You Don't Need Me

The last month has been challenging journey for our little family through some ups and downs.

One of us came down with the flu, just as the other recovered.

One of us flew away from Brisbane, just as the other returned.

One family said hello to us, just as we say goodbye to another.

One friend welcomed a new baby, while heartbreakingly another will bury hers this week.

When the going gets tough, priorities are stripped back to the barest essentials.  Social media seems unimportant when friends nearby desperately need a meal.  Keeping up with my reader comes second to keeping up with the housework.  And when we need to spend time as a family, talking about the big things of life and processing our feelings – the blog and everything else can wait.

I value my readers highly, and I love sharing with you all, but the truth is that you don’t need me.  My children and my husband, and close friends do.

I didn’t start this post with, “Sorry I haven’t blogged for a while…” and I never will.  I’m not sorry.  Prioritising my family is the right thing to do.  I cannot possibly blog, speak or write with integrity about parenting if I don’t practise what I preach!  So please bear with me during the times I am less active online.  It simply means I am doing double-time offline; nurturing, loving and caring for those who truly need me.

And I know you understand that.


20 thoughts on “You Don't Need Me

  1. What a month dear Cath! I pray it settles for you and will remember to pray for your bereaved friend too. Thanks for the reminder to keep a check on our priorities!

  2. Bless you Cath, as you care and share for those near and dear to you. Prayers for you and for the mum whose little one is now in the arms of Jesus.

  3. There are times when we stop and think about priorities and what life is trying to teach us. I hope that you are strong and find the answers that you need.

  4. I’m so sad to hear about your friend’s loss, my heart goes out to her. I know where you’re coming from regarding priorities, all the best to your family x

  5. It is so sad to hear of your friends loss. Except the loss I had one of those weeks. Husband overseas, me and the 3 kids had gastro, middle son either dislocated his elbow very severely or had a hairline fracture. I had several orders run late due to all this and whilst I tried to keep my customers up to date there were still some not so happy responses.

    My priorities last week were to get all of us better and healthy, with my business my second priority.

    Hope things return to normal this week.

  6. Sorry to read that it’s the tough things that have been keeping you away. Would much rather know you were having fun. But life provides both ups and downs. Thoughts are with your friend and her family. Some are too precious for Earth.

  7. Thank you for articulating this. I have only recently started blogging but have been hit with a reasonably huge life challenge in the last month too. Blogging of course went out the window but the guilt around dropping the bundle didn’t. Your perspective has helped me. Best of luck to you.

  8. Such a hard month for you all. My heart goes out to the family who have lost their little one.

    I’ve always thought, “Live first, blog later.” Blessings to you as you enjoy your family and recharge.

  9. I’ve been thinking of starting a blog recently, but this is on top of running my business and being mum, friend, volunteer etc. One of the things that has stopped me from starting was this exact dilemma you have beautifully articulated. Thank you for your honesty and thank you to your readers for demonstrating empathy. It’s so encouraging!

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