My Life

When thank you isn’t even enough.

I want to thank every one of you for writing such heartfelt responses to my post on Wednesday. I spent most of the last two days enveloped your words. I felt a little sick to my stomach Tuesday night as I set the post to publish. Not because I thought you would be anything but kind, I knew you wouldn’t, but because it made me feel vulnerable in a way no post ever has. That feeling slipped away and was replaced by so much love after just one comment.
My heart breaks for so many of you who are going through or have gone through similar experiences. I hope you know you are not alone and my prayers are truly with you. I hope the rest of the story can bring you hope as well.  Thank you for all of your kindness. What a beautiful group of women.


Also, in clarification, the poem was written in regards to my previous marriage and not to my current husband. (see: love story) I am sorry for not making that more clear in the post.



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    August 22, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    BEAUTIFUL…Love Story!!!!!!!

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    Louise Alexandra
    August 22, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    I’m new toy our blog but just wanted to say your post really moved me. You are courageous and an inspiration! Thank you for sharing your journey with us, it’s a privilege. Keep up the great work on the blog – it rocks! Love from NZ x

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    Corinne Mosdell
    August 23, 2013 at 12:38 am

    Thank you for letting me ride along the journey with you. Although I only recently startedfolloeing the blog you have been my dead friend over the last few years and I feel so blessed to have you! Ill never forget thecompassion and empathy you had when you dropped everything and drive to my house last year when I was struggling with my own family battles. I value you and Christian so much and feel one again so blessed to call you my friend. I love you and am so proud of your success and for coming out on top!!! I never expected anything less.

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    Corinne Mosdell
    August 23, 2013 at 12:39 am

    Excuse the typos my phone is having issues

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    August 23, 2013 at 1:02 am

    People, appearing normal, emerge as heroes when we dig deeper in their lives. So many heartbreaks, so many struggles, such glorious victories. 🙂 Thank you for sharing such a personal element of your life, I totally understand when you mention being vulnerable. Never easy, confronting one’s heartaches even with self, let alone sharing them with others. You completely, totally, truly deserve all the love and happiness that has been bestowed on you, don’t we all? 🙂

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      August 23, 2013 at 1:11 am

      Your previous post was heartbreaking and beautifully written. I love your “Love Story” link even more 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

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        August 23, 2013 at 1:14 am

        I’m sorry to the commenter. I meant to post a comment but hit reply in the wrong spot. Oops. (Newbie here)

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    August 23, 2013 at 1:08 am

    I sometimes think that the most courageous thing anyone can do is allow themselves to feel truly vulnerable. I’m amazed that you had the strength not just to share that with one person but to share it with all of us. Sending you my Love xxx

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    August 23, 2013 at 4:14 am

    You are so courageous and should be proud of yourself! Thanks for being an inspiration and sharing your heart

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    August 23, 2013 at 4:30 am

    You wrote about your husband but your words summed up my relationship with my mother. Living with and loving an addict is very hard and your words spoke the universal truth of it. Thank you.

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    August 23, 2013 at 6:13 am

    What beautiful and inspiring words! You are truly a strong and courageous woman. I, too, have walked the path of being in a relationship with an addict. Walking away from that pain and finding your own strength is one of the hardest lessons life can teach you. You should be so PROUD of the amazing person you have become!! As so many people in your life, including those of us who know have come to know you through your blogs, are

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    August 23, 2013 at 7:28 am

    Cara, the poem you shared with us yesterday was so profound and moving! It made me cry and wanna just reach into the screen to hug you. Many of us can relate to your words in some way ~ maybe not to the same degree, but similar place of despair. I am so happy to hear there is a part two and that it ISN’T your current husband (as I thought momentarily). God Bless you our beautiful friend, Cara…we love you.

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    August 23, 2013 at 7:35 am

    Cara, I’ve been following your blog for a few months now, I just love it! You definitely have a way with words…after reading your story I wanted to (((hug))) you and tell you how proud I am of you and your profound strength and that life has lots of wonderful things in store for you. Blessings to you and your beautiful family….Tina~

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    August 23, 2013 at 7:55 am

    Oh yeah, lots of hugs for you!! 🙂 Great job sharing all parts of your life, because what God has done with you is taken you from one place to another and shown even more beauty in your soul than in a Monday Makeover. 🙂 He is so good.

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    August 23, 2013 at 8:11 am

    I came across your blog via Pinterest, but I have become a reader because of how R.E.A.L you are. After reading your T.M.I post, I knew you would be my girlfriend in “real life.” I am sending Big hugs, Cara.

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    August 23, 2013 at 8:45 am

    You are so brave to share that. Love you girl! <3

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    August 23, 2013 at 8:46 am

    You are amazing in SO many ways! Your openess is inspiring and is what makes you easily likeable. I look forward to your posts everyday. You might be thankful for us but never forget that it is us who are the lucky ones!! <3 😉

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    Hayley Grade
    August 23, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    I can’t thank YOU enough!! I have been gushing about that post to anyone who will listen! I even included it in my Friday Favorites post today. You’re just wonderful human being, that’s all there is to it!

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    August 23, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    I didn’t think it was possible for me to love you and your blog more than I already did, but your last post proved me wrong. Thank you for sharing yourself with us. You are even more beautiful than I realized.

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    Amy F
    August 23, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Unfortunately addiction is very common and effects many of us. You are strong and brave to put your experience into words. Thank you.

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    August 23, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    Amazing what you wrote. Beautiful. It was also what i went through with my previous relationship many years ago. It was as if you wrote about me. I am in a million times better place now. I am sad for those in that situation now.

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    Nancy Block
    August 23, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    Sorry you had to deal with that but hopefully your strength to leave will help others take the necessary step to do the same. Been there, done that, so I appreciate your honesty.

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    August 25, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    Lovely piece Cara…I love your honesty and transparency….scary huh? Love you to pieces..and thank you. We all have been through things…and you help us to all feel ok and united in a humane and real way!!! You are truly beautiful!!! Thank you so much!1

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    August 26, 2013 at 5:38 pm


    I randomly found your blog and am so glad I did! I have loved every tip I’ve read and watched! I have to say not only are you incredibly gorgeous- you seem so real and you can see your beauty from within shine! Even though we’ve never met, I feel like we are old friends! (Is that creepy? Ha) You have a beautiful family and I will continue to follow you!

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    September 4, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    Hey Cara,
    I am a kindred spirit…
    I grew up with an abusive family and my Mum just died recently.
    I am Proud of your ongoing Resilience and Passion to help and love others.
    Thanks for reminding me to keep trying and keep being myself…
    I would love to be a Mummy…though still too emotionally scarred from my youth.

    Love you babe,
    Amanda xoxo
    P.S When are you gonna publish a Makeup Book?? I’ll support you here in Australia 😉 xoxoxo

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