Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Helllllooooo Blogland!

How is everyone? I know so much has changed! I've been trying to catch up on some of ya'lls blogs but it's been months and that's quite a feat! Lives & blog layouts have changed, babies have been conceived, born, and unfortunately some of you have lost loved ones.  Some have opened shops, some closed them.. For all I missed out on, please accept this armful of huge hugs!! <3

There were a few reasons that I went M.I.A. in the blog world (and irl as well as social networking), some of which I just want to put out there, I may be loved or un "liked" for lol but you know me, I want to be honest with you! 

Blogging is an amazing way to connect, as well as learn more than you could possibly ever accomplish on your own research. I have met so many of you loveys that I just couldn't imagine not knowing, but I am really bad about having this super tender heart and majorily over extending myself.  I've been taking some time to realize that I am one little person in this big ol' world! But guess what, one little person can make big change, but that starts in your home, being a good wife and a great mother to the little ones that God has blessed us with. I just felt like I couldn't juggle it all as well as blogging.

You know I love to make you smile ;) doing so much animal rescue the past few years this tickles me!

Life is busy!! We moved (again) in the middle of suffering from HG (hyperemesis graviduram) and some other major life events, as well as a sudden family member's death, and my husband not only preparing for deployment, but flying out of state three times in a month & half period before that. I was 15 weeks pregnant last time I blogged and gender hadn't been revealed.. so guess what? ITS A BOY! lol.. and he is actually already here, in my arms as I type this. Hubby deployed earlier this year and is still gone for a few more months, so my blogging could still be sparse as I am taking care of our four littles. I invite you guys if you'd like to help fill in the spaces with guest posts, tutorials, whatever you want in the fields of mommy ministry or positivity hit me up! if you want one drop me a comment here w/ your email! (Legitimate offers please.. no party supplies or robots please! Cats are perfectly acceptable, I don't discriminate ;D 

Also.. this is the one I may be unliked for, I felt like I was a fail at blogging. I guess, even with the purest intentions, you can find yourself wanting to be liked. Like in Kindergarten, when you sheepishly ask someone to be your friend ;) I felt like I couldn't keep up with the beautiful trendy clothed mommies, conferences, blog hops, etc. And irl, I get nervous and can be socially awkward.  I found myself very sad when a post had 0 or 1 view. I love ya'll and I love the opportunities that blogging provides to minister & really help others, and when it seemed like it was dying, it kinda broke my heart.  The more followers, the more views & shares, the more these worthy causes & handmade artisans get saw and that means alot to me. That's the only thing I have to offer to these causes most of the time, prayer & share!

And my purpose is to try to network & share. Not for self profit.

I felt so much like an epic fail. The nitty gritty honesty is that I battle every day w/ my super low esteem. I realized though, if even one person can come here for inspiration, humor, or just to see what's up, that is good enough for me. So I'm back :) and I missed you all too much for words!

Some Changes: 

1) No sponsored posts unless I feel you guys will REALLY benefit from it. I removed my clever network button too. This isn't a commercial type place.

2) For IHH (I Heart! Handmade) series, if you have a handmade shop and want, you can guest post! But you have to be nice and use your manners and treat DBNM nice or I'll remove the post later. No mean or wrong business practices please.

3) In giveaways, it will not be required to follow this blog or any of my social networking. If you want to, that would be REALLY sweet because of above mentioned reasons, otherwise, let's not make it complicated ;) by adding so many entries.

I think that's all for now..

Ps.. I'm in the midst of making a cutesie little announcement to post so you can see my new tiny (or was lol) guy, I hope to post it either tonight or in the next day.
Xoxo, Crystal


  1. Definitely want to see pictures of your newest cutie :) Welcome back!!

  2. Glad to see that you are back...even if it'll be limited :) Congrats on the birth of your baby boy! I can't wait to see pictures of him.
    I think most bloggers can relate to those feelings you talked about above. I rarely blog anymore, and only when I really have something that I want to share. It can be overwhelming to try to "keep up", and I just realized it's not necessary. I will blog when I want to, and what I want to, not because I feel like I have to. We should do this because we love it, not because we're obligated :) I look forward to reading your updates! I miss seeing you around blogland and Twitter.

  3. You are such a dear! I feel the same about the bloggy world! I have not posted as much and don't want the pressure to! I just do it as therapy! LOL! I love you girl and you just take care of those babies and post whenever you can or feel like it, no pressure! Oh, and go show some love on my wall.... I feel the same way, especially when I see that hundreds of people have looked at it but no comments. Like somebody walked thru your house and you didn't know they were there. LOL ;)'


  4. Congrats on your adorable baby boy and welcome back to blogland! :) Have a beautiful week and God bless!


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