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A Dieu, My Dear Friends, For at Least a Few Months

Dear Friends,

Because of health issues and increasing family responsibilities, I need to say goodbye to you for several months.  This makes me very sad, but it is becoming increasingly obvious that I currently have neither the time nor energy to write.

For the past decade I have experienced significant fatigue.  It built up slowly, then for a few years it was completely debilitating, then for the last 5 years it has been quite manageable, and since the beginning of this year it has been worsening to the point where I need to spend almost half of my time resting or sleeping.  As well, related health issues, including cardiac problems, have increased significantly and actually caused my family doctor to send me to the emergency department earlier this year.

What’s more, over the past few years my family responsibilities have increased dramatically.

Even so, I have tried to keep my blog going because of the encouraging and grateful messages you have sent me, sometimes in the comments, sometimes personally.  And, yes, I still have a list of articles that you have asked me to write, as well as a list of books to review. 

But I cannot do any of that now.  Instead I need to devote the small amount of time that I am not resting  to tend to my family and to work on my health.

I will miss you.  I will miss writing for you, sharing wonderful resources, encouraging and being encouraged.  I will miss your cheery messages and, because I will probably go largely off-line, I will also miss the blogs many of you write.  But after several months I hope to meet you in bloggy land again.

In the meantime, may God bless each one of you.  Remember to stay close to him, and read the Letter he wrote you.  Find your joy and your comfort in him, and if that’s not working for you, go to him and tell him about it.  He loves you and will care for you and will keep you close to himself.  And I know he will care for me and my family as well, because he loves us and is powerful enough to do whatever is best.

A dieu, my dear friends.

And now I will go off to cry a little cry. 


  1. I will miss you but you need to do what is right for your health and your family. May you have wisdom to balance your time with all your responsibilities and limited strength.

  2. Sunshine says:

    I have appreciated reading your posts, even in the short time since I found your blog. Thank you for the time and devotion you have given to your readers. It makes total sense and is wise that the resources that you have available be spent on your family and your health. May God’s blessings rest on you as you take this time.

  3. Jennifer H. says:

    I will be praying for you, friend. I, too, have enjoyed your posts, encouragement, and cyber-friendship. You will be missed.

  4. JoAnn says:

    So sorry, I’ll be praying for you and you will be missed.

  5. Carol says:

    So sorry to hear your news. Take care & hope to see you back writing again in the not too distant future. X

  6. Carmen Harke says:

    Praying for you – that your strength and energy will be renewed, and that through this trial you will have peace knowing that the Saviour cares for you.

  7. Aritha says:

    Sterkte! Ik vind het jammer! je kunt me altijd mailen! Lieve groet en ik zal voor je bidden. xxx

  8. Annie Kate says:

    Thank you so much, dear friends, for your kind words and for your prayers and for pointing me to Jesus. That all means so much to me.

    May God be with each one of you.

  9. Tricia says:

    Annie Kate, what a wonderful example you are to all of us. It is so very important to go to a quiet spot and rest in Him. How wise you are to listen to Him. I pray you are blessed with a special time of devotion to your family as well. Prayers for healing. Thank you for how you minister!

  10. Kathleen says:

    I am glad you are wise enough to take this sabbatical. I will miss your guidance and insight.

    May God give you strength.


  11. Heather says:

    I’m sorry to hear that your health has not improved. I hope that this time away will bring encouragement and peace of mind as you serve your family. Thank you for all the words that you have shared with us over the years. May you rest in Him.

  12. Aritha says:

    Hoe gaat het nu met je Annie Kate? Lieve groet. xxx

  13. Annie Kate says:

    Thank you, Tricia and Kathleen and Heather, for your encouragement.

    Aritha, my health is improving in some ways, and that is such a joy! And I am better able to meet my family responsibilities, something I am also thankful for. But still, often it is hard. Thank you for checking in!

    1. Aritha says:

      Fijn! Ik hoop dat je rust krijgt van binnen.

  14. Kathleen says:

    My oldest has been enjoying Seterra online today and it reminded me of your blog and all the great ideas and support and advice it has given us as a family.

    Hope you are on the mend.

  15. Annie Kate says:

    Thank you, Kathleen. I’m so glad your family is enjoying Seterra. May God bless your homeschool year.

    Things seem to be settling down here. Lord willing, I hope to begin blogging again in November!

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