9.12.2011

A Time For Everything {A Blog Break}


Are you ready for a long post?

It's my last for a few months,
so I'm going all out with the photos and links...
enough to keep you busy while I'm away!

First, a little wisdom.


In the last year of living again,
there really has been a time for everything.

A time to take a break . . . 

. . . and a time to make some decisions.

A time to dance in the kitchen . . . 

. . . and a time to just be.


A time to celebrate . . .

. . . and a time to give thanks.

A time to be broken . . .

. . . and a time to sing.


A time to be silly . . .

. . . and a time to face my fear.

A time to talk about the way we eat . . . 

. . . and a time to plant a garden.

A time to hit the road . . . 

. . . and a time to come home.

A time to visit Maine . . . 

. . . and a time to read good books.

 
A time to switch things around . . . 

. . . and a time to style my shelves.

A time to admire my girls . . . 

. . . and a time to let them go.

A time to be a homemama . . .

. . . and a time to work with all my heart!

Now is the time to design custom Christmas cards for the most amazing clients. I absolutely love what I do! I get to put my love of words, paper, fonts, photography and beauty to work in a meaningful and personal way that blesses others! What a privilege!

 
My 8th season designing custom cards.
Can you believe I get to do this?
I love it!

As I shift into my busy season, I've wondered how to be both busy and balanced. The Lord keeps whispering a gentle refrain: "Trust me with your time." {Psalm 31:15} It sounds so simple...until it requires something sacrificial. Really, Lord? You want me to let go of THAT?



It's time to take a break from the blog.

I love this little blog space. I love the friends I've made {I enjoyed breakfast with one of them today!}, I love the writing, I love the photography and I'm crazy about sharing beauty and inspiration...but it's time to lay it down so that I can pour my creative energy into cards. {Speaking of laying things down, I love this song!}




Deep breath.
Lord...I trust You with my time.

Christmas cards are my passion, but the season is intense. There will be afternoons when my girls have to fend for themselves, nights when my husband has to go to bed without me by his side and moments when I need all hands on deck to help me in my studio.


My sweet family enters this season with a willingness to give me up...because they love seeing the God-given passion and creativity flow through me. I am so blessed to have their full support!


{I love you, sweet family!}

At the end of the day, I want my family to know that I've used my time well...that I've been honest and intentional with my computer time. And on the nights when I have to return to my studio after dinner, I want them to know I'm doing the work God has given, not bouncing around in blogland. Looks like no more late-night blogging in the bathroom for awhile! Tee! Hee!


I'm no super woman, but maybe
giving up my blog will give me a little extra time
to keep up with the little things...like the advent calendar!


When I told my girls I was giving up the blog, they said, "Oh, Mama! I hope not forever!" Sweet girls, they are my biggest fans. I love that my family knows the real me, yet they still love to find out more about me through my writing and photography here on the blog.

If the family blesses and the Lord inspires, I'll be back to blogging after Christmas. In the mean time, I will miss you, sweet blog friends!!! Thank you for making me feel so blessed and loved here in this little place.

 

The blog world is filled with so many amazing, inspiring, sincere women! {I hope some of them will leave comments below so that you can know who they are and go visit them!} Many of you have reached out and become true friends...a most unexpected gift in this online world!

I wish you all a fabulous fall and hope we'll stay in touch. If you miss me too much while I'm gone {wink!}, you can always send me an email! I'd love to hear from you! Remember: people are ALWAYS worth my time!

Here's to a new season!

Hugs and love,

P.S. If you depend on my blog for card announcements or Open House updates, you won't find that here this season. Please send me an email and I'll add you to my email list.

P.P.S. If you're wondering how to know when I'm back to blogging, you can always subscribe via email at the top right side of my blog {then unsubscribe in the future if you'd like}.

P.P.P.S. I've already thought of a dozen inspirations I wish I had shared before making this decision. It's so hard not to want to share! Do you think I can do this??? Lord, I trust you with my time. Now just help me have some Pinterest discipline, too!

P.P.P.P.S. How's that for the longest post ever?!?! Au revoir, mes amis!




31 comments:

  1. Sweet Linsey,
    Your blog will be missed. I love hearing how God speaks to your heart. Remember the song that says
    "There's a Grand Canyon between you and me"? I have been in that canyon for a while now and I look forward to being back on the mountain top. But until then, I want what is good and pure and holy to be near. Your blog radiates goodness, pureness and holiness. I look forward to your return and may God bless this card season for you and your family!

    Love in Him,
    Whyt

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  2. Linsey... You are such a sweet, genuine person. I wish you the best of luck over the next few months. I knwo you will balance everything just as God wants you too! xo- Brooke

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  3. You will be missed Linsey. Your blog is so sincere and real - not just putting on a show for others. I always get so excited when you have a new post. Good luck to you and God bless you BIG with your Christmas Cards this season. I'm off to check them out. xo

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  4. You go out with a bang, no?! I loved reading this post and remembering all the posts you've shared over the last year. You are a real friend to me and I've loved getting to know you through your blog! So smart to take a break! Though I will miss you!! I'll be here when you are back!! Have a wonderful card season. I pray you are filled with inspiration, wonderful clients, and that you continue to find joy in the beauty you create.
    xoxoxo, Tess

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  5. You can do it! Wishing you a very blessed season. Remember what Ann Voskamp writes: "Don't Christians have all the time in eternity, life everlasting?" We just need ENOUGH time, not MORE time. Live in each moment, freely and beautifully as you already do. You are giving/living your gifts.

    Thank you so much for sharing your email. I will be one missing you too much :)You are a real treasure!

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  6. I will truly miss your sweet spirit and inspiration you bring through your blog. May God bless this time for you as you bless others with your creativity designing their cards.

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  7. oh girl I will MISS YOU! but good for you for having your priorities straight. blogging is very time consuming. this little break will free you up to do the work God's given you. get busy friend:) btw...YOUR studio is amazing!!! what a perfect place to create.

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  8. Have fun creating, Linsey. See you when you get back.

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  9. Beautifully done Lins! We will certainly miss you and your gorgeous photos and inspiring words, but understand your decision to step away for awhile. Bravo my friend!

    Now off to finding a picture of my kiddo to use in our cards this year. ;)

    xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo~
    T

    PS- we are well overdue for our wine date!!!!

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  10. I will miss your beauty hunting here but I understand you are too busy now. Good luck...

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  11. Good luck. You will be missed!

    ♥ sécia
    www.petiteinsanities.blogspot.com

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  12. Popping in to wish you a successful card season. I can relate very well to your blog break, as I'm in the same situation now - in the studio from morning till late at night. I did manage to get one blog post in for the month so I guess I'm kind of on an unofficial break. Hope your surrounded by lots of inspiration and we'll catch up later!

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  13. ok..i knew this but i am ever SO bittersweetly sad..if that is a word.
    You my friend are one of the most beautiful hearts I have never met..but will. one day:) Of course you will be hearing from me. I think there are lots of us being drawn into our workspaces to draw out what God has gifted. SO with God going before you..create away sweet friend...create away.
    I will talk soon..all my love
    xoxo

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  14. Well who can argue with that? You are right to trust Him with your time. You will feel free. It's amazing how much time these computers suck away from our days and how much we could be creating instead of looking at others create! Your cards, which are amazing by the way, and your family are so worth the sacrifice. Enjoy this season friend!

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  15. To mama this is hallie:
    Mama,I will miss reading your blog posts when I get home from school.I love your blog so much and there is so much God does to other people through it.Here is a blog post from me:
    What I love about you
    I love your smile.The way you smile makes me laugh and hug you on my worst day.I love your atmosphere is so calm and spunky at the same time.I love the way you speak ,it makes me listen even when I am angry at you.I love your faith,the way you raise us is incredible.I love you so much and you are a women after God's own heart.
    Love,hallie

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  16. Oh Hallie, there you go making me cry again!! What a wonderful family you have. I have so enjoyed getting to know you guys a little bit.

    I hope you mama is not done forever either. I have found such solace here on here blog, but I know right now she is headed into something huge and how insightful of her it is to let this one thing go.

    Linsey, I'm at a similar point in my life, but havent had the courage yet to admit. I have a few hard months ahead of me where I need to buckle down and get things done, but I'm only just now starting to realize I can not do it all. When priorities are taken in to consideration the blog is the first thing to go. You are brave and creative and wonderful, I can't wait to see you Christmas cards! or for you to get back in the swing of things here!

    We won't forget you :)

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  17. So the crazy time begins, and these hands will be there to help when you need it. I won't miss your blog because I'll have you.xoxox

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  18. This mama is in tears! It doesn't get any sweeter than seeing an unexpected comment from your own daughter.

    MISS YOU ALREADY, sweet blog friends!!! But the creativity is flowing like crazy! Such a needed blessing!

    xoxo,
    Linsey

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  19. Well that Hallie is one wise woman!!! She takes after her mamma I guess?? I can tell you she is right on the mark about how God does so much to others through your blog...But, that being said I have had one of "those weeks" and have not yet written back to you (as was my intent) and know how overwhelming it is to feel pulled in many directions....God and family being the most important, in that order!! So just know I have thought of you many times in the past few weeks and already miss the wonderful peace, love and faith that I receive when I read your blog but I know where to find you and I know you are busy as a bee getting ready for your busy season so lunch it will be....SOON!!! Hugs to you Linsey and Hallie....you really are one amazing girl!

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  20. can't wait to hear all about your blogging break.....love that you are listening and obeying...you won't ever regret it. :)

    Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas...and can't wait to catch up after your break.....

    I know your card season will be blessed...praying calm and peace over all of it.

    Your comment from Hallie blew me away tonight...there is no greater calling than being mom to our kids. You are a fantastic wife and mother and friend.

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  21. I have said a special prayer for you to have the extra strength and HIS anointing to get your projects completed in a balanced way. I will miss the encouraging way you share on the blog, but totally admire you for laying one thing down to give your best at another...trusting God with our time is the only way to have any sort of balance in life. God Bless you and your family!

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  22. Oh my goodness, you are such a blessed woman and a shining example to us all. Yes, we should listen. Listen to Him, listen to our heart, and listen to each other and find glory and grace in each and every day and an ocassional blog post! You know, I was being pretty tough on myself for stepping away from my little blog...until now:)
    You go and enjoy every minute of the season and thank you so much for this post. I love long good-byes!
    xo Lisa

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  23. somehow i missed this!
    i swung by just ot check on you & realized this had posted.
    miss you!!
    you inspire me in so many ways sweet girl
    xoxoo

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  24. Hi sweet friend, hope your break is going well and card season is productive. I miss your posts and can't wait to have you back! I love your photo here of Jesus Calling, and that we are so far apart but have our hearts set to the same things!

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  25. I am SURE your break is going wonderfully....thinking of you tonight!

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  26. Thank you for continuing to check in, sweet friends. I've definitely been blessed by my decision to take a break from the blog. Cards are coming along beautifully! I'm using every ounce of creativity and loving it! Enjoying my family, too!

    Joy to you!
    Linsey

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  27. I will miss your blog! I so understand, as I have cut back on blogging, and not just for the Christmas season! I love it, but it takes a back seat to some other things in my life.

    Have a wonderful holiday season and a very early MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and your family!

    teresa

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  28. thinking about you this morning.....
    sure you are in FULL SWING of Christmas card making!!!!

    Be blessed!

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  29. You are such a sweet, genuine person. And your blog will be missed.

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  30. Hope you have a wonderful break spending time with your family....we will see you when the time is right!

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