Quiet. // jessconnell.com

You know, I had plans for January.

I’d pre-written enough blogposts to get me through January (and then some)… and (in my plan) that was going to give me the ability to use all my normal bits-and-pieces of writing time, plus the 10 days off school at the front of January, to write some novellas I’ve been dreaming up for more than 2 years. Twice, in NaNoWriMo 2012 and 2013, I have written 50,000+ words in a month, easy, even while homeschooling. So I figured, two novellas, each at 20-25,000 words… yup, I should be able to manage that. 

Ha ha!

The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps. ~Proverbs 16:9

I got over 7,000 words written January 1st. A great start!

And then on January 2nd, my daughter had her sledding accident and the next 5 days were in the hospital with her, and then the days after that have been spent in various ways… getting back to some semblance of normal… getting my mom from the airport… and taking care of other normal family/church commitments.

Since January 1, I’ve not written another word in that novella. Instead of the wordsmithy January I had planned, I’ve had a completely different sort of January.

And right now, I think what I need most is just to be quiet. So that’s what I’m gonna do. Not sure for how long.

I’ll still be posting archived articles and favorite articles to my Facebook page.

For now, I’m enjoying the silence of hunkering down with the people I love and just being here in the moment.


I have never in my life stopped writing altogether, so I don’t anticipate that this is a “goodbye forever” moment. However, for many years now, I’ve written and shared multiple articles a week… and so, since I won’t be doing that for the foreseeable future, I want to be up front:

This is me, purposefully hitting the “pause” button. 

God bless you all!

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Jess Connell

Jesus-follower, Happy wife, Mom of 8 neat people. Former world-traveler, now settled in Washington. Host of Mom On Purpose podcast (momonpurpose.com). I write and wrangle kids.

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6 Responses

  1. Jessica says:

    That sounds like a blessing for your family and you. Enjoy the quiet. That is something I crave a lot as a mom. I love my quiet moments I snatch away in the evening after the kids are in bed.

  2. Diana says:

    I do this periodically, and it’s always a blessing. Enjoy!!

  3. Jennifer Collins says:

    May God bless and refresh you.

  4. Bethany says:

    Enjoy this season, no matter how long it lasts. :)

  5. Liz says:

    I will miss you and your writing but I hope and pray God uses this time to refresh and bless you! Thanks for sharing your heart and your wisdom on this blog! I can’t thank you enough for the incredible blessing and encouragement you’ve been to me over the years! Bless you Jess! I’m a better wife and mum for having discovered your blog!

  6. Emily says:

    Sniff sniff. I’m a little sad but I feel guilty since it’s a bit self-serving 😉 I always am excited your new posts. (and your old ones are good, too). I’m sure a break will be good for you and your family. Enjoy!!

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