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Sunday, February 14, 2016

I Heart Blogging...


For nearly eight years I have been pretty committed and consistent in sharing my journey and (my family's) through the challenges we've faced with illness, and the blessings that have emerged along the way, the triumphs and sorrows of, telling our story, sharing, prose, poetry, photography, philosophical and occasionally humorous ponderings. If you have been a follower of this blog for a long time you've witnessed the genuine lessons learned, and creative approach I seem to have developed over time to turn and view circumstances in such a way as to recognize the good (hakarat hatov) in life, with a broken/whole vulnerable heart, no matter what happens.


Whether homebound due to MS exacerbations for months on end, enjoying nature from the window above my head or grace periods of amazing remission allowing and inviting me to wander through the woods even climbing Mt. Washington, the highest peak on the east coast of the United States, then back to bed, the ups and downs of relapsing remitting MS and all the weird, debilitating, painful, exhausting symptoms that come along with it. Recently, despite ongoing neurological/physical challenges, I have been able to get out of the house more, driving on my own, socializing a little more than I’d been able to in many years, volunteering at the local soup kitchen most Tuesday mornings, teaching meditation regularly on alternate Wednesdays in person, and over the phone as a substitute for my teacher when she is traveling on Thursdays. I am grateful for all of it; the periods of inevitable bed-rest that have allowed me the privilege of cultivating online friendships, and being offline in the world beyond the screen of this computer.


That said, I want to enjoy these days of getting out as much as possible, because I know, like everything, this is temporary. So, for now, I will NOT be blogging as regularly, but I trust that when I am more homebound again that some of you will still come by and say hello as I will visit you. This has been a difficult decision in some ways because I treasure this virtual but very real sacred space. At the same time it is logical and feels right.


To be clear, I am NOT ABANDONING this blog! Perhaps we can call this a sabbatical of sorts? But I AM, at least for now, going to end I Heart Macro as a weekly meme. I will post when I feel called to share something, much as I did when I first started blogging (that may include IHM linky’s) and then we’ll see what happens. I cherish all the friendships that have grown and flourished over the years with all of you whom I never would have met if it were not for this blog. And by the way next Saturday will be my 8th Blogiversary : )


This is not goodbye it is l’hitraot, until we meet again.


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love love love

laura


27 comments:

  1. Beautiful, sensitive and touching for soul! Many thanks, Laura; Glad I've met you through your words and pictures, Happy Celebration for the 8th Blogiversary and take all the time you need till to the next meeting in blogosphere. I Heart Macro is a lovely, amazing place! So thankful and so inspired, as well! Best regards to you and family! Salutari cu drag!

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  2. Be well, continue to care for yourself and come back to blogland when the spirit moves you. As I sometimes tell friends, no can be yes, since saying no can give the opportunity to say yes to something else.

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  3. Thank you Laura, for sharing so much of yourself and your stunning photography, and for this meme that has been a joy to participate in. I wish you the very best. Happy 8th Blogiversary. xxx

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  4. You take my fond best wishes with you.... see you again <3

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  5. Wonderful to hear that you are well enough to enjoy your life!!! I am in the same boat and instead knocking on Heaven's door all the time till my knuckles were bruised, I have been given a miracle, I lost 10 kg of water and can fly again. We none of us know what our life's learning is or when our time comes. I have been living on borrowed time for 10 years and thank God for every single minute of that.
    Take as much or as little time as you need for yourself, Blogland will still be here when you feel like diving into it again. Much love and constant prayers . . .❤❤

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  6. I will miss this weekly meme but understand your decision. L'chaim!

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  7. I want to express my love to you. I have so enjoyed your wonderful blog but I also know we have to let you go. I am happy you are feeling well enough to be busy in the outer sphere. Your blog has been inspiring, dreamlike and like a friend. I hope you can check in here. I have just returned from being away, anyway I hope you come back. Don't forget us.

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  8. Enjoy as much as possible the outside life ! and only blog when you feel you have to write !

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  9. Dear Laura!
    It's an honor for me to know you, you're such a brave and wonderful person! I am pleased with your photos.
    I send a lot of strength and good wishes from Germany, Petra

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  10. Dear Laura,
    I came by as usually on Mondays to have a look on your photos and to take part in the link party. I felt sorry, when you had a down-period, and I was happy to hear when you have an up one. So - I am happy that's the case in the moment. Of course, I will miss your regular posts, BUT in contrary - the less I "see" you here, I know you are having a good time in life 1.0 (don't take me wrong ;-) )
    So, wonderful news and I'll be here to read you, when you pop up. All the best for you :-) <3
    Moni xox

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  11. Best Wishes, Laura, it has been grand knowing you online and your courage, looking at the world through the eyes of faith.

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  12. Enjoy your life, every single day, dear Laura and I hope that there will be a lot of good days. See you!

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  13. Laura, thanks for all the beautiful photos, love and inspiration. Wishing you good health and happiness.
    Ruby

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  14. I will miss your meme. It was you who made me aware that I was missing so much beauty in the small things around me, when you personally invited me to contribute to your blog. I am sure you are doing what is best for you, and I wish you all good things!

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  15. Laura, I wish you all the best and want to thank you for your honest words here!
    Judith

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  16. I fully understand. I take a lot of sabbaticals... most of them unannounced. I wish you peace and joyful explorations and look forward to your occasional posts.

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  17. I think it's wonderful you're taking needed time off, especially if it's so you can get out more. Enjoy. Resume when you're ready. I'll look out for you. Love to you too.

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  18. I'm so glad you are able to be out and about! I haven't had the time to link-up and visit in a while, but I look forward to when you can post--and not because you can't do anything else. May this remission be long-term. Blessings!

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  19. Best wishes to you Laura. Thank you for hosting your wonderful meme over the years. Enjoy your time off!

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  20. Dear Laura,
    I have visited regularly but posted rarely, nevertheless I always enjoy visiting your blog, but it may not become another obligation. Take your time.
    Best wishes to you!
    Yours,
    Sarah

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  21. Be well and enjoy your health, Laura. If you reinstate your blog and macro display linky, it would be lovely if you emailed some regular participants to let us know you have returned. L'itraot!

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  22. Enjoy your time away from the blog! Your frost photos are gorgeous!

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  23. Hi Laura, though i have not been here always, i drop by once-in-a while and i know your real conditions as you have been telling us early on. You are an inspiration to most, or at least to me. We have been blogging almost at the same time 8 years, and i still love blogging and the friendships i got here. As i usually said, there will be no wars if people are just as kind and understanding as garden/nature bloggers, hehe.

    So enjoy life to the fullest, as my friend says in her give-away ref magnets "enjoy life to the fullest, we have a lot of time to be dead". Blogging vacations happened to most of us, yet after a while we get back. God bless take care.

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  24. Enjoy your hiatus & the pleasures attendant with a respite from being homebound.

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  25. I am so happy that you are well enough to get outside and take part in other activities that you love. You are making the right decision for you and you know your readers will be here when you return... But as much as we love your blog, I hope your posts remain only occasional for a good long time. Because your health comes first! I

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