Hello Goodbye

Hello again!

Lately I have been thinking that perhaps the time has come to say good-bye. For several reasons. I began this blog as a way to keep our family and friends updated during those frantic paper-chasing, praying, pursuing-Zeke months.

It turned out to be a really fun thing for me to do. I love to write on here and I love the responses we get, both through comments and verbally. I love knowing that there have been so many people who have prayed for Zeke and who care about him.

Just yesterday someone told me that they have enjoyed learning things about Ch*na on this blog and it kind of surprised me. I tend to assume that everyone already knows about Ch*na. I forget how much we have learned. (And are still learning…oh my, yes!)

But back to my reasons. The biggest one is time. Summer looms ahead looking very fun and veeeery busy. It takes me forever to write because, although I have a zillion things swirling through my mind to say, I have to sort it all out so I don’t bore you all to death.  Almost always I shorten a post considerably after I have written it. Shorter is better.

So maybe fewer will be better too.

Also, I don’t want to write anything about Zeke that he will read later, perhaps years down the road, and be upset that I shared. If there is one thing I have learned from my 14 years of mothering teenagers it is this: Trust is easily broken by blabbing.

Sharing your mother heart with a trusted friend or two: okay. Shouting your teenager’s feelings, fears and failures to the world: not okay.

But. I just can’t bring myself to completely quit. Even though we are past the breath-holding, seat-clutching roller coaster ride of the actual adoption…even though we are through the first crazy weeks of adjusting….even though life is settling into a new  and wonderful kind of normal… I know there will still be times when I have something I want to share.

A milestone, a prayer request, a miracle…

So… I will probably be posting less often. Over to the right there is a subscribe button which will give you email notifications of new posts if you want them.

And here is a good example of what happens when one writes in a hurry. The word “I” appears twenty- something times in the above post. Bad. You should never use a word that many times in such a short space.

That’s your free writing lesson for the day.

You’re welcome. :)

Blurry, but shows the fun time we had yesterday with all of our Sunday guests!

Layna, our favorite vet! (Well, she did work in a vet office for a long time) Huge blessing to have a daughter who will help clean kitten’s sore eyes. Yuk.

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7 thoughts on “Hello Goodbye

  1. Will miss you when you’re not here and rejoice when you are! Have a great summer ~

  2. nooo. Do not stop. You can guard your words regarding Zeke if you are worried about them, but you are a great writer, and I love seeing glimpses of your life. Just let the blog evolve to include all of your kids, it will be a fun journal for Zeke to look back on through the years. AND you will soon have a down the road grandbaby to share with us! Sorry. You can’t stop!

  3. me too! cutting back but not permanently~ we are heading to Ethiopia eventually, so keeping it open. Praying for you still.
    God bless you all

  4. I really hope you’ll keep on updating whenever there is something new, something you learn, because the discovery of cultures is really fascinating to me. And I have loved seeing pictures and reading about Zeke, because it makes me feel like I know him just a tiny wee bit, even though it could be years before I ever actually see him. :-( (Saying that is not a good feeling, but I know that it is very possibly true, much as I hate the thought of not seeing you for so long. )

  5. It happens to all of us. I used to blog about life with Noelle all the time – sometimes I even blogged more than once a day. Now that she is older, she is more embarassed by some of the silly things I wrote about, so the posts became less and less and eventually I just stopped. I’ll still look forward to your postings whenever they come across and please know you and your family our always in our prayers.

  6. Sherri~ We (as a family) will miss the frequent updates, but completely understand. J & D have especially enjoyed reading your posts, seeing your photos, and talking about meeting Zeke in the future–hopefully that will happen! :) Blessings to each of you! T, C, & Co.

  7. Awww. I get it…but I will miss your more frequent postings. :) I like to see what post-adoptive families are all about. :D ..And, of course, to get updates on sweet Zeke.

    If you get time, post little blips of your life on FB, and bigger blips on here. ;)
    Motherhood DOES come first…you’re right.

    God be with your family this summer.
    I will miss your posts!