Wednesday, March 29, 2017

An Update & Why I Won't Be a Blogger Anymore

So, it's been quiet around here. If this were a house, I would be in deep-dusting mode.

In mid-January we finally got to move out of our house so it could be fixed for the second time. {Our city went through a gazillion earthquakes about five years ago.} It was repaired just before our son was born, but it wasn't done properly {eg.the builders didn't fix the foundations, so the house has continued to slowly sink these past four years, incurring more damage}. So it was very overdue. Many dreams for our little house have been put on hold.

But God is good. So good. He provided a home for us for the past nine weeks. A giant, beautiful home right by the beach all through the summer. And, for free. Amazing.

And the house has been fixed really well. We're home. We missed it so much. It still needs new bricks put on it and the lawn to be redone. But other than that, we're at the place we've been waiting for.


It's been quiet here on the blog because, at the house we were staying at, there was no internet. I mean, none. For nine weeks. We had to check emails, do internet banking etc. at our family's house. Have you ever gone nine weeks without access to the net? Let me tell you, it was glorious. I loved it.

Of course, it was hard at times. I had no access to news, so WW3 could have started and I wouldn't have had a clue. I didn't hear about the London terrorist attack until a day later. And, it was a pain when we couldn't quickly google an answer for something.

But, aside from that, I didn't miss it at all.

I had nine weeks of fully present, uncluttered living with my family. And it was really, really edifying.


So what did we DO without the internet?

I read about eight books. I journalled. We walked A LOT. We read lots of books together. We made Lego houses. I got into the daily habit of reading my Bible and praying. We cut back on TV for the kids. We were limited to what we could watch because we didn't have Netflix {oh my}. We had the Concert Radio playing on in the background. I didn't get any gossip or entertainment noise in my head. I wasn't bombarded by Professional Blogging.

I almost felt like I was living back thirty years when I was born. In simpler, more mundane times.

Oh, and aside from the interent, I didn't have a dishwasher! So, despite having only had it less than a year, I was transported back to doing dishes twice a day. And it was really nice.

We were forced back to simple. Back to connected. Back to present. Back to quiet living.


And I didn't miss blogging.

I began to think, I am nobody. Who am I? I am a young wife and mother, not an older woman who has been there, and gained God's wisdom for life. Who am I to put my opinions out there that could be detrimental to a sister-in-Christ? I felt challenged about things I have written here in the past - not that they were wrong per se...But that it may not have been loving to put them out there. Or even the right thing. I know I have been affected by reading blogs and getting confused.

At the same time, I missed sharing. My favourite blogs are not "helpful" ones or ones that push opinions out there, even if I like the advice or share a similar opinion. The writers I love share their heart. And they share it humbly, in a way that isn't overt, but rather, this is our life and how we live and I want to share that with you...

That's the kind of writer, if I am to write at all, I want to be. Writing is my jam. I love it. I missed it. But not blogging. I don't want to be a blogger.

So, as I wait and pray and seek to continue a simpler life now that the pull of the internet is around again, if I keep writing here, it won't be as a blogger. It won't be because I'm trying to persuade you to live like me {even if I think you should, lol!}. Rather, this place will be a writing space where I can journal, share, and communicate our life with those who are interested. My thoughts and opinions will be there, but you can take it or leave it. Your life is God's, not mine.

Much love in Christ,



  1. Just so you know you are not 'a nobody'. I am on the other side of 'the ditch' and have regularly checked this space over the last months. Even 'worried' over the long silence.

    I am now what the world would say is a nobody, same as you, a wife and mother only. I have to regularly remind myself that God sees beyond this moment.

    There are some blogs I visit that leave me feeling inadequate as a mother, homemaker and new home educator but it is nice to visit yours because you too are on this journey of life.

    That is not to say I agree with everything you have ever written, but that is okay because you don't write in a way that makes me feel guilty for disagreeing.

    So thank you for returning.

  2. Wow, thank you, Su. That was so sweet and encouraging. Truly. So nice to know I'm noticed! :) But, more importantly, that somehow that God has used this space. I pray He will continue to do so! Thank you x

  3. Hi, Sarah! Glad to hear from you again! Thanks for sharing what God is doing in your life! I'm happy to hear of the good times you've had and how God is leading you. May He continue to bless you and lead you into His blessed Presence.

  4. Hi Sarah, it sounds like those 9 weeks were a good break, and what a blessing that the house beside the beach was provided. Your blog posts have always been an encouragement to me! I also have not been blogging for a while. Just busy being mummy and wife, and quite frankly I don't have the mental creativity to think of anything to write! Hope you enjoy being back home and appreciating the garden once it is sorted :-)

  5. They certainly were! And the garden is something I'm looking forward to getting into as well, though it's been a wet Autumn so far :(

    How is your little one? You are so blessed to have another one. Praying God's grace and mercies on you and your lovely family xxx

  6. I just stumbled across your blog...led by the Spirit, I am sure. I've been really encouraged by how you shared your heart for intentional motherhood. I have 3 littles 4 and under, and I know I need to grow in this area of choices and intentional living. I'm from central Kansas, in the breadbasket of America. God bless you as you care for your family!

  7. Andrea, your comment just so encouraged me. Thank you so much. I write because God is working on my heart, and I just love to share what He's teaching me - so I'm right there with you. Rachel from lives in Kansas, too. She has a heart for motherhood just like me.