11 November 2011

Au Revoir

I think we all know what the phrase au revoir means.  Good-bye, right?  But in French, it literally means something more like "to the next time we see one another."

And I'm afraid that is what I must say right now. 

The chaos of the floors and the remodeling I told you about.  But what I didn't tell you about is that one of my children is struggling.  Really struggling.  And I honestly haven't known how to help her.

But one thing that has come to my mind over and over is to organize, simplify and reduce.  So I continued to write, but I haven't been visiting your blogs very often. I haven't been responding to your wonderful comments.

And finally I've realized that it just isn't fair for me to just keep writing without giving anything back to you.  I'm disappointed because this blog was my own little piece of me.  My own little attempt at doing something scary and different.  My effort at being more. 

But right now my little girl needs me to be more for her.  And that is enough.

Hopefully I will be able to return to writing again.  Hopefully it will be sooner rather than later.  Hopefully it will be "to the next time we see one another" rather than "goodbye." I'll still check my emails, so I'd love to hear from you.


  1. That is SUCH a powerful video. Thanks for sharing. Makes me think...

    Good for you for doing what you need to do, but you will be missed.

    I get what you mean. I knew I needed to do away with something so I recently deleted my facebook account. Hard to do, but something I just needed to do.

    Have a great weekend and stay in touch.


  2. All the best and good luck with everything. I'll be rooting for ya :)

  3. I will miss you! Give a hug to your little girl for us!

  4. Hugs to you all. Go and be that great mom you are!=)

  5. Mom is most important right now. If you can find this song, look up "In the Meantime," by Macy Robison. I have to keep reminding myself of it often.
    Sorry about the hard kid thing. Good luck managing it. Let us know when you come back.

  6. Laura,
    I completely understand what you mean. If you ever need to chat, I'm home with a willing and listening ear! I wish you the best with your beautiful daughter!

    I won't say I miss you, because I know we'll always stay in touch...and that makes me happy :)

    I'll still keep following your blog in the event you decide to post something!

    HUGS to you!

  7. As you know, I am also in this place also... This last couple of weeks I've only posted when I feel like it, not because I feel like I have to and it is good. I've been spending much less time on the computer and it is good. I know you are doing what is best for your family and that is the main thing. I hope you will post when you feel prompted to do so. You have such a positive influence on so many. But as we know... FAMILY COMES FIRST. That is one of the main tenets of the church after all. :) I am hoping for the best for you and for your daughter. It is SO hard when our kids struggle and for us as parents to know how to help them. Don't worry... she will be okay and you will be prompted to know how to help her. Love you my friend!

  8. Sorry that your daughter is having a rough time.
    I think we all have those times when something just has to give so we can refocus our attention elsewhere.
    Love and hugs for you and your daughter.

  9. Have to agree with the other bloggers comments.

    Family should always come first, and you should be commended for taking the necessary steps to be there for your family.

    We'll be thinking of you and sending our best wishes your way.
    I'll continue to check up on you and see you when I see you :)

  10. I am sad as i have gotten to know you on a totally different level from this Blog. I looked forward to your posts as they were so uplifting and inspiring to me. But I understand and at times feel I need to lesson my on-line time.

  11. You're a very wise mom.
    My heart is with you, I've enjoyed getting to "know" you through your blog.

    It isn't a bad thing at all to be able to make that a priority. There are many great and inspirational helps "out there" but nothing more so than your own instinct and relationships that are real.

    Hugs and loves.

  12. Hey friend,
    I'm so glad that you're doing what's best for your family right now. Though I'll miss reading your posts. I think you have a gift and hope you come back to it someday.

  13. You are the second person that has decided to stop blogging this week ... I admit that I will miss your posts, but hope you are able to help your daughter in the way she needs.

    Thinking and praying for your family. In the meantime, I will keep an eye out for you! Take good care!

  14. Blogging is wayyyy down the list - Mom right up on top!!
    You are doing the right thing.

    Prayers and hugs going out to you and your family.

    We'll be here when you get back :-D

  15. Good for you. I haven't stopped blogging completely, but man have I ever stopped reading (except for on a few lazy Saturdays here and there, like today).

    But since my blog is for me, I haven't worried too much.

    I sincerely hope that you are able to help your daughter through her struggles quickly. I will keep you and her in my thoughts and prayers. And I'll miss you!

  16. I hope you'll stop in now and then and tell us how you're doing! But I understand needing to adjust your priorities.

  17. Way to go! :D And what an inspirational video!

    I have enjoyed your blog posts, but I SO understand! I do not read very many posts anymore for the same reason; I am striving for BALANCE, and to put FIRST THINGS FIRST... I like it, because when I do get on the computer I can feel good about it and not feel the pain of neglect!
    Hugs to you and your daughter... :)
    Corine :D

  18. {{hugs}} - because I think I know how you feel.
    Times and seasons.
    You'll be back.
    Best wishes & prayers to you!

  19. Good prioritizing. I have narrowed blog reading down to one night a week. Too many other important things.

    Warm wishes for you and your daughter.

  20. I think you have to do what you need to do. My daughter is also struggling a lot right now. Some days, I really can't seem to find the time (or the energy) to blog. I think the best thing to do at times like that is simply to take a break and not feel guilty. You know, you could always allow yourself to spend one day a week, or 2 hours. Put a realistic limit on your passion and just be content with what you are doing. Even if you don't blog, don't stop writing. For me, that is healing in itself, and even if you are journal-ling or blogging, it is just important that you are writing and remembering. I hope your daughter does better. I think she has an amazing mom!!

  21. Everybody has already said everything! Hang in there, mama!

    I had to laugh because I had 10 of your blog posts unread in my feed reader because I've been trying to iron some family and friends issues out lately, and blogging/blog reading hasn't been my top priority. I totally understand where you are coming from.

    Because I'm secretly a closet perfectionist, when I started my blog, I had to make a promise to myself to blog when I could, and not freak out when I couldn't. I just needed to be okay with going in and out from time to time. And you know what? I'm okay. I tell my friends to get Google Reader and then they'll know when I'm back on the radar again without much effort. Lol!

    Will miss your posts, but glad your kids have such a wonderful mom!

  22. Super hard decision. Good luck to you and your family. I hope that even though you may not be able to visit blogs (I have had to take a bit of a break as well) you will continue to write whenever you are able.

    My prayers are with you and your family right now.

  23. I know how it goes... well, with the blogging thing, not the daughter thing. I've recently come to a place where I don't feel like I NEED to reciprocate with keeping a blog. I can do it just for me because I need a place to write things out. I guess what I mean to say is: if you want to write, write and don't worry about not reading and commenting on other people's blogs.

  24. You've made the right choice. I hope some day you can get back to writing but until then, good luck with your family and your life. Take care of your little girl who needs you so badly.

    Love the video.

  25. You are missed!

    Just stopping by to say "Hi".

    Happy December :-D

  26. Just popping in to say "Merry Christmas" - I hope you have a wonderful holiday and new year!

  27. We WILL miss you, but I think you are doing the right thing. Hope the remodel will be over soon too, so you can get back to some sense of normalcy. Best of luck to you!

    Warmly, Michelle

  28. Thinking of you today Laura and sending many hugs your way. I'm sending out a prayer for you tonight.


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