Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Until Next Time ...

Dearest friends, a path is a story we walk, where nothing is known but where a way is made through. I first found the courage to call myself a writer in the mid-1980’s and I had no way of knowing where that path would lead. But, for three decades now I’ve been listening to my voice and finding a way to put it out there for others to read and assess and judge, if they so desire. I’ve written books and articles and essays and editorials and guest columns, all because there was a voice inside that propelled and compelled me to do so. I like to think that writing has kept me sharp and sensitive and aware.

I’ve done my best to write honestly, but tastefully—not always sharing the sordid and deeply personal details, but still conveying the spirit of the moment, whether it be joy or sorrow, satisfaction or embarrassment, disgust or anger.

And it was in 2005 when one of my beautiful nieces introduced me to the blogging world. I was a big skeptic at first but soon fell in love with the kindred spirits I encountered online. Initially, I was part of the Xanga blogging community. Then, in 2009, I switched to this blogging community here and found a quiet space in which to reflect and mull over life and its many components. With over 750 blog posts under my belt, it’s safe to say that I’ve spilled my soul, and sometimes my guts, right here in this space. Having you along for company has brought me immense pleasure.

I still have plenty left to say, but in the last year it seems the words don’t come easy and must be pulled out of me and onto the screen, which brings me to the point of this rambling post. This is not goodbye, for I feel certain my path will lead me back here, but it is to say, “See you later.” I wanted you, my faithful friends, to be informed, should you stop by here in a month or two or five and wonder what happened. I have also decided to deactivate all of my previous posts, at least for now, just because.

There are no words to thank you for all of your generous comments, your prayers, and your friendship over the last eight years. Your presence has meant more than I can express, and, if you are so inclined, please come find me on Facebook. I'd love to see you there.

Until next time, dear friends, keep walking your path and keep speaking your truth.


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16 comments:

  1. I will miss you dear lady. And I'll be anxiously awaiting your return. Praying for God to continue to use you for His glory and to bless you and your family during this new "season." Keep speaking the truth in love!! Blessings from Missouri!

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  2. I'll miss your posts. They were wonderful, no matter the emotion you included. I love you.

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  3. I will miss you, sweet friend. I hope you will stop by my blog and say hi, if you feel so inclined, now and then. :) Our lives are turned completely upside down right now, with much sorrow and heartache, so my blog posts are very sporadic. I have pulled way back from blogging, too. The passion is just not what it once was, and when you are so overwhelmed and drained, there isn't much left to give. Good-bye to you, and may the Lord bless you always.

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  4. Dear Dayle, this is sad news for me. I've felt like you actually were triplets and I'm the third sister, We're so much alike. I will so miss reading your words and seeing glimps inside your beautiful life. Of course everyday isn't always a walk in the park, the Lord never promised us that, but you have such a beautiful, encouraging way with your words of showing us how He never let's us down and to keep on keeping on. Thank you dear sister for all you've shared with us here. I pray you won't need too long of a break and you will be back with us soon! God bless!

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  5. Seems like many, including myself, are stepping away from blogging. I don't do Facebook, or I would follow you there. Your blog has always been a source of encouragement and inspiration for me. God's blessings to you.

    Love,
    Patti

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  6. I'm afraid I knew after reading the title that this is where you were heading...I know you have been contemplating this for a while. You was one of the first bloggers I followed and I was immediately drawn to your way with words in your heartfelt posts. I will miss your blog BUT will continue to look forward to keeping up with you on Facebook! Love and hugs!

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  7. I read between the lines in your last few posts and dreaded this moment but felt it was coming. I am sorry to see you leave (whether temporarily or permanently) but I do understand. Life is a journey and we never know when the path will split and we will have to forsake the path we are on and take a new one.

    Enjoy your away time, Cupcake, your sister, your hubby, traveling and anything else that comes your way. I hope health for all of you-including aging parents. God bless you, Dayle. I have loved getting to know you. I will make sure to find you on FB. Hugs- xo Diana

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  8. The neat thing about gifts from God is that He doesn't take them back, just gives us a different way to use them. I'm so glad to know you! God bless.

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  9. You will be missed, my friend...
    Listen to your heart and we will be here whenever you return.
    Until then...many blessings!!!! : )

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  10. To everything there is a season ....
    I'm so glad ours crossed paths!

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  11. Wishing you the rich blessing of peace in whatever waits ahead! Thank-you so much for all your beautiful words through the years! God bless and keep.
    Until 'later':)

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  12. Your words and wisdom will be missed, my friend. Walk in peace and know that you have friends out here missing you in blogland - xoxoxo

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  13. I will miss your insight and encouragement.
    Blessings!

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  14. I don’t remember how I found your blog but it has been an inspirational pleasure. Thank heavens for your “inner voice” Be well Dayle.

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  15. Dear Dayle. Your words have always been balm for my soul. I shall miss your posts. You are a wonderful writer whose posts bring the reader into your life. Your writing has made me laugh, think, and, at times, cry. Please don't stay away forever. I will always love to read your sweet words, my friend. Susan

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Dear Readers, I adore your company and your comments. If you ask questions here, I respond to them here, so please check back when you have a chance. Kind regards, Dayle