Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Life update



Dear readers,

First off, I'd like to apologize for not posting something sooner. I've actually tried to write this blog post dozens of times over the past few days, but "real life" duties have kept me from finishing it until now.

If you'd like to know what's been going on with me over the past month, and my plans for the future, please keep reading...

BEST NEWS EVER:

My dad is out of the hospital and is now recovering at home! It was an incredibly difficult few weeks while his doctors worked to determine exactly what the issues were, and he did have to have surgery, but I can report that he was released from the hospital recently and is home and doing exceptionally well. In fact, he's doing better than he was doing BEFORE going into the hospital. You have no idea how tremendously grateful we are for this, and how grateful we are to everyone involved in his care. From the first-responders to the ER team, to the nurses (NURSES ROCK), doctors, nurse's aides, and all of the wonderful people on staff at the hospital and involved with the after-care process (home-care nurses, physical therapists, etc.).

I'd also like to give a special shout-out to the people who sometimes don't get the recognition they deserve when it comes to hospital staff. There was one woman in particular who worked at the hospital cafeteria who noticed that I was eating there every day, for a long period of time. She found a way to brighten my spirits when I needed it the most, and for that I am forever grateful.

I'd also like to give thanks to someone else at the hospital.There was one day in particular that was incredibly difficult for me, and I remember needing to get away for a moment. I went to the main, downstairs lobby of the hospital and found a corner where I could sit and basically not be seen by anyone. While I was sitting there crying, I got a tap on the shoulder and I remember just seeing a hand, with a tissue. I looked up and it was a woman from the hospital clergy staff. She didn't say anything--she just handed me the tissue, touched my shoulder and then walked away. That was all I needed in that moment, and I truly believe she sensed that. I will never forget her and that small gesture of kindness and compassion.

As you can imagine, there were times when I was so scared, so confused and so helpless over the past month. My immediate family is small--it's just my dad, my mom, and my brother. We are extremely close and, as any of you who have gone through a family emergency know, it's vital to take care of one another during times like this. My parents are both in their 70s and my top priority for the past month has been taking care of BOTH of  them during this time (which of course I've always done and will continue to do!). Staying informed and asking questions was a full-time job while my dad was in the hospital, but it was also crucial to make sure my mom was doing the best she could during this time.

The reason I'm telling you this is because I want to make sure that you know that if I could have posted something here or on social media before today, I would have. I didn't intend to be away this long, and I'm sorry for not responding to your messages during this time. I had not a moment to spare for several weeks. Before I began to sit down and write this post, I needed to make sure that my time could not have been better spent taking care of my family. In other words, today is one of the first days where I could't possibly be doing anything else for my family (aside from driving them crazy!). I needed to wait until this moment to blog again--if I did it any time sooner, my heart just would not have been in it.

So today I write to you to let you know that I'M BACK and ready to dive back into this little ol' blog with open arms. But before I return to my routine, I have something very important to say to you:

THANK YOU, from the bottom of my heart, for your kindness, love and support during this time. I have read every single email, comment and social media message that you have sent to me over the past month, and I struggle to find the words to describe my gratitude. I'm overcome with emotion while I write this and I don't think you will ever fully know how much your gestures of love and support meant to me in my darkest moments. From longtime readers to readers who have never commented on my blog before and everyone in-between, thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you. The power of a simple "thinking of you" when someone feels scared and alone is tremendous and there were many times when a message like that would pop up on my phone right when I needed it the very most.

I can never repay you for your love and support, and I know this. The only thing I can do, and will do, is continue to blog and keep this little community going for as long as I possibly can. Over the 5+ years that I've been writing this blog, many of you have told me that, while you have been going through difficult times, you've used my blog as a sort of escape from the "real world". I understand first-hand what the power of a brief escape can have when it comes to mental and physical well-being, and if my blog can continue to be that for you moving forward, that's enough incentive for me to keep on blogging forever!

That said, I know through YOU and your efforts to keep me "in the loop" that I have missed a TON in the world of drugstore beauty while I've been gone! I want to give a special thanks to every one of you who has taken a moment to let me know about a new release, a new sale, etc. while I've been away. I don't think I can post about every single thing I've missed over the past month, but I definitely want to cover the "big" stuff. So my next post after this one is going to be a "What did I miss?" type of post where I'll list the major things that happened in the world of beauty while I was away, and provide an opportunity for us to fill each other in on anything else. Sound good? I hope so!

I'm so excited to be back and I hope you know how much I missed every single one of you.

All of my love,
G. xo
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  1. Oh thank goodness! I am SO GLAD your dad is doing well! I was very worried about him and you this whole time. I would check here everyday in hopes of seeing good news. I think I speak for all of your readers when I say I missed you and I'm thrilled that you're back! :D

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  2. I am so happy everything is okay with your dad and I wish him the best and your family. It's so good to see you back and I cannot wait to see whats to come! <333

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  3. So glad things are going well with your father! Glad you're back too! :)

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  4. Big, big hugs to you, lady! We'll be here to read whenever you're ready, even if you need more time.

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  5. OMG, I am so, SO glad you have good news to report!!! I have to admit I was fearing the worst since you've been off the grid for so long! So happy for you and your family, G! <3

    p.s. selfishly, I was missing you terribly. I was suffering from Nouveau Cheap social media withdrawals! ;)

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    1. I felt the same way. When I checked today just to see if anything was posted, I felt a little uneasy. I'm so happy your day is better and I missed this blog soo much! Glad to see u back G.

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  6. I'm glad you're back, but I'm more glad that you put family first...exactly how it should be.

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  7. I am so happy for you and your family. *BIGGEST HUGS EVER*

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  8. I am so happy your dad in on the mend and out of the hospital. No apologies are needed what so ever! Family comes first. I check your blog a few times each day for an update, and knew when you were able and ready you would let everyone know. God Bless and thank you for letting us know your dad and you are doing ok.... God Bless

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  9. Pheww thats a big relief. So happy ur dad is back home & recovering. Now i suppose u can breathe better. Take care.

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  10. G, thank God everything is ok!!! I have checked your blog every single day since July 6 hoping for some good news and today, at this moment, here it is. I have truly missed you, as you are now part of my day. So glad everything turned out for the best and I am just happy to move forward with you!! :D

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  11. Welcome back, you were missed even though I was or am on a no buy July. Glad your dad is doing well. Prayers for you and your family! XO

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  12. As a Geriatric Psych nurse...this brightened my day. Im glad your Dad is feeling good & received wonderful care. Family first G!

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  13. So, so happy everything went so well for you Dad... and that your back on the saddle!! Welcome Back! We have miss you!!!

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  14. So so glad you're back and that everything is okay! We missed you!

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  15. So glad you are back and so glad that good news has brought you back to us!!

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  16. I'm happy to see that your dad is doing better now. I have to say it: I miss your posts, haha, I'm glad you're back! I'm sure I was not the only who was checking your social media about an update or something... Welcome back! God bless you :)

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  17. So glad that everything is ok!!! We have missed you

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  18. So happy to see this post!!! I have been worried and checking frequently to see if there was any news. I am so thankful to hear that your dad (and your whole family) have made it through the hardest part and are now on the way to recovery. Welcome back! You have been missed.(:

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  19. Glad you are back but even happier your Dad is recovering

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  20. I'm crying just reading this post. SO GLAD your dad is doing better, and so glad that you have been taking care of your family and pulling together! Those hospital workers sure know what they're doing. Best wishes to your dad's continued recovery, and looking forward to the update post since I've been offline too the last month or so.

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  21. So glad everything worked out G! Best to you and yours and it's nice to have you back!

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  22. Welcome Back G! So glad to hear your Dad is doing well!
    You are wonderful daughter, for taking care of your parents.
    They are lucky to have such a caring daughter.
    You were truly missed. Don't worry about missing new products. Like
    you mentioned in your post, I am sure you will get help from your readers.
    Everyone is so helpful. Thank you for everything you do on your blog.
    It's my "go to" before I purchase beauty products. Again so glad to see you back!
    Hugs to you!

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  23. I have been worried and checking daily to see if there was any news on your family. I know the feeling and am so glad that everything is ok! I'll continue to pray!

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  24. So glad to hear your dad is doing better!! I was so worried for you. Missed your lovely blog!

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  25. Thank goodness your dad is feeling so much better! glad your back and doing well

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  26. I'm so happy your dad is doing better. May he keep doing well. Also excited to have you back.

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  27. It's great to hear your Dad is doing well! Having been in the middle of an ongoing family crisis for awhile, I understand how much energy they take, and it's not that you're ignoring other issues, it's that they don't even reach your mind to cross it!

    It also helps to have that escape - I know that all too well. Just looking at some pretty colors can help restore energy to keep on going. Good luck to you all going forward!

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  28. Crying tears of joy and relief for your best news ever! So happy you spent the time you needed to be with your family. You're a fantastic daughter and sister! Be well, make no more apologies, take life one day at a time, and know we're all here supporting you in spirit. <3

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  29. Welcome home G! Trials like that only sharpen the focus on what really matter: love and family. May God bless you with many more yrs in the company of your love ones. We will be here to read your blog and to cheer you up. :-)

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  30. Yay!!! He is home and doing better!! *hugs* its great to have a strong family Foundation and now to relax a bit! Welcome back!!!!!

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  31. Thank goodness your dad is better! I'm soo glad your back! You have been missed

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  32. So glad to hear your father is doing okay and I am very happy to hear that you made it through. Here for you if you ever need anything, G. ~Kratrina

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  33. I'm so very very pleased to hear that your father is doing better. I remember the difficulty and confusion when my grandfather was in the hospital and it's something overwhelming and oppressing not knowing what to do. I want you to know that though I missed your posts I'm glad you spent the time with the people who needed you most. It's the battles we fight together that really cement the bonds of family. *hugs* And welcome back!

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  34. I am so glad your dad is feeling better and back home again. I was really worried about you. I prayed for your father, yourself and your family. Thank goodness everything is ok. Yes, I did truly miss your post and blogging, but I completely understood why you needed to be absent and focus on your family. Very happy to hear that you are back to doing what you do best and can't wait to see your new post!!!

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  35. To sum it up in one word, YAY!!!

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  36. Soooo very happy to hear that your dad is ion the recovery road and doing great! I had feared the worst with your extended absence but I am oh so glad my fears were unfounded. Welcome back doll! :)

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  37. I'm really happy your dad is recovering and that you have such a close family. I'm happy your family got great care and I can't wait to start nursing school ^_^ welcome back, G!! I've always believed that helping each other with our blogs as a community is what it's all about. Xo

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  38. So glad you are back and that your dad is doing well! Great news :)

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  39. So glad to hear your father is home!

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  40. I am so happy for you that your Dad is doing well. I checked every single day to see if you had posted anything on your blog, or Instagram or Twitter and I was very concerned about you. Glad everything worked out for the best. To say you were missed is a gross understatement and let me tell you there is no substitute for your blog and no one does what you do as WELL as you do. xoxo Deb

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  41. So scary when a loved one is in the hospital. Glad your Dad is on the mend. Hugs!

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  42. Happy to hear that your father is doing well! We missed you while you were gone, and we're glad to have you back with us :)

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  43. So glad to hear that you Dad is okay! Praise God!!! We missed you while you were gone... Welcome Back G!!!

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  44. Glad you are back and your dad is doing well!

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  45. I'm smiling! I'm so glad your Dad is doing better, thank you for the update!

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  46. So glad that it's good news! We're all glad your back. Reading your lovely, and detailed reviews makes my day!

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  47. Welcome back lovely lady. So worried but relieved that all has turned out fine for your father.

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  48. Based on the number of comments on this post and the previous post, I bet you know how much we love and missed you :) Welcome back!

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  49. I cried tears of joy reading this! I'm go glad to hear that your dad is doing so well. I was very worried! So excited that you're back. You've been truly missed.

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  50. Glad to here that your Dad is doing better!

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  51. G, I'm thrilled to hear that your father is doing so well! We've all missed you and your blog has indeed been a welcome escape for me for the past year + while I've gone through some difficult times. Thank you for the update and for all you do!

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  52. Whew, I'm glad your father is doing much better now and is out of the hospital.

    Your post is making me emotional too. So happy that you're back. -hugs-

    I've kinda drifted away from drugstore shopping lately. Looking forward to your future updates. ^^

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  53. Oh G. I am so so happy to read that your dad is on the mend! I checked every day for an update! I have missed my daily treat that is your blog. It will be fun catching up with you! Cheers to you, your mom dad and brother! Xoxo

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  54. I teared up reading your post. Welcome back G! I'm estatic to read that your dad is out of the hospital. I understand the toll it takes on you emotionally and physically when a family member is in the hospital. I checked your blog daily for an update. Reading today's post made my day :)

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  55. I'm so glad to hear your dad is doing better!

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  56. I'm so glad to hear your dad is getting better! It's terrifying...good thoughts going to you and your family!

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  57. So happy to hear you're back and doing well! Wishing the best of luck to you and your family. It's wonderful to read about the amazing love and support you show each other.

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  58. YES!!!! So happy all turned out well, that Dad is doing good! And SOOOOOOO Happy to have you back! Can't wait to get back to my daily Nouveau-Cheaping

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  59. Great to hear that the clouds have lifted! Welcome back!

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  60. YAY!!!! SOOOoooo glad you're back and that your dad is doing well!!!! ♥♥♥♥

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  61. Welcome back. :) I've truly missed your blog!!!!!

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  62. Wonderful news about your dad and hope his recovery keeps going smoothly! You were missed!!

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  63. Glad your Dad is back home and doing much better. Being so worried about you and your family I came back here numerous times a day, just hoping for some good news. Finally today thereI is relief! Thankfully all will be OK.

    Hospitals and hospital workers rule! When I landed in one a little while back it was like I was being embrassed in the warmest hug. They took this deaths-door sick girl and set her back on the road to glowing revitalized health.

    Going to the drugstore is just no fun with out you and our little community here. I went to a few stores here and there. Bought some new Cover Girl foundation, my 1stdog in many years (I'm a powder girl). Now that you've come back to blogging I'll go back to the makeup aisles with a vengeance. Here I come!

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  64. I am so, so glad your dad is alright, G! I was so worried by your long absence and scared the worst had happened. I'm thrilled that that isn't the case - welcome back!

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  65. I am so happy to hear that your dad is doing well - best news EVER!

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  66. So relieved to hear that everything's okay now! ♥ I still checked the blog every day, hoping for some news from you. I definitely just breathed a giant sigh of relief. You're amazing, G!

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  67. So glad everything is well with your family. I think I can speak for many of your daily readers when I say that we all wished your father well and a speedy recovery. Happy to have you back!

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  68. It's so good to hear from you. I was in your shoes about 2 years ago when my mother had open heart surgery for an aortic valve replacement and was in/out of the hospital for about 2 months. Both my parents are in their mid/late 70's and it was exhausting at the time working a full time job and then taking care of both of them until Mom fully recuperated. I still help them out both quite because it's just me left (my brother died 5 years ago). Being on the internet was my quiet time from the real world and I understand it might take a while for you to get back into the groove. If you need to take breaks now and then, do so and remember this community/fanbase will have your back.

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  69. I love your blog...I read it every day. So glad your dad is doing better.

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  70. After the rain...the rainbow! Sooo very happy to hear the good news, was feeling really nervous everytime I checked in here. You and yours will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. Lots of love. xoxoxo ps- don't forget to take a bit of time out for *you*.

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  71. I'm am so glad for you that your father is doing well! Truthfully, after your last post, I checked every day because that's a nerve wrecking thing to happen. Though I am happy you are back, I am even more happy that your father is doing better. You were definitely missed, but all of it was understandable. Your father and family were in everyone's thoughts at one point.

    But yes your blog is the best. Your absence made me realize THIS IS MY FAVORITE BLOG EVER. Thank you for everything G =]

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  72. So glad you're dad is in recovery. I want you to know how much I admire you for your love and selflessness in taking care of your parents! You are incredible!

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  73. I think I've commented twice over the years, but I'm a long-time reader. I've checked back faithfully twice a day, hoping for good news and I just squealed with glee. My family is small, too, and we lost Dad 10 years ago. My brother died 4 times, but didn't stay dead, 2 years ago. I know the stress of trying to be a rock to the rest of the family when you can hardly hold yourself together. You have my eternal sympathies, as well as all my best wishes. Cheers!

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  74. I can't imagine what you and were family were going through, but I am very happy that your dad is okay!

    I've been reading your blog but never commented. I just want you to know that I've learned a lot from you! I'm glad that you're back, because you are amazing.

    Thanks for all that you do!

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  75. Welcome back G! I am so glad your father is doing well and the healthcare system didn's fail you :)

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  76. This brought tears to my eyes. So happy everything is good with your father.
    God bless and welcome back missy ;)

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  77. I've never commented on your blog before but I have been reading your posts for a while now. I just wanted to say I am glad you and your family are okay :)

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  78. So glad to hear your Dad is getting better!!! Like everyone else I kept checking back hoping for the best! Family first ALWAYS! Take care of yourself too! It's easy to get run down taking care of others. Again, glad you are back! You were missed!

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  79. So glad to hear that your dad is healing. Hoping for the best for you!

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  80. I'm very glad to hear that your Dad is doing well. I've been checking regularly hoping to hear good news.

    Your experience reminds me of when I was in the hospital a few years ago over New Years.
    On New Years one of the nurses came in and brought me a glass of sparkling cider to celebrate. The little things like that definitely make a big difference when you're in a tough situation. Glad to hear that you had that kind of support from the people around you.

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  81. So very happy to know your father is released from the hospital and is doing better. Very glad there are kinder spirits around you through this difficult time. Of course your first duty is to you and your family. Welcome back!

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  82. So glad you're back and that your dad is doing well!! I really missed you!

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  83. So happy and relieved that you and your fam are all okay. I thought of you often these past weeks. We went through something similar with my 71 year old dad. You were missed!

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  84. Welcome back. :) I'm really happy to hear that things are better by you, and that your father is getting well. I hope everything continues to move in a positive direction for your family.

    It's great to hear from you again!

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  85. So happy you're back and your family is healthy again!! I am thrilled for you and yours! We all missed you so much :)

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  86. Happy to hear that your father is in recovery and doing well! And we have missed you and welcome you with open arms.

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  87. Missed you so much G!! I'm really happy to hear your Dad is doing well! I was afraid you would never post another update but I understand that family and life is most important. Very excited to see you are back. :D

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  88. I'm so glad your dad is doing better! Welcome back!

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  89. I'm overjoyed to hear that your dad is recovering. You and your family have been in my thoughts since your last post, and I'm so glad to hear that you're doing well.

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  90. Life is so funny! You crossed my mind today as I thought of looking for beauty and drugstore sales for my upcoming trip to the U.S. and then I remembered your last post about your dad. So glad to hear that's he doing so well. Wish him and your family all the best :)

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  91. Such a relief to see that everyone's ok!

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  92. So glad that your dad is doing well!!!

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  93. So glad your dad is doing better, I've been so worried and literally checking here three to four times a day for news that your family is alright. We all missed you so much!

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  94. Good to have you back, G! The internet has not been the same without you. So happy your family is doing better now.

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  95. Good to have you back, G! The internet has not been the same without you. So happy your family is doing better now.

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  96. G, please please PLEASE don't apologize for not responding! You have been under so much stress and so much worry that I don't think anyone could have expected you to do such. I'm just so glad that, one, your father (and your family really) are doing so much better and that, two, you had so many people supporting you and helping you through this. And I'm sure we, your readers, can all agree: if you're feeling stressed, in crisis, or heck, just want a vacation, feel free to skip a day! :-P We understand that, y'know, you're HUMAN! With all the craziness and turmoil and stress that that can sometimes entail. Anyway, so glad that your father is on the mend and that your family is whole again and, well, yes, somewhat selfishly, that you're back to blogging. :-) We missed you, G.

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  97. Welcome back G! And I'm so glad your dad is doing well =)

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  98. You don't know HOW HAPPY I AM to finally see a post from you. I checked your blog daily while you were away hoping to near good news. I am happy to know that all of our prayers were heard and your dad is back to good health! Welcome back, G, and pls know that there is no need to apologize. Life happens, as you said, and family is and always should be top priority! :)

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  99. So SO glad to hear that things are on the up and up! Sending love and light to you and your family from Louisville, KY! :)

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  100. I have missed you soooo much this last month! Is very sad, too, as I had left home for you family - I can't tell you how thrilled I am your dad is recovering! Please continue to take time whenever and however you need - I'll still be here with bated breath when you are ready to come back. :) Much love to you and yours.

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  101. Thank God you are back and everything's ok! This is my favorite blog and your dad (and mom) have an awesome daughter.

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  102. Welcome back, G. We missed you and it made me realize how often I come to your blog to "hang out" So glad you could spend your time with your family (doing what you NEED to do!) and that your Dad is well on the road to recovery. <3

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  103. G I am very happy to hear that your father is home and is doing so well, I was checking your blog everyday to see if you had made an update about him. So happy that you are back and everything is going so well in your family :)!!!! We have missed you so and no makeup is more important then you and your family! Just keep us updated on any changes when you can.

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  104. So happy to hear that things are going OK now. And I'm glad to see you back!

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  105. I'm so happy that your dad is doing great now and that you and your family are together and I'm sure closer than ever. I know what it feels to be so scared for the health of a parent. I'm so thankful that everything turned out alright. I also had a small immediate family and now it's just my dad and me. I lost my mom and for all this time I was very hopeful that you would not go through something like dad. My best wishes to you and your family and all kinds of positive energy that all of you will be together for a very long time :)

    so glad you are back and I'm looking forward to your new posts :)

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  106. I am so happy your dad is doing better. Love your blog, this is my first time commenting. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

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  107. So glad your Dad is doing better and welcome back!

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  108. been out of the loop myself lately but thrilled to hear that your father is recovering. The sigh of relief that you must be taking now.......welcome back, and I look forward to seeing your posts again. This one in particular was lovely to read!

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  109. I'm so pleased to hear that your dad is doing well! x

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  110. I'm glad everything worked out for you and your family. God is good

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  111. Glad to hear your family is doing well and very happy to have you back! 😊

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  112. I am so glad to her your dad is doing fine and I pray that his healing will be perfected in Jesus name. Glad to have you back. Your joy will be full in Jesus name. Stay blessed and smiling.

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  113. I am so happy to hear your Dad is doing great. Welcome back!!!
    Julie Tucker

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  114. Glad your dad is home and doing better. Glad you are back.

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  115. G! You don't have to apologize to us! We love you and are so so so happy to hear the great news!

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  116. So happy to have an update with good news! I know it can be exhausting and scary to have a loved one in the hospital, so it's great to hear your dad is recovering so well and you have some time to breathe again. Look forward to more happy updates and a return of your awesome posts!

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  117. So happy all is well! I cared for my brother for 2 years after an accident and I know first hand that family comes first - we can wait and will be waiting for you when you come back.

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  118. Whoooaaa!!! Happy to hear things are better with your dad and welcome bk love.
    Besos
    Martha

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  119. So glad your dad is doing well! You've been in my thoughts, if not expressed previously. My family is tiny too, and I know how important dad are to their girls! Welcome back!

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  120. Yes! Good news!! I have been thinking about you and was fearing the worse. Remember to take time for yourself too. It's just as important. So glad Dad is back on the mend!

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  121. Glad all is well with your dad and welcome back welcome back

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  122. Glad to hear things are looking better, I hope your dad's recovery is smooth sailing from here. I can relate because my father in law had a bypass surgery a month ago, it went great but a few minutes after his heart stopped and he had to be shocked to be brought back to life...He's doing better now but it's a long way to recovery.

    I have been checking your blog every day, I am really glad your back and you have been missed!

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  123. I am so glad to hear that all is well with your family and also very glad for you to back. You've been missed the last few weeks!

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  124. Very happy your dad is doing much better you were missed so much.

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  125. We all missed you too hunny bunny, and we're very glad you're back!!!

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  126. Yeah! SO glad your Dad is doing ok!

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  127. I'm so relieved everything is on the mend. Welcome back!!!! :D

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  128. Whew! I'm glad to see you're back and dad is recovering well. I've missed your posts, and am glad you're back!

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  129. Thank God everything is on the upswing! You and your family have been in my thoughts and prayers while you were away. We've all been worried about you and so glad you've all made it through. I agree with you nurses DO rock! It's wonderful to have you back! Take your time getting back into things. You need to take care of yourself as well!

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  130. Hey G! So happy that you're back to guide us into the vast beauty & savings world! Even happier that you and your family are doing great!!!

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  131. I'm so glad he's doing better and out and that's amazing. A truly good hospital is sadly hard to find and I'm really glad he was in one of the good ones and is now a testament to that.

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  132. SO wonderful to hear this great news! I'm so happy your dad is doing well :)

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  133. So happy to hear that things are looking up for your father! I was checking in (on your blog) every day to see if there was any updates on his condition and was getting worried. So thankful to hear the good news! Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!

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  134. So glad to have you back G, and to hear that things are going so well for your dad, wonderful news indeed!

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  135. This update brought tears to my eyes. I am so glad that everything is ok with your family. What a relief! So glad you are back :)

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  136. G, I'm sooooo glad you're back. BUT - please remember to take time to nurture yourself. It's really important. Sending you and your family lots of love, and healing vibes.

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  137. G, I'm so happy your dad is feeling better. I've definitely noticed your absence. You're such a bright spot among all the blogs I read; you have the most gorgeous personality, as well as a strong work ethic, and I thoroughly enjoy everything I read on your blog/Twitter/Instagram. You and your family have been in my thoughts lately, so it is with wholehearted glee that I welcome you back!

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  138. I'm so glad you're back. We've missed you G! Happy your dad is doing better.

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  139. What a miracle! I don't know how your dad suffered but I do know how absolutely down-trodden being in a hospital can make you feel. Your family is so blessed to have you! So are your readers!! Welcome back, we have missed you!

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  140. So glad your dad is doing well. I lost my dad 6 years ago and I still miss him everyday. Treasure the time you have with him and don't worry about your posting schedule. We will understand.

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  141. So happy for you and your family! And so happy you are back!

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  142. I'm so glad that you're dad is doing better!!! I hope for a fast recovery and you were vey missed while you were gone. But I love your blog and I understand how you can't always blog nor want to blog when things happen in your personal life.

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  143. Family comes first, and I'm glad to hear things are improving for yours.

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  144. So glad that you're father is okay and recovering. San Diego is happy that you're back online :)

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  145. YAYYYY!!! SOO glad everything turned out to be fine!! Glad that your father and your entire family are doing well :)

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  146. Glad to hear things are getting better. Take care of yourself and don't mind us!

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  147. I am glad your dad is doing better. You are a sweet daughter to take care of your parents. I didn't realize all that you were going through. I will keep you in my prayers! 💕

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  148. So happy to hear your dad is on the mend! And glad you are back to blogging. :-)

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  149. Welcome back G!! I'm thrilled to hear that your dad is progressing nicely and doing much better even than when this awful thing started. Glad to hear that your mom is also fine and that you are getting back on your feet!! Family always comes first. We can always catch up moving forward now that you are even able to do so. I hope and pray that things remain on the up climb for you and your family and that this scare is behind you. I have MISS you and your weekly updates tremendously but understand that focus has to be on priorities. Blessings and welcome back! Much love

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  150. Glad your dad is feeling better! The makeup blogosphere of the internet will continue to send you happy thoughts and good vibes! We missed you :)

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  151. Glad to know your dad is doing well! Continuing good wishes for you and your family. Take your time getting back into things. We'll all be here no matter what.

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  152. Aw, G, this made me tear up! So glad your dad's doing better and that you'll be back to blogging soon. You're a bright little corner of the internet for so many of us :)

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  153. yay! family first, and take your time easing back in- real life needs to settle down and we will be here. much love.

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  154. Welcome back G! Wishing your parents many many years of good health and happiness! God bless all of you :-)

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  155. I'm so happy to hear this wonderful news! Welcome back to the web - and keep taking care of yourself and family.

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  156. Glad that your Dad is feeling better. Welcome back

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  157. Thank you for sharing this with us, G. I'm so glad to hear that you and your family are doing better! I also want to say that your blog has cheered me up and served as a nice escape on some very unpleasant days. Thank you for doing what you do and please continue to take whatever time you need for yourself and for your family!

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  158. Great to see you back and with good news! <3

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  159. So grateful everything is good! Been thinking about you! 🙏

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  160. Glad to hear your dad (and family) is doing so much better,

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  161. So happy your dad is doing well!! :-)

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  162. So happy to hear good news from you. Sending you {hugs} and some healing vibes to your Dad!

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  163. I am so happy to hear about your father. I hope you and yours have many more years of good health! So glad you are back!

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  164. I am overjoyed that you and your family are now doing well. Great to have you back!

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  165. We definitely missed you , but family is most important. I am so glad to hear your Dad is doing better, you were in my thoughts and prayers.

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  166. It is wonderful to hear that your father is in better condition. Thank you for the update, and welcome back! I look forward to the blog resuming. (Gotta get in on all those awesome makeup deals!) <3

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  167. Very happy that things seem to be looking up for you, G! This post was just absolutely beautiful and moving. I really like the part where you described the simple yet powerful interaction with the clergy. Just amazing how the little things make such an impact! Looking forward to more updates to your wonderful blog, but moreso, a full and speedy recovery for your father. All the best!

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  168. So glad everything came out for the better.

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  169. I am so glad your dad is doing better! :D I'm glad you're back, as well.

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  170. I'm happy your dad is feeling a lot better! I wish him and your family the best.

    *hugs* Welcome back.

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  171. So glad you are back with good news!

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  172. Hooray! So glad for you and your family that your dad is healthy and feeling better than before. What a scary time - glad you have strong family and community that helped you cope. Welcome back - I've been surprised by just how much I've missed coming here and reading the blog (almost) every day! So glad to have you back and even happier to hear the good healthy news. :)

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  173. Welcome back G!!
    So happy to see your dad is doing well and you also doing well. Family always comes first and I'm glad you took the time off to make sure everything and everyone was good. Keeping you and your family in thoughts and prayer. <3

    Oh and I definitely can't wait to read on the what I miss cause I think on some stuff.I'm right along with ya chickie.
    So happy your back and keep the faith hunnie!

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  174. I've been checking back every few days since you stopped posting, hoping to see a happy update, and I was so relieved to find this today! I'm glad that things turned up and that your dad's feeling better!
    Welcome back! :)

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  175. Today I feel grateful that all is well with your dad and your family and wish many more years of doing what you love to do.

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  176. YAY!!! I'm SO HAPPY that you are back, you beautiful person, and that everything's all right!!! You are such a fabulous, amazing, and genuinely good person that I can't put it into words. I'd like you to know that though I did stray and read other beauty blogs during your absence (bad Katie! Bad Katie!) I checked your site almost every day. Love you and SO GLAD to have you home to us!!!

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  177. I've been checking your blog daily for updates and am truly relieved for your father. Wishing him a speedy recovery. While my parents are only in their 50's, my mom has had a fair share of health problems and can understand how close your immediate family members are.

    As a fellow health care employee, I want to say thanks for saying thanks. We don't get thank you's very often but when someone is grateful, it makes the hard work worth it.

    Welcome back, G.

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  178. So, so glad to hear that your dad is doing better and that you had moments of grace even in the dark times. Your readers are thrilled to have you back!

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  179. So glad that your Dad is doing better!

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  180. Argh I swear I posted but I don't know if it went through- healthcare workers and hospital staff so rarely receive personal, positive feedback. Unfortunately the only people who take the time to respond have grievances, which can be hard on everyone at the hospital. Please send this to them! I work at a hospital and know it will be read, shared, and appreciated by everyone.

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  181. Ahhh, so glad to hear he's OK!!! And the blogosphere definitely was not the same with out you G!!!

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  182. What a beautiful post, G.! I'm glad that your dad is better and that you're feeling better too. I think we all understand that life comes first, but it's great to have you back. Thank you for feeling comfortable with us and letting us know what's going on. We're here for you! We all love you and Nouveau Cheap and we're forever fans :) xoxo

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  183. You have definitely been missed! Best wishes for your father's continued recovery <3

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  184. Thanks G for this post. I teared up a bit while reading it.
    I checked everyday several times a day not for beauty news but just checking if there was any word on how you and your family was doing.
    It was very worrying not seeing anything about your situation but i'm happy you're back!

    I was also afraid that you would abandon this blog.
    I know cosmetics and beauty is only skin deep but i've grown such an attachment to this blog so i'm glad that we're all here back together- being crazy and giddy about beauty, ahaha!

    (I'm sorry if this got posted twice.)

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  185. I just came back from my rotation trip so I'm a little late on this, but I'M SO GLAD YOU'RE BACK! And I'm super happy that Papa G is alright! :) When my mom had surgery, I was checking all her charts and everything making sure the docs knew what they were doing. Hope he continues to recover and surpasses his baseline even more! :D

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  186. Hey G!
    As a long time follower i am so glad you are back and blogging...but i'm so thankful that you took all this time to tend to your family's needs first...that makes me respect and love you even more. we did miss you though!! Glad your father is home and well and welcome back!!

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  187. So happy your dad is doing great and that you don't have to live in constant worry. Your blog is a gift to us, but it should never be a priority over your family and real life! I appreciate all the hard work you put into your blog and understand when things are more important. We care about you and your devoted followers will still be here, no matter how long it takes. Sending you big hugs!

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  188. So glad to see you're back and that your father is doing so much better! I missed your posts immensely.

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  189. Hey G,

    I don't know why my previous comments don't get published :(
    But I just wanted to say I'm glad to know your dad is recovering and here's wishing for his good health .. :-)

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  190. I'm so happy for you that everything worked out! Much love goes out from me to you and your family :)

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  191. I shamelessly admit that I teared up while reading this. I was quite worried for you and your family most especially your dad. As a full time ICU nurse I know how tough it must have been for you. I see my patient's loved ones everyday and I can only do so much to soothe their worries. I am glad and thankful to know that your dad is doing a lot better and that you and your family have coped well to overcome this difficult time in your lives. As a part time makeup artist I am quite excited to know you are back. I always turn to your blog for sale alerts and new drugstore finds. I am based in the Philippines and typically US drugstore brands are priced ridiculously high around here that I usually opt to have them be sent to me in bulk by the mister over in GA. I really couldn't be thankful enough to the $$$ we have saved and from the sweet escape your blog brings to my weary stressed out self. I hope and wish only the best for you and your family. I'm quite the lurker but this is one of the few times I actually commented on your blog because you deserve to know we are here :) Godspeed and Welcome back!
    PS. Thank you for saying that Nurses rock, it brings great joy to my heart to hear people appreciate us nurses. Believe it or not, a simple thank you takes all our stress away and reminds us to keep doing what we do.
    Sending you lots of love all the way from the Philippines! ♥♥♥

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