Hello and Goodbye

We’ve got some changes happening at Leelou blogs.  Things have been on the slow side for the last year, or so with some family and personal issues. It’s hard to run a family and a business at the same time and our families always come first.  Because of all of this, Julie has decided to take a step away from Leelou blogs and I’m stepping in to take over and to help keep the blogging world cute. Oh yeah! My name is Brooke.  You don’t know me because I've been in stealth ninja mode for the last couple of years.  I’ve been helping Julie since 2011 with backgrounds, freebies, and filling orders.  You can read a little more about me here. about Brooke We want to thank all of you for your incredible patience.  Leelou is ready to get back up and running at full speed.  Keep in mind that I run like a 13 minute mile. Now here's Julie!!! Hello friends...and goodbye! Boy have I been putting off writing this blog post! Leelou has been my baby for 8 years now and I'm having a hard time quitting her. For the past few years I've been doing blog designs but pretty MIA on the blog-front here. When I started Leelou Blogs back in 2007 it was my addiction and therapy. I loved it hard. We were under a lot of stress with my son and some health problems and Leelou Blogs was my escape. In 2008 things started to pick up and blogging was all the rage. My husband and I had a DTR (determine the relationship) about Leelou. We both decided and agreed that being a mom came first, no matter what. My way of being a full time mom and a full time graphic designer/blogger defaulted to me just never sleeping. Like really and truly never sleeping. I Mommed by day and blogged by night. I blogged right through 3 pregnancies and pulled more all nighters then I'd like to admit to. The funny thing is I never once had a problem with it. Going to bed at 3:30am and waking up at 6:00 didn't phase me. I really did like working more than sleep. I know that Leelou Blogs was supposed to happen to my family, but that's another story for another day. My point is that I'm pretty sure I had some help with all those long nights. Fast forward 8 years, life with a house full of babies has come and gone and now we're on to new adventures. To be honest, my crazy Leelou drive is fading. I literally woke up one day and told myself I needed to stop Leelou-ing. It came to a shock to me, but an instant comfort as well. I had all new priorities. These little people in my house are getting bigger and I only have so much time to teach them how to be good people and love Jesus and make the most efficient paper airplanes. I feel this force to dedicate my whole heart and mind to my kids. So I slowly started to stop blogging and created less freebies, but it's really hard to turn down people who want to give you money. Really hard! Now, 2 years later, I'm ready to finally call it quits for a time. I need some sleep. Lots and lots of sleep. For reals though, it was totally worth it. It's been hard, but it's been so so worth it. I had some good glory days here but now I'm ready to move on. I really do want to thank you all for your support and friendship throughout this ride. I've been some great places and met some amazing people who will remain friends with me for the rest of my life. It's been a total exciting blast and I wouldn't trade it for anything. It was something that I was supposed to do for several reasons and I'm very grateful. Now I'll turn this baby over to Brooke and her capable hands. She's been creating the backgrounds and filling orders with me for a few years now and is ready to takeover so that I can go focus on life.  I like to think that I'll pop in and add some more freebies every once in awhile. I still make lots of designs for friends and my children, so maybe one day I'll be better at adding them here. Thank you again everyone. Leelou saved me, helped me, hooked me up and created a career I didn't even know I was capable of.

7 Responses to Hello and Goodbye

  1. Kathy Schweinfurth says:

    Best of luck, Julie! Enjoy your family…those little ones grow so amazingly fast (my one and only just started college!!) Brooke – welcome! Looking forward to seeing more of your designs!

  2. Melissa says:

    Blessings on your new adventures Julie! I was wondering if you are still going to offer the Computer Desktop Backgrounds for a free download? I love, love, love the ones you have designed in the past!

    Thanks a Bunch!!

  3. Libbys Library says:

    Wishing you health and happiness as you move on to new adventures. It was such a pleasure meeting you and enjoying dinner together, several years ago ( in Sandy Utah – Casual Blogger Conference).

  4. Loren McGhee says:


    I am so sad to see you go but you are SOOOO doing the RIGHT THING!! Your kids are the MOST IMPORTANT thing and so is that Husband of yours!! I just have to say thank you for all you did! You have truly been missed and my blogs haven’t changed since you last did them over a year or more ago, LOL.

    Praying blessings for you and your family and also that your sleep will be sweet!! 🙂

    I look forward to working with you! LeeLou Blogs are the BEST!!!


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