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!
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.
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.
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,