Friday, May 30, 2014

The Farewell Blog Post

Around Christmas this past year, I kind of hit a breaking point. Maybe a mid-life crisis of an overwhelmed mother, with 17 balls in the air and not a pair of pants that fit well.  I wrote out some new year’s resolutions—all geared to make me a happier person.  Whenever I write out resolutions, I also write out things that I want for myself that year. Usually they are very materialistic things like new Tory Burch's, a car, or a house we need to rob a bank to afford.
But this last year, my clowns of children aged me decades. All of a sudden I have allergies, want English pottery, and long for things that money cannot buy. This year when I started thinking of things I wanted for myself, it wasn't more followers. It wasn't more page views. It wasn't more comments.
I just want more time.
For those of you that blog, know the time that goes into writing a post, formatting it, uploading pictures, and responding to comments. There is something to be said for the days when the blog was much smaller and I knew every person that came to this page. It's not a big blog by any means, but things have grown much bigger than I can put my arms around, while balancing a full time job, two kids, and my high cleaning standards. Sprinkle in my control freak ways and how I need to run everyone's life.... and well, I am kind of short on time.
As I was thinking about the ways that I spend my time and what I would do different, it made sense for me to close this space.  I had been pondering it since the beginning of the year, but finally around Easter, I gave myself today as my final cut-off date.
It wasn't an easy decision. There is a lot of history to this blog. In ways, this is a huge part of my identity. This little blog is a significant source of affirmation, the one thing that is all mine, and even a small income.
But I saw this quote a few months back and it’s been lingering in my head.

know these are the good days. And maybe it’s because I know it to be such a clear and delightful truth that I am able to close this chapter. Instead of writing here and bitchin’ my way through the daily in and outs of my very simple life, I feel like I should participate it in more… soak it up for all that it is because it’s pretty great.
So with almost 700 posts and over 2.3 million page views, I am ready to take my final bow.
After five years of doing this before work and after the kids go to bed… I want to sleep in a bit, watch Mickey Mouse on the couch in the mornings, and relax with Chris on the patio at night.
Five years is a long time. I spent five years in college earning a Political Science degree that I don't use. Aside from forcing Chris into a shot-gun wedding, this has been my longest commitment. In the last five years, Haven has went from a newborn to a kindergartner. Olive was born. We sold a home and lost everything we had. We learned hard lessons of what is important, been blessed generously by our friends and family, Chris got his Master's, we bought a new home, took up running, and have lived a lot of life in between. 
REAL MOMENT: How many diets have I been on in the last five years?
But honestly, I wanted to end this on a high note and because of the friendships I have made and how I have changed as a person, this blog has been one of my biggest successes.

I sent part of this in an email to a few friends the other day. I told them that I was walking a fine line between feeling free and doing the Kim K. ugly cry. I still feel that way today, so I apologize if this is briefer than what we both would like.
I just want to say a very sincere thank you for following along. Many of you have been there through the highs and lows, through the fad diets, the gains and the losses. Through new babies, house sales, rentals, and purchases. You have been lifting me up, making me laugh, and turning me into a better person. I promise that this is not goodbye-goodbye…. After all, there is still instagram and facebook.
When I started this blog,  I felt very alone and sad. I was a brand new mom, shaking the postpartum blues, and just trying to find a way to connect-- an outlet where I had a place to escape. I found so much more. I found true friendships, but I really found myself again. It brings me so much joy that this blog, that started in such a dark, sad place... now has given me such a happy ending. 
Thank you. 


121 comments:

Christy said...

This makes me want to cry! I feel like we are breaking up. LOL, I totally understand. Also, let me know when you come to Gulf Shores. Maybe we could go to dinner and actually meet!

Amy @ Getz Girl on Fire said...

OMG - this literally makes me so sad. You were one of the first blogs I discovered and one of the reasons I started my own. I have read every post and always looked forward to hearing about what was going on in Holly's world. You are so real and honest . . . and so I applaud you for making this hard choice to end this chapter. Maybe one day you'll come back . . . until then, I'll see you on Instagram. Much luck, love and many hugs to you.

Lori @ fattofit41 said...

You have many blessings ahead of you, my friend. XOXO

Danielle K said...

I will definitely miss reading your blog...its one of my favs! Glad you'll still be on IG. Enjoy your time and soak up every minute - these are definitely the good times :)

Lora said...

say it ain't so!!!!! just so you know, i'm still coming to StL to visit when I'm ready to get knocked up again. it's my city of love. I'll miss you. just don't get crazy and do something dumb like quit social media....

Sandra said...

I'm going to miss reading your blog but I understand the need to have more time. I always think about how much more I could get done if I had more time (probably should use the time I was spending thinking about it, lol). Thank You so much for the instant friendship along the Fort 4 Fitness route. You stuck by me until the end. We helped each other push through the pain and the aches. - Sandra Overman

DMarie said...

Thank YOU for sharing your life with us!! I have loved reading your blog, and wish you all the best in your new found freedom. Now log off, crack open an ice cold beer, and shotgun that bad boy to get your weekend started off right!

Kati said...

I'm going to miss reading your blog but good for you on taking advantage of the "good ole days". Your humor was one of the things that lead me to read your blog. Thank you for sharing!

Kelly || Old Blue Silo said...

I know I am a newer reader that's been following off and on the last year but I will definitely miss your posts! I respect your decision whole heartedly. Thanks for all the laughs. I wish you the best and will be sure to follow on Instagram :)

Tessa Kithome said...

Wishing you the best for you and the family. You will be missed. You're an amazing person!

Emmy said...

I'm not going to lie: this makes me so sad. I love your writing style, your stories, your humor. But, I absolutely and completely understand where you're coming from and respect your decision to "live" your life rather than "write" your life. I feel you, lady. And I look forward to catching up with you on Facebook and Instagram. Much love being sent your way!

Nichole @ casadecrews.com said...

Totally understandable, but I'll miss reading your blog and real posts, Holly! xoxo

Heather M said...

Sad face. How I will miss "hearing" your voice in the morning. Relating to your parenting, dieting, and even anxiety struggles. Truely, a void is left in my blog reading life.

That said, good for you! You are moving into a new chapter of your life, and know when something is not good for you anymore, to let it go. God speed Stanfield clan. I will be happily following you still on IG & FB.

Emily @ Beauty and the Greek said...

Holly! I want to cry! Your blog is and will forever be one of my all time favorites! I understand how hard it must be to juggle posts and the pressures of writing because you have sponsors. :( Thanks so much for the laughs!

-Em

Katie @ Loves of Life said...

I totally, totally know this feeling. I think it's great because blogging DOES take time (time that I haven't found recently)--I'll catch up with you on IG, lovely. xoxo

Trisha said...

I will miss reading your posts, but good for you for realizing these moments with your family are important! I do hope you will OCCASIONALLY update us on your adorable family! I will be following along on insta ♡

KayLynn said...

Seriously going to miss you lady!

srjones03 said...

I will really miss reading your blog each day, but I understand why you made this decision and I agree with you. Thank you for sharing all of your quirks with us, and making me feel more normal each day.

I started my blog because of you and Chris. I read your posts about meeting other bloggers in real life, and the running stories with all the support you got from the blogging community, and I realized I wanted to be a part of that. Does it sound completely crazy to say I aspire to be like you in the blog world? Probably, but whatever I'm still going to say it.

I plan on continuing to follow you on instagram and facebook and pretend like we are best friends. And it will always be my goal to meet you in real life :]

Angela V. said...

I'm so sad to hear this but don't blame you at all! You have been one of my favorites for a long time and I'll definitely miss reading! I will still be following along on instagram for sure. :)

Ash Z said...

This makes me sad :( I love the shout outs and sponsoring you offered. I also love reading you daily musings and enjoy your humor. I will keep following you on Instagram and enjoy your humor and be inspired by your endeavors :)
Now I need to find an amazing blog to sponsor :)

Tia @ HoPo said...

Do what you gotta do mama. Family comes first. I am a firm believer in that. You brought a slew of us bloggers together and I am forever grateful for that. Good luck in life and I will still be stalking you on IG.

AMCallahan said...

Nooooooooooooo! Man I'm going to miss you so much. You are one of my favorites but I totes ;) understand and wish you and hubby jack all the best!!!

Jen said...

I'll definitely miss reading your blog. I wish you the best of luck in everything you do - here's to hoping a little sabbatical is all you'll need and you'll be back someday! :)

Emily Southern said...

I will miss reading your blog everyday, but I wish the best for you and your sweet family!! These are the best days of your life, and you should enjoy them!

Mrs. T said...

I'll miss reading about you guys! Thanks for being so open and honest about your life. I enjoyed following along.

Katie said...

I definitely understand, as my kids are the same ages and I can't imagine pouring time in to a blog as well as my full time job. But, I will definitely miss reading this blog. I look forward to keeping up with you via Instagram though! You really have a wonderful sense of humor and make me laugh with every post. Enjoy your time with your kids - you'll never regret it!

Katie said...

I definitely understand, as my kids are the same ages and I can't imagine pouring time in to a blog as well as my full time job. But, I will definitely miss reading this blog. I look forward to keeping up with you via Instagram though! You really have a wonderful sense of humor and make me laugh with every post. Enjoy your time with your kids - you'll never regret it!

Alana said...

Thank you for sharing. I will miss your sense of humor. Prepare for some Instagram stalkers!

Leigh Ann Bryant said...

I'm so sad to see you leave, but commend you on your decision to make more time for yourself and family. I check your blog everyday....but I have never commented before, so I’m taking this opportunity to tell you how much I have enjoyed reading everything you have shared. I was able to relate to just about every single thing. You were (are) the number one blogger that I would love to meet in person. (Oh, hey, we don’t live too far away from each other….fyi! ) I wish you & your family the very best. I still plan to follow you and your fun on Instagram and Facebook. Thank you for sharing your life with all of us. You have been truly inspiring to me.

Sweet Love and Ginger said...

Sometimes you just gotta give it up. We will miss you!

Emily J. said...

Wow, I'm shocked, but happy for you. I know you and I have had our ups and downs, but I've always enjoyed reading your blog posts. I know that you put tons of time and effort into them, and you deserve that time for you and your family. Since being pregnant with Katy, I have really slacked on the blogging and I've realized that it's been much better for my family. I don't worry about posting every little thing, and I'm glad you're there too, proud of you! I hope we can keep in touch here and there. Have fun and live the "good ole days!"

Amanda S. said...

I'm sad to see this blog close, as it was one of my first daily reads :) but I completely understand where you're coming from. Wishing you and your family all the best!!

Momma P said...

Big Holly!!! I am crying at work over this! I am so blessed to have met you through the interwebs as are the 10 million other people you have reached! I will always think of you when I feel like I'm doing the "Fat girl jiggle" aka running the neighborhood. It was great to meet you in Ft. Wayne and I'm glad you're taking time off to spend with your wonderful family. Make sure to keep us updated on IG and FB. I'll miss you but hopefully we can do a meet up in St. Louie when our kids hit 21 and move out. Peacceeee :)

Erin Shell ~ Living A Love Song said...

Thank YOU for all the laughs over the last 2 years I've been reading. Enjoy this time with your family and friends!

Meredith said...

I am so saddened to read, this but I know everything you have put into words here is truth and is what is best for you and your family. Let me say that I NEVER missed a post of yours. Your blog is one that I would come take a look at to make sure you had posted afor the day. I always looked forward to your stories and the witty way you would spin them. You made the mundane comical and made me(and surely others) not feel so alone living out the everyday craziness that is our lives. Thank you for that. You will be SO greatly missed here!!

Ashleigh said...

You have so much to be thankful for and I'm so happy that I flew to the Lou to hang for a night. You're such a hilarious person with the best stories and I hope you enjoy your retirement :) Miss you! Xoxo

Jasmine @ FleurtyandFit said...

Thank you for all the blog tips, sponsor spot, and laughs. Sincerely wish you all the best.

undomestic mama said...

I'm going to miss you but completely understand. Best of luck to you Holly, there's something very liberating about not blogging anymore.

Amanda @ Keeping Up With The Petrosians said...

Aww well I will definitely be sad to not read your blog anymore even though I am one of those creepy people who reads and rarely ever comments...what a loser! :p But since you have a good reason...all is forgiven. ;) I hope you'll pop in from time to time! :)

Rachel said...

This makes me so sad, but so happy for you, too. Proud of you for making this decision. Time is a precious thing, and I know you'll be happier in the long run. I'll still stalk you on Instagram :)

Paulette said...

Really sad for me, but happy for you. I loved reading your blog and you will be missed! Good luck Holly!!

Kara G said...

Holly, I will really miss reading your posts. I always looked forward to them and they would usually make me laugh out loud. But I respect your decision and I'm so glad we got we met in blog world and in person in Ft. Wayne! You are one of the nicest people I have ever met and I look up to your ability to talk to anyone and include everyone. I'm glad you're staying on instagram :) Best wishes!

Lisa Buerkle said...

You will be missed...

Jana Wilcox said...

Yours is the first blog I read every day...I will definitely be missing it!

Nicole Burdess said...

I am going to miss your smart mouth ways, but with that said you never get the time back when your kiddos are small. Even when they are terrorizing the hell out of you. But hey that's life! :) I feel like a butt for my comment on IG the other day, with that being said, so glad I have met you! DON'T BE A STRANGER ;)

Christina Slay said...

The internet will be a sadder place with you gone. I never commented much but I read everyday! I totally get it though, this is the good ole days, good for you for recognizing it! Maybe you can blog again with your clowns become teenagers and don't want to have anything to do with you except ask for money. :)

Jacki Suchy said...

You are amazing! Thanks for the laughs and for being someone that I could relate to. Also someone that if we ever met, I know we could throw a few beers back and make fools of ourselves without regret!
Enjoy your extra time with your babies!

Bean said...

I will miss your blog posts for sure, but certainly understand the need to step back & enjoy life before it passes you by. Kudos to you for making this decision for yourself, and for your family. All the best to you, Holly. Now sit back on your patio and take a nice long swig of a Miller Lite. You deserve it.

Lindsey Ruston said...

Hi Holly! So bummed to hear this (mostly for selfish reasons, since your posts always made me laugh and it was a great way to start my day!), but freeing up your time to hang more with your family is the most important thing. I heard a similar quote to the one you mentioned above about these being the good old days and I always try to keep that in mind. Enjoy them! Thanks for the laughs and the email responses - you truly are a class act! :)

ATrailLife said...

Good for you. I don't know you personally, but from our emails and brief interactions, I can just tell that you are a kind and generous person. I wish you all the best and hope you enjoy all of the new found time with your family (and alone with your self too!). xoxo Jill

Mere said...

I FEEL YOU COMPLETELY! That is why I shut down my blog after only 1 year of writing it. I had so much guilt over the upkeep. And even though I did it mostly when they went to bed or were napping, I hated that I felt like my "me time" was wasted on the computer. I like to decompress by reading and watching TV, not making my brain work by editing a blog post.
I am only on IG and FB now, (and read other people's blogs), and even then I think is too much sometime. I love those quotes and I think we could all learn a thing or two from them.
I hope we will keep in touch... I would love a chance to get together again like we did in Indy last year. Maybe with the kids this time since they are so eerily close in age. Loved reading your blog and love you Hollygirl!!

Erin said...

Oh Holly, Noooo!!! I've already thrown my temper tantrum on another blog who mentioned you were calling it quits, now I'm feeling weepy and totally bummed out. You've given me a daily laugh for the last 2 years, I can't believe you're taking that away from me! All b/c you want more time w/ family, how dare you! :) Seriously, I will miss your funny stories and watching you on your fitness journey. I'm so very bummed to say goodbye! What the hell's happening to our little blog world? Everyone's going away!!! And if you're starting a new blog where you share your funny stories that only friends and family are invited to PLEASE invite me - I promise I won't promote it or comment so you have to reply, I just want my daily laugh and to see your cute kiddos continue to grow up. I'm selfish that way. :) I'll miss you!!! Have a great life and stop by my corner of the webs and say hi once in a while. (((BIG.GIANT.HUG)))

Elizabeth said...

Welllllllll, shit. :( I wish you well.

The Sullivans!! said...

Beautifully written...best of luck!

Missy in Texas said...

Nooooooooooooooo!!!!����������

Kathy Betts said...

GAh! For real! :( I completely understand but will miss your real-ness...your sense of humor and the peak into your family that you shared. I'll miss reading you! Safe travels!

Tori Thompson said...

I am certainly going to miss your posts, but I am so thankful for all of the laughs and friendships that came from this space. Thank you!

Katie said...

Nicely written! Enjoy that family of yours!!! :)

Nicki said...

I feel like I need to have some Olivia Pope speach for you, about being a gladiator and trying to do it all. BUT I am a big believer in doing what you need to do for you and your family. Change is always so hard but I think you worded it very well.
I will miss your blog, but I'm so glad I stumbled apon it. You have lifted my spirits when I was having a down day and made me laugh. I'm so grateful I got to meet you in real life and hopefully we can meet again soon. Eat like honey-boo boo and drink like Linsey Logan, laugh at my craziness and dance till our feet fall off, till then sweet girl remember those babies of yours are only little once....enjoy them now!! Love ya girl!

Just D. said...

Just as I was going from loving you to being in love...lol...This was a wonderful good-bye not anticlimactic like Christina leaving Seattle Grace. Be well and all that jazz your awesome and amazing and inspirational and I got all that in just a few months! Enjoy life outside the computer...lol You will be missed!!! * tear *
D.

Amber Isenbart said...

You will be very missed Holly! I never really commented, but read every post. And every post made me laugh. Don't worry though, I'll still be stalking, I mean following, you on IG!

Heather said...

I'm just glad you posted this on a Friday so I have another excuse to over indulge in the wine this weekend. "But, Holly stopped blogging! POUR ME ANOTHER GLASS!" It's been wonderful "meeting and getting to know you" through your blog. I will continue to stalk you on IG.

-Heather
I do what I want.

V @ X-tremely V said...

I will miss reading all of your stories and more! Good luck Holly!

regina said...

I will miss your blog - you have a wonderful, fresh, funny "voice" that I have sincerely enjoyed reading! And you alerted me to Taylor Hanson's IG account - much appreciated, haha! Best of luck in everything life has to offer you and your family! :)

Lesa said...

Thank you--you will be missed more than you know.

Jennifer said...

Oh my goodness, I'm going to miss your posts so much! But, I understand. I wish you all the best. :)

Nadine Lynn said...

I have been reading your blog for two years. I rarely comment....but I have been blog stalking. I am sad to see you go, but totally get it! I wish you the best!

Abbey Schultz said...

So sad to see you go but so happy you will have time. Big hugs to you and your family!

Jennjilla said...

So very sad to see you go, but I totally get what you are saying! Wishing you both the very best and I hope you enjoy your free time! :) xoxo

Megan said...

This is a sad sad day for me, no one can tell a story like you Holly. All I can say is you better start posting more on Instagram!

K @ Keeping Up With K... said...

This makes my heart hurt Holly :( But I definitely understand where you are coming from. Just know your blog was always my favourite - you're the funniest blogger in blogland. You'll be missed!

hollyberry1130 said...

I will miss this (and you!) very much...you're always the first blog I read. I have enjoyed reading and have found lots of new blogs here, as well. Thank you for sharing your life with us and all the best to you and yours.

Elle Noel said...

Awwww!!! You will be very missed but I totally understand. Soaking up the now is so much more important! I hope you'll post a few stories here and there- because no one can share a funny like you!

Jill @ You Me and Capri said...

Holly-- So sad for me but incredibly happy for you. I am so, so thankful I stumbled across your blog. You can truly tell a great story, you keep it real, and you put a smile on my face with every post. I have often wondered how you've managed it all-- the kids, work, blogging, being an OCD cleaner as I am etc., etc. I can barely figure out how to respond to my few readers-- Ha! (Thanks for teaching me.) I can't thank you enough for taking the time to answer all of my dumb beginner blog questions and being a friend from afar. It means more than you will ever know. I do hope you keep your blog open so we can reference it at times and get a dose of Holly if we need it! =) I know that many great things are in store for you and your family. Enjoy those babies and life outside of the computer. You will be missed! xx

Tawnia said...

We will miss you!

Lauren Peters said...

I haven't been a follower for a super long time, but I've enjoyed your stories and you always make me laugh. Your time and your family are much more important. Wishing you all the best!

Melanie @ 4Kottez said...

Life is so important - living it is even more. I can't wait to share in the fun with you as we grow up and watch our kids tear up the Lou;) You were the first person I connected with when I began blogging - the first person to brighten up my somewhat darkened life at that time and for this I will always be grateful. We have shared man super fun times these past 2 years and I look forward to many more! It will be nice to sit back and let life happen MINUS the posts, the cameras, etc... Just be... Love you Stanfield.

Jenny said...

I'm devastated. You're my fave. But I will be supportive and not whine and I thank you for the many wonderful, enlightening, smart, real, funny, inspiring posts. Your writing will be missed so much. Don't be a stranger.

Dawn Cox said...

So sad to see you leave but totally understand! You are always the 1st blog I check out in the mornings. You will be missed but enjoy living your life. :)

Cassidy White said...

I'm so sad! I've lived and breathed your blog since I found you, not too long ago. But I completely understand. Blogging is a lot of work and time consuming. I'm so glad I found you! You've made me LOL literally out loud where ppl stare. Thank you for kicking ass! You're seriously the best. Thanks for helping us newbies out. You will be missed in the blogosphere!

Allison Miller said...

You are my favorite blog! I am sad to see you go but I understand the demands of your life and the growing want of needing more time --- for everything! I will miss your sense of humor very much --- your posts always make me laugh! Good luck holly --- I've enjoyed reading for the past 2 years!

ladybugchele said...

I've truly enjoyed reading your blog - thanks for all the laughs and sharing your life, you have an ADORABLE family, I can't blame you for wanting to spend more time with them, ENJOY!!!!

Christi said...

Don't leave... Stay for me. But I guess if you have to go I will come to understand someday.

Honestly though- You were one of the first blogs I started to follow and kept coming back to. I was even more excited to know you lived so close to me (all the others I follow are from Texas, Ohio, Virginia....). I am truly sad to see you go. I loved reading your posts and sometimes relating to exactly what you were going through, or laughing at the mishaps {sorry your just too funny sometimes}. Best wishes to the Stanfield Family you will be missed here in blogger land.

Meg said...

Holly, you are so sweet and genuine. I will miss reading your blog, but respect and understand your decision. There is nothing more important in life than living in the moment and truly cherishing the moments and things that are right there in front of you.

Best of luck to you and your lovely family!
-Megatron

Megsablue said...

I completely understand your decision and I'm happy for you that you're doing what's best for you & your family. However, I'd be remiss if I didn't admit that I'll really miss reading the blog. I have anxiety issues too and your blog always made feel not so alone in that. I've always appreciated how genuine and sweet you are - that seems to an anomaly in the blogosphere a lot of the time. Best wishes to you and the family! You'll be missed.

Megan said...

Hugs to you friend and best wishes to the whole gang!

Heather said...

NO! This is so sad....all of my favorite bloggers are going away. :( I understand though. Enjoy these moments with your family. You're right - these ARE the good old days. You're making a great decision. I hope you'll still be on Instagram!!

Lindsay Latimer said...

So sad to see you go! I understand- that's the best decision for your family! Good luck to you and thank you for your great posts & support!

Angela said...

I will really miss reading your blog, but I completely understand your reasons for ending the blog! Best wishes to you and the rest of the Stanfield clan!

Sandra Ward said...

Farwell and Congratulations to you! Thank you for opening up your life to all of us that have enjoyed it with you, cried with you, laughed with you (and at you haha) Thank you for showing me that being a bit OCD and a nervous ninny sometimes is an Awesome thing! Having never met you I sincerely believe that you are an Awesome Woman, Wife, Mother, Friend and one heck of a Blogger! I promise you that you have helped inspire others in ways you didn't realize... The best of wishes & dreams to you & your family. Please know that you'll be so very missed here in the blogasphere but I'm happy to know we can still catch a glimpse of you here & there on FB & Instagram. Sandra Ward

Samantha @ 24 to 30 said...

This makes me so happy and so sad! Sad for all of us, happy for you. I have truly enjoyed your blog and getting to "know" you and your family. Your blog will be missed but I totally understand why you're stopping! I hope you enjoy all the extra time! :)

Six In The Sticks said...

There was no warning. No gearing up. No count down. {SIGH.} How do I deal with this kind of crazy unexpected news (that doesn't result in gaining 15 lbs?)? There's just no way to unread this post.

That being said: I'm glad you're taking your life back! You'll LOVE the extra time on your hands and hopefully you'll feel amazingly FREE to just live in the moment! HUGS, Mama! ENJOY!!!

{And we will recover from this. Somehow. I hope. (Do they offer insurance packages for this sort of emotional stress?)} ;)

Sarah said...

i can't believe i literally just felt super empty and shed a tear while reading this!
damn you.
if i ever find out that you came to MN and didn't tell me….

Little Miss Bootyful said...

Oh Holly. Or as I have dubbed you, My Hollarious! This post is so bittersweet for me. I have found laughter, encouragement, cried and even blasted you on #wcw a time or two. You have always been genuinely kind to me and no one has ever told me "that's just how she was to your face" which only intensified my feelings of calling you a friend. I am so grateful that I got to meet you last year in Ft Wayne. You are amazing person- you have extremely lucky kids who will reinforce what a great Mommy you are someday and it will make you realize all this is the very best! I will miss your posts- honestly, it's one of the very few blogs I still read. Thank you for sharing so much of yourself over the years and being a source of happiness to me. (((Supa Hugs)))

Tanya said...

I will truly miss reading about you and your craziness. I find I can relate to you in so many ways and it's nice to know that I'm not the only one that feels the way I do when it comes dealing with stress. You make me laugh and I will miss my morning chuckle. You have a true gift connecting with people and I understand how you would want to put that energy into your family and friends (not cyber friends).

jaybeejay.com said...

I'll miss your posts but that's a decision I can understand and respect! Good luck to you and your beautiful family!

kparr140 said...

Nooooo!!!!! I will miss you so!!! I love your blog. Good Luck to you!! and I hope you may check in with us from time to time.

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Danielle @Because I Said So... said...

Big Holly!!!! I have the sudden urge to give up meat as drink beer in order to become closer to you:) I will have to re read all your blog posts 1838337392 times to get my Olive Betty fix, cuz you know she's my favorite! Good lick with everything Holly! Stalking you on Instagram @danielleharrison12

Danielle @Because I Said So... said...

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Trista said...

I've pretty much done the same thing. I realized yesterday that it's been almost 3 weeks without a blog post and I don't see myself writing one anytime soon.

I just have no time for writing blog posts with our new business and my kids and my work and my husband and my 4 hours of sleep I need. ;)

Sometimes we just have to step back and remove some unnecessary stress in our lives and there is nothing bad about wanting to spend more time with your family. You ARE in the good ole' days and so am I....it's time to start living them!

See ya on Instagram! :)

Kara said...

So sad to see you go but I totally understand it! Blogging is SO time consuming. Sometimes I sit at my computer for 30 minutes and only manage to write one sentence because I have nothing to say but OMG I've gotta get something up!! You will be missed but I hope you enjoy the extra free time is gives you!! Glad to have gotten to know you through this. I'll be keeping up with you on IG....and updates from Jake! XO!!

Laura B @ Walking in Memphis in High Heels said...

Love you and will miss you! I will just have to drive my butt back to Missouri!
; )

Wally said...

Thank you for your blog. I have really enjoyed everything about it but I completely understand. I will miss it. Best wishes!

Ashley Richards said...

I'll miss you dearly! Enjoy your extra time and live.

Leigh Canady said...

I think you have made a wonderful decision - but I am sure going to miss your hilarious posts!!!! You keep it real like no one else out there. Enjoy your precious family - Godspeed!!!!

Taylor LeMay said...

It's the end of an era :( Enjoy your family and get some extra snuggles in :)

A Cup Full of Sass said...

I am sad to hear this, but totally get it! I met you in April at the SITTS Blogging Conference. You are such a good speaker, blogger and very funny! I am grateful I had the opportunity to meet you and learn about your fun blog! Keep in touch. ;) Amy@ A Cup Full of Sass

Chrissy said...

Holly, I have so enjoyed following along with your life. You are a fantastic friend to those who are lucky enough to call you such. You gave me a laugh first thing many mornings. You are a real mom, a real wife, with real problems. I found your blog to be so relatable. I am going to miss you so. But I also realize people can be cruel and make it not so worth putting yourself out there. I also get that the littles are only little for a moment and they are the most important aspects of your life. If I couldn't blog when I do, I won't either. Not worth taking time away from the babies and husband and life. Love you girl.

Lewis Lane said...

Know you will enjoy the family time. I have enjoyed reading your blog. Has made me LOL at work a lot. You make me feel not so crazy for being a bit of a clean freak. Will definitely keep up with you on FB and Instagram

Julie @ Just the Joy's said...

Awwww! This so so sad! But I know that is selfish of me to say because I totally understand your reasoning for doing so. After all, they do say - all good things must come to an end. As much as I will miss following along {and pissing my pants as I read it on most occasions} I certainly wish you best in your free time! I'm certain you will enjoy it! Hopefully drinking a beer or something... :) Take care! See you around IG!

Amy @The Crazy Wise Woman said...

I'm sad to hear this but happy for you that you realize that these are the good days. That is truth my friend, moments you can't get back and will wonder where they went. When kids are small time just flies... you will never regret sitting on the couch and watching Mickey Mouse with them. Thanks for being a good read, a good laugh and a blogging inspiration! Cheers!

Suzanne said...

I'm sad to see you go but I'll still see you on IG. Thanks for your time and your posts, you make me laugh. Enjoy your well deserved break and time and soak up the "good ole days" now :)

Stacie said...

I don't know how many times I literally laughed out loud reading your posts. Thank you for that. You will be missed! Enjoy your littles~!

The Martens said...

You crack me up everytime. Enjoy the time you gain. Im at a similar spot in life. Career and being busy isn't as spectacular as it used to seem.

kelsey jenkins said...

and I keep coming to your page in hopes that there will be a new post.... sigh.....

Dana - http://chocolateandsunshine.com said...

Holly. I just got to know you this year and am sad you are stopping your hilarious blog, too. However, I get it. I realize how much work it requires and takes from family time. Enjoy yours and thank you for your kindness to me!!! You are a doll.

Alison Reinholt said...

I'm a little late to the party... Though I'm sad that I won't be enjoying your daily snarky satire, I'm happy for you being able to enjoy your family more. There is a time for everything and I can empathize with feeling like something has to give. Best of luck to you and Hubby Jack! I look forward to stalking, er, I mean following you on FB & IG. Love to you.

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