Embracing change


Every week I drive by our lot where our new home will soon stand. I’m tempted to drive by every day, but I’m trying my best to resist and save a bit of gas money. The builder will pour the foundation sometime this week, and before we know it, we’ll be planting our roots in our new home.


A lot of people don’t like change. My husband loathes it. I love it.

I like moving new places, meeting new people, learning new things. That could be why I’m more excited than nervous about our move. But I am a little anxious about so much changing at one time.

Next week, I’ll no longer be a weekend anchor. The week after that I’ll be a part-time employee and full-time mom of two. If you asked my 20-year-old self if  I wanted to be a stay at home mom I probably would have laughed in your face. And now, here I am, staring at that reality.

I feel like all of these changes are giving me a chance to kind of re-define and  re-discover myself.

Will I join new neighborhood play groups, and make friends with people in our new ward (church congregation)? Will other people on our street have kids my children’s’ age? I feel like it’s a chance to start over. If that makes sense. Not that I don’t like the way things have been going, or that I’m embarrassed by my past. But in a way it is like starting a new life.

Lately I’ve been debating changing the name of my blog. I’m not sure if I’ll be making any more babies. Definitely not anytime soon. Not ever if it’s up to my husband, but I’m not convinced he can’t be persuaded in another four or five years. But if my baby-making days are over does my name just seem silly?

I’ve been toying with other names for my blog. I love living life to the fullest, capturing moments, taking risks and leaps of faith. I bought a new domain name with these things in mind but I’m not sure I’m ready to make a permanent change just yet.

Another blog change I’ve been battling with is occasionally posting more sponsored content. A reader recently shared her annoyance with the more frequent sponsored posts. To be honest, I used to hate them as much as everyone else. And with how frequently I updated my blog, they got watered down and they weren’t as noticeable. I just haven’t had as much time to post my everyday thoughts, but my “assigned” things keep me on tight deadlines. I used to avoid them at all costs but quitting my job puts us in a place where we could use all the help we can get. I definitely don’t want to sacrifice my blog or have it turn into a review hub. I probably get close to 100 pitches a week. Seriously! And I rarely give most a second glance, but the ones I do share here on my blog have to meet certain standards: 1. Awesome 2. I’d buy it 3. A win/win for myself and my readers.


My blog has always first and foremost been my journal, and a scrapbook for my kids but I also need to consider what it can provide for my family. Going forward, I’ll keep them limited, relevant, and try not to loose my voice in them.

My voice. My self. It’s something I’m desperately hoping to hang on to as my world changes. I’d be lying if  I said the thought of being home with my kids almost all the time isn’t somewhat terrifying. But I’ll be there helping lay the foundation for their lives, which for now, is where I feel I’m meant to be.

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  1. That’s fun about the new house. So many changes! So part time does that mean one weekend shift a week? Or even less than that? I hate sponsored posts I really do. I always skip over them. It’s disappointing to see a blog has updated and then it’s sponsored. Maybe do something like babble? At least when people go to that site they expect all the commercialism, but I enjoy reading about your life.

  2. How exciting…all these changes. It would be neat to change the name of your blog but I don’t think it’s necessary. You are still a baby making machine because you had 2 kiddos. LOL. We hope to moving from the east coast to the west coast in a few months and I’m definitely looking forward to the move. I’m used to moving and I don’t mind changes. BTW little J is so awesome 🙂

  3. I for one don’t mind the sponsored posts. I’m a frugal shopper and if I’m going to pay full price for a product, I do prefer to check out a few reviews. And it’s an even bigger plus if a review is coming from someone whose opinion I trust.

    I totally agree that by spending more time with the kiddies, you’ll definitely be giving them a better foundation. That played a huge part in my decision to stay at home. Loving the pics of J! She’s too adorable.

  4. I’ve been following your blog for a while now and I have to say; your “sponsored” post have proven to be pretty useful for me on occasion. Certinly they’re not as endearing as ones featuring your cutie-pie kiddos but I don’t find them annoying. And if I don’t want to read them … I don’t read them. I respect not wanting to compromise your quality but don’t let ’em knock the hustle! Especially when what you share could be really helpful to someone.e

  5. Go by everyday to your house, LOL! We did and I documented it with pictures, so we have pictures from day one until finale. It was amazing to go and see all of the progress they had in one day, in one hour even. Sometimes we even stopped by 3 times in the day, haha!

    Change can be fun, as long as you know how to go with the flow of it. Good Luck on both your new part-time job, becoming a SAHM and buying/building a new home 🙂

  6. Hi Jennifer! I think I am the reader who voiced annoyance :-/

    I honestly didn’t mean to give you a hard time. It was only a recommendation.

    Good luck with all the changes! I think change is good 🙂

    1. Oh my goodness don’t even feel bad! I know what you mean, and I responded to your initial comment with my thoughts. Just thought I’d explain a little more why things have been a little different around here for others who are wondering. 🙂

  7. I really don’t mind your sponsored post. I mean, usually I hate any sponsored blog posts, but yours are always so well done. You actually seem to put thought into them and work them into a story. You don’t just yell “hey, buy this!!” at us.

  8. I feel you on the conflicting feelings about sponsored posts. I too turn down most requests I get and instead seek to create my own partnerships. I don’t like when a blog that used to be personal allows their content to get diluted with sponsored posts. It makes me less likely to visit. It’s all about the right mix!

  9. I don’t mind your sponsored posts at all and usually find them helpful. I can tell you put thought into which ones you choose. Good luck with all the changes coming up. I, too, like change!

  10. I have been following your blog for a couple of years I guess- I rarely comment but you’re kind of a ‘go-to’ person who I like to just see what’s going on. When you were expecting your son, I was expecting my second daughter and I absolutely love the tone, frequency and format of your blog posts and blog. I think that you doing sponsored posts in the way you’ve done so far is a no brainer and a smart move. It’s not taking away from the personal nature of your blog at all for me and thoroughly enjoy reading it. You’re an inspiration to many many mummies out there x

    Keep blogging in whichever way you wish- tis your blog after all! I look forward to hearing your new name for the blog if you decide to change it xxx

    Mrs O ; )

  11. Congrats!! Best wishes and thanks for the share. I once was not fond of change till change became fond of me. I am grateful I survived and was able to come out a stronger person for it. We can plan many things but sometimes things get in the way. We have to learn and be able to roll and grow with the punches. Look forward to more news on the home and thanks again, have great day.

  12. Older Texan mom here; and I say do not change the name of your blog! From a mom’s POV, no matter how old they get, these little nuggets of joy will ALWAYS be your babies and you will ALWAYS be in the baby making business: making sure they’re happy, making sure they’re safe, making sure they’re equipped for life, Making their meals… 🙂 (okay, the last one was a bit cheesy) but you get the gist.
    Seriously, I love following you and will continue to do so.


  13. Good luck with all the changes! I love change as well. I get bored if there’s not a “big change” on the horizon.

    Oh, and I think you do a great job at integrating sponsored posts. 🙂

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