Saturday, May 24, 2014

Leaving the Blog World

Bogey's Pub

Dear Readers,

I wanted to send you a little warning note.  Sometime next week, I will stop blogging.  We are losing our Internet access.  In the past, I have been able to get around computer and Internet troubles, by visiting my local library and writing sporadically. However, at this point, I cannot get up the energy or the time to write while away from home. It would be too difficult.

Most of my writing is done by an open window, here at the Estate, in the spring and summer. This is when little ones are napping or the sun has not yet risen.  Those are the quiet moments when I can write.  At other times, I might be in the kitchen finishing up some homemade biscuits or making dinner. While the food was cooking, I would sit by the fire in winter and write.

Writing while away from home is not something I can manage.

Over the next few days, I will try to finish up some blog posts that are obligations (a homeschool review comes to mind.)  I had also planned to share a tour of the interior of our house.  We won't have time to finish up our projects and get a post ready in time.  I deeply apologize for this disappointment.

 I will also announce my new book that has just been published. It is my last book as far as I can see.  I started working on it a few months ago.  It is about being an old fashioned Christian housewife. I have received all kinds of questions, through email and comments, about being a housewife in today's financially difficult world and wanted to write this book to meet that need.  I hope to announce it early next week.   I hope you will be watching for it!

Since I won't be here, I dearly hope those of you who have been reading my blog, and who have enjoyed my books, that you will encourage others to visit here. The archives will remain.  I also hope you will recommend my books, which will continue to be available for sale on Amazon.

Some of you have my address and are welcome to write to me via regular mail.  I will do my best to write back.  I will also try to check my email every other month or so, if I am able to visit the library. [My email address is: puritanlight (at) gmail (dot) com ]

I had hoped to start a little newsletter to share my visits by regular mail, since I cannot write here anymore. I don't know if that will be possible. But it is an idea. (If this does happen, I will place the information on the sidebar of the blog before the end of next week.)

I expect my last post will be the announcement of my book.  Thank you so much for your constant encouragement and kindness over the last 5 years.  I will miss you!

Mrs. White

From the archives -

A beautiful place -  The Cultured Society of Home.

Please don't become one of these! - Ex - Housewife.

Don't let this be true!  - Only Rich People Have Clean Houses.

Mrs. White's special book for Homemakers - "Mother's Book of Home Economics."

Just in case I am able to come back:
An Invitation - Subscribe to The Legacy of Home and have it delivered directly to your email. 



LogansMom122911 said...

Mrs. White, I am so sad to read this post. I have been a quiet but faithful reader for over a year now. You are a huge inspiration to me. You make me feel like a kitchen full of dirty dishes and two fussy babies are a pleasure and a privilege. I was especially encouraged by your article, "the kitchen is ready!". In fact I wrote it on a paper and taped it to my refrigerator next to my calendar. Also, I live in hot and humid Florida and while it has its own joys, I love hearing about your cozy Vermont estate. May I be on your list to receive your newsletter should it ever come into being? How can I contact you to give you my information? I am sincerely sorry to see you go. Your sweetness and gentle faith has truly improved my character. Affectionately, Jennifer

Deanna said...

Mrs. White…..i am deeply saddened. I have been reading your blog since I started blogging. I will miss you. Still I will stop by and read archive post.

Perhaps you will return in the future. God has His ways.


Laura Lane said...

Dear Mrs. White,

I am deeply saddened that you will no longer be sharing your wisdom and your gentle way of living with us. You are often a great inspiration to me.

I do hope you will consider an occasional post when it is possible. I will keep checking back.

May God bless you and increase your provision to meet every need and some of your wants, too.

Father God, I ask that you would sell one of those cows on your thousand hills and bless the Whites. I ask it respectfully in Jesus' Name. Amen.

God bless you dearie,
Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

Deborah Montgomery said...

Mrs. White, I, too, am saddened that I won't be hearing your gentle and encouraging voice here. You have painted such lovely and encouraging word pictures of home for us. I pray the Lord continues to bless you as you bless those around you, esp those dear grandbabies. I look forward to hearing about your book.

Anonymous said...

I am a more recent reader of your posts, Mrs. White, and certainly among those who will miss your writing.

May God bless you, continue to help Mister meet the family's needs, give you periodic rest from your fatigue, & watch over the new babies in your family.

I'll enjoy reading the archives, I'm sure, so I'm happy that you'll be leaving those up.

Thanks for all the encouragement your blog has offerred!

most sincerely-

Unknown said...

I will so miss your blog and gentle smiles. A writer always shows his true self in his writings and I have been privileged to get to know you through your blog. I brings tears to my eyes to know how much I will miss reading your wonderful words and seeing your beautiful, gentle, heart in your words. Take care dear friend, if I may call you that and know that you will be greatly missed.

Gail Cary said...

I do understand your situation, but I'm going to miss your posts terribly! I do hope you'll keep the archives available to us, as I like to read them over and over for inspiration. "Hugs" from a long time reader.

Melanie said...

Dear Mrs. White,

Oh, I am so sad to read this post! I can't remember exactly when I found your blog, but it has been a tremendous blessing and encouragement to me! I am going to pray that you will somehow be able to keep your internet. Your blog is more than just a blog. It is a ministry. You have a way with words that I believe is truly a gift from God. I have printed out many of your posts and have my own little folder for them. I've written notes on them, highlighted them, etc. I haven't worked my way through all of your posts yet, so I appreciate you leaving them here so I, as well as others, may benefit from them. God bless you and your family.

Kim said...

I think a newsletter would be great! I subscribe to a few "handwritten" newletters now and I enjoy receiving them quarterly. The subscriptions run about 15.00. One is bound with yarn each time and one is just stapled. Very simple but provides an income for the stay at home moms. Just a thought!
By Grace Alone,

Jill said...

You've been such an encouragement for me. I hate to see you go!

Anonymous said...

Dear Mrs. White,
I want to thank you for your refreshing encouragement and faithful work. I am sorry that you will no longer be able to keep up this blog. So many of my days have been uplifted by your gentle online presence! And I am not yet a wife at home, I am waiting still. You have given me so much confidence about my desire to stay home and much comfort that I am not alone in believing as I do. God bless you and your family.


Anonymous said...

Oh no! I am just going to have to buy your books, then, although a regular mail newsletter appeals to me quite a bit. Thank you, Mrs. White, for all of your inspiration.

Anonymous said...

How sad to hear that we will no longer be able to receive your gentle reminders of how blessed we are to have homes and husbands and babies to take care of. Your writing is very unique as God gives us each our own talents.Will you be keeping the blog up on the net so we can keep coming back to look again at your past posts? I feel blessed to have been here and been able to read so many of your posts. Take care and enjoy the extra time you will now have with your loved ones. Thank you for taking the time to be a mentor and friend via the internet with us... Sarah

Anonymous said...

I want to thank you for your blog and wish you well with your future projects. As a homemaker with a chronic medical issue, I found your attitude to be a true inspiration. It was unusual to find a homemaking blog that showed so honestly every side of being a homemaker on a budget, not just the best parts. That was the most inspiring thing - the way you showed how we can persevere even through difficulties, and most of us do encounter difficulties. I bought one of your books and I truly enjoyed it. I look forward to your next book!

Housewife59 said...

Dear Mrs. White. Thank you for all your encouraging posts and images. I have enjoyed The Legacy of Home, and appreciate all you have done.

I wish you well with whatever our Heavenly father will lead you too.

Lesley x

becky said...

I am so sad to here you are leaving the blog world. You have been a blessing to my soul.After the Bible , your words bring such peace in this dark world.
thank you for everything you have done.

JKD said...

I heard myself saying out loud,"Oh, No!," when I saw your post. I've purchased your books and have read them with pleasure. Your blog and books have been a ministry of peace and encouragement to myself as a homemaker. Thank you. May God bless you and your family.

Unknown said...

I'm not really surprised :) you have so much to do caring for your home and lovely family. Having to go out to write? I just don't see that! I pray you have peace with your decision and I will "see" you via snail mail :)

Nanny said...

Dearest Mrs. White, I am deeply saddened to read this post. As a homemaker for over 30 years and a someone who has 4 autoimmune diseases, you have given me courage many days to keep smiling through. We too live very frugally. We have been a one income family in a two income world for 27 years. Our home/property where we raised/homeschooled our children was also 100 years old.
So... All that to say I have felt a liked mindedness a kinship to the words you write. I've been a follower of your blog for years and am always excited when a new post shows up in my mailbox. I will miss your gentle spirit and words of wisdom. Thank you for sharing.. Please include me in your newsletter if you should choose to do it. Many blessings to you and your family
Mrs. Smith (

Nanny said...

Dearest Mrs. White, I am deeply saddened to read this post. As a homemaker for over 30 years and a someone who has 4 autoimmune diseases, you have given me courage many days to keep smiling through. We too live very frugally. We have been a one income family in a two income world for 27 years. Our home/property where we raised/homeschooled our children was also 100 years old.
So... All that to say I have felt a liked mindedness a kinship to the words you write. I've been a follower of your blog for years and am always excited when a new post shows up in my mailbox. I will miss your gentle spirit and words of wisdom. Thank you for sharing.. Please include me in your newsletter if you should choose to do it. Many blessings to you and your family
Mrs. Smith (

Vicki W. said...

Oh I am going to miss you! I am a faithful but quiet reader and have enjoyed your blog very much. After I read it I have the encouragement and energy to keep up with my own home and family. Please check in from time to time so that we can know how you are doing.

Dianne Buchanan said...

Mrs. White,
What a sad, sad morning this is to turn on my computer and see that you will have to leave us. For about two years now I have had your blog set as my homepage. Your blog is the first thing I read and I was always so excited to find a new post from you. We have some things in common and I am always so touched, and amazed by the way in which you handle your obstacles. You have truly been an inspiration to me. You have helped me to deal with things in a gentler, more peaceful way. You have helped me to see my homework as more of a blessing than something to just get done and over with. You are much appreciated and surely will be missed.
Take care,

Lilypad said...

You have such a unique voice, it will definitely be missed. I am very different from you---I am Jewish, very liberal, I only have one child, I live on the opposite side of the country---but I have enjoyed reading your posts because of what we share: a dedication to home and family while persevering through financial hardship and personal health challenges. Please do post information about a newsletter, as I would really like to continuing hearing your story and learning from your wisdom.

Anonymous said...

I am so very sad to read this Mrs. White! You have been such an inspiration for me and I have been a subscriber ever since I found your blog. If you do decide to continue by mail I would be VERY interested!! My God bless you and your family richly!

Kim O. said...

I will be very sorry to see you go. I have just recently discovered your blog and find it to be the most encouraging that I can identify with and that has spurred me on. Thank you for your time and insight!

Anonymous said...

I really gonna miss you, but I do understand.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mrs. White
You have been such an inspiration to so many, a living saint in our own times! We draw strength for our day from your posts, your living example of patience and courage.
So sad and sorry not to be able to look forward to your blog, but hope that in God's time, you might be able to continue this ministry beyond the walls of your beautiful estate and family. If not, then God bless you for all you've so faithfully shared with us, and may He continue to bless you and your lovely family.

Mrs. U said...

Oh Mrs. White! I am so very sad to read this!! But I do understand. You will be SOOOO missed by many!! Will you be leaving your blog up for good?

Just yesterday I shared on my little blog that I miss the lovely old fashioned homemaking blogs I used to love so. Yours was one of the last ones left!!! I will SO miss your wisdom and encouragement!!

Mrs. U

PS- I DO look forward to your book, however!!! YAY!

Anonymous said...

Oh Mrs. White! I have loved every post I have ever read here. I have gotten endless amounts of inspiration and moments of clarity with your words. I will browse now and then just to remind myself of how to be a good Christian wife and mother. Enjoy your adventures at home.

Illinois Lori said...

Dearest Mrs. White,

I wish you the choicest of God's blessings as you continue to store up for yourself treasures in heaven! You changed my life...and I am not the only one, I'm sure, but one of many. Well done, good and faithful servant (*gentle smiles*) I will keep in touch, dear lady!

Blessings and {{{HUGS}}},

JES said...

You writing has always given such peace so I thank you for keeping your blog up and running so that we can glean from your archives (and new book to be :).

May God bless you for taking care of your elderly and placing family first during this season of your life. May He grant you health and strength to care for your family.

Love, JES

Jennifer Williams said...

Oh dear, Mrs. White! I am greatly disappointed to hear that you are letting go of your blogging. I have so enjoyed everything you have to say. I always feel encouraged and inspired after reading your blog. I also have your books and will look forward to your next one. I hope you will return to blogging after a rest break, but would understand if you don't. You are a busy mother and grandmother. If you do decide to send out a snail mail newsletter, will you let us know so that I can send you my mailing address?
Blessings to you and your family!

Anonymous said...

Dear Mrs White,

I will be so sorry to see you leave the blog world. Thank you for being such an encourager to me. I have enjoyed your books and love to re-read them as they make me smile. I hope and pray that your health stays well and that you continue to enjoy your grandbabies and your beautiful home.

shelley p
from over the pond

Dolores said...

I am going to miss you sooooo much!
If you wouldn't mind giving me your address I would love to send you a note now and then. My email address is Lots of hugs to you.

Kimberly said...

You have been such a calming influence in my life these past few years. Your words of wisdom have penetrated my soul, and I will miss your writing so very much. I wish you all the best and I hope that one day soon you can return to the blogging world. You have encouraged me more than you will ever know. May God's blessings be upon you now and always. ~Kimberly~

Laura in AZ said...

God bless you in all your future endeavors, Mrs. White. I have been a quiet, but loyal reader for a few years now, and as another home-schooling mom of five (almost) grown children, I can relate to so many of the life experiences you've shared with us. Thank you so very much for all the hours you've spent writing an sharing your love of homemaking with us.

Please let us know what you decide to do about the newsletter, as I'd also be very interested.

Take care!

Anonymous said...

Dear Mrs White,
I'm so sorry. I have been looking for encouragement here for the last two years. Perhaps one of your writings that has most helped is How a Godly Mother can guide an imperfect family.
I wish to thank you for all your help. Please do not take down the archives.
God bless you

MamaHen said...

So sorry to hear of this, but thank you for all the time you have put into your writing. It has blessed many people.

Jen said...

Thank you so much for everything!! I am so happy you will leave your blog up for others to find in the will continue to bless others well in to the future. I would also LOVE to be part of a newsletter if life and time permits you. Keep on writing...even if you dont get to blog right now....get a beautiful notebook and pen your thoughts down yet still for those beautiful grandchildren. Thank you for being a spring of fresh water in this dry parched land! Well done good and faihfull one....well done! You will be missed.

Karen Andreola said...

I will miss your posts.

You are leaving us with a wealth of practical and inspiring ideas of encouragement with your back posts. As you are a writer with a gentle spirit. Yet, I can't imagine you will stop writing entirely. I understand your preference to write from home. Thanks for your invitation to send an email now and again. I would like to keep in touch.
Many blessing be yours as you minister to your growing family.
A fellow grandmother. Karen A.

Anonymous said...

Mrs. White,
I am a fairly new reader to your refreshing blog. I'm sorry to see you go, but do so appreciate that you will be leaving up the archives....Thank you!

If you plan to do a mailing, I would definitely be interested. I really miss the days when I often received inspiring newsletters by mail!

Best wishes and prayers,
B. in the Mountains

Linda said...

Mrs. White, like all your other readers I will miss you very much. You have such a peaceful and encouraging way of writing. I hope you will be able to bless us again soon with your lovely posts.
Thank-you for all your time and effort.

Anonymous said...

I will miss your new posts but I can understand how difficult it would be to write away from home(your favorite spot). Thank you for leaving the archives up as they are wonderful to read through and encourage and inspire me. I have so enjoyed your blog and wish you and your family well.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mrs. White:

My heart aches at this news. Thank you for showing what true contentment means. Your femininity and beauty shine brightly in this harsh and critical society. If you would like to pen pal, my email address is I'll happily send you my address through that means. Blessings to you, the Mister, and all of your family. With a heart of gratefulness, I am your devoted reader, Melinda D. Wood

Anonymous said...

I will miss your inspirational posts. I rarely comment any more due to limited time online but I have been here all along. Best wishes to you.


Anonymous said...

Dear fellow sister in Christ, Mrs White. You have changed many people's lives for the better, I know because mine is one of them. I have taken inspiration, and much needed wisdom from you to turn around disasters in my home and home life which through ignorance and not being taught principles of the home caused much hurt and distress. Now through your efforts and those of others such as Lydia Sherman and June Fuentes, ours is now a Godly home and we are becoming a Holy and Godly family, as God intended for us from the beginning of our marriage journey. I am very saddened as a good work of God, very much needed in todays world has been taken away from us, and as I see it, a victory to the Lord's adversary as only he wants to see this site shut down. I bless you and your good work, for working for the kingdom is what you are doing. I thank you for all that you have done for me and my family, and I pray that a light will shine through this and you will find a way to return to bless us. Love and blessings to you and your beautiful family. Antonia

TheLoriA said...

I am so sorry to see you go. Thank you for all of the encouragement. Yours was the first blog I found about taking care of the home. It has always been my job and now that the kids are grown and gone I was feeling a bit useless. When I found your blog it made me realize I went from a stay at home mom to a full time housewife and it was wonderful. It was ok that I did not want to venture out in the world for a paycheck. Thank you so much for all of your encouragement and I will be checking back here often. I still have not read all of your entries and I will enjoy them. Take care of yourself and your family. Best blessings, Lori

Unknown said...

Dear Mrs. White,

Although I have only been visiting your blog for just a short period of time, I have come to appreciate and welcome your posts with great anticipation. I am deeply saddened by your decision, but am also respectful of the circumstances surrounding it. Thank you for the godly insights and tips on how to become a better Christian homemaker. I have to admit that because of your posts, I am loving and am joyful everyday as I take on my responsibilities as a Christian homemaker, wife and mother, challenges and all. I am rejoicing! Thank you for your sincerity and humbleness. You and your family will remain in my prayers. Although we do not know what the good Lord has in store, I am confident that the God "Elroy" knows everything. He is a faithful God! Until then, keep your eyes on the prize, and the Grace of Jesus Christ be with you (2 Corinthians 13:14).


busymomof10 said...

You will be greatly missed! Your blog is a breath of fresh air! Thank you for writing and sharing your heart and encouraging us to all be more peaceful and content in our homemaking! May the Lord bless your quiet days at home with your family! Elizabeth