my big news!


This September, I'm moving to America for 2 years!! Elsie Flannigan made me an attractive job offer as her Personal Assistant & Manager and after much thought, I decided it's a job and an opportunity I can't refuse.
My family and boyfriend support me, and I'm REALLY excited but sad & a little scared too(I'm leaving my family & friends, house and everything I know, plus having a long-distance relationship with Keith and Tom). It was a b-i-g decision, but one I couldn't pass up... I'm going on an adventure guys!!

Though the dynamics will change, Freckled Nest will continue to thrive... I've hired two designers to join my Blog Makeover Team (more on that later this month) and I will still teach classes :) My blog will document this adventure and bring you along for the ride! Plus-- I'm bringing almost nothing with me but clothes, kitchen stuff, favorite containers, buttons, blankets and memories. I'll be building my whole loft with Missouri's best vintage and can't wait to share my new home with you!
Here's a peak of where Lola and I will live...

Swooooon! I'm so happy to finally share my big news!
xoxo, LA
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ps. New post & info on my Monthly Newsletter below...

122 comments:

  1. That is A.Maz.Ing.!!! What a great opportunity! I can't wait for you to document everything....Congratulations & Good Luck!

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  2. That is so exciting LA!!!
    I wish you all the best in your adventure!!!

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  3. SO exciting! I am so jealous of your new apartment already!

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  4. i'm sooo stinkin' excited for you leigh ann! what an opportunity and i'm soo happy that you decided to take it! dreams are growing and thats one of the best feelings everrrr!
    love you! can't wait to come visit!
    xo.

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  5. Congrats! Sounds like an exciting/amazing adventure! That loft DOES look sooo awesome. Can't wait to see what beautiful/inspiring things you guys do :)

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  6. congrats congrats congrats! yayy!:)

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  7. Eeeep is that where you will be staying??? I LOVE it! Congrats again on the new job! you and elsie make a great team! xo

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  8. what an awesome mash-up of two fabulous crafty blogettes! how wonderful - relocating is a big deal, and YOU CAN DO IT! we cant wait to see all the great things you do. YAY!

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  9. So exciting! Congratulations - that will be so fun! :)

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  10. That so amazing and exciting. I am so thrilled for you!! Congratulations and I can't wait to see what this adventure brings you in your life and work!!

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  11. Yay! How exciting!!! Can't wait to see you while you're here and give you a big ole hug!!!! Can't wait to follow along on your big adventure! So excited and happy for you!!!! xoxo

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  12. whoa!! that's so exciting and scary! congrats on making such a big decision and being excited, too!

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  13. Wow, so exciting!!! Congrats! That is a big decision, but sounds like an amazing opportunity. I'm sure it's going to be totally worth facing down the scary parts. What a great adventure!

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  14. that is wonderful news! congratulations!

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  15. congrats LA, that is some amazing news!! :)

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  16. WHAT!? WOW CONGRATS!!! That is excellent news!!

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  17. I found your blog from reading the new on Elsie's blog! What a big adventure you're going to go on. I hope you love Springfield, I do :)

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  18. Wow! That place is amazing!!! I'm super excited for you. (and excited for me because hopefully I can meet you soon!) Springfield will be lucky to have you!!! Your blog family will be here for you every step of the way! =) xoxo

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  19. OH.
    MY.
    GOOMIE!

    congratulations, LA! what a fabulous opportunity, and from one foreigner to another, WELCOME TO THE U.S. of A! :)

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  20. WOW! Holy smokes...you two are going to take over the world! Can't help but think of The Office...you're going to be Assistant Elsie (assistant TO the Elsie) :)

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  21. This is amazing news! RVA is fantastic already but the two of you working together will be something else! Look forward to following yours and Elsies new adventures, you're both a big inspiration :D

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  22. I just saw the news on Miss Elsie's site and came over to say yay! I hope you enjoy it. Long distance relationships aren't that bad. You get to send all kinds of cute mail! :)

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  23. CONGRATULATIONS, LA!!!!!

    I am so happy for you, though very sad to see Canada lose such a special crafter lady. <3

    Good luck always,
    Sarah

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  24. Congratulations!! Such amazingly exciting news. I can't wait to read about your adventure. Enjoy every moment of it <3
    xo cait

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  25. This is so exciting! Now I HAVE to visit RVA, especially to see you! Welcome to the US! I'm so excited to follow your adventure on your blog. This is so so so exciting! GOOD LUCK!!

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  26. Congrats!! That is an amazing opportunity for you! RVA is going to be just that much better now. :o)

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  27. how amazing! congrats and welcome to the states!

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  28. Congratulations!!! This sounds like so much fun :) -- cheers to all the happies the next 2 years will give you (and tide you through some of the sads...)!

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  29. wohaaaa jump in girl! you are amazing! have the best fun there can be, but i'm sure you guys will!!

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  30. *_____________* you are a lucky girl!

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  31. You are moving to Missouri!? yay!! Missouri will become even more cool now!! :) :) Congrats to you and Elsie & RVA!!

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  32. OMG. OMG! That is SO exciting! We'll be 2 hours away! Now I need to go visit RVA more!!!

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  33. I am SO happy for you! And jealous. But mostly happy! Congrats, LA!

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  34. WOW! What a big change! BUT HOW COOL AND EXCITING IS THIS! Love your new place, and I've always always always wanted one of those staircases in my home. Hehe. LOVE.

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  35. How fun!!! Best of luck, and look forward to take this adventure with you! :)

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  36. congrats!!! that's awesome news! hope you have an amazingly wonderful adventure these next few years at RVA! im so excited for you!!
    -kellie

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  37. Yay! You will be close to me, like 2 hours away!! How fun and exciting and good for you for doing it!! What a great adventure, I can't wait to follow along! Maybe we can actually meet someday and then you can give me tips for this computer (o;!!
    xoxo~Meg

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  38. So amazing...and very well-deserved!! I can't wait too see what's in store next!!

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  39. Eeek!! :) I'm so excited for you - and even more excited when the words thrift + vintage + that spiral staircase (how cool is that??) are in the same sentence. I'm totally jealous of your place already, and it's empty! lol. Yay for new adventures! You're going to have a blast! :)

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  40. Leigh-Ann, I am so happy for you!

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  41. Wow! That is huge news! I can see how you would be excited yet sad. Looking forward to hearing about your journey!

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  42. Wow, it's all so very exciting! I can only hope that if I were in your situation I'd be brave enough to go for the adventure like you are. Can't wait to follow along! :)

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  43. Congratulations! You're going to make an unstoppable team! Exciting and scary all at the same time, good luck!

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  44. Wowza! What an opportunity! Congrats and welcome. :D Can't wait to see where your adventure takes you. I'll be watching as I'm sure many others will.

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  45. that is SOOO exciting! can't wait to read and see all your posts! i might have to take another road trip and actually stop by RVA this time! haha!

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  46. Holy crap, Leigh-Ann! That's so amazing, congrats!

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  47. abbie morrison4/06/2010 04:25:00 pm

    yay!!! you'll be closer to me!! we'll have to get together now, no excuses!

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  48. BAH! so exciting :) and we even talked yesterday and you said nothing! you are a good secret-keeper :) xoxo!!

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  49. wow wow wow. that's very exciting for you! best of luck!!!!!

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  50. Yeeeeahhhh! That's super awesome, LA! You and Elsie joining forces... I feel like you guys will have superpowers or something. Maybe you should make some capes. Probably out of vintage fabric...

    xo,
    Meaghan @ Urban Farm Designs

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  51. I'm SO SO glad that you decided to gooo!

    You're amazing, pretty girl!

    LOVE YOU <------
    Vi

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  52. that place is so awesome... i've decided that i'm going to move in with you!! haha ;) how exciting! this is sooooo awesome!!

    xoxo,
    christen

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  53. Oh My THAT is exciting!!!!! Wishing you nothing but the VERY best :) Safe moving and can't wait to read all about it, WOW!

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  54. Congratulations! How exciting, I wish you luck and smiles, and am looking forward to following you there on your blog!

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  55. oh wow! congratulations!

    big stuff and exciting adventures for you, lovely lady.

    this is wonderful news, i am very happy to read it.

    xo

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  56. wow congrats! you are going on an adventure! and that loft looks *amazing* !!!

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  57. What an INCREDIBLE apartment, oppurtunity, and adventure!!!!! Can't wait to see what happens :) ...welcome to the states!

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  58. oh my goodness. how freaking exciting!!!!! i hope i have the guts to meet you while you're here in springfield (i'm super shy, so this might be a tough one--but you're way worth it!).

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  59. Whoo-Hoo red,white and blue!!! Just don't forget how much we love you here in Canada Eh? :)
    Have the bestest adventure! xo

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  60. um, holy crap! CONGRATULATIONS!!!! that's super duper exciting!

    but now who am i going to go thrifting with when i visit winnipeg? :)

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  61. p.s. if you ever need any advice, etc, on long-distance relationships, let me know! my now-hubby and i did it for 3 years from Texas to BC :)

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  62. SHUT UP! That is fantastic news!!! I have a huge smile on my face right now. You have earned every bit of this adventure. I am so proud of you! I'm DYING to see your new apartment. It looks super cute. You are living the dream! BIG HUGS to you LA!!! :)

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  63. Yeah!!!
    What a super exciting adventure!!
    I am giddy for you!!
    :-)
    So happy we can share in your happenings via your blog!

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  64. Wow! So excited for you! What a wonderful adventure. I'm so excited you are letting us all tag along.

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  65. I love the spiral stairs! And that's super exciting news - can't wait to read about this next adventure..

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  66. WOOT! WOOT! This is freakin; fantastic!!!!!!

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  67. Oh my goodness!! Congrats on your new adventure!! Turning a new page of life is always exciting...you will be perfect for the job and give 110% as we can always see through your blog & personality!! You go girl!!
    Sarah M

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  68. WOW!! That's awesome news! Congratulations!!!

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  69. omg that is sooo exciting LA! the great state of missouri welcomes you!! =)

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  70. WOW!!! That's amazing! Congratulations to you!

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  71. eeeeeee!!!! So excited for you LA!!!! Such a GREAT opportunity!!!
    Enjoy your adventure! It will be the time of your life! *hugs*
    I will miss you, but will make sure to keep in touch!

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  72. :(

    But I am :) for you Leigh-Ann. This is SUCH A GREAT adventure and experience for you, and I am happy for you! And you know that I WILL MISS YOU!!! (It's nice to see how happy all your friends in blogland are for you.)

    And you know I will be crying when we have to leave.
    Happy for you and love you! :)

    Love Momma

    :(

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  73. Good luck on your new adventure! You are a courageous woman!

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  74. LA!!! I am so beyond excited for you! Congrats. You are absolutely correct you could not possibly have given up this opportunity. I'm completely inspired by your new adventure, heck you're life in general. Best wishes.

    Hug, Bobbi

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  75. Congratulations! Can't wait to see where this new adventure takes you!

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  76. I am sooooo happy for you! I can't wait to read all about your great adventure!

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  77. You don't live in America? I didn't know this.... haha. Good luck!

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  78. Congratulations! What an awesome opportunity.

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  79. :) I'm very happy for you! Very wonderful, now your family can visit! It will be great!!

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  80. That is great news! I can't wait to see your adventure begin. I'm sure it'll be fabulous!

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  81. O. M. G.

    now i totally need to take a road trip to missouri!

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  82. Yay LA! I'm so happy for you! Hopefully I can come out there and meet you two! Congrats!

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  83. these are amazing news LA!! :)
    wow! it will be a fun adventure, i´m sure!
    and that new apartment of yours: looks sooo good!! can i visit you when you move? :D

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  84. OOOOOOOOOOOOOH MYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOSH!!!! That's so freaking awesome! YAY! We will live in the same town, maybe even same building, meep, I looked at those lofts - they are the cheapest coolest ones that allow pets, hehe. I'll probably end up in an apt tho.

    But still awesome. Oooh you must come to my tea party. xxxxx

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  85. This is soo exciting!! Congratulations Leigh-Ann! And right in time for your birthday; it's like the best birthday gift ever!... Well, I think it's pretty awesome anyway. ;)

    Yay for new adventures!

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  86. Congratulations, Leigh-Ann, sounds sooo great!! :)

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  87. CONGRATULATIONS! Sounds amazing :)

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  88. So exciting! That sounds amazing, you will have so much fun and the loft really does look super cute. Looking forward to hearing all about it.

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  89. What a fantastic adventure! I hope you and Lola will love every minute xx

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  90. Congratulations! I am sooo excited for you! Moving somewhere new (especially a new country) is one of the greatest, most exciting experiences you can have!

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  91. Well, you know I'm happy and sad about this - but mostly happy! Love you!

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  92. Congratulations! You girls are going to make a GREAT team. Also, I would like to say that the spiral staircase in your new place makes me swoon:)

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  93. How exciting! You're moving to MISSOURI? That's where I grew up! I'm next door in Kansas. Best of luck in your new venture! ~ Jill

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  94. Very cool! Congrats! And seeing as if I live only a few minutes outside of Springfield I would love to meet you sometime in the next 2 years :)

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  95. So exciting...America needs another rocking person!

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  96. Wow! Congratulations! That is so amazing!

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  97. you rock! congrats. what an exciting adventure. your new place looks phenom. wahoo!

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  98. LA~ That is the most awesome thing I've maybe ever heard!! You and Elsie will make a fantastic team! RVA world domination is inevitable ;)

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  99. incredible. can't wait to see what lies ahead for you both!

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  100. WOW, congrats! I live in KC, I will have to visit. You are so awesome. Congrats to you and the whole RVA crew!!!
    Smooches

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  101. How cool is this!! Very exciting! You two will be a dynamic duo for sure - I'm having so much fun/learning so much through the Indie Biz course!! Thanks again a million! xx -SB

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  102. I'm so excited for you! Can't wait to see your amazing new place!

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  103. Yay!! So excited for you!!! I hope to meet you during those two years-----loved your blog and LA-TV's so much! I am up in KC and love going down to Springfield to flea/thrift shop.....going down on the 17th actually.

    Ali

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  104. CONGRATS Leigh- Ann!
    I have to say that I'm not the least bit surprised that Elsie hired you...to me you seem like a perfect pair! She'd be crazy not to offer you the job! You're smart, biz savy, talented, organized and super duper cute! (inside & OUT!)
    So excited for you and your new adventure congrats on take a risk...I can't wait to read all about your journey in the months/years to come....

    P.S. Your apartment is adorable!

    Smiles....gia

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  105. aw congrats, that will be a pretty amazing adventure, im glad your pup is going with you.
    you are a strong lady to be leaving your love, and other fur baby, but, it will be worth it, i can't wait to see how ur place turns out all cute
    xx

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  106. wooot woooot!

    what exciting news...congrats and many kudos to you! happy adventuring!

    xoxo andie...

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  107. Good luck on your new beginning! I'm sure you'll be ok since you'll have the best company in the world, Miss Elsie! You both can create magic and make miracles, I'm sure!

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  108. wow!! i'm so excited for you both!! let the magic begin :) XO.

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  109. congrats! what an adventure that will be! and your loft looks A-MAZING!!

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  110. woot woot! super exciting LA! your loft looks so amazing :)

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  111. so you'll be in MISSOURI?! awesome.. personally, i love it here!

    congrats on the job and good luck on your new adventure :)

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  112. OMGoodness LA! This is fantastic!!!!! I am sooooo flippin' happy for you. Love you and Elsie!!!! I'm so excited to watch this come about.

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