*Update: When I wrote this, I was struggling with the idea of moving back to Texas and going back to work, which would require me to polish up my online image a bit. As the months ticked by, it became apparent that although we wanted to go to Texas NOW, and had prayed for such happenings, God’s answer was either “No,” or “Not now.” I really wanted to mope about that, but I decided instead I’d just bloom where I was planted. So I’m baaaack.
As the year draws to a close, so does my blogging experiment. For one year, ever since January 2nd when I posted a gallery of photos from the year before, I wrote and kept a public record of my life.
I shared funny stories about the world around me: my son, my extended family and my friends.
I published recipes that were special to me as well as new ones that I just had to share.
During that time, I made some wonderful friends. Some of whom I’ve been lucky enough to meet face to face, and some who I count the days until we get to share a bottle of wine or see our children play.
I’ve discovered that I’m living virtually parallel lives with so many women across the world. I’ve watched as others struggled with PPD, chronic illness and loss in their families and I’ve hurt, prayed and offered support along with the rest of the blogging community.
This entire year has been such a gift to me.
I’ve been amazed to see that during twelve short months, my blog has seen more page views and more followers than I ever though possible. I’ve been blessed with opportunities to earn money for my family through blogging.
I’ve been able to accept, for myself, that if I put my mind to something I can take it as far as I want. That I can be successful.
So, thank you, wonderful blogging family and friends and exceptional brands, for this gift that you gave me.
During this next year, my family has been blessed with a couple of new projects – projects I either can’t or won’t write about just yet. Because it’s so hard for me to not write about what’s happening in my life, I’m ceasing posts on mamamash.com for the time being.
I’ll still be available if you need a guest post – you can find me on Twitter (where I won’t be posting much but will answer mentions and DMs) or you can email me at mamamashblog at gmail dot com. I’ll also continue to subscribe to your awesome blogs and visit you when I can.
I wish all of you the happiest of new years, I look forward to coming back in a few months to update you on our little projects and I leave you with my favorite posts. God Bless!
My favorite stories:
The Five Nap Commandments: My all-time favorite post, written while sleep deprived.
Rookie Mom Mistake: Sending Mixed Signals: When pooping deserves its own celebration.
The Pythagorean Theorem in Real Life: Wherein I explain how my husband got those stitches in his face
The Legend of Captain B: A sort of feature a did about my cousin, the man I’m sure will save us all during the Zombie Apocalypse.
Does that mean I can say fart now: A post about the silly people who are my heart and soul.
Ewwwshi: Sometimes, my family does not share my tastes in cuisine.
Sugar and Spice and some potty advice: The first time I realized that my days of pooping alone were over.
Wash, Rinse, Repeat: How motherhood can be monotonous, but also satisfying.
My favorite recipes:
My guest posts:
Today’s PSA: The Drawer – At Multitasking Mumma’s
If I Could Turn Back Time – at Chosen Chaos
Making Memories – at New Mom Survival Adventure
Guest Star – at Mama Wants This