My Oopsey Daisy Journey

I hope you enjoyed a very Happy Mother's Day!

Mother's Day was a beautiful day for our family!  It gave me the perfect opportunity to put things in perspective and make some important decisions for me and my family.  This is a post I have considered for a very long time. So today's post is all about keepin' it real.

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What Blogging Means For This Mama

All I have ever wanted is to be a Mother.  Little Man is everything I could have ever wanted in a little boy.  He is sweet, compassionate, patient, and bright!

But for a very long time, we have been trying to grow our little family.  I know that our struggle with infertility is not unusual.  So many incredible families wait and wait--hoping to experience the miracle that is a brand new baby.  About 6 weeks ago, we were given the devastating news that our chances of having another child were very, very slim.  There is very little that the doctors can do, so they offered very little hope.  At first, my world seemed to crumble all around me. After weeks of prayers, I feel at peace.  All we can do is wait and hope!  I am learning faith, patience, and a whole host of new virtues all at once!  Of course we will never give up in our hopes for bringing another baby into the world.

My very first reaction to our news was:  "This is could be my only chance!  I've got to make every.single.moment.count!"  Little Man is already 3 years old.  He is growing up so fast that some nights when I put him to bed, I can't help but blubber.  He is such a good boy, and I can't believe he can talk and walk and go potty and spell his name and recite 15 brands of vacuums off the top of his head.  He is an awesome kid.  But I'm not doing enough as his Mom.  This might just be my only chance to be a Mom!

Oopsey Daisy has become a fulltime job for me.  (Crazy, right?!) The problem is.... Being a Mommy is also a fulltime job.  I simply can't be the best at both jobs--I've tried.  I either fail at being a Mom and succeed at being a blogger or vice versa.  I can't afford to fail at being a Mama!  This might be my only chance.

So from here on out, I am choosing to be a Mom.  And I am thrilled about it!

Our family has chatted about this option for months.  We are incredibly excited about what this means for our family.  I can now go to bed with my husband.  (And I might just get a full night's sleep!)  Instead of shooing my boys out of my way on the weekends so I can complete crafts, we might just go hiking.  Or play t-ball together.  And guess what?!  I think I'll start cooking dinner every night.  This is huge!  But from now on, family comes first.  Blogging will take a back seat.

But....

Blogging is a blessing.

I don't know if I can really explain this, but I need to blog.  When I began Oopsey Daisy, I was a brand new Mommy (and often a "single Mom" when the Mister traveled every week), and I needed a creative outlet just for me.  The blogging community became a second family to me.  I can never thank you enough for welcoming me into the blogging world.  You will never know what your support--a kind comment or e-mail, a retweet, or a "like" on Facebook--has done for me!  So thank you!  Creative blogging is my own therapy!

Of course blogging has changed a lot over the last 2 1/2 years.  There have been lots of exciting changes for sure.  But the one thing I do miss is the personal connection.   The truth is that I spend 3-4 hours editing pictures and writing a craft tutorial, staying up until about 2 AM on average.  Although I see my posts stumbled, tweeted, and pinned I actually receive very few comments.  Of course seeing my posts on social media is thrilling. I absolutely appreciate the love!  But I truly miss the positive feedback and the personal outreach.

I have always felt that blogging is a strange sort of "calling."  I have no idea why I feel compelled to share my ideas.  But I do!  I have an inexplicable desire to share the few things that I know and that work for me.  I love hearing from readers and sharing experiences!  One of the most inspiring parts of my blogging adventure has been meeting other real-life bloggers.  They all feel that same desire to share their creative journeys, and it brings us together.  I love that!   Some of my closest friends are blogging friends. We have an unexplainable bond.  I hope that never changes.  For me, blogging is all about the friendships.

Please stick with me!

I hope you'll continue to read Oopsey Daisy!  I might post 3 times a week or 3 times a month!  Who knows?!  But taking the pressure out of blogging means it will be 100% fun.  YAY for fun!  Here is what I'll be blogging about:

* I am passionate about Mommy School and sharing my Mommy School packets with you.  Now I'll have more time to dedicate to Mommy School.  So if you're a Mommy School fan, stick around!

* I have a whole house that needs decorating!  I can't wait to share my adventures with you.  I know nothing about decorating, my friends.  But I have tons of ideas and can't wait to get started!  I have an entire entry way that is 100% empty.  Yikes!  It's a blank slate just waiting to be painted.

* Besides a few "business" obligations I have already committed to, I will be blogging purely for pleasure!  I feel like I'll only be sharing the "good stuff" with you from now on.  No more manufactured posts.  I will be blogging authentically.

 

The truth is:  I am excited.

Starting today, I will live first and blog second.  Instead of the other way around.

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Comments

  1. Alison,
    You are one of the most thoughtful and kind bloggers around and we wish you all of the happiness in the world! We will be right here waiting to see all of the new and wonderful things you will be up to in the weeks ahead with your family!

    Take care,
    Trish and Bonnie
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  2. Cara says:

    I am so sorry to hear about the news you have received from your doctor. I hope that they are wrong. It seems to me that your heart is in the right place and that being a mommy is not something you take for granted. I have dealt with infertility (although one would not know it now!) we tried for 4 1/2 years or so to get pregnant with our first and then had a miscarriage. I was truly devastated. For all I knew that was “it”. Thankfully a little over a year later I gave birth to our first daughter. Don’t give up hope! You never know what God has in store for you….

  3. Kelli says:

    Good for you, Alison! My sister and her husband have also been struggling with infertility for the last few years. I have a much greater understanding of how you’re feeling now that I’ve shared in my sister’s experience. Enjoy each day of your life with your little man! We’ll be here when you want to share and understand when you don’t. But remember that no matter what, we all fail in this life, so days when you feel less than successful as a Momma or a blogger or both, remember that we all feel that way. My blogging has been hit or miss all spring because of school and tball/softball commitments and I am okay with that because I know that my sewing machine and all of my fabrics will be here well after my kids are grown and have a new house to go home to each night. For now, I’ll do the best I can with what God gives me and rejoice in my blessings. :)
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  4. Heather says:

    I am a HUGE Mommy School fan! I will for sure stick with you, even if you only post once a year. :) My heart is heavy for you and I will be praying for you to find peace with your pregnancy journey. I’m glad you know what is important… enjoy every single second with your little guy and husband and don’t worry about the blog. Boys are so much fun (I live with 5 of them). Blessings to your family!

  5. Jackie says:

    It sounds like you have your priorites right where they should be. I can’t wait to see more of your posts if it is once a week or once a month. Your family should always come first. Enjoy!

  6. Brooke Hedin says:

    I am truly so sorry about the news you heard. I hope you may continue to receive comfort through the spirit. I think it is so neat that even though you received discouraging news, it made you stronger. You made a choice to be a better mother. What a great example you are. I truly wish you the best while you take longer breaks from blogging. I know you will enjoy those moments you spend with your family.

  7. Sarah says:

    Awww, I’ve been a reader of yours for a while and have never commented – sending some love your way now :)

    I just wanted to say that I loved your post. I too have been struggling with how much time I devote to my compulsory creative outlet (sewing) and how much time I devote to mothering. I see others online doing great things and growing their little online shops from strength to strength but I find that if I put too much time in out in my sewing room that it just plain old sucks all the fun out of it with feral kids to boot. I need to keep reminding myself that mothering comes first in my book too.

    I also wanted to say something about why we worry about doing what is right for ourselves at a particular point in time. I keep telling myself that noone else is going to be in my corner batting for what’s right for me if I don’t do it for myself first. I think it takes great courage to stand up and make changes in your life so well done you and I hope all the love and happiness you desire comes your way. I’ll be reading with interest along the way.
    sarah x
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  8. Karyn says:

    Hi Alison! I commend you on your decision! I absolutely think you are doing the right thing for your family! I love your blog and will continue to follow you no matter how seldom or often you post. :-). I wish you well on your new adventures with Little Man and decorating your new home!

  9. Becca says:

    Oh, you sweet thing! I just love your blog and will continue to follow you…no matter how many posts you post! I will also be keeping your family in my prayers. I never struggled with getting pregnant, but I have struggled with staying pregnant. I too have a 3 year old and know the desire to have another child and to give my sweet girl a sibling. Don’t ever give up hope :) God is so much bigger than our circumstances. He revealed this to me last December when I found out I was pregnant. I am now 26 weeks pregnant with a little girl whom we have chosen to name Hope. Anything is possible and I will pray another little life will enter your family!

  10. Loved this post!! Mothering is such HUGE responsibility and it’s so hard to balance everything. I am so blessed to be a SAHM, but I do struggle to balance wife, mother, Etsy shop, piano teacher, church involvement, etc… :) And regardless of how many children, we only get one chance with each child. Opportunities come and go and usually come around again, but stages of relationship and life do not. Enjoy your extra time with your family – that is “no regrets” decision for sure!! ♥

  11. I echo what everyone else has said. I’ve always appreciated the personal touch you have brought to the craft blog world. I’ll read your blog whether it’s once a week or once a month. Thanks for sharing your struggles and thoughts. I hope you are able to add to your family! Sending prayers your way. My “baby” is 2 1/2, and what you said about your son echoes how I feel about mine, and watching him grow up makes me want to grab every moment I can with him. Good luck in all your endeavors!
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  12. Also, not sure why I wasn’t familiar with your Mommy School packets, but WOW!! Those are amazing and my kiddos will love them! Thanks for sharing!!!
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  13. Elizabeth P. says:

    I’m excited for you Alison! I personally know that choosing motherhood over blogging is such a hard decision to make. I made it over a year ago with Ucreate with Kids. I kept feeling the need to simplify my life (based on a general conference talk by Uctdorf–Of Things That Matter Most). I knew that in the eternal scheme of things, I wouldn’t regret choosing my family first, but I would regret not doing so. Kids grow up so fast and now is the time they need us most. I’m so sorry to hear what the doctor told you. Seeing friends and family experience the same news, I have a glimpse of just how hard that is to bear, but don’t give up on your family. Miracles happen and things seem to always work out in the end. It’s the patiently waiting on the Lord that’s hard! Many hugs!

  14. Megan says:

    Good for you! There have been so many changes in blogging in the last little while. I get overwhelmed sometimes just looking through all the blog posts from my favorite bloggers {Oopsey Daisy being among the top of that list} so I can’t even imagine how overwhelmed you creative girls are. I’m really glad that you chose to be a mommy first and put your blog second. I’ll be looking forward to your posts… however far apart they may be! Have fun with your Little Man and hubby :)

  15. First of all – Congratulations on prioritizing and putting your family first! I’m excited for you! I am an avid reader of Oopsey Daisy and will continue to be. It will just make your posts that much more special! Second, I am sorry to hear about your fertility troubles. We have decided not to have any more children and I had a really hard time coming to terms with it. But like you, I have prayed and I feel like it is the best decision for our family. I am finally feeling better about the decision. Cherish every minute with your family! Sending many prayers your way that a miracle happens! Lots of hugs!!
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  16. Julie says:

    Just found this blog today. I’m excited to follow you. I’ve never followed a blog like this before. You seem very real and honest! I have suffered at the hand of infertility too. It can be so cruel. But chin up! I now have FIVE children and, almost more importantly, a very special relationship with God.

  17. Charisa says:

    Congrats on your decision! Enjoy your “new” life!

  18. Katie says:

    I will be praying for you and your family. You are a wonderful mom. Your dedication to your son is obvious on your blog. I enjoy reading the creative things you two do together and then sharing them with my own daughter.

  19. Great post Alison! I love that last part “I am excited” – - you’re awesome!! -
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  20. sarah says:

    Congratulations on your decision! I’ll continue to be excited to see your posts…..fewer and far between will just make it even more special when there is a new one!

  21. Sumo says:

    Oh my friend, first of all, I just want to give you a BIG HUG. I’m so sorry for the struggles you are going through trying to grow your family. I hope things work out in the end, and just know that I am in awe of your amazing attitude! I hope you are hanging in there.

    And second of all, I’m so proud of you for writing this post and making this decision. I have been back and forth about doing this same thing for awhile now. You may have just given me the nudge to do so myself!

    Thanks for being so wonderful. :)
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  22. Jennifer says:

    Allison,
    I am excited for you and your new adventure! I wish you the best of luck. I love Mommy school and I will follow you even if that is the only thing you post! I am back in school for Early Childhood Education and I find that Mommy school has inspired me to try new things with my daughter. She is only 1, but I want to start her early!
    Thanks for being an inspiration to me,
    Jennifer

  23. What a well-written and thoughtful post! I can’t tell you how many times I feel the exact same way that you do. I spend so, sooo much time on posts and promoting them, but I don’t really get a lot of feedback like I used to. There are just too many blogs out there, and I feel like I have to work even harder to do MORE projects to get readers’ attention. My goal lately has been to just do what I can and forget about competing with everyone else.

    Thank you for the encouragement and reminder today that being a Mom is the best job I have! I need to spend more time “Mommying” and less time on the computer!
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  24. Celeste says:

    Well said sis! Looking forward to crafting for fun with you!

  25. Whitney CHild says:

    Can I just say you inspire me? I’ve been reading your blog from the beginning (or nearly so), and the reason I’ve loved it is because you are a mom first. I’m so glad you are going back to that. You are an inspiration to me. I am a working mom (a high school teacher) with a little man just a couple months younger than yours. Your Mommy School packets have helped me so much! It’s so nice to have great activities to do with my son. I also will be sending lots of prayers your way for infertility. My husband and I deal with that as well, and my hope for more children will never go away, but I wonder every day if I will have another one, or if I just get this one chance to be a mom. I think being an LDS mom makes it even harder because there’s such an expectation among women to “multiply”. You are making the right choice, and I will forever follow you. I so preferred the way things were back in the beginning, so I’m happy you’re going back there. Good luck and lots of prayers your way!

  26. jackie says:

    I so understand this post! I miss all of the comments on blogs too – I think Pinterest really has taken away from what blogging was and it makes me sad :-) I’m also glad that you are returning to your “roots” without the manufactured posts. I’d rather see three authentic posts a week . . a month. .. whatever then all of the advertizing stuff :-) I love the post that YOU write about what YOUR are doing and skip the rest, to be honest.
    I also understand that devestating news. My husband and I were told that the likelyhood we would ever have kids was next to zero. Seven years later we had our first son and 14 months later our second. No, it doesn’t work that way for everyone but, as my doctor told me (he was just as shocked as we were that I was pregnant) – doctors are not God; only God can create life.

    Thanks for your honesty – I’ve always been one of your biggest fans!

    • PrazNow says:

      I so heart your post. I am so sick of the manufactured posts all over blogging world. It is just so unpersonal….I use to blog on the regular but too stopped because of the lack of comments and participation. I would put up polls and no one would answer but if your giving something away everybody comes out of the wood work. I don’t feel defeated but I too would have liked more support ( especially commenting).

      And for Allison looking forward to the great things God will do for you/ your family and your bearing fruit. I know soon you will have a great testimony…Thanking God now for your victory..Be sure to give him thanks and praise like it’s already done. That’s the kind of faith you have to have.

  27. Gretchen says:

    Good for you!! Your site is awesome, but being a mom is more important! I am making a similar choice leaving teaching after this year. I will absolutely still follow you and especially Mommy School!

  28. Vickie Beaver says:

    When I got my first laptop after retiring, your blog was one of the first ones I discovered and it quickly became my favorite. In fact, your site is the first one I check each day after reading my emails. I apologize that I’ve never commented before and gave you the encouragement I should have. Last year I started keeping two of my grandchildren plus several other preschoolers so I’ve used your Mommy School material a lot for craft and teaching ideas. Thank you for the time you’ve sacrificed for me and others. I totally understand you wanting to set new priorities. I’ll still be stopping by to check everyday – like the old saying “I’ll take what I can get”.

  29. I’m glad you will still be blogging some but it is totally understandable that you want to be a mom first. I’m so sorry to hear about your baby news. You know I’ve been in that boat. If you ever want to talk about anything and vent, I would be happy to lend an ear!
    I hope that you get to spend lots of quality family time with your boys. Have a blast decorating that new house… I’m totally willing to help you out! ;) Especially if that means we can hang out! Good luck in your new venture dear! Love you!
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  30. What a well written and thoughtful post! I’ve been a reader of yours for over a year now and just love your blog! I’m a huge fan of Mommy School, so I’m looking forward to your posts on that! I also just started blogging as well for a creative outlet, and always try to keep it real by realizing that my job at home first and foremost is mommy.

    I’m praying for you and your family, hoping that you’ll one day be blessed with another miracle. Your little man is too cute for words, so soak it all up while you can! They grow way too fast!
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  31. Alison! Alison! Alison! I am completely and totally in awe of you and this post! This has been my heart for months but instead of choosing what I feel is right, I have struggled with guilt and discontent. I broke my arm right after Christmas and suddenly my blog life came to a halt…and I felt free! My camera filled up with photos of my girls instead of craft after craft. I actually snuggled with my husband and TALKED. Instead of hiding behind my computer editing photos. But now I feel the same all consuming need to blog and it is not what I want. I want to make my family be my focus and blogging a happy hobby…not the other way around. So know that this mama feels closer to you just with this post. Inspired and totally ready for a change. And your infertility…oh how i share your heart with this journey. It is so hard. And I have no idea if God has another little one in store for us but I want to enjoy the family he has given us so far. Thank you for being so courageous with this! I am NOT going anywhere and will rejoice with every post! And I too feel disconnected in blog land. Not as many comments and pinterest seem to make it even harder to encourage others. I’m so impressed with this and look! this is the longest comment I have written in months! YOU ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE FRIEND! Always will be a friend and fan!

  32. Rebekahg says:

    I absolutely love your blog and I look forward to your mommy school packets so much! However, I truly understand your decision! I have 3 year old twin boys and my goal each day is to not only be here with them but “present” in all of these fascinating moments! Enjoy your loving family and may God bless you with another bundle to love! :+)

  33. Desiree says:

    Last year my husband and I came to the same conclusion on me leaving my full time job at a hospital and staying at home with our little girls. It was the best decision we have ever made (besides having our two little miracles)! I am so happy for you and your family. I will still look forward to your posts and am really excited to see more from Mommy School! Take care and enjoy every moment with your little one!

  34. Briana says:

    I will definitely be sticking around and watching for whatever you post! I have always loved reading your blog! Family definitely comes first…
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  35. Erin says:

    Happy Mother’s Day to you. I have been following you for some time and completely agree with your choice to blog less and be a Mom 100%. My two are 14 and 17 yrs (they were just toddlers…really they were) and my blogging only happens when I have time. I decided last year that home life had to come first and everything else just had to take a back seat and I’m very happy with my choice.

    My best to you and prayers that God sends you another Little Man or Little Woman in time.
    Hugs!
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  36. LittleTommysMommy says:

    I share your struggle with infertility. My little man was quite a miracle! Just wanted to tell you to keep the faith and know that all is right, all is meant to be, through God. I completely admire and respect your decision! I’ll stick with ya! God bless you & your family!

  37. Darcie says:

    Alison,
    The Lord has shared with you the path that you and your family needs to take for now. Just remember that things change when we least expect it.
    My husband and I tried for 10 years to have a family. It wasn’t until our close friends adopted their first son that we realized the path we were supposed to be on. At first it didn’t seem like something we could do…love someone else’s child. One day my husband and I were playing with our friends son. My husband said…Now tell me you couldn’t love this little guy! We realized we were ready. We wanted to be parents and it didn’t matter where our child came from.
    Short story; We now have 2 beautiful adopted children and couldn’t love them more if we had created them ourselves. God has His own plans. We believe that before we came into this world, Father had a plan. He gathered two groups of people together to explain this little plan. He said that on earth one group was going to endure the problems associated with unplanned pregnancies; All the pain and heartache of not being able to care for these babies. The second group was going to care for these babies. This group was going to have to endure the stresses caused by infertility. But one day these two groups would be brought together to form a bigger-complete family here on earth and forever in Heaven.
    Maybe this is your path maybe it’s not. But Your Father in Heaven feels your pain and will take care of you. I promise. So for now just enjoy your beautiful little boy and all that a single child offers :-).
    Blessings to you and your family.
    Darcie

  38. Sarah M says:

    I totally get where you are. It’s something that I’ve struggled with myself. I love my family and they are the most important thing to me. But I also love blogging and want it to grow. So I am having to prioritize right now and work my blog in wherever I can. I can’t feel guilty about that. It’s inspiring to me that you feel the same way I do. Now I look at my blog and realize it’s an extension of myself. Not who I am but a part of me, a hobby. Thanks for sharing your heart. I feel that there are a lot more ladies who feel the same way. Have an awesome week and enjoy your precious family!
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  39. Melissa says:

    Hey Alison-

    First I just wanna say how much I love you! I am in tears, reading your post. Thanks for your vulnerability. You are an incredible lady who I really admire! Through all of our own struggles this year, I have really learned that there is a plan for our lives. And I know that even though it can be SO HARD, I keep reminding myself “That God can dream a better dream for us than we can dream for ourselves.” (Oprah). I can see the truthfulness to that during many tender moments of my life lately and I know that you will be blessed and see many blessings to come.

    I am so glad we have been able to stay in touch via blogging and as much as I love it and feel the blessing of blogging, I too have had to surrender at times. I think doing things on your own terms is definitely the way to go!

    You’ll be in our hearts and prayers. You are a kindred spirit and Sommer and I are here praying and rooting for you!
    If we can ever do anything, please let me know!
    Always here for you! ;)
    <3
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  40. Michelle says:

    Hey there,
    I’ll be praying for you for sure (and just to give you some MORE hope – I know TONS of people who have been told they wouldn’t have kids and God has proven them wrong!!)……….I also LOVE the decision you’ve come to in terms of blogging. I haven’t blogged since Christmas and to be honest, don’t miss it at all!!!! What I WAS missing out on though were my boys – I had NO IDEA how much blogging was taking over my life until I stopped. I feel free and am enjoying just doing things for us :-) I’ve also started a family blopg where I can still blog but I don’t feel like I “have to”.
    Can’t wait to hear of your “little Man” adventures!
    Michelle (Musings Of Me)
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  41. Good for you Alison! This was a really wonderful post! I completely understand how easy it can be to get lost in blogland and have the little man take a back seat. This is why I only blog about food, and nothing else. I couldn’t handle doing everything else! I’m cooking dinner anyways, right? Might as well take a little picture and blog about it during naptime :) But, I’m totally with you, girl. Little man first, blogland second. Good luck with everything, and thanks for your cute comments, and for being such a doll!
    -Mandy
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  42. Whitney says:

    i am so happy for the decision you have made. i know that you will not regret it in the least. i will definitely stick around for the times you do post, but completely admire your new goal to ‘live first’. keep up the great work!

  43. stephanie w says:

    oh alison! i am so sorry about the news from your doctor. i admire so much your courage to do what you know is right for your family. little man is SO lucky to have you as his mom! and can i just say, you have some amazing readers! i have gotten teary reading some of the comments. it was so fun seeing you last week! i can’t wait for another play date to watch our little men play together. my thoughts and prayers and with you guys.
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  44. Catherine says:

    I’m not a “professional” blogger like you, so when I made the same decision during this last pregnancy — for my blog to complement, not control, my life — it affected far fewer people. So I applaud you for doing it! Way to go! We’ll be here. :)
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  45. Carly says:

    You are a great example of what is most important in life. Thank you for showing all of us how important it is to be a mother and make it a priority. Best of luck to you and I will continue to check in whenever you decide to post.

  46. Tiffany says:

    Look at all these comments, girl! YOU ARE LOVED by so many! Me included.
    This post equally made my heart sink for you. I too, like many who have commented already, once struggled with infertility disease and can now happily say that it’s in my past. It was a miracle. I will pray and hope for the best for you. I admire your decision to focus on your little guy! You are a remarkable woman!
    BIG hugs, my friend!

  47. Kara says:

    Oh Alison, I am so sorry about the sad news from your doctor. I wish I could just fly over and give you a hug and a shoulder to cry on. I think that you are an amazing mom, and an amazing person. I feel blessed to have you as a friend. I look forward to seeing your future posts, even if they are few and far between. You totally inspire me!
    xoxoxo
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  48. Love you and love your blog. Thank you for sharing all your wonderful ideas. So glad for you to have found a balance with it all :) That’s how I am too :) If I miss a day or two or three, oh well!!! :)
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  49. Jennifer Day says:

    Good for you Alison! It’s always good to have a new perspective and being a mommy is so important! Our boys are about the same age so I feel you with how fast they grow up. I have always enjoyed following your and I will continue to do! I’m especially grateful for the work you do with Mommy School. We are big fans!

  50. Shannon says:

    Thanks for being so vulnerable with us Alison! We are all blessed to have Oopsey Daisy in our lives :). We will pray for your family and can’t wait to hear about your adventures! Much love to you all….

    Shannon (aka “mommyapolis”)
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  51. Marie says:

    Alison, you are amazing! Way to chose to live your life first and putting blogging second. I am so glad to hear you are dedicating yourself to mommy hood first. I have been following your blog for over a year now, and have especially loved and downloaded all of your mommy school packets. I am thrilled to hear you still plan on creating and sharing those. I feel bad I haven’t really left comments before, but I think your amazing and can tell through your posts what a kind and compassionate person you are. Happy living!

  52. Christine says:

    I usually don’t comment (sorry) but I had to on this one. I too had fertility issues and those who haven’t experienced it really don’t understand the roller coaster ride of emotions especially if you decide to use other options to have another child. Good luck to you and your family and enjoy every step of raising your beautiful boy! I will stick with you!

  53. Oh Alison! I wish I could give you a big hug right now!! Thanks so much for sharing your heart! I think your decision to put blogging second is so great – and of course we will be here to see whatever awesomeness you post when you have time.
    But first and most important – You are such a great mom and I know you won’t regret choosing to spend more time with your boys! Love you friend!!
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  54. Keep praying! You never know what miracle God can perform. :-) I have struggled with the same issue and I only have 400 readers. :-) It’s almost like an addiction… I think you are making the right decision. You know I’ll be here if you post 3 times a week or 3 times a month. Go enjoy you cutie pie and your hubby!
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  55. Kelly says:

    I may not have ever commented before, so I hope you realize that there are tons of people out there loving your work that are not on a machine that types easily! But I felt compelled to comment today! I have had a blog off and on over the years. I feel like I want to share, but with three kids I felt like I either had time to blog or do the projects. Eventually, I chose the projects. I am very happy with it. Maybe some day when my kids need me less I will get back into it. But being fully present to your family is a gift. Enjoy your adventures with your man and your boy! The rest of us can wait, and will be here for you when you want to share! Love ya!

  56. I am so sorry to hear your news, Alison. I will keep you in my prayers. And I do think blogging is one of your callings. I think that your Mommy School packets are so unique to other blogs that just focus on crafts and food, and that they truly help others become better Mothers. Savor that little cutie while he’s at home with you and then you can always blog more frequently once he’s in school. Thinking of you!
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  57. Melissa B says:

    You are one amazing woman Alison. I have been following your blog for several months now. I love your blog and will continue to follow it! I absolutely LOVE MOMMY SCHOOL- so I cannot wait to continue to implement your ideas into my children’s lives. I too have struggled with infertility and thought I would never have the blessing of a child. Well my daughter will be 10 years old this Saturday! It took us 6 years to have her. I am so happy for you that you are choosing being a mommy over a blogger. I too have recently had to make the decision to slow down with some of my hobbies so that I can focus on being a mommy more. I know I should be so thankful that my Gracie Girl is turning 10 and I am – but time has flown by and 10 is so old and I cry at night sometimes bc she is not a little girl anymore. I am praying to God so that he will help me to focus on the joys of having a 10 year old and treasure this special age with her. My little boy (my “baby” ) is going to turn 5 this July.!! My heart longs to have another baby but I will never be able too. SO , like you, I have to focus on being the best mommy I can with the children God blessed me with – and cherish every moment, every age. I will always comment on your posts from now on, no matter how few and far between they are! God Bless you and your boys!!

  58. Oh my, just look at all of the love you are receiving!! Know that you are loved, my friend. :) *Big hugs* to you for being both brave and unselfish. I will keep your family in my thoughts and hope the doctors are wrong. It doesn’t take many blog posts read here to know you were meant to be a mommy. Little Man is lucky to have you! And I applaud your plans to put him and the hubs more in focus. I’m struggling with that myself these days. My world is my boys, not my blog! I always look forward to posts from you and will, of course, continue to do so. No matter how often! ♥
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  59. Lesley says:

    now I feel bad as I don;t know if I have ever commented but I do know I have pinnd your website. Don’t worry I will still follow and won’t mind at all fewer posts. Some blogs I really like but they can get overwhelming especially those that post multiple tmes a day. Bes of wishes to you. you will not regret your decision and your family will be better b/c of your decision. There truly isn othing better than being a mom so enjoy every second of it!

  60. Crystal says:

    I feel guilty for this being my first comment ever on your blog. I am just a mom who was directed to your blog by my friend Ashley a little over a year ago. I never read it daily but probably atleast once a week or more as I find so many things interesting on here but my most fav and the reason I came to your blog in the first place was for mommy school. I cannot believe how much time you must spend putting it all together! I love them and do them with my 3yr old daughter. She loves them and often says to me “mommy can we play school”. You have touched lives that you will never know you have impacted. I am excited to hear that you will keep sharing them with all of us and I promise to be more grateful in the future and leave comments. For a short time i was watching my friends 2 kids to make a little extra cash, but i recently stopped as I too found that I was not the mommy I needed to be to my 2 children. I didn’t do mommy school cause I didn’t have the time or energy and we recently learned that our baby boy was born legaly blind and I have a lot to learn about being a mom and a teacher to a blind child. Anyways, I admire you for putting your family first and pray that your family will be complete through the Lords way. I will keep checking your blog as I feel like I know you even though you don’t have a clue who I am. I love your son and know that my daughter and him would have a blast together. For all the many posts that I have enjoyed…mommy school, kids crafts, games, story theme playdates, general conference busy packets, sunday snippets and more THANKS FOR INSPIRING!

  61. Angie K. says:

    Yay! So glad you will still be here to share your great ideas. You must follow your heart and you are totally right about the years going by way too fast. Keep up the wonderful work!
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  62. Tricia says:

    Allison I am so happy for the decision you have made to be a mommy. This is something I have been struggling with for a long time. I feel I can focus on photography or I can focus on my family. It is sometimes so difficult to choose the best when other things are good. I love your mommy school. I have used some of your ideas in our preschool and I really appreciate all the time you put into those packets. You AMAZE me! You are very talented and you have shared so much with everyone. When I first came across your blog I said I would love to meet this wonderful woman. And her little man is adorable. I love all that you have shared. THANK YOU! I can’t wait to continue to read your blog no matter how often you post or don’t post.
    We too had a hard time with pregnancy. Not in getting pregnant but staying pregnant. Our babies were born 3 months early. We almost lost our little boy but we thank Heavenly Father for the blessing he has given us. Heavenly Father is ever mindful of you and your needs. He loves you and desires for your happiness. Trust in his plan.
    Thank you!

  63. Sarah Burgoyne says:

    Alison, I am so sorry to hear that you guys are struggling with infertility. We will keep you in our prayers. Enjoy every moment you spend with your little guy and let me know if you ever need anything :) We really need to do lunch again and catch up.

  64. Catherine says:

    I really loved this post. I am sorry to hear about the news from the doctors. But your faith is amazing. Your little man is the cutest and I love seeing the posts about him and your family. I admire your courage to make a change and put your family first. I am excited to see the changes to the blog. I also want to let you know as a mommy on the outside looking in I think you are doing and incredible job with your boy. You are teaching him so well and making so many wonderful memories with him. Keep up the great work super Mama.

  65. Rebecca R. says:

    I love your blog and the people who love your blog have the same interests as you – our families! Everyone understands and loves you even more for it! No matter what the doctors say, keep praying. The doctors are not in charge!

  66. JoEllen says:

    My sis-in-law was given the same news recently. I’m so sorry, but remember to always stay close to the Lord and He will bless your family in a way that you may not understand yet. Good for you to take a break and enjoy motherhood! I enjoy your blog and will look forward to whenever you choose to post =)

  67. Kim S. says:

    Allison, I don’t even know where to begin in leaving you a comment. Ahhh…so many thoughts! (All good and positive and supportive!) I absolutely LOVE all of your cheery posts and I LOVE your Mommy School packets and your fun ideas & crafts! I am so happy for you that you have come to a decision and feel good about it. I know it must have not been easy, and I applaud you! At the risk of complimenting myself waaay too much, I feel like we are so much alike…and have thought that before I ever read this post, and now after reading it I feel that way even more so! If only I wasn’t in Florida, I think we’d be good friends! :) In 2009, my husband and I were told we had a less than 1% chance of ever becoming pregnant. Total devastation. Like you, my world seemed to crumble down around me…yet I felt closer to the Lord during that period than I ever had in my life. Like you, I refused to give up hope that I would bring a baby into the world. I sometimes feel sheepish telling people my story because my complete heartbreak only lasted 3 months, as 3 months after that dr visit I found out I was 3 months pregnant…I know so many people struggle with infertility for a lifetime. But I just wanted to tell you that I know how you feel, at least a little bit, and that the Lord will uphold and sustain you, as I know you’ve already felt. When my son made his debut into the world, I felt the same exact way as you…that it might be my only chance so I better make it count! I was working from home for several months after he was born, and came to this same conclusion that you are blogging about today. We now have another little one, so obviously the Lord had different plans for me than the doctors and test results had explained, but I try so hard not to take it for granted, like I know you try not to do too as you said you want to make every moment count. You are an amazing mother and such an inspiration to all. I believe what you say when you said you felt you have been “called” to do this because you have inspired me as a mother countless times (and I know 1000′s of others too…how many people can say that?!)…and you are doing it again, today! What a lucky & blessed little boy your little man is. He will surely grow up and call you blessed, and so will his wife & children & their children…and so on. You are amazing, and I mean that…though I’ve never met you, I just know it’s true:) On a side note, I also miss that personal connection of blogging & multiple comments…it seems the WWW is just getting too big sometimes…! See! So alike, you and me! ;) haha! (I’ll take any similarity with you and run with it! ;) ha!
    I am proud of you & I will keep you & your sweet family in my prayers. -Kim

  68. Cindy says:

    I think you are making a very wise decision! As a mom who is now a grandmother I have often thought that as much as I love following your blog and others, that many of you young moms could be missing out on some of the most precious times in your lives that can never be purchased back. I would be perfectly content if all of you only posted a few times a week or even just a few times in a month! I hope you have a wonderful time with your family!

  69. Chrissy says:

    Alison, I commend you for your choice. I know your family will love having you around more and now you can enjoy the little joys of your family. I look forward to reading about your new family adventures. :o)

  70. sorahart says:

    I hear ya! This is exactly the same approach I take with our family blog. Some people (*ahem, the lovely grandparents of my kids*) howl for more pictures and updates (we live a few states away) but if I’m blogging because I feel pressure to do so, then I don’t enjoy it and in fact feel a little resentful towards it. Just wanted to say I totally respect your decision. Ps. I also love Mommy School posts too!

  71. Alison – I’m so proud of you!! You know I LOVE Oopsey Daisy, but this doesn’t mean I’ll stop loving it as much…I probably already love it more!! You’re a wonderful mom, and now you’re going to have so much FUN!! Can’t wait to hear about it WHENEVER you feel like you have time to share :)
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  72. It’s so easy to lose sight of what’s really important, isn’t it–I’m guilty of the same! I’m sorry you didn’t get good news from the doctor, but how much more special your little guy must seem now. People wouldn’t know it, but our 3 kids are each actually amazing miracles (and of course all kids are) and I need to remind myself of that more often.

    Blogging should be something that helps us be better mothers, not worse, right? :) Good luck with all your upcoming projects and thanks for sharing what’s been on your heart.
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  73. Rachel says:

    I support your choices 100%!

  74. sophy says:

    you are 100% a beautiful woman, mother and blogger!
    I will miss your frequent posts, but life is to be enjoyed and motherhood is to be treasured! You are very blessed to have a gorgeous family!
    I have followed your blog for a long time now, and I am so very sad to know that its stressful and you are missing out on the most important parts of life!
    I’m also sorry to hear about your news, however many people find that a stress free happy relaxed lifestyle can really help any infertility issues, obviously not all people.. so good luck :)

    Love!

  75. Heather says:

    I’m for sure sticking with you. I love your blog. I may not comment all the time but I’m reading and sharing your ideas.
    I’m sorry to hear that your doctor gave you not so great news. Reading about your stuggles with infertility struck close to home for me. I struggled to concieve both my kids. And when all your friends are you are having their 4th or 5th well it makes it hard. I would get so jealous when one of my friends would get pregnant. I’d rush to my husband and say we have to go back to the RE so I can get pregnant. And then that feeling would wear off. And about a year after my 2nd was born I finally felt ok with having my two. I am just as blessed as my friends who have a soccer team worthm of kids. I’m happy with my life and I wouldn’t change any of it.
    Hugs to you.

  76. Macey says:

    Beautiful post. Beautiful pictures. Great words.
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  77. Whitney says:

    What a lovely post! Your blogs is one of my very favorites! You inspire me and I have learned so much from you. I completely agree with you about being a Mommy is your first job. I was holding my 4 month old baby and thinking that she is growing up too quickly for me to waste time on things that won’t make a hill of beans in the long run. I am so happy for your family to be able to spend more time together. And, I’m sorry that you had unhappy news from your doctor. Miracles happen and I will keep you and your family in my prayers that one may happen for you. Thank you for sharing yourself with us and best of luck with everything!

  78. Kristin says:

    Good for you!!!!! :) Will look forward to your blog when you get around to it.

  79. Allie Watts says:

    Alison, I’m sure making the decision you made was incredibly tough. I know what you mean when you say you need a creative outlet and that you need a blog. I so felt that way (still do) when I first started. Matt was engulfed in law school and I was stressed to the max with my new teaching job that sharing my creative endeavors was very needed and turned out to be the perfect therapy. With other work obligations and grad school this year, though, it has been near impossible to be a good blogger. You can’t be good at everything all the time. I’ve tried, too! Being a mom is, of course, most important! Little Man is lucky to have you. And I’m not going anywhere. :)

  80. Miranda W. says:

    Alison,
    This may be comment 2 or 3 from me, because apparently I still don’t know how to do this….. but I just wanted to say thank you for being such an inspiration! Your post had me blubbering! I have felt the same conflict for months and months now. My precious babies and rockin’ hubby are being somewhat neglected and my customers (wonderful pure strangers) are getting the very best of me and that is just backwards. I feel blessed to call you a friend and will continue to follow even if you only post an annual Christmas update! :) You truly are an inspiration!! My heart just ached as I read about your struggle with infertiltiy and we will be sending our prayers! We sure love and miss you guys.
    Thanks for giving me a much needed boost of courage!
    Your friend,
    Mir

  81. Lyndsey says:

    Congratulations! It’s a big decision, but an important one.

  82. what a sweet post. be patient, miracles can happen…i love what you said about blogging, too. not sure why i feel compelled to share my life (in such detail sometimes) but i love it!

  83. Shelby says:

    What an honest, direct, and well written post. Thank you for sharing your vulnerable side with us. In addition, you may not know it, but you’ve been an inspiration to me as I begin my blogging journey. The comments you’ve left on my little blog have not gone unnoticed – your encouragement means a lot!

    Whatever your new posting schedule, I will (and probably the majority of others) will continue to read! You have a great blog, that I suspect will continue to succeed regardless of your posting schedule.

    Take care,
    Shelby

  84. Oh Alison! I am devastated at this news. You will definitely be in my prayers. You are such a wonderful momma. Good for you for doing what is best for you and your family. I am glad I have gotten to know you. I am here anytime if you need anything. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. Take care of yourself and your two cute boys.
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  85. love your new ‘mantra’ :: live first, blog later. i am also a fan of mommy school and often download lessons, but have yet to use them with my 2.5 year old. i will implement this summer for sure… and will enjoy every moment! thanks for sharing your heart.
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  86. Vivian says:

    I am sorry about the news Alison. I just want you to know that I know for sure you are and will be a great mom. The fact that you are sacrificing something you love for your family says how much you love them. I have the privilege of knowing you and you are definitely one of the sweetest people I have known. Thank you for sharing this with all of us that follow your blog; Little man has a wonderful mom!
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  87. Ashlee says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about your struggles to have another baby. I wish you all the luck in the world as you look for other options for your family. I’m so glad you’ve been able to feel some peace, what a blessing. As for family first and blogging second, way to go. It’s the reason I have never monetized my blog, while I’d love to have some money for all the work I do It’s just not worth the pressure instead of blogging for fun and as an outlet at the end of the day. Family first- always! We’ll all still be here! LOVE you!
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  88. taradara says:

    WOW, Alison!!! I’m so proud of you for making this move for you and your family. I, like many others, can totally understand and hold you close to our hearts. You are such a sweet person and, obviously, a PHENOMENAL mama!!! I praise you! I hope we can still get together and hang out though!!!
    xo Tara
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  89. Kristyn says:

    You, my dear, are awesome!! So glad we have become friends over the past few years. You are seriously so amazing, and I’m so glad you have your priorities straight!! Hope we can still chat via skype once in awhile. You’re one great mama! :D
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  90. Paula says:

    I love love love your blog….one of my favorites! Our children grow up too fast…so take this time…embrace it…enjoy it! We will all still be here when you come back!

  91. Ami Allison says:

    You are amazing and your decisions are right on. I struggle with the same thing. It’s so hard to juggle family and blogging. I ain’t going anywhere! I’m sticking with u and sending prayers ur way.
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  92. Alison, I’m so sorry for the news the doctors gave you and hope that you can find some options that will work for your family as you are very clearly a fabulous mama! And, I don’t think it matters how much you post at all–your stuff is always fab, so post whenever the inspiration strikes and we’ll all still be here to read! :)
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  93. Kerry says:

    Have so much fun!! Enjoy yourself and your family life even more now!

  94. cassie says:

    I can’t imagine anything but following your blog no matter what! being a mommy is very important to me as well! I hope that you keep up with it! Do what you can when you can. I’m not going anywhere!
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  95. Amy says:

    Hi Alison,
    What a wonderful gift you are giving to yourself and to your family. I have only recently stumbled upon your blog and I have so enjoyed the Mommy School and craft ideas. As a teacher-turned-stay-at-home-mom, your shared ideas have been so inspirational and motivational. Thank you for that.
    Clearly, this blog has been a blessing for you. As well, I understand the utter need and desire to be there for your family. I have recently started creating my own personal blog. I’ve resisted the idea for 3 years now, but after the recent loss of my mother, I’ve felt compelled to put my words down and document something special for my kiddos to see when they are older. Reading your struggle with putting blogging on the back burner is very honest and came at a very serendipitous time for me.
    We all have a reason to share what is in our hearts, and here, you have a legacy to share with your sweet child and family. What a gift.
    Thank you for creating what you have and sharing it with the world. You have been there when I have needed you most and I look forward to what you create in the future.
    Congratulations on your choice. You will not regret it.

  96. Rebecca Verhulst says:

    Very admirable – Good for you!! Enjoy, Enjoy, Enjoy!

  97. Kate H says:

    Hi Alison
    I will definitely follow you! I only discovered your site a couple of weeks ago while searching for Toy Story party ideas for my son. Your site is fantastic, you have a real talent! Sorry to hear about your fertility troubles; I pray you are blessed with another bundle of joy soon and you delight in spending time with your Lil Man xx

  98. Kim says:

    I love being a Mom. My kids are grown now and it goes so quickly like you said. Enjoy every minute. I really like your blog and will continue to read the wonderful things you write. Do whatever works for you and your family and I will be so happy for you. I will keep you in my prayers.

  99. holy says:

    Cheering you on! Thanks for sharing as you do. I’ve enjoyed your resources with my little guy. Enjoy the adventure! Many blessings to you and yours

  100. Connie says:

    Good for you! My children are all grown. Their being little and holding my hands and telling me all the wonderful things they experienced seems like a dream now. I’m so grateful that I got to be a stay at home mom. Good luck! Enjoy EVERY precious moment of your son’s life. I have loved seeing the things you have done.

  101. Debbie says:

    Hi Alison,
    I love your blog and will continue to follow you and read it whenever you post may it be like you said 3 times a week or three times a month! My children are grown and married but have blessed me with three beautiful grandchildren and they are the joy of my life right now. I pray that all goes well for you and you will someday have another baby. Enjoy your lil man and husband time does go by so quickly it seems so make the best of it. You are an inspiration to all of us and we will be here for you!

  102. Maureen says:

    I too suffered through problems with infertility, so you have my empathy and my prayers. As far as the blog goes, of course we will all be here, whether you post daily, weekly, monthly or whenever you can! This is your life, live it how you see fit and don’t worry about what others think. You are putting you family and self first, which is completely normal and understandable. I wish you nothing but happiness in the future. Thanks for always being so lovely to me and answering my questions and responding to my comments. It is what makes blogging fun, the relationships, and you never lost site of that, even when your blog took off, which shows what a truly good, grounded and special person you are.

    So. Won’t say goodbye, I will say see ya around the blog!

  103. Sarah says:

    Hey Alison,
    I have been following you for awhile, but I’m not much of a commenter (my toddlers are always climbing on me, which makes typing even a short message very challenging), but I have a lot in common with you…I am also LDS, also 30 (yikes!) and my oldest is (almost) three. I have really enjoyed your blog, but I wanted to say GOOD FOR YOU!! Mommy time is so precious! I am one of those bloggers that blogs when I feel like it, and not more, and basically only my family reads mine, but it’s still a great outlet! I’m sure this has been a tough decision to make, but I’ll stick around and enjoy the journey with you. Take care and best of luck!
    Sarah
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  104. Clair says:

    Well done you!!! I know exactly where you’re coming from..It’d be SO fantastic to see blogging go back to ‘the way it used to be’.. I love blogging but I’m not loving the direction it’s heading for most bloggers…

  105. Traci says:

    I have followed your blog a long time now and am embarassed to say that I have never commented. I apologize for that as I have used and enjoyed so many of your wonderful ideas. My two girls and I have thoroughly enjoyed your mommy packets. We love them and you do an amazing job so thank you. I completely understand your decision. I went back to school a few years ago to finish my degree. It requires that I spend alot of time studying and I sometimes feel so bad that it takes time away from spending with my girls as the time disappears so quickly. We know the pain of the infertitlity struggles as well. Not just in our own life but with close family and friends as well and there is one thing that we have learned that stands above all else. Never give up hope because miracles happen. I have witnessed it with my own eyes. One of them is nine years old now and one of my greatest blessings. Thank you of reminding me of what is truly important.

  106. stephanie says:

    you go, girl!

  107. Sadly I understand the infertility struggles all too well. I will be praying for your family as I pray for ours. I truly enjoy your blog and can’t wait for my LO to be old enough for the Mommy Packets. Thank you so much for the work you put into them and the fact that you share them for free is a true blessing. I look forward to reading your blog whenever you do post. Enjoy your family!! Best wishes!

  108. Katrina M. says:

    Thank you for sharing these feelings and experiences with us! I haven’t been a follower for long, but I have enjoyed what I have seen. I am the mother of 8 ( my oldest just turned 15, and my youngest is 8 months old), and I have been having similar feelings lately. Feeling like this little one is our last, I have been trying so hard to hold on to each and every moment with him. And realizing that we only have three years left with my oldest brings me to tears more times than not. It sounds like you have things figured out for you and your family! Good luck on your journey, and keep us posted when you can!

  109. Kara Priday says:

    Al- I am SO proud of you for making this big decision! Bravo!! I whole heartedly approve of living first then blogging second! I know what a hard decision this is but I commend you for doing it. Ashton is so so lucky to have a Mom like you! Sure love you Al Pal!

  110. Valerie C says:

    I also have one child. Our fertility doctor told us that we had a 20% chance of getting pregnant (with IUI) and a 50% chance of carrying him to term. BUT, my little boy is here. I’ve found that God doesn’t care about the “facts”. God has also given me peace that he may be it for us, and I feel blessed to be a parent.
    Thanks for being honest and I’ll be following your blog whenever you decide to post. No pressure! Enjoy your family time as much as you can. We’ll still be here, your family matters more.

  111. Karen says:

    Hi Alison, have been following your blog for the last half year and love it, thank you very much for your posts, thoughts, crafts and for dedicating us all that time and be assure will be here for when you peek with some new things. I understand what you are going through because we had the kind of same chat from our doctor last week, we had tests and it looks like there is no reason for not having another baby but we might just be in that 15% of people that dont get around to that second pregnancy and we dont want to have any infertility treatments we believe there are couples that need them more than us. We have a lovely girl that is our world and we are very blessed. Its amazing how taking a decision, deciding for a path or way gives you inner peace and strength to go on, so well done girl!. You are already an amazing mummy and as other have said there will be plenty of time to do “other” things when the kids grow up!! take care, with love from sunny Spain

  112. A Giles says:

    I absolutely LOVE your blog, and I don’t mind how frequently (or infrequently) you will post. I’m eager to read whatever you post! I’ve never commented on a post before, mostly because I get your posts sent to my email so I won’t miss a single one! I’m sorry to hear about your fertility issues. I cannot imagine how you feel. I did just read a quote that I felt really summed up your post, and maybe offers a little bit of encouragement I wanted to share with you:

    “We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”
    ― Joseph Campbell

    Good luck with whatever comes your way in the future!!

  113. Good for you Alison! You have made the right decision. At least the right decision for you & your family! I’m sure I speak for all of your followers when I say YES, you will be missed BUT, will wait excitedly for what ever you post about from here on in! You enjoy your time w/ your Darling Little Man. They do grow so fast!! God Bless You & Your Family Alison & we sure aren’t going any where!!! Have a Fabulous day!!!
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  114. Mindi Carwin says:

    Alison, you have a beautiful family and I wish you all the best in the world! Your comments have had a great impact on me and I truly appreciate your honesty and respect your decision. I believe you will be blessed for it! And I believe we will continue to be blessed by you when you do post! I am happy for you, and I am sure you are a wonderful amazing mother! Thanks so much for sharing!
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  115. Jenny says:

    Thanks for this post. I’ve been thinking about the same thing lately. I love the way you put it…live first and blog second.
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  116. rachel says:

    When I was reading your post I thought you were going to take down your blog and I was feeling sad. So glad you will still be doing it! I really love your mommy school!! I will begin homeschooling our 4 & 6 year old this summer, I will be checking in to see what you have.

  117. Melissa says:

    Family first work second ALWAYS. I’m proud of you for making this really hard decision. You’re the type of blogger I love to read about. As the blogging world continues to get bigger and bigger you’re right, many blogs I’ve followed have turned “manufactured” and disconnected just like you were explaining above and as a reader that just gets boring so I’ve stopped checking in on most all of them. Your new approach to your blog sounds awesome, it’s not about the quantity it’s about the quality. Who cares if you post everyday?!?! Not this reader. :) Life does move so quickly it seems you take one long blink and years slip by. I’m excited about your new blog, it sounds fabulous. And as a mommy school lover I was so excited to see you’re keeping that. :) I almost had a panic attack thinking about no more future mommy school units. My little guy will be two very soon and that’s when I’ve planned to start in with a little daily mommy school love. Anyway, you’re awesome. I’m excited to see where you take this blog in the future. :) PS. We’re moving to Denver very soon (Aurora) any things you suggest as a “not to miss?”

  118. Alison, Look at all the loving and supportive comments you’ve received! I am so glad that you are not giving up blogging entirely, but COMPLETELY understand wanting to spend more time with little man (and big man:)). It’s a decision I’m sure you’ll never regret:) I have always been baffled at how you young moms do it all?!? I can barely keep up the blogging with no children at home anymore. I know what you mean about friendship through blogging and connecting in a positive way, I had no idea that starting a food blog would open up such a treasure trove of blogging buddies:) What an unexpected perk! I subscribe to your blog through email, so I won’t miss a post. God bless you and your sweet family, Alison<3
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  119. I totally agree with you. Family 1st. You are a great mommy!!
    I have done the exact same thing. I had to step down a bit on my blog and blog when I can. AND if I end up blogging using my iphone photos vs my good camera all edited up.. so be it. I feel so relieved and free. I can be that mom I know I can be – yet still share on my blog when I want to.

    You will know you made the right decision. I sure know I did. :) Enjoy your time with our little man. And I do know your frustrations as well with infertility. Our chances were very low– and just when we gave up trying– a little miracle happened. Even if my kidlets are 5 years apart. Just have to let Heavenly Father have it and not worry. I had to learn that the hard way. He knew what was in my heart but I needed to learn to trust him and his time.
    Big hugs!!
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  120. Merri says:

    Good for you! And I think you’ve made the right decision. But I do LOVE your blog!
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  121. Jessica Beltran says:

    Alison,

    I am an Occupational Therapist who works with the school population and I absolutely love your blog. I have printed out the most recent mommy school packets and my students as well as my own 3 and 5 year old love them. My three year old’s birthday was on Dr. Seuss’s birthday this year and he enjoyed all the awesome activities in your packet. Especially eating the green eggs and SPAM! Ha! Thank you for all the wonderful ideas and recommended websites. THey are awesome!! Enjoy your life and keep the mommy school packets going.

    Jessica Beltran

  122. Jennifer says:

    Good luck to you and your family! I thoroughly enjoy following your blog and plan to continue reading it!! I too blog for fun and let’s be honest..it’s a great way to be creative and document your journey as a mom. Wishing you all the best and Happy (belated) Mother’s Day!

  123. Sandyb says:

    Your little man should come first. He is little only once! I love your posts and will look forward to reading whenever you can and I am sure you will have much to say about your adventures with your little man. My daughter was told that there was little chance (or we were told when she was small and then she was told) that she would ever be able to have children because she had almost four years of chemotherapy and some really harsh at the age of 4-8 years. Some of those drugs at that time were known to cause infertility. She resolved herself to the fact that she would never have children. She set her life on career and getting as much education as she could and her soon to be husband. One cold day in February in 2010 I got a call with the words “Mom I am going to have a baby”. I was speechless. We were thrilled and we know that it may be the only time. I am now the grandma of the sweetest little 18 month old little man. Our daughter though was in the middle of full time school and still is and she works full time. These are things she needs to finish. She will be finished school in a couple of years as a nurse practitioner and she needs to work full time. I myself worry that she is missing so much but then I think to myself, the Lord gave her Aedan in this same environment and she will be there to enjoy him when he is 3. Well enough about me. Never give up, you have your faith, your family and your life will just be perfect. You also have all your blog friends to talk to when you need to:)

  124. Jennifer says:

    I, like so many others, are commenting today when we should have been all along! I know that’s true for me anyway. I am one who pins your stuff (all the time!) but never takes the time to comment. Please forgive me – I know you don’t know me but I feel as though I should ask for it. I absolutely LOVE what you do every day but, even more, I admire you for the decision you have made. I have a daughter who will be 7 in June and can’t imagine what I would do without her. Right now, I feel content that God is saying our family of three is just as it needs to be and I’ve never experienced what you’re going through. I do, however, have friends who have and to see the love and commitment to their family is priceless. I am sad to know I won’t get my daily dose of inspiration and creativity from you but am so happy for you that you are focusing on what’s truly important. I pray God will give you a peace about your family and, if it is His will that it is complete, that He will give you an immense pleasure as it grows. I know it’s fun to turn the memories we’ve made into works of art but it’s even more fun to spend time making them. Your son is very blessed to have you for his mom. I hope he grows up to realize that more and more every day.

  125. Amanda says:

    Alison, I feel that we are in the same boat! My husband and I have also struggled with infertility. We were blessed in 2009 with an amazing little boy with the help of IVF and were very fortunate that insurance helped pay for a large portion of that. We would love to expand our little family, but there is a cap on infertility insurance and there’s no way we can pay out-of-pocket for it. So we are left with lots and lots of prayers. I am so glad that you get to spend your time at home with your little man! You’ve made a great decision! I SO wish I could do the same! Enjoy every single moment of it and I’ll look forward to your blogs as they come!
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  126. Rachael says:

    As much as I love you/your blog, I am so glad that you will be cutting back in order to spend more time with your family!!! That is great! Family really is what is important and it’s true, kids grow up way too fast. I’m so sorry to hear about your infertility. I too have struggled with it and it is really really hard! Just know that you are loved! One of my favorite quotes from Elder Wirthlin is, “Come What May and Love It!” I try to remember this always (although it is easier said than done). :)

  127. Alison,
    This was a beautiful post. Often I’m trying to get stuff done and unintentionally push the kids to the back burner. That’s not cool! I’m gonna miss all of this! Thank you for writing this. :)

    I’ll be praying for you and your family. Miracles happen, and I’ve heard so many stories like yours where the doctor was wrong!! *hugs*
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  128. Laura says:

    I stumbled accross a pin of yours and was hooked from then on. I am so sorry about your news and wish you luck with everything. Enjoy your little man and I will be here to enjoy your posts whenever you have time to do it. Being a mom is the best feeling in the world and you should be able to cherish every minute!

  129. Heather says:

    Allison,
    I just wanted to tell you that I absolutely LOVE your blog and will continue to check in to see your posts. I love your mommy school packets and use them with my 3 year old boy. I am glad to hear that family is coming first…that is truly the way it should be. I also wanted to thank you for all of your help with blogging questions as you have helped get my little blog going. This post really inspired me and was a great reminder to me…I need to keep that some perspective . Thanks for all you do, you are wonderful! My thoughts & prayers are with you.
    ~Heather

  130. Shar says:

    Allison,
    Thank you for your recent blog. One of our daughters is experiencing what you are going through in trying to add another child to the family, and another sibling to the life of their 3 year old. This is a very hard thing to go through. I know, because I have experienced this same situation in having children. We were blessed with two daughters, 3 years, 3 months apart, then tried for another 12 years, and finally realized that two daughters were our little family. We have been so blessed, as now, these two daughters are mothers, just like you and we now have grandchildren! Adoption never worked out for us, but we were not opposed to it. I love reading your posts and all of your many creative ideas. Thanks for enriching my life. Being a mom is the most important job you could ever do. It is difficult to try and balance everything, but so worth . Good luck with your new goals. You are awesome! Are you by chance originally from Spanish Fork Utah?

  131. OMG! I Can’t believe this and Can you believe, I just had this chat exactly the same thing with my hubby today.. My boy is 2 years old now and I have the same feelings, EXACTLY the same.. I am thrilled and I’m loving it that I have friends like myself! WOW Alison you are amazing and I can relate to you so much.. :) Have fun and enjoy your life, my very best wishes and total support on your decision.. All the very Best..
    Love
    Hani
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  132. Barbara Medeiros says:

    I don’t blame you in the least. You may or may not have the chance to be a mom to another child but you will still only have 1 chance to be a mom now to your Little Man and you are right they do grow up way too fast so take your time & do what needs to be done for your family. Your computer will always be there. Will pray for God’s blessings on you & your family & I do pray that you are blessed with more little ones to bestow your love on!
    Barbara

  133. Hallie says:

    I am totally guilty of reading blogs and pinning but never commenting. You have reminded me how important it is to bloggers to get comments too. I love your blog and I love mommy school. I will stick around even if you post only once a month. I look forward to seeing how you decorate your new home and watching little man grow. I hope you get everything you wish for.

  134. Shirley Lupton says:

    Oh what a super blog. I enjoy reading everytime and I will continue to read when you can blog again. That little guy needs you more and maybe during this time you can surprise the doctor. Enjoy and we will be here when you have the time. Thank you for sharing.

  135. Alison – Thank you for your honestly and openness. I admire your courage. You’re wonderful!
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  136. Danielle says:

    Alison I love it and feel the same. Raising our children is the one thing we seriosuly can not fail at it our life. As mothers it is our job and one we shoudl love and strive to be the best ate veryday. Blogging is a great outlet and I also feel the same. Soemtimes when it becomes a job it can start to overhwelm, but finding the balance is the important part. I love what you are ding. I am doing the same. Those littles only stay for little for so long we have to cherish it while they are. I try to remind myself that. My kids are 7 and 5 and I thought we would have a bunch more by now, but that has not been in God’s plan. I have to wait till ti is I guess. So my heart so goes out to you. I love your blog and love meeting new blogging friends. Let me know if i can ever help ya out:> This summer I am decidcating myself to have a fun Summer with my kids and blpogging about it. I want this to be the best summer ever!
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  137. Julie Snow says:

    Look at all of these wonderful posts from people who absolutely love your blog and ADMIRE you! That has got to make you feel SUPER! Your choice to put being a mommy first is wonderful and blogging whenever you can is really the way to go! That’s how I end up doing it most of the time. Just know you have many many loyal followers and people who are really going to be touched by your decisions. I know I am. I am sitting here saying Bravo!!!! to you!

    I am so glad I met you and we made our Snow connection. My MIL told me you were one of her very favorite students – really!

    You are so awesome! I look forward to your Mommy School stuff. My youngest is also three and can follow along right with yours – k?

    Love ya XOXO!
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  138. Shantell says:

    Yeah for you! I think this is fantastic news & I hope the Lord blesses you for your righteous decision. As a read I’m looking forward to your authentic post :)

  139. Kary Allen says:

    You have to do what is best for you and being mommy is #1. We can only have one child too so I get that you want to make the most of every moment. I look forward to your posts whenever they may be; you are very talented!

  140. Christine says:

    Hi Alison! Thanks for your honest post! I know it probably doesn’t help, but I am right there with you on the fertility journey (and I can see that lots of your other readers are too)! While I can’t say I know exactly how you are feeling, I can imagine it’s pretty similar to our struggles and feelings of pain. I will be praying for you and your little family that maybe one day you will be blessed with another bundle of joy… and that you will be 100% content with what you currently have!
    I love reading your blog, and I look forward to your updates. I hope that you can find joy in blogging, but even more joy in interacting with your super cute son!!
    Sending you big hugs all the way from New Zealand!!!

  141. You are amazing! Thank you for opening up your life to us and letting us along for the ride. I have a 3 year old little boy also and they sure can melt a mama’s heart! So happy that you will be spending more time with him. I don’t think there can ever be too much time when it comes to our kids. Thanks.
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  142. Ashley W. says:

    Hi Alison, just want you to know I love your ideas and all the fun things you share with us. I too will continue to follow even if you post once a month. I enjoy following you on Pinterest too. I also have a 3 year old and am up until 2 am every night working on photography projects and computer stuff, so I commend your decision to blog less. I continue to struggle with getting to bed earlier. I know if I did get more sleep it would help me be a better mommy for sure. So your post today has inspired me to get more sleep! Thanks for everything!

  143. Alison, I am so happy to hear that you are looking out for you and your gorgeous family and prioritize what is most important to you and will eventually be most important to your son, looking back at his childhood in a few years. Honestly, I don’t know how you’ve managed both a family and a full-time blog.. We don’t even have kids yet, and it sometimes feels overwhelming being a blogger (and my blog isn’t even that big)..
    Thank you so much for being so honest with us and letting us see a more personal aspect of your life. Of course I will continue to stop by and see what you’ve been up to. I am really happy we have met & had the opportunity to work together and I hope we will stay in touch. :)
    Hugs to you!
    Vanessa
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  144. Allison,
    I know you for a so short time, but definitely you’re one of the best hostess I have seen.
    I wish you and you family all the best you can have. ” Don’t worry and be happy” that is what really matters, I’ll miss you!

    xoxo,

    Wanessa

  145. The way it should be… mommy/wife first, blogging second! I am trying hard to not loose that balance, since I began our blog not even a year ago. It’s easy to loose sight of it. Lisa and I chat often on the phone about how we can’t forget that and try to remind us of what the purpose of the blog is… and that is to share what we do to make being a mom and wife more rewarding… not neglect them! Thanks for the reminder! You’re amazing!

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  146. I completely agree with you! I recently started a blog of my own (http://123worksforme.blogspot.com/) and I found you could really spend a lot of time at it, or you can still keep it going and spend the majority of your time with your kids. I do appreciate your ideas for the Mommy School and I am actually featuring it today on my blog since I think it’s such a fantastic idea! Thanks!

  147. Way to go girl! You totally have it right. I have felt feelings kinda the same and since I went to SNAP I realized that as much as I love blogging, I am not in it to work full time. I want to be a mommy and my two girls need me as their mommy- Thanks for this post. It was just what I needed to hear!! Have fun being a mommy and of course we will stick with you as readers!! xoxo
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  148. Kristin says:

    Prayers to you and your family! Your blog was the 1st one I subscribed to. Looking forward to your posts about your adventures with Little Man!

  149. You are awesome! I have no idea how you do all you do! I totally understand needing to find balance and family should always be first! I always enjoy your posts and will continue too! Prayers for you and your family with the fertility issues. Enjoy your Little Man!!

  150. malia says:

    Sweet Alison, My eyes are all filled up with tears now. You are the absolute nicest, kindest, friendliest blogger out there and I am so behind you following you heart. Blogs are wonderful and important but family of course is first. You are in my thoughts and I wish you ALL the best and I will keep popping by always ( -:
    xoxo Malia

  151. malia says:

    ps…
    I just went through and read the comments. You are so loved and for good reason! I never thought about the “comment” thing before but it’s so true. Maybe there’s a takeaway or two for all of us …1. family comes first and 2.we need to support each other with comments, emails, or some sort of personal communication. BIG GIANT HUG you darling girl.

  152. Annie says:

    You are definitely an awesome blogger! Your ideas here are definitely one of the most unique ones.. Anyway, good luck to you and your family!
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  153. Hilary says:

    First of all, I’ve read your blog for over a year now and have never commented and I apologize for that. I LOVE your mommy school and use it all the time with my 4 and 3 year old! I’m sad to hear you won’t be blogging as much but totally understand and want to encourage you to be a mommy first but please be still be a blogger second because I love your blog! :). And last but definitely not least, don’t always believe what the doctors say. It really is all in God’s timing and in his will. I was told I could not have children….I had surgery, fertility drugs and procedures for 5 years and then we decided to try IVF and got pregnant, had our daughter and 7 months later did IVF again and had our son. We were blessed and happy…we had our little family and then God decided to give us a BIG surprise and we found out we were pregnant naturally with another baby girl. I have a 4 yr old, 3 yr old and 17 month old….so much for the doctors saying slim chance I would even have one child! We like to call them 2 blessings and a miracle…or buy 2 get 1 free! :)

  154. Tina says:

    Alison!

    I know so much what you mean, on many points.

    I am mom to an only (though ours was my choice). He’s 15 now, and we are still best buds. I love every moment I spend with him. Blogging is easier for me, of course, because he is in school many hours a day.

    If you never get to have more children, though since it is your dream, I pray it will come true for you, don’t ever let anyone make you feel less of a mom because you only have one. It surely doesn’t make us less. I’ll punch anyone square in the nose who tries to say that. Ok, I won’t really, but I’ll want to. Badly.

    I also know what you mean about not getting comments. I know people are reading my blog, but it sure would be nice to get feedback sometimes. Alas, I trudge forward, knowing I’m blogging for myself, if no one else.

    Take time and enjoy those little moments, Alison, and we’ll be here waiting when you get that downtime.

    (hugs)
    Tina
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  155. Tabitha says:

    Go be a mommy! Have fun and live life to it’s fullest!

  156. Eva Scott says:

    Good for you! Many, many blessings on you and your family.
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  157. Kristin Burton says:

    Im sorry to hear the news you received from your Dr. I’ll be placing you on my personal prayer list :) I have kinda taken for granted the fact that I haven’t had a hard time conceiving (we have been married 3 1/2 yr and I’m expecting our third baby.) I too always wanted to be a mom. We have been blessed with two boys and are expecting our third boy :) it is my hope to homeschool all of our children! Your mommy school packets are amazing! I hope all your ideas get turned into packets… Loooove the owl and car ideas! Anyways, I’ll be praying for Gods will in your family’s future! :)
    God bless,
    Kristin

  158. Sorry sorry about the news from your doctor! My heart goes out to you & your family. You are so right… kiddos grow up way to quickly! My oldest is just about to turn 15 & it seems like yesterday he was my little boy & now he’s taller than me! :) Thanks for sharing this post! I needed it. :)
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  159. Liz says:

    What a great choice to put your family first! Great blessings will come from that choice. You are AMAZING and I love reading your blog for your upbeat and positive attitude. Thanks for sharing all your goodness.

  160. sabrina i says:

    Keep being a mom ! It is the most important thing you can do. Blog for stress relief ! I will be praying for you and your family.

  161. Sheila says:

    I have every one of your Mommy School packets and love them more than any resource I have found. Thank you for your many, many hours to create these and I will look for more. I applaud you for spending more time with “Little Man’ because he will grow quickly and you should not miss any of that. Since you have him though, it is my belief that you are not truly infertile and should find a different opinion. I, and many friends, have been down this road and 5 plus years and 2 different doctors, we all have twins. With all of the love you offer on this site, your son and your husband are the luckiest and most loved to have you.

  162. Natalie says:

    My husband and I faced the challenge of “secondary infertility,” which has it’s own challenges when compared with “primary infertility.” Our story is a very long one, but I feel compelled to share the most recent chapter. Short & sweet version. I was so busy enjoying my adventures in Mommyhood with our 3-year-old son, Elijah, that we were completely blown away while the nurse was telling me that my pre-surgery pregnancy test was positive. I even argued with the nurse! “How could it be? You don’t understand the challenges and heartbreak we have endured! And now, just like that I’m pregnant?” :) That was April 2011 and Sophie joined us on December 13, 2011, just in time for Christmas. Lesson learned? There are no “mistakes.” I had stopped stressing over not being able to get pregnant and instead was focused on enjoying life. I thank you for blessing us with your hard work and dedication. Enjoy your life one breath at a time. Maybe you’ll be blessed with another daisy along the way!
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  163. Rachel says:

    Good for you:) I am glad you get to do something you love. I am also happy you will still be posting about mommy school:) We love the packets and great info they contain:) Good luck with everything:)

  164. Jenn says:

    I’ve been reading for a while and always with admiration for how stinking talented you are! Tonight this admiration grows. I’m so sorry for your infertility struggles and I know your pain. I wouldn’t wish that on anyone but you are inspiring so many as you are embracing the journey designed for you and your family. Thank you for sharing your story!

  165. Sara says:

    Alison- life should be all about keeping it real! You are awesome and your fans will be here no matter what! Thank you for all that you have shared, I’ve enjoyed it very much! As a busy momma of a 2 yr and 5 yr amazing but incredibly active kids, I get it! I’ve truly never understood how you blogging momma’s did it? I always seem to wish I took more time for creativeness of my own, but being with family is most important. I find ways to incorporate family art and craft time. But this window we have with them while they are small little wonderous people is short and we should embrace it! You go do what you need to and we will be happy to see whatever you post whenever! Love your mommy school projects!! Thank you!

  166. Adrienne Bass says:

    Alison – I just found your blog and recognized your family from your Family Flag post. This is Adrienne VanLeuven (now Bass). Don’t know if you remember me, but we were in Southglenn 1st together and you taught with my mom for a little while in Utah. I saw it was you and read your latest post to see what you were up to. I just started crying for you! You are such a sweet person in all you have shared and most of all, sharing your testimony that family comes first! Your family has always been such a great example to me. I still use your family’s cookbook you gave us for our wedding! I will never forget going to camp with your mom and a caterpillar went down her shirt! That was SO FUNNY! Poor thing! Anyway, thank you for sharing your talents and testimony. I, for one am grateful for YOU! Take care and enjoy every moment!

  167. Michelle says:

    Congrats on your honesty. It makes me so sad to hear over and over again how many bloggers leave because they become so overwhelmed with the time taken away from the family. I am glad your priorities are in check. On as second note, I am a fertility nurse. If you would ever like some additional advice, or would just like to talk to someone, feel free to email me. I am sure you have an amazing doctor but you never know.
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  168. Marissa says:

    I’ve been checking your blog for a while now & I am super excited for you to spend more time with your family! I don’t have time to check daily posts anyway, so I’ll be able to keep up with your posts easier now! ;) I’m no blogger, although my sister is & I sometimes wish I could be better at it. I absolutely love your posts, but sometimes I just forget that I even CAN comment. Thanks for reminding me! Also, I have a Little Man that just turned 2 (you were the inspiration for his Mickey Mouse party), I’m working on a Gospel ABC’s book for him, & I can’t wait to start Mommy School with him! I can’t wait to see more Mommy School packets, but I don’t even know where to start though since they are all such fun ideas! I wish the best for you in this trial you’ve been faced with. Don’t lose hope. I know it’s not easy, but I know that our Heavenly Father must have something wonderful in store for your family! He always does…

  169. Kristina says:

    I love following your blog…especially the Mommy School! You are very generous to share all your hard work for free! I know I greatly appreciate it! That is awesome you are taking a step back from the blogging and spending time with your family! We all get caught up in things whether it be blogging or such that the time just flies by and we are like what just happened. You seem like the most sweetest and generous women. I know you must be a wonderful mother! Good luck with everything! I will still be following you through your blogging journey!!

  170. Melinda says:

    Good for you and your wonderful decision. I have enjoyed the many topics on your blog and am amazed at all that you do. I have loved and used the mommy packet ideas in my preschool classroom. Thank you for everything you do and good luck in your journey.

  171. Kimmie says:

    Thank you for your openness! What a wonderful decision! I love your blog and will continue to enjoy reading when you update! I think you are incredible and have loved all the fantastic ideas you’re shared! Thank you!!!!

  172. Jennifer says:

    I started a blog around the same time you did, mine never grew as large, because stopped for the same reasons you are. I too went through the pain of secondary infertility. It has been the hardest thing I have gone through. We decided that adoption was the right course for our family and about 18 months ago adopted the most beautiful little boy you ever saw! I know it doesn’t feel like it right now, but things will work out. Heavenly Father always has a better plan for us that we could have imagined. Even if we have to go through pain to get to it. Love and hugs your way though. It is such a hard thing to go through!

  173. Shantalle says:

    I’m so happy for you Alison! I am glad you have found peace and I have you in my thoughts. Good luck in everything that you do.
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  174. Lindsey says:

    I know this post is several months old, but I’m behind on reading blogs, seriously behind! Ha! I think that’s great to choose life and your little man first. I am such a huge Mommy School fan and I am sooooo thankful for your genorosity in sharing your ideas with all of us! I also loved your Milk Glass decoration ideas. I’m going to talk to my hubby about it! You are a blessing and thanks for all you do!

  175. Rachel Averett says:

    I’m glad you were so honest on the price paid to be a blogger and a mommy. I hope you are enjoying the moment right now and when you have some time you will be back. Thank you for your true example.

  176. Melissa says:

    I’m an avid Mommy School follower of yours- we’re working on the winter unit right now. :) Just wondering if there will be more Mommy School packets in the future? Please? :)

  177. WOW! I found your link from Design, Dining and Diapers. I am so glad I read this…I needed to read this tonight. My husband and I have two sweet, beautiful little girls, 4 and 1. I have been feeling as though I am failing as a mom. I have a really busy vintage furniture redo business, I sew canvas pillow and table runners and have decided to start blog. I still want to share my ideas…but, may have a little on my plate.

    I appreciate your story…your family is beautiful!

    Julie

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