You just never know


Happy July 1st, my sweet and patient friends.

Come on.  You knew I’d have a video.

As you can tell, I needed a little bit of breathing room in June.  Things have been heavy and confusing and stressful, and I didn’t want to spew my emotional guts all over your internet each day (that would have been rude and, most likely, vile).

So I took the month to just hunker down.

But now?  Now, I am GIRDING UP MY LOINS.

July is shaping up to be quite a month, what with a skunk on the loose in my new neighborhood, spraying innocent bystanders and all.  Other upcoming events of note: the grand opening of Denver’s Ikea, a 900 mile drive in a Penske truck, more mountains, and who knows?  Maybe even a haircut.

Have a great holiday weekend – and if you just can’t wait one more second to hear about baby Zion – my new nephew! – click on over to read his story.  I am so in love with this boy already, and can’t wait to snuggle him.



  1. Christina on July 1, 2011 at 7:15 AM

    Why are making me cry at my desk on a Friday morning? Do you realize this is the second time this week that a Parsons’ blog has made me shed real tears at my place of employ?! GAH! You and your damn gorgeous pluck, I swear!

    (love you.)

  2. Mary on July 1, 2011 at 7:31 AM

    Annie, Lots of tears and joy for your the new additon to the Parson’s family.

  3. Callie on July 1, 2011 at 8:37 AM

    welcome back annie :) i’m not much of a blog “reader”, and I’m even less of a blog “commenter”.. but just thought I’d tell you I always read yours.. must be because you’ve got something real to say. said a prayer for you this morning..

  4. sarah on July 1, 2011 at 8:38 AM

    so i’m one of those people who has read your blog for quite some time and never comments. a lurker, if you will. *ahem*

    so i figured i should let you know… as i remembered the date and, consequently, to turn in my rent check this morning, i also remembered and hoped you’d be back on the blog today. wow, what a june. and yet, you have a way to somehow make the heartbreaking seem beautiful. thanks for coming back.

  5. Val on July 1, 2011 at 9:00 AM

    What a beautiful, wonderfully made video. Thanks for sharing YOU with us. :)

  6. mom on July 1, 2011 at 9:03 AM

    Big exhale….now something in my life feels like normal. All, indeed, can be right with the world! I love you tons.

  7. Lan on July 1, 2011 at 9:07 AM

    thank you for giving your review of shania’s book. i read a snippet of it and her writing is awful. this will not deter me from treking to vegas to see her show tho.

    i have thought about you off & on in june (gosh, that sounds creepy but i promise i am not a weird person) and i am hopeful that your summer is better than your spring.

  8. Brooke on July 1, 2011 at 9:10 AM

    Dearest Annie, I’m sending you a big, big hug from NC. I am constantly in awe of how amazingly you handle that stick of dynamite.

  9. Shannon on July 1, 2011 at 9:22 AM

    You are one of my favorite people, Miss Annie P. Seriously.

  10. Emily on July 1, 2011 at 9:32 AM


  11. kateanon on July 1, 2011 at 9:36 AM

    Annie, that is A LOT to process, but you seem to be handling it well, as usual. I wish you only the best with everything, and I hope July is a little easier.

  12. Hope on July 1, 2011 at 9:57 AM

    it seems you’re making a lot of people cry at their desks this morning. beautiful you. beautiful baby. so much love.

  13. Sarah B on July 1, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    Love you Annie. So glad you’re back.

  14. sarah on July 1, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    love. you are such an amazing talent.
    july is going to kick ass.
    a proper highlands bbq is in order. xo!

  15. anna on July 1, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    “…burned edges or sparkly bits”. i’m so sorry june sucked a. :( here’s to july. all pregnant with promise!

  16. Sarah Kate on July 1, 2011 at 12:21 PM

    I cried. Love you.

  17. Nashville Miranda on July 1, 2011 at 12:32 PM

    This is an epic hootenannie post. You’ve communicated creativity, beauty and hope in a real way. That’s not easy to do. Thanks, friend.

  18. Leslie B. on July 1, 2011 at 12:57 PM

    Yea! You’re back! Here’s to better days.

  19. kimberly on July 1, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    oh annie. we are kindred spirits. I have been in the mess you are in. it sucks. I kind of want to cry for you. my life is a different mess right now, and do you know what I thought the other day? I thought “I wish I lived near annie parsons, and we could talk and cry and find hope together.” that’s all.

  20. Katherine M on July 1, 2011 at 1:22 PM

    Beautiful Annie Parsons. In the midst of everything (really, everything) you find a way to inspire hope. I’m glad you have precious Toad and friends and family as well as our good God. Praying for you, dear Annie. Wishing I could hug you, and you know, meet you.

    p.s. I have used the pluck before to whisk whipping cream. That way you get some muscle tone with your dessert, perhaps.

  21. david on July 1, 2011 at 1:29 PM

    i’m just gonna say it: whoever you dated and you’re not dating anymore is missing out.

  22. Katherine M on July 1, 2011 at 1:50 PM

    I just read about saw the video of Zion and am now a mess. He is perfect and I have a crush on your entire family.

  23. Dad on July 1, 2011 at 2:03 PM

    The most moving, personal, tender and courageous blog yet. You are amazing and, if anyone knew how raw you are from it all, they would really cry. I’m so proud of you for not only how you go through it all, but for sharing it. love, Dad

  24. Sarah on July 1, 2011 at 2:47 PM

    you and your pluck…you’d do just fine in nicaragua…we too stir our cookies with a spoon.

    i appreciate you annie. your decision to take a month. your honesty. and your commitment to just being you, sharing that, knowing that it’s important. it encourages me to step back out there.

  25. Grace on July 1, 2011 at 3:57 PM

    Annie, I’m so glad you’re back!! I stopped by the blog several times during June (just in case).

    I’m so sorry for the heartache you’re experiencing, and at the same time inspired by the beauty of your courage to press on through it.

    btw, here in NH I stir cookies with a spoon, too.

    hugs from a faithful reader/lurker

  26. kp on July 1, 2011 at 5:38 PM

    hi annie, i’m so sorry to hear all of the things that you and your family have had to deal with… that’s a lot of grief, change, and transitions. i have to say i’m inspired by your ability to take it and just… deal with it as best you can. it must be rough.

    i’ll say a prayer for you and your family. and your dog.

  27. Erin on July 1, 2011 at 5:42 PM

    I literally squealed when I saw the new post. You are really brave and I’m so glad you’re back. Also, I bawled at Zion’s video!

  28. Julie on July 2, 2011 at 1:59 AM

    I’m convinced we’d be good friends if you lived in Portland. Thank you for, so beautifully, sharing. Makes my heart feel heavy and light at the same time… you are lovely and inspiring.

    You and Shania look like twins. That part made me laugh out loud. Also, the part where you look at the camera and say, “like a pioneer”.

  29. Jacque on July 2, 2011 at 8:55 AM

    Thanks for sharing. I would venture to say there are hundreds of hearts out there (mine included) holding you (and your family peeps) in love and prayer.
    Ikea in Denver? Now that’s big stuff.

  30. Jodie_Velour on July 2, 2011 at 9:16 AM

    so i just have to say i am a big, big fan of annie parsons. your month has been heart-wrenching and it made me cry, and i don’t even know you. i am so sorry to hear about your parents. and i am so happy that your little dog is still smiling and wagging her tail.
    you really do have pluck. you are plucking awesome.

  31. Peg on July 2, 2011 at 10:23 AM

    way to go Ms. Parsons – you made it through a very very tough spring – life throws things at us, huh? Glad you have sisters and nephews and a house on Hooker.

  32. Carin on July 2, 2011 at 3:16 PM

    Oh how I have missed your voice.
    Love you…xoxo

  33. rachel b on July 2, 2011 at 11:39 PM

    love you, annie. i’m glad things are moving along toward good things for you and your fam.

    you are srsly good at this blogging thing, so glad you could make it back.

    ps: kodi’s tail wag completely melted my heart.

  34. Paul kims friend on July 3, 2011 at 9:19 AM

    Annie I’m so glad you’re back on the blog (and back living in Denver!). A few years ago I came to the very harsh realization that life is no fairytale & rarely ends up the way we’d expect.
    At the same time I know it can still be beautiful, and joyous, and amazing. You and you’re blog are proof of that!

  35. AnnieBlogs on July 3, 2011 at 12:49 PM

    I’m crying at your bravery.

    Love you so much.

  36. Lisa on July 4, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    Sending you as much LOVE as I can possibly muster…which, for you, is A LOT.

  37. Laurissa on July 4, 2011 at 1:05 PM

    I’m so glad you’re back. Thank you for the video and embracing everything that life throws at you with grace and bravery and a smile. You are amazing!

  38. Anastasia on July 4, 2011 at 6:44 PM

    Do I get anything for being the seven-millionith comment? :) Shouldn’t balloons fall from the ceiling or something?

    I’m proud of you for getting through a really rough time and coming out on the other side with great hair and a positive outlook. We’re all sending positive energy your way.

  39. Dalby on July 4, 2011 at 10:33 PM

    Please don’t get a haircut!

  40. […] you learned in last Friday’s video, I now live with my sister Becca in the Hooker House.  Get used to it – I have a feeling […]

  41. Katie on July 5, 2011 at 8:18 AM

    Just saw this, and I have to say, I’m welling up at your bravery. Sending you so much love.

  42. Ginger on July 5, 2011 at 9:38 AM

    Finally had the chance to sit and watch over Cheerios. I stopped eating about 12 seconds in.

    You are a fighter, Annie Parsons. Thank you for sharing.

  43. Alissa on July 5, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    Bravery = Moving forward… through the muck… with hope in tact. Blessings brave Annie.

  44. Greta on July 5, 2011 at 4:34 PM

    I’m just seeing this now. Holy crap, this video makes me miss you.

    Annie, I love you so much. I am so lucky to be your best friend. I’ve said it a million times, but I’m praying for you and your fam.


  45. Greta on July 5, 2011 at 4:35 PM

    Oh, and re: David’s comment?


  46. Pamela on July 6, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Tears. You are a powerful, creative, beautiful and eloquent individual. I have endless love for you.

    And DENVER!!!! August 14th, baby. Sh*t gets real.

  47. wrecklessgirl on July 10, 2011 at 5:48 AM

    oh, annie. your honesty … your soul … sometimes i feel like you are the only one who would truly “get it” or … me. thank you for this video (tusen takk!) from a girl who loves you dearly from thousands upon thousands of frequent flier miles away!

  48. Sarah on July 11, 2011 at 11:57 PM

    Ah, so I finally got around to watching your video. You are truly beautiful, in every way.

  49. Juliette on July 12, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    I don’t know how I missed that there was a video.

    You are a force, Annie Parsons. I love you and I’m honored to be your friend.

    Also, I’m convinced you’re going to be famous– more than just blog famous. I’ve been sitting here at my desk thinking about how it’s going to happen and what I can do to help. :)

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