Wednesday, April 2, 2014

When It's Time to Leave



It's time for me to take a break friends. A break of an undetermined amount of time.

There is no left-over time right now for blogging.  There is a season for everything.  This isn't a season that I can consistently maintain a blog.  Right now I'm doing good to remember when I last brushed my teeth.

So I'm removing the pressure.  How I let it become pressure, I don't know?  Except that I'm not very good at doing things half-way.

I will be back as I have an obligation for a special review coming soon.  So do sign up for email updates if you haven't already.  After that I don't know.  I once had this friend, who in the first weeks after having a baby, flushed all the fish in her elaborate aquarium down the toilet, because she was overwhelmed with life and the tank had gotten stinky and she just wanted to be done with it. LOL!  (Sorry to you fish-lovers).  I'm trying not to be hasty and "kill the fish," but there is also a lot that goes on behind a blog like this that most folks don't know about.  And I'm tired of it all.  Getting online is a chore, not fun or encouraging.

But being with her is. Oh how many times a day does my gratitude to God well up into praise, because of her?  I don't want to waste a single moment staring at a screen when I could stare at her.  Real life, real people, real relationships are infinitely more important than anything that happens online.





I'll see ya'll when I see ya.







54 comments:

  1. ENJOY this precious season and the seasons to come. If that means less of seeing your posts or whatever God has in store, so be it.... You are a gift to so many, but your first obligation, the purpose God has for you is to your family and He will use this to encourage so many others and remind us that time is fleeting and like you said, you don't want to waste time staring at a screen when you could stare at your babe and the rest of your loved. God Bless you!

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  2. I admire you for this. You are a great mommy !!

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    1. I don't know about the great mommy part, but thank you for understanding, Colleen!

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  3. Awww, we will miss you Bambi!
    But understand what you mean about using up time online. For that reason I narrowed down the blogs I read to about 2 or 3 a week, and yours was number one that I kept!
    All the best to you and your family, hope to see you back sometime.
    Please just know that your last sentence is soo true, BUT your blog did affect and encourage many of us real people, in our own real lives and real relationships to really make them better, though your online ministry :)

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    1. Thank you for the encouragement :)

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  4. Just wondering if the blog will remain up while you take time off for real life. I have only recently found you and was hoping to peruse your archives when my real life allowed. Enjoy your blessings and thankyou for the encouragement the articles I have had time to read have been to me.
    Angela

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    1. Angela--yes, the site will stay up. I hope you find something to encourage!

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  5. That's good you're taking a break because you need to spend the time with your new, precious Selah and the rest of the family. I just don't want to see you go. You are such an encouragement and inspiration to me. You tell Truth with grace but don't water down the message. There's a saying I once heard that has stuck with me:
    "If you're not catching any flack, you're not over the drop zone."
    When people make rude, hurtful comments it is hard to keep your peace. However, they wouldn't be making them if you weren't hitting home. Psalm 56
    "Be merciful to me, O God, for man would swallow me up;
    Fighting all day he oppresses me.
    2 My enemies would hound me all day,
    For there are many who fight against me, O Most High.
    3 Whenever I am afraid,
    I will trust in You.
    4 In God (I will praise His word),
    In God I have put my trust;
    I will not fear.
    What can flesh do to me?"
    I pray you have a refreshing break and are able to come back strong.
    2 Chronicles 32: 7,8:
    “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or dismayed before the king of Assyria and all the horde that is with him, for there are more with us than with him. With him is an arm of flesh, but with us is the Lord our God, to help us and to fight our battles.”
    You are a tremendous blessing to many of us who usually don't take the time to comment.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words and the scripture!

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  6. I completely understand and want to thank you for sharing all that you did on your blog. Seasons do change, and you are choosing wisely. God bless!

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    1. I'm glad you understand, Stacey! :)

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  7. Good for you, Bambi. I tried to keep up blogging long past when I had the time and energy for it, and that was a big mistake. Enjoy your sweet babies and God bless you as you continue to walk with Him.

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    1. I know you speak from experience Tiana!

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  8. Totally agree! :) I'm a very unfaithful blogger as well. The years fly by so fast to be wasting our precious time in a state of continual distraction. This is one of a handful of blogs I read. Enjoy the everyday! Praying for you,
    Meagan V

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  9. Blessings to you and your family during this new season of your lives. As an "older" woman to a younger woman, you will be blessed.
    Always Experiencing Him,
    Jody

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  10. I don't know how you mommy bloggers keep up with your blogs especially for those of us with large families. I tried for a short time and it was way too much.

    We will miss you but you are picking what is truly worth more than anything else in the world. Don't miss a moment of it!

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  11. You will be missed! Enjoy your precious blessings, and I look forward to "seeing you" again sometime <3

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    1. I will miss you guys too, Rae! :)

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  12. Yay for you, Bambi! Great decision! Love on those babies! :)

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    1. I intend to :) Thank you, Paula!

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  13. Congratulations on the new baby! I've been much absent on my own blog because I have a new baby, too. Between pregnancy and new motherhood, I didn't want to miss a minute and so I found myself without the time to write consistently. Blessings to you!

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    1. Then you know how it is, I know :) Thank you for the encouragement!

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  14. I understand your decision, but you will be missed.
    Linda

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    1. I will miss everyone here too. Thank you, Linda :)

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  15. Bambi,

    You are such an encouragement! But I know what it takes to raise a large family and sometimes there is just not enough of "me" to go around! Enjoy your precious little babe and the raising of your family! You will be missed and we will be waiting to hear from you again! I will be praying for you and your family! ~Christy

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    1. (((Hugs))) Christy. You've been such a faithful commenter over the years.

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  16. Wise choice, Bambi!
    I often wonder how I can even get another post out with all the busy-ness in our family. But with little ones all around, your first goal it to be there for them. And like you said, not with your face at a computer screen.
    As much as we all enjoy your words of wisdom and sense of humor at life's complexities and joys, this is your time to enjoy your family 100%!
    Be all there.
    Love ya!

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    1. Thank you, sweet friend. As you and I have talked about before, I do think a woman can be a faithful mother and still have a blog, even a mom to little ones. I hope I didn't come across otherwise! We *all* make/carve out time for the activities and hobbies we enjoy most. But this blog has grown too big for me...it takes up too much energy, lol. Yet I WILL so miss all of you, very very much.

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  17. I admire you Bambi for putting your family first. I hope your time away leaves your refreshed and encouraged. Enjoy your freedom as you spend precious time with your husband and children.... and enjoy your new home. <3

    Love,
    Janet

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    1. Thank you, Janet. I don't know what there is to admire, but you are sweet. (And hey, we made it through last night's storms alive and well! Praise The Lord!)

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    2. I admire your heart for the Lord as well as your family. :)
      And AMEN on making it through those storms. Eesh!
      I had our diaper bag all ready and the children's shoes all lined up by the door just in case we needed to make a hasty exit!

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  18. Awww... you are choosing the BEST option, especially if you're feeling overwhelmed. Nothing is more important that kissing those little faces, "ewwing and awing" over their latest accomplishments, and just being "available" when they need you. I completely understand and I will miss my one blog that I am faithful to reading. I pray that during this season YOU will be encouraged by others and soak in all that the Lord has blessed you with. You have always been an encouragement to me and I will miss you. Keep in touch when you can.

    Much love to you and yours~ Shannon

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    1. Thank you, Shannon. ( I recently thought of you and went back and read your birth story post :) Thank you for the sweet words!

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  19. I found your blog a little over a year ago and have thoroughly enjoyed it! Truthfully, I really liked the fact that you did not post everyday....never once did I walk away feeling overloaded:) Thank you so much for all the encouragement and "meaty" information. I hope your time away is a blessing :) Enjoy that new baby....she is beyond gorgeous!!!!
    Serenity Summers
    PS: Sorry about the anonymous thing ( I am not tech savvy:). BTW, I love the fact that you have a "Serenity". I have only met one other person who shares my name:)

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    1. Another Serenity! :) So nice to "meet" you. I'm glad to hear you were never overloaded here :)

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  20. God bless you and your family. You are a wise mama to put your little ones before the rest of your ministry. There will be time for the rest later.
    Beth
    Mom to 6 (49 and knowing how fast time goes!)

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  21. Hope you have a nice break :) By the way did your sister have her baby? She hasn't updated her blog in days and I'm dying to know!

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  22. This is a beautiful reminder that I need to get off the computer! =) I seems a lot of the blogs that I enjoy visiting are going on hiatus. I had a blog, once upon a time, and had to give it up because of children. It's not a bad trade off! May God bless you in this new season. =)

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  23. I agree Sarah--blog *reading*, Facebook/twitter/Instagram/pinterest---ANY of those things can be just as time consuming as blog *writing*. Thanks for your sweet words :)

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    1. I just foumd and read your pregnancy blog. (I had googled trim healthy mama). It was encouraging and interesting. :) I am expecting my 12th, (11th. as we lost our 10th.) I'm due the end of May, have been following T.H.M. and doing well, except for high blood pressure (scary). Nice to see another Mom of a large family, and beautiful baby birth outcome!

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    2. And, I see my 17 year old daughter (Keturah) somehow had her name and info on my google account. My name is Rebekah.

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    3. Nice to "meet" you, Rebekah! :)

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  24. While I will miss your encouraging posts (we all will, I'm positive!), there is *nothing* that compares to time with your family (especially the brand new ones!). Come back when you can and let us know how you're doing and how your family is faring! God bless, Bambi.

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  25. Praying that you will find the sweet rest you need in Him. (even with all the busyness of a new baby) I am a grandma, but love reading your blog, but you absolutely have your priorities in the right order.

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  26. You will be greatly missed, but I admire you for putting your family first! Thank you for all the wonderful posts that have inspired us for so long. What a gift!

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  27. Gosh, I don't feel so bad about totally ignoring my blog now! I can totally relate, and God will bless you for your willingness to let it go.

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