Saturday, January 21, 2023

The End

 March 22, 2014

That was the date of my first blog post for this blog. I had actually dipped into trying with a teacher blog previous to that date. 

I have enjoyed the ride of blogging, but the past 2 years have thrown a lot of obstacles my way that have proved hard to keep up the blog. I have had a rather long list of obstacles, but I have had many blessings too. Many times over the last 2 years, I planned this moment but held on because, I have met so many wonderful people and always hoped that anything I posted brought encouragement.

I learned a lot along the way. I was retiring from 31 years of teaching that year and threw myself into home and decor and decluttering and the likes. I was reading as many blogs as possible and filled my home with so much that I saw. A few years later, all of those purchases were heading to Goodwill and I learned to be comfortable at home and the home decor fell back into order with the true me. 

All that to say, that when you look back too far you see stuff that I did to take pictures and if you look at say the last 2 years you see me popping back in.

I considered changing the tagline and only keeping it as a stitching journal, but that seemed like an added pressure to stitch for content rather than enjoyment. 

I know that nothing stays the same and in keeping with my goal for this year....

My goal for 2023 is to not waste any days on things that are not worth my time. I want to shine a light for Jesus in all that I do and count my blessings.

I am choosing to end blogging. I know that will be a surprise for many, but it has been a thought for a very long time. I don't feel like it is a waste of time like my above goal might indicate, but more that is just not what I need to be doing in the here and now.

I don't plan to take it down anytime soon, because I want to continue having the blog books made of it.

Again, I want to reiterate that I have made so many wonderful friends out there, but it is just time to end the blog. I hope to still keep in touch with many of you and I will still be reading blogs. I am on Facebook where I am not the best poster:)  but going to try and interact more and Instagram where I post my stitching and some other things, so if you have been a long time follower and want to keep in touch you can friend request those places. My name on those social media sites is the same as the name associated with my blog. My name all written together - no spaces. I will also send my email to those of you who I have grown to love. 

Like I said, I know this catches many by surprise, but I knew it would have to end one day and I just feel that the time is now. I have my mother and my grandkids to see about which take up a good bit of my time. It is time to let the blog go. There is a season for everything.

With love,

Sandy 



28 comments:

  1. Hello Sandy: Family and life comes first I understand.
    Gods Blessings to you in the future.
    I hope you come back someday.

    Catherine

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    1. Thank you Catherine. You have been such a blessing to me. I do hope that at some point I can do that. I don't plan to delete the blog, but right now with Mother aging and helping with the grands I truly don't have time to commit to the blog. I rarely have time to comment back or even read the other blogs. I know it is a season and I am blessed to be in it both with my grandkids and being able to help Mother. Blessings to you.

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  2. Will miss your blog. I do not do social media. Take care. Prayers.

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    1. It is not lost on me that anyone would choose to follow longhand I don't particularly care for social media either. Maybe one day I can return, but for now my responsibilities to my family are taking a lot of my time. They come first and I am happy that I can serve them. Thank you for reading along.

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  3. Oh Sandy, I will miss you and hearing about your family, especially watching the little ones growing. But i do understand your feelings on this. I know when I was taking care of my MIL and still working full time I had a difficult time keeping up with blogging, but yet, in other ways it was my outlet and place to come away from all the drama of real life and enjoy being sane here with like minded friends. However, you are right, there is a season for everything, and you must choose what is right for you in this season of your life. I will miss you. I am on Facebook, Pamela Mursch Steiner...and although I check it daily, I don't do as much there as I used to. I will be praying for you and would welcome your visit anytime! God bless you dear friend!!

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  4. I'm sorry to hear this but I understand. Family must come first. I've really enjoyed reading your blog over the years and truly enjoyed it, it was one of the ones I looked forward to when I turned my computer on. Hopefully you'll be able to come back some day. Enjoy those grandkids!! Take care, Becky

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    1. Thank you so much for reading along and enjoying what I wrote. I still kind of laugh at that thought, but we all have more in common than we think. I don't plan to delete the blog because hopefully one day I can return, but for now my family duties are calling.

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  5. Well, I'm sorry to lose you, but, like Jacinda, it's good to leave when it's right. I do not do FB nor ig, so I hope I can stay in touch now and then some other way. And I hope you continue to read blogs even when not creating one. Happy Year!

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  6. You will be missed. I am glad you aren't taking it down totally at the moment because I do enjoy going back and reading earlier posts. As you said, there is a season for everything. I look forward to seeing you around Instagram (not on Facebook) and keeping in touch via email. Thinking of you.

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  7. That makes me sad. We've been friends for a long time and I hope you'll keep in touch. I know you are busy with your family and that takes most of your time. I'm wishing you the very best! God bless you, Diane I sure will miss you.

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  8. We do have to be aware of the seasons of life and sometimes it is best to let go and move on. Enjoy those grands. I can tell you from experience those days pass so quickly.( Kendall is driving now!!) The time you invest in family is time you will not regret. And yes, we will always be friends!!

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  9. Shining your JESUS LIGHT is possible on this blog! Hope you'll reconsider and still blog. Nothing quite like blogging.

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    1. I agree with you about blogging. It is way better than social media. The thing is Mother is aging and needing more of me daily. The grandkids are a light and their parents need me too. I just don't want to have always be thinking do I need to take a picture of this or that or even think of a topic to write about. Maybe one day things will settle in and I will be back. I am not deleting the blog for that reason.

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  10. Yes, there is a season for everything. I will miss your blog posts and the updates on your family and stitching but I understand. Many of us have questioned over the years the sense, usefulness, and sanity of blogging. You and I have discussed this in times past as well. I think you and I are FB friends -- I'll verify that today and send a friend request if we are not. You are a forever friend, blogging or not. Thanks for letting us know. Love you!

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  11. I will miss you here, Sandy, but do understand. I don't think we are connected on Facebook so please look for me so we can stay connected there. https://www.facebook.com/tdorsaneo God bless!!

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  12. I'm so sad to see you stop blogging! You are one of the few that I read and I get so much inspiration from you. I understand you wanting to focus more on your family. What a blessing to have your grandchildren so close and be able to spend time with them!

    Sally

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    1. I am indeed blessed to have my grandkids close by as well as my mother. Mother is needing more and more of me daily and I do want to continue helping out my kids as well. The time is just right for me to take this break and concentrate fully on family. I am happy to see that you liked my blog. I plan to leave it live in case I ever get settled I will come back. I plan to leave the blog live.

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  13. ­čą░
    You will be missed.
    If ever a post feels right in the future, then post.

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  14. I understand, but I'm still sad :( I do hope you'll still visit me at my blog now and then, Sandy, and keep me up to date on your news. I am not on FB, but will keep in touch via IG, although I don't feel that format is quite as personal. I also want to thank you for saying goodbye in this post--it really bothers me when bloggers simply disappear never to be heard from again! Do take care now and know that I consider you a real friend even though we've never met... I'll miss you ♥

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  15. will miss reading about your life but I SO understand. I've been remiss about posting lately and keep telling myself to do better.....but it keeps being put on back burner. I've been here since 2009 and have made so many wonderful friends...like you!! and guess what? I've rented a house in pensacola for an entire month in April!!! and it's going to be a solo trip...to spend time on myself and my soul!!! maybe we could meet up then!!!!
    Relax my friend and enjoy life and those grands and yourself!!!! would love to stay in touch!!

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  16. Best of luck to you Sandy. I'll miss the blog but hope to see you on IM.
    Amalia
    xo

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  17. Well, shucks! I’ve enjoyed your blog and will miss you, but it sounds like you will still be on Instagram and Facebook. To everything there is a season. I am also a retired teacher, and have enjoyed following you the last few years! Thank you, and God bless you and your family!

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    1. Thanks so much for reading along and it is definitely a season in which I am needed by my family. Maybe one day I can come back:)

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  18. I so appreciated reading what you wrote here, Sandy. I will miss your posts, but I understand and greatly respect your reasons. It is wonderful that your family are all close and you can spend so much time together. Bless you all.

    P.S. You have shown your light for Jesus brightly here. :)

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    1. Amen to all that Becki wrote. She said it better than I could. I will miss you, Sandy, and hope we can keep in touch.

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    2. Thank you Sarah. I will be reading blogs after my surgery next month. I am needed increasingly by Mother and my kids. I know it is a season, but they need my full attention for now. I am leaving the blog up because just maybe one day I can come back.

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    3. Oh good. That's encouraging. It's true -- this is a season and things are sure to change one day. I'm so glad you are leaving the blog up because you have been an inspiration to so many in so many areas. I still want to go back and read more about your health journey, for instance. And your stitching! How you can accomplish so much and still keep two homes looking so good is amazing to me. I'll look forward to seeing you on Instagram!

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    4. Our children and grandchildren are our miracles. I live for mine. Prayers

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I am so glad you stopped by my little blog. Drop in again anytime.
Sincerely,
Sandy