Friday, December 10, 2010

... THE END (and where you can find me)

Ok, so here's the deal.

This is long so let me give this information to you right off...

I will no longer be posting here... you can find my active blog by clicking here... I will not be posting there until after Christmas or maybe a few days before... but you can go there, scroll down to the very bottom and click follow to keep up with me on a regular basis.

This blog will stay but there will be a new name and it will work differently, so you can continue to follow to see what happens there.

Okay, now for the DETAILS!!!

This is the very last post on You and Me Plus Three blog... I have loved every minute and it's pretty much KILLING me to not be able to keep up with it anymore. But the fact remains... I am a mom of 3 VERY active little ones and I have just run out of time. By the end of the day, I'm just too tired to post... When I have time to post I'm just so exhausted from sports, school, work, etc. I just want to do absolutely nothing... which is rare that, that even happens. I know MANY of you can relate because MANY of us have talked about this subject. It's just not easy... I look up to those of you that can actively keep up with your blogs... I'm very jealous, in fact. I want to "scrapbook" our wonderful, crazy, BEAUTIFUL life... but there just aren't enough hours in the day. I can't tell you how many times, that I have felt "guilty" because I wouldn't keep up with my blog. I have NO idea why I felt guilty... but when I cannot post normally... it becomes stressful to me. WEIRD, I know!!!! ;-)

Everything is great here, couldn't be better... it all comes down to "time" and I just don't have enough. I am a "work" at home mom which makes it even harder for me to have that extra time... and probably the biggest reason why I'm unable to keep up with it. When I found out about Bentley's heart I started my blog... I posted non stop... for one because I put work off, to spend that extra time with Bentley, loving on my sweet girl, research her heart condition, and basically freaking out every second of the day. It was a lot to take on so work was the last thing on my mind.... also I think my blog help me in MANY ways... well, I KNOW it helped me get through the first year for sure. It was therapeutic for me. I would express my feelings so I didn't not have that extra weight on my shoulders and I received so much feedback, positive stories, PRAYERS, etc. That is the thing I am most grateful for about my blog. I can promise you if it weren't for me starting my blog and being connected to all of you and you all being so kind to keep Bentley in your prayers... I would probably have ended up in a mental hospital. ;-) Seriously though... I probably would have!! So I cannot thank you all enough!!!! I am so sad I'm having to end the blog, but I need to "free" some of my time to enjoy more with my family and without feeling "stressed" because I haven't posted in a week.

A couple of BIG things going on in the midst of this one. One that I am super duper happy about....

You and Me Plus Three will no longer be here BUTTTT a blog will still be here only a new name. I started my blog to share about Bentley's heart to family and friends because I could not talk about it... it was too hard. That turned into something completely different and totally positive.... I cannot tell you how many people come across my blog searching just like I did when I found out about Bentley's heart. Or how many emails I get asking heart journey related questions, pedi heart surgeon questions, and so on. I have seen my blog help others and that my friends, has put the biggest smile of all on my face... SOOOOO... this blog will still be here, only... it will be called...

I "heart" Bentley

In about a week if you come back you will see many changes... it is not going to be a family blog... I want to keep it because so many needing inspiration and hope come across it and it helps them, this I love and I don't have to post regularly because most the information they want is already there. So in about a week this blog will have a different name... look completely different, and function differently. I am going to remove all my family post and only leave the heart related post. I will post new post on it as I wish... they will all be heart related post. I just want to help others at this point... I have seen it, therefore I don't feel right completely removing it. And hopefully, in the future I can be more involved with heart related issues and awareness and I will also most definitely post those things on here. So keep you eye open for those changes... it will be a slow process... and happen one thing at a time. The name will change, the look will change, etc.

Now for the second thing... if you have been reading here for a while now you know I have a huge interest in photography... well... I pretty much disappeared from that blog too... BUT it is a huge passion of mine and definitely something I would like to branch out to and see where it takes me. I still have my photography blog... and that blog will be my full time "main" blog instead of You and Me Plus Three. Basically... I have "too much" going on on the Internet... ha! I need to eliminate some things to allow more time to do the things I enjoy most (spending time with my family).

So no more You and Me blog... no more twitter, etc. I just can't hang!! It was very hard trying to decide what to eliminate but I have never really felt "comfortable" blogging about my kids. I'm such a paranoid person... that every time I click "publish post" I would just cringe and pray that no crazies have wondered here. That's also a big reason I will be ending this blog... I thankfully have NEVER had an issue with my blog and the crazies... but it always had me worried. That is another main concern. So there is just so much thought put into this decision and it's clear the best thing for me is to end You and Me Blog. It's time for me to move on.

So there you have it... and from the bottom of my heart I thank everyone that has every commented, emailed, prayed, gave me hope, etc. through this blog. I have had so many emotional times sitting here typing and all of you have been there for me just as much or more than real life friends... so this is extremely hard for me. But it's time for me to move on...


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