Good news, a couple reminders, and a short blogging break

What a difference a week makes! As I type this, Kevin is on his second day of training for a new job! It’s the same work as the job that disappeared last week – driving disabled and low-income patients to medical appointments – but for a different company. The amazing thing is that it is for a bigger, more stable company, he’ll get more hours, and the pay is (slightly) better. As I look back at the past couple of weeks, and how everything happened, it is easy to see how God worked things out for the best possible outcome. I hope that next time I’m in the middle of a crisis, I remember this and don’t panic!

I really appreciate all of you who were praying for us, sending good thoughts our way, and continually leaving me words of encouragement here and on Facebook. It’s been a long nineteen months of unemployment. In a lot of ways we are stronger for it, and I am so relieved to be coming out the other side of the tunnel.

Now, for the reminders. Next Thursday, the 31st, is the day that I will be posting my review of My Antonia by Willa Cather, along with a Mr. Linky for anyone who is reading along for the challenge. Our read-along title for February is Bleak House, so don’t forget to get your hands on a copy. It’s a chunkster, and you’ll want to start reading on the 1st!

I will be absent from the blog until the 31st. I am reading a lot, and enjoying it very much, but am not finding the tme or motivation for blogging about said reading. I’m hoping that taking a short break will bring my blogging mojo back – and that I can use part of the break to get some posts written ahead for those busy days that sneak up on me. If I’m still feeling in need of a break after the 31st, I may take another week or two break. I love my blog, but lately, every time I think about, I feel guilty. I need some guilt-free time with no blogging commitments.

I will, however, be reading and commenting on your blogs – probably more! – because that never feels like an obligation. :) See you around the blogosphere, and I’ll be back soon.

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28 Responses to Good news, a couple reminders, and a short blogging break

  1. ibeeeg says:

    Yay! I am so happy for you and your family that you guys are finally out from under the 19 months unemployment journey. I honestly don’t know how you did it; I am facing a significant pay decrease and face worry about maintaining stable financial health around here, but I still have my job and that counts for a whole lot :)

    I hear you about reading and not feeling the urge to blog about the book. For me, I just finished a book that I loved, and wrote down some notes about the story. I just do not feel like using my energy towards writing the notes out into a decent blog post. I’m feeling guilty about that. I also have 4 other blog posts that need to go from either the draft format or just get out of my head into a post, but gosh, the energy needed for it is energy I’d rather spend elsewhere (reading, reading my Bible, working on my photo album, time with kids, bike riding, etc).

    I hope you have a nice blogging break, and that you feel motivated on the 31st. Enjoy with no guilt. :)

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Thanks, Deanna. I am sorry to hear about your pay cut – finances are such a source of stress. I will be praying for you!

  2. Michelle says:

    Enjoy your blogging break! If anyone deserves to take some time for herself, it would be you. And a HUGE congratulations to Kevin on his job. See? I told you 2013 was going to be a better year for you!

  3. Marg
    Twitter: MargReads
    says:

    OH that is awesome news! So glad everything worked out!

    Enjoy your blogging break. We will miss you but still be here when you get back!
    Marg´s last post ..Australia Day Book Giveaway Blog Hop

  4. Laurie C
    Twitter: baystateRA
    says:

    Great news about the job! I’ve been taking something of an unplanned blogging break, partly for lack of time, but also because I end up doing other things instead of writing up posts. Changes like new jobs can do that to you, so don’t feel guilty!
    Laurie C´s last post ..The Power of Habit Group Read Part 3

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Laurie – the weird thing is that it’s not even my job! But things have been so stressful, and now that the stress is lifted, I’m just craving some me-time.

  5. The job thing does indeed sound like Karma! (or similar!) I totally empathize with needing a blogging break – hope you enjoy it!
    rhapsodyinbooks´s last post ..Review of “A Land More Kind Than Home” by Wiley Cash

  6. Beth Hoffman says:

    I am SOOOOO glad to hear this! Good news (and prayers answered) indeed. I’m sure you and Kevin are truly breathing many sighs of relief! Enjoy your blogging break, Carrie.

  7. Sheila (Book Journey)
    Twitter: bookjourney
    says:

    Awesome! I think I seen on Facebook about the new job and I was thrilled for you and your family!
    Sheila (Book Journey)´s last post ..Will To Murder by Gail Feichtinger (non fiction)

  8. Heather
    Twitter: BookAddictHeath
    says:

    What great news about Kevin’s job!! Relax and enjoy your break. When blogging starts to feel like a chore, a break is always a necessary thing. I’m sure you’ll come back refreshed and excited to talk about books. :)
    Heather´s last post ..The Uninvited by Liz Jensen

  9. Melissa
    Twitter: myeclecticbooks
    says:

    I am so happy fo you and your family! Things do sometimes have a way of working out in a surprizing manner! Enjoy your blogging break!
    Melissa´s last post ..Added to the Bookshelf – 1/27/13

  10. Vasilly
    Twitter: Vasilly
    says:

    Take all the time you need for a blogging break. You’ve been going through so much lately. We’ll be here when you get back. :-)
    Vasilly´s last post ..Sunday Salon: Bookish Panic, Read-a-thons, and Read-Ins

  11. Susan says:

    Congrats on the great news! I think taking a break sounds like a good idea every once in a while. Enjoy.
    Susan´s last post ..The Marriage Plot

  12. Ali
    Twitter: worducopia
    says:

    I hope you’re enjoying your blogging break! So glad a job came through.
    Ali´s last post ..Soundtrack

  13. stacybuckeye says:

    Great news for your family. Spend your time away smiling :)
    stacybuckeye´s last post ..It’s Friday so let’s talk about reality tv

  14. Kathleen says:

    I’m very happy to hear your good news and will continue to keep you and your family in my prayers.
    Kathleen´s last post ..Some More Reads to Talk About

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