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A Note from Jeniffer

Two years ago, I asked Melissa if she wanted to start a blog with me. We could write to the world about our love of cloth diapers and maybe some other “crunchy” things. {Oh, I don’t know…like breastfeeding? Maybe?} It wasn’t long before we [and our husbands] were planning and preparing. And then our “baby” was born!

At the time, both of our newest babies were 6 months old, give or take. And we added a baby blog to the family. For a while, things were pretty great. They were working smoothly, and it all seemed so, so good.

Two years can change a lot about a person, though, and the past year alone has brought numerous changes to my personal life. I’ve had to step up more around the house and stop relying on my husband’s presence so much. {After all, he works 3 jobs and is paid for 2! The man blows my mind every week by getting everything on his plate done!} I’ve also had to learn how to handle two babies under two…and gradually adapt to two toddlers. Things are getting a little easier around the house, thankfully, but that’s because I’ve had to rethink the way I handle the girls, the house, and myself.

One of the ways that I’ve been able to handle things better has been by letting go of the blog. We had a wonderful hiatus this past summer. I realized, too, that the longer I was away from the blog, the more I was able to do around the house. I’ve also become more present when I’m around my children, which is never ever a bad thing. And on top of that? I’ve exercised my creativity in various ways, ways that I have ignored or stifled while blogging regularly.

Because of this {and various other reasons} I have decided to stop writing for Sisters ‘N Cloth. Does this mean that I will never ever blog again? No. But I doubt that I will decide to blog again before the year is out. Or even before Lily turns 2. I just need a break from this creative outlet. Does this mean that I’m saying good-bye to the online world for good? Heavens, no! I’m always on Instagram {@smith_jeniffer} and Twitter {@smith_jeniffer}. But there is a connection on both of those social media platforms that doesn’t happen on this blog, at least not for me.

Besides, there’s too much of this going on these days for me to stay bored for too long!

Thank you all for sharing in my journey. Thank you for your support and encouragement. Thank you for your friendship. And if you ever sponsored a giveaway, left a comment, RT’d or shared a post, or even clicked like on a status, thank you for believing in our blog. Many days, those likes and comments kept us going, and I am so thankful for each of them.

The Lord bless you, and keep you;

The Lord make His face shine on you,

And be gracious to you;

The Lord lift up His countenance on you,

And give you peace.

Numbers 6:24-26

 

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Still Breathing Deeply

It’s been nearly two three months since Melissa shared that we would be taking a break. I wish we could say that we’re back with better posts and more stories from “life in the nitty gritty.” But that’s not real life right now.

Obviously we aren’t gone for good since the site is still up, but we’re still not sure what will happen here.

Neither one of us are okay with leaving it so open ended, though, and we don’t think it’s fair to our faithful readers to just skip out.

This is what we know right now:

We need a break from a “schedule.”

Both of us are worn from life these days, and so are our other Sisters, Faith and Michal. We may post regularly for a while and then stop. Or we may not post for a while and then post regularly. But these expectations have been hurting our posts and our faithfulness to writing. We will still be around, though.

We love this space.

This is what we keep going back to: we love our readers. We love encouraging other moms. We love this space. But we also need to figure out what that needs to look like. Early on, we shared our space. Facebook will still be like that: Melissa and I both will post on our page at times. However, Twitter will not be a shared space anymore. I’ve been using my personal Twitter account, @smith_jeniffer, fairly regularly and had stopped getting on @sistersncloth much. We decided that it would be better for us to use our own accounts from now on, with me keeping @smith_jeniffer and Melissa using @sistersncloth. Of course, I’m mostly on Instagram these days. If you don’t follow me already, my username is @smith_jeniffer.

Finally, we want to be clear.

While we hate to leave this blog, we both realize that it may be exactly what we need to do. If that happens, we’ll both still be around the Web, and we’ll most likely keep our Facebook page up and running. We will let you know before we close down shop, so to speak.

Again, we love you guys. We have loved getting to meet each of you, and we’re still amazed that some of you have stuck around. Thank you for making this blog what it is and what it will be.

 

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Deep Breaths

Hi everyone! Life has been….. nitty-gritty lately. Full. Full of wonderful blessings, like Talia joining our family. Full of adventures, like getting ready to go to Papua New Guinea! For Jeniffer, life has been full of long mothering hours as her husband has worked multiple jobs and she has been home with two sweet – and busy – girls. Faith’s family has dealt with several months of various sicknesses, vehicle troubles, computer issues, and more. Michal spent the last part of her second pregnancy dealing with possible early labor and bedrest, and just welcomed her second little one into the world. Jeniffer and I spent some time talking today and decided that we are all knee-deep in mothering and life, and realized we need to take some “deep breaths.”

Deep Breath One: The Breastfeeding Blog Hop

Breastfeeeding Blog Hop

Jeniffer and I have been hosting the Breastfeeding Blog Hop with Sarah from Life as Wife, Mummy, and Nurse for almost a year now. All three of us have been linking up to the Hop regularly for much longer than that! It has been so great participating in the Hop each week, sharing our passion for breastfeeding with so many other wonderful bloggers and readers.

Over the last several months the #bfbloghop has started to suffer. We’ve all been pulled in different directions. It’s been harder to come up with new topics. Breastfeeding is full of many different experiences, but there still may be a limit to the amount of different topics that can be covered, at least by the same people. We’ve noticed the number of bloggers participating has dropped quite a bit, and that may very well be due to our limited extra time and energy to pour into commenting on posts and helping get the word out the way we had hoped to through Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.

We all feel that we are at the place where we are ready to close this chapter. I know for myself, I will always be passionate about breastfeeding! But the time for blogging about it each week is over, at least for us. If there are any of you bloggers reading this who would like to pick up the torch, please send us an e-mail and let us know!

If you are in need of some breastfeeding encouragement, information, humor, or just need to remember you aren’t in this alone, please check out all the wonderful topics and posts from the last few years in the archives here and here, at The Slacker Mom, and Life with Levi.

Deep Breath Two: A Blogging “Time Out”

summer

Like I said above, things have been a bit crazy for all of us. We haven’t been blogging the way we planned to when we shared back in November about our changing visions. We decided that this month is going to be a blogging “time out.” We won’t be posting at all for now. We are going to take this time to enjoy our families, rest our brains a bit, and reflect on what we need to do with the little space we’ve created here. Hopefully there will be lots of time to kick our shoes off and enjoy the summer!

Thank you to all of you who have taken the time to read, comment, encourage, and get to know us over the last two years!

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