Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Roses of Inspiration #54 - The Last Party

Happy day to you, sweet and faithful friends.
I hope each one of you are doing well
and I trust you are enjoying the first lovely days of spring.
We are supposed to get snow and rain this week - oh joy! :)

Before we start the party I have some news I would like to share. . .
I have prayerfully decided to stop hosting Roses of Inspiration.
This has been a hard decision to come to,
but I know this is what the Lord wants me to do right now.
My dear friends, I truly love hosting this party every week
and every week I am inspired by all of you.

You made me smile when I saw your delightful creations,
laugh at the antics of your children or grandchildren,
swoon over your stunning home decor,
and even cry when some of you bared your soul and shared your heart.

For the last year you have blessed me in more ways than one
by simply sharing your sweet self with Roses of Inpiration.
I am filled with gratitude for ALL OF YOU
that linked up with Roses of Inspiration.
You took the time to stop by
and it meant the world to me.

Dearest friends,
I find my blogging schedule is becoming too much for me to handle
and right now my best option is to say "goodbye" to Roses of Inspiration.
I will still share the beloved hymns on Sunday, 
a crafting, tea, or recipe post during the week,
and book reviews on the weekend.
I hope you understand my need for stepping away from this precious party.

I can't thank you enough for joining me on this adventure.
You made Roses of Inspiration 
memorable and beautiful.

May you have a blessed Easter!

Without further ado,
let's get the last party started
by beginning with some lovely Easter and Spring features.




Roses of Inspiration Features. . .
If you were featured than please feel free to take the "I was featured" button.
Simply copy the HTML code and paste it onto your blog.


The Enchanting Rose



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Go to the original source and pin from there IF it is okay with the blog owner!


. . . { Spring & Easter Inspiration } . . .

showed us her sweet Spring hutch.



shared her beautiful floral cross wreath.



shared these darling crocheted egg baskets.



showed us her cute handmade chickens.



shared a stunning post of spring flowers.



showed us how she made her fun Easter centerpiece.



shared a beautiful and inspiring post about the arrival of spring.



shared a charming post about what's going on around her neck of the woods.
The lovely photo she shared at the party caught my eye instantly.



If you are new to our party than here are the basics. . .


{ 1 }
You can link up anything that your heart desires. . .
{please keep it family friendly}

crafting - recipes - encouragement
Scripture - devotionals - photography
healthy living - gardening - home living
sewing - crochet/knitting - fashion
beauty - tea time - home decor 
and even giveaways.

{ 2 }
You can link up as many posts as you want
and they can be posts you have written today, last week, last month, or last year.

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Below is a button available for your sidebar
to let others know about Roses of Inspiration.

The Enchanting Rose


Please take a few minutes to visit at least two blogs. . .
everyone loves a visit and comments.
I look forward to seeing what you share
and I will be around to visit throughout the week.
Have fun, sweet friends, and enjoy your day!

78 comments:

Elizabethd said...

Stephanie, I don't know how you keep up with everything you do in your life, you are so busy. Thank you for hosting this, I'm sure everyone will understand that you need to take a back step.

Daniela said...

My darling, I'm so sad after reading your words ... I do understand the reasons of your decision, of course, but this wonderful link-up party has become one of the most beloved appointments in my week ... I'll miss it such a lot, I know it !

Sending blessings on your Holy Week,
thinking of you with much love and a little bit of emotion .. you know, I'm so tender-hearted ...

Much love to you

Dany

Anna said...

Stephanie, do what your heart tells you to do...it's the best way to act and do what is right.
It was a pleasure to participate in your link party but it will be a pleasure to continue to visit your blog !
Hug
Anna

Julie's Lifestyle said...

Hello Stephanie, I just want to say thank you for the fun link party you hosted each and every week. I too know how much work goes into hosting one and I totally understand how you feel. At least you will have more time to do your regular blogging now! Thanks again and have a wonderful week and a Happy Easter.
Hugs, Julie xo

J said...

Thank you for the joy your party has brought to me over the past months. The nicest people always came from your site - including YOU, of course! I look forward to your future words of God's love and peace!

Betty said...

Stephanie, you have been such a sweet and loving host. Roses of Inspiration has become one of the highlights of my week, and I am sorry to see it go, but I don't begrudge you one bit your decision. May God bless you and keep you.

Kim said...

It has been a delight to visit your lovely Roses of Inspiration, each week. Within this lovely party there are so many gorgeous and truly inspirational blogs which are showcased. Thank you lovely Stephanie for enabling me to travel around the world from the comfort of my sofa, with a cuppa in hand. Thank you for the colossal time and effort you have taken each week to host this delightful party. I will sorely miss your lovely party, but I understand perfectly your need to step back. Take care, Stephanie, and take a little time to smell those beautiful roses.

littlegraycottage said...

Dearest Stephanie,
I'm so glad you know your priorities and do what is best to keep your schedule in control. Such a good example to all of us that it's the right thing to keep our days balanced and free to do what's most important. Thank you for all you do in keeping your blog as a place women can come visit and find inspiration for our day.
And thank you for sharing my Spring post today. I feel so honored.
You are precious and loved,
Shirley
PS Ashleigh and I sent your letter yesterday...a birdie for you and one for your sweet mamaXXOO

Bethany Carson said...

Thank you so much for hosting this party as long as you did. It has been a wonderful event!

JES said...

I completely understand your decision. Thank you for being such a lovely hostess this past year and I look forward to continue reading your beautiful blog! :)

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Oh my sweet friend, of course you must follow your heart, for I know that you've prayerfully asked Our Lord to help you on this matter. We have so enjoyed your lovely party, but we will continue to love and cherish YOU by doing what is BEST and TRUE for you and your sweet family. I appreciate your honesty and your desire to share your heart with us. Thank you for being such a thoughtful hostes, and I look forward to continuing to read your loving, spiritual posts, and see your crafts, recipes, and tutorials. Big hugs and much love are sent to you, along with many blessings for a beautiful Easter week.

Abiola said...

Dear Stephanie,

I count it a privilege to be part of this (sadly) last party and I just want to say thanks for all you do...for all you give.

This blog has been a blessing to many, including me (all the way from Nigeria) and I am truly going to miss this segment. If it has become so stressful and distracting, then you have taken the right decision, sis.

God bless you for all you do.

But I am happy you are continuing with regular blogging and I'll always check on you.

Hugs,

Christine said...

Dear Stephanie your decision is totally understandable given the pressures to host & post & visit & comment etc! You have been a most wonderful host & the link up party was a highlight for me to participate in, & meet so many other wonderful bloggers!
Everything you do is done with such loving attention to detail & beauty & I truly appreciate your hard work.
So glad you will still be posting regularly!
God bless!

Mrs. White said...

I understand this so well. I think you have made a wise decision, even though we all will miss this weekly feature.

Your kindness to so many and your thoughtfulness shines through all you do on the blog.

I am thankful to have found you!

Blessings
Mrs. White

Conniecrafter said...

Stephanie, so sad to see this little party end but I so do understand your decision though and want the best for you and not to be overwhelmed. I want to thank you for this past year and the wonderful friendships I have made through this party. May God bless your week ahead as we prepare for his Awesome sacrifice for us and the Enormous Joy of his Resurrection on Easter morning. Much hugs and love to you!

Manu said...

Stephanie, I'll miss it. Thanks for hosting!
Have a nice day

Shoregirl said...

So sorry to hear you are quitting the link party! It was one of my favorites as it had a wonderful variety of bloggers participating!
Certainly understand your need to stop for now --- but I'll miss it!

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

The Lord gives and the Lord taketh away, blessed be the name of the Lord.
You are wise to heed and go where the Lord guides, dear sweet sister.

May He richly bless you in this step. It's a huge undertaking to hold such a linky party ....
.......and there is a time and place for everything as Eccclesiates 3 says.

Blessing of our Lord be upon you Stephanie, and stablish Thou the work of thy hands,
Hugs and prayers,
Shaz in Oz.x

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Stephanie,
My Dear Friend, I am so sorry to see the end of this wonderful party BUT I do understand your reasons for ending it! Blogging has to be about our Life and not Living to Blog!
I am so honored that my Easter Cross was among the last posts featured!! Thank you so much!! I will be giving you a Shout Out on Google+ and in my next post!
Thanks for hosting all these lovely parties and I will be looking forward to whatever you chose to post in the future!!
HAPPY EASTER!!!

Hugs,
Deb

magnoliasntea said...

Hi Stephanie!
Your little party has been a lovely diversion for which we have been so happy to visit and occasionally take part in. I know it's been a LOT of work to maintain, and we thank you for a full year of fun and inspiration. I'm so glad you'll still be doing posts on the Lord's day. :)
Have a lovely week!
Toni

Debbie Harris said...

Stephanie, I wasn't totally surprised to find your heart felt words here this morning, but yet, I was.
I am happy to hear and see that you are doing what your heart is telling you do do. When we listen to the leading of the Spirit, we can't go wrong.
This has been one of the most beautiful link up parties and YOU as the hostess, well...you have been LOVELY! The time you take in order to make this party happen causes me to stand in awe. Through your beauty, time and love I have met some of the nicest ladies and I want to thank you for that.
We will all look forward to the posts that you will share with us in these days to follow because everything you share is wonderful.
Enjoy the FREE time that this will allow you, and except the change with joy.

Again, you have given us some gorgeous features to enjoy. Wow! Some of these talented ladies just make my mouth drop with their creations!
Thank you!

Enjoy your day today in all it's glory and beauty.
Love you ~~ Mom

Gail @Purple Hues and Me said...

Aww Stephanie! I will truly miss this lovely party and wonderful inspirations. There is nothing like this. I was absolutely enchanted each week but I understand! Have a blessed Easter week and we'll stay in touch through your other shared enchantments!

living from glory to glory said...

Good Morning, I will assure you that this is the best teaching point you could show us ladies! We must put our husbands and family first! But even before we can do this, we need quiet time with the Lord daily.
Your blog will always still minister to the ladies that stop in.
These link parties require a full time position of the person that host them. God will honor and bless you for obeying His leading...
Even our blogs must reflect what he wants us to do and be for Him!
Much Love, and I am so proud of you!!
Hugs, Roxy

Prunella Pepperpot said...

Dear Stephanie, Sometimes you need to take a step back and concentrate on what is important to you. I'm sure your family will enjoy some extra you time. Thank you so much for hosting Roses of Inspiration, I have loved reading all the posts.
Have a wonderfully peaceful Easter and Prunella is sending you BIG hugs :)x

CIELO said...

Ohhhh, thank you for mentioning our little white cottage in the woods in your post... what an honor... and a lovely surprise! ;)

Hugs

Cielo

Lady Linda said...

It's been fun to join your adventure, but I certainly understand that it has become too much for you every week! Thanks for hosting and giving us the opportunity to meet some many other lovely creative women. Happy Easter dear friend.

Tuula @ Thrifty Rebel Vintage said...

Thanks so much for hosting such a great party Stephanie. It has been a pleasure to join in each week and see what great inspiration there is out there. I certainly understand how much time a party takes and you need to do what's best for you, your family, and your schedule. Wishing you a wonderful Easter!

Debbie said...

awwww stephanie, this is probably the best decision for you, you sure do do a lot. if it's not fun anymore, let it go. i will miss the inspiration i get here, there are so many talented peeps. i will continue to visit and keep in touch!!! xo

Little Treasures said...

Dearest Stephanie,
It is so refreshing and fulfilling to come home after a weary day at work and find out my Easter gift baskets were featured! Thank you so much for including me into the selection! I appreciate it deeply! Wishing you a fantastic Easter!

Kira Brennan said...

Thank you so much for hosting this blog party so dedicatedly for so long, Stephanie!

Debby Ray said...

My dear Stephanie...although I am saddened to hear this news, I totally understand your decision. I have wondered at times how you possibly keep up with all that you do! The teacup exchanges are quite a lot just by themselves for you to put out so much effort for...I am saying this like I really have a clue, which I don't! I can only imagine! You give and give so much of yourself to your readers and I totally understand that you are spreading yourself quite thin because that is who you are...a sweet, giving soul. I have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of Roses of Inspiration and I thank you for that opportunity to share my heart and my photos! I know it must have been a difficult decision for you but when you follow the leading of the Lord, you can never go wrong! Enjoy your sweet family and I'm looking forward to getting my package sent out in the mail today!! Hugs!

SpicingUpIdaho said...

Dear Stephanie... it's bittersweet as I post this comment today! I must say that my heart is quite sad about the closing of this wonderful party that you shared every week, yet there was sweet joy in my heart too when I read the words you had written, because I worried so much about you and all that you had on your plate to do, with the etsy shop, the tea exchanges, the book reviews, homeschool, and just being a mom and wife! I absolutely know, without a doubt, that this is the BEST decision for you, and so thankful the Lord granted you wisdom with letting it go. You have graced "blogland" with beauty, love and graciousness in such amazing ways... all of us ladies who visit here have been blessed mightily by your efforts. Please know that I truly am thrilled that you are following the leading of the Lord, and will continue to keep you in my prayers! You have become a precious friend to me, and although we may never meet this side of heaven, your friendship will always remain treasured to me. I look forward to what the Lord has in store for you in the days ahead! Much love to you dear Stephanie, and may the Lord bless you richly in His love today :)

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Thank you for hosting Roses of Inspiration 54 Stephanie. I have enjoyed visiting and joining in. It is always good to listen to yourself and make decisions that are the best for you and your family. Hugs.
Joy

Kelly Deal said...

Hi lovely Stephanie! We'll all miss Rose's of Inspiration, but of course we understand!

Hugs,

Kelly

Elizabeth said...

Dearest Stephanie,

First of all, Happy Spring to you! Despite the weather you're expecting, I hope you're enjoying the first week of Spring in other ways :)

Second, I just want to say THANK YOU for hosting this link up party so faithfully for the past year. It has been such a delight and blessing to come here each week and share and find new blogs to read and enjoy. You have been the most lovely hostess and everyone here has been blessed by your kindness and generosity. I do, however, totally and completely understand why you are ending this part of your blogging journey. Blogging is a lot more work than most people realize...sometimes spending hours on just one post! Sometimes it is necessary to lessen one's load just a bit so that we can focus on other things, and I know for you how precious your family is to you!

Anyways, I just wanted to say thank you so much! I do so look forward to all your other posts, though! You always share such encouraging and inspiring posts :)

Hope your week is lovely and that your Easter is beautifully blessed! We're getting ready to fly to NYC for the Easter weekend, so I wanted to wish you a lovely holiday ♥

Thinking of you, and sending much love and many hugs,
Libby

Pam Richardson said...

Stephanie, what a bright and shining light of kindness and God's love that you have shown with Roses of Inspiration! Thank you for all that you have done to host this lovely party, and we will miss it, but I know that we all understand! Much love to you sweet Stephanie and I always look forward to your post! Blessings, my friend

Mrs. Chrissy T said...

I sure do understand. I often have taken breaks from my blog as well as posting certain things because of priorities. Blessings.

Sara - My Woodland Garden said...

Hello, dear Stephanie!
I'm sure everyone will understand your decision... and miss "Roses of Inspiration" terribly much. It has been lovely to read these wonderful posts; fortunately there still are many new ones to enjoy! :)
Wishing you and your family a very happy and blessed Easter.

Mehrll said...

Your blogs are always so beautiful and I love reading them and seeing all the gorgeous photos and crafts, but I have wondered how you can keep up with so many things and your family too. I am retired and it is difficult for me to even keep my blog current. God bless you as you follow His direction in your life because that is the most important thing we can do. Just your beautiful attitude and the wonderful person you are will be a blessing. The Sunday blogs are always my favorite. Hugs to you.

Sunny Blessings said...

Thank you for hosting this sweet event, Stephanie! It's very good of you to take some rest and rethink your priorities. May your future be bright and joyful!

Gwen AnIslandFamilyByGrace said...

Thank you so much for hosting Roses of Inspiration, and for the short time I have been linking up here, you have provided this uncreative person with lots of creative inspiration :-)

Laura Lane said...

I'll miss the link-up, but we'll keep in touch. Enjoy your Easter!
Laura

Sylvia said...

Thank you dear Stephanie, for hosting this link up, it has been fun and I have met several sweet ladies from it. You must do what the Lord lays on your heart. May God bless you!

Lauren at Wonderfully Made said...

Good for you!! I honestly don't know how anyone who hosts these finds the time lol! I love them but I can imagine how much time is involved. I was recently going through my list of blogs I follow and was surprised (kind of) how many no longer exist. I've been blogging for 5 years now and I can hardly get two posts up a month! I'm so glad you're still going to be here -- so love all of your posts!

Stone Cottage Adventures said...

Your parties will be missed, of course! Thank you for hosting such a lovely gathering! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer said...

I am sorry to see you party go...but I so understand. I have party for over two years and unless you've hosted one one never understands the amount of time involved. At least it was what made my mind up. Blogging should be about our lives when we want to...there are many times I feel my blogging is becoming my life. So know we will miss it, but could not enjoy it if you don't!

My thrift store addiction said...

Stephanie, I will miss your lovely party but you are wise to take a step back when you are prompted. Blessings to you dear friend!

Amy at love made my home said...

You must absolutely do what is right for you at the time of life that you are in. If you need to be elsewhere then that is what you must do. Of course we will all miss this link up, but we are glad for the time that we have had together and will instead look forward to whatever the future may bring us. I hope that whatever the future brings you in real life and in blogging that it will be wonderful, joyful and happy and inspiring! Take care and I hope that all is well with you. xx

Anne's Attic - Design said...

Dear Stephanie, thank you for your hosting your linky party. I know just how busy you are and I am sure you find yourself on the computer when you want to be out there just living your life. Thank you for hosting with a sweet smile, I can always fill the warmth from here. It is so funny the this would be your last party because I mentioned you in my post today! Have a wonderful day! Love ya,Jo

Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer said...

PS...I forgot to say thanks for liking my China Hutch

Lady of the Manor said...

Thank you for hosting this fun party each week! We will all miss it but understand needing to step back now and then. Wishing you a blessed Holy Week, my friend. Zenda

Andrea Ostapovitch said...

Sometimes we have to re-prioritize and that is not just okay but wonderful. It keeps things fresh and opens up time to different possibilities. I have truly enjoyed Roses of Inspiration, and thank-you so much for hosting while you could. Enjoy a fantastic week.

Sharon@bluewillowhouse said...

Thank you for featuring my Easter centerpiece. I am sorry to see your sweet party go but I completely understand. Linky parties take a lot of time if you do it right and you do. Best wishes!sb

Mrs.T said...

I understand completely, Stephanie. I have wondered how in the world you were able to do so much. Roses of Inspiration was a great blessing to me even though I only discovered it a short time ago. I'll be visiting your blog often for all that you do share, and will definitely be a repeat customer of your lovely Etsy shop. Thanks for hosting this lovely party and for being such a blessing to so many ladies.

NanaDiana said...

God bless you, Stephanie. I am glad you have made the decision to back off a bit before blogging became a chore or you dreaded doing it. This way you can have the best of both worlds. Some time away from the computer but still time to connect with the blogging world when, and as, you can. You did a great job here.
Have a blessed Easter week- xo Diana

Blue Jeans And Teacups said...

Stephanie,
I can not say I am surprised. I have often wondered how you find the time for homeschooling, connecting with blogging friends, posting amazing blogs WITH lovely photos, book reading and reviews, family time, faith time, etc. It has been lovely to a be a part of, but I'm sure it is for the best to let the party part go. God bless you sweet friend, and thank you for hostessing.

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

I am sorry to see your beautiful party go but I care more about you having a full life without the stress of all it takes to host a party. I will continue to read and enjoy all your other posts!

Ana Lopes said...

My dearest Stephanie, follow your heart! I'm so sad about your decision but I understand very well. There were wonderful party each week and you were a really sweet host. I found so many beautiful blogs and friends!Thank you so much with all my heart. A huge hug my sweet friend and I'll continue visiting your lovely blog.
Have a Happy Easter!
Love from Portugal,
Ana Love Craft
www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

Stephanie, I'm sure I will repeat what everyone else has said. We will miss your linky party, and thank you, but I really don't know how you were able to host for so long. Enjoy your extra time being a wife, mother and entrepreneur (smiles) and maybe finding a minute to smell the roses. You know we will be back to visit, read and comment as usual.

xo, Pam

Ashley said...

Dear Stephanie,

I am so sad that there won't be any more Roses of Inspiration. Thank you for all the link ups you've hosted. I've certainly enjoyed finding many new blogs.

May Christ be the center of your week. :)
Much love in Christ,
Ashley
creatingpreciousmoments.blogspot.com

Consider It All Joy said...

God has chosen you for His purposes and His timing is perfect! Being in tune with His voice gives you the greatest of blessings! Oh what a joy to bow before Him and watch what He does because of your obedience! May God Bless, Cindy xo

Beatrice Euphemie said...

My Dear Stephanie, It is totally understandable that you would need to take a step back from hosting. I loved sharing in this delightful forum and you have connected so many wonderful people together, but it is most important that you have time to spend with your loved ones and time for yourself to do what you love. I am glad that you will continue your lovely and inspiring blog. Hugs and blessings xo Karen

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Dearest Stephanie

What a breath of fresh air you have been to the world of blogging.
You already know this has been my favourite party of the week and I've tried my best to join in as often as I could.
But, I know how time consuming this has been for you, and the visits you make to each and every person who posts.

I will continue to call in and see what's happening at the Enchanting Rose!
I'm waiting to read all about your latest tea cup swap - I'm missing not being part of it this time but work pressures prevented that.
I won't miss the next one I can assure you!

Thank you for hosting your last Roses of Inspiration party dear Stephanie!
Hugs and blessings
Shane xox

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning, beautiful! I know the feeling. I know what it's like to make that hard decision. There simply just isn't enough time sometimes to continue down a certain path, but we both know that when we do decide to travel down another path, we are still going toward our intended destination: creativity, caring, community.

Blessings to you!

Barbara Chapman said...

Dear Stephanie,
I'm so sorry that you need to stop with your Roses of Inspiration party for now, but I understand the need. This past year was terrible for us with having to sell our beloved home, then the move, and all. Now I feel more settled and am getting back into blogging. :)
I do enjoy reading over here on your site ~ you ARE an inspiration from God and DO promote Him, just in case that might be worrying you. Sometimes I feel like I'm just promoting myself, and sometimes I need to, but I know why I'm writing and where God wants me to go with it, so I continue. I hope to grow and keep blessing people. Do know that your blog has blessed us in many ways! We need more Christian bloggers! And, though mine doesn't always come across that way, my heart is always praying and asking am I doing this right?
I hope you and your family have the best Easter and I'm glad you will continue writing.
Love, prayer and hugs to you,
Barb Chapman :)
French Ethereal

Lowcarb team member said...

It is so important to 'listen' and know that this is the right decision for you at this time ...it can sometimes be hard to pull away from certain things ... but at times it is the right thing to do.

Spend time with family, and yes ... you will still take time to enjoy and explore more creativity, more caring, and a great community. You always give, you are a special person.

All the best Jan

Robyn said...

You've always made smart decisions about your blogging time, Stephanie, so be assured that you have everyone's love and support in this one.
Thanks so much for hosting each week. It's been a real pleasure getting to know others that have been sharing their passions.
Happy Easter, my friend. Love to you!

Roberta said...

Dearest friend Stephanie,
I think you have made the right choice...I hope you will have more time to relax and enjoy your family!
Happy Easter!

Hugs and a baiser,
Roberta

Tamara said...

Dear Stephanie,
What a a treasure you are and you've worked so hard in making your blog such a special place. I can't imagine how much time it takes to keep up with all of the comments, choosing features.. and everything that goes into hosting your charming party. I have appreciated the chance to join in and meeting new friends.Thank you for the opportunity. You're so wise to listen to your heart and it's a good reminder for us all to do the same. I hope your Easter is full of joy! Blessings and hugs to you, Dear Lady <3

Tamara

Mary E. Stephens said...

Dear sister, I will certainly miss your sweet link ups, but I understand the strain. Life is always about prioritizing, and sometimes this is true more than at others. Life changes, things happen, and we have to make choices about where the Lord would have us spend our efforts. Simplifying our lives sometimes comes at a price, but when it's the right thing to do the returns are worth it! :-) Keeping pressing toward the mark of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Barbara Neubeck said...

.. hello Stephanie... stepping back is a good thing.... the Roses of Inspiration was a blessing and a lot of fun. Maybe someone else will pick up the baton and run with it. I honestly don't know where you found time to do everything you do... I suspect you went without sleep at times. I know I fall behind in what I would like to blog about.. just not enough time.. xxxxxx
I pray you have a Happy Easter and enjoy being with your family at this special time.
See you soon ...
Hugs... Barb xxxx

Ida said...

How sad to hear this but I do understand. Perhaps if you just did it once a month or once a quarter. It's a real neat meme and so many great things are shared.

Mimi said...

Dearest Stephanie, what a tribute to you that you can see beyond the fun of gathering cyber friends together once a week, and stay true to your real family and friends. You give so much, and we are truly lost in how to return that to you. Perhaps now we can show you that our visits to you have more to do with wanting a little Stephanie-Magic in our lives, and not just about a linkup. I admire your decision and will continue to support you. I know how hard linkys are to sustain, and have had second thoughts about my own linky, fairly often. Who knew they were so time consuming! Much love, Mimi xxx

handmade by amalia said...

You've thrown some great parties, Stephanie. I'm sure you'll continue to spread the joy in many many ways. Happy Easter.
Amalia
xo

Cheryl said...

Dear Stephanie! I am just now reading this, as I am still having computer issues and am so out of touch with blogger friends. :( I am so sad to think of seeing the end of something that has blessed so many, including me. However, I know SO well what you are feeling...God is faithful to let us know when we are overdoing, and we need to take a step back. May He bless you in whatever endeavors you take on, and may He always keep you in His loving care.

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

It's very important to keep things balances, Steph, don't you worry. If and when things ever slow down you can always pick it back up. You need not worry or apologize. Anyone who blogs regularly knows how difficult it is to find the time for little else....let alone hosting a weekly party and also book reviews - not to mentioin hosting a HUGE tea cup exchange twice a year!

If you can even find time to eat, sleep or shower is amazing, actually.

God bless. Take a big deep breath, dear friend, you have earned it. ♥

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

I am sorry you had to cancel your party, but it is a lot of work. I empathize, because I feel I cannot keep up either. I like to respond to people, and you always respond, and it takes a lot of time. I love your crafting posts, and seeing recipe ideas, and almost always read your Sunday post. xoxo Su

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

I really loved your party, but I understand your decision. It's a pleasure to read your blog and of course, you also need time for yourself.

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