re-TIRING

I've been going around and around about this, but I think the time has come to retire this blog.  It no longer has much of anything for regular readership and it has become a bit of a one way relationship.  Kind of like having an imaginary friend.  I've tried to tell myself this doesn't matter, but the truth is it does.  It takes a fair amount of my time and even colors decisions that I make about our schooling.  I am beginning to think that my role here sometimes colors my real life relationships too.  I've been praying about mental clutter/focus for sometime now and recently stopped using Facebook as well.  Blogging does not create the same issues for me that Facebook did, but it is clear to me now that it creates more than I realized.

In an effort to simplify my life, I have been boldly stepping away from anything that prevents me from first addressing problems based on what I (with Tim) think will work for our family, not what someone else posted on Facebook or their blog or any one of the 8,000,000 ideas (many brilliant) on Pinterest.  Those ideas will still be there if we get stuck on something, but I want to go with my own gut first and build real relationships that aren't reliant on the screen of my computer to be fulfilled.

I haven't decided yet what to do with the almost 6 years of content that are published here.  My domain is paid through October so I will have until then to make a decision.  At that point there is a strong likelihood that I will take it all down as I think a non monitored blog with my kids' pictures is probably a bad idea.  I may take things down sooner if I can figure out a good way to do it and keep everything organized.

I'm sure that I will still be around reading and  commenting on blogs and my email is still on this site for now.  For those of you who haven't corresponded with me by email before, however, just know that I'm hot and cold.  I usually get around to responding...it can just take me awhile.

For those of you who have stuck with me for much of the last 6 years, thank you for your many supportive comments and insights.  This was in many ways a much harder decision than that to leave Facebook and I'm sure that I will probably go through a bit of a withdrawal period.  In the meantime, we will plug along with all of our work and play, each and every day!


7 comments :

Martianne said...

Sad to see that I won't be able to stop by to be inspired by your pics and ideas anymore, but totally get the need to declutter and focus. Wish you had a blogspot or other free blog so you could leave everything up as a resource... Praying for all the best for you and your family!!!!

Heidi said...

I could revert it to its original blogger address, but I don't want to leave all the info about my kids up when I'm not monitoring the site anymore. That's my only reason for taking it down completely. I could remove all the images but that would be more work than it was worth!!

Abbie said...

Also sad to see you go from the blogging world. I completely understand where you are coming from though. I too have felt the same way over my years of blogging adventures. Thanks for your moving-across-the-country well wishes. :)It sounds like you understand completely where I am coming from. :) I too hope that no one gets that sick on our drive out. May you pass along to a non-blogging schedule with peace and joy.

Brenda G said...

You will be very missed. <3

Discovering Montessori said...

Oh no! I will miss reading about your journey! I totally understand where your coming from when other influences come into to play. I cut back from writing for other reasons, but it sure feels good to just be in the moment and not feel like I have to take pictures, which I do enjoy doing but not for the purposes that I was focusing on. If after a few months of breaking maybe you will consider doing just a monthly post. You are a wealth of information! Thank you so much for sharing and I only widh that I was a better commenter so I could pick your brain more often. Enjoy the rest of your journey and I still will probably pop over here :)

samantha berg said...

I've just found you! I am starting my journey in montessori and have found reading your posts (i have read back over lots but I need to re-read). Thank you so much for sharing your journey with your beautiful family. Photos show so many ideas. I absolutely understand how priorities change but sad I won't be seeing any more of the adventures of your gorgeous children. blessings.

samantha berg said...

I've just found you! I am starting my journey in montessori and have found reading your posts (i have read back over lots but I need to re-read). Thank you so much for sharing your journey with your beautiful family. Photos show so many ideas. I absolutely understand how priorities change but sad I won't be seeing any more of the adventures of your gorgeous children. blessings.