So Why the 2-Year Hiatus from RYGblog?!?


Hey friends,

I’m really excited that we’re finally in a place to be able to reconnect with you!

First of all, as I ended my email announcing the “re-start” of Redeem Your Ground, I want to thank you for sticking with us.  As many of you have lived through difficult times yourselves (in some respects, we all are right now!), the past few years have been really challenging for us.

Now don’t get me wrong, in the midst of these dark days, we have also had some amazing times, gone through a number of great family milestones, and have so much to be thankful for. We just would have scripted the context of our story to read a little differently. Our family story read more like a tragic, life-sucking Netflix family drama than the intentional, life-giving story we’ve always aimed to tell.

Life got tough.

Seriously … after sharing some of the nitty-gritty of what’s been going on with others, with mouths agape, they would often suggest that there’s a screenplay for movie in there somewhere — a movie that I wouldn’t want to see, much less live through. Think … drugs, lies, cheating, stealing, prison, drugging, car crashes, rehab, things being blown up, police, doctors, money people, lawyers, judges, more lawyers and more lies, anxiety, tears, and desperate prayers. All revolving around someone who you couldn’t be closer to — relationally or genetically (well, I guess unless you had an identical twin!). It was tough to say the least.

Fortunately, we 4 Atlanta Scotts weren’t directly involved. But it took an incredible amount of energy to support and deal with what was happening with my “grow-up family.” From me especially; and therefore, my 3 ladies … because I was a mess. All the stress took its toll on me physically, spiritually, emotionally, mentally … name an “…ally” and it was pushed to its limit.

So our blog was back-burnered, as we all block & tackled through life.

Moving forward…

Thankfully, though, we’re walking through the proverbial light at the end of our long dark tunnel. Inhale. Exhale.

With all that said … we’re not going to dwell on the difficult past. But we’re also not going to move forward without appreciating what we learned and how we were shaped by it. And one of the many silver linings we’ve found in all of this is that we have a heightened appreciation for faith, family, friends, home, and being outside – essentially all the things that are at the heart of Redeem Your Ground.

Our hope is that our funk will reinforce our call to help you redeem your ground.

Again, thanks for sticking with us.

Take care my friends … upward & onward!

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  1. David Sides on June 25, 2020 at 1:57 pm

    Doug – I’m so thankful you’re back! I’m looking forward to more inspiration from you.

    • Doug Scott on June 26, 2020 at 9:08 am

      Thanks David…it’s certainly nice to be on this side of things! I hope you and K. are well. Cheers, D.

  2. Leigh Juliano on July 16, 2020 at 11:08 am

    So glad you’re back! xo

    • Doug Scott on July 16, 2020 at 1:17 pm

      Thanks much my friend … your encouraging words are much appreciated. Going to take it one day at a time … enjoying the journey. xox backatcha, D.

  3. Deb Neyens on July 16, 2020 at 11:18 am

    Welcome back, Doug! I’m glad you made it through your difficult times, and I look forward to more Redeem Your Ground!

    • Doug Scott on July 16, 2020 at 1:19 pm

      So good to hear from you Deb! Thanks for your kind words. As they say, what doesn’t kill you will make you stronger! I’m not dead, but still tired and waiting for those super-powers! But I’m thankful and look forward to getting back at it! Hope you and yours are well. Take care, D.

  4. Shirley Rodgers on July 16, 2020 at 11:44 am

    Brittany and Doug, so grateful for you’re coming back to what you love. You both have been missed. Prayers for your continued healing, continued progress and a continued glorious Redeem Your Ground! Looking forward to the blogs and great information from them. Stay wonderful!

    • Doug Scott on July 16, 2020 at 1:21 pm

      Thanks so much Shirley!!! We are too…we’re back, changed, still a bit tired, but back…looking forward to being enlivened as we do what we do to help others get outside more at home in real ways. Thanks for reaching out my friend and hope you and your are well. Miss you. Take care…and you, too, stay wonderful! – D.

  5. Kim on July 16, 2020 at 11:49 am

    Thank you for being honest that life has some really, really tough parts to it. Parts that drain us DRY!!! Glad you are back. Always enjoyed your website before and know I will again. Welcome back and blessing on your……………everything!!!!!

    • Doug Scott on July 16, 2020 at 1:23 pm

      Thanks for reaching out, Kim … and your kind words. Life is tough … and even tougher if you’re not honest about it. That was the case w us before, but it will certainly be more of the case going forward. But a true…honest story is a lot more interesting and accessible to others than a sanitized version of your preferred sizzle reel for the world to see. Right? Anyway…we’re glad to be back and look forward to where this RYG journey continues to take us. Take care and thanks again for reaching out, D.

  6. Elizabeth on July 16, 2020 at 12:30 pm

    So sorry life has been so tough! I’m excited that RYG is back!!!

    • Doug Scott on July 16, 2020 at 1:25 pm

      Thanks much Elizabeth! It’s good to be back and on this side of what was a really challenging time. Still wading through it and trying to shake off the funk that attached itself pretty deeply, but we’ll get there. I hope you and yours are well, my friend. Take care, D.

  7. Tracy on July 16, 2020 at 7:49 pm

    I have enjoyed your blog and I first saw you on PBS. Glad your life is moving forward.

    • Doug Scott on July 19, 2020 at 6:33 pm

      Thanks so much Tracy!!! So glad you fund us on PBS | Growing a Greener World! We’re glad to be back too. Thanks for taking the time to reach out. Take care. D.

  8. Susan Scott on July 16, 2020 at 7:53 pm

    Your story touches my heart. I love you always.

    • Doug Scott on July 19, 2020 at 6:36 pm

      Oh Thusie…and I/we you/y’all! You’re part of our story … thankfully always will be … inextricably connected through our wonderfully, perfectly imperfect family tree. xo, D.

  9. Sara Fumagalli on July 16, 2020 at 11:32 pm

    I’m so glad you’re back and doing well! I’ve missed your blog and all of your creative insights and beautiful photos!

    • Doug Scott on July 19, 2020 at 6:37 pm

      Thanks for taking the time to reach out with your encouraging words Sara C. Fumagalli!!! I so appreciate it. Hope you and yours are well. We’re looking forward to getting more content out there. Cheers and thanks again ole’ friend! – D.

  10. Susan Reel on July 17, 2020 at 7:52 am

    Hearts or my heart.. FAMILY!
    One of my favorite words has always been REDEEMED! A Christian word that closes all the wrong doors we may have walked through in the past .. and opens new doors AND windows to HIS grace and insight! Your honesty will surely help and bless others! Walk tall and keep positive.. ALL WILL be WELL’ !

    • Doug Scott on July 19, 2020 at 6:41 pm

      Thanks so much “Aunt” Susan!!! REDEEM is such a richly textured, meaningful word. Gives life and breath and hope. Thanks for always chiming in with your creative use and gracious grasp of words! And you are correct … all WILL be WELL! Take care & xo, D. (and B., AK, & M.)

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