Thursday, February 19, 2009

One of the things I struggle with in this blog is just how much to reveal personally. I am sure it is the same with you. Not that I don't want to be real, because I've always been a heart on my sleeve kind of person. But the reality is that the internet is out there for everyone. You can't forget that. You really don't know who is reading, what the information will be used for, etc. Everyone goes through tough times, emotionally, personally, and while I can't do a whole lot of complaining because God has been very good to us, I am going through a bit of the rain right now that falls into every life. I'll work through it, I hope I'll learn something useful from it. But I just don't have a whole lot to give right now. I need to take the rest of the month off. I think. I'm not sure how much time I need really. There are a lot of changes happening right now, and I can't say that I am happy about them. Don't give up on me. Say a little prayer for wisdom for me. I miss you already.


  1. Hey kiddo, when the rain falls and you're outside what do you do? You grab an umbrella or run for different when the moods are rainy ... we go for cover. Which is the smartest thing to do...and we've all had those times and will again no doubt. Just know that you have a lot of good thoughts and wishes from those who care about you.

    As for revealing things on the blog - you make such a great point about "who" can read what you say, what you think -- some people you might know, others total strangers. Although I never revealed a lot of personal details on my old blogs, that was one reason I closed them and opened a new one. I began to feel too vulnerable and exposed...with the new one I intend to keep a lot of "me" out of it and that makes me happy.

    Sending you sunshine to warm your soul my friend ♥

  2. I hear you on the "Internet is out there for everyone." I think I am experiencing that myself right now. Not sure what to do!? But I do understand you being so busy and needing to take some time off. You will be missed!

  3. I totally understand! Kinda going thru the same thing in my life, I reveal it to my blog readers? Do I take a break? Already have put my etsy shop on vacation.... Hope things get better! karen...

  4. Kathy,
    I took most of last summer off from blogging. Too many things that were rocking my world, and I just did not have it in me to share.
    Take as much time as necessary. And I am praying for you now.

  5. Kathy, in my Sunday School class we pray for worries and concerns that are unspoken. I will be saying my prayers for you and hoping that things are OK.

  6. Remember its always darkest before the dawn. God wants all of us and knows all about us. Be patient and wait on God he never fails us. He is there with us through it all. We have all been there in one way or another. Take care we will be praying for you.

  7. Kathy, I understand what you mean, honey. I'm pretty careful what I reveal and don't divulge anything truly private like dirty laundry. I just don't think the internet is the place for it. I try to keep my daily activities which are usually quite humorous anyway on th' blog but truly private??? Nuuuuuu, this is a sacred house and I keep those matters private. I hope your trial isn't a "life changing" one because those can be the worst of all sometimes. Good luck with what you are struggling with, chick, and get back to blogging as soon as you feel comfortable. We ALL have trials, ya know.......

  8. I hope this time passes quickly for you. I struggle with the same online at times. There is worry about what pictures I put out there with my kids and too mjuch information. I think many people feel the same way.

  9. I hear ya! I'll say a big prayer instead of a small one. Then I'll say it again and again.
    I didn't do the best wrap job on you-know-what...let me know if ONE thing isn't right. I want to know. I just put it in a box to measure for fit and ended up sealing it with no packing at all. In a hurry trying to tend to 3 boys.

  10. Sweet friend, I don't like the sound of all this one bit...Sending an email your way.
    xo bj

  11. Hi Kathy!

    Although I don't know your circumstances, I do recognize the angst and stress your are is all too familiar to me...I will definitely lift you and your family up in prayer at this time. And I can say with certainty that the darkness of the hour will indeed pass and the light will shine forth again soon. We'll still be here when you emege on the other side of this...we will miss you and your sweet presence here for sure, but we know God is doing His thing in His time, and we'll flow with that with you!

    Remember - you are safely in the palm of His hand - He will never leave you or forsake you...

    Hugs & Blessings,
    Becky S.

  12. I have rules--
    No last names.
    No mention of last name.
    I'm a little weary of using the front of my home.
    I REALLY want to protect my children from crazies.

  13. You will be missed...just remember that everything in life happens for a reason...good or all has a purpose even if we can't see it at the time...Just hang in there and things will turn around...hope to see you back real soon...Sue.

  14. Kathy,
    Before our lives changed without warning, we were all enjoying a place where we could share a recipe, a creation or a decorating tip. Blogging was a place to get lost for a while with a cup of coffee and lots of eye candy.

    I also find it hard sometimes to keep my private life from showing. I don't think it is fair to burden people when they too have their own problems and are looking to blogland for a little escape.

    You always do the right thing, and I just know that God is going to bless you.

    Blessing, Karen

  15. I try to be careful and I try not to use really private information. I think maybe in this day and age if someone wanted to find out about you they could with or without having a blog.

    I am sorry you are going through a hard time and I will pray for you and wait until you feel like coming back. It is hard work to have a blog and it takes time and if your life is demanding a lot of time too I think it could be very hard.

    God bless you.

    Roberta Anne

  16. Take the time you need, my friend. We will keep you in our hearts and prayers, and we will see you when you get back.


  17. Please know that prayer are being sent and words of concern are shared. Please come back stronger and wiser.


  18. Kathleen Grace,

    I will be thinking of you everyday and praying for you. You are a very special person & there are many out here who love and cherish your sweet, intelligent and spiritual self. Take all the time you need...sometimes things can't be put in words...

    I was late in reading your post on "reinventing" but the comments were very revealing. It seems 90% of us are having the same push & pull battle with who we are and who we want to be. We have defined ourselves by how we have raised our children and kept our homes. Sometimes it feels like I am being cast aside by my kids to whom I gave my all and my husband continues to work & do all the things he has been doing for the last 35 years so he doesn't even have to consider changes... so yes, I'm confused. I know I will keep growing inside & out and I pray that I will always have the grace of God to guide me.

    Thank you for getting us all thinking. You are a sweetheart!


  19. I understand exactly how you feel about revealing information on the internet. I've chosen not to post pictures of my children or grandchildren because, as you say, you don't know who is reading our blog.

    We'll miss you, but you need to take care of yourself right now and work through the changes that are happening in your life. I know that if you seek the Lord's wisdom, He will give it.


  20. Yes! I've thought the same thing you have. I have been reluctant to talk about my kids on the net because you don't know who's out there...but that is not like me at all. I am so proud of them! You take all the time you need away from this. We all understand. And sometimes, it's not that easy to come up with stuff to say especially when you don't want to reveal too much. Hope whatever you are going thru,that everything will work out and be okay for you.

  21. I am very careful to keep out all last names, locations, and personal trials and cares. I have only been blogging for not quite a year, and I enjoy it so much, although at times I do have questions about what to, and not to share. I am hurting with you in whatever situations that you are facing, and I will remember you in prayer whenever God brings you into my mind. You are a tremendously gifted lady and when the time is right for you...we will welcome you back.

  22. Dearest Kathy, I'm so sorry and will keep you in my prayers. You know you can email me any time if you'd like to talk. You'll be missed but I totally understand.

    Much love,


  23. Its clear, you have a whole slew of blogging friends ( including me) who will be waiting patiently for your return.

    Wishing you well,


  24. Hoping that you will be back soon and nothing is too big for GOD...
    Take care.

  25. Give up on you?! NEVER! You're in my thoughts and prayers already. Everytime I see the little blue bird you made for me, I smile! Take your time until you feel like you're old self, or maybe a new self. I know we're hundreds of miles apart, but if there is anything I can do for you, let me know. You're on my heart.
    Prayers and blessings,

  26. Bless your heart. When rain falls in your life...just remember the umbrella of love and friendship that comes to comfort you. I hope you will soon see a rainbow and that days will be brighter. Blessings,Kathleen

  27. Bless your heart. When rain falls in your life...just remember the umbrella of love and friendship that comes to comfort you. I hope you will soon see a rainbow and that days will be brighter. Blessings,Kathleen

  28. Oh yes, yes, yes. Don't forget that what we blog, goes out to the World Wide Net.

    Best of good wishes to you, during your rainy time. Yes, they come to all of us. And also yes, take as much time as you need, from blogging.

    To blog, should be to give us joy. In my humble opinion, that is. If/when it's a chore, drop it. Give all your energy/attention to this period of your life.

    Best wishes and gentle hugs, meantime...

    Aunt Amelia
    "There seems to be so much more winter than we need this year."
    ~Kathleen Norris

  29. Hope some sunshine comes out and dries up all that rain.
    Take care and come back soon

  30. Thoughts and prayers are being sent to you. You sound so sad...Lets hope the sun comes out soon. Laurie

  31. I'm sending prayers that God will send you answers that will be clear to you.

    I think a lot of people are going through hard times right now. I know that I've had my ups and downs. It's comforting to know that we're not alone.


  32. I can look back on things, changes that turned my world upside down, but ended up being HUGE blessings in disguise. Nobody could CONVINCE me of that at the time.....I hope you get some rest and some "down time" and before you know it, it will be sunshine and blue skies again!

  33. We all need time to gather ourselves together and pondering and rest. Sending a warm hug and wishes for peace in your heart :-)

  34. Kathy, God brings you to my mind often and I pray. I hope that helps. He knows.
    Love and hugs,

  35. ((((KATHY)))) I love you Kathy and I totally understand. I have been going through a rough time lately too and took some time from blogging. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Much love,

  36. Kathy, I feel so bad that you are going through some kind of trial right now. Know that you will be missed and you are loved by many. Take care of yourself. Debbi

  37. Oh, dear friend -
    Give up on you? Not in a million years! Friends don't give up on friends. You are in my prayers often. Remember, when it rains - God has a BIG umbrella. Get under it with Him and He will keep you safe from the storm.

  38. A prayer or two is on it's way. Mimi

  39. I'm new to your blog and really like it and will miss you; but understand. I hope all goes well, take care of's important!

    "Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has a purpose". --Elisabeth Kubler-Ross


  40. You are in our thoughts! Take care of yourself.

  41. Hi Kathy, I just now read your blog, and I hope you are doing better by now. Keep your chin up, there is always a silver lining (which sometimes we can't see as yet). But just know you have a lot of friends out here that are praying for you and wishing you well (me included!) Take good care, my friend!

  42. Sorry, to hear you are going through a rough time right now! I agree with you about keeping private things private, yet wanting to be "real" with your bloggy friends because it's a way of connecting with others. I think your blog post was vey wise and liked the way you put across what you're going through without endangering yourself through providing TMI (too much information).
    God bless you! I just said a quick little prayer for you. Thank you for taking time to visit my blog today! I really appreciated your fun comment! :)

    BIG ((HUGS)) to you!

  43. Dear friend, just to let you know I am thinking of you and holding you and your family in prayer.
    Love you, bj

  44. Totally relate, especially being a teacher. Must be very careful,never mind the weirdos who left weirdo relgious comments about my poetry, thus no more poetry on the blogs, just for journals now. Aside from that, hope you are doing well. I just look at your aprons and am cheered by them. Big hug, little darlin'. As my mom aways says, and I always believe her, "Things will get better. You'll see."
    Kiss ~

  45. So sorry about the trials you are experiencing in life right now. Big hugs and prayers for you,


  46. Hang in there. Know that if you ever need to vent we are here to listen.

  47. Sometimes we all have a little rain falling in our lives. And ...sometimes we just need a little time to get in from the rain. We will miss you Ms. Kathy, but rest assured we will all be here when you return. Take care of yourself ...have faith ...and remember this too shall pass.

    I wanted to let you know that I was getting the little book you sent me 'Miracles' ready to send off to the next blog reader. While again looking through it ...and feeling a little low with things going on here I opened and found a phrase which just went straight to my heart.

    'Surrender. Just surrender the circumstances to Him,
    stop flailing, stop trying to
    do it all on my own power,
    and all would be well.
    Have faith. Trust in a divine outcome.'

    Sending my thoughts and prayers your way! I'll miss you ...your
    blogland friend ....Alice

  48. I am sending good thoughts your way. I am praying for all of you during your rainy season. We have a Big God and I know he WILL see you through...m..

  49. I too struggle with revealing myself . It frightens me to think that these blogs could be read by the whole world, and I tend not to write much about personal things.

    Anyway, my prayers are with you in your decision making.

  50. I just came by from Charlie and Me. Such a beautiful and creative blog.
    Praying for you as you are going through this rough time. I always remember the saying my Mom loved:
    "Lord, help me to remember that nothing is going to happen to me today that you and I together can't handle."

  51. Dearest Kathy,
    I believe I understand about sharing too little or too much. There are times I delete my entry and try again the next day. :o)
    Please know that you are in my heart and prayers as you rest. If there is anything I can pray for specifically, feel free to contact me. In the mean time, the Lord knows right where you are and will know exactly what my prayers are regarding. :o)
    Hugs and prayers to you,
    Tricia Anne

  52. Kathy, I'll miss you and just nominated you for yet another award because I so appreciate the kind of person you are even though I haven't met you. Following blogs is personal no matter how you look at it, and you're right sometimes we forget we're writing for all eyes, not just a few. I'll say a prayer for tonight and ask God to give you the strength and wisdom you seek. Hugs:)

  53. I'll miss reading your blog, but you need to take whatever time necessary to get back on track. You are in my thoughts.

  54. Just dropping in to let you know that I'm thinking about you.
    Patricia :o)

  55. Just dropping in to let you know that I'm thinking about you.
    Patricia :o)

  56. Thinking of you dear Kathy...


  57. Just want you to know I'm thinking about you.


  58. Hi sweetheart...I hope you are doing ok. I hear you about the blog. I thought about all of the info when I did the tribute for Jordan. I have honestly thought about closing my blog entirely. My heart is just not in it right now and I don't want the blog to be a sad place to visit...that was never my intention.

    love to you,

  59. Sending, love, hugs and prayers your way! Take care, love,Lori

  60. Hi Kathy,

    I am new to your blog. I know what you mean about revealing too much information. I have a blog set up, and have not posted yet. It's like being on the diving board and not being ready to jump. Sorry to hear your having some rain in your life right now. My mom used to say, "In everyone's life a little rain must fall". Just keep the faith, and this too shall pass. Hope your feeling better and blogging again soon.



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