Our Last Post. Farewell, We’ll Really Miss You.

To all our loyal readers, commenters and followers:

This post may be the one of the shortest on record. It is also, very sadly, our last one.

To cut to the chase:  with two of us working in quite stressful job situations (different reasons for each of us) and trying to devote as much time as possible to our children, it became very apparent to us that our children were being badly short-changed. Being on the go from 4.45am to 10pm each day to accommodate work demands, awful commuting, and the short time at beginning and end of each day to be with our children, blog writing could only be realistically done at the weekend. And of course, therein lies the big problem. The very precious time to be with our children was being taken up by other things. We are sure that you will agree this situation is unfair to our children and unacceptable.

Trying to squeeze in reading other blogs and commenting during the work day has also become a problem in that our work products have diminished. We are very proud people and don’t wish to have a legacy of anything less than full commitment to jobs that have provided for us and our family.  It’s no coincidence that our last few posts talked about incredible “busyness” and the laughable notion of work-life balance. At least for us. This is exactly why we plan to exit the workplace in the summer of 2018, perhaps earlier. To have a chance to live a life doing the things that makes us happy, on our terms. It’s as simple as that.

We will so dearly miss the “global human connection” we got through writing, reading and responding to your fantastic comments . We hope that we added a little something to the personal finance world in our short time blogging and we especially enjoyed reading and commenting on so many great blogs out there which helped to shape our perspective on finances, investing and life in general. More so than words can ever say. You made us think deeply, laugh out loud and at times cry. From both our hearts, a big, big thankyou.

Whatever your dreams are, please keep fighting for them. We can only wish each and every one of you all the luck in the world as you chase those dreams. We are rooting for all of you. Perhaps our paths will cross somewhere down the line. We will look forward to that time. Until then, take care and fond farewell.

Mr. and Mrs. PIE.

69 comments

    1. Ellie,

      Thankyou. I see your blog is fairly new. Congrats and welcome to the blogosphere. We will be continuing to read and comment on blogs when we can so be sure to watch out for us!

    1. Hi Vicki,

      We are going to miss you for sure. Ever since you did the first retweet of a post of ours and countless more, we can’t thank you enough.

      You are a shining light in the blogging world and made our little corner so much brighter with your support and comments.

      If I am able to make it to FINCON, I look forward to hanging out with you.

      Your friend, Mr PIE.

    1. Hey Penny,

      As always, your fantastic humor shines through, whether on Twitter or on post comments. Love it!! :>)
      As long as you are not driving and commenting, I feel better!! We’ll still be around on Twitter so look out for our 2-3 tweets per month from us…..we are after all heavy hitters on Twitter…..

      Take care of yourself, family and those kids!!

  1. While I’m sad that we won’t be hearing more from the PIEs, you hit on exactly what FIRE is really all about – identifying what’s important to you, being purposeful in investing your time and energy in those things and removing the things that get in the way.

    It takes bravery and self-awareness to make a call like this and you both have all of my respect for doing so.

    Wishing the PIE family all the best – hope our paths cross again! Maybe we will hear from you again in 2018 when your schedule frees up 🙂

    1. Hi Chris,

      Such a very thoughtful comment from you. Thankyou.
      It’s been an agonizing decision for us. On a personal level, I know self awareness is not always so easy to get to grips with. But in this case, I am confident that we made the right decision.

      I do hope our paths will cross. I will be rooting for you and family and watch out for us on your own fine blog with our pesky comments!

  2. You call it your last post. I call it a hiatus.

    You’ve written well, and have a great story that has been a boon to the early retirement community. Take a sabbatical, keep the domain name, and please consider poking your head above ground every once in awhile. Maybe a post on Groundhog’s Day to let us know if the sun is shining in your corner of the world.

    In a couple years, you’ll find you’ve got a lot, and I mean A LOT more time.

    See you then?

    Best,
    -PoF

    1. I want to second PoF and would like that this is just a pause. No commitment for regular posts. Let some time pass and take care of your family and your business relationships. But could there be a few updates between now and 2018? 🙂
      Hopefully we get to have a beer at Fincon 2017.
      Enjoy your Thanksgiving and thanks for all the time you dedicated to this blog and the community!

      1. Nick,

        Thanks for the kind words. And hey, that post on getting FIRE’d up, so happy to follow your lead and tell our little story. Fabulous idea!

        I will try hard to make it to FINCON and will gladly take you up on a beer (or two)!

        We are going to try to post on a sporadic basis, keeping the site alive.

        A Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. I hope the little one is doing great and you are enjoying this special time.

        Best,

        Mr. PIE.

      1. Ms Susty Themes,

        You hit the nail right on the head. When the time is right, we intend to be back. Thank you for the well wishes and for coming over to our little corner of the blogosphere.

    2. Doc,

      Thankyou for bringing your perspective. You know what, we will poke our heads up now and again, perhaps quarterly.

      We have grown to love your blog so much and have been educated on so many things thanks to your writing. Bonds, second homes, portfolio allocation strategies…. and much more. The list goes on. A big thanks for educating us, oh, and also making us laugh with your wit.

      We will remain fans, readers and of course commenters on your site.

      If I make it to FINCON, I’ll be on the look out for you and a good beer is on me.

      Cheers,

      Dr. PIE

  3. I’m going to miss you. Love the work ethic though, and the fact that you are doing what is best for the little PIEs. I hope to see you around here again sometime in 2018. All the best to you and yours. May all your plans come to fruition. You know where to find me.

    1. Hey Mrs. BITA,

      You are not getting rid of us. We both love your writing and congrats for getting your blog up and running. We see great things for you and your blog. Watch out for our pesky comments and us lending a hand now and again to drive some traffic to your young site. Your writing deserves it.

  4. I admire you both greatly for making this decision, but I am certainly extremely sad to see you go! You have both brought delightful perspectives to our community and we have been better off for it. Wishing you and your whole family well in your journey forward. I hope that you can leave your stressful careers ahead of schedule. And once in a while, pretty please, could you drop by and just let us know how you’re doing? 😉 Or post a brief update here, say, once a quarter? I know that we would all love to know about your big picture progress. And maybe, after you quit, then you can rejoin the community? We would certainly all love to have you back whenever you are ready. Sending the love! xoxoxo

    1. Mrs ONL,

      It means a lot to us to read your very kind words and support of our decision. As one of the bloggers along with the SSC’s, you got it all started for us. For that we are eternally grateful for your inspiration.

      I hope we can both find our “escape hatch” sooner rather than later. We will!!

      You know, we are going to take you up on the suggestion to provide periodic updates and we definitely are going to continue to read and comment over at Our Next Life. Our Monday and Wednesday mornings would not be the same without you!

      We hope to be back as soon as we are able to.

      Sending our love all the way back. xoxo

      Mr. and Mrs. PIE

    1. Hi Maggie,

      Thankyou for that reminder. We aim to connect via Twitter and some periodic updates until the time is right to jump back in. Look out for our comments over in your corner of the blogosphere in Alaska. How can I not come back to a great site that taught me all about “yarn bombing”!! ….. :>)

  5. Whoa. Guys, this is nothing short of a bombshell for me. I am very, very sorry to see both Mr. and Mrs. PIE go. You’re both excellent thinkers and writers, and I have genuinely come to love our online friendship.

    Having said that, I wholeheartedly support any decision that puts family considerations first. And I understand the sorts of time pressures and pride pressures you mention here. I’ll note in that connection that I have always admired your work on this blog, and I have deeply valued the thoughtful and personal comments you’ve contributed to my site.

    Echoing PoF’s suggestion above, I hope you might consider calling it a hiatus rather than an end. In either case, my best wishes go out to the entire PIE family. And I sincerely hope we might find a way to stay in touch.

    Thank you both. And best of luck with everything going forward.

    Your friend,
    FL

    1. Mr FL,

      There has also been a lot of sadness for me and Mrs. PIE. Ultimately, we made the right decision with our kids front and center. We greatly appreciate your acknowledgment of “family first”.

      You know that I love your blog and writing. You should also know that I found our interactions very warm, genuine and so friendly. I think you brought out the real Dr. PIE and that is a good thing for me. Hopefully you found it fun and appreciated some of the educational stuff thrown in for good measure now and again also.

      But you know, the crazy wacky Dr. PIE is not leaving your site. Oh, no!. Be alert for regular visits, insightful and thought provoking commentary. The latter will of course be provided by Mrs. PIE. I will bring the usual nonsense in super-size doses…..

      Your friend,

      Dr. PIE.

    1. Thank you Matt, your support means a lot to us.
      We said when we started that if we inspired just one person then our goals were met. I hope we really have done that. All the very best to you for your journey

    1. Hey AE,
      We’ve enjoyed your site and your comments so much! Such an important part of the PF community. We’ll poke our heads up here and there with the odd update so you have t entirely heard the last from us!
      All the very best for your ER plans!

  6. My reaction was like Penny’s- it’s an April Fools joke right?

    I hope you’ll keep all the excellent content you’ve published and will check in periodically.

    That being said, good on you for identifying where you want to focus your energies and for actually focusing on it.

    1. Thanks TJ, sadly not April😔
      We’re not pulling the plug and you won’t be entirely rid of us on twitter or elsewhere, but the blog lost this battle. Thanks for your support, it means a lot to us.

  7. Hey there PIE’s. Sorry to hear that you’re leaving us but good call based on the reasons. When you try to cram too much into your lives something has to give. How about just putting the blog on hold until you retire (2018 isn’t that far away) or until you get some spare time back? Just make sure you keep us on your subscription list.

    I’ve enjoyed your blog hugely and hopefully will get to hear from you again in the future. Until then, best of luck with your FIRE plans.

    1. Thank you Martin!
      You’re right, something has to give, and unfortunately the blog lost! Who knows, we may be back big time when we retire, but we’ll still be reading around and adding our two cents here and there before that

  8. I like POFs suggestions. Just consider it a break for a time. I haven’t been able to interact with you guys for long, but always sad to see people go. So I will refuse to say good-bye. Instead, until next we meet…
    cd :O)

    1. Hey Chris,
      Thanks for the support and kind words. Maybe not a complete goodbye, we’ll see. The PF community has so much to offer, we will certainly dip in and out here and there. So long!

  9. I’m going to miss you and, like others have commented above, hope to hear from you again someday soon.
    I also wholeheartedly understand and respect your decision. Yay for you for thinking deeply on your values and priorities and putting those thoughts into action doing what’s right for your family. Cheers and best wishes to all of you PIEs large and small.

    1. Thank you for the support, it means a lot to us. We’ll be around a little here and there, cant go cold turkey on this awesome community!

  10. Oh 🙁 I completely understand why you have made this decision, PIEs. I would do the same thing in your shoes.

    As much as I love reading your words and sharing in your journey, the point of your journey is to spend more time with your family. So it’d be counter-intuitive not to do that now.

    Good luck, have a great life! Please do come back occasionally 🙂

    From your Australian friends,
    Tristan & Jasmin

    1. Thank you for the understanding. You guys were one of the very first to come and comment on our fledgling site, and we are very appreciative of that. All the best to the both of you in your journey. You’ll see us around a little, it’s impossible to let go completely from this awesome community

  11. So sorry to hear this news, I’ve greatly enjoyed getting to know you fine folks. You’ve been a blessing to the blogosphere and I’ve loved the interaction on this site and the great comments you’ve left on mine. I certainly admire you putting family first. Family is precious and you have your priorities in the right order!

    I second PoF and Libre’s comments above. Poke your heads out from time to time to say hi! And perhaps you’ll find more time available in retirement.

    Best of luck to you and your family! You’ll be missed!

    -JW and Lucy

    1. Aw, you guys are the best. Thanks for the kind words. We’ll be around every now and again. We will of course still be reading and sticking our opinions into our favorite sites!

  12. I’m so sorry to hear that but I can completely understand the decision to spend more time with your kids. But to be sure, I’m not just seconding the suggestion from PoF and others above. I think we need a **petition** to keep you two around. Keep the blog open and just take a hiatus! All of your subscribers will be back in 2018!
    Either way, I hope we stay in touch. I always enjoyed your insights here and when you commented on other blogs, including mine. You were the first to include me in your blogroll (PoF was the second!). I can’t thank you enough for that!
    Best of luck!
    Big ERN

    1. Thanks ERN, we have both learned so much from your fine site and are very much appreciative of that. We’ll be around here and there, maybe and extended hiatus, we’ll see. As for a petition, well, your kind thoughts have made us smile!

    1. Thanks so much for the kind words. I’m sure we’ll pop our heads up here and there, and we’ll continue to read and add our two cents here and there!

  13. I’m shocked! But I totally understand. This “thing” called blogging can be consuming. Family first. I’m sure you’ve thought it over and I have no doubt you’re making the right decision.

    I’ll miss your blog but I’ll miss your comments even more. Best of luck to you and Mrs. Pie.

    1. Thanks so much for the support. Is very, very much appreciated. You’ll see one or both of us from time to time. Of course we’ll still be reading our favorite sites, and adding our two cents here and there

  14. I completely agree with your reasoning…we both work full time and have 2 kids (5 and 2) that take up a lot of our time. I don’t post regularly on my site because of it, I try at least 2 posts a month in the form of updates for now.

    Good luck on the rest of your journey to FI and have fun with those kiddos!

    – Chad

    1. Chad,

      Thanks for swinging by and the understanding. Greatly appreciated! You guys know how hard it is to fit in blogging with young ones. I get it completely the frequency of your posting and format.

      We will be posting sporadically until we are ready to jump back in and hope to stay very connected with this awesome community through those occasional posts as well as Twitter.

      Cheers.

      Mr. PIE.

    1. Thankyou for the support! We will try to post some periodic updates and will aim to keep commenting around on the many great blogs out there.

  15. Kudos to take this intentional decision and putting what you value most on the first place.

    I totally understand: I face a similar situation
    That is why I publish less and comment less. I still try to read as much as possible.

    I do hope the comments encourage you to take a break rather than a hard stop. Why? I really enjoy reading blogs of people a few years ahead of me. I enjoyed learning from your viewpoints.

    1. Hello ATL,

      Thankyou for the understanding. We wish our work situations were lighter, but we don’t have that much longer to push through to the FIRE line. Glad that you could take something from our little blog. We’ll continue to follow your progress and be rooting for you and your family.

      All the best.

  16. Goodbye Mr and Mrs Pie:

    Sorry to see you leave, but I completely understand. It’s not easy balancing blogging with other activities.

    I’ve enjoyed sharing a little part of my life and hearing about yours.

    Hopefully, we’ll see you stop in every now and then to check up.

    Good luck.

  17. Well Team P.I.E.-sorry to see you go. You quickly have become one of my favorite FIRE blogs. Your reasoning is completely understandable. I hope you do indeed escape the “Phunny Pharm” sooner rather than later. Take good care…hope to see you around.

    1. Jon,

      Thank you for being a follower and fan. When we set out, we always said if we could make a handful of folks interested in our writing, we’d be happy campers. So a message like this makes us smile a lot.

      We indeed are eager to escape our respective Phunny Pharms and will post sporadically to let people know how we are doing. Once we escape and have more free time, we will jump right back into the blogging world which we enjoy so much.

      All the best,

      Dr. and Mrs. PIE

  18. Team PIE,
    I’ve been following along with the blog recently and really enjoy reading. I rarely comment on blogs and tend to binge read a few posts at a time for the blogs I like for the same time constraint reasons you site. I went through a very similar phase about a year and a half ago, which I wrote about here if interested. http://eatthefinancialelephant.com/less-but-better/
    Since then I just write what and when I want which is really the whole point of this FIRE thing anyway right? Take some time, find your bearings, recharge your batteries and you never know. Whatever you decide, nothing but my best to you and the family (and congrats for putting that first)!
    Cheers!
    EE

    1. Thanks for the great thoughts EE. I really like the “less but better” concept. Right now we are “Less blog, but better. More family, lots better” . As we mentioned above we will do some periodic updates and keep the blog alive until we have more time to devote to it.

      Thanks for swinging by and following our little blog.

    1. Thanks Mr. FS. You’ll see us around on your blog for sure and twitter and also with some periodic updates here. Perhaps bimonthly or when we have enough time to write something solid.

      All the best to you!

  19. I understand that”pulled in 4 directions” feeling and like you, if I felt the same, I’d choose to shelve the blog for a while too. Family, work, most things would take precedence over maintaining ablog, especially if it’s not fun anymore and is now a stressor. Yipe! It’s great you’re going to keep it up and maybe occasionally post, but I understand the overwhelmingness of all of the commitments.

    Like EE mentioned above, I went thru the same sort of PF burnout, blog burnout, whatever you want to call it. So, if I don’t get a post out one week, Meh… No biggie. Honestly, it’s not like we’re super analyzing our traffic and working to drive that up for income from ads or what not, so what’s the big deal? Nothing from my standpoint. 🙂

    I hope you guys get the break you need and if the blog goes away, so be it, it was enjoyed while it was here. And it will be missed. Thanks for the great reads, and you’re still coming to FinCon right? Right? 🙂

    Oh, and sorry for the late delay on the comment, I um, well, got locked out of my WP account on my home computer… Hahahaha…

    1. Hey, thanks a lot Mr. SSC.

      We appreciate the kind words. We intend to post on a periodic basis and keep the blog alive. We think that best balances our desire to blog, which we really enjoy doing, while spending more weekend time with the boys. It was kinda funny that we got a massive view count with the post. It floored us to be honest and we were gobsmacked to use a British phrase.

      I will make a decision about FinCon early next year and if I can make it, look forward to meeting up with you.

      You are not the only one who has WordPress issues. We had all sorts of problems with incompatible plugins a few months ago. Very annoying.

      All the best

      Mr PIE

  20. Good luck! It’s tough to blog, work full time, and be a parent. You can do it for a while, but you’ll run yourself ragged. Hopefully, you’ll be able to get back to it someday.

    1. Thanks Joe for swinging by. Our work and family life just go too too busy. We have since put up an end of 2016 review post and also will endeavor to post periodically. We love doing this stuff but family and work (for now) priorities are at the top. Not long though until we are done in the summer of 2018!!

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