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Thursday, January 6, 2011

TO BEGIN AGAIN

A new year and a new beginning.  I used to have a fairly popular blog about a year ago, but I found that it was straying far from the original vision I had for it.  My  intention was  to help those that are struggling through hard times and at the same time  show them that there is joy in the ordinary things and times that make up our daily lives.  I'm also ashamed to admit, that a bit of my ego was tied up in seeing how many comments  and e-mails I received. I felt that I was being pulled in different directions from readers that were liberal and those that were conservative, not wanting to offend anyone.   I was even caught in the middle of a war of words  between two bloggers, one accusing the other of  plagiarism. In other words, all the joy had gone out of the little enterprise that was started with such high  hopes and good intentions.  So I pulled my blog out of the blogosphere and blithely went on with my life.  But something happened last November.  A dear friend died.  I remembered that he told my husband that he found reading my blog was comforting. A little seed was planted.  As more people started to share their tales of worry and strife as the economy spirals downward, a little voice in the back of my head kept telling me  that I could help.  I have decades of experience at being thrifty, you see.

So, here is my mission statement for this blog: The title says it all, yes, I will share information, tips, and encouragement about stretching a dollar, but I will also try introduce you to the simple little pleasures  that are found as one goes about their day.  Oh! by the way, I am a conservative and a Christian.  I do not intend to talk about politics or to use this blog as a pulpit (except on Sundays), but sometimes something is said that offends those that are of the liberal bent.  I believe that everyone needs to be self-reliant.  That is the only way to have true freedom.  As for my Christianity, it is the driving force behind this blog.  God has impressed upon my heart to begin again.  I do not believe in condemning others for their beliefs however, as I do not feel it is loving to judge others.  And God is love after all!  I hope this disclosure will aid you in deciding whether you wish to read this blog.  If you choose to do so, I pray  that I will be of service to you.

Jane

9 comments:

  1. Jane, I am soooo glad you are writing again. I've missed your blogging. I can't wait to discover what I can learn from you again - about all areas of life!

    Best wishes for a satisfying, joy-filled blog experience.

    Sandy

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  2. Thanks Sandy! I'm more than a little reluctant to start blogging again. But God has spoken so I must obey. Haven't even told my family about it. Should be interesting to see where He wants me to take it.

    Jane

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  3. I'm glad also that you are back- I love your wisdom about the ordinary things in life and I hope you don't mind me following you! Your blog is comforting ! I'll try to be quiet and just read your good wisdom. I too have started over and it feels good!
    Vickie

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  5. Oh my gosh Jane. I feel like bawling because I missed a whole year of your new blog. Sheesh! But it is with joy in my heart that I will catch up on what's been going on there with you and yours.

    I am so GLAD you started a new blog. :-)

    Love and hugs ~ FlowerLady

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  6. I have so enjoyed your blog. I have actually spent the past few weeks reading back through your posts. Don't think that I have ever done that before with any blog. Just wanted to say Thank you!

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  7. Thanks Kathy! Words cannot express how touched I am by what what you have written. Have a lovely day and an even better tomorrow!

    Jane

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  8. Hi Jane. I am new follower and love your blog's wisdom so much that I clicked around to try to find the very beginning to start reading from there!! Ha
    Not sure your old blog name but perhaps I read even that!
    God bless your ministry to women young and old as you are encouraging us to use our hearts, homes, and resources to bless our families and honor God.

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    1. Hi Lori! Welcome! And thank you so much for the very kind words. My old blog, The Thrifty Countrywoman, doesn't exist anymore. I hope you are having a wonderful day in Missouri. It snowed last night, and it's so beautiful. Isn't Winter a lovely season?

      Hugs
      Jane

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