Monday, January 7, 2013

The Best From Me

I love this time of year.
Not that I love January so much, but I love new beginnings.
I love moving from one house to another.
I love the first day of school, the first day of summer, the first day of the week.
I love change. I crave it.

By the same token, I tend to ignore endings by getting too wrapped up in the beginning of something new. That's not super healthy, and I'm working on changing that about me.

I read the book Paris: A Love Story over Christmas break. The author loses two great loves in the course of her story. At one of the funerals, a friend offers this question for all who remain to ponder:
Now who will get the best from me?
I look back at 2012 and I think, "Who have I given my best to this year?"

As I move into this next year, I mull it over, "Who will get the best from me?"

Like many of you, my new years resolutions involve my family, my friends, and a little bit of exercise. As I think about who will get the best from me, I have thought about this blog. I don't post as often as I used to,  but I still think about this space a lot. I like thinking about it and you, but I've decided that I need to let go of it.

In 2013, I want throw the best of my words and deeds into my family, my friends, and try a few new things, too. I will miss this little space, no doubt.
I will miss you.

I feel so blessed to have been the recipient of your best as I have learned to know so many of you over the past couple of years. Thank you for spending time here, for encouraging me, and for loving my family through your kind comments and emails.

Happy 2013, friends.

PS. I have made it easier for you to find the recipes that I get asked for.
My favorites are in the side bar where "Love It" used to be.


  1. Kimberlee, I will truly miss your posts. I always look forward to them. I hope you will post some pictures on facebook so we can keep up with you still. Love you bunches, Auntie Pam

  2. We will miss your posts and beautiful picts...but we totally support you to be fully in this new season!
    Love you much!

  3. Oh Kimberlee, I already missed you terribly and now, well, I'm kinda sad thinking of not hearing from you at all. Yours was one of the first blogs that I followed and truly enjoyed. I've loved seeing your girlies grow and thrive. I saw growth in you as well! I pray that 2013 holds only wonderful things for you and your sweet family. Thank you for sharing your best!

  4. Oh I will miss your posts! But I am eager for you to truly give your family your best :) if you p in now and again, you know I'll still be here :)

  5. Kimberlee,
    Thanks for giving us a glimpse into your lives. I have truly enjoyed watching your family grow up and will miss seeing the little moments and triumphs. Blessings to you and your family!

  6. Wishing YOU and YOUR FAMILY and YOUR FRIENDS all the best in 2013!!!! Have loved your blog but most certainly understand the need to prioritize.

  7. And to think I just "found" you. I will miss you and your family you share .... until Friday :)

  8. You couldn't have ended with a better post, this is perfect! I'm am sad too that your not going to post anymore, but I understand completely and am thankful I still get to spend time with you in the non-blog world ;)

  9. Sweet Kimberlee, I will miss your blog but love that I can still call you a friend. Much, much love to you! Karen Giddings

  10. So sorry to hear your leaving. I really enjoyed your posts, but like everyone else, I understand completely. Best wishes to you always and I'm sure I'll still see you on Meg's blog :)
    Thanks for all you have shared.

  11. I really love this post. SO glad you're doing what you need to do, but you will be missed.

    you better stay on instagram though! i feel like friends, even though we've never met... i guess the blog world does that to you! :)

    blessings in 2013!!

  12. :( wahhh.
    i wish you weren't but i understand.
    i will just have to sit down at your laptop and you can give me personal slideshows of all your photos and tell me stories.
    while you feed me cinnamon rolls and we drink coffee.

    love you kimBERLEE.

  13. Oh wow. I'll have to find another way to keep up with you. :) Have a told you, truly told you, that you are a blessing in my life? You are kind and selfless and gentle and everything I hope that shines from me. I love you to pieces and wish you the absolute best with everything. I do hope that we meet one day again, but I am so glad to know we will hug one day at our Father's gates.

  14. Awe, I will miss your blog posts Kimberlee! It was such an honor to meet you at craft weekend, and I have enjoyed following you here since. Instagram will have to do! I know what you mean though, about giving your best to those that are most important. Your family is blessed to have you!

  15. Beautiful post. I've considered doing the same thing. I didn't blog much in 2012...and I'm trying in 2013, but my heart isn't in it. I don't know why..... I hate the winter. I'm Southern to the core and would rather have my toes in warm sand than in the snow. But I love January with the freshness, the comfort of something new. And something unknown. May you have a blessed year! You are a treasure!!

  16. I've enjoyed your blog for the short time I've read it! But I understand - blogging takes up a lot of time. I hope to still see snippets of your lovely family on Instagram.


  17. Kimberlee, I will most definitely miss your blog posts but I am happy in the knowledge that you will get to spend your time with your family and pursuing things you love! Also, I am thankful that I can still internet stalk you via IG! Ha! ; ) All the best to you and yours today, tomorrow and always! Happy 2013!!

  18. I will miss popping in, but it's okay. . . because you introduced me to the book Jesus Calling and it is changing my life. Thank you!


  19. I've been meaning to comment on this for a while now. I'm proud of you but I sure will miss you. PTL for Instagram, right? Love you, friend!

  20. I will miss seeing your happy posts:( Thank you for all your support and prayers over our family and Sergey! Hoping someday I will get to thank you in person:) Blessings to you and your family!

  21. I still check your blog every week to see if you're posting - though I understand why you aren't. Hope you'll be back sometime in the future and all is well w/you and your family.

  22. Kimberlee, I hope you read this. I would come to this site and hope that you would have put a piece of you on it. So many times I wish I could see your family face to face. Maybe our paths will cross again. I pray that! Love you and will continue to pray for you all! Love janice porter

  23. Kimberlee,

    I found your blog a little over a week ago and have read the entire thing. Your postings of passages of "The Message" were absolutely what I needed. I have had a very hard year and the past month has been especially trying. Your reprinted words were soothing and inspirational and have helped me refocus on my life and my responsibilities. Thank you for helping me. If you ever thought that your blog was not very much other than a recording of your and your families lives you would be incorrect because even after five years your blog is helping people in ways you don't even know. Thank you again. I hope that Ella and Talia are growing into the women you believe they can be.


    P.S. Using my daughter Facebook account to comment.

    1. Maureen,
      Thank you for your comment, and I think there was a greater purpose in it for me today as I just read it for the first time seven months later. Much love to you.


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