Farm Life

With Love from Me to You

Whew. The holidays. A whirlwind like usual. I never even posted about Thanksgiving and here it is almost a week after Christmas. We spent a couple days in Memphis with family for Thanksgiving, and in between then and our equally short trip back to Memphis for Christmas, we had almost a dozen parties to attend – birthdays, showers, and holiday parties. At the risk of sounding like a Scrooge, I am relieved that the holiday season is coming to its end tonight. I need some sleep!

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I haven’t been posting very much these past two months for a couple reasons. First of all, I took on the enormous project of scanning and editing 3,969 photos I had from 1988 to when we stopped printing pictures in 2009. After I got Lexie off to school every day, I’d sit down in front of the computer with an old album and start scanning each picture one by one. It was a blessing and a curse. The curse was that the majority of my waking hours were spent doing this for two full months. The blessing was that as soon as the scanning was completed, I was able to package all of those pictures up and mail them off to the friends and family that were in them with me. Friends I hadn’t talked to in months, even years, called me up after they received the pictures to laugh about how goofy we dressed and how silly we were in middle/high school. That, and having a digital copy of all of our photos easily accessible on the computer made all the hard work worth it.

With Love From Me To You

The second, and more important, reason I haven’t been blogging over here lately is because my parents moved back home from India a week before Thanksgiving! It was a surprise for all of us because we had been under the impression that it would be sometime in 2013 that they’d be moving back home. (It’s a really good thing we took our trip to India when we did – that opportunity probably would not have come around again!) They are now settled back in Memphis where they will most likely be staying until my dad retires in a few years.

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It is true that when I began blogging, I was journaling for myself, keeping track of the beginnings of our new life in Tennessee. I really enjoyed the new hobby and had plenty of time for it. And then somewhere around the year mark after I started, I began to lose interest. The only thing that kept me from abandoning the blog altogether was knowing how much my parents appreciated being able to keep up with our lives even though they were on the opposite side of the world, and so I kept on writing here for them. Upon their return in November, I faced a decision – to keep blogging, or let myself off the hook and quit. I gave it a month to see if I had enough desire to keep journaling, just for myself this time, and I’ve decided that it’s just not there anymore. This will be my last public post here on Dixie Creek Farm. I may continue blogging occasionally, but I’ll be doing it privately.

For those of you that I’ve made genuine friendships with, those friendships are here to stay. I am not falling off the face of the earth. I will still be reading about your lives on your blogs and keeping in touch via email and Instagram. And in the future, if I ever decide to blog again, you will be the first to know. Thank you so much for reading over here and for being a part of my life these past two years. I wish you and your families a lovely and blessed 2013.

All my love,
Sarah Kate

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  • Kerry
    March 12, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    I have to say that I was incredibly sad when I first read this and really felt a void in my blogging because you were no longer around. You truly have been a wonderful blessing in my life, and every time I opened up my reading list there would be a smiling picture of yourself telling us all about your life on the farm in a beautiful place far away…I missed you but I am so understanding of your decisions also. I am just happy you have decided to come back and blog a little, I know I have Instagram, but here I get to read your words and stories too xo

  • Janette Johanson
    January 4, 2013 at 4:47 AM

    Aw man. This was a sad read but I’m sure a relief to let go. My Dad has been going through all of our pictures including ones from my childhood and scanning them in and while it does take a lot of time, its turning into a lot of fun to review and try to guess the date or time of our lives that it was taken since we were not so good about putting that detail on there. I will certainly never forget you and hope I’m in the circle of friends you stay in touch with as life carries on…. plus, I’m still waiting to meet you. Donuts will always keep us together and discussions on how to keep a chick happy around every Easter will always bring me back to you.

    I’ve loved getting to know you, and emailing and truly wish you all the joy and happiness in the world. XOXO

  • Jessica McCoy
    January 4, 2013 at 4:07 AM

    I understand exactly how you feel. I’ve thought about giving up my blog several times over the past couple of years but I keep coming back. So sad that you won’t be writing anymore but glad that you will still be around the blog world reading and on instagram.

    It’s so great that you will have your parents close by now! I hope that you have a GREAT 2013!

  • Shaylynn
    January 3, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.

    I just found you.

    I don’t humbly respect your decision, like Amber. I’m way too mean.

    I’m going to cross my fingers and hope you change your mind.

    If not.. you my dear were a delight.

  • Amber - Binkertation
    January 3, 2013 at 4:12 AM

    I definitely understand the pull between blogging and life and humbly respect your decision. Happy 2013!! You’ll be missed.

  • Mrs. Match
    January 2, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    awww I’m SO sad to see you go. I’ve really enjoyed reading along with you, and seeing all the amazing updates you’ve done with the house. Plus living vicariously through your farm life ;-)
    I do hope you stay in touch, and I so appreciate you updating and letting us know you’re no longer blogging. I always hate when bloggers fall off the planet with no explanation. Do try to email if you ever get the urge. It’s been so great getting to know you!

  • Erin P
    January 2, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    I’m so very sad to hear this! I will miss your stories and thoughts. Please keep in touch!! If I ever make it your way, I will email you!

  • Marie
    January 2, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    Where to begin? 1)You and your family look beautiful in the family photo 2)How awesome that you’ve accomplished such a huge job with the pictures, I bet it feels great 3)Your blog has been one of my favorites because I genuinely like YOU and think you are great. I am glad you don’t feel obligated to do what you THINK you should and instead are doing what’s best for you. Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and God bless you and all your future endeavors!

  • Alyx
    January 2, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    I’ll miss you Sarah Kate!!! I’m glad I at least have you on Instagram!!

  • Anna Catherine
    January 2, 2013 at 5:45 AM

    This makes me sad, but I’m so glad your parents are back in Tennessee. I still think of your first comment on my blog often. I don’t know how you found me, but they were words of wisdom that have stuck with me, and I’m glad I’ve had a chance to know you through the blog world. Hope to still hear from you! Wishing you, your family, and the chickens a happy and blessed 2013!

  • Lauren
    January 2, 2013 at 4:45 AM

    I’m so sad to see you leave the blogging world. You will definitely be missed! I loved your posts about India and your chickens! Have a happy new year. I hope 2013 is even better for you (:

  • Emmymom
    January 2, 2013 at 4:34 AM

    Oh girl you will be missed!! But good for you for doing what you want and stepping away when you want. So happy that your parents are back closer now. Glad you had a wonderful Christmas– and what a good idea to scan all the old pictures. I really should do that too.

  • Macey
    January 1, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    Love you Sarah Kate!! <3

  • Autumn @ The Spirited Violet
    January 1, 2013 at 7:57 AM

    I will miss your blog, but I’m glad you are doing the thing that is best for you!

  • Karen
    January 1, 2013 at 7:16 AM

    I completely understand! I’ve struggled blogging this last year, only posting sporadically. But, as I have been blogging for coming up on four years now, I just don’t have it in my heart to give it up completely yet and am looking where 2013 takes me. I enjoy seeing you on Instagram and look forward to continuing to connect there. Enjoy your family, home, and some hopefully, some down time now that the holidays are wrapping up! :>

  • Stefani
    January 1, 2013 at 7:06 AM

    I will miss reading your posts so much! Your blog has definitely been one of my favorites to follow. Best of luck to you and your cute family in the coming year, my dear!

  • T. Lennie
    January 1, 2013 at 6:09 AM

    You will definitely be missed!! Happy new year to you and your family!

  • Stacie Stamper
    January 1, 2013 at 5:46 AM

    Well, you will definitely be missed, but I understand. Best to you and your beautiful family. Be sure to stop by and see me from time to time, I always appreciate your comments–and no one gets my song references like you do!

  • Jenn Bowers
    January 1, 2013 at 4:39 AM

    Sarah Kate, I totally understand! You will be missed, but you are making the right decision. Why keep doing it if you don’t love it.

    Have a wonderful New Year, my friend!

  • Sunny
    January 1, 2013 at 4:16 AM

    aww sad! i’ve really have enjoyed keeping up with your blog and will miss your posts but i totally understand how you feel. glad i’ll still be able to check in with you on instagram! :)

  • Stephanie
    January 1, 2013 at 3:19 AM

    Awww…Sarah Kate, you will be missed! I have enjoyed visiting your blog and reading your posts.

    Happy New Year to you and your family as well!

    Hugs and blessings,
    Stephanie

  • Connie Weiss
    January 1, 2013 at 3:16 AM

    Oh Sarah Kate……

    I’m sad to hear this. I’ll miss you and your wonderful writing. But…I’m happy that I’ll still be able to keep up with you on Instagram.

    Happy New Year!