Tuesday, January 7, 2014

A New Year and to Continue Blogging

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year.  Our first Christmas with Maggie Kate was a blessing.  Of course she had no idea what was going on but loved the Christmas lights! 

I've been keeping her a couple of days a week and have enjoyed her so much.  I love those gummy grins she gives me :)  It's so worth the hour drive to and from Jennifer's house to love her and watch her grow and learn something new every day.  She brings me and her Poppy so much joy.

Of course Christmas like every holiday is bittersweet without Amber here with us.  She would have spoiled Maggie Kate to the moon and back!  I'll admit I've had a rough time thinking about the "could have beens" and have shed many tears since Maggie Kate was born.  I can't help but think about the children Amber might have had had things been different.  But God had other plans and maybe one day I will truly understand.  I honestly don't know where I would be without my Faith and knowing I will see her again one day soon in Heaven.  This is just our temporary home. 

I think this time of year is just depressing!  I love Christmas and taking down all the decorations is refreshing but it's so gloomy in the house.  Last year right before Christmas I had back surgery and didn't pack my decorations away the way I normally organize it all and this year I took extra time packing and labeling it.  I will know next year what box everything is in!

It has been so cold here!  The coldest weather we've had in 18 years ... brr!  And I know it has been warm here compared to people living in the northern states.   
Please say a prayer for me.  I am contemplating whether to continue my blog.  I didn't post as much last year as I have in the past.  And I'm not sure about this year.  I've made such wonderful friends through blogging and treasure those friendships.  In the world of blogging there are so many more than there were four years ago when I began my blog.  I often think people just want to see pretty pictures of gorgeous homes and mine is not that at all.  It's just little ole me and my simple way of life.  Nothing fancy at all!  I'm going to pray about it and hope you will say a prayer for me.

Take care and God Bless!



Jeanna said...

Hi Donna! What a true blessing to have little Maggie Kate enjoy her first Christmas. I hope your family had a wonderful holiday. So happy that you are not dealing with back issues this year and were able to pack away your decorations the way you like to.

Amber is looking down on you all with a big smile and warm heart...God is Good!

I'll pray for you...for so many reasons, one being your blog. Please listen to your heart but know that there are very FEW of us that blog about fancy homes and such. I enjoy reading about your beautiful family and your creativeness. You've made so many nice things just recently for your new grandbaby. Focus on the real purpose of your blog and whether you are led to continue. Just know that those of us who follow you will always be here for you...as often as you feel up to poppin' in.

If it's work then it isn't fun...I blog for fun :)

Glenda/MidSouth said...

First - Maggie is adorable!!
Take a pad of paper, 2 columns 1 for the things you enjoy about blogging and positive reasons, and 1 for the cons. Keep adding as time goes by. Don't make a decision right now. Holidays tend to bring back many memories and as a result can be a very sad time for many and not a good time to make decisions.
You are a very talented lady and I enjoy seeing your beautiful creations. I used to sew but was never very good and have so enjoyed seeing what you have made.
Will include you in my prayers and sending a (((hug))).
Don't know about you, but I am tired of grey, miserable cold days.
Stay warm!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Hello Donna,
Maggie Kate is just a little doll!!! Lucky you that you get to keep her a few days each week. Now about your blog...I can't tell ya how sad it would be for me if you no longer had it...but I will pray along with you and God will show you what to do about it. Jan. and Feb. are not good months for me...I always start counting down the days to March...hang in there we will both make it:)


Mary @ Neat and Tidy said...

Donna, I enjoy your blog. I think a lot of the younger bloggers are doing this to show off their fancy homes and to make money on the ads. I so enjoy a blog without all the advertising!

Your blog is a joy to me. I hope you will continue. Happy New Year to you.

Patsy said...

Donna, Maggie Kate is beautiful! Isn't being a Gammie, Nana, or just Granny awesome!! Follow your heart about the blog, but you will be missed if you quit. I put your blog in the category I call "down to earth blogs". I don't blog a lot but there are a few I love to stay in touch with, and one of those is yours. I will pray for you during this time and I hope you feel better soon. Have a blessed week!

Linda said...

Maggie Kate looks like a little angel!!! So sweet.
I, too have been a horrible blogger. Just know I LOVE your blog. It always is a pleasure to visit. I not been good at leaving comments but I always read. :-) A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your wonderful family.

Creations By Cindy said...

Your Maggie Kate is precious! I am praying for you my friend as I know how hard it has been for me to blog. I do good to blog once again now. I do enjoy it and like you, have made so many new friends. But other priorities must be met first with me. I gave myself permission recently to blog when I could and if anyone blogged back with me great...and if they didn't then that would okay too. Praying you have a great 2014. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Bianca said...

Sweet Donna,
I could have writen this post myself. Only your Maggy Kate is my Ronja, my sisters' new born...
All that joy and love that has come with this little treasure, only makes me think those 'what could have been' for myself...
Even the blogging-insecurity is familiar. Don't have that much to tell anymore, besides the vacation blogs. Don't have that much followers anyway, so don't think I will be missed that much.

Whatever you decide on the blogging front, it will be good.
For the other part, I will pray for you.
Take care. Big Dutch hug from

Marilyn said...

I always enjoy visiting you and would miss you in this modern day "pen pal" world of blogging. It is a joy to see that darling baby girl growing! My mom used to drive and hour to come be with Sarah and would take her to her weekly dancing lesson, another half hour away. Nothing is close by around here!!
My prayer for you is to do what brings you the most peace. Wally's sisters and I always have our crying moments together during the holidays, so I can understand your feelings. Maybe some time in the sun just basking in HIS love for you would be good-if it warms up outside! Hugs and love to you, my sweet friend.♥♫

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Donna, Maggie Kate is just darling. I love the photo of her looking at the lights. You are so blessed to be able to take care of her a couple of days a week.
January and February can be depressing months. Don't make a decision about your blog right away. Someone suggested making a list of the pros and cons. I like to do that when I can't make up my mind about something. Pray about it and I will pray that you make the best decision for you.
Hugs, Barb

sue said...

Please, Donna, consider continuing your blog. I don't know if I've ever written to you (I'm a quiet type), but I read your blog and look forward to it. I think you're just a natural, normal,quilting person who is also a mother and grandmother. You're also from the South, which is interesting to someone from Minnesota. I don't look for home decorating ideas. But I think your decorations and sewing are beautiful. Either way, thank you.

Vicky Hunt said...

Donna, I agree with many others when I say I would miss you if you quit blogging. I understand if it is something you feel you need to do, but if it is only because you don't feel you post enough, don't worry about that. I keep up with several blogs and some post daily and some every few weeks. I love them all. I enjoy reading yours because I feel like you are "real". I love your posts about your family and the things you sew. You are like me and blog about whatever is on your heart or going on in your life at the moment. I love that....so I do hope you decide to keep blogging. Your Maggie Kate is so precious...love the way she is gazing at the tree....so sweet. Have a blessed evening, Vicky

Sandy said...

Donna I do agree with Minn. Sue.
You present southern style in a real way. So what- if not a lot of quilting/blogging is done. Life is busy for you now, but hoping you will update occasionally. Take care...

Camille said...

I just want to add my *two cents worth* to the conversation...don't rush your decision about quitting blogging. Maybe just take a little time off to consider? I like the suggestion of Glenda/Midsouth...pros and cons list always works for me! And, like she suggested...take your time making it. :) I will pray for you specifically regarding this today...

And, yes....your Maggie Kate is a doll! Of course you would drive far to spend time with her!! SO precious!

Hugs to you! Camille

erin's art and gardens said...

maggie kate is beautiful!! follow your heart with blogging...if you aren't enjoying it or finding it therapeutic in any way then so be it....you can always start up again and i know that you have many followers who will be here with you forever, even if it is in spirit.....
me included!
no need to decide now....ride the wave for a while....january is a tough month....soon it will be spring and before we know it the daffodils will be poking their cheerful sunny heads up and the warm sunshine will rejuvenate and in vigor....you'll see.....
thinking of you dearest,

BeachGypsy said...

"its just little 'ole me and my simple way of life"......is EXACTLY WHY I LOVE YOUR BLOG, Donna!!
Please continue doing it just as you always have! I would miss you ALOT! okay??
Your blog is so friendly and colorful and cheerful, and it is a blessing to me, ALWAYS.
Please continue!
your friend, Debbi

donna said...

Maggie Kate is just precious. I know you are really enjoying her.
Oh Donna I so enjoy popping in on your blog and seeing what you have been up to and seeing Maggie Kate. I can not imagine blog land without you. I hope you will consider keeping your sweet blog.