you again real soon! Here’s to new beginnings… xo Marichelle (sniff sniff)

    PS. I’m sure we’ll find a way to work together again on more exciting projects!! Never say never! And please remember… anything is possible!!

  73. Jaime @ La vie...J'aime / / Reply

    So sorry to hear about all this turmoil….I hope OK brings you and your daughter much happiness :)

  74. Misty / / Reply

    I’m sorry that your dream didn’t pan out the way you intended but I’m glad to give you welcome to Oklahoma. We’ll be waiting for you to bring your fabulous self here to our grand state. I hope the move goes well and you feel at home soon.

  75. Ez
    Ez / / Reply

    I am truly overwhelmed everyone! Thank you all so SO much for your thoughtful words of support and encouragement. It is so good to know that I am surrounded by such an incredible community of kind people. It does my heart good! Thank you a million times over.
    xox Ez

  76. Kayanna / / Reply

    Such a hard decision but you’ve made the one that’s best for you and your daughter. Stay strong!!

  77. Traveling Mama / / Reply

    I am so, so sorry to hear of all you have been going through. I wish I could give you a big ‘ol hug, because, girl, I think you could use one. I’d be freaking out if my daughter was being bullied like that. My daughter faced a lot of bullying on a much smaller scale- kids pulling her hair, stealing from her, and tripping her all the time. That was our first experience in Morocco and I pulled her out of that school and we moved too. Well, I don’t know if you are the praying type, but I will certainly be praying for you and your daughter. I do so hope for you that this next move will bring you peace and comfort, good friends for your daughter, and a much better environment for both of you. Big, big hugs and many prayers!!!

  78. April @ Stylish Events / / Reply

    I’m really really really sorry to hear about how things are going for you. I’m sure that pulling your daughter out of school was a tough decision, and I’m sorry you had to make it. My background is in social work and some of the schools I worked in really frustrated me when it came to bullying. It always seemed like administrators would turn their heads and not doing anything about it. I’m glad you can be a strong advocate for your daughter.

    I seriously heart your blog and follow it religiously, so I can’t wait until you get back to it regularly. But as a blogger myself, I understand needing a break in times of emergencies. Good luck moving….travel safe.

  79. Lynne / / Reply

    Sounds grim! But I’m so glad you and your daughter are such a tight unit – I’m sure you’ll thrive in Oklahoma. And I agree with everyone else, don’t worry about the blog. Just take your time.

  80. Elizabeth / / Reply

    WOW! I am sorry and sad to hear about the curve balls that have been thrown your way over the last few months. As a daily reader of your blog, I would have never known you were under so much pressure at home and at school. At least you will soon be closer in distance to people who will give you the warmth and nurture that can only come from family. Best of luck with your move. Safe travels ;)

  81. carina / / Reply

    I’m so sorry to hear about what you and your daughter have been going through! I’m glad to hear that you are moving back to family and friends who can support you through this hard period in your life. i wish you and your family all the best.


  82. Brandi / / Reply

    This is atrocious! I wish I could say that I couldn’t believe it, but I DO believe it. This stance from the school is horrifying and awful and just frightening. You are absolutely doing the right thing, and I commend you for standing up for your daughter. May Oklahoma be the sanctuary you need!!

  83. Jessica / / Reply

    awww good luck with everything! It sounds like a great start to a wonderful life!

  84. suzanne / / Reply

    oh my goodness! i’m so sorry to hear about your troubles – especially with your little one. i hope everything is smooth sailing with good health & happiness for you both from now on.

  85. Imogene / / Reply

    No matter what happens or how bad it seems today, life goes on and it will be better tomorrow. Stay strong.

  86. Jordan / / Reply

    Our lessons came from the journey, not the destination.

  87. Val / / Reply

    wow Ez..I’m so sorry to hear about all the stress and pain over the past few months.
    I’m amazed that you’ve been able to keep up all the blogging as well as you have given the circumstances!
    You are truly an inspiration. There’s nothing like family during challenging times. Wishing you a good and safe move and look forward to hearing more about it in your blogs.

  88. Li / / Reply

    Hello Ez

    I wish you both all the best for you’re upcomming part of your life…Hope and strengh comes in one, meaning that you can do anything, by taking the chances and the new beginnings in life.
    sending you all our best

  89. Wolf and Willow / / Reply

    Ez, I wish you and your family a beautiful, happy new life in Oklahoma. I was bullied at school too. I guess because I was "nerdy’ and, well, a bit chubby! My mother (the angel that she is!) did the very same thing – we packed up and moved to a beautiful country town in the Australian snowfields where I started a new school with high hopes. There, as well as making a bunch of wonderful, lifelong friends, I met my highschool sweetheart and soul mate! We’re now married and have been together ten years. I know we’ve never met, but I really admire your strength and it sounds like you are the best mum ever. Give your daughter a big hug from a girl who understands, way over in Australia x

  90. Kristi / / Reply

    I am sorry to hear about all the horrible things that have been happening to you. Moving to be close to family will get you back to where you need to be! I know it helped me when I needed it most. As for the bullying of your daughter – it is completely unacceptable that the schools don’t do a darn thing! I was bullyed in high school, for having blonde hair and blue eyes in a mainly hispanic community…my school didn’t do a thing either! Sooo frustrating. Luckily, I took my GED and got out a year early – thank god I had the opportunity. I wish you nothing but the best in your move. It’s Spring…and a new beginning…the perfect opportunity to start fresh! Will be awaiting your return, when ever that may be! Godspeed!!!


  91. Victoria / / Reply

    Oh Ez! That really is a traumatic time! I hope that your move to your new home goes well and everything falls into place. Its always nice to be around the unconditional love from family. all the best

  92. Padgett Hoke / / Reply

    What an ordeal! I am so sorry to hear about the troubles, but it sounds like you are in good spirits considering all of that, and I wish you good luck in the move!

  93. jenn hill / / Reply

    Good luck in your move! I am presently dealing with some unsavory neighbors myself, and it’s awful. There is nothing worse than bad neighbors. They make me dread leaving my house. :( I’m sure you will find peace and quiet in your new home! My thoughts are with you and your family. My daughter has also dealt with bullying but definitely not to the extent that yours has. I can’t believe the school let that go on. How frustrating!

  94. sheila / / Reply

    Hello Ez. I’ve never written here before and have only recently found you but just wanted to say that it seems like things can only get better for you, and I wish you and your daughter all the best. I am struggling myself with the school in my community and we also want to move because of it. It is very frustrating when you feel that you are not being understood or heard in any way, especially when it comes to your children. So, good for you! Oklahoma sounds warm and lovely. Stay positive and I look forward to eventually hearing about what I’m sure will be your future contentment in your new abode. :) best of luck and happiness to you :) sheila

  95. Emily / / Reply

    What an awful string of events. :(

    But hey: welcome to Oklahoma! There’s lots of good here!

  96. Amy / / Reply

    Hi Ez. I second what Emily said, as well as a few others — There is a lot of good here in Oklahoma, and I hope that proves to be true for you and your daughter. I hope you have a smooth transition and safe travels.

  97. Jilll / / Reply

    Ez! I’m so sorry to hear all of this, best of luck with the move! You have a lot of fans here in Texas, glad you’ll be closer to your family!


  98. Sarah C. / / Reply

    Just wanted to wish you and your daughter the best of luck with your move. My mom and I have been a team for a long while. We’ve survived some rough times as well, but they’ll only make you stronger!!! Your blog is such and inspiration to so many!!!

    Best wishes!!!

  99. Ellen (boltandfrolic) / / Reply

    I’m keeping you both in my prayers, and Honey + Hudson bunnies send comforting nose-nudges as well.

  100. Vanisha / / Reply

    The best thing you can do is to get out of such a negative situation, and you have done that. Stay strong and take all the time you need. Think positive. V x

  101. Jutta / / Reply

    I’m so sorry to hear what you and your family have gone through. I think you absolutely made the right decision. Best of luck with the moving, it’s a big hassle but I’m sure things will look brighter after that.

  102. Marina / / Reply

    Your blog is so inspiring for me and it is very sad to read about stressfull days in your life(
    I hope everything will be ok and Oklahoma will be a nice place for you and your daughter!

  103. Annie / / Reply

    Dear Lord.

    Best of luck! You certainly need and deserve it! Your perseverance and strength are impressive and I hope you get the peace that you and your daughter need.

  104. youngmi a. / / Reply

    good luck on your new adventure! have a safe journey and i pray that you are able to get a fresh happy new start in oklahoma :)

  105. Pam / / Reply

    Oh my, what a horrible ordeal you and your daughter have been through. I can’t believe the school has done nothing, shame on them. I hope you find some peace in Oklahoma.

  106. / caitlin / / Reply

    i am so sorry to hear about this string of events and especially your daughter’s school situation. that is just awful. ..i hope that aid’s actions (or lack of) didn’t go unnoticed with the school. i can’t believe that nothing was done immediately and i can’t even imagine having to go through the rest of the day as if nothing happened. what a horrible experience. i wish you and your family the best and i hope you have a smooth move and settle right into your new home! <3

  107. bink and boo / / Reply

    I am saddened to hear about your daughters situation at school, but what wonderful mother you are taking action. I wish you a smooth and safe journey to your new home.

  108. Laura Gaskill / / Reply

    There is just no excuse for school officials to behave that way – if I were in your shoes I would have done exactly the same thing. You are such a wonderful mama for standing up for your daughter like you have been doing, and I hope that the transition to Oklahoma is smooth for both of you! Much love and good wishes!!!

  109. lou / / Reply

    hello ez,
    i’m just reading this now and i feel so incredible sorry for what you had to go through the last 8 month. i wish you and your daughter all the best and a good move to oklahoma. we will still be here waiting for you to be back so don’t worry about regular posts. just do whatever is necessary to stay healthy and be happy again.
    sending you loads of love, lou

  110. Jennifer / / Reply

    I hope your move goes smoothly and welcome to Oklahoma! I’ve lived in Tulsa for the past 6 years and love it here. I’m so sorry to hear about all that you’ve been through recently. Wishing you the best with this fresh start!

  111. Grace / / Reply

    You and your daughter’s health and safety are of utmost precedence above all else- including this lovely blog. We will all be here when you return- take your time. Moves can be so stressful, so please keep breathing deeply. Happy to hear that you are heading to family. Thank goodness for family. Take good care…

  112. katie runnels / / Reply

    Oh, EZ! I am so sad to hear you’ve been struggling with so many difficulties! I had no idea-as I hardly ever frequent twitter and your blog is always a calming scene of all things bright and beautiful! I will keep you and your sweet girl in my prayers- and look forward to all the magic you will spin once you’ve settled in back home. Your home is close to mine! Where in OK will you be? I’m from NW arkansas-and I’d love to journey to meet you one day if possible on my next trip back! Lots of love to you- you’re a brave and true mother and woman! xoxo, Katie

  113. tiffany / / Reply

    RUN, don’t walk back to OK! All the best wishes to you and ur baby girl.

  114. Meisha H / / Reply

    Oh my goodness…I’m so sorry about everything that’s been happening!!! I will keep you and your daughter in my thoughts. I hope that everything works out for you on this new journey…and remember, as much as we all love Creature Comforts, the most important thing right now is for you to take care of yourself and your loved ones. We can wait : -)

  115. YA / / Reply

    For all the beautiful imagery and ideas that you bestow on us each day, I would have never known such atrocities were happening in your life. I wish you and your daughter a wonderful and safe trip to much greener pastures!!!

  116. Victoria Bennett Beyer / / Reply

    Oh Ez, I’m sorry to hear that this ordeal has been so much more than homesickness and readjusting. It sounds like a fresh start is just what you need. I hope that being near family gives you two the comfort you need right now, and I hope your packing sprint and impending move go well!

  117. jessica / / Reply

    oh ni! i am so very sorry to read of such mistreatment towards your daughter. a hug and a squeeze to you both from me. i have family in oklahoma ( a niece one grade up from your daughter) and will be visiting in May, i hope you have a safe journey to a new and creative life out there!


  118. Catherine Lloyd / / Reply

    This post made my heart hurt so badly. I too am stunned by the lovely grace we’ve witnessed on your blog while all this was happening behind the scenes. I’ve said a prayer for you to find fresh mercies in your new home, and I’m going to remember you and your daughter every morning and at night when I go to sleep. Your sweet spirit is unmistakable, and all of us want only the best for both of you.

    Much love

  119. Tante Rina / / Reply

    I think you are a great person. You didn’t look away. Be strong and take care. Best wishes for your new home!

  120. Angela / / Reply

    I am so sorry to hear about the hard time you and your daughter have been having. I really wish you both all the best!

  121. Wendy D / / Reply

    Blessings on your move and may the sun shine on your lives brighter in OK. Let the ill-air be blown behind you as you leave.

    You would never know what has been going on with you, because your blog and shop are so lovely.
    Thanks for your honesty and transparency. What courage.

  122. pink drops / / Reply

    You did a very courageous thing, good luck, and lots of good thoughts for you and your daughter!

  123. Jenny / / Reply

    I hope you’ll get a great new start for your daughter in Oklahoma, send her my love! Bullying is really the meanest thing in school, especially if the school doesn’t act. Wishing you both a great spring with lots of laughter and joy!

  124. Emily / / Reply

    Oh! My heart is breaking knowing that your daughter is being treated so horribly in school. As a teacher, I feel that is first and foremost my job to make sure that all of my children are in a safe and comfortable learning environment. It does not sound like the teachers at your daughter’s (old) school shared my view. This is a crime. Your life has been so had these past months but it will get so much better-I can feel it!

  125. Marcella / / Reply

    I wish you all the best in Oklahoma. Your blog always brightens my day, so I was saddened to see you are having such a rough time right now. Things will get better and we (your audience and blogging friends) will be right here for you. Good luck and enjoy the new beginning.

  126. decor8 / / Reply

    Wow, this is wonderful news that you are going to be near your family again — I’m very happy to hear this! I am sure that you will miss Melissa and Marichelle very much though, I know you ladies are so super close — but maybe they’ll come visit you and you can all still remain close.

    I am so happy for you — and I wish you happy times ahead — don’t worry — things can only get better!


  127. Tammy / / Reply

    I am so sad to hear about your past events, it just broke my heart. I have recently stumbled upon your creature comfort blog and find it inspiring. Good Luck on your move. I will say special prayers for you and your daughter.

  128. Beth / / Reply

    I have been enjoying this blog for a couple of months now, but I think this is my first comment. I just want to say how sorry I am that you have been going through these things and hope that peace will find you and your daughter in OK. Good for you for taking her out immediately and doing what you need to do for her sake.

    I will be praying that everything goes smooth for your move and transition. I will miss your posts but hope you will return when you are able!

    Take care of yourself.

  129. hikittee / / Reply

    I have a been a big fan of your blog for the past 2 years, I have found such inspiration and inner piece when things get hectic at work, they often do unfortunately. And I want to thank you for this. I also, want to tell you how sorry I am that things have been so hectic for you but I think you’re making the right decision and I admire your courage to not stand for wrong doings. Your life will shine soon!

  130. Rachel / / Reply

    So sorry to hear about your crazy ordeal — wishing you the very best and much more happiness in Oklahoma! Sending well wishes your way.

  131. cindy / / Reply

    i’m so sorry for all that you and your daughter have endured since moving. i wish you all the best in oklahoma, ok!

  132. evie s. / / Reply

    Praying for a smooth transition for you and your daughter. Oklahoma is a great state! I’m in OKC. :)

  133. eva / sycamore street press / / Reply

    So sorry to hear about what you’ve had to go through this past year. Sounds like you definitely made the right place. Kirk and I decided to move back to Utah last year to be near our families and we are so glad we did. It may not be the most exciting place, but it has natural beauty and it’s so nice to have such a great support system around. Oh – and Kirk lived in OK for several years in high school/college, and he met some of the greatest people with whom he still keeps in touch and considers some of his best friends…10 years and numerous moves later. I think you’ll love it! Best of luck with the move.

  134. Natalie / / Reply

    Good luck Ez. Rest assured that you’ve made the right decision for yourself and your daughter, it’s courageous to admit when something doesn’t work out having given it a decent shot, and brave to pack up and move on (I’m thinking of doing the same, returning to my family). I wish you lots of luck and happiness and I want to give you a pat on the back for protecting your daughter so well x

  135. julie / / Reply

    oh my goodness, what an awful situation all around! but i really admire how you’re taking action. i too was bullied really badly in school, and like your daughter, my parents’ complaints fell on deaf ears. unfortunately, my family wasn’t able to move. its wonderful that you can give your daughter (and you!) a great fresh start. best of luck in your great new midwestern life!

  136. jerri / / Reply

    I’ve been reading your inspired blog for a couple months and am sorry to read things have been so rough. I grew up in Oklahoma City and always wished I was somewhere else. That is, until I moved to LA — and realized it was such a gift that I HAD grown up in OkC. It’s a grounded & friendly place – and artists tend to find each other to build a strong community. Good luck there. I think you’ll like it.

  137. Ella / / Reply

    It's heartbreaking to read about your daughter's struggles. And it is so infuriating to know that this happens so often. Looking at the picture of the two of you, I am struck by how lucky she is to have a safe family to call home. Unfortunately, not everyone has this and while it doesn't solve all problems, I have to believe it helps. Your response to and fear and love for your daughter speak loudly from this post.

  138. Lori C. / / Reply

    Change is always good and family support is essential when in crisis mode. Sending you and your daughter love and wishes for a happy life in OK.

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