April 26, 2013

Something's Gotta Give.....

I wanted to you you readers a quick heads up about something.  I've been thinking about my life and blog a lot lately and where I want things to go.  And I've made some decisions.

You see, I feel like I've been spreading myself way too thin in the past couple of months.  I've allowed too many things to be put on my plate and I'm not doing any of them as well as I'd like to.  That means something has to give.

I heard a phrase years ago that stuck with me.  It said, "A good woman knows her limits."  I know that I can't handle everything right now.  I'm exhausted from the pregnancy.  I'm trying to blog.  I have a lot of responsibilities at church.  I'm trying to cook whole foods and make pretty much everything from scratch for our family.  I'm trying to be a good wife and mom and......I had a real breakdown about it all this morning.


So?  What does all this blabbering mean?  I've decided that I'm going to take the summer off of blogging.  June through August you won't find a new post here.  I want to really appreciate and savor the birth of what will probably be our last child.  I want to be a good mom to my two boys and not feel like I'm going to snap any second.  I want to sit in the backyard and watch my boys play.  I want to just take more time to appreciate all I've been given rather than worrying about all I have to do.

While the blogging has been a huge blessing in my life, it also can be kind of stressful.  I have hundreds of unanswered emails in my inbox right now and that truly weighs on me.  I read about how to promote my blog through all the social media channels and it makes me feel like there is no possible way to keep up with that.  I don't have that to give.  There are more important things in my life.  In 2012 I started to run ads on here and make some money.  It was really helpful to our family during some hard times.  While it was helpful to have made some money blogging, I don't want that to govern the way I spend my time.  I don't want to worry about page views.  I want to worry about being more patient with my boys.

I thought about different ways to keep things going here, like guest posts or contributors but every time I've tried to conceive a way for blogging to take less time it takes more.  And the idea of taking off the summer makes me feel a huge release.  I don't do things half way.  It's not in my nature.  I tried slowing down my blogging speed, but it just doesn't work for me.  I'm kind of all or nothing.

At the end of the summer I figure I'll reevaluate things and decide if I'm ready to come back or if I'm just done.  For now I plan on posting through May and I have some fun projects to share, but that's all I can promise for now.


If you want to have updates on regular life, I'll still be on Instagram (@mommaroars) through the summer but that's about it.  I just wanted to give you all a heads up so that I'm not randomly leaving you hanging come the end of May.

Thank you for your kindness and support and your understanding.  I have been so lucky to have you visit here for so long.  See you tomorrow.

93 comments:

  1. You will be missed! But it's actually kind of nice to hear you're not super mom after-all and just a regular mom like me :)There is nothing like those first few months - enjoy the growth of your family, the shift in your daily life, and every precious moment with your new little one.

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  2. Enjoy your summer! I'll still be here when you come back! :)

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  3. What a great decision for yourself and your family! It takes a lot of courage to make the move that is best for you, when you want to (or feel the pressure to) do everything. I hope to see you back in fall, but if that's not best for you, then that's okay! Blessings on your new baby and enjoy the time with your boys! Love and prayers!

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  4. Good for you. I was just wondering yesterday, when I saw your self portrait, how you do it all. Pregnancy kills me and I couldn't keep things going. Turns out, I loved not having the pressure to post. I have my moments where I wish I was part of the blog scene, but like to tell myself I could be there if I wanted. I chose to be sane and with my family. You will surely be missed, I feel like I gain so much from you and your posts. Thanks for all the great inspiration.

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  5. Enjoy your summer and your baby birth! While I hope you'll post a couple of baby picture and the completed (is any room every complete?) nursery- I understand wanting to just be DONE for awhile! Good luck with everything. We all have our limits and our break-down days. Enjoying your boys and this new baby is so much more important than keeping up on a (very cool) blog! Best wishes!

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  6. Hi Cheri! I just wanted to say that I think you are so smart to do this! I had my third baby last October and I stopped blogging {it was just a personal blog back then} and it felt so good! I started back up again when my daughter was 3 months, but the time with my new baby and my other two kids was priceless and I wouldn't have changed it for anything! I have always admired you and your blog {you're one of the major reasons I started a blog of my own....and one of the reasons that my husband and I are loving White Collar based on your recommendation :)} so you will definitely be missed! But that being said, I don't think you'll regret taking it easy for a while! Hope you have a happy summer!

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  7. I'll definitely miss your posts, but I completely understand. I love reading blogs (especially yours), but I can't imagine having to come up with new and interesting stuff to write about daily or even weekly. Everyone needs a vacation, enjoy the summer, and I'll look forward to your posts until it's break time.

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  8. You have to do what is right for you and your family. That is most important. I love reading your blog and I will miss your posts but I also understand. I hope you have a great summer and enjoy your growing family.
    You've given me a lot of great ideas of things to do with my little guy for that I am appreciative.

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  9. Good for you!!! Enjoy!!!!!

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  10. Good for you, for having the courage to take a step back for a season. Sometimes when we take time to regroup, we come back better than ever and with a totally refreshed outlook on things. I wish you many long, sunny, stress-free summer days with your family! : )

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    1. I totally agree!!! good for you-- you will be missed, but we support you all the way! sending relaxing vibes your way.

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  11. Sounds like a fantastic summer awaits!! :)

    Of course you will be missed.

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  12. Thank you for the heads up! I hope it is a very enjoyable summer for you!

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  13. Good For You!! Have a wonderful summer. Already it sounds perfectly ideal. Savor it! I admire you for having the courage to re-prioritize. I wish you and your family the best! :)

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  14. Don't worry about your readers, we will miss you, but obviously your priorities should be with your sweet family. I hope you have a wonderful summer!

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  15. Good for you! There aren't enough people in this world that put family first. Kuddos to you for focusing on the important things in life. :)

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  16. I will miss your posts, but I am glad you'll be enjoying the blessings God has given you! All the best to you and your family.

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  17. I'll miss your posting- but totally understand!! Have a wonderful summer!! :)

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  18. I really honor your commitment to your family and the Gospel. You certainly have your hands full. I hope this is one of the best summers of your life!!

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  19. Have a wonderful summer! I'm sending happy thoughts your way!

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  20. Selfishly, I'm sad I won't get to read your wonderful blog this summer. I look forward to it everyday; it's one of my favorites. But, I hear ya. You have to take care of you. So, have a wonderful summer! Enjoy your adorable kiddos!

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  21. Way to go! You won't be sorry.

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  22. I'm so sad to hear this,but very happy as well. I understand, and agree that your family is a priority. I'm a new stay-at-home mom myself (worked full-time for the past 8 years), and I recently found your blog. I can totally relate to your posts, and have appreciated reading them. I think you are a very talented person, with a lot to share. Come back when you feel you can.

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  23. I have been reading your blog for a few years now and have always enjoyed your ideas and the fact that you keep things real. I am so happy for you with your daughter coming soon and I just wanted to wish you all the best. I hope all goes well with her birth and that you are able to heal and enjoy that wonderful time with your family. Good for you!

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  24. I enjoy reading your blog, and will miss your posts, but I will see you when you come back from your break. After I read your post today, I went over to Pinterest and someone had posted this quote: "You will find that it is necessary to let things go; simply for the reason that they are heavy." Thought it was so appropriate to your situation; right now your blog is "heavy" and weighing you down, so it's time to let it go for awhile. Relax, enjoy your time away and good luck with the new little one :)

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    1. that is said perfectly. ditto!

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  25. I totally agree with you! You have always amazed me in the way you can do so much, but I've been doing some similar thinking as you recently (which prompted me to start to consider leaving teaching a few weeks earlier than the end of the school year and also stay home with the kids in the (hopefully) coming years). You will have an amazing time with your kids and just enjoying family!

    Of course we will miss you, but we wish you all the best :) You're a great momma!

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  26. Good for you, Cheri! I worked right up until days before my baby boy was born and it was exhausting. My hope was to shut the shop down two weeks before that but I got it in my head to make Christmas pajamas and they sold like crazy, so I was rushing like a mad woman to get stuff done. Add in nesting, getting the house ready for guests and prepping for a baby in general and it was just chaos. I should have taken more time but I didn't, and I can't go back and change that now.

    Enjoy the summer with those adorable boys! Hopefully it gives you the clarity you need come August.

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  27. I will miss you, but family always comes first. Enjoy those sweet boys and your little girl! Time goes by way too fast!

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  28. I really enjoy reading your blog, but I'm glad that you decided to take some time off! Enjoy your summer, can't wait to see pictures of the new baby when she arrives!!

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  29. Good for you! I think you have always been honest about things and I value that. You never pretend you are super mom. But you are awesome, and I think you are a go-getter and you will love having the time to just sit and cuddle your baby! We will all be here if/when you come back. We are loyal fans.

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  30. Good for you! I think you have always been honest about things and I value that. You never pretend you are super mom. But you are awesome, and I think you are a go-getter and you will love having the time to just sit and cuddle your baby! We will all be here if/when you come back. We are loyal fans.

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  31. I too will miss you but totally understand and think it is a great idea to take that extended break. I've always wondered how you manage it all.

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  32. Cheri, Ditto to everything everyone else on here has said. I know that it can be difficult to step back from something you love and something that brings such joy to others, but I agree that you'll be happier. Those hours with tiny people are gone all too quickly and it's important to savor that last one as completely as possible. If you come back, awesome. If not, know that you've done a great work here...encouraging, teaching, and loving on fellow mamas. I know you've brightened my days. From the bottom of my heart. THANK YOU and blessings to you and your sweet family.

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  33. Good for you, you should do what feels right, and not what you are feeling pressured to do. BUT....we simply must have some nursery and newborn pictures....so I hope you'll make a little exception and introduce your little girl and all her girly accessories to us before you take your break!!

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  34. Are you kidding me? How dare you suck all us readers in and then leave us hanging!! I mean, really!! HA HA, JUST KIDDING!!! No hate replies please! Honestly, I take my hat off to you and applaud your decision. Of course I will miss you and your lovely family (this blogging reading thing is a weird kind of relationship - I feel like you are an old friend!) but you have got to do what is best for you all. So happy for you and I think you will enjoy the break!

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  35. I just had my 3rd last week and I feel like I'm drowning. I'm not ready to give up blogging, but I cannot really figure out how to fit it in either. Best of luck & enjoy your time with your little one :).

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  36. I think it's awesome that you've decided to take the Summer off! I will terribly miss reading your posts, but those boys (and that precious little girl!) will so appreciate the extra time that you have to give them! I will look forward to fun Insta-shots that I'm sure you will capture this Summer, and to the arrival of your little bundle of joy! You have such a kind heart and I have SO enjoyed your blog! Thank you for the time and effort that you have put into it! You will be missed!! :)

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  37. Good for you and while i love reading your blog I soo understand and applaud what must be a hard decision for you. I have 7 kiddos but #3 really knocked me for a loop and took me almost 2 years before I felt like I had a handle on life again! (#4, 5, 6 &7 were easy peasy lemon squeezy as my little girl would say) You can never reclaim those precious moments with the little people. Congratulations on your soon to be little one and your decision!

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  38. I have a home based business and hav been feeling exactly the same way lately. I truly thank you for your post because it makes me realize that IT'S OK to not want to/ be able to do it all.

    I wish you an amazing summer and all the best for you, your family, and your soon to be new addition!

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  39. While I will really miss your posts, I completely commend you on your decision. I imagine it is very hard to walk away from, but I think you made a decision that matters long-term. So thank you for all your inspiration, both in craftiness and in balancing your life and making hard choices to prioritize. I appreciate it!

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  40. I will miss reading your awesome blog, but family should always win. Have a great summer! I hope you comeback, but if you don't, thanks for the wonderful posts that you've written!

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  41. I will miss your posts so much but am happy that you will get to enjoy your new little one and the rest of your family more fully this summer! Enjoy every moment! Your blog is my favorite to read so if you come back, I'll still be here!

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  42. Proud of you for making that decision. I tried blogging once...I am definitely not cut out for a daily posting! :) Cannot wait to see what you have in store, and I wish you and your family a blissful and relaxing summer!

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  43. You deserve a break! I don't know how you post something every day. It has got to be a lot of work. Have a fun summer, and I hope to see you back this fall. Even if it's just once in a blue moon.

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  44. I def support your decision! you are an awesome woman and mom. Enjoy your summer! <3

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  45. Good for you! Motherhood is so amazing and wonderful. Truly what God gave you time FOR! I love your blog, but three cheers to you. Hope others follow. (but not too many, because where would I get my inspiration?) I wonder how you blogging mommy's do it all. Surely your kids don't nap super long...

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  46. Cheri, I've read you for a few years now and love love love your blog. But more than that I love how real and sincere you are about the things you do. I don't think anyone would ever doubt your sincerity in wanting to take some time for your family, and I think we all whole heartedly support you in that! I only have one baby here with me, but I have stayed home with her for the same reasons you enumerate. I'll very much miss your posts, but I love thinking that you'll be with that precious baby girl and her brothers! God bless you and your family.

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  47. There are days I find myself feeling the same way and I only have one child! I think you are doing the right thing and I wish you only the best as you welcome your third baby into this world! Your children are so lucky to have you as their mommy!

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  48. I've been reading you almost since the very beginning, and I love it! Ad I am so glad you are making a choice to do what is the best for your family. Enjoy lots of fun this summer!!

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  49. You took the words right out of my mouth! I am seriously writing up a post like this for next week. But mine is likely to be a longer hiatus than just the summer.

    I've always been amazed and impressed with the content and frequency of your blog posts. You are a super star! Enjoy the extra time with your boys and that sweet baby to come.

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  50. Good for you! I am actually debating about dropping to posting 3 days a week starting in June. We'll see! I am kind of in the same position of something has got to give! I have dropped a few things off of my plate thankfully so we will see! I am glad that you are able to see that and know what your limits are. I will still follow faithfully and catch up with your cute little family on Instagram! You are my hero!

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  51. Sounds like a great decision for you and your family - good on you!! Enjoy and try to take it easy! ;)

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  52. Oh wow, what a great decision for you! Best luck with your 3rd baby and I know either way, you'll make the right choice!

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  53. I love you Cheri. I think you are brave, you are strong, and such an inspiration. I wish you the best in your time off. I have to admit. Being able to just be present and not having to rush off to my do list the minute I have a break sounds sublime.

    I wish you the best for you and your new baby girl!

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  54. Good for you for putting what is most important first. I will really miss your posts though since I love love LOVE your blog but I get it. They aren't kids forever and it's best to cherish it while you can. I do hope you let us know when. The little one is born and post a quick picture though! And I will be here if you come back. :)

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  55. Good for you! I will miss seeing your posts, especially if you are done for good. Your blog is one of my very favourites to read and one of the few I faithfully follow. But family comes first! Enjoy your pregnancy and your boys before baby girl gets here. Good luck!

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  56. yes putting family as a priority as well as yourself. It has seemed that you have been taking on quite a lot lately. I hope we will get to see pictures of baby girl for sure.As for Instagram I have not figured it out and hope when I finally do that I will not feel totally stupid for having admitted it.And yes just as the others have admitted, you and those handsome boys will be missed.

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  57. I've always wondered how you do it all with the house, kids and all your awesome projects. I'll miss your posts every evening (india time) Enjoy the break!

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  58. An older lady once told me " the days go slow but the years go fast" it's so true isn't it? Technology is amazing but at the same time there is so much pressure it puts in our lives. Good for you for not only saying what you need but actually putting action to it! I'll miss your blog! Enjoy those newborn moments!!

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  59. Although we will all miss you, go enjoy your family and don't worry about us. We will be here if and when you decide to blog again, but I will miss seeing those cute boys of yours.

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  60. I hope you still post an occasional picture of your kids. That's the only way I can watch them grow from so far away. :0(
    It takes a strong person to know limitations and accept them. You do so much without blogging.
    Good luck next week. :) Have fun.
    Love you.

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  61. Well as much as i know we all will miss u!! I think u r doing a good thing, kids are only young once and it is such a wonderful time u have to treasure it!! :) I do hope u come back because of the diff u have made in my life and the fun things i have gotten to do with my boys because of u, so in all we all love u and ur blog so please do come back but enjoy that new baby and the summer :)

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  62. Good for you, Cheri, that makes so much sense! What doesn't seem to make sense is when suddenly you feel exhausted by sharing what you do in your life and it feels like it is standing in the way of more important things. I have three little boys at home, work part time, we have the urge to make everything from scratch including bread and cake (which is really good at bakeries here in Germany, too ;)), and I sew and want to share my stuff on my blog. I have always wondered how you manage to do all you are doing and I can totally feel with you (I think). Know that I among hundreds thousands of others love and enjoy your blog, marvel at your fantastic ideas and 100% understand your decision. Don't let blogging get in the way of life, especially when you're blogging about life!
    Have a great summer, bleib wie Du bist!
    Wendy

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  63. Take care, Cherie. I've enjoyed following your blog for a number of years now, so I'll miss you. But family and momma's sanity come first. So, enjoy your post-blog life. Will be a relief to just be there in the now, not always thinking about how to turn this into a tutorial, a post, etc. So, enjoy that growing family of yours. I wish you all the very best and God bless.

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  64. WOOHOOO for you!! I'm happy for you letting yourself take a break! This is a fantastic blog and you are a fantastic, AMAZING person - I'm sure everything will work out great, whether you keep blogging in the future or not!
    Best wishes and much love!
    Bree Heaton :)

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  65. Good for you! I'm sure this was scary to post. You will most certainly be missed (I know that you, Young House Love, and Girls Gone Child are my three blogs I always check no matter what), but this is just a blog. Your health, and your family are waaaaaay more important.

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  66. Cheri I love what you do and love what you bring to the blogging world, but I 100 percent understand what you need to do right now. Enjoy your new baby girl and your darling boys! I'll miss you and hope someday to see you back in blog land! Thank you so much for all you've done. You truly are an inspiring person. I wish I could be a real life friend! Ok, now I kind of sound like a stalker. I should stop now! But thank you!

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  67. Aww man, I will be so sad if you dont come back but understand. Life is the reason I have never been able to maintain a blog... Hope we get to see the baby. Best wishes for you and your family.

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  68. Good for you Cheri! I know that my posts will be very few and far between after our baby is here, especially since we'll most likely be building. I'll be a basket case if I try to keep blogging. But I think you have made a terrific decision. Slowing down works for me for now, but we'll see once baby is here! Best of luck and enjoy that little baby and your summer. Hopefully we'll still be in touch now and again:).

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  69. Well I will miss you, but applaud your decision. One of my favorite things about you has been your commitment to your family! I'll have to follow you on Instagram so I can see the new baby.

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  70. I think that's a fab decision, and I (and all your readers) will be right here when you get back! Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy your summer-- and thank you very much for all that you've given us.

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  71. I will miss your posts! (Thanks for putting the summer/mommy school ideas up early!!!) Enjoy your family, and follow your heart.

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  72. You will be missed, but the true definition of friendship is that true friends dont hold hands everyday, but they know that those hands are always there when you reach out again. ou need to do what is right for you, and taking the time to just enjoy every breath of your new baby, and the process of going from a family of 4 to a family of 5, that will be priceless. You have inspired so many, and for me - you have returned me to my creative side - which I had switched off and turned my back on for so long. I was completely over awed when I had sent you a email trying to find one of your old posts and you responded - it was like receiving an email from a celebrity! Following your journey, inspiring me to be creative again, has allowed me to find a joy I had been missing, it has allowed me to dare to dream again, and have to guts to start to do something about those dreams. I have two boys - so to have a place to find boy craft was fantastic, and then to start to follow your posts - well you are one hell of an amazing person, and I am thankful for the time you have spent blogging. Now it is time for you, and I wish you every happiness, and thankyou from the bottom of my heart for starting a blog in the first place.

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  73. Will you please just promise to post 1 picture of sweet Elsa when she is born? Pretty please? =)

    Enjoy your summer with your beautiful family -best wishes!

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  74. Good for you, Cheri - you deserve this time for you! Wishing you lots of sunshine and giggles this summer and a healthy delivery!

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  75. ah. i don't know what to say. i'm sad. and happy. but sad. and jealous! lol! i hope you enjoy your break with your adorable kids and good luck with everything! we love you cheri!

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  76. I read your blog every day, but I have never commented. I am proud of you for knowing your limits and knowing your priorities, but I want you to know you will be missed. You are so creative and fun and I have loved following you. If I don't see you back in September, good luck with the new little girl! Just please let us know her name! Not sure why, but I love knowing what people name their babies :-)

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  77. I've been following your blog for a few months now and have enjoyed every second of it! You are quite right in putting what's most important first! The simple fact that you felt relieved once you'd decided to stop blogging for the summer means that it's the right choice! I hope you have a wonderful, joy filled summer! A healthy baby girl and tons of fun with your boys! I will keep an eye out for any more posts after summertime! I do hope you leave it up though! There are so many wonderful ideas that I want to use someday (when I have kids!!) Take care! Bella xx

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  78. I will miss you, because you're the only blog I check everyday without fail. When you were explaining all the things you have going on, and then that you were going to take the summer off from blogging---I felt relief for you! I thought, "Oh good! This woman will get a break from something." I thought about just the fact that you are changing how you cook and eat---while pregnant---and that alone would make me crazy. When I had my first baby a year ago, I took several months off from blogging---because I just didn't care. I couldn't keep my baby fed and my house running let alone blog about it all! I blog about once every couple weeks now, and that's fine for me. I have very few followers so it works. Look at Disney over at Ruffles and Stuff, it totally works for her and she has a large blog like you.
    I hope you have a fantastic summer. I do hope that you'll let us know when your baby comes though so I don't worry about you! (Even if it's a quick picture and a "she's here! We're tired, goodbye!" post. :) Best of luck with everything!

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  79. Good for you, Cheri! I'm sure it was a difficult decision, but your mental/emotional health and your family definitely need to come first. I hope you'll post a pic of your new one!

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  80. I can't add anything because everybody said it so well. I just wish you joy and happiness with your babygirl and your beautiful family. You'll be miss even in France!

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  81. Since we don't get 'do-overs', you should enjoy every second with your precious newborn and little guys and the blog will be there when you are ready. When I had my daughter & almost 4 year old son, it was the best summer of my life. My husband was able to take 3 months off of work and I was able to take 3 months off of work and we enjoyed every moment. We tried not to make any commitments so we could just enjoy it. Fabulous memories that I will never forget. You will never regret taking this time off for your family. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!

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  82. Good for you! We all need to slow things down once in awhile, and it is certainly not failure to do just that. Enjoy your time off..you'll be missed!

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  83. Your blog has been one of my favorites for a long time because I also have two little boys and I've enjoyed your creative ideas and insights so much. You are one amazing and creative mama! I've wished many times that I could be more like you. :) Selfishly, I'm hoping that your blog is not done for good but if so you will feel it in your heart that it's time to let it go. Oprah said some really interesting things recently about knowing when it's time to leave a project and there's a lot of wisdom and courage in knowing when to walk away. I wish you all the best and applaud you for putting first things first. ((Hugs!!!))

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  84. Good for you Cheri! I have total respect for your decision to prioritise the important parts of your life. Your family are so lucky you have the presence of mind to keep shifting back to them. xx

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  85. Moderation is so important! Good Luck finding a healthy balance, i know you can do it. I do expect baby pics tho :)

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  86. The fact that you can make a hard decision to benefit your family says alot. You can never get these years back with your children, savor them now. As much as I would have liked to grow blog, I always knew I couldn't dedicate myself. It is more for fun. I will be sure to follow you now in Instagram to see your beau new baby!

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  87. Best of luck to you! I hope you find some calm before your new baby comes. I've been blogging for myself, friends and family for over 5 years now, but recently have tried to really make it take off. It IS a lot of worry and it's kind of on your mind A-LOT so I sooo get it. Enjoy your time off and thanks for all of the inspiration along the way!

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  88. This is brilliant. Good for you! You will love the break. And I hear you on so many accounts. I'm so excited about your new baby! Yay!

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  89. You go girl! In this world of super-accomplished women it's easy to feel pressured to achieve or inadequate if you don't. I admire for being courageous to stand up and say, enough is enough! I have sen friends run into serious health problems for not being able to say no, fro feeling they have to be the super mom, wife, handle responsibilities at church, work and home. I tough I was the one out for thinking differently, knowing my limits and choosing priorities on which to spend my energy! Thank you for this post, it helped me realize I am not the only one out there!

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