Saturday, December 26, 2009

A Goodbye

Hope you all had a great Christmas.  I know we did.  Too great.  The amount of gifts under the tree this year made me sick to my stomach- a total obscenity.  And I take all the blame.  The overspending... the gift gluttony... my fault.  All of it.  Darrell would be happy to give everyone a 5 spot and a nice, shiny apple and be done with it.  I, on the other hand, get a little carried away.  I try to buy each kid as many items on their lists as we can, then...  I always want to buy "one more thing."  I don't know why I do that because I can't stand overindulged, spoiled children (meaning those belonging to other people, of course- not my own.  I love my overindulged, spoiled children, for the most part).  I also become overwhelmed and forget what I've already bought (my closet gets so stuffed, you can't see what's in there), so one kid (or two... or three...) winds up with more than the others.   Instead of returning a few gifts to even things out, I go out and buy more for everyone else.  Some part of my brain forgets that I'm not a Trump or a Hilton.  Next year, we are scaling back.  I mean it.  No, really.  I do. 

Onto a different subject...  I think I'm done, guys.  Blogging, I mean.  I've run out of things to say.  My daily life is...  what's the word?  Busy? Boring? Hectic?  Mundane?  SoincrediblyuninterestingthatnobodywouldwanttoreadaboutitwhilealsobeingsounbelievablybusythatIdon'thavetimetowriteaboutit?  Yes, that's it. 

The funny thing is that I never intended for this to be anything other than a way to keep family updated on our adoption, our kids, and a place to post pictures.  Now that my blog has actually become that, I don't wanna do it anymore. 

For awhile, I thought I was just having a little block.  Then, I thought it was because I got sick for so long and wasn't getting out of the house enough to have anything to say.  But... no. 

I just don't have anything left to tell you that I think you'd want to hear.  My stories have been told, my insights revealed (um... insights?  Where were the insights?), and my jokes are beyond stale.

So...  I think I'm done.  To the two of you still visiting:  Thank you for sticking with me and I'll miss your comments.  I've made a few "friends" through this blog who I truly wish I could know in real life.  You know, they have that new email thing now, I hear- so hopefully we can still touch base from time to time. 

I thought I'd leave you with a few of my favorite posts.  These were fun to write and also fun to go back and re-read.  Here are my top five favorites. First, the funny (at least in my own estimation):
5. Has the Whole World Gone Nuts...? (During my super fun time belonging to the VN Yahoo Group craziness)
3. Today on "Survivormom" (During our famous ice storm/ power outage adventures)
And this one has to be the Number One.  It's what this blog was created for:
 I hope you had a few favorites, too. 

And also...  A few last pictures of Sam.  He was the reason for this blog in the first place, so it seems fitting to end it with his beautiful, funny face.  Sammy, I love and adore you (your whole family loves and adores you) more than words could ever say.  No amount of blogging could cover it.  You have blessed our lives and enriched our family beyond measure.  You were most definitely, without a doubt, worth the wait. 

From yesterday (Our first Christmas morning with The Samster):

And a few pics from today.  Sam loved his first time playing in the snow!

To all of my children,
I hope you know that no matter how many sarcastic comments I've made about "putting up" with all of you, or how "terrible" you are... or the number of jokes we constantly hear from others for having "this many" kids,  I wouldn't trade my big family for anything.  Each one of you is a miracle to me.  I honestly never thought I'd be so blessed.   Having you has given my life meaning, purpose, and value.  You are my life.  I love you, I love you, I love you.  I hope this blog will be a place you can visit later on down the road to see what your nutty old mom thought about things, but mostly I hope that as you read it, you will take with you the knowledge that you enriched my life in countless ways.  When you look past the jokes, the complaints, and the sarcasm, I hope you'll see in these posts that: You are loved.  You are wanted.  And you were (are, always will be) my everything. 



Chandra said...

Oh no! I'm sorry to see you stop, I've always enjoyed your entertaining posts and of course loved following your family as you added Sam. He IS adorable.

But I understand too, it crosses my mind at least once a week that I just don't have it in me to keep blogging.

Good luck and maybe leave an update every so often?

Tami said...

I'm so sorry to see you go, but certainly understand. To years after our adoption, I still at times have difficulty finding something to blog about. Best wishes, and I second Chandra...could we have an update every so often? I'll keep you in Google Reader and can come leave you a lovely comment, if you do! :)

Laura L. said...

Oh, do you really have to go? :( I understand why you've made the decision though.
I enjoyed your blog, with your honesty and humor.
The Samster is such an adorable boy. I'd enjoy seeing updates on how he's doing.
I wish you well! Don't be a stranger.
Take care of yourself please.

Kathy said...

So sorry to see this come to an end. I have loved reading about your lovely family. May all of you stay happy and healthy.

Elaine said...

I am not giving up on your blog and refuse to remove you from my google reader. I'm convinced that, at least every now and then, something will happen and you'll think, 'Ooooo, that would make a great blog post!" So I'll stay tuned, because nobody makes me laugh like you do.
But if you seriously are going to stop blogging, then you need to put me on your Christmas card list so I can at least get an annual letter. Okay?
Though I am thinking of starting a campaign on my own blog to get to you decide not to stop . . . Save Sam Makes Seven, or something like that.
And speaking of Sam, where did all that hair come from?????? Am I that stupid that I never noticed it before? That kid has some rocking hair!

SueCQ said...

I agree with everyone else! I understand your reasons, and feel the same way about my blog, but I REALLY hate to see you go! You are one of my favorite bloggers and I have often made my family laugh by reading your posts out loud! Either way, good luck and best wishes!! You have a wonderful family!

Anonymous said...

Oh no! You can't go! What will I do now? I love your crazy sense of humor and your adorable kids and well, just ALL of it. Nope, I'm just not going to remove you from my reader. I'll be in denial and then maybe one day you'll come to your senses... and I'll be happy again. :-)

tina said...

I'm so sorry to see you go. :( You're posts always make me laugh and I'll miss that. At the same time I totally understand and respect your decision. I do hope you'll stop back in with an update every now and then!

ps. sam is the cutest little guy!

Anonymous said...

Well, this is great news. It makes my holidays complete, along with my kids having swine flu and my dog dying.
I am with Elaine. I will support her in her Save Sam Makes Seven campaign!

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry to see you go! Are you on Facebook? I'd love to keep in touch with you somewhere!

Lina said...

I miss you. And I wonder what the comment above me said. :) If you ever get bored drop me a line. adoptingty @