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!