Friday, December 13, 2013

It's Time To Say Goodbye

A while back, I tried to sit down to compose a blog post, but did not get very far due to the tingling sensation in my hands.  That was about a month ago. Fast forward to today - the tingling sensation has only gotten worse, which now affects my hands and forearms throughout most of the day. They call it Pregnancy-Induced Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, which is common for lots women during their third trimester.

I am currently 30 weeks into my pregnancy, which means I only have ten more weeks to go.  This is a little unnerving knowing that my life will be changing quite drastically… and very soon.  Let’s add something else to this change - just a few weeks after I give birth, we will be packing up our belongings and moving to the east coast.  Talk about shaking things up a bit, right?

I’ve had certain feelings about saying good-bye to this blog for a while now, and I think it’s time that I address them.  How do you know when it is best to move on?  How do you know when it is time to call it quits?

The idea of saying goodbye to this blog seems incomprehensible, as I have breathed five years of my life into it.  I find that there are no simple step-by-step instructions for knowing when it’s time to move on; surely there are signs, but the most important is probably that small, knowing voice within that says, ‘something isn’t working, and it can’t be fixed.’  The truth is that the spark has died within me to continue this blog, and I think it will be better for me to invest my time on other endeavors/interests.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone back-and-forth on this, how many conversations I’ve had with my husband trying to encourage me not to throw in the towel; regardless, this is the decision I’ve come to, but it’s not all bad!  I have gained a wealth of knowledge and experience in a variety of areas as a result of working on this blog, and most importantly, I’ve had such a fantastic time-sharing my [mostly dog] stories and photography with you, and I have met so many wonderful people who I now call friends.

I also know that many new (and exciting/challenging) beginnings are right in front of me.  My handcrafted jewelry is taking off, we will be moving to the bustling DC area, and let’s not forget the most important beginning – our new little baby will soon be with us.  It becomes clearer every day that I need to leave something behind in order to take full advantage of the new doors that will be opening before me.

So, let’s just call it what it is – a serious pause and a much-needed break. Both Luna and Penny are staying active on Facebook (follow us there), and I am also blogging on my jewelry site Pretty Shiny Object - but I have no idea when or if I will write another blog post here. Just know that I have had the pleasure of getting to know you and that I am still making the rounds, visiting your blogs and reading your stories.


  1. Newton GoldenDecember 14, 2013 at 5:17 AM

    I love you guys! The best part about blogging was making friends like you. I have the same debate ALL time time so completely understand where you are coming from. We will stay in touch via Pretty Shiny Object and FB. Best of luck on your move and the great adventures that lie ahead :)

  2. Caren GittlemanDecember 14, 2013 at 6:16 AM

    I don't think you should say it a "pregnant pause" :) Leave the blog as something you will do when you have the TIME and the DESIRE to do so. "Goodbye" is much too final........wishing you the best and hope to "see you when I see you!"

  3. Roxy the traveling dogDecember 14, 2013 at 7:30 AM

    I will miss your posts and photography. How exciting all the changes in your life though!! I will follow on you jewelry site, I love what you are creating and I'm happy it's going well for you. Good luck in everything!

  4. EmmaDecember 14, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    Sad to see you go and will miss your photos especially. Best of luck to you!

  5. Emily @ Adventures of a Dog MomDecember 14, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    I completely understand the need to stop blogging, you've got a lot that's going to be going on here soon. I wish you the best of luck and hope to see some pics every now and then on facebook!

  6. Tammy SextonDecember 14, 2013 at 7:32 PM

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  7. LeslieDecember 15, 2013 at 6:17 AM

    We will miss you, your dogs and your beautiful photographs. But I can certainly understand, with everything you have going on in your life, why you feel a break is necessary. I hope you think of it as a 'so long' and not 'goodbye' and that perhaps we will see you back here one day.

    Whichever you decide, we wish you happiness and success. (And we'll hop on over to Facebook now to make sure we're following you and the dogs there.)

  8. SlimDoggyDecember 15, 2013 at 6:33 AM

    Sorry to see you go, but it sounds like the right decision for you. Best of luck with all the new changes in your life!

  9. Serena Faber NelsonDecember 15, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    Wishing you nothing but the very best with everything as it comes your way. As the comments say above, don't consider it goodbye, but a see you soon - you never know :)

  10. Beth | Daily Dog TagDecember 15, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    That is a lot of change to deal with at once! Wishing the best for you and your family!

  11. Samantha CuhelDecember 16, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    Your posts will be greatly missed :(

  12. followingroyDecember 18, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    Oh no, we are going to miss you guys. Good luck and hopefully we will see you soon!

  13. Elizabeth BergesenDecember 18, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    Thanks everyone for the well wishes. It was hard to write this post, but I feel a little bit of relief having written it.

  14. OhMyShihTzuDecember 20, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    Aww... we will miss you...Hopefully you can find it possible to return soon... it would be so nice to see posts about a baby with dogs.

  15. Golden Woofs! SUGARDecember 20, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    We started blogging at the same time and you are our favorite GR/doxie blog. Will make sure to check Luna n Penny on FB. Golden Happy about your jewelry. Got a notice on instagram pretty shiny joined. Hope this just a break and not good-bye. Wish you the very best, baby and new place. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar n mom Rosalyn

  16. Dawn Hart ~ Stone Pit CraftsDecember 21, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    We will miss you but good luck for the future and new baby xxx

  17. dogdaz.comDecember 29, 2013 at 6:33 AM

    Best of luck. You look great. Take care of all of you. - DogDaz

  18. Pup FanDecember 29, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    I think we all need a pause from time to time - and I can totally understand considering how much is going on in your life right now! Whether it becomes a permanent pause or you decide to pick up the blog again at some point, I'm glad we can still keep up with you guys on Facebook!

  19. Jessica @ YouDidWhatWithYourWeiner.comDecember 31, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Aww.....I was just thinking about you the other day. I am so sad that you are not going to be blogging here anymore. I've appreciated knowing you and being friends and will keep in touch on Facebook. I have always greatly admired you and, although we don't have a ton in common, I felt Dachshunds and blogging was always a strong link for us. I know your life is going to change a lot in the coming year but I hope we totally don't lose touch. If we do, always know that I think you are wonderful and think of you and your family from time to time.

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