So Long, For Now

When I started this journey I was desperate for an outlet. I was (and am) a stay-at-home mother of four children. I love my job, but I was longing for a distraction. My youngest son was very ill (and I honestly got more gray hair since the time of his birth than I can count). Was I on the brink? Maybe. I just deeply needed and wanted a connection outside of the home.ย I foundย a new purpose in a sense of professionalism. It’s strange because I am actually a very private person (which interestingly I have found many bloggers to be). I created thisย pretend job, where I could get up and write; and take photographs; meet (self-imposed) deadlines; and share what was going on in my life. It opened conversations.

I wanted to tell people about our experiences with my son, our no-end-in-sight visits to the doctors. I thought if I could share his experience and what we were learning, that it might help someone else. Not all doctors (not even the best) have the answers. Sometimes they are just making their best “educated” guesses. I wanted to encourage other mothers to follow their gut instincts, sometimes we know.

I wanted to bring awareness to my passion of eating organic.ย There are big industries using the American people like lab rats with their food experiments. Our environmentsย are being filled with toxic chemicals (that go right into our ground, food and water), while we just sit passively (often unknowingly) watching it all happen. Not so coincidentally, we have more diseases and sicknesses than ever. Healthcare is also a big industry. I believe strongly that so much of this is reversible. If we stopped ingesting crazy “Genetically Engineered Ingredients” or “Genetically Modified Organisms (GEI’s and GMO’s), and ate real, healthy and whole foods- our bodies could, in some cases, heal themselves. Likewise, if we make conscious decisions to know what we’re buying to feed our families, if we choose to avoid harmful food experiments, if we make a demand for organic (not tampered with) fruits, meats, vegetables- or even grow our own, our environment and earth can reverse the damages.

I wanted to share family recipes. Clearly, I like food, but it goes beyond that. It connects all of us, and it did for me. Recipesย quickly became my favorite way to relate with others. I made friends around the world. Growing food, preparing food, sharing food: It’s a universal language. I’m not a chef… but I know the meaning of breaking bread with loved ones. Thank you to the friends and family members who shared recipes with me, that in turn I could pass on. It’s meaningful. And I don’t only appreciate the fact that food connects us at our own table, as well as globally; I love that it transcends time. Family meals connect us to past generations, to ancestors and traditions in the form of celebrations, holidays, and in our daily routines that we have been sharing… well, since the beginning of man.

It has come full circle. My son is healthier now, and believe it or not, it has mostly to do with his diet. Who knew that nursing him (the most natural thing to do) was weakening his already low immune system? The solution didn’t come from a doctor, rather a suggestion of an acquaintance in our relentless search to find answers. Goat’s milk. After harsh treatments of topical and oral medicines, ridiculous amounts of blood draws and testings; we found a doctor who said it was something I was eating. Since knowing the “trigger” was time consuming to say the least, we switched to a dairy free, soy free, etc. baby formula. Cutting out mother’s milk finally helped him grow skin. However, it wasย switching to goat’s milk (instead of chemical ridden hypoallergenic formula) that finally made him pass a soft stool. It might seem small, but after watching your baby suffer with mucous filled diarrhea since birth; it was a triumph.

I’m thankful for modern medicine. In fact, I carry an Epipen at all times, because a single cashew could stop my son from breathing. But I’m not oblivious to the fact that we have ancient medicines too. Foods high in antioxidants are proven to combat cancer cells. Things like turmeric and blueberries are being linked to fighting Alzheimer’s Disease. (Both of these diseases hit close to home.) You know that old saying, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”? I read recently that the enzymes your stomach produces to digest an apple, are enough to completely defeat some of these “new and deadly” flus. At the other end of the spectrum, I’ve read that they are linking an ingredient found in sleeping aids to dementia. Sadly, that ingredient is also found in Benadryl; the same Benadryl that my son has taken regularly almost since birth. So, when I read about the extremely nutritious properties and benefits of wild edibles like “nettles” that naturally encourage your body to resist allergens, I take notice.

Therein lies my new pursuit of interest. It’s not like I’m ending the book, just the chapter… and it’s time to turn the page. I’m going to educate myself on such things as foraging and wild edibles, fermentation processes, and essential oils. I’ve always wanted to feed my family whole and organic foods, now I want to spend time researching the subject further… I’m ready to dig deeper into holistic living. I’m starting another 21 day cleanse. I’ll still be honing in on my coffee roasting skills, and dabbling in cheese making. At the same time, it’s been two years of talking about my dreams, it’s time to follow them. I’m thinking of it as a sabbatical of sorts. (Now to persuade my husband to buy that farm. ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

Thank you to my supportive friends and family; my husband, parents, sister, cousins, aunts, peeps at ESC, lifelong friends of JHS, and those faithful supporters not mentioned. I am so grateful for my blogging family (in no particular order) Anna, Roberta, Terry, Fiona, Jasmine, Lynn, Antonia, KR, Shamira, van, Tikeetha, pug, Freda, Natasha, and on. You’ve supported me even when I haven’t reciprocated. Thank you. Thanks to Sean at Wayfair for the opportunities. If the situation presented itself, I couldn’tย say never. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed writing, more than I ever knew I would. So who knows? Therefore, I won’tย say goodbye- just so long, for now.

 

43 comments

  1. Oh Sadie, this is so sad ๐Ÿ™ but I wish you well, I really do. Follow your dreams and enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚ Who knows, in time you may share your new journey with us and educate us. Take care xxx

    1. โค๏ธ Thank you Lynne. Getting to know people like you has been a joy. And I will think of you when I listen to the rain drop (even if I don’t get the pleasure of a tin roof ๐Ÿ˜‰). Take care my friend! And thank you for the well-wishing. Who knows, maybe our paths will cross again. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  2. Follow your dreams Sadie, and I wish you and your family all good things for the future. I have enjoyed visiting and reading your blog, and I certainly appreciate you visiting mine. Stay well and happy my friend. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thank you Terry ๐Ÿ˜Š I will continue to pray for you and your road to recovery! And I know I’ll have to check on your progress from time to time. Take care of yourself. โค๏ธ

  3. Sadie, thank you so much for the mention. I just finished reading this while waiting for a friend, and can’t help welling up. Perhaps you know how much your friendship, your blog, your recipes and your writing mean to me. I just loved reading about your wonderful family and am so glad that your little boy is doing better. I truly wish you all the best with your next adventures and know that I will keep coming to Sadie’s Nest anyhow for inspiration. Many best wishes, positive thoughts and prayers to you my special friend xxx

    1. It’s a funny thing, how we’ve never met but I consider you one of my closest friends. Thank you for all of your kindness and support along the way. I look forward to checking in on you and J. Until we meet again!

  4. Sadie, I sincerely mean this with all of my heart … one of the biggest blessings from starting a blog was getting to meet you! I truly know that God brought our friendship together, and I am so grateful. Although we have never met in person, I consider you to be one of my dearest friends. I think of you and your family often, and never pass the “Pioneer Woman” aisle at Wal-mart without thinking of you and asking God to bless you! ๐Ÿ™‚
    I was saddened to see this post, but at the same time, I’m so excited to see what wonderful things God has in store for you! You are kind, witty, sincere and one of the most talented women I know! Beautiful inside and out.
    I hope and pray that someday, Lord willing, we will actually be able to meet in person!
    Love and hugs, sweet friend! Please keep in touch.

    1. Thank you Anna. I feel the same way about you! And I know we’ll keep in touch. Who else is going to teach me about raising chickens? I hope we do meet in person one day! Thank you for your friendship. God bless you! ๐Ÿ˜Š

  5. Sadie, I’m so thrilled to have your footprints in my life and on my heart. I can see a Mother’s love screaming loudly in every word here. You go, spread your wings, do all you know God is leading you to with no regrets. And who knows, that book may someday have a chapter for Sadie’s Nest once again at some time in the future. I think of you often and am glad to think of you as Friend. Be encouraged to do all He leads you in, my friend.

    1. โค๏ธ Thank you Jennie. That’s a beautiful sentiment. I’m thankful we have connected, and I am blessed by your boldness to profess His name. God bless you!

  6. Crying my eyes out!!! Yours is the only blog I read, you make me laugh, happy and sad and your recipes are the only ones I know I’ll love. I will miss this place. Sadie’s Nest was a beautiful place to visit. Your writings are beautiful and I think you have a real gift. Don’t go!!!!๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ

  7. Sadie I was so shocked๐Ÿ™I’m truly going to miss reading this blog regularly. I’ve loved trying so many of your recipes (all amazing btw)! You’re a very talented writer and great storyteller. Although I’m actually really sad, a part of me is excited because I can’t wait to see what you do next โ˜บ๏ธ You’re such a go getter with so many dreams, and you have the courage & faith to put them into action:) I hope this means that even though I won’t be reading your blog anymore I’ll instead be picking up your children’s book at the bookstore, or coming to stay at your bed and breakfast ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’• God bless you on your next endeavor!

  8. Mixed emotions โค๐Ÿ˜‚ I love Sadies Nest. You truly are a gifted writer. But I know whatever you do next will prosper! I am happy that I’ve been able to enjoy your blog. It has been a refreshing and precious place to visit. God bless you.

    1. Awww, thank you Molly. ๐Ÿ˜Š I’m happy I got a comment from you! (I don’t take them for granted. ๐Ÿ˜‰) I don’t know what the future has in store, but I’m excited about seeking it out… God bless you too!

  9. It has been fun for us, your readers. It seems sad to think you won’t be here๐Ÿ˜Ÿ. I think you did a great job. I didn’t know what a good writer you were (but I wasn’t surprised about how witty). I definitely found out so much about your dreams…chickens? I did not know that. It made me so proud that you often wrote about family and your deep love for so many, so sweet!
    I’m just going to think that you will be back with lots of information to share about foraging, how to stay forever young, how to lose weight and never diet and maybe a cure for the common cold? I think you’re on to something fabulous and I for one am very excited!! I ๐Ÿ’Sadiesnest, God Bless Your new chapter!

    1. ๐Ÿ˜˜ Thank you! Wouldn’t it be nice to find all of those solutions? You’re right, I’d have to share! I don’t know what’s in my future, but I hope it includes chickens! Lol.

  10. I’ll miss reading your posts and seeing your family pictures and parties. You can’t leave me hanging tho. I missed a post, or maybe there wasn’t one concerning your Wayfair decision. Help! I want to know..

    1. Lol! You’re right! I meant to add a line to that post to reveal the decision! Thank you, I’ll do that today! The overall consensus between FB and the blog resulted in the dresser. It really was the most practical piece… but I’m keeping my eye on that mirror!

  11. A lovely way to end – for now – your series of warm and very personal posts. Your thoughts will be missed by many. Best wishes on your new adventure. Heading off in a new direction is always a bit anxiety-provoking, but usually causes one to never look back. Good luck.

    1. I always appreciate your kind sentiments. Thank you. Ending this chapter is bittersweet, but I can’t deny I’m excited about having more time for my new pursuits! I’ll make sure to check in from time to time on your recipes and family stories. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  12. We will miss you so much Sadie! I have enjoyed getting to know you, and thank you for all of your support as well. I wish you the best of luck with your pursuits and I pray for the continued good health of your son. Food is medicine and I think it is wonderful that you are turning your attention towards the wonders that can be found in nature. You have brought a tear to my eye this morning. Warms hugs my friend, and you will be greatly missed!

    1. โค๏ธ Thank you Antonia. It has been a pleasure getting to know you too. “Food is medicine”, I love that. I appreciate your kind words… and I know that I will think of you whenever I am cooking with Greek ingredients!

  13. Sadie, I am just now getting to reading this because I took a hiatus myself (T and I found out we are expecting our first child a few months ago – I have yet to share it with the public, so here I am, telling you in a comment for the world to see!). I have truly loved following you and your family. Your meals and stories and wisdom and vacations and wit have all brightened my day at some point or another. I am grateful to have found you when I did and for your friendship and your words of encouragement! As we prepare and pray for the arrival of our first, I know that I have strong women like you as wonderful examples of being a great mother (and wife!). Best of luck to you with this new chapter of holistic living. I’ll miss you dearly, but I know we’ll be in touch one way or another! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Congratulations Jasmine! How exciting! And what an honor that you shared with me ๐Ÿ˜Š. I am certain you are going to make a wonderful mommy. (I’m sure Sadie can vouch for that.) God bless you and T on your new journey together! And yes, please keep in touch. โค

  14. Oh Sadie, I just saw this post (don’t know how I missed it) But I’m so sad ๐Ÿ™ I’m going to miss you and your wonderful posts but I will stay positive and hope you will come back soon. I have always enjoyed your posts – whether it’s your decadent recipes or a little sneak peek from your life. I have always adored your kids and the way you shower them with your love is just incredible! Also, I was so happy to see you mentioned my name and I just want to wish you all the very best in everything that you do!
    Hope we stay in touch through Instagram ๐Ÿ™‚
    xoxo
    Shamira

    1. ๐Ÿ˜Š Thank you Shamira! I always love reading your posts too! And yes we’ll stay in touch via Instagram! I don’t want to miss out on those carrot cakes, donuts and personal points of view in NYC! โค

  15. I really, really don’t know how I missed this post dear Sadie! I noticed you’d been gone quite awhile and decided to look you up. I really enjoyed all your posts and you always had a positive comment for us all. But I completely understand your need to move on. I do hope you will get your farm one day, and perhaps come back to tell us about it! Hugs and Love, KR. <3

    1. Thanks KR ๐Ÿ˜Š I don’t know what the future holds… but I am looking forward to it (and maybe one day I’ll write about it ๐Ÿ˜‰). You take care!

  16. Sadie,

    I am so glad the blogging served you in its season. Your family certainly comes first and I am right there, totally get the eye-opening journey into holistic health! And yes, not everything that’s touted to be so great is compatible for every body. We each have our own constitution, biochemical make-up, and nutrition needs and sensitivities. Feel free to delete this link, as I don’t mean to PR myself on your page. But if you are interested, the How To Eat page on top of my nutrition blog might be useful for the food you prepare your family. This was my first blog – before A Holistic Journey captured my heart. Wishing you the best. Feel free to email me any questions, any time.

    Diana

    https://myholistictable.wordpress.com/

    1. Thank you Diana. ๐Ÿ˜Š I am excited about my personal holistic journey, and am always grateful for new resources. I remember talking to someone years ago about eating organically and she said when you’re body is sending you signals, then you need it (and listen)! I feel like I’ve learned a bit through the years about myself (and I’m ready to go further), but son’s special needs are a whole new ballgame. Thanks again, and I’ll be checking out your sites!

      1. You know my last post on our boy’s allergy and flu? I realized it was the wrong foods and supplmts that had only aggravated the cough, the heat in his lungs. I have no idea how I missed it but in my search for remedies, I didn’t see food WAS the remedy. I picked up the book by Pitchford I mention on the food site and my son …healed.

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