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My BIGGEST FEAR OF ALL FEARS HAPPENED! My site move ended up in disaster...

Initial Post -- July 24, 2019, 3:17 p.m. -

My BIGGEST FEAR OF ALL FEARS HAPPENED! My site move to a new host, has ended up in disaster 🙁

August 1, 2019, 5:03 a.m. -

If you’re new to my site, please read this post first. And, if you’ve been here before, I’m sure you’re wondering what has happened.

Yeah, I know that almost everything here looks wonky. Just look around, and you’ll see what I mean. You’ll find a whole bunch of <a title= “Gobbelty Goop” href=” https://idontknowwhatimdoing” target=”_blank”></a> messy code, followed by another bunch of wild code markup language that makes up the bones of a website kind of stuff.

Let’s suppose you’re typical of anyone who has a website. Then I’m sure that at some point, you may have cringed, like I have, about how awful it would be if your site suddenly crashed or, worse yet, if it vanished altogether.

Luckily, my site didn’t crash, and it hasn’t vanished.

Now, here comes the “BUT”…

But, like a bad haircut that takes way too long to grow out, what happened during my migration to a new website platform and host is now a SUPER scary thing for me.

It’s not like I haven’t experienced pitfalls before. So, after mourning what has happened (and yes, I’ve cried a time or two), now is when I pick myself up, brush myself off, and convince myself to stay calm and look at this as a learning experience and an opportunity for growth.

Doesn’t this all sound very optimistic?

Complete optimism

Yes, I’m trying hard here. I accept that there’s a lot I’ve got to learn, and if other non-geek people can blog and create a website, so can I. Still, I must ask for your prayers for sanity and uncomplicated hours while I move forward.

My optimistic goal is to fix all this in six months or less, to be caught up to where my site “was” before 3:17 p.m. on the afternoon of July 24, 2019.

If you’re curious about this journey, I invite you to check back here in the weeks ahead. Stop back as I add to this post to keep track of my progress, thoughts, triumphs, and tribulations while I attempt to rebuild the past nearly three years of my work.

August 9, 2019, 7 a.m. -

Again, please excuse the design and wild look of my site. I’m having extreme technical difficulties since migrating my site to its new host. Most links are not working like they are supposed to. So, I beg you to please stay tuned to experience the beautiful version again once the site migration difficulties are corrected. My apologies for this less-than-quality experience. Kymberley 🙁

August 16, 2019, 1 p.m. -

Whew! What a week!

Well, I’m learning that only the bare primary content of my site was migrated to this new host. It’s probably unnecessary to say, but this has hit me very hard, spinning my mind into various emotions—mad, sad, ticked off, and much like throwing in the towel.

However, I’m past all that (today)—feeling encouraged and blessed because I’m finding out that I can fix all this, though it may take me a little while.

Granted, it’s a setback, for sure. Yet, after all that’s happened, I realize how much there is to learn about blogging, business, site design, and so much more. If you’re here, you’re viewing the beginning of my new site, the homepage.

I can honestly tell you that I like what I’ve developed better in this new design than the old one. Hopefully, you will, too.

You may notice that most links are still not working, but the design should now be responsive on all devices.

Please stick with me and return to this post often to see my progress on the overall NEW site.

For now, today, I’m optimistic. Sending you many blessings, and I wish you a safe and happy weekend! Kymberley 🙂

September 1, 2019 -

I hope you’re enjoying the redesign and rebuild. Slow but steady. Please stick with me here for some super beautiful things to come.

September 15, 2019 -

Still working, working, working…

October 1, 2019 -

Happy Fall!! Yep, I’m still here plugging along on the redesign and rebuild.

Even though what you see on the front end of the site might seem like slow progress, there’s been a lot happening on the back end to make your site experience the best it can be.

Daily struggles are the norm lately as I’m figuring out how to keep plugins to a minimum and have everything play well in this sandbox, which is my site.

Thanks for checking back occasionally and for those who have emailed me with encouragement. I feel very blessed to have you with me on this journey.

November 1, 2019 -

Thanks again for your ongoing patience. I aim to have everything back and working smoothly (all links and recipes included by Christmas). The site rebuild is coming along great these days. So much still to do, and I’m still learning a lot about Elementor, specifically theme templates, and how to make all the pages display correctly on all responsive devices. My main site pages are primarily set up.

You can create a login and password to become a site member when you’re here. One of the significant benefits of being a member of the site is that you can save recipes in your recipe box, and soon, members will have access to exclusive content, including meal plans, helpful downloads, and more.

November 15, 2019 -

Sometimes, the blogging journey can feel like I’m strapped into a high-speed rollercoaster. And this week has been another trying ride.

When I thought everything was steadily climbing upward, here I go again, gasping, catching my breath as frustration sets in for another dip in my progress.

I’m quick to admit that my biggest problem is that I’m a perfectionist. Despite that, I’m working diligently to ensure all my T’s are crossed and I’s are dotted. The same can be said for how I want this site to perform or display responsively across all devices.

This week, I ran into a snag after what I thought was a plugin update that broke the ability to view design changes in the tablet’s responsive mode. I Googled, did it over, re-tweaked, and even growled at my screen to fix it, to no avail. The Elementor responsive tablet mode was not working.

If I had a bazillion dollars,

I’d have thrown money at it, but unfortunately, I’m not a billionaire, and sadly, I’m still a long way off from even being close to a millionaire. With tunes of the Barenaked Ladies song, If I Had $1,000,000 repeatedly playing in a loop through my head today, I’m tackling the tedious task of switching on and off plugins that make all of this work on the site to find the issue, hopefully.

It wasn’t a plugin.

This week’s lesson is that when building your site in the theme builder and through the elements, it pays to take the time to ensure that everything is responsive as you go. Doing this will save you a lot of headaches in the future—especially if you copy an element to use in many areas of your site.

Most of my tablet mode issues were resolved with little tweaks to the structure and layout settings in the content sections. Again, if I had slowed down to check the responsive mode on tablet and mobile when designing these sections, it probably wouldn’t have taken me days to correct the issues.

Self-coaching reminds me to take “Baby steps, Thumbelina.” I am taking my advice to enjoy this ride and the ‘Amazing, Glorious Journey.’

So, if you come across something still a little wonky here, rest assured, I’ll get to it soon. Thanks for your patience, XXO ♥!

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December 16, 2019 -

Today, I’m a bit bummed. Again! On the one hand, I want to keep at my site rework; on the other, I want to get to the Christmas decorating, baking, and other preparations to celebrate the birth of Jesus that I’m yearning to get to.

By this time, I hoped to beat my goal of rebuilding the site in six months and envisioning that I’d give myself the Christmas present of having it caught up to the point when everything went haywire on July 24, 2019, by December 24, 2019.

Time is inching towards Christmas…

Next Saturday, the 21st, we will celebrate Christmas with our kids and grandkids. I’m looking forward to it because everyone is coming home. It’s a time to catch up on their lives and all that’s been happening, share some of our favorite foods and watch the grandkids open presents.

Most years, everyone brings their favorite snack foods and a casserole or dish to share. It’s a grazing day with no actual sit-down planned meal.

And, like most years, this year again, I’m compelled to cook, bake, and prepare all sorts of foods that make our holiday special.

Sometimes, all this can be a mental tug of war…

In a mental tug of war, I find myself obsessing – should I, shouldn’t I? Should I step back and take the time to prepare for the coming holiday? Shouldn’t I stay true to my goals?

Clarity is a simple gift to receive in my writing today. 

My blogging career was started so that I would have the flexibility to work around my priorities.

For over 30 years, I wanted to be in charge of my schedule but had to put in my time working 9-5 when I truly wanted to do other things.

It’s time for a break!

So today, through the New Year, I’m taking some time off. It is time to reflect on the meaning of Christmas and Jesus’ birth, to prepare my heart for remembering His birth and the true meaning of Christmas, to prepare and enjoy time spent with and for my family, and to strengthen my body and soul for the New Year and all it holds in store.

I’ll be back in 2020! XXO ♥! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 

January 1, 2020 -

Taking a short break over the holidays was just what the doctor ordered!

The last day I wrote to you was the first day I had taken off since my site disaster happened. I desperately needed the space and time to nourish my spirit, find joy in daily life, and feed my body and mind.

Today, in this New Year, Lord, I thank you for sending your Son, Jesus, to be born so that he could die for my sins. I thank you for allowing me to have a relationship with my Creator.

My New Year's Prayer

Dear Father, I’m so glad I can call on You anytime, with any trouble. 

When I began my break in December, I felt like life was a fifty-pound backpack. 

The burden was heavy, with worries wearing me down and exhausting me. Even small decisions tended to grow in my mind, making them seem more consequential and essential than they were.

The holiday break gave me a chance to look away from the troubles of my blog and Rejoice in what the Lord has done! Instead of spending every thought on the problems at hand, I praise God for the ways He has provided in the past, and He no doubt will give again in the future.

My break these past few weeks has provided the space I needed to count my blessings and feel the weight lifting off my shoulders. It’s allowed me to appreciate my freedom to enjoy life—the freedom to enjoy my home and the comfort that it brings. Enjoy my family and the things I have. It’s allowed me to fully feel the joy of seeing the sunrise, the crispness of a snowy morning, and all the beautiful things to enjoy as I write you this update and message!

Sometimes life feels complicated, yes. But it should never be allowed to rob us of the joy the Lord provides.

Philippians 4:4 (NIV) – Rejoice in the Lord always. I will repeat it: Rejoice!

I pray, Christ, my Lord, give me the strength to follow the path You have designed for me. Please continue to guide me and change me from the inside out. Today is the first day of the New Year. A new year in my blogging life! In Jesus’ name, amen.

Philippians 4:13 (NIV) – I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.

January 17, 2020 -

Today is my Daughter’s birthday. So, today has always been a day of celebration for me. But this year, today is an extra special day for celebration.

Today, just one week short of my six-month goal of returning my site to where I remember it before that fateful afternoon on July 24, 2019, my site is back!

I still have a little more to do. There are still a few more tweaks to categories, tags, and SEO, but all recipes, posts, and pages are back. 

Subscribers can look for the weekly emails to resume in February, where we’ll begin by loving ourselves silly with chocolate!

Get set for a bevy of delicious new recipes and a few surprises as I return to cooking and creating an extraordinary gluten-free lifestyle where everything clicks!

May 13, 2020 -

Almost a year later, it’s an understatement to say I was unhappy with my hosting migration experience to a big-name hosting platform. It seems that it wasn’t all that was promised.

Today, I decided to try this again.

Fingers crossed that migrating to the new host I’ve chosen will work out.

I’ll keep you posted.

-kp

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Hi, I'm Kymberley, the creator of GfreeDeliciously and the Amazing, Glorious Journey Programs. I pray that my work will inspire you to honor your body through God and Good Food from the inside out, all while enjoying your Amazing, Glorious Journey!

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Being creative, cooking, fresh veggies, the violin, decorating for holidays, sewing, hand-quilting, cowgirl boots, country music, fresh herbs in pots, blowing dandelions to the wind, walking barefoot in the grass, hanging out with eclectic interesting people, reading, writing, warm lazy summer days, and yoga!

Gluten, cilantro, mixed vegetables (the frozen kind I grew up with), negativism, rudeness, narcissism, overstaying a welcome,
not helping out, liars, promiscuity, cockiness, know-it-alls, being overly-dramatic, goal-less-ness, poor hygiene, chauvinism, lacking a sense of humor, excessive competitiveness, Laziness, horrifying spellers, people-bashing, criticism and mockery of others and their beliefs, flakiness (because flaky people are really unappealing), more swagger than substance, people who constantly manage others (those folks who think they have all the answers…)

Lambrusco, my iPad, popcorn suppers, dark chocolate, cookbooks, Almond-Rocca, historical romances, sun-bathing, weekend coffee with a good book in bed, PBS cooking shows, romantic comedies, cozy sweaters, fuzzy socks, and fragrant bubble baths with soft music and wine…

Say please and thank you, LAUGH, Pray often, ENCOURAGE others, Be KIND, HONEST, HAPPY, Keep your PROMISES, Be GRATEFUL, Wash your hands, FORGIVE yourself and others, LISTEN, Have FAITH, Be CONFIDENT, Honor your parents, CHERISH your children and grandchildren, TREASURE your family, ABIDE in GOD’s love, Be POLITE, Guard your HEART, SEEK your purpose, FEED your mind, body and soul, Be HOPEFUL, Resist temptation, Lay your burdens down, TRUST your gut, CONNECT with nature, Know that GOD made you perfect just the way you are, SERVE others, LIVE to love, Be COURAGEOUS, Shine bright, OPEN your mind, RESPECT differences, HONOR your inner hunger, SING loud, Be PROUD of who you are, Practice PATIENCE, Never give up, WEATHER the storms of life, Say I love you, LOVE one another

  • I’ve traveled to 32 states in the USA where I’ve enjoyed the food, history, people and the local culture while visiting.
  • Among the states, I’ve lived in are Arizona, California, Michigan, and Wisconsin.
  • My favorite island is Maui.
  • I’ve also been to Canada and Mexico.
  • I rode horses as a kid, and barrel-raced.
  • I broke my neck when I was 18 and went to senior prom in a neck brace.
  • As a little girl, I grew up living next door to my grandma and grandpa on a small lake in rural southern Michigan.
  • The first thing I learned to cook was pancakes.
  • The craziest thing I ever made was mint-flavored green cupcakes when I was 13. My family didn’t like them much…
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A professional writer and self-taught Gfree lifestyle expert on [most] gluten-free things, I’ve always loved cooking and creating delicious foods from scratch for myself and those I love.

My journey began when everything I thought I knew about cooking and eating suddenly changed one day when I discovered I was celiac. So, I re-learned how to eat, cook, and navigate through life gluten-free – trusting God and His plan for me.

I live in what’s known as the Holylands of Central Wisconsin. All the recipes you’ll find here are gluten-free and inspired by the people and places I love most. Whenever possible, I cook with seasonal ingredients using whole foods – Making dishes suitable for everyday life and all food lovers gathered at the same table.

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