Monday, January 24, 2011
No use pretending anymore.
When I started this blog in September of 2006,
we looked like the above picture.
Fast forward half of a decade,
and we look like:
During these years you've seen our
more craziness,
and yet more craziness?!
(We must have a gene or something!)
You've been with us through the
and little milestones.
One new baking experiment
after another -
with dyed mashed potatoes thrown in the middle.
We've taken you on our hikes,and shown off the critters that surprised us!
You've watched us work
and play.
You've seen our busyness
and quiet get-aways.
Our fun times may have made you laugh,
and our deepest sorrows may have brought you tears.
We have been frightened
and ecstatic!
We've pulled you through our sickness
and health.
We've made you tag along with our family
and friends.
We've been in school
and out.
You've learned I loooove color
(and shudder at most white walls).
You've let me share my projects
and have even given a tip or two.
You've endured my passion for trees,
trees against a blue sky,
trees in the fall,
more water,
more trees,
and, yes, trees and water.
You've been introduced to my healthy breads,
the not-so-healthy-melt-in-your-mouth breads,
and famous rolls.
You've discovered I love to bake with chocolate,
and more chocolate.
With us you've celebrated holidays
and birthdays.
Most importantly -
you've watched us grow,
and grow,
and grow.
There was a catch to all that growing though - it only happened with my responsibilities and not my daily hours! When Tales of a Castle was launched, I had many hours at my disposal for writing, blogging, picture taking, etc. But 386 posts later, we have embarked on the busiest year of our lives up to this point, and I will admit that there is no use pretending anymore. . .I do not have time to blog.
My emotions are bittersweet about this scenario since there will be many memories lost in the shuffle of life, but there are four little men in the making who need all of their mama's attention. And since I am not into half hearted blogging on my end, I think I'll close this chapter for now.
As Bilbo Baggins says, "I feel like butter scraped over too much bread." (Or something like that. I'm too lazy busy to look it up. :-) I have enjoyed all the friends I have met on this avenue and loved getting better acquainted with my old ones. Thanks for all of your reading, kindness, and comments over the years! (Has it really been years?!)
Following this move from Virginia (and the baby is older), I may start a new blog chronicling life after grad school as I have many ideas for my next house. I have called seven different places home in the last 12 1/2 years, and I am ready to put down some roots! My excitement is bounding as I think of creating a haven/fun spot for my big man and little men, but with the knowledge this place was temporary, I just put decor and other things on hold. Yes, I still love thrifting, creating new items, color, color, color, and I hope to release all that energy in the next castle! :-) I love sharing my new ideas with others (and convincing my hubby they are not that whacko!).
One of my little guys posts every so often, and you can find bits of news on his blog located at his exit. Drop him a line; he'll enjoy your traffic.
For now, as Bilbo said in his farewell birthday address,
"I wish you all a very fond farewell."

  posted at 5:55 PM  

At 4:24 PM, Anonymous ER Going said...

Good -bye, Martha, I have enjoyed keeping up with you and your family and will miss your blog. We love you guys very much.

At 8:41 PM, Blogger Sarah Cook said...

Oh, Martha, as silly as it sounds, I feel like crying! I have actually thought about stopping mine, too. Not sure if I will, but it is possible. With homeschooling and all, the computer is a time consumer.
BTW, I have VERY exciting news... I want to share it with you, but I can't quite yet, as it is a secret until tomorrow night at church. Hint: There is rejoicing in Heaven!!!
If you want, email me, as I need your email address, I think, again. I could tell you there, but not where I could spoil the surprise to everyone reading your blog.
Love ya!

At 10:05 PM, Blogger Brenda said...

Aww - I will certainly miss your posts (but understand!). I certainly enjoyed this last post. :-)

At 10:09 PM, Blogger Carrie said...

Sigh. That was a beautiful final post. Bittersweet. I've enjoyed "getting to know you," per se, and I'll miss that small loss of connection.

I wish God's best for you and your men!

At 4:57 PM, Blogger Carrie said...

Wise mama. I've considered letting mine go too. . . I'm holding on a while longer, though.

At 11:49 PM, Blogger Dawn said...

Oh dear -- I can't say I'm surprised -- I DO understand -- even though I'm disappointed. It has been such a beautiful way to help this far, far away Grandma feel just a little more connected. Thoroughly enjoyed the farewell post (sniff, sniff). -- Love you all LOTS! Mom & Grandma C

At 10:27 AM, Blogger Angie D said...

Aw, this makes me sad, but I understand. I have wondered if it isn't time to retire both blog and facebook at my house (or at least ONE) in order to keep up with the stuff that's really important.

Much love to you!

At 2:24 PM, Blogger Kimberly said...

you're such a good writer...i've enjoyed lurking now and then...blessings!

At 7:44 PM, Blogger Lavy Country said...

I haven't blogged in about a year... just got on and was checking in on different ones... and I think you should reconsider :o) Don't set your expectations so high - Wonder woman you are! You are not half blogging if your standard is just different. It is just nice to have a connection to friends (even if it isn't up to the minute or day) -- it is something...
But in the end -- I do understand. I hope you enjoy your boys and husband to the fullest - you are a wise woman and I trust your judgement :o) Always enjoyed you and your craziness :o)

At 2:43 PM, Blogger Kim said...

You'll be missed.

At 2:08 PM, Blogger The Dickinsons said...

Martha, that makes us all sad! Hope you come back to Blogger world soon.
Thank you for your recent comment about our Elijah. Your M-i-l mentioned that Silas has been sick as well. We have been praying for him! I trust he is better now, as is our Elijah.
Love ya and will miss you!

At 9:46 PM, Blogger Trint said...

I totally understand...I'm in the same "boat." Here it is mid-April and I'm just now reading this post you made in January...obviously I don't have much time for blogging (looking or posting)!! We have thoroughly enjoyed your posts and hope someday you can get back to it. Love you all.

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