All good things must come to an end. (A bloggy farewell.)

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It’s time.

This blog was born in the basement office of our Minnesota home during the Fall of 2008. Matt was working full-time and going to law school at night. My children were 5, 4, and 1 years old. I felt inspired to follow Elder M. Russell Ballard’s call to use the internet for good and decided to focus on motherhood, since I was in the trenches myself. The title Diapers and Divinity was my attempt to juxtapose the daily with the divine and, like the tagline says, find faith in motherhood. In a world where motherhood is undervalued and not fully understood for the sacred role it is, the blog journey was an important one for me. I can’t say how much it inspired anyone else, but the process of looking for the moments of joy and meaning in all the routines of my life brought me a lot of personal insight and growth. It truly became a vehicle by which I began to see myself (and all mothers) the way God sees us, and that stirred up a testimony and determination in me to keep moving forward and approach my job with more reverence and more dependence on heavenly help. It has been great. I met so many wonderful people through blogging, many of which I can now count among my “real-life” friends.

When I started the blog, my children looked like this:

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And now, almost 6 years later, they look like this:

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No more sippy cups, no more car seats, and definitely no more diapers.

And I’ve grown up some, too. I’ve been able to write a little, I sometimes teach a religion class, and I occasionally have speaking opportunities. Even so, I still hold fast to the fact that my greatest responsibility and my greatest legacy are both wrapped up in those three faces in the photos. So, in part, that’s why I need to let some things go and constantly recalibrate my priorities. Bigger children demand my time in different ways–homework, activities, chore supervision, transportation, etc.–and that time always goes better when I don’t have too many other “obligations” fighting for space in my mind and attention. (I also feel like I need to return to writing in a personal journal.)

Don’t simply retire from something; have something to retire to. ~Harry Emerson Fosdick

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all the friends and family and acquaintances and lurking strangers that have made my little cyberspace feel like a cozy chat in my family room. There are so many wonderful women sharing their voices for good on the Internet now, and I trust there will be no void left by my little collection of blog posts.

To keep up with any other happenings in my world, go like/subscribe/follow my Facebook page and go here to catch up on anything else you might have missed.

If you’re landing on the blog for the first time and want to browse a little, here are some of the more “popular” posts that we’ve shared here, plus the General Conference Book Club was really fun while it was up and running–learn how to do your own here.

33 General Conference Activities for Children
Pride and Prejudice and preference
Preparing children for General Conference (+ packet links)
General Conference Mastery
Preparing Yourself for General Conference
Crunching Numbers
Can of Worms: A Mormon Woman’s View on Womanhood
Surviving Summer (in a nutshell)
The Moral Force of Women: Some connections
The Beauty Paradox
Pornography: Satan’s Power Tool
Lessons learned from Mary
I hate playing with my children.

Much love,

Stephanie

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22 thoughts on “All good things must come to an end. (A bloggy farewell.)

  1. You will be missed. You inspired me in many ways and I am grateful that you took the time to share your life and testimony with us! I respect your decision to prioritize. I, too, am dealing with the adjustment to life with bigger kids and understand fully what you are facing. Good luck to you in your new and ever-changing role of motherhood!

  2. Thank you so much for sharing your time, talent, and inspiration with us. You have taught me so much! You will be missed!
    Thank you:)
    Jessica

  3. So sad to see you go, but completly understand! I am in the trenches with very big kids and little kids. I know just how hard it is to meet everyones needs, let alone find time to do other stuff. I have had to put many favorite things on the shelf as well. I will be sure to bop over to Facebook and see what you are up too. You have been an inspiration to me for several years. I gave many copies of your book to others. Thank you for sharing yourself with us.

  4. It has been a good six years. I am glad I experienced this whole journey with you … one of these days we really will meet in person :) !!

    I am glad your blog words will live on. I was worried you were going to pull the whole thing down. I am grateful you are leaving your words of wisdom up so we can continue to be inspired by the things you have learned and shared.

    Good luck in the next phase of motherhood! I am embarking on that same chapter right about now, though my youngest will hopefully be out of diapers by the end of summer … one can hope, right :) ?? I know the Lord will continue to bless us as we go about doing His work raising the children He has sent to us!

    XOXOXO

  5. As I was reading your post, right as I was getting teary-eyed and thinking how much I’ll miss your posts, you wrote “There are so many wonderful women sharing their voices for good on the Internet now, and I trust there will be no void left by my little collection of blog posts.”

    Yes. Your voice is unique and I did enjoy reading your posts, but there are other lovely voices that I will enjoy equally well. And I own your book so I can go read it whenever I miss you!

    God bless you on your journey! Thank you for all the inspiration!

  6. Wow, this is surprising but isn’t all at once. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you Stephanie. You have no idea what a catalyst in our family your blog turned out to be and I am grateful for all of the words that you’ve shared, they really did make a difference. The Phoenix has yet to rise from the ashes for us but I have faith that eventually it will. I will miss your blog and your witty writing, your humor and sometimes snark, snark that is all in good fun and not meant to demean or be cruel I’ve learned so much from this whole experience you just have no idea, so much about online friendships and how similar they are to real life. Good luck with all of your future endeavors. I look forward to the Stephanie Sorensen awesomeness that happens next like a book or seeing you give talks, whatever it is I’m sure it will be amazing! Cheers :)

  7. I have loved your blog. It has helped me in more ways than I can ever express. Thank you for being such a force for good in this world! Best wishes for the future. Hopefully one day I can make it to one of your classes.

  8. I always get a little excited when I see your blog updated in my reader. I don’t check my reader as often as I once did, but I always love reading what you have to say. I’ll miss your blog, and you definitely did much to inspire me in my mothering. Thanks for that.

  9. I have loved your blog and been so grateful for many times you’ve said things that my heart felt but couldn’t really put words to. I commend your choice to prioritize, and am seriously thinking there are many ways I could follow suit (do I really dare delete Candy Crush? Can I do it??). I’ll miss you, but I’ve got your book on my Kindle so your wisdom and humor won’t be too far away. ♥ Best wishes!

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