The internet is a strange and awesome place.
I put my little family out there and there are definitely days that I want to pull the plug, shut this mother down and hide under my covers with my peeps.
Days when people question my husbands smile, our choice to keep Luke in Pre-K an extra year or the fact that I washed my parents dog in my sink. Days when I get ugly comments about being honest about spanking Mason during our Spring family pics (seriously, not my proudest moment - but it happened), comments that my hair is awful and feedback telling me I must be mismanaging my money based on how many pairs of "clown pants" my daughter has.
It comes with the territory and I take it with a grain of salt (perspective, people!) and on days when it almost gets the best of me something great will happen that reminds me why I love blogging - the connections. Connections with people that I otherwise would NEVER have an opportunity to meet.
People who are genuine and caring and amazing. People like Shelby :)
Sidenote: How GORGY does Shelby look in this maternity pic?!?! I saw it on FB today and it was too pretty to not share. Perfection, right???
Shelby and I met through blogging and we totally hit it off. Her husband was traveling to Texas the same weekend I was hosting my Matilda Jane trunk show and she and her kids tagged along on the trip. They came over for lunch the day after the show and we had the best time!
Shelby shares my love for all things girly and matchy and of course we had to dress our girls alike for the occasion :)
The conversation flowed easily, our kiddos hit it off (and cried when it was time to leave!) and I totally felt like Shelby and I were old friends.
After Shelby and her crew left that day I really started thinking about how blessed I was to "meet" her and how grateful I am for all of the awesome people I get to "meet" here and on IG every day.
I'll get an email from someone thanking me for being honest about not really potty training Mason and sharing that they're struggling too, I'll get a direct message on IG telling me that they're praying for me based on a few scriptures that I posted earlier in the week or a surprise piece of happy mail will show up "just because" someone went out of their way to brighten my day. I'll run into a reader at VBS and help her wrangle her kiddos in the hall, a silly outfit post will give someone the inspiration to pattern mix outside of their comfort zone (it's the little things, y'all!), someone will message me to tell them that a video of Mason being Mason made them smile when they were having a crummy day or I get to meet an internet friend in real life... and I'm reminded of all the GOOD that's out there.
I mean - it's awesome.
I have met some of the most open, generous and honest moms and friends through this space and I am beyond grateful for the connections that I've made. God works in some crazy ways and has brought some awesome people into my life through this little blog and I can't wait to see who else I get to "meet" through this experience :)
Happy Tuesday, friends and thanks so much for reading!
Don't forget - tomorrow is Recipe Club! Get ready to link up and share!!!