Sunday, February 05, 2006

It May Be Time to Move On

Jeff, at designed my "new" header for me a couple of weeks ago when he didn't have anything better to do with his time. Today, in a post featuring a missing post, Jeff sent out Inspector Clouseau and the Pink Panther to find it. They toured the blogosphere, and one of the places they happened upon was my "Ramzackle houze". If you've never met Jeff before, please head over to his blog and browse around. If you HAVE met Jeff before, you already know the talent this guy possesses. In the meantime, how do I explain the caption "I Was My Kid's Mom" to my daughters???

Actually, I have shown this to them, and they thought it was hilarious.

In all honesty, I've had a couple of things happen to me recently which have had me thinking that it was time to pack it all up and leave the blogosphere. Perhaps it IS time to move on. . . I'll let you know sometime this week of my decision.


At 11:34 AM, Blogger Darlene said...

Val, that image is so funny, but I do hope that you don't leave. You are one of my favorite bloggers. It would be lonely here without you.

At 1:16 PM, Blogger My Kid's Mom said...

Darlene: I was hoping that the "new image" wouldn't bother you, as you are the creator of the "old image"! When Jeff sent it to me, I couldn't stop laughing because there are times when I feel like my house is falling down around me and I just want to take off. I am sure ALL moms can relate to that feeling.

Thank you for your kind words - you are one of my favorites, too. I'm just praying that I make the right decision.

At 2:19 PM, Blogger JodiTucker said...

I, for one, vote that you continue blogging because you are a lovely source of Godly wisdom and encouragement by just sharing tidbits about your life adn how God works through it. I do not have blog (yet) because I'm not sure if it would truly encourage others or just be a life journal that I could just as easily keep on Microsft Word (for me, about me, blah, blah, blah) Hmmmmm.
Anyway, you have the gift of encouragement!!

At 4:38 PM, Blogger HeyJules said...

Oh sure...hook us in to loving you and those two beautiful girls of yours and then move! I'm a good neighbor but a sore loser and I'll really be sad to think you won't be living down the road from me anymore.

Really sad.

But...I'll respect your decision either way {{{she slumps off and cries behind the "for sale" sign.}}}

At 4:50 PM, Blogger Julana said...

My Kid's Mom,
I enjoy reading your blog, and feel like you, like most of the rest of my blogroll, are a friend. I also feel conflicted about blogging, because it takes so much time and thought, for me. And I'm afraid it pulls me away from putting energy into real-life relationships. At the same time, it gives an outlet for thoughts that I don't have another avenue to share.
I understand having mixed feelings about it, anyway.

At 4:52 PM, Blogger Nettie said...

I hope you stick're one of my most encouraging reads. Pleeeeeeeeeeease?

At 8:36 PM, Blogger Darlene said...

I've come back to make sure you haven't left yet.

Jeff defaced a photo of my favorite baby and sent it to me, if I didn't mind that, I won't mind him tinkering with your blog.

I hope you got my long email today. :)

At 8:43 PM, Blogger Mrs. Diamond said...

oh no, please don't leave!

At 10:59 PM, Blogger My Kid's Mom said...

Jodi: How I wish you did have a blog. You always leave such wonderful notes on my blog, and I'd love to be able to visit you at your own place! You are just so kind, thank you.

Julie: You have such powers of persuasion - GUILT! Wasn't it Erma Bombeck who said "Guilt is the gift that keeps on giving"?
Who knows - maybe I'll move in with you!!

Julana - Yes, I feel conflicted about it, too. But, in a way, I feel like it is my only creative outlet - so,in that regard, I feel like I can "justify" the time I spend writing. It seems like you are a friend, too - and seeing how you're in Ohio (along with Jodi Tucker), we're pretty close neighbors!

Nettie - Do you know how hard it is to say "no" to you??? I missed you so much for the two weeks YOU were gone!

Darlene - Boy, I am so blessed - you visited me twice in one day. I'm still here - still pondering. What photo did Jeff deface? I don't think I remember that one!
And yes, I DID get your e-mail, and I plan to respond tomorrow (it was the Super Bowl today).

Mrs. D - You're a sweetheart, I'll take your pleas under consideration, too!

At 12:11 AM, Blogger Rebekah Christine said...

ROTFL!!!! You cannot say that you were not warned Val!!!!

And since you probably don't know her that well yet I will let it be known that Jodi is my cousin (in case you didn't know) but please don't hold that against her.

-Scott (Rebekah's Daddy)

At 10:20 AM, Blogger Tyra said...

I'm sorry to hear that some things have happened that are making you consider stopping blogging. I have found that blogging can be stressful, especially if you have nothing to blog about! I found myself on this quest to have a ton of readers but the pressure was too much and was taking away from the real reason I began blogging.

I hope you don't leave but I respect your reasons for doing so if you do.

Take care! I'll miss your uplifting posts and comments though.

At 11:31 AM, Blogger Barbara said...


OH NO!!!!!!!!

Whilst I would understand that you have your reasons, I would be very sad if you did stop blogging - and as you can see from the other comments, so would many other people.

You have become a very dear and valued freind...

But, ultimately, the decision is yours and don't let anyone influence you - if you feel this is what you have to do. I will pray for discernment for you...

At 1:05 PM, Blogger Sheryl said...

I hope you decide to stay, even if you don't blog as often! I really enjoy your point of view. I would miss you if you go!

At 3:19 PM, Blogger Sarah said...

Oh, I so hope you stick around!! I love reading your blog. I like to hear about your girls. Please don't go!

At 3:33 PM, Blogger Dawn said...

I love your blog and I just found you. I hope you will keep on posting, but will respect your decision.

At 3:38 PM, Blogger echotig said...

It seems everyone quits blogging eventually, or at least slows down.

I think you should write when you want to write, for yourself, and on your own schedule.

At 3:58 PM, Blogger Jeff H said...

Hey, it's not as though I ever have anything better to do with my time...

Hope you stick around. You're such a treat. I think we'll all understand if "life gets in the way of blogging", though--particulary Darlene, who's quit and restarted blogging more often than I change underwear (which, by the way, is more often than you might think).

At 4:55 PM, Blogger Paula said...

I don't want you to leave. You are such an important part of our blogging community. We've all struggled with leaving from time to time, so I can relate.

Love and hugs,

At 5:27 PM, Blogger Kevin said...

Stay, Ahhh, Just a little bit longer.
Please, please, please, please, please tell me that you're gonna.
Now, Your Daddy don't mind,
And your Mommy don't mind
If we have another dance here: Just one more,

One, more time,
Oh, won't you stay just a little bit longer,
Please let me stay here, please say that you will.

At 9:01 PM, Blogger JodiTucker said...

Hello Val.....There is something else that I forgot about this blogging thing......My son gave me his xanga blog address last Mother's Day. He knows I couldn't care less about jewelry or material stuff as gifts. I was far more interested in his heart, his life in general, and how God is working in and through him. Since he's on his own in an aparment with other guys and all, blogging really is a lovely source of communication to me and others. I was thrilled with that gift!! Another daughter (18) blogs, too, but much less frequently. Still, her blog is a blessing to me.
There is a big drawback to teens being on blogs----what they write may come back to haunt them or "bite them in the butt" with what they have to say. They forget that www really does mean World Wide Web with all its good and bad stuff on it. We have chosen not to let the youngest daughter (17) blog until she is 18 and out of high school.....maybe a hard-line call on our part, but hey, we're her parents and that's waht we feel is best for now......So, blogging can be both a blessing and a curse, depending on the writer, the commenter and any others just happening to read a new blog. I went on to yours via RebekahsPage which has so many wonderful supportive folks. Anyway, just another take on the blogging thing.

At 9:40 AM, Blogger Darlene said...

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At 9:41 AM, Blogger Darlene said...

Val, I've quit blogging four times from what I recall, so you do the math on Jeff's underpant changes.

At 10:56 AM, Blogger Jeff H said...

Darlene, I think you're only recalling that one particular day.

And face it, who really needs underpants anyway?

At 1:57 PM, Blogger My Kid's Mom said...

Scott: I know, I know - Jeff does have quite the sense of humor! And I do know that Jodi is your cousing - and she's also a "neighbor" of mine because she lives in Akron, which is only a couple of miles away from me!

Tyra: Yes, there can be "pressure" in bloggin, in many different ways. I'm still in the process of making a decision, and I appreciate your support.

Barbara - You, my dear, are such a good friend to me. You always know the right things to say to me to help support and encourage me, and for that, I thank you!

Sheryl - Thanks for your kind words, I appreciate them!

Sarah - I love hearing about your girls, too, especially Anna. We share a common bond as moms with kids who have chronic illnesses.

Dawn - I know we're just getting to know each other - and that's one of the reasons this is such a difficult decision!

Echo - I hear what you're saying, and I agree with your strategy about trying to balance how much blogging should be done. Thanks for your advice!

Oh Jeff - You are too much! Thanks for calling me a "treat" - but the next natural question is "what kind of treat" - and I'm not sure I want to hear the answer to that one!

Paula - I knew you'd understand about this dilemma, and I also appreciate your wanting me to stay within this community - that means a lot to me!

Kevin - Now everytime I hear that song, I am going to think about you!!!

Jodi: Yes, I've thought about all of those things. Thanks for your additional input.

Jeff and Darlene - The two of you absolutely crack me up. Sometimes, I feel like the Mom who has to split up her kids when they start to "bickering". Jeff, perhaps you should try DEPENDS.

At 4:20 PM, Blogger Jeff H said...

I worked on a geriatric psych unit for 3 years. I will never wear Depends. Just put me in a pine box and drag me out to the lower 40 instead.

And as to what kind of treat you are: a chocolate covered strawberry.


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