Thursday, January 1, 2015

It's Time To Retire The Matron

That's right, friends.   Minnesota Matron is tired.  Not the actual person herself (well, sometimes) but the blog has run its course.  

But what a run it has been!

Saturday, September 1, 2007 the Matron began chronicling the antics, pains, pleasures and problems associated with these three. 

Stryker, who was later dubbed He Who Cannot Be Named (HWCBN) was just 11!  Here he is a bit earlier than that.   The Matron's firstborn was certainly a hot topic on this blog, even if he didn't always endorse that practice. 

He's now a man.  In college!  Do you remember when she thought he might never get there?!

Then there was the girl in the middle!

Stage Mother!  Now, SHE'S truly tired.  But the theater kid can drive now.   Which helps a lot!

Because there are still auditions, rehearsals, and performances filling up the calendar.   Everything this lovely, generous young woman does feels a little like good-bye to her mother.  She too is growing on up and out.  Happy second half of your junior year of high school, darling!  

In just a tiny squirt of time -- a year and a half - there will be just one child in this house.

Thank God-Buddha-Oprah-Allah-Universe for the little guy!

There are some signs of danger, however.   He is in middle school!   She liked it better when sixth-grade was still elementary.

Merrick is definitely going to have a "certain way" with the ladies, much like his father.  We heard about that man here, too.

Of course, we can't forget Satan's Familiar or his compatriot Evil Doer.

So many stories!  So much light and life in this house, says the Matron.

She has made many, many friends through this blog -- Green Girl, Blog This Mom, Suburban Correspondent, Suburban Mom.  Mrs. G.   Turns out that these women have actual normal names.  And are now just a few of the many real friends the Matron met through blogging. 

Thank you, Internet and Facebook!  Thank you amazing women!

If you're a blog friend and/or reader who wants to stay in touch, the Matron frolics frequently on Facebook -- she's flexes that creative muscle there from time to time as well.   Mary Petrie.  St. Paul.   It's not tricky to find her (and who is kidding who about any privacy whatsoever at all).

Funny.  It does feel a bit like that at the moment.  It's been magic, yes, and now it is ending.  Thank you, too, for buying, supporting and cheering on this book!  Oh -- and there's that website, should you want to reach her that way. 

The Matron remains very much up in the thick of all those stories and lives she shared here.  That run?  Still going strong.  She hopes yours is, too, faithful reader.

Here's to your creative spirits!  Thank you for sustaining hers these wonderful, seven + years.   Now, onto 2015 and the various beauty and friendship we will all find there.


Jennifer Denise Ouellette said...

I will be sorry not to read your stories--I have made peace with infrequent posting and reading. I cleared Feedly in an hour yesterday and I hadn't read in several weeks, so I get this is all really changing.

Common Household Mom said...

Thank you for writing here. I loved reading here!

- Carolyn (Common Household Mom)

Jan said...

I'll miss you here, but I'm glad for your friendship in different planets of the internet. How lucky I was to stumble on your blog.

Tiffany said...

Will miss you here, but look forward to continuing to see what happens next via Facebook. Thank you for your writing and your spirit. Happy 2015!

Karen (formerly kcinnova) said...

I am sad that you are retiring your blog, but I most certainly do understand. I'm glad to know you on facebook (and just recommended your book to someone last week).
Best wishes in the new year and your new adventures!

Mrs. G. said...

xoxox...glad I found you.

KL Crab said...

Be well & happy, so proud of your book.

Minnesota Matron said...

Aw! You guys - ladies! -- are so sweet. Thank you for your friendship and kind words. I'm grateful to know each of you in varying and different ways! XO! Sniffle! And Mrs. G -- when I saw your departure I thought it was beautifully done and sort of a drum roll for me.

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Jocelyn said...

There's a melancholy sweetness to this for me, much as I understand the need to formalize this blog's end. We all just keep spinning along, and I'm so glad many of our orbits continue along the same paths.

But still: *sigh*.

Suburban Correspondent said...

So many of us started blogging in 2007 and met each other that way! I've loved not only your stories themselves, but the way you have told them. Reading them made me a better writer for sure. See you on Facebook!

Becky Brown said...

Thank you for sharing your stories and your lovely writing. You are a gem!

jenn said...

I've been a reader since 2007 and have greatly enjoyed reading. See you on Facebook!

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

It was a good run. I'm sad to see you close up shop, but so glad it lasted so long and that we got to meet. See you on FB!

Ingrid Wong said...

Thank you for so many stories and opinions. I like your style and will miss the blog (no FB for me) but understand the 'moving on'.
Wishing you and your family all the best!

franinoz said...

Thank you MM. I have enjoyed your intelligent,perceptive,funny and empathic writing since 2008 and am grateful that your shared your life and thoughts with us.

Minnesota Matron said...

Dearest all -- thank you so much for all the lovely words and kind thoughts! I appreciate knowing that my writing landed in your good hands and that you enjoyed it :). XO

Deb said...

You will be missed! Yet, I still understand when it is time to let things go. I wish you all the best in the future, and will look for you on FB.

Deb said...

You will be missed! Yet, I still understand when it is time to let things go. I wish you all the best in the future, and will look for you on FB.

Daisy said...

Thank you for sharing your stories with us! Feel free to stop in at Compost Happens anytime you need a blog fix.

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