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It’s funny how sometimes the path you choose doesn’t go in the direction you thought it would. The path meanders and takes you right by your dreams but then whips you away briskly towards things you didn’t know you would encounter. I was married and started having kids young and now my husband and I have four kids. Four!?! I never would have dreamed I would have so many crazy kiddos running around. I never saw myself blogging on a budget or worrying about a budget but then I grew up and realized most of us have a budget. My family has been through our ups and downs and our life is far from perfect. I wanted to share some of my story since I know it can be easy to get wrapped up in the perfection of pictures. Social media is pushing out pictures of perfection as fast as they can and only showing us part of a picture. What we often forget is that behind every perfect picture is a mess, there are real people, real situations and real emotions.
I started blogging in 2010 while working and going to school for web design as a way to feel connected to the outside world. When I wasn’t working I was at home raising our (then) two little boys – Wyatt 2 years old and Mason 1 year old. To make sure we didn’t have to send our boys to daycare (because quite frankly we didn’t have enough money) my husband Mike and I worked opposite shifts. I worked a 7pm to 3am shift for a while and I honestly can’t remember much of anything from that year and a half. I was like a walking zombie who tried to sleep as much as I could. I can remember crying in my bed trying to get them to nap at the same time in the afternoons so I could get sleep too. When I was home with the boys my husband would be at work so I felt lonely and exhausted without my own identity. Blogging filled a void by helping me connect with so many other moms and women staying home like I was and it gave me reason to stay busy with crafts. When I was blogging I felt like the regular day to day tasks suddenly had more purpose.
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