December 08, 2013

Sunshine Sunday - the end

I made a decision a little over a month ago and I think it's time to share it with you.  I've decided to stop blogging.  I have a few more things to share and I'll try to share them throughout the rest of this month, but then I don't plan on blogging here any more.

It's not a bad thing.  I think there's a time and season for everything and I feel pulled another way right now.  I truly love blogging, but I feel like it's time to let go.

This little lady hit 6 months this week, which almost gave me a heart attack.  It's going by a little too fast.  While she's still not even close to sleeping through the night, this little girl is the happiest, sweetest little thing.  She is such a gift and I want to treasure every little moment.

Baden didn't remember lighting up our cardboard box like this so we did it again the other day.  Sometimes it's the little things.  I want to have a little more time to do things like this without projects, commitments, and deadlines crowding my mind.


I cannot thank you enough for visiting my blog all these years (or however long you've been following).  I have been buoyed up by your comments, emails, and the connection I've felt to you).  I really mean that.  Thank you.

We don't have to say goodbye this second, because like I said, I plan on posting a few more things this month.  However, I wanted to let you know so I don't just surprise you with the news and never speak again.  Okay?

See you soon.  Thanks for reading.

71 comments:

  1. I HAVE been following your blog for years and I really enjoy your projects and personality. I have noticed a trend that most bloggers that I really connect with eventually have to pull back from blogging. I have put together about 3 blog posts and it is SO time-consuming. I am sure that your blogging is like a part-time/full-time job at this point. Sometimes, something has to give. When you have young kids of course the thing that has to give is your blogging. You will be really missed. I hope that you don't give it up completely, and that you'll post here and there when the timing works out for you. Merry Christmas to you!!

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  2. We will miss you so much. Thanks for sharing so much!

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  3. Oh, Cheri, I'm sorry to see you go. I've greatly appreciated your insights, tutorials, and the little peek into your life. I wish I lived closer and we could be real-life friends. I do understand, though. Family must come first. Blogging takes a huge time commitment. So definitely stop if you need to! I wish you all the best and will keep your blog in my reader in case you do decide to come back in a few years. :)

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  4. Completely understand.... but BOO! You will be missed!!

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  5. It is a good thing you are giving us a heads up... I love reading your blog, and you will be missed. But I am sure that we can all understand! You need to do what is good for you and your family. Lots of love from the Netherlands!

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  6. I'll miss you and your blog!

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  7. I'll miss you and your blog!

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  8. What?! You are one of the first blogs I ever started following... This will be hard. Thank you & take care :)

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  9. You will be missed but at the same time I am happy for you that you will be able to be 100 % present when spending time with your family - especially in those times when the small ones grow up too fast. Enjoy! :) Greetings from Germany. Nicole

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  10. Thanks for letting us all follow along for the past few years here. Sorry to see you go. I wish you all the best. Take care and God bless (-:

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  11. Good for you! Best decision you could make. Thanks for so many fun posts through the years. You'll be missed.

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  12. I am excited for the time and brain power this frees up for you to spend with your kiddos! I know that you will not be disappointed from stepping away from blogging (even though you will be missed)! Good luck and best wishes to you and your family! Will your blog stay around (so that your amazing tutorials will still be available)? Happy trails!

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  13. Oh man, I have to say that I am bummed. I love your ideas and point of view. You made things simple and very easy to understand for us. You are one of the few blogs that I still read consistently these days. You will definitely be missed. I totally understand the struggle with trying to blog and have kids at home. I think I get a post up once a month---or less than that. There is just so much I don't want to miss while I have a little one at home. In 50 years when we look back on our lives, I don't think we will ever say, "I wish I blogged more." I don't want to live in a way that I look back and say, "I wish I played with my son, or read, or learned, or enjoyed life more." Good for you to make the decision that is best for your family! I'm always impressed by bloggers who make this decision, because it shows a lot of character---and that you're real and not some super human who can blog and raise a family too! I wish you the best in everything you get involved in! I'm glad you didn't shock us and end today. Thanks for that!

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  14. My heart sank a little when I read this post. I've been reading your blog for probably three years now, so even though you don't know me, I feel like I've gotten to know you. And of all the craft bloggers out there who have decided to stop blogging, I'll miss yours the most. But, I have three little ones at home too, so I completely understand where you're coming from. I don't blog, and I can't imagine how much of a time suck that must be. I already feel life goes way too fast. Thanks for all the great posts throughout the years! And I wish you and your family the best!

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  15. I understand your decision and I support you, but I sure am going to miss you and your sweet kids.

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  16. I have loved reading your blog for the past few years, and I am sure going to miss your posts! Your blog is one of the first I started following :) But I do understand your decision- I, too, have 3 little kids at home, and have hardly been able to keep up with anything, but they come first and when you've got so much going on, something has got to give. PS- I adore your Elsa in a Basket pictures!!

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  17. Good luck with everything!! Your blog has always been one of my most favorites!!

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  18. I have been following you for a few years as well. I have seen your blog grow tremendously and have watched it become extremely popular. I know from experience how hard it is to juggle blogging and family. I see more and more LDS mothers' blogs becoming huge and I started to wonder how they put family first but have the job of running a popular blog with posts every day, craft projects, tutorials etc. How they can do it all and while raising small children. I actually stopped reading a few, because I felt that pressure of living a perfect life that is so common in our culture, multiplied by reading a few of these blogs almost unbearable. Leaving behind the fun and somewhat glamorous (well, it is virtual glamour really) life of a popular blogger with people and companies vying for your attention and the temptation of daily recognition and validation is not easy. Going back to being the unrecognized job of a stay-at-home mom does not sound as good as being a blogger with thousands of followers. I admire you for doing what is right, not what is popular.

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  19. It makes me sad to hear you're leaving. I will miss you and your sweet family but you need to do what is right for you and them. Thank you for sharing that sweet Elsa and the boys. I only wish the best for you.

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  20. It's funny how, even though we are likely to never meet (I live in Australia), I have been following your blog a long time and feel like I really know you! I often find myself mentioning your tutorials in conversations, but most weirdly, I talk about the things I've learnt from you and your family as though we've been friends for years and we recently caught up. Then I have to admit that you're a blogger I follow on the other side of the world!
    Is that a stalker thing to say? Probably!
    I guess what I'm trying to say, is that I have learnt a lot from you over the years, and your openness in sharing much that is going on with you has meant that it feels like we really are friends. But having a little one of my own and trying to make sure that he and my husband get the best of me, means that I completely understand your pull to give up blogging. May God bless you in the next season you face, and may you all know His presence and guidance as your wonderful family journeys together with Him into the future.
    My consolation is that I can always stalk you on Instagram! :)

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  21. I have read your blog for such a long time. You shave taught me so many things but this may be the most important:). I have 4 small kiss and it really does go by so fast. I will miss your blog so much but I am so happy for you!:)

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  22. Sad to see you go, I enjoy your posts but understand that family has to come first.

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  23. Awesome. Your mom gave me an update at the ward party, and it sounds like now is the perfect time. I'm totally supportive. And good luck getting the little one to sleep through the night--I just barely got mine to do so at 14 months when I finally weaned her. Sleeplessness is the worst!!!

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  24. Kudos to you for being able to make such a tough decision... I have a feeling we'll all be where you are eventually in this blog chaos we've created! Best of luck to you and your precious family.

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  25. Oh Cheri, I will miss reading your posts and seeing this little window into your life, but I think it is wonderful that you are putting your family first and doing what is best for you! Definitely a time and season for everything! I wish you the best of luck in your many adventures ahead!

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  26. Oh my gosh, I understand this more than you know, I'm always telling you how fast they grow and leave so I fully understand but it's gonna be hard to not see your beautiful family in their cute little shirts and Halloween costumes and not seeing the boys nurture and love and that baby girl. All that being said I so admire you and the mom and person you are! It's been my blessing to peek inside your family for all this time. I wish you God's most abundant blessings!

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  27. Your blog has been such a gift. Thank you so very much. You and your family are delightful and I've been so inspired by the things I've found here.

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  28. I am so sad! But I completely understand where you are coming from! Blogging completely takes over your life. It is totally a balancing act that doesn't ever seem to really balance out. Good for you for taking a stand and putting your family first. We really need to do lunch! I am in Utah all of the time. Email me your number and we can work something out!

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  29. Oh Cheri
    What a surprise. I feel like a friend has just told me they are leaving town (weird I know as you are already on the other side of the world), but that feeling of I am so excited for you to move forward, but you are leaving us.

    I have enjoyed reading your blog and getting to know your beautiful family.
    All the best.
    Debra

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  30. well, after watching two of the saddest Christmas movies with my husband his was the final bit of sadness. I do wishy ou well though.

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  31. Thank you very much for all the things you shared with us. I wish you all the best with your family!

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  32. I'll miss you guys. Maybe you'll pop in every now and again like Disney.

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  33. Best wishes for you! This time when the babies are little is time you can never get back. Thanks for the reminder to me, a mommy who has babies at home still. You rock!

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  34. I've just entered the blog-reading world, and you are the second one on my list to say goodbye. So sad! Best wishes to you and your family.

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  35. You're awesome Cheri. And you give me strength to do the same someday! Because that day will come! Love you!

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  36. This must have been a tough decision with a blog as fun and popular as yours! Good for you for putting family first! I'll definitely miss reading your blog and your awesome example--but I wish you and your family all the best!

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  37. I have loved reading your blog. You have such fantastic projects and I'm sure I'll continue to look them up even after you stop blogging, but I think it's wonderful that you are just going to focus on your family. They matter more than anything! Good luck and best wishes!

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  38. You was a great gift from God. You've made me better. I opened your blog because of crafting ideas, but continued reading because of your way of thinking, living. I love your vision of life, religion, family and motherhood. Many hugs and best wishes to you and your family. I wish to know you in real life.
    Aljonushka from faraway Belarus

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  39. I will miss you. I will cry! I'm also very happy for you Cheri. I have 3 boys so I get it. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for all you have shared and all I have learned over the years. Sandy from Australia.

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  40. I don't comment on blogs of people I don't know personally, but I have to tell you that you are such an inspirational person! Besides being totally cute and creative, you've used your blog to inspire people to be better and that's awesome!

    While it makes me sad to see my favorite bloggers stop, I actually feel more happiness for their decision than anything and I'm feeling that way now. I have done the blog thing and it brings so many awesome opportunities, but one of the best decisions I've made was quitting it. Not even because of the time it takes (because at the end I only posted a few times a month), but because it was one less thing to clutter my mind and I wanted to focus on things that were more important to me instead of feeling guilty that I wasn't getting a great photo of the food I just made for my family.

    I applaud your decision and appreciate you sharing your life for as long as you did. Thank you!

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  41. You will be missed! Thank you for all that you have shared with us.
    You can enjoy this time with your beautiful family stress free!!
    I resigned from my job for 8+ years to be with our kids.....maybe we'll see you again one day! :)
    In another 8 or so years, who knows how that will be :)

    Enjoy!
    Kerrie

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  42. Oh, doll face, thanks for everything. I get it. Kids are only little for a while.

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  43. Well, I just recently discovered your blog through Just Another Day in Paradise and I really enjoy it. I totally understand where you are coming from. My husband and I left Facebook a couple of months ago because it took up too much of my time and makes you feel like you have to share every great thing that happens in your life. At least it did for me, ha-ha. Now I don't even think about Facebook. So good for you because doing projects and keeping up with a blog must take up a lot of time and having a sweet new baby must make that even more challenging. Hope to see you back someday...enjoy your kids :-)

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  44. Oh no! =(
    I totally understand but you will truly be missed!!!
    Will your blog still be up so I can reference back to it for projects?

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  45. Thank you! It was a joy to follow your blog :)

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  46. Thank you for sharing your ideas and life with us. Your blog is truly my favorite and a definite go to for all things super hero. We have kids the same age, I understand, they grow up so quickly, enjoy them while you can. I'll miss your posts and crazy ideas that are so beyond perfect. Good luck! -Athena from Cleveland

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  48. I have LOVED reading and following your blog for about 3 years! are you still going to leave your blog open, or close it completely? I would love to still be able to come back and do some of your projects...especially when my son is a little older!

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  49. Thank you for sharing your talents with us through the years! You have truly been a blessing to me in my life. Thank you for your mommy school post's, your easy to follow tutorials, your real down to earth character and your up beat approach to life in general. You have helped me through so much and we don't even "know" each other. Thank you for teaching me how to be a good mother, a thankful daughter and a giving wife and yet helping me understand that it is ok to do my own thing and not expect perfection. You will be missed! I wish you all the best for your sweet family in the future!!!

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  50. I have loved getting to know you and your family over the years ~ for like, ever :) Thanks you for your open and honest approach to blogging it has truly inspired me. So long for now my friend. xo

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  51. I just discovered your blog and sad to see it end you have such neat ideas! Wishing you all the best!

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  52. Wow, that is so sad. I understand the need for freedom and to be with your children though. You will be missed!

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  53. While I understand and totally support your decision, I (selfishly) wish you weren't leaving! That being said, you have 3 sweet, adorable little bundles that will be so happy to have some more time with their momma! Good luck in the future and I pray that God truly blesses your socks off! Thank you for sharing your life with us these past few years!!

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  54. Thank you so much for all you've shared with us over the years and good for you for making such a tough decision. I wish nothing but blessings upon you and your lovely family - enjoy your time with them! (And know that you'll be greatly missed!)

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  55. Good for you....your family is the most important thing in your life and I am so glad to see you get that! I haven't posted on your site before but loved to come and visit. Felt like commenting today to remind you that crafting can become fun again and not about the deadline or pressure or having to nail it.....now you can sit back and do what you do so well....have fun and create!!!! You have been an inspiration to many and although you will be missed we are cheering for you and your choice! :)
    Blessings,
    Linda

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  56. My heart sank too because you feel like a friend. I've been following you since you threw the mustache party for your boys, whenever that was. I remember setting my DVR to watch my "friend" make her dress on the Martha Stewart show. :) You are so sweet and kind. I also remember you guest posting for me when my blog was teeny, tiny. I will miss seeing your blog pop up in my reader. It is one of the few I am always sure to read because no matter what you are writing about, your sweet, genuine spirit shines through. Enjoy this time with your babies! I hope one day we get to meet in person.

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  57. I'll miss you and your blog!

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  58. I will definitely miss your blog posts! My little Ellie Jo is 7 months old - just about a month ahead of your sweet Elsa - and I feel like when I read from your blog, I read from a friend.

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  59. So many of my favorite bloggers are leaving!!! It makes me sad, but I understand!! You will be missed!!

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  60. It saddens me to hear you will no longer be blogging after this month. Thank you for sharing your time, creativity and family with us. I've really enjoyed your calm and gentle words and the way you inspire without sparking envy. You gave us all a gift. Thank you!

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  61. Thank you so much for sharing your talent with us over the years. I have enjoyed your blog very much, but am excited that you will have more time to focus on your sweet family. Congratulations on your decision!

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  62. I've been reading for a really long time and I'll definitely miss you but I'm not surprised you've decided to stop. It must be very difficult to keep posting with three little ones who need your time. My reader will be lonely without your projects, but I wish you and your family all the best!

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  63. Oh Man! I love that you post a few pictures here and there. I've loved your blog (and family and you) from the very beginning. Good for you for being able to break away from the stardom and focus on your family. They are lucky little kids. I'm happy for you!

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  64. as a blogger...i understand. as a reader--makes me sad! we love you cheri! you will be missed!!!

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  65. This makes me so sad, but I am happy for your family because they will be getting so much more of you! Thanks for sharing so much of yourself these past years, I have truly, truly enjoyed it. And of course, I will think of you every time I use my Silhouette! ;) Best wishes!!

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  66. Just wondering if the site will remain open so we can still see tutorials ? I would like to know if I need to start taking screenshots.

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  67. So sad to see you go! My sister-in-law introduced me to your blog just over a year ago and I love it. Seeing your cute little boy I gave in to my husband's request and we just named our second little guy Baden. Wishing you all the best!

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  68. I am blessed with two little boys and your were my diy inspiration. I totally get the need to go within. Good luck with enjoying your life and family. Hopefully all the pins I have referenced won't disappear with the closing of the site. That's the one bad thing about Pinterest! Many thanks and lots of love.

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