After 5+ years of blogging, I’m writing what could be my last post.
Quite honestly, I don’t want to begin. Nor do I want to end.
I’ve loved blogging over these past five years. This space has been the home to stories about our children, our books, our chickens, and our thoughts. It has been a place where I can meditate on Scripture, work out a problem, promote a great idea, stand on a soapbox, and share a personal story. You, my readers, have been like a great and constant gust of wind that has filled my sails for 5 years, and kept me writing, writing, writing.
So, it’s you I must thank. Because of your enthusiasm, I’ve learned how to write better here. I’ve learned (a little bit) about how to respond to comments and emails; I’ve learned (a little bit) about how to express my thoughts for a limitless audience. I’ve learned that people will love and support me even if I can’t come up with anything profound or helpful for weeks on end. (Your support has been such a gift!) Here, I’ve learned (even more) that I’m not alone. I have friends all around the world – some as close as blood relations, others as distant as strangers across the ocean – but all friends, here.
Lately, I’ve been reminded that to everything there is a season, and that my beautiful season of blogging is ending for now. I’m hoping that it will cycle back around again just like the spring rain we anticipate when February spins and tips us closer to the sun.
I’ll certainly keep this space open and ready for a new post when the time is right. (As always, there are still a dozen posts swirling around in my brain and I can’t believe I’m cutting them off. I wanted to write about how I’ve come to believe in a low-carb/high good fats fertility diet, how I’m loving the band Gungor, how Lia had an “I Love Cheese” birthday party, and how I still endorse Hard Lotion, Covenant Eyes, and microfiber cloths, but those posts will have to either find another outlet or wait until I return. Oh! I also wanted to write a post about how you’ve just got to read Tim Keller’s The Meaning of Marriage AND listen to Mark Driscoll’s series on marriage: both are gourmet, delicious, nutritious food for the heart and soul of a marriage. They are not a dime a dozen; not your average marriage material. You’re just going to love them, I know it! Oh, shoot. I have so many things I still want to tell you. How am I ever going to not blog??) I just need to take a deep breath and get on with the good byes. (This is much more painful than I thought it would be.)
As it turns out, it’s time for me to take the precious time that I have been pouring into my blog, and invest it into more reading, private writing, and Bible study. I feel very strongly that this is very important for me to do right now. I’ve known that it was coming for a while, but I’ve loved blogging so much that I’ve put it off as long as possible. It’s as if my “blogging sailboat” has bumped up against a strange new shore, and I have some exploring to do. Thank you for helping me arrive here.
You can access the archives at any time. Review our VLOGS, my book recommendations, thoughts on marriage, or even my thoughts following our stillbirth experience. I’ve tried to include each post under an appropriate category so that you can find what you are looking for easily. Over time, I’ve even included some of my favorite blog posts under the “BEST OF” category. I hope you like them, too.
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If you’re new to the “world of blogs” and somehow stumbled upon 10 Million Miles as a starting point, I recommend you check out Sisters in Bloom or Allume so that you can meet lots of lovely writers at once and find what you’re looking for. If you like my writing style and topics, you might like a few bloggers whom I admire: Molly Piper, Rachel Jankovic, and Marla Taviano.
May God bless you, may you know how much He loves you, and may you walk in His ways so that you are protected, guided, and blessed.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you for reading my writing.
Your time has been a gift to me.
Here’s hoping I’ll be back soon.