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Monday, January 27, 2014

A Time of Change....

Jenn's Food Journey has finally come to that inevitable fork in the road.  It is time for this traveler to make a decision on whether to go down this road or that road.  The first road leads to continuing on as if nothing is about to change, which will bring on a ton of added stress.  The second road leads to the acknowledgement that things are changing rapidly and will be different from here on out. After months and months of trying to figure out which road to actually take, I have come to the conclusion that the second road is the one I must go down.   So, what does that mean for the journey?  Honestly, for now, it only means some time away.... a sort of hiatus if you please.  Times are definitely changing for me and blogging needs to take a backseat for the time being.  This has truly been a very hard decision to make.  Actually, I wasn't lying when I said it's taken me months and months.  I have been toying with the idea of putting my blog on hiatus since early October, but I have just had the hardest time truly letting go.  Blogging has not only been a great creative outlet for me, but it has helped me create some lasting friendships too.

It is time for me to be honest with myself though, and with a baby due in 10 weeks (or less for all I know), blogging must be put aside for now.  This is truly a sad day for me and I will probably regret the decision as soon as I hit the "publish" button...  but the great thing about the internet, I can always come back to it if I need/want to.  And, I hope to do just that sometime in the very near future.

To all of you who have stuck by me since the very beginning and to everyone who has come on more recently... Thank you so much!!!  You have been such wonderful support for me and I cannot tell you how much your comments and emails have brightened each and every one of my days.

To my close friends and family that have continued to read and support my blog... Thank you for your love and support.  You all know how much you mean to me and if not, email me or call me and I'll remind you :)

And of course, to Chris.... who's love and support and help with my blog has helped make this blog what it truly has become.  He is my rock and my love and I would have given up years ago without him.

I cannot truly say goodbye, as goodbye sounds too final... plus, for those of you that have blogs yourself, you know you'll see me out there because I can't wait to see what yummy new recipes you will share with the world!  So for now, with a heavy heart, I say so long and that I hope to be back soon, sharing my love for food with all of you!

Love and happy cooking to you all,
Jenn

29 comments:

Jeff Gutierrez said...

I hope everything goes well for you Jenn! Best wishes and early congrats to you and Chris! Take care and hope to see some pictures soon!

Jennifurla said...

You do what you need to do, I took many breaks with my two children. You'll know when and if it's time to come back.

Goodluck!

Pam said...

You'll be back...just wait. Being a mother is wonderful and exhausting and fantastic but it can be lonely too. Blogging is a wonderful creative outlet and a great way to get more mental stimulation other than the abc's.

Looking forward to seeing the next journey in your life. Make sure you share photos of your little one from time to time until you come back to blogging. Take care Jenn and good luck with your new baby! xoxo

belleau kitchen said...

:0(

Big Dude said...

I'm okay with your decision so long as you email me a meat and sauce recipe every day or so :-). I'll miss you and the nice thing about this change is that it is reversible at any time which is a little different than the one coming in 10 weeks. Enjoy your time away to prepare for and enjoy a change you can't even fathom, if this is your first child. I'll be here when you get back.

Angie Schneider said...

Jenn, I totally understand your priority at this time, so enjoy your break and come back as soon as you can! All the BEST to you and yours!
Angie

Pam said...

You will really be missed, but I understand. Take care, relax and prepare for your baby, that's the important thing! Wishing you the best Jenn, and good luck to you and Chris, with your baby! Here's hoping to see baby pictures!

Catherine said...

Dear Jenn, I wish you all the very best with the happy and very blessed event on the way.
Once your life falls into routine you will have time to spend once again on your blog.
I look forward to seeing you back.
Take care and rest and be happy.
Blessings dear. Catherine xo

Carla from The River said...

♥ Hey Jen,
You enjoy your baby and hubby. This is such a special time. I am so excited for you.
Take Care and I know you will be back someday. ♥ Carla

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Jenn, yes, you are in for a BIG change! :D We'll all miss your Food Journey while you're on hiatus, but it's certainly understandable. May I offer a 'helpful hint' for when you return? Perhaps you would be able to manage a less ambitious posting schedule. I post just once a week. You posted 2 1/2 times that last year - I don't know how anyone does that! (Just trying to think of a way to keep you in the Blogosphere! :-\) But whatever you do, enjoy this next phase of your life - I'm sure you are going to be a wonderful mother!

Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch) said...

:( Will miss your posts, but please keep us updated on the big event. And LOL at Larry's comment. I'm with him. Hugs.

Rebecca said...

Going to miss your wonderful recipes, However; I cant wait to meet my sweet little baby niece. Enjoy the down time. Your heart is getting ready to be gripped in a way you never thought possible.

Cranberry Morning said...

Ah, Jenn, we will miss you! I'm sorry my reading has been sporadic because of this hip issue. But I'll not say goodbye because now and then you may want to pop in and publish another post. You know we'll need a post when the baby is born. :-)

Best wishes for you and Chris and Baby.

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

I love what Rebecca said: "Your heart is getting ready to be gripped in a way you never thought possible." I'm so excited for you!

Mary Younkin said...

Enjoy the break from the blog, but I'll look forward to seeing you again (and FINALLY meeting you in person one of these days!) Maybe it will take the little ones arrival to finally make it happen. :) I can't wait to see pictures!

Anonymous said...

Jenn. Leave it to you to make a food analogy with your "fork in the road" statement. Very clever! While I should be very sad that you're putting your blog on hold, I'm one of the lucky few who actually get to spend time with you just about every day! I wish you nothing but the best. You and Chris, my friends, are going to make AWESOME parents! And, I expect to do some babysitting! xo Rube

Michael Toa said...

Hi Jenn. Take as much break as you need. I'll be here.
Best of luck with everything and I look forward to hopefully seeing some pictures soon :)

Mary Callan said...

Oh Jenn! you are so right when you say you can always come back to it when you feel ready - you have such a wonderful and special time ahead of you with your new baby - the last thing you need is any guilt or conflicting feelings - just enjoy this wonderful time!
Mary oxo

Sue/the view from great island said...

Jenn your sweet voice will be so missed, but I know exactly how you are feeling, and your time with your baby is time you'll never be able to repeat, so enjoy it to the fullest!

Catherine said...

Dear Jenn, Just stopping by to say, "hello" and hope all is well.
Blessings dear. Catherine xo

Velva said...

Jen we will be here if you decide to return. Life happens and you are on a remarkable journey-Enjoy!! Congratulations in advance for your soon to be bundle of joy.

Velva

Pam said...

Just wanted to say hi... I hope your pregnancy is going smoothly! Can't wait to see photos of your little one! xoxo

Robyn said...

Jenn, I'm sure you will be a great mom!! Let's try to stay in touch!

Mary Bergfeld said...

Jenn, between surgery and the move, I am only now catching this.I will miss you and hope that sometime in the future you'll re-join our band of merry men. Hugs and blessings...Mary

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Jenn, it's been about 10 weeks, so I was wondering ...

Blessings to you and yours!

Stephen Crout said...

I don't know when or if you will see this, but you clearly have fans who relish the idea of your return to blogging.

Jennifer Hicks said...

Hope you're doing well

Pam said...

Thinking about you & hoping all is well with your family. xoxo

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Jenn, I was just thinking about you and thought I'd "check in" and say "Hi!" Hope you and yours are well.