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There are other changes as well.

Why? Well, the world has changed. And change with it, we must. The lyrics to "We Go On" for IllumiNations say it best:

We go on to the joy and through the tears
We go on to discover new frontiers
Moving on with the current of the years.
We go on
Moving forward now as one
Moving on with a spirit born to run
Ever on with each rising sun.
To a new day, we go on.

It's time to move on and move forward.

PassPorter is a small business, and for many years it supported our family. But the world changed, print books took a backseat to the Internet, and for a long time now it has been unable to make ends meet. We've had to find new ways to support our family, which means new careers and less and less time available to devote to our first baby, PassPorter.

But eventually, we must move on and move forward. It is the right thing to do.

So we are retiring this newsletter, as we simply cannot keep up with it. Many thanks to Mouse Fan Travel who supported it all these years, to All Ears and MousePlanet who helped us with news, to our many article contributors, and -- most importantly -- to Sara Varney who edited our newsletter so wonderfully for years and years.

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Thank you, thank you, thank you for your amazing support over the years. Without you, there's no way us little guys could have made something like this happen and given the "big guys" a run for their money. PassPorter was consistently the #3 guidebook after the Unofficial and Official guides, which was really unheard of for such a small company to do. We ROCKED it thanks to you and your support and love!

If you miss us, you can still find some of us online. Sara started a new blog at DisneyParkPrincess.com -- I strongly urge you to visit and get on her mailing list. She IS the Disney park princess and knows Disney backward and forward. And I am blogging as well at JenniferMaker.com, which is a little craft blog I started a couple of years ago to make ends meet. You can see and hear me in my craft show at https://www.youtube.com/c/jennifermaker . Many PassPorter readers and fans are on Facebook, in groups they formed like the PassPorter Trip Reports and PassPorter Crafting Challenge (if you join, just let them know you read about it in the newsletter). And some of our most devoted community members started a forum of their own at Pixie Dust Lane and all are invited over.

So we encourage you to stay in touch with us and your fellow community members wherever works best for you!

Best wishes for a wonderful and magical new year!

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My new self and my new health!!!

Posted 02-22-2010 at 06:53 AM by MaryEL8775 (Life as a Single Mom and surviving Divorce...)
I am starting this blog to give my life a new perspective. I am almost 300 lbs and don't want to hit over 300. I want to be around for along time and be here for my 2 wonderful children.

Let me start by saying that they are not happy about some of the changes to our house.

Biggest change: NO MORE SODA!!!!!!!

Oh yeah they are not happy about this. And from now on when we go out if they want soda they can have caffeine free soda or just get juice or milk....
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What do you do?

Posted 10-23-2009 at 07:34 AM by MaryEL8775 (Life as a Single Mom and surviving Divorce...)
What do you do when you love someone so much that you stand by and watch them hurt themselves by not taking care of themselves at all. To the point where they don't take their meds, they are awake ALL hours of the night and spend 24 hours a day on the computer.

Then they land in the hospital in ICU and almost die due to respiratory failure. But yet they wake up from it and then survive to get moved to a private room, first thing they ask for is this D*MN computer. Do you take it to...
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I survived Open House and being in a building with my ex!!!

Posted 09-17-2009 at 08:32 PM by MaryEL8775 (Life as a Single Mom and surviving Divorce...)
Well open house started off quite nicely til I saw my ex walk thru the door. He pretty much ignored me as we were selling 50/50 raffles and bake sale items for the PTO. He took DS to see his teacher and took what seemed like forever, then he comes over to me and throws an envelope at me and tells me to DEAL with it. Then he takes DD off to see her teachers and ends up embarrassing her. Well that doesn't fly with me. So finally I get a chance to go see DS's teacher and she is amazing, really nice...
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Open House???

Posted 09-17-2009 at 05:56 AM by MaryEL8775 (Life as a Single Mom and surviving Divorce...)
Do you attend your kids open house? How supportive of your child(ren)'s school are you?

Well today I ask these questions because, I am now the school PTO President. Tonight we have our Open House and I have to be front and center in the midst of EVERYTHING. I have to find time to visit my children's classrooms and their teachers, while mingling amongst everyone else.

Because of open house however, the kids have a half day of school today. So I have to get the van in for...
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Did you ever???

Posted 09-15-2009 at 11:49 PM by MaryEL8775 (Life as a Single Mom and surviving Divorce...)
Did you ever have one of those days where nothing seems to go right? Where no matter what you do, you can't seem to do anything right or please anyone?

Well a lot of my days seem like that. I wake up and wonder, "Is today going to get any better? Are the kids actually going to get along today?" Then I go and take a peek at my sleeping angels before I wake them up for school and remember that all of this that I am doing is for them and that I love them very much.
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