Today is a bittersweet day for me. After much thought and prayer, I have decided to take a break from blogging. I have actually shed tears over this decision, because I have made some amazing blog friends over the past two and a half years. But, I pray that I am headed in the direction where God needs me most.
I typically blog about fashion and crafts, and I try to keep personal information to a minimum. But I also feel like I should explain my decision to you. This summer, our family lost someone very close to us. My cousin passed away in May. I have one sister and two cousins – a very small family. The four of us were raised as siblings. It was very unexpected and has been terribly tragic for my precious family. He was the head strength coach at Purdue University. He had previously been an assistant coach under Tressel at Ohio State. We were so very proud of him. In every sense, he was my little brother. He was beautiful, talented, smart, funny, and loved beyond belief. Every person I love is broken. We are pulling together and helping each other, but to say it has been difficult would be an understatement. This will be our first football season without either watching him play or coach in 20 years. If you are a Purdue fan, the September 12 game is dedicated to Doug. The players will be wearing his initials on their helmets.
I kept blogging because I needed the distraction. But I have been praying that God lead me in the direction where I am needed now. I have treasured every second with my family this summer. We were blessed to take two vacations, and our house has been full of family and friends all summer. It has been an amazing gift and completely therapeutic. As Christians, my family knows that we will see Doug again – that he is safe in God’s care and that he is in charge of something in Heaven(: But we miss him here, and we are adjusting to our new, often terribly sad, reality. This blog has been a quiet place of peace, encouragement, and comfort for me.
I am not vain enough to think that anyone will really miss my posts. But I will miss creating them. This space was mine. Something I created and nurtured on my own. It gave me the courage to get dressed in something other than running pants and take pictures of myself (something I had never done before). And it gave me you. I never dreamed I would meet friends on line. But you all have become like a second family to me. I go to you for fashion and beauty advice, craft tips, prayer, and just about everything else. You have taught me about pattern mixing, transitioning my closet, contouring my makeup, and buying jeans that fit my body. You taught me that women should be lifting each other up – no matter our skin color, weight, age, or social status. You have been the blessing in this experience. You have blessed my life. You all are my friends and I love you. I love that blog land has created a place where women can inspire and love each other. What a blessing to be a small part of it all.
I plan to continue reading your blogs, because I could never get dressed without your help and I have this crazy fear that I will end up wearing running pants every day again. Please help me with that(: So, from the bottom of my heart, thank you for your love, encouragement, friendship, support, and prayers. I am truly thankful for you. You have changed my life for the better. Perhaps I will return to this space someday. I am certainly leaving the door open for that! For now, I am quietly listening for God’s whisper to tell me which road to travel next. It is a frightening step to take, but I know that it is all in God’s hands. Be blessed!
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