This has been a hard post to write, but the time has now come to close the chapter on my blog. It is hard to end something you've worked so hard on and put it to rest, especially after eleven wonderful years of sharing my life and meeting so many magnificent readers. I am truly blessed and thankful to you for the stories we've shared, the encouragement we've given each other and the community that we've built here.
As with anything in life things change. My children are all grown and I no longer have anyone to parent or claim responsibility for. I no longer do the Mom things I've been doing for the past 37 years. I don't bargain shop for school clothes, shoes or supplies. I don't give my children haircuts or pack their lunches in the morning. There are no more extra-curricular activities, concerts, games and events, back-to-school nights or parent teacher conferences.
Over the years I've taught my children to cook, do chores, fix things, take care of animals, take care of themselves and all I know about budgeting and finances. I've worked hard and given them the best start to their adult lives that I could and to instill a proper set of morals, values and integrity. That part of my life is now completed. I have done my job.
With that in mind my focus in life must now change. There has been a shift in what I am now supposed to do. I'm now a cheerleader, idea bouncer, listener and encourager. I am no longer a parent, I'm just Mom. It is a good place to be.
It is now time to move on. The next chapter awaits as I settle into my new role. It has been a good run and looking back I am so incredibly grateful for it all. I've been blessed in numerous ways, no doubt about that. But, don't worry, I won't be gone for good. I'll still be around, it just won't be here anymore. If you would like to continue to follow along with me, and I hope you will, I'll be over here and over here.
I want to give you a big hug and a huge heartfelt thank you for everything we've shared this past eleven years. God Bless you now and long into the future. I'll see you around.