Today at lunch we let Harper try avacados. The pictures in this post are of her trying it. It didn't go over too well. In fact I'm not even sure she actually swallowed any - it seemed to all be on her bib. We may try again or I may skip over to sweet potatos and stick with that for a week. She has been having some tummy issues and I want something that will be good and help her digestive tract (if you know what I mean). (I never in my life thought I would spend as much time analyzing and worrying about bowel movements as I have in the last 6 months - you know what I mean moms???) (I mean nights of googling "green poop"......ha ha ha!)
Okay - so I'm going to answer my 3 most asked questions I posted yesterday along with maybe a few more.
1. I am going to go back and make sure the links all show for all the home tours (and future tours) and stick something on my sidebar with each Friday's link so you can have easy access to those tours in the future. That will be nice if in the future you decide to re-decorate your dining room or get pregnant and are planning a nursery or get engaged and want to look at weddings! Hopefully I'll have that done by this time next week.
2. I get asked a TON what kind of camera I use. We made an investment before Harper was born because we knew we would be taking a million pictures of her and we had decided we would most likely not have a lot of professional pictures made - we prefer to do it ourselves. So we have a Canon 5D and the main lens we use is a 24-70mm zoom lens. (I hope that's right - Scott is the one who researches and buys the equipment - I just use it). I mostly just use the auto - Scott does more manual settings. I think loving your subject has a lot to do with it! ha!
3. I get asked a lot if the transition from working girl to SAHM has been hard and how do I like it? I can tell you that it's been the best thing in the world for me. I tell Scott pretty much every single night how thankful I am to be able to do this. I love every single second of it. I once worried if I would be bored but I am always so busy - even if it's just laundry, dishes and cooking dinner - there is always SOMETHING to do. I actually thought I would try and spend more time making play dates and lunch dates and I seem to be so busy - I don't do that as much as I would like. There are days like today where we get up REALLY early and Harper is fussy and I plan to stay home and get things done and I look at the clock and think "It's only 9:30???? This is going to be a long day". But I'm still thankful for this life. I know being a SAHM is not the best choice or only choice or the choice everyone gets to make - but it's the right choice for me.
P.S. I have no plans to home school. I get that asked a lot but Harper will be attending public schools. She will get plenty of additional training and education at home but she is going to school. ha! (Homeschooling is a wonderful choice - it's just not for us).
4. I get a TON of e-mails asking me how my blog got so popular and how you can get more followers or have a better blog?
I really don't know the answer to that. I started my blog just to keep a record of our lives and never expected anyone to read it. And no one did for years. And honestly - if no one read it today - I would still keep writing because I just enjoy this outlet to journal. When Harper was born sick - for whatever reason - we had so many people find us and pray for us. Why you keep coming back - I couldn't tell you??? ha!
My personal thought on why my blog has grown is that it is like the Prayer of Jabez - 1 chronicles 4:10 "Oh that thou would bless me indeed and increase my territory and that Thine hand would be with me.........." My prayer for so many years was that God would give me a way to minister or to witness. I never in a million years dreamed it could be through a little blog but I feel like God has provided a way for me to share my faith (and my life) with others so that's why I keep on. I never have set out to "promote" my blog or to grow my readers - it just has seemed to happen. God continues to keep giving me opportunites to share my testimony (in ways that stess me out sometimes) and I'm thankful He is using me somehow - as broken and sinful of a human as I am. So I don't know how to tell you how to make your blog "big" but I will tell you a few things that might help:
- Be yourself. Blog about things you love. Blog as if no one else is reading and stay true to that. Just be real - don't try to be someone you aren't.
- Find other blogs you love and leave comments. Eventually some of those people will connect with you. You may not get a lot of readers - but you may meet some pretty neat people and make some fun blog friends.
- Blog often. Not 3-4 times a day - that get overwhelming for people. But you need to blog more than once a week or once a month for people to stick with you.
- Post pictures.
- There can only be so many "MckMamas" and "Boomamas". Don't feel bad if you only have 10 followers. If 4 of those are grandparents who get to look at your kids every day - then you are successful!!! Your children will be thankful for the memories you have recorded of them.
P.S. If you are single - go read my BFF Laurie's blog today - she wrote a very encouraging post I think you'll like!