I remember all too clearly March 2013 when my precious Bug was born. I remember thinking, "My God, if I can just cuddle her forever and ever, my life would be perfect."
Real life isn't just snuggles, though. We have been incredibly blessed to find ourselves in the exact situation (short of being gifted with $50 million) we have desired during our years of raising up children: I work full-time and Jason stays home with Bug (and soon, the new baby, too!).
We're so happy to be in this situation, but as all you parents well know, there's never enough hours. I come home, we eat dinner, we play, then it's bath time, followed by snuggle time and a little movie time, then it's "getting out the last of our wiggles" time, then bedtime. That's it.
In my spare time, I have so many hobbies and interests to pursue. There's always a good book to read, there's always something that needs planned or done for mama group at church, there's always a chore to complete so our home is a peaceful place to live, there's always a new recipe to try, there's always something to research (how many teeth should Bug have by now? is she sleeping enough? which foods are best for brain development at age 2?).
And by spare time, I really mean the rare occasion I find myself pooping alone. That's really when I get my best stuff done. I'm laughing, but I'm honestly serious.
This blog was never meant to be #1 in our lives, and honestly? It never has been. We've never struggled with keeping our priorities straight: God, our family, work, then play. But in that "play" time, we've put the blog before other things. We've crafted less, played games less, read less. Instead of spending a leisurely evening reading, we've spent an evening writing blog posts. And it's time that changed.
Over the past 3 years, Jason and I (and now Bug) have loved sharing our lives with you. This blog and its accompanying Facebook page have provided many hours of entertainment, comraderie and community. You, readers, have stretched us to think further outside the box than we ever imagined. You have cheered us on in tough times and rooted for us in great times. You have changed our lives forever.
Back in March 2013, I was already thinking ahead. I knew the end would come soon. I had imagined the end would be December 2013. But then I found myself without a job and with a lot of time I could devote to our blog. But then, life changed again. Not only did I find myself with a job, I also found myself with child!
We have prayerfully considered when would the best time to end this blog, if ever, and my friends, that time has come, but I don't know that it's really the end. Does anything really ever end? This blog will remain in existence, so any recipes you have loved, any crafts you want to make, they will all be here, waiting for you.
We will keep our Facebook page up and active - it is one of Jason's favorite things, although admittedly, he often has little time to chat with you all there. It is a goal of his to be active more there now that he will be freed from writing posts here!
I don't know if we'll ever come back to this space to share again, but I imagine one day, we will share again. We have so loved having you all in our lives and sharing with us. We pray the coming days, months and years are good to you and yours. You will always be on our hearts, in our minds and part of our prayers. Love and hugs to you all.