Wednesday, February 17, 2010

A Fond Farewell

In times of difficult circumstances, choices have to be made that are not always easy. I had to make one of those decisions this week and step down from the TOS Homeschool Crew.

Our homeschool has faced many disruptions in the past few weeks. There have been multiple doctor's appointments. I have had to adjust to a slower pace and allow myself time to take meds and rest. It has been a season of learning to let go and to do according to my ability and not according to my hopes, dreams, and good intentions.

With that said, I have had to face the fact that the Crew assignments have become too taxing. I have been assigned five to seven vendors per month, with some vendors sending me multiple products. That averages out to more than one review assignment per week, a pace that my aching body will not allow me to keep any longer.

For you, my readers, this will mean fewer product reviews to read, perhaps even none. I have seven reviews in process that I will complete, but after that I am doubtful that I will accept any offers to do product reviews until this season of pain passes. I am saddened that I can no longer serve the homeschool community in this capacity. I know from your comments how many of you read and appreciate my reviews. I have appreciated all of your good feedback, too.

I hope you will also enjoy a review-free Olive Plants and will continue to visit me. This change should free me up to write more about our lives as homeschoolers, my original intent for this blog.

Let me end by providing a list of my 10 favorite items received while on the TOS Homeschool Crew, a rite of passage for retiring Crew members.

Thank you to the TOS Homeschool Crew for allowing me to be a part of this year's voyage. I have enjoyed the journey. I am sorry to have to row back to shore prematurely and appreciate everyone's understanding.



Berry Patch said...

Oh Dawn - I'm sure this wasn't an easy decision. Praying that you have relief from your pain soon.

Heather @ Marine Corps Nomads said...

Oh Dawn, I'm sorry, but I completely understand. We'll miss you at the Crew.

argsmommy said...

Your reviews have been so well-written, so I'm sad that you have to step down, but it's totally understandable. Even without health issues, it seems like such a big job. I'm just relieved -- from the title of your post I thought you might be calling it quits for the whole blog!

Heather said...

Well said, Dawn. You are so poetic.

Homeschool Dawn said...

Yes, it was a tough decision, but I think it will be for the best. Thanks Lisa and Heather. I will miss working with all of y'all.

Kellie- sorry for worrying you! It would be really hard to give up on blogging. I have such good blogging friends! :)

Christy said...

I'm so sorry you're not able to continue. You've done such a great job. Hope the health issues resolve very soon.

Amy @ Raising Arrows said...

I hope this proves to be a weight off your shoulders. I understand how taxing "good things" can become. Praying for you to be pain free soon.