Thursday, August 16, 2012

It's time to say goodbye....

I have tried my friends; I've tried to read blogs. It doesn't happen. I try to blog. It happens on the fly at best.
I can't even do an Ahhhh anymore. I've not picked up a needle and thread for two weeks.

You that know me best know that blogging is something that is very very enjoyable to me. But I cannot be a
'proper' blogger by not following blogs, nor commenting on blogs.

I want so much to do projects and share them with you. I love you guys and you all know that basically you and my online Christian women's group ARE my social life.

But life is so demanding it is overwhelming. Too much so.

So I am letting this go for a season. I don't know how long that season will be. After all, I just started this week starting my young son on a school career for the next 18 yrs.

But the school, and the blog and the sewing and the housework...it just doesn't work for me.

My time will come when my kids grow up. I'll be 65 then. Surely by then I can catch some ME time (ya and probably before that, I know...he's not the first kid I've raised! And you all know I love him to pieces. He gets my ME time for now.)

I am all about commitments. The Ahhhh's will continue. I cannot promise regularity. I can only do what I can do. And the very next minute that I can sit down to draw one up, I will. I might just draw them and not sew them from here out. At least that way you can at least receive them.

I will re-evaluate my life after Christmas. But until then, I am going to have to say good bye to blogland with the exception of Ahhhh's.

Oh, and one other post but I'll explain that when the time comes. It involves a giveaway so don't stop following me yet. Thanks.

Always missing you, Hillbilly T.

34 comments:

Marcia - Crafty Sewing and Quilting said...

You have to make your family first... I understand. I took a month off from blogging to be with family and friends. But guess what? We will all be here, when you decide to share a post or two. We are a part of your life, as you are a part of our lives...
Don't be sad it's over ... be glad you did it --- blogging!

Pokey said...

Tonya, you are so kindhearted. Please don't be hard on yourself! There are seasons of life, and the little guys always come first in a Momma's life-or at least should, and then there is the home schooling-that's not for the faint of heart!! You are a sweet friend, pop in when you can. We will be here ~
:-}pokey

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Don't leave us entirely - pop in when you can - as far as reading/responding to other blogs, let it go for a while (and re-vamp that list) . Yes, Marcia is right, you are a part of our lives, too. Direct family first - there will be times for you to pop up and certainly hope you do.

Barb said...

Oh.....well...you know your own life and your limitations but would still love to see your projects when you finish them......

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

All the gals are right. Family first, but you can pop in and update us occasionally.

I can't keep up with all the blogs either. Sometimes I have to use 'Mark all as read'......grin.

Whatever decision you make, I know it will be the right one for you.

SewCalGal said...

You will be missed by many, but good to step back and prioritize. We all need to do that from time to time.

Do think about the benefit of google alerts to follow on topics of your interest. Great tool to help productively follow blogs.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Mommarock said...

Always family first, I understand. You take care of yourself. I will look forward to your posts when they come.

tubilinha tiacarminha said...

Com certeza a família em primeiro lugar.Mas gosto tanto de você,venha quando puder.SewCalGal tem razão está é uma grande ferramenta.Deus proverá e abençoará,eu creio.Beijos.

Dora, the Quilter said...

Aaaaah, Tanya. You will be sorely missed! I'll be watching for your posts as you can manage, but I do understand how we can have so very many demands on our time that we have to choose. And our children do grow up, and usually too fast (my Sweet Teen's now a h.s. senior!), and life changes and we can make different choices as those changes happen.

Belinda said...

Oh my friend...life gets in the way sometimes doesn't it? I will miss you sorely, since you are one of the few blogs I continue to follow. (I had to whittle it down too because it was just too much) I certainly understand what you are saying and your family, your kids, your sanity must come first.

And yes, we will all be here when you return, if you are able to return. We will enjoy anything you find the time to post.

Take a deep breath, de-stress as much as you can, and let it go. :)

Grammasheri said...

Tonya, to echo the sentiments of many: you will be missed but your family definitely comes first. Invest your time and energies in them and the rest of the stuff will sort itself out.

And we'll be here when/if you pop in to say hello!

elliek said...

Aww sad face! As so many have said family comes first but don't forget YOU!!! I love dropping in on your blog so will miss your posts ( but the AHHH's will keep on so that is okay) Think the idea of drawing them but not sewing is a good idea as they will be ready for when you are ready to sew them. Keep in touch. Love you.

Christine M said...

We'll miss you Tonya. Take care of yourself and your family. We'll be here waiting to hear from you again when you can. Hugs, Christine

Michelle said...

Hey Tonya, I can sew relate to this post... home schooling is a full time job on it's own! Enjoy your family and pop back when you can...:O)

QuiltSue said...

Oh no, I am so sorry, I'll miss you. While I understand that your family comes first, what is this thing called housework?

Come back soon, if you can, without stressing yourself too much.

Dorian said...

Aww, I'm so sorry to hear this Tonya, you will be missed!! But yes, family is always first, you have to do what you have to do. Just make sure you get a little bit of ME time in there somewhere, even if it's only for 15 minutes :) Take care!

Linda said...

My Dear Blog friend, you will be missed in this land but I will happily read anything you put out when the time suits you. Family is always, always first and foremost. As you know, kids are a passing phase and forever changing and not a forever time zapping thing. Your blog has always been a great place of friendship for me. I'm not to sad because I communicate with you in many ways and I know that's not stopping anytime soon :) Huggsss

Melissa said...

"It's your blog. Do what you want and don't cater to schedules, what others are doing, etc. Just be the YOU that we love. :)" Sound familiar? It was Sage advice sent to me by someone we both know recently when I was overwhelmed. Listen to your own voice. You know what's right for you and how could any of us regret that? I'll keep you on my blog list as I am sure most will, because I just be there'll be the occasional times when you just have to share something and we won't want to miss that!

Blue Ridge Mountains said...

I agree, I have been taking a break from blogging but I still read my favorite bloggers and just skip the rest.

hope said...

I totally understand. I so want to start a blog but with everything going on in life. . . I hope your life calms enough that you can read the blogs you truly enjoy but the most important thing right now is to cherish the time with your little one. If you ever need to talk, my e-mail is always open. Hugs Hope

hueisei said...

You may take a break. But don't be so long. Will miss you :)

The Tulip Patch said...

You will be missed! Just do what you can when you can and stop pressuring yourself or feeling guilty! All the moms out there understand you have a life beyond sewing.

Pat M said...

I concur with the rest of the group here...write when you can, take care of YOU and family things first, and relax. We will be here and happy to hear from you whenever you feel the urge. And, while I love your comments on my blog, I will not fret when you can't visit. I understand.
Hugs, GraceinAZ (Pat)

quiltmom said...

Blogging can be time consuming - Write when you can and when it feels like you would like to - I am leaving your blog on my blog list so if you decide it fits into your life that I will keep up with your news - Life is meant to lived and enjoyed - fill it with the things that give you the greatest amount of pleasure. I do understand your the challenges of trying to do all the things that one does to keep one's home going..
Until next time- be well,
Warmest regards,
Anna

Deb said...

Totally understand Tonya. I take breaks periodically just because life is busy and family always takes precedence. Take care and see you when you return :)

Shannon said...

I just wanted to let you know how much I've enjoyed reading the past few months, especially the Ahhs. I just finished my first one, I'll try to put it in your flickr group later today. I totally understand needing a break!! I wish you the best in all your pursuits and will be here when you get a chance to come back!

Snoodles said...

Tonya, you can tell from these comments that you are loved very much....enjoy your kiddos while you have them, and spend time with hubby, too. Your relationship with the Father, and with your family, is top priority. Have confidence that you are doing the right thing, no matter what anyone else says (and all of these good friends are telling you that they think you are doing the right thing! They will see you whenever you pop in! LOL). Take care, sweetie! Hugs!

Auntie Pami said...

Oh Sweetie, don't worry about it. I took this past month off, made a new quilty friend and packed boxes (time to sell the house). You'll be ok, when you are ready to come back, we'll be here. Stop by and visit.
www.auntiepami.blogspot.com
Maybe next week I'll do a post. Maybe.

My Sister Made Me Do It.... said...

Ahhhhhhhhh............there are so many things that lay claim on our time.....but the most important is your family.....it is the one thing that you will invest your time in that will always continue to please the Lord. There is a time for every season.......blogging can wait........but know that your blogging "family" will be waiting for your return......whenever the time is right again......Blessings.

Wilma NC said...

That's the problem when you have too many followers, lol. I still read blogs, not in as much detail as in the past, but I do read them. But I rarely comment unless I have something to say. Post when you have something to show us, I will keep you on my list.

Teresa in Music City said...

We will miss youTonya!!! But take care of what's most important first and we'll be here when you can come back. Hugs!!!!

Richard Healey said...

I know what you mean about life being busy. I was doing great tell after the baby was born and wife went back to work she works nights and me days and with no time to see each other its taking its toll. Enjoy your time with your kids. They will appreciate it.

Fiona said...

... for everything there is a season....
Hugz

Carla said...

Don't fret. Everything has it's time. I'm just now reading this so you see I'm not very timely either. And I have the problem of when I do get on and start reading I can't stop so I don't create anything. But I did go to my first quilt retreat yippee.

I will wait patiently for your next post whenever that is. ;o)
Until then... Stay Happy