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Introducing: The Speckled Goat!

Welcome, welcome to the new website!

I'm so excited for this new season.

A few housekeeping-type things/questions you just may be asking:

WHO (helped you make this incredibly beautiful new website)?

Aw, thanks for the compliment!

With the help of lots of research, lots of support from encouraging folks (like Kim Six), lots of tutorials, and lots of time, I did this redesign largely by myself.

Yep. I like this stuff. All this work and making mistakes and stumbling around? It was really fun.

WHERE (did "A Home Called Shalom" go)? 

All the posts, all the series and studies, all the devotions and everything are still right here.

Think of this as a remodel- a new coat of paint, a new name on the mailbox, but still the same home you know and love.

WHAT (can I expect, now that you've got a new site)?

Besides all the pretty new colors?

Not much is going to change, content-wise. I might share a little more about our house remodel, about projects going on at the new farm- it's just where we are in our lives right now. I'll still be writing about faith. I'll still be posting my blessings. I'll still be me.

This is, and has always been, a "lifestyle blog," which means that I share... well, everything. That won't change.


"A Home Called Shalom" has been my little corner of the internet for more than a year now, and I've just loved pouring myself into the blog and into learning new things to make the website better.

I love it. I really enjoy coming up with graphics and messing around fonts, learning HTML coding and connecting with other bloggers who know lots more than I do.

When we put an offer in on our new house-and-farm combo, my only concern was, "Oh no! What are we going to call the blog!?"

I did think about keeping the name "A Home Called Shalom," even without living in an actual home that was literally called Shalom. It just seemed wrong. The chapter of our story with this little home is coming to an end so another story can begin. We've loved living in Shalom for the past two-ish years- and we know that the next family or campers or whomever will love it, too.

I really believe that our physical state does affect our mental and spiritual ones. It's the way God made us. As human beings, our souls, minds, and bodies are connected. And this physical change- this moving into a new home- feels like another fresh start in my mind. I wanted my little blog to reflect that, too.

What's the new name all about? Well, we'll get to that-- stay tuned for that post later on this week. ; )

HOW (did you do all this stuff)? 

If you're really and truly interested in some of the nitty gritty details, let me know either in the comments here or by e-mailing/Facebooking/messaging me. I may end up writing a couple quick tutorials on the process, but only if it's what you'd like to see.

It's going to take me a little time to get everything working just the way I want, so thank you for your patience with me as I get everything running smoothly again!


  1. I especially love your new header! Congrats on the switch- hope all goes well!

    1. Thanks! I feel like I need a name for that little goat... ;)

  2. Congrats on finally getting it up and going!!! I know you poured your heart into every little detail 😊

    1. Aw, thanks, Alicia! You and the BOBB's were instrumental in getting things going!

  3. I love your new site Ally! Can't wait to see more! :)

  4. Congratulations! It looks fabulous. You did a great job and I love the name!!

  5. Congratulations! Your hard work shows. I love your header. I'm still trying to fine tune my page which I recently started. Mind if I ask you how you created yours?

    1. Thank you! I made the header in PicMonkey (the goat was designed by a graphic designer friend of mine!)

  6. I love the new site Ally! :) Way to go on digging into design! When I revamped early in the year, it got very time consuming doing all of my own graphics. However, I am so so so glad I did. I feel like it gave me a new pride in my site!

    1. Thank you, Brandy! Honestly, if I didn't have so much fun doing it, I'd be crazy by now- it's a lot of work! =) But you're absolutely right- I'm proud of my little corner of the internet! (Now I just have to get it all working right!)