This Works For Me Quite Nicely

**UPDATED: Links at end of post!**


You know what works for me?

(And I know, this is Tuesday, not Wednesday, but bear with me and let’s just live on the edge.)

What works for me, it turns out, is a measley 146 things.  That is (to the best of my estimation powers, which are questionable, and if you don’t believe me ask our tax guy) the more-or-less number of editions of Work-For-Me Wednesday posts I’ve written since I started the whole deal in April of 2006.  I started it on a complete whim, never imagining it would last three weeks–certainly not three years.

But so many of you showed up and played along, and you turned it into something clever and wonderful.  You–certainly not me–are the reason it has been so successful, and I’m just tickled I got to be a part of it.  Thank you for that.

As much as I have enjoyed WFMW, I’ve also reached a point where I’m needing a rest from it.  You might be surprised how much work it generates behind the scenes–and every bit of it has been happily worth the effort.  But lots of swirly little things are bumping around in my heart and my head these days, some important realizations and convictions about rest and balance.  (I’m thinking I’ll probably have a thing or two to write on the subject, in the coming weeks, unless I just get so flat-out full of balance I can’t pull my horizontal self off the couch.  A girl can dream, right?)  I’ve been thinking and praying and looking for some ways to simplify and trim back on some things that are very good but not, in fact, urgent.

I went to BlissDom a couple of weeks ago with the vague intention of shutting down WFMW altogther.  I thought, perhaps, it had run its course.  But, to my great delight, I met so many women at the conference who told me how much they had gained from WFMW–how many good ideas they’d learned and (my favorite part) how many new friends they’d made.  I realized I’d be a real heel to shut down something that might still be of benefit, somewhere.

So I decided to hand it off to someone else.  It would keep the community still going, and it would be a fun opportunity for another blogger.  I thought through the options without telling a soul.  I wanted to pick someone who would, I knew, handle it graciously and well.  I wanted someone, of course, who had been a faithful participant in WFMW in the past.  And it would’ve been icing on the cake if I could’ve met her in real life.

One name just kept floating to the top of my mind.  She seemed like such an obvious choice.  And when I got to spend some time with her at BlissDom, I knew we had our girl.  So, my friends, please meet your new WFMW hostess, beginning next week:  Kristen from We Are THAT Family.  She has graciously agreed to take this on, and I encourage you to participate there just as faithfully as you have here.  I’ve told Kristen to run with this and do it her way, and I expect she’ll make plenty of clever changes.  She has my full blessing.

And I’m not dropping off the WFMW train altogether.  I’ll still be around, helping Kristen if she needs it, maybe posting my own WFMW here and joining her Mr. Linky (Wouldn’t that be fun?  What do you bet I mess up and don’t use the permalink?).  And Kristen and I haven’t ruled out the possiblity of working together in the future for even bigger things for WFMW…say, Works-For-Me Wednesday: THE MOVIE! Starring Reese Witherspoon, who cleans her shower with vinegar and sprays her hairbrushes with Static Guard, all while controlling paper clutter by using envelopes!

I’m just sure it would be a hit.

Kristen will be a hit, too–you’re going to love her, if you haven’t already met her.  Bear with us over the next couple of weeks as we get everything transferred and she gets up to speed.  In the meantime, tonight at 8 pm CST, I’ll host a Mr Linky here (I didn’t want to leave you high and dry if you had a post already written!)  So check back later tonight to leave your link.  Starting next week, you’ll leave your links at Kristen’s blog.

And if I may say it one more time…Thank you for making this little carnival something special.  I have enjoyed it so much.

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2. The Diaper Diaries (say uncle)
3. It Feels Like Chaos (time with kids)
4. Kate: Purse Organization
5. Amy @ Finer Things (cutting brownies)
6. Lisa@ Elbows (soup shots)
7. Susan @ Practicing Thrift (safely cut baby costs)
8. We are THAT family (WFMW tips)
9. Muses of Megret (postal time saver)
10. Julie From Inmates
11. HealthBeginsWithMom (Sneaking Vegetables)
12. MamaMay (Dry Earse Markers)
13. Jeni (More Restful Sleep!)
14. Innkeeper Seely
15. Mother Hen (free laptop stand)
16. A Simple Walk (blank notebooks & cheap calendars)
17. songbirdtiff (the gift that keeps giving)
18. Dawn@PSHelovesyou(cupcake idea)
19. ElizabethG (finding substitutes)
20. Anne @ teaching two (play time)
21. Kristen (recipe organization)
22. Nichole @ A Call to Higher Places (HELP with Cloth Diapers!!!)
23. Happy To Be At Home (dating your children)
24. Mom2ThreeAdoptedSibs
25. steadymom (historical preschool books)
26. Sonshine (loaves to muffins)
27. Musings of a Housewife (firefox extensions)
28. Elizabeth (Organizing the Kitchen)
29. Hooked on Houses (stainless out?)
30. Traci (Cheap Easy=GIVEAWAY!)
31. OVERWHELMED! Kelly the Kitchen Kop
32. Such The Spot {Hostess Gift Ideas}
33. Kate\’s kitchen: Clean green with Norwex
34. jodi @ bpr (easy Bible reading)
35. Erin (medicine cabinet organization)
36. Upstatemomof3
37. Heidi @ Blue Eyed Blessings (baskets!)
38. Phyllis (onions)
39. Creative2xmom (great kitchen tool; using it tonight)
40. Julie Stiles Mills (pda & pc cookbook, menu planner, shopping list)
41. Julie Stiles Mills (Disney World in the Summer)
42. Amy Andrews (14 best baby tips)
43. Amy @ MOMSTOOLBOX (no more high heel pain)
44. Margot (One Weekend = 60 Servings)
45. Julie @ The Clark Chronicles – Fun WIth Popcorn!
46. Dear Abbi (homeschool help idea)
47. Maya (From Nature Direct)
48. Kristie (keeping homeschool interesting)
49. Tracey @ Girls to Grow (no-sew help)
50. mombrud (prepare to leave the kids)
51. Maria D. (Handy Recipe Holder)
52. Milissa – cooking seafood with no “fishy” smell
53. Miss Mommy…It\’s Written at the Top..)
54. JA@Gravity of Motion (Free Magazines)
55. Alison – BKF Rust Removal
56. Home School Dad (WFMW)
57. Many Little Blessings (Best Gift for Families with New Babies)
58. Cooking Up a Family (the unmenu planning)
59. Rhen @yestheyareallmine
60. Maren – Word Whammer
61. oh amanda (saving lives)
62. Betty Beguiles
63. Fairion – Adoption
64. Real Life (GUACAMOLE!)
65. Cindy (kids clothes organizing)
66. Kayren (getting ink out of dryer)
67. Kristin (telling stories, not lying)
68. Miche@CoordinatedChaos(edible poster paint going up wed)
69. Angela@NineMoreMonths(making dinner easier)
70. Kim&HerCoffee (Soup & Stew Recipes)
71. The Cozy Country Home (computer security)
72. Liz @ Working Mom
73. MemeGRL (what to do with old records)
74. “Cents”able Momma (Rotate Toys to keep them FUN)
75. Heather (cheap crafty present)
76. Carolina Mama (She Homeschools! Giveaway)
77. Carol @ I Throw Like a Girl – How I saved my pants.
78. Fried Chicken and Cheesesteaks (move over Cinnabon)
79. Emily @ Little Home (generous Etsy artisans)
80. Jen@Balancing Beauty and Bedlam(curing the economy – couponing)
81. Kirsty @ Momedy (Steel Cut Oat Review)
82. Rina (Finding Reputable Online Merchants)
83. TrentTribe (Sweet n\’ Sour Chicken at home)
84. Chief Family Officer (Easier invites and thank yous)
85. Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers (Mom Binder)
86. PASS THE TORH (family travel Ft. Myers)
87. Sandwiched (Quick healthy weeknight meal)
88. Laura @ Heavenly Homemakers (NO sweets for the SOUR)
89. Kat @ New England Saving (Valentine\’s Day)
90. Becky (Free Workout Video)
91. Hillary @ Dunham Diaries (Pizza with a healthy twist)
92. Condo Blues (save $ stop fireplace drafts)
93. Happy To Be At Home (stocking your pantry)
94. Cooking During Stolen Moments (sweet & sour ham)
95. Rachel (Family Organization)
96. Homemaker Barbi (Baby Gifts to Forget)
97. Pam – produce bags
98. Joy @ Five J\’s (Whole Wheat Pizza Crust)
99. Lisa@BlessedwithGrace(quick,easy,no mess meal)
100. Penny Pinching Diva (Blog Organization Chart)
101. At A Hen\’s Pace (kid-friendly baked potatoes)
102. Little Catholic Hedge (Fast & Easy Way to Brown Ground Beef)
103. Olivia
104. Michele @ Frugal Granola (Homemade Natural Lip Balm)
105. Taylor at Household Management 101 (how to find books at right reading level)
106. Megan (sleepytime tea)
107. NerdFamily Food (Mashed Potatoes tips)
108. Gina (Free/Low-Cost Paint)
109. Milehimama (invisible clutter)
110. Natalie (Travel Tip)
111. Katie @ Making This Home
112. Gennaro
113. Kaycee (Doing Homework in the Car)
114. BooksnBoys (Keeping the Romance Alive)
115. My Charmed Life (Washable Crayons)
116. Apples and Jammies (score!)
117. e-Mom @ Chrysalis (Devotional: Flag of Surrender)
118. Joanna @ Grace In The Home (Bulk Spices)
119. Thrifty Jinxy (Save on Phone Service)
120. the Animator\’s Wife (Valentine Tradition)
121. Joyful Johnsons (rotating chores)
122. Heather@JustDoingMyBest (keeping information handy)
123. Amanda@MomofFaith isABelt
124. Jean Stockdale (Multi-tasking)
125. Making Money Keeping Money (Samples)
126. se7en (beyond babies – se7en tips)
127. Sandra @ A Lot of Savings *Grocery Shopping with Kids*
128. mub (Cheap phone service)
129. Dot (surgery prep)
130. NerdFamily Things (Scanalog software)
131. Ann @ Holy Experience (Handling Stress)
132. FishMama @ LifeasMOM (life w/ 2 babies)
133. Not So Perfect(cupcakes)
134. Michelle @ Saving Some Green (Uses for cooked cubed chicken breast)
135. JanMary (baby {breadbasket} gift!)
136. Don\’t Start None (Slow Cooker Liners)
137. The Extreme Housewife (Organizing Your Craft Room)
138. Broke Girl (Vinegar: better than “The Bachelor”)
139. Krisi @ Mom & Dad to R Kids (declutter calendar)
140. Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates (Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix Packet)
141. Leanne @ SeetheWoods Giveaway
142. Lisa @ Stop Eating All The Chocolates (Low-Cal Garlic Bread Substitute)
143. Sarah (goodie bags)
144. Tara @ Feels like Home (homemade octopus)
145. Sarah (Professional Headshot Photograpsh
146. Trixie (Money Help)
147. whimsy (easy twitter buttons)
148. Girls in White Dresses (Motivating Kids to Clean Up)
149. Shannon (low-carb coconut bread)
150. Suzanne (sneaky healthy eating)
151. Aunt LoLo (Better pics with a point n\’ shoot)
152. Bailey\’s Leaf (Glove Box Extras)
153. Buffie – Pizza Oven Uses
154. flexible dreams (peanut alternative)
155. Common Cents Mom – Accountability
156. Allyson @ A Heart For Home (Green Smoothies)
157. Jennifer @ Joyful & Graceful Living ( Dryer Sheets on the Cheap)
158. exhale. return to center. (our book nook)
159. Mom24@4evermom (sewing fabric tip)
160. Happy Momma (cutting back on plastic bags)
161. Newlyweds (dogs)
162. KLee (Love Dare)
163. Alicia (love your husband)
164. Keren (How to Get a SWEET Mug AND 3 Boxes of Coffee for $3!)
165. *Michelle* (free works for me!)
166. Karen @ Living Well on Less (Reducing stress a little at a time)
167. Sherry @ Lamp Unto My Feet (Quiet Time)
168. Carol @SheLives (medicine cabinet)
169. Christy (Make money online)
170. Phoebe @ Cents to Get Debt Free (USING UP CANDLES)
171. Molly Green (longer-lasting candle fragrance)
172. JB (Giving from the stockpile)
173. Drop The Baby Weight: Veggie Piggybacking!
174. Jill ( Reality TV Family Fun)
175. Brooke (unqiue budget column)
176. Life with Three (Making Cute Hair Clips)
177. Scott (Cheap Framed Art)
178. Lynn (ww overnight coffee cake)
179. Suz@ FamilyMakesCents (Don\’t need it?)
180. Organizing mommy (favorite game)
181. Heather Lessiter (Paper clutter fix & giveaway)
182. Raise Them Up (Party: BYOB!)
183. Houstonmom (72 hr kits)
184. Becky@ Living Out Loud (when you need an extra dish)
185. pennypinchinmomma ( a real mom\’s guide to once a month cooking!)
186. Kim (List Making)
187. Everything Moms (organizing kids medicines)
188. Michelle (tutorial on paperback swap)
189. Havingfunathome (pregnancy letters)
190. Tasha @ Hectic Calm (OAMC for Smaller Families)
191. Lori (memes)
192. suzannah ($ for BPA bottles)
193. Candace (head strong preschooler)
194. Valerie at Home (posting the menu)
195. Anne (e-cards)
196. melissa * 320 sycamore (hand soap)
197. Katie (paper clutter tips)
198. Abbi (family meals)
199. Teal coring apples
200. Petersonclan (Seed Starting)
201. Paula@ Organizing Tips (Label Your STUFF)
202. A Frugal Housewife (Targeting Debt Problem Areas)
203. Donna @ The Frugal Mom Blog- (Website full of Redbox Rental Promo Codes)
204. Erica (Time saving Mixes)
205. Janet (Special Needs Resources)
206. Tanna (Organized Purse, Butler Bag)
207. Lindsay @ Passionate Homemaking (truly natural mascara options)
208. Keri (Ever heard of borax?)
209. Southernseven (battle of detergents!)
210. Amy @ Our Bumpy Road
211. Jennifer @ Lirazel (kitchen cleaning tip)
212. The Prudent Homemaker (Potato Cheese Soup)
213. The Prudent Homemaker (Free American Girl Doll Clothes Patterns)
214. Missy@Simply Red(two ingredient biscuit recipe)
215. Bring on the Lloyds…(Streching Choc Syrup)
216. Bring on the Lloyds…(Stretching Choc Syrup)
217. Parenting the Tiniest of Miracles (tap water)
218. Tips & Treasures (Repurposed Baby Food Jars)
219. Katie @ Endless Day (Chore Wars)
220. Beth@sportsmomma (Sleep timer/iTouch-iPhone)
221. Holly@Homebody(Taming the Paper Trail)
222. Nichole (cough relief a Giveaway!)
223. Sandra (loving my husband)
224. AliAnn (organizing kids artwork)
225. Kendra @FamilyMgrKendra (get rid of rust stains in toilet)
226. Linda\’s Lunacy(Laundry Detergetnt Tips)
227. Joni (Vinegar in Smelly Laundry)
228. Heather of the EO (lifting the funk)
229. Jerri@Jerri\’s Journey (Cheap Substitution)
230. Veggiemomof2 (combining IM programs)
231. Kara(Paying Our House Off Early)
232. Hotomom
233. michelle
234. Rachael @ Beans & Rice (sinus pain relief when you can\’t take meds)
235. Rona – Decorating with Words
236. Michelle (identifying toys)
237. Penny Raine
238. Stacey-the perfect cup for preschoolers and beyond.
239. Domestic Chicky – Easy Dijon Chicken
240. Lynette3boys – oven prep
241. April @ Doggie Bloggie (HCFSA)
242. ChickyMama (teaching kids their phone number)
243. Crayl (cheese saver)
244. Becky
245. mom2my9 (Being a Vegan)
246. ilovemy5kids (how to get your kids to take yucky meds)
247. Alisa-The Sweet Life (easy baby shower decorations and gift)
248. Counting Sprinkles (Swagbucks)
249. Cyndi Lewis
250. momsfrugal (learning frugality from others)
251. LANA: kids-and-chores
252. Wani (free food for your b-day!)
253. The Masked Mommy (staying on my diet)
254. Ranee @ Arabian Knits (Picking Good Asparagus)
255. My Treasure Hunt (Yummy cutout cookies!)
256. Dena (Attitude/Inspiration)
257. ChickyMama FIXED LINK (teaching kids their phone number)
258. Free 2 Be Frugal (envelope system)
259. Day (Frozen Cookie Pucks))
260. Saver Queen (homemade pretzels)
261. lomagirl (gift of the month)
262. Jenna (easy homemade breakfast sandwich)
263. Lizzie (Vit. C for the yuckies)
264. Jerri @ Simply Sweet Home (giveaway)
265. Hi! It\’s me, Jen
266. Jessica @ Finding Joy in the Journey
267. Melanie (frugal Valentine 2010)
268. Audra (Cleaning Glass Top Stoves Easily)
269. onemotherslove (coupon shopping)
270. Jessica @ Who Left The Light On? (Meal Planning)
271. Alice@supratentorial(Teatime)
272. Melissa
273. Lynne(White Vinegar-wonder-household-cleaner)
274. livingtoworship
275. livingtoworship (ROOT your cut roses and dry the blooms!)
276. Ginger (Recycled Candy boxes for Facts-vs-Opinion-game)
277. Stephanie @ The Coupon Game (1-Minute Bathroom Sink Clean!)
278. Elizabeth (kids bible program)
279. Kristin -The Goat (New use for Address Labels)
280. Polly (CVS shopping tips)
281. Saving Money Ideas (crock-pot chili)
282. BusyMom (canned goods organization)
283. Jenny Lynn (“go bag”)
284. News from the Zoo (How we use journals in our homeschool)
285. Christine (How I had sex for a week)
286. Kirstin: iphone application
287. Mozi Esme (kid “U” crafts)
288. uppervalleymom (kid friendly emergency procedures)
289. lynn @queenofthecastlerecipes.com (fantastic lemon cookies)

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117 thoughts on “This Works For Me Quite Nicely

  1. The (Almost) Amazing Mammarino says:

    Good for you! It’s a blessing to see someone choose to put first things first.
    Thank you for passing the WFMW torch on to Kristen. I have learned SO much from WFMW, and I’m so glad to see that it will keep going.
    Your blog is such a blessing because I learn so much from it. You always write or share something that makes me think in new ways. If I ever had to choose just one to continue reading, it would be yours.
    Thanks for all you do!

  2. Kristin says:

    Kristen will be doing it, huh? Well, I sort of figured it would be here – she is nearly always one of the first to post for WFMW anyway!
    I decided to start blogging for lots of reasons, but the main thing that got me start blogging on a regular basis was because of WFMW. I wanted to be a part of it and I also didn’t want to have dead air between Wednesdays 🙂 So Thank You, Shannon, for putting it together and for passing the torch. I will be happy to move with the times.
    Kristin

  3. Melonie (Momma & More) says:

    I totally understand being up to “here” with bloggity tasks. Phew! I’m glad that Kristen is willing to take this on so that we can all continue to play along – and I’ll be watching to see if you put those permalinks up. *chuckle* Here’s to hoping things will slow down a bit for you…. I had to laugh at Lori’s WFMF comment. heehee That is how it normally works!!!

  4. exhale. return to center. says:

    Thank you. Truly from my heart. Thank you. For creating WFMW. For bringing so many wonderful people together. For passing on WFMW so that we can all continue to enjoy it. For taking care of yourself and continually working to find ways to make blogging work for you and your family.
    Thank you.

  5. se7en says:

    I feel like I am just getting going here, so that is very sad news! I will follow the crowd though because I love wfmw… thank you so much for all you have done to keep it going and for creating something so brilliant. And well done you for passing it on before it pulls you down – I for one never want to let projects go. Really I am very impressed at your sanity!!!

  6. Leanne says:

    I always thought it was very good of you to host this for everyone. I know it must be a lot of work. A lot of carnivals ar hosted by a group of people and don’t get to be a successful as your.
    Congratulations on knowing when to take time for yourself and I’m sure Kristen will do a fantastic job.

  7. Theresa says:

    I second what they all said! I have loved lurking around WFMW! :o) I’m glad I’ll get to continue. :o)
    What an encourager you are Shannon! Thank you. And I can’t think of anyone better to take over the reins than THAT mom. LOL Seriously, I can’t wait to lurk even more over there. :o)

  8. Heidi @ Blue Eyed Blessings says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! It’s been lots of fun writing WFMW and I’m so glad that you have chosen to pass it off rather than let it die. Good for you for evaluating the needs that are most important to you. Maybe I should take a little of that advice.

  9. Traci Best says:

    Okay…now that the hyperventilation has subsided… *breathe Traci!*
    Shew! I am SO glad that Kristen has agreed to take WFMW over! That is so awesome!
    Thank you thank you thank you for your dedication to it all these years!!!
    Traci 😉

  10. elizabethk says:

    You are such a loving and generous soul! I don’t comment regularly, but read you all the time on my feed. I just do not have time, as you know – and finding balance, is tough. To hand off WFM to someone else is generous, and so big hearted (not a real word – but it is meant!!) I will be reading Kristin as well, I was turned on to her wonderful blog just recently.
    God Bless you, Shannon!

  11. Tamra Przyblo says:

    I just skipped over to check out Kristen’s blog and what a treat I found! I giggled until my sides hurt!
    I think she will take that torch and run BOLDLY… hopefully she won’t trip on anything!
    She sounds like a wonderful gal–full of wit and humor :0D
    All the best.

  12. BlueCastle says:

    I totally understand why you’re handing WFMW off, but it will be a little sad not to come here every week and wait…..and wait.. 🙂
    You’ve been so kind to host this carnival. It’s meant a lot to us “little guys”.

  13. Julia @ Hooked on Houses says:

    I host a regular “Hooked on Fridays” party, so I know how much work it can be behind the scenes. I’m amazed that you’ve been hosting WFMW for nearly 3 years! (In blog years, that’s, like, a decade!) It obviously struck a chord with people. Thanks for keeping up with it for as long as you have. I know how much I’ve enjoyed it.
    I’m glad you chose to keep WFMW going with Kristen at the helm. She’ll do a great job! 🙂

  14. Jamie says:

    Yea for Kristen! (And yea for you for listening to your inner call for rest and balance…not that I know what those are either but they sound awesome.) 😉

  15. Miche says:

    Thanks for keeping WFMW, and for hosting it for so long, I actually stumbled upon your blog back in Sept. of 06, and have read it ever since! I sporadically shared in WFMW, whenever I felt I had something that might actually work for others 🙂 And I am sad to not see it here anymore, but so excited that it will still be around. 🙂 And I hope I get to meet you at blogher this summer!

  16. Nicole says:

    Bless you, for everything. Your efforts, your dedication to your readers, your desire to keep it going for everybody, and also for being true to yourself. Hugs & kisses.

  17. Jessica says:

    Thanks so much for handing this over to Kristen. I just started WFMW and would be disappointed if it was gone altogether. Thanks for sharing with us during this season of your life and I’m sure Kristen will do a great job. Can’t wait to see what you post. 😉

  18. Carol @SheLives says:

    WFMW has been a great way to bring readers together to share and learn from each other. So glad you found a way to keep it out. I love Kristin and love her bloggishly good fun blog. Am glad to see the baton passed into good hands.
    Thanks for almost 3 years of WMFW hostessing, Shannon!

  19. sandy says:

    Oh, congrats to Kristen – perfect lady for the job! And …I hope that by handing this off, it will give you more time to pursue your passions (wink-wink). Awesome, ShannoN!

  20. Christine says:

    Girl, I am in utter awe at what you have accomplished here. You are truly an example for all mom and Christian bloggers.
    I kinda thought you might be handing the reins over to someone else eventually…and well you should. You have built WFMW, now let someone else maintain it while you bask in the rest of your life. Good luck to you!

  21. Megan@SortaCrunchy says:

    Congrats to Kristen – she is going to do wonderfully.
    Thank you, thank you Shannon, for continuing in this labor of bloggy love for so long. WFWM has brought me such joy and wisdom through the years. I’ll always have a place in my heart for it, too, as it was my first ever blogging carnival. Really – thanks so much for all the time and energy you have put into it, making it what it is today.
    Blessings on you.

  22. Kim... and Her Coffee says:

    Shannon thank you for the countless hours you’ve invested in hosting us all here these last three years! Looking forward to meeting our new hostess. And looking forward to hearing all your heart has on balance & rest. This all or nothing personality needs all the encouragement she can get! 🙂

  23. jen says:

    How fun, a new venue. I will still read and comment here and I have a feeling my love for your blog will be just as strong. Thanks for hosting all this time and being such an intrical part of my early blogging journey.
    Cheers for Kristen! 🙂

  24. Jane Anne says:

    Whew! I felt so sad when I thought it was over for good. I have just started frequenting Kristen’s site (even won something there not too long ago!). I am thrilled you are doing one last WFMW (I have had one planned for about 2 weeks) and I know I will be participating at the new location.
    Thanks Shannon for hosting WFMW for so long. It has been such a treat. A couple of my favorite them ones were the 5 ingredient meals and the Summer Daze (boredom busters for kids)!

  25. Gina says:

    Oh, you had me nervous when I thought you were going to stop doing WFMW. It’s so helpful, and it’s a wonderful way to connect so many women & moms. Thank you for your inspiration and your time over the years. Kristen will do a wonderful job–good choice for the new hostess!

  26. nottryingforaboy says:

    Yay Kristen! Love her. Seriously. She is a perfect choice – not because she always pounced on one of the first 5 spots once Mr Linky went active (she must have some serious lightening fingers) but because she’s just awesome in general and so entertaining!
    Congrats to you for knowing when you needed a break (we do tend to wear ourselves too thin) and congrats to her.

  27. Heather says:

    Shannon,
    What a great example you are in how to create a success and then to know how and when to create/maintain balance.
    Looking forward to participating at the new site.

  28. It Feels Like Chaos says:

    Thanks for hosting! This has been such a create carnival! Good for you for knowing when it is time to move on, give yourself time for something else, and give someone else the opportunity. You are an inspiration in so many ways!

  29. Musings of a Housewife says:

    She IS perfect. You know, she reminds me so much of you, actually! It was so fun spending time with both of you at Blissdom.
    And I totally understand you needing a break. I have often wondered how you keep finding new things that work for you! 🙂

  30. Kate says:

    Thanks so much for hosting this! I’ve only just started contributing, but I’ve been “lurking” for much longer. I really like your blog, and I always love reading everyone’s WFMW ideas! I’m glad that someone else will host WFMW and that you will get the break you need. A win-win. =)
    God bless,
    ~Kate
    “Which Proverbs 14:1 Woman?”
    http://proverbs14-1.blogspot.com

  31. Betty Beguiles says:

    I’m so glad you found a happy solution! I think I’m a perfect example of why it takes so much work for you to keep this up and running. In my sleepiness I forgot to include the topic of my WFMW post. It was supposed to be “Marriages That Endure.” I am so sorry! Feel free to delete my link, or change it or do nothing at all. I’m #63. So, so sorry, Shannon!

  32. Sarah (Real Life) says:

    Wow, Shannon, you are blessing so many other bloggers every day. I love how generous you have been with providing us opportunities to connect with each other (and you). And I just love it when you pass on a project that has brought you success, and truly “mom-it-forward,” to use The GNO girls’ term. It was a pleasure to meet you at Blissdom!
    I’m excited to jump in with Kristen and see what’s in store for WFMW!

  33. Rina says:

    Shannon,
    THank you so much for starting Works for me wednesday! I haven’t been a participant for very long, but I really love doing it and am grateful that you are passing it along to someone else. Looking forward to seeing the changes you guys make!

  34. Kelly @ Pass the Torch says:

    I think it’s interesting how strongly your announcement has hit me. You were the first mommy blog I ever visited, and it was right about the time you started WFMW. “End of an era” is an understatement.
    But I respect you so much for doing what’s needed to find balance, and I’m sure Kristen will do great.
    Now you’ll have many more wonderful things in store for us! I’ll be reading!

  35. Pam Collier says:

    Glad you figured out what ‘works for you’! I’m sure I’m not the first to type those words but I couldn’t resist (and it’s almost midnight so I really can’t take the time to read them tonight).
    But I am sad that my very first works for me wednesday is on your last hosting day! But I’m glad you all are continuing it!

  36. Jean Stockdale says:

    Thank you so much for hosting this fun event for so long. I am a newbie at doing it although I had followed your blog for quite some time. I appreciate you handing it off to another who will continue to raise the “baby” you birthed.
    Thank you also for sharing with such transparency. Balance is something every Christian struggles to find. Keeping your spiritual equilibrium is a constant juggling act that must be continually revisited and reconsidered. How wish you are to realize the difference between the important and the urgent. May the Lord bless you as you prayerfully consider “your days.” Blessings.

  37. Kim says:

    That was the best “goodbye” speech I ever read! LOL. You should do that for money!!! I wanted to come through the computer and hug you right then! Ha! Ha! You have been so faithful with this and you deserve a break. Blogging is work and I don’t think there is a person who would disagree with me. I’m still keeping you on my sidebar though because although I love making people laugh I like to laugh myself and you do that for me! I can’t wait to read your future posts my friend.
    Big Hugs!
    Kim
    And go figure I don’t have anything working for me today! I need to go find something!!!

  38. jodi @ bpr says:

    thanks so much for all the hard work you’ve put in up til now & thanks for passing WFMW on – it’s been great for me, both in helping me blog consistently, learn great tips & get some good blog traffic!
    thanks much and best wishes with what’s next for you!

  39. Moriah @ Please Pass the Salt says:

    You know, this struck a chord with me in a totally off-topic way: my hubby and I have been talking about boundary and commitment issues the past few days and isn’t it so freeing when you realize you just have to let a few things go? 🙂
    Kristen will do a fabulous job and you can breathe a little. Win-win.

  40. Jill says:

    Your WFMW have really “Rocked”. I’ll be sorry to see them end on one of my all time favorite blogs, but totally understand.
    What a great testimony for setting boundaries and passing the blessing on to others.

  41. Mo says:

    Just wanted to add my many thanks for all the hard work you’ve put into this carnival over the years; while I don’t play along *every* week, I do play, and I come by every Wednesday to see what works for everybody else…glad to hear the torch is being passed, and not extinguished.
    Thanks again, and many blessings to you and yours!

  42. Jerri says:

    Shannon,
    Thanks so much for hosting WFMW all this time. WFMW was the first meme I ever participated in and I enjoyed it so much! I will keep up with it because I am learning so much. Thanks for asking Kristen to take it on because her meme, Sincerely ‘Fro Me to You was the second carnival I joined in.
    Thanks again and best wishes in all your future endeavors.

  43. Donnetta says:

    Oh Shannon, If I could reach through this computer screen and give you a big hug I’d do it! I remember (and think I even participated) in the very first WFMW.
    Although I haven’t participated every week, it has been a joy to read each and every one of yours as well as the many other tips that have been shared.
    I completely understand the need for simplicity and balance! I’ve been praying, thinking and revamping a few things in my own life to find more of just that.
    Moving WFMW won’t stop me from visiting here!! and it won’t prevent me from participating there! 🙂
    {HUGS} friend! And congrats and well wishes to Kristen as she takes on this new venture.

  44. Lizzie says:

    Thanks for hosting! I understand the need to move on;) but I’m glad you found someone to take over. I don’t always have time to read it but I find good tips when I do!

  45. Lisa@Blessedwithgrace says:

    You are correct. You couldn’t have chosen a better successor. She will do you proud. I discovered Kristen because she always participated in WFMW. I love reading her helpful tips. So, good job Shannon. You have helped all of us under achieving mommies be a little bit better by the wisdom we have gleaned from you and all the WFMW participants!!!!

  46. Trish says:

    Thanks for starting WFMW! I enjoy participating. Good for you in learning to set limits, that’s something I will probably need to do soon, but haven’t quite figured it all out yet… 🙂

  47. Maureen says:

    I had only just found out about WFMW, so I am Kristen is going to keep it going, but I wanted to thank you for coming up with it and nuturing it all this time. I think we all understand the need to balance what is going on in our lives, so enjoy the break, but know how grateful many of us are for all you have given. I still love your blog and read it daily!

  48. Amy @ Living Locurto says:

    Good for you. I’m looking forward to hearing what you’ll be doing next. Kristen is a perfect person to take on the job!
    Thanks for all the hard work. I am impressed you did this for so many years! WOW! Glad WFMW will be living on.

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