July 10, 2012

"A Little Birdie Told Me..." bids adieu

A good hostess knows when to pack it in. 

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Welcome to the final installment of
"A Little Birdie Told Me..."

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It was then that she realized 
she was in a bit over her head.

Friends, I'll spare you the platitudes and get straight to the point -- Something's gotta give.  In May of this year I went back to school to pursue a graduate degree in teaching.  In donning the new cap of "student" I must take off another to ensure that I can continue to be a good mom, wife, friend and student.  

As the school bus approached, Pinocchio began to question his decision to become a "real boy".

I'm saying farewell to our little party so that I can focus on maintaining original, quality content here at Rook No. 17 and to have more of an opportunity to enjoy the creativity and friendship of those I've met through "A Little Birdie Told Me...".

"No Sour faces," admonished the stationmaster, as the train pulled into the station, "there are plenty of good times ahead."

I hope that you'll continue to visit and say "hello" so that I may return the visit in kind.  I'll continue to spotlight the posts that capture my fancy through my social media outlets.  My goal is to carry on being personable, supportive and genuine. 

Thank you for your support, comaraderie, generosity and creative spirit!  I'm looking forward to being able to reciprocate and nurture the friendships we've forged.

 

28 comments:

  1. I completely understand! I went back to school to pursue my masters in history this last fall and it has been so hard to keep up with my blog while being a mom and student. Actually, I haven't done great keeping up with my blog. I can't imagine trying to host a party with all that going on as well.

    I wish you the best of luck, and I will stop in from time to time. Take care, internet friend!

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  2. Hi Jenn!

    First, I have loved reading you blog, so creative and fun, you will be missed. Also, thanks for featuring one of the Bijouxs recipes! I totally understand your decision, I work in education & publish Bijouxs. I wish you all the best, you will make be a fabulous teacher, so much to share!

    Take care!
    Lynn at Bijouxs

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  3. I think it is great that you are going back to school, but even greater that you know that you have to give something like a hobby up to spend more time with your family. I have you added to my bloglovin so I won't miss any of your posts. Thanks for being the best hostess...you always have the absolute best comments:-)

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  4. Jenn, I completely understand and wish you the best!

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  5. So happy to learn you're pursuing another of your dreams. A Little Birdie Told Me has been great fun and totally inspiring. But it will be fun to continue following your blog and FB posts. Good luck and happy studies.

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  6. So happy to learn you're pursuing another of your dreams. A Little Birdie Told Me has been great fun and totally inspiring. But it will be fun to continue following your blog and FB posts. Good luck and happy studies.

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  7. I will miss "A Little Birdie...", but I completely understand. That's so awesome that you went back to school!! =)

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  8. I'm all for it Jenn
    I still study every week and it keeps me going.
    Enjoy going back to school!
    I admit - I'll miss your parties.... but I'm happy for you :)

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  9. We're rooting for you, Jenn! We all need a moment to step back and get our priorities figured out when life gets hectic.

    You'll still be here - we'll still be here - it's all good!

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  10. Will miss your party, but know what you mean - they are work! Good luck with your studies!

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  11. I'll be sad to see it go, but congrats on going back to school! It was fun to be a part of this and watch it grow, but I'll be back to check out your future posts and creative ideas!

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  12. I always enjoy my time here Jenn and you leave the best comments! ... Sometimes it's a good thing to refocus our energy. I think that's great that you are continuing to pursue your dreams!

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  13. We'll miss "A Little Birdie Told Me" but we're happy for you and your schooling! Have fun Jenn!

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  14. I am going to miss your fabulous party. You are such a kind and gracious host! But you have your priorities straight and I'm so proud of you for going back to school! I wish you the best!!

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  15. Hi Jenn,

    I'm happy for you that you are pursuing your dreams!

    Here's to new adventures!

    Melissa @ The Alchemist

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  16. I am glad you made that choice- it seems best for you. Sometimes it's just too much to balance. I didn't know you were becoming a teacher! How great... In my non-blog life I am a Professor in the Childhood Education Dept. I teach future teachers and I love it. I will surely still come to visit!

    I'll leave you with my favorite quotes for educators:

    "In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something else."
    ~Lee Iacocca


    ~ Meredith From A Mother Seeking
    http://www.amotherseeking.com

    A Mother Seeking...

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  17. I am so happy for you Jenn, that you are pursuing your degree in teaching. I have no doubts that you will shine in your career!

    Your party was hands-down my favorite. I loved your themed features each week! You put so much love and obviously time into it. I will miss it so! But I am in full 100% totally completely in support of you and your decision. Will of course continue to be a dedicated reader of your blog! Best of luck in your studies!

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  18. I am all welled up over here! You have been the best hostess... the most thoughtful, kindhearted, encouraging party-giver EVER! I completely understand why you need to stop the party and it sounds like a smart decision... but I'll still miss "Birdie"!!! xoxoxo

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  19. As much as I've enjoyed this linky, I totally understand where you're coming from. It's been a pleasure getting to know you Jen. I want to wish you all the very best with your studies - I'm sure you'll do great. I enjoy your posts and will continue to for sure! Good luck!!!

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  20. Jenn, I will miss the party but completely understand and balance is so important. I will stalk, I mean visit just as much! You have been a hostess with the mostest :)

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  21. Of course I'm sad to see A Little Birdie Told Me go, but of course I understand! Change can be a great thing, and you never know what might evolve! Thank you for hosting all this time, and good luck with your studies! look forward to visiting Rook No 17 regularly to say 'hello' :)

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  22. Always leave them wanting more, right?

    Glad I got to play a little before it ended :)

    Best wishes getting your next degree and of course I'll stick around--I love seeing what you come up with!

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  23. Awww Jenn! I'm sad to see your party go but of course I completely understand!! School is so much work - in addition to everything else in life. ;) Of course I'll still be visiting!

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  24. You will be great! At all that you do, of course I will visit, (I always have, just don't always leave a comment) I enjoy your creativity!

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  25. Oh what a lovely thing for you to do, it'll be hard work probably, but the best things in life often are

    It's been such fun being part of your linky party, thank you for having me!

    Good luck with your course Rx

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  26. I'll miss the linky party, but that just means we'll have to have actual real parties soon! Best of luck in your classes. Can't wait to hear about your successes.

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  27. Just saying thanks for many great parties. I think yours was the first party button I add to my blog. I've been out of commission for a while so just got this update.
    I'll always check your blog--you have awesome content.
    Goodby and good luck!

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