Friday, November 21, 2008

Every year, we spend Thanksgiving week at the beach in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Its too cold to get in the water, but it is beautiful and empty and a perfect time to go to the beach. We eat Thanksgiving dinner each year at Bubba's Seafood Shack, then we shop all Friday at the mall and Wal-Mart. It is the best shopping experience I have all year. Let me tell you, Wal-Mart at the beach is empty the day after Thanksgiving, which is reason enough to go just to find an empty Wal-Mart to enjoy.

But this year, I wont be coming back here.... my blog is going dark.


For some time now, I have ignored the fact that my home computer is dying. Even I could no longer deny the truth when I turned it off the other night and sparks flew from the cord. Yes, sparks...... as in... electrical fire sparks. The computer is dead, and I don't want to buy another one right now.


I know... I know... they are on sale at the empty Wal-Mart the day after Christmas and are pretty affordable.... but I still want to spend money elsewhere right now (did I mention the shower in master bath must be replaced and buying a nice rug for all 4 doors is not cheap, and, after 11 months, I am starting to buy curtains for the whole house... which might require a second mortgage...)


BUT... the biggest reason of all....


I am in the middle of doing a bible study, The Frazzled Female, by Cindi Wood (which I highly recommend) and if I could sum the study up in a nutshell, I would say: God gives us each a limited amount of time, energy and sanity and then allows us to choose how we spend that limited, time, energy and sanity. It is up to us to choose wisely. Maybe there are wiser things for me to do with my time than to spend so much of it on the computer......


I always thought of the blog as my modern day front porch. You know, in the old days, our grannies might sit on the front porch and visit with the neighbors, now today, instead of sitting on the porch, we visit blogs.... I realize I have been spending too much time on the front porch and need to get up and go back in the house now... and turn my attention elsewhere.


But I have enjoyed spending so much time on the porch.... I mean computer....making friends.... visiting others... and I will still be visiting and emailing you occasionally....

and maybe I will update occasionally....maybe....

EDITTED TO ADD:... your comments are so sweet....perhaps we should just call this a break.... maybe at the first of the year, after the busy holiday season, after some curtains are up, and I feel less rushed, more in control of all the things God is calling me to... I will have enough time and energy (and sanity) to include a little time on the porch in my routine again...


15 comments:

gin said...

Good bye dear one! I will check in with you often and hope I find you sitting on your front porch for just a moment.

Julie said...

Oh I am so sad for this! I will miss you, and honestly...isn't your mother in law helping out with those door mats?!?!?!? :) Two doors are covered aren't they?

Look forward to sitting with you on your front porch when you return!

ET @ Titus2:3-5 said...

I am in mourning... Seriously.

the Michel's said...

Hi Bobbie! I came to wish you a happy Thanksgiving! I did not expect to read your goodbye letter, but you sound like a woman who truly heard from God. You are funny and I enjoyed your words of wisdom. Iam sure you will occasionally visit your blog!! The world is full of computers! Anyway, HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Cuzn said...

Bye for now - - I will miss our rocking on the front porch (via computer blog) - - "There's a season for all things" as found in Ecclesiastes - -

thanks for 'being there' on the front porch - no matter what the weather was - -

P.S. - (there's always texting :)

Happy Thanksgiving - "luv your sister-cuzn"

LillyB said...

Thank you so much for your blog. I have enjoyed it so much and feel like I know you. Your recipes have been a great inspiration to me as well. Do you know there are women out there that never get one kind word from anyone but can go to a special blog like yours and feel Part of something beautiful! The world is an dark ugly place for some and you have brought sunshine!!
Do us all a favor and run by the local library and use their computer once in a while to check in and say Hi and let us know how much God has bless you...see He uses all things (even Computers) to minister to others and you have reached out to brothers and sisters you didn't even know you had! May God richly bless you and yours and bring restoration to your computer ministry!!!
p.s. we need to know the outcome of the door mat situation with your mother in law!
Love and Blessings!!
Lilly

Melanie said...

So long...for now.

texasdaisey said...

Just found you, sad to see you go, but I totally understand. Sometimes we have to say no to a yes for a greater yes. Blessings, Debbie

gin said...

Just passing by to see if you are sitting on the porch today waiting for a visitor or two.

gin said...

...and hoping you had a nice Thanksgiving.

Sharon said...

NO,no,no I am so down right now! Butttttt I totally understand. I too have left the front porch, But I won't go totally away, I did move to the back porch. But What about supper ideasssssss. "shucks"
God Bless you Always.
Please come back and let us know how you are doing.
Huggggssss & Blessings
Sharon

LillyB said...

Sending you many Blessings and Prayers!! Thinking of you friend!!

gin said...

When you come back I have an award for you!!

ValleyGirl said...

I certainly understand, but you will be missed. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and holiday season ~ and that we'll see you back here on the front porch someday!

Darlene said...

Bobbie,
So much has been going on in my life ...I am so behind in reading my favorite blogs. I hope you had a wonderful time in Gulf Shores...one of my favorite places too. I would love to have a get-a-way right now. I will miss you and hope to hear from you soon.
Sweet Blessings,
Darlene