Curtain Call

Remember in Forest Gump when Forest was the running man? The man who runs and runs and runs, and then suddenly, one day, for no reason, stops? I think I may be done.

This is post number 501. Coincidently, it’s also the two year anniversay of Dandelion Mama. Almost 100,000 of you have checked in on my life over the last two years- and that is both flattering and a little frightening- why on Earth would my life, my ordinary, messy, simple life be so interesting?

Many fabulous people have come my way via this blog- people who are now real, flesh and blood friends, whose faces and children’s snapshots grace my refrigerator. I have learned about myself, have journaled my children’s lives, a cataclysmic pregnancy and a joyful birth.

But lately, I have been phoning it in.

And I just don’t want to do that. My life is so much more hectic than it was when I began Dandelion Mama. What was a lifeline for my creativity and thought-spillage has of late, been not serving it’s intended, desired, and ultimate purpose.

For now, I will still be on permanent staff at MMW, and will continue to write parenting posts for those fabulous ladies and friends. There are absolutely blogs I will continue to regularly read- and keep up with your lives. My archives will remain open, for the time being.

To those of you who have given me so many lovely words, gestures of friendship, and kindness, over the last two years, I kindly and warmly bow my head, and say, with genuine and deep sincerety, Thank YOU.

So, with a tender heart, and a little trepidation- but suspecting it is, indeed, time, I bid you farewell.

All is Well- and Much Love,
Tracy M

31 thoughts on “Curtain Call

  1. I am fairly new to the blogging world, most often a lurker or occasional commenter at MMW and a few more like Dandelion Mama. But I couldn’t let you say goodbye without telling you that I am extremely impressed with your insight and comments, and your view on life!! I will miss your updates here, but I am glad you will still be at MMW.

    May you find balance and joy amidst the hectic days of your life! Thanks for making the world a better place.

  2. We will miss you!!I believe that life has chapters in a book. Reluctantly we close a chapter (and those of us reading) but now you’re on to a new chapter!

  3. I am going to miss your beautiful writing. I have tried for about 10 minutes to write this comment to make it sound like I want it to, but it’s not happening. So I’ll just say thank you.

  4. I will definitely miss your wit, your wisdom and your overall insights into life. I am glad you will at least be leaving the archives open and still contributing to MMW so I can get my dose of Tracy in when I need it.

    Enjoy this next chapter in your life!

  5. I’ll miss you. and… everything.
    It’s always nice to know I’m not the only mom who goes through things.
    Hugs and best wishes.

  6. Good luck in your future adventures! I rarely delete the links in my bloglines, so if you change your mind, I’ll be happy to see occasional posts from you!

  7. Aw, that sucks! But I know what you mean.

    My personal blog’s gone downhill since my parents started reading it. As my sister-in-law once said, “Blogs are for people you don’t know!”

  8. I have really appreciated your sharing of your life. Your insight and humor into motherhood really touched me – I related to you. I’ll miss your unique perspective on life, but I really understand that the most important thing in your life right now is your family. You need to live it with them!!!!! Your a smart lady!!!!!

  9. I understand, I think.
    But it’s a sad little hole inside of me….getting bigger now.
    You have such a nice way of making the hard stuff seem more do-able, and the REALLY hard stuff seem…well not so lonely.

    Try not to disappear altogether. You’d be missed in that deep and meaningful way that not many people are.

  10. When blogging isn’t fun, it’s time to stop. Kudos to you for being brave enough to fight the addiction ;). We will definitely miss Dandelion Mamma.

  11. We’ll all miss you and your wonderful view of life in the northwest. I wish you well, will watch for your posts at MMW and hope those redheads still continue to rock your world. One more thing you could do – open an etsy shop for all of us who would love to purchase your art or patterns. Please.

    I have enjoyed your views and have, of late, been jealous of your garage sale finds!

  12. I’ll miss your blog! I’ve really enjoyed it… but I have to agree with Heather. Good for you for making the decision and going with it! At least I’ll still get to catch you around MMW 🙂

  13. As always, your writing sets a bar…and quite high. You are wise to choose to end instead of letting it die.

    Please, please leave your archives open. Some of us are new and find great joy here.


  14. I’ll miss reading you as often as I’m used to … but your family needs you. I get that. And it’s good to blog when you feel like it, not just because you feel you’re obligated to do so.

    I’m glad that you’ll be at MMW still.

  15. Good for you. I mean, not really, because I’ll be sad, but seriously, it should not be a chore and should not be a source of contention.

    And we wouldn’t let you out of MMW if you tried! (well, ok, we would, but it would be hard…..)

  16. You will be missed! I have enjoyed reading about your garage-sale adventures, your projects and getting a glimpse into who you are! Thanks for sharing!

  17. WHAT?!?! NO!!

    I know how you feel – I quit my own blog (which wasn’t even a 100th as fun as yours) a while ago. Yours was one of the blogs I kept reading and I will miss it. I love your writing style, sense of humor, and all your beautiful projects. You are very talented!

    Best of luck to you and your sweet family.

  18. WHAT?!? No more “little red head terrorist” posts? Oi vey. Well, at least I won’t have to explain my unrequited laughter to my co-workers now. My monitor will be a much cleaner surface – freed from diet coke outbursts.

    And this is a good thing?

    I guess I’ll have to start paying more attention to MMW.

  19. I’ll miss reading your posts, Tracy. But I totally understand. At least we’ll still see you around at MMW. So glad to hear about your Etsy store! I have been cutting back my blogging to do the same–the computer screen just isn’t cutting it creativewise. Let me know when it’s up and running and we’ll give you a little shout out on TftC. No one should give us too hard of a time because this time it won’t be purely self promotion–:)

    And, just so you know I have been saving my pennies so someday I can commission a few pieces of art for myself.

  20. I am so sorry you are going away! I don’t come in as often as I should, but I always loved what you had up. You knew how to bring a smile to my face.
    Take care.

  21. I’m a frequent lurker and occasional commenter. I’ve always really enjoyed your posts. Having red headed children, I could relate! I’m glad that you’ll still be at MMW. Best of luck with your Etsy store.

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