changes

I imagine long-term readers noticed my silence of late.

Over the last year or so I’ve blogged less and less. Though in reality, more and more words begged voice.

There is a story I want to tell…several actually.

I’ve wrestled over which words to share here (or not). I also wondered about my blogging future.

Eleven years ago, my first post went out into cyberspace. For years I wrote about homeschooling, mom and home life, some on marriage.  I shared recipes, organizational tips, natural remedies and just whatever else came to mind!

I am a writer. I love writing.

My wrestling about this blog’s future never related to quitting.

But while all Domestic Serenity posts are true to my life experiences, I’ve come to accept they were SAFE topics for me to write about.

Quite intentionally, I focused on reflecting the quieter, calmer (perhaps happier) moments of my days as a wife, pastor’s wife, mother, homemaker and homeschooler.

Quiet and calm does describe me well.

At my core, I don’t like rocking the boat much. I’m often content with a supporting role rather than the lead.

BUT…

I’m also passionate. Fiery. An activist. Advocate. 

In light of this, there is simply SO much more I want to give voice to.  I truly enjoyed writing the way I have (no regrets), but also sense a major shift.

One reason a potential shift felt difficult is due to life changes.

I struggled with just how to reflect my current life into my blogging.

I’m still mothering and homeschooling children, tending a home, practicing holistic self-care and planning/organizing my little heart out — all topics of this blog.  But while married legally, I am no longer living with the man I married and am no longer a pastor’s wife.

Quite honestly, life as I knew it unraveled over several years time.

During these long periods of blog silence, I needed every ounce of energymental, physical, emotional and spiritual — to face the horrible and heartbreaking facts of my situation which wrecked havoc on life (and continues to in specific ways).

I needed energy to courageously and graciously live out my unfolding story. Not that I did this well every day, but I tried.

So public writing on all platforms took a back seat.

I’m grateful for kind blog & magazine editors who supported my need to retreat. I’m slowly making my way back. It’s exciting the different opportunities ahead!

[A note: the horrifying and heartbreaking story I refer to is not the subject of today’s post; one day probably, but not today. Right now, it’s important to me to generally share life changes and yet maintain privacy.]

So all that to say, dear friends, changes are coming for Domestic Serenity.

To lay it out simply, this blog will phase out in a few months time (every post archived). Another platform is already in the works, with hopes for completion later this spring.

I plan to write several posts here before the transition. My sincere hope is you come along for the NEW journey!

There will be no surprises.

You’ll know just what the new website is about, when it will launch, and how I hope to create content and community for us moving forward.  I’ll keep you updated!  God willing, no more long, extended periods of writing silence.

It’s all a bit daunting honestly.

I’ve spent years getting Google to like me ?, the goal of every website!  There are thousands of Domestic subscribers and social media followers. I truly love the platform created here. In many ways, I’ll have to start all over.

It’s been hard processing letting go. So I took time to embrace the need.

Because friends…it’s time for change.

***

May you enter 2019 with a deep assurance of God’s care for you and yours!  

Happy New Year.

 

Want to share your thoughts? Click here to send me an email.

5 comments

I have missed your posts. I am so sorry to learn of such a life changing struggle for you. I do not know what to say but if I was near by I’d just come hold your hand for a while. Looking forward to the new year with you!

Daniele @ Domestic Serenity

Audria… I am grateful you took time to offer a note. Though you feel at a loss for words, I appreciate your beautiful thoughts, thank you! Blessings into 2019. Let’s see what God has for us!

~ Daniele

Conni

So sorry to hear your journey has hit hard places.

Jennifer Williams

I am so sorry for the difficulties and challenges you are facing right now. We all have our heartbreaks, they just come in different forms. You are not alone. I pray that God will lift you up and sustain you. I understand your need for change and something positive. I look forward to your new space. Take care and God bless.

Daniele @ Domestic Serenity

Thank you Conni and Jennifer…appreciate your words and encouragement.