This is one of the hardest posts I've ever had to write, but I have a good reason for writing it. I'm taking a break from the forums. A long break.
Why am I leaving? I'll tell you. I've been homeschooled for most of my life, but this year I will be attending an actual school. Why would I even do that? I'd prefer not to share those reasons, but they are important. My family prayed long and hard to know God's will, and He opened the doors for us. I'm both excited and nervous to start school.
Now you're probably asking why I have to leave if I'm just going to school. Well, the forums (among other things) have been known to suck away my time when I should be studying. To do my best in school this year, I will have to give up some things.
That isn't to say you guys aren't important to me. I care about every single one of you. Even though great distance separates us, you're still my brothers and sisters in Christ. Before discovering Aetherlight, I had only one or two good friends. Meeting all you wonderful people was an answer to prayer.
I have been a member of this community for over three years. I watched it grow. I watched people come and go. I knew in the back of my mind that I would have to go someday, too, but I didn't think too much about it. For me, that was a day far in the future. But time passes quickly, and the future of then is the present of now.
I have been preparing to leave for a few weeks now. I finished and closed my art commissions, posted a considerable amount of role-play, and helped my sister start a Youtube channel.
Here's how things are going to go. @Hanna_Brassheart will take over arranging the weekly meetings. @Arona_Copperburst1 will take over AetherHeart Studios. I will still help with some of the videos but plan to leave it mostly to her. The Adventures of Zaiden Darkmere should be completely posted by Saturday. My other role-play, The Arbitrary Antics of Ariella Newheart, will be halted indefinitely.
Oh! I'm the Members' Vice President this month! I apologize to everyone for not doing more as vice president. I'll just say this: Be careful with what you post. By that I mean don't include even a shred of personal information, don't spam, and be kind and encouraging! Last of all, remember to fight the good fight, finish the race, and keep the faith. (2 Tim. 4:7)
Will I ever come back? That depends. If I have extra time on weekends I'll try to come to the Aetherlight meetings. As for the forums...maybe at Thanksgiving I'll pop in. I can already tell that I'll have a tough time keeping myself away from here. It has become second nature to log onto the forums and scroll through new posts, but I believe leaving is the right thing to do.
When am I officially leaving? Saturday, August 10th after the Aetherlight meeting.
Am I on Christward? No, I am not. At one time I wanted to make an account on there, but I never got around to it. I am, however, on Story Embers occasionally.
I will keep you guys in my prayers! I'm really going to miss this place. Hopefully by the time I return, Aetherlight will have released Episode 4 or something just as good.
I think that's everything. Goodbye for now, my friends. I know we will meet again someday.