Just, Thank You.

Hey Blogstalkers,

Recently I decided to rededicate myself to this blog.  To post more often, to reformat and reconnect and be the blogger I was long ago before pregnancy and baby and turning 30 and all the changes that came with those changes, changed my world.

But the thing is, my world is changed.  So how can my blog stay the same?

This is something I've been struggling with quite a bit recently.  I hoped throwing myself back into the blog headfirst would reignite my enthusiasm for this endeavor and then I'd traipse gaily along, throwing out ridiculous stories and quirky ditties like flower petals.

I forced myself to sit down and write.  And sometimes I did like what came out.  And sometimes I did not.  Which was fine, I don't think any blogger really loves every word that they write.  But it wasn't about just disliking bits of what I was doing suddenly, it was that I started to feel I was actually being unfaithful to my life.  As much as it would be great for me to still be that prattling, scattered, giggling twist of a girl, I'm just not her any longer.

I'm ridiculous still, sure.  But mostly, I'm serious and focused and intent on creating the very best life I can for my family.  And my blog has started to feel very at odds with that idea.

And now? Negative comments and emails?  They hurt so very much more.  Before, they stung and I'd tear up a little but Ryan would give me a hug and then make jokes out of those comments until they felt unimportant and we'd go on our merry way.  Now, if I'm being insulted or degraded, (and I am A LOT, behind the scenes) it feels like it's not just me that is getting libeled.  It's my family.  It's my daughter.  Because that is what my life is now.  It's not just me any longer.  It's them.  It's us.  

I like to think I am a nice person.  At least I try to be a nice person.  I'm a huge believer in karma and I really attempt do good in all things.  And I love my family hugely and fiercely.  So now that I'm getting this horrible punched-in-the-gut feeling when I'm attacked by internet thugs, I'm rethinking this entire adventure.

And it has been an adventure.  A wonderful, down-the-rabbit-hole, lake-of-shining-waters adventure. I've loved just about every minute of it.  I'm just not loving it right now.  So I really don't know what to do.

There's an age-old adage that comes to mind here, "If you can't stand the heat, get out of the fire."  And at this moment, I can not stand the heat.  So I'm climbing out of the fire.  For now.

I don't know if I'll be back so I'm not expecting or asking you to stick around this time.  I realize I've left before and never come back quite as good as I was in my heyday.  You've all been more lovely and loyal than I could ever expect already.  You've forgiven my flaky-blogger ways and provided an astounding and breathtaking amount of support.  You've given me a community and I'll never ever ever forget that.

If I do take up the blogging pen again, it's going to look a little bit different.  Because my life is just not like it was a year ago.  Yes it's still silly.  It's still random and clumsy and full of laughter.  But now it's also heart-thumping and intense.  It feels more important now.  Now it's something to protect.

I'd love to write about my real life sometime.  About all of it.  Not just the funny parts. (Though there will always be funny parts.)  I wonder if anyone would like to read that.

So, I'll not say goodbye here.  I'll say Cheers to You, and Yours and Theirs.  I wish you all the levity in the world.  Hopefully I'll see you around.

THANK YOU.  I thank you and thank you and thank you.


And RYAN.  And Fiona.  (And OJ.)



P.S. I'm happy to answer any and all questions and comments for the next couple of days.  Then I'll probably close comments.  I'm also happy to respond to any emails or FB messages.  (LaurenRaeGallagher@gmail.com)


177 comments:

  1. Anonymous10/21/2014

    Thank you for sharing parts of your life with us. I will admit to being a little sad to no longer hear about your hijinks. All the best.

    Rhian

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    1. Thank you for reading. I'm a little sad too. I'm a lot sad to be honest. All the best to you as well, forever and ever.

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  2. I am so sad to read this....you have brought many smiles to my face when nothing would. I actually thought if you this weekend as I was deciding on muenster or havarti (i got havarti!) I am sorry that peopke suck, plain & simple~dealing with that at work. If we all just realized we are in the same boat & supported/helped eachother a little more often, perhaps the "meangirls" wouldn't be so mean?? Hopeful thinking, but doubtful. Thank you for making me smile& for sharing all you did. Hope to read you again, and at least see you on FB??Best of luck to you all! Karen

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    1. First, you made the right choice. Havarti rightfully won that battle.

      Second, yep, mean people suck. And I'm not Taylor Swift. I can not just Shake It Off. I wish that I could.

      Thank you so much for reading. I haven't really made a decision about FB/IG yet. I'd like to keep them up and running for a while and see how it goes.

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  3. I will miss u, are you still going to post little things u do to ryan an stuff like that on facebook? Silvina

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    1. I think I'm going to try to keep my FB/IG up and running for the time being. I don't know if I could stand complete radio silence.

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  4. Lauren I am so very sorry that anyone left you ugly messages or emails. I have never gotten why people do that, If they don't like what they see they should just move on. Sadly some people are just miserable and they want to spread that to the world. I will surely miss your blog, I wish only the best to you and your family.

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    1. Thank you so much Tammy! Trolls are always going to be trolls I guess. I'm just not well-equipped to deal with them, it turns out.

      The best to you as well!

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  5. I just want to say thank you. Thank you for putting yourself out there, for sharing your life and your family with us. I'm sorry for those who were negative (although I really don't know what they could even find to be negative about?) I'm glad to see you following your gut and recognizing that with these life changes (big ones!), other things need to change as well. You owe us readers nothing, but I do hope that maybe we'll see you again someday. Question - will you post to facebook and instagram on the accounts you have now? (I would completely understand if you deactivated those as well.) I wish you, Ryan, Fiona, the puppies, and OJ! nothing but happiness. :)

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    1. Hi Megan! I'm still planning on keeping my FB/IG up and running, at least for the moment. I've had nothing but support on those entities so I'd love to stay in touch with everyone.

      Thank you for reading, I really appreciate it.

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  6. Sarah N.10/21/2014

    Thank you for the laughter over the years.
    I started following you when I was about to get married - your relationship with Ryan reminds me much of the silliness of the one I have with my husband. I was pregnant at the same time as you, and it was fun to follow along (I felt your pain, sister).
    Thank you for sharing your life and funs with us all. Ryan & Fiona (and even OJ!) are lucky to have you.
    I hope you will still be on FB and Instagram! But if you aren't, I'll just say thank you one last time.

    Sarah

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    1. Still on FB/IG for the time being at least! And thank you so much for reading. And congratulations!

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  7. You will most definitely be missed, but I completely understand your decision. Best of luck and I hope we hear more from you at some point.

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    1. I hope we hear more from me too, at some point. :)

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    2. You have to do what's best for you and your family first. The rest will fall into place as it should. If you come back, I'll gladly read and comment once again! You've been a joy to follow. Thank you.

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  8. Oh, I hate this for you. I'm afraid it is what happens to a lot of us, though. FWIW, I think you have your priorities straight & MUST to put your family and sanity first. You enjoy your husband, your sweet baby, and your life. Rest in the knowledge that you have been a bright spot in many of our lives and we will always love you for it.

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    1. Thank you so much for this comment! (Although I did read the first couple of words as "I hate you for this" and I was like, OH NO!) But then I realigned my eyeballs and read the rest and just THANK YOU. You are awesome.

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  9. Alana K10/21/2014

    Oh, Lauren. This hurts my heart. Not because you're leaving, but because someone or many people made you feel that you have to. That's not fair to you. You've done such an amazing job sharing your life with us and making us feel like we're part of your family and we let you down. You have the right to grow and change and your loyal readers will all tell you that it's been wonderful to witness. You don't owe us ANYTHING and yet you still gave a part of yourself. I hope you know how your blog affected (effected, good lord I hate not knowing which one is right!) me personally.

    Your proriorities have changed and rightfully so. Do not feel guilty for one moment for owning that and doing what is right for your family. That is brave. I think bravery has been a theme in your blog, whether you realize it or not. You were brave to start a blog and share your life with strangers. You were brave to acknowledge that your job no longer made you happy and you took a step to change that. That inspired me so much and now I'm living in a new city working at a job that fulfills me and has employers that treat me with respect. Please don't ever let those hateful comments outshine the ones that comes from those of us who care about you.

    So thank you, Lauren. And RYAN. And sweet little Fiona. And OJ. (P.S. I'm single). And know that if you do ever decide to come back, that you'll be welcomed with open tentacles. <3

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    1. ^^THIS!

      Lauren, if you take anything away from this blog, sit back for a moment and be humbled and awed by the fact that your words and your life inspired another human being to make her life better and seriously change things. That should be taken seriously and to heart. Not everyone can say they've done that in life.

      Here's the thing - I bet there are a lot more people out there who would say the same. Even having one person though? Wow. Unreal. I love it.

      Keep on keeping on, Lauren. I'm sure there are a lot more lives you'll be changing in your private life.

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    2. so much yes in this. . .

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    3. Alana, I want to first and foremost thank you for your comment. It was wonderful to read, truly. Please know that the people that read this blog and comment and hang out on FB and all of that have NOT in any way, let me down. I don't know where the trolls come from, they're usually anonymous, but I they're not YOU (big general you here). I don't post the hateful comments because there's no point. Or rather, I delete them as they post if my filter doesn't catch them. So there wasn't even any way for anyone to know I was struggling with this issue.

      Thank you for saying that I'm brave. I never felt brave until I had my baby. Now I get it. I get fighting a dragon for the sake of someone else's love. Totally. I'm SO SO happy for you and your job and your new city, really and truly happy. To think I nudged any of that wonderfulness along, even just a little fills me with real joy, I hope you know that.

      So Thank YOU.

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    4. Heather, Thank you so much for your comment! This entire thread has made me CRY WITH JOY. I wasn't going to capitalize that but Fiona thought it was a good idea, so she did it for me (she's on my lap) and I think she's probably correct in this instance.

      Jin - You are awesome.

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  10. I have enjoyed everything you've posted. I appreciate that you are putting your family first. You go momma bear! And please, from one lover of words to another, NEVER stop writing. You owe yourself that much :)

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    1. I'm a pretty extensive journaler, and I write to Fiona quite a bit, mostly so she can read it all when she's older and be like, "MOM!" So I don't think I'll ever stop writing completely, I just have to figure out the correct venue.

      Thank you so much for reading!

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  11. Lauren,

    I have so enjoyed reading every little thing you have written. I hope that you will be able to find a new path to writing and sharing that will bring you joy someday. I, for one, will be waiting. I suspect that there will plenty of others waiting as well. Until then, I wish you and your beautiful family all the health and happiness that you can hold. I hope that we will still get to see the most adorable Fiona on Instagram! :)

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    1. Hi Corrine! I'll still be posting periodically on IG, at least for now. Thanks so much for reading, and for having faith in me. Hopefully I'll find my path soon!

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  12. Anonymous10/21/2014

    I'm so sorry that you had this experience Lauren. I really enjoy reading your posts, hearing about your lovely family and laughing about your adventures. I would totally love to read about serious stuff as well. I completely understand how you feel and Hope to see you back to blogging again. Please enjoy your family and don't let the bastards get you down. Thank you for sharing your life with us.

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    1. Anonymous10/21/2014

      I tried to publish under my name but blogger hates me:-)

      Wishing you all the best!
      Kate

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    2. Hi Kate! Thanks so much for reading and for pledging to read in the future, it means the world.

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  13. Lauren, I will be right here waiting for you! I'm hoping this is just a little hiatus and not goodbye. I feel like I'm losing a friend! Stay brave and be fierce and don't let anybody get to you.
    Much love,
    Random internet stranger aka Anne

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    1. And now I have the song "Right here waiting for you" stuck in my head. Which isn't a bad thing.

      Thank You for reading!

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  14. Dangit! I read a LOT of blogs. I mean, quite a few. And I have exactly two in my "must reads". I get so excited when I see a new one pop up there. And your blog is one of them. :( I hate the environment created online that drives people away. I hope you come back.

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    1. I hope I come back too. I wish I had thicker skin. But alas, it's pale and tissue paper thin.

      Thanks so much for reading!

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  15. Oh Lauren, I'm so sorry. I've enjoyed your writing so much and found some other blogs I enjoy also (Words for Worms for one). As much as I'll miss you, I know your real life is more important and if you have to choose one, that's the right choice every time. I hope you can stay and share little things with us on FB. I'll miss you and RYAN and Fiona. And OJ of course. Take care.

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    1. P.S. This is the 2nd blog I love that has announced a closing this week. Yes, it's right to do what you have to do and I totally support that and blah blah blah, but I swear, one more goes and Ima have to burn down the internet.

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    2. First, Words for Worms is awesome. Katie is one of my most favorite people in the entire world. I even stalk her in real life now.

      I'll still be around on FB and IG, so hopefully I'll see you there! And please don't burn down the internet! Then how would I watch videos of dogs wearing socks!?

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  16. Your blog is very funny and cute and endearing and I enjoy it. But, and I hope you don't take this as a negative comment, it is inherently a little inauthentic. That's not a bad thing - you were writing intentionally for the humorous aspects, you weren't writing a memoir. But when you deal with serious life changes - deciding to leave your job, battling depression, having a baby - I imagine that it's harder to find the humor sometimes and that writing becomes more of a chore. I only mention this because you wonder if people would like to read about your real life, and I think the answer is very likely yes. It would still contain a lot of humor, I'm sure, but it would also be authentic, which I think is what really attracts people to blogs. It's entirely your decision whether or not to do that, and the risk is that it would invite MORE negative comments because people sure do like to judge other people's lives.

    No matter what you decide, I've greatly enjoyed reading your blog, your daughter is adorable, and Ryan appears to be wearing a shirt in that picture. That is all.

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    1. Wendy, I think you've hit the nail on the head here. I've been feeling inauthentic. My blog has always been about me taking the humorous bits of my life and stretching and pulling them into stories. And that's getting more difficult with everything that has changed since I started this enterprise. I'd love to write about my REAL REAL life at some point but you're absolutely correct about the more negative comments aspect, and that scares me quite a bit. Because obviously I'm not doing well at dealing with those.

      Thank you for this comment and thank you so very much for reading.

      (And we have a rule where he has to clothe himself for family pictures. "Go put on your picture costume" I tell him.)

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  17. So sad I understand since we have a baby too but I love reading your blog, whatever you write. Maybe I'll come to Chicago!

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    1. Totally come to Chicago!

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  18. Lauren,

    I'm so sorry to see you go, but as a new Mommy I totally get where you're coming from. Thank you for all your hilarious tales & maybe this time off will help you reformat your blog. I mean it doesnt have to be an everyday post. Maybe a "what i'm reading" or "things Fiona & I love" ...you are a talented writer & I for one will read anything you post. Some people are just plain mean & even when the comments sting...brush it off. They don't know you. It takes alot of courage to blog, especially when you posted about your depression. Thank you and I really hope this isn't goodbye.

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    1. Thanks for this comment Mirabel, I really hope this isn't goodbye as well -especially with all of this support today. It's overwhelming in a completely good way. I would adore to write about the things you suggested, I just need to give it some time and then see where I stand.

      Thank you so much for reading!

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  19. Thank you for the many, many, many laughs over the years!

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  20. Cindy W10/21/2014

    You do whatever feels best for you. I'll miss you, but you and your family absolutely come first.

    And of course we'd love to read about your real life, not just the funny parts.

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    1. Thanks Cindy! And here's hoping I figure out what I want to write and then do it. Once and for all.

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  21. I will read anything you ever care to write, and if you do decide to come back and write about everything everything instead of just everything some things I will be right there reading.

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    1. Thank You Jennifer! That's so nice to hear.

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  22. As hard as it is to see you go I think it is the right decision. We are constantly changing and evolving and we can never go back but we learn and move on. I have loved everything you have shared and I wish you and your family the best in life. I will miss reading your updates and I am so sorry you had to deal with negativity. I don't understand why the internet seems to give people the freedom to be hateful and rude. I was taught if you can't say anything nice, say nothing at all... If we all followed that the world would be a better place.So I now say cheers back at ya and may you and your family continue to be blessed!

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    1. Angel - I was taught the same thing, as I think many people are as children. It's so sad to me that people feel like they don't have to adhere to that basic rule of like, just being a good person.

      I wish you absolutely all the best as well!

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  23. I'll definitely miss your blog, and your stories, and your unique writing voice- but you have to do what's best for you, even if I very much wish you'd do what's best for ME instead. ;)
    But really, take care of you, Fiona, RYAN, and OJ. I mean, from the way she's growing I'm sure Fiona will be able to take care of herself any day now, but RYAN and OJ are gonna need you forever… so what it comes down to is your health, happiness, and enjoying your family. We internet folk should always be a back-seat concern, and the people who are jerks and don't know that you can click away from any site you don't enjoy INSTEAD of bashing people shouldn't even be in the car. They should be jaywalking and get hit by a metaphorical bus.
    I'll miss you, Lauren! But thanks for sharing for these past years, you've been one of my favorite bloggers through both your humor and your honesty. And I hope you stick around/stay public on some social media so we can always be birthday buddies!!

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    1. Gesci - You've been a fantastic and faithful stalker and I almost feel like I should do what is best for YOU, because you totally deserve it for being awesome.

      I'll totally still be around on FB and IG, at least for right now, so I'll see you there Birthday Buddy. (PS can you believe Fiona came thisclose to joining the club?)

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    2. I admit… I adore Fiona as much as one can over the interwebs, but I am still a little miffed she opted out of the January 7 club when she had such a prime opportunity. I mean REALLY. Who does she think she is?!? ;)

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  24. Anonymous10/21/2014

    I know how you feel. This is the reason Holy Crap Grandma went away. I wonder what the intertubes will do when it's nothing but hate and trolls. Bless you and your sweet family; I hope to come across you again in the future.

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    1. Thank you so much! I hope I'm around in the future to be come across.

      Or something with the correct grammar.

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  25. I'm so sorry to read this. People can really suck sometimes.
    But I agree with everyone, you have to do what is right for you and your family.
    I hope to still hear from you on the FB Lauren's Literary Lounge. I just love that group.

    Also, thank you for having the courage to write this blog in the first place.
    I have loved coming here for the last couple of years.

    All my best to you and yours.

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    1. I'll still be around on FB, as well as the book group! So I'll see you there.


      Thanks so much for reading!

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  26. Jen Seiderer10/21/2014

    Lauren, I totally get it. I was a blogger, too, until almost exactly a year ago. I wrote something that brought out the trolls and they attacked my kid and my parenting. That was it for me. As you said, I have something to protect and that crossed the line and got too close to the ones I love so fiercely. So I stopped blogging because I'd lost the taste for it. I miss the writing and of course the compliments and positive feedback I got, but not enough to go back, at least not yet. You will be greatly missed but I understand. Thanks for sharing so much up until now and for always making me laugh SO HARD.

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    1. WHAT IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE RIGHT!?

      I struggled with this because I'll SO miss the constructive feedback (even negative feedback when it was constructive was helpful at least) but I can't ignore the haters any longer.

      Thank you SO HARD for reading.

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  27. Oh, Lauren. I will miss you so much. Thank you for letting us share this adventure with you. It has been a wonderful journey and I'm very sad to see it end. I'd be interested in reading anything you care to write, be it serious or funny. If you start writing awful horror stories, I'll be there. Please keep us updated if you ever decide to write some kind of blog again, whatever it may be.

    I hate the people who are mean to you. What could they get out of insulting such a wonderful person?

    Take care of yourself and your family. I wish you all happiness. Cheers!

    ~ Lisa

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    1. Ok so I will at least promise not to write awful horror stories at anytime in the near or distant future. I don't even like knowing that horror stories exist. Shudder.

      Thank you for this comment, it was lovely. This makes me sad to leave.

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  28. Patsy Fox10/21/2014

    Lauren, I'm so sad. I will miss your blog. People can be so mean. As I always say karma is a bitch and they will be bitch slapped one day. Shame on them. I hope you keep writing in a journal because you have talent. Much love and peace to you and your family.

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    1. Yep, karma. I have faith in karma. Maybe that's ridiculous. I don't know.

      And I do write in a journal regularly, as well as in a book that I will give Fiona. She's going to HATE it. I'm going to make her read it in it's entirety. And she's going to be like, "It's so embarrassing though MOM."

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  29. hi. i think i've only commented here maybe once or twice. but i have always enjoyed reading. i would also enjoy reading about your real life - the whole of it, not just the funny bits - if you ever felt like writing it. all the best to you and your adorable little family :)

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    1. Thanks Amanda! Here's hoping I find a way to do that soon.

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  30. I just wanted to say that it has been such a pleasure to read your writing over the years, as your life has evolved and as you have come into your own. And I'm so very sorry that you've received so many mean comments -- it's hard to understand why anyone would be mean to you.

    I, for one, would love to read about your real life, good parts, bad parts and all, if and/or when you ever decide to come back to blogging. Your passion for writing shows in every entry in this blog.

    Thank you for having gifted us with a glimpse into part of your life, and all the best to you and your family.

    - Sharon (cynicalcat, who isn't really all that cynical)

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    1. Sharon, what a lovely comment. Nice things like this make me loathe to leave.

      All the best to you and yours.

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  31. I guess I'm just echoing everyone else's comments, but just in case you need to hear it again...I've loved your blog, and I would also enjoy reading about your "real" life if you felt like sharing that. (I'm always amazed at the negative comments on personal blogs. I don't understand what the trolls or whatever you want to call them get out of leaving negative comments. If you don't like it, don't read it!) So, if and when you feel like coming back, and sharing funny stuff or serious stuff or just recipes, I'll read it. By the way, I liked your brief food blog, and I DON'T EVEN COOK--that's how much I like to read the things you write! Good luck with whatever's next and if you wanted to keep posting adorable baby pics on Facebook, I wouldn't stop you.

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    1. Alison thank you! This is the sweetest comment. You are just wonderful. And I'll be around on Facebook to post pictures of my tiny girl, so I'll see you around!

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  32. We're going to miss you so much! I hope we'll at least get to see the occasional Fifi picture, but no pressure. I know how you feel -- I've been wondering for a long time when my cartoon ideas will dry up, or just not be as good. So far, every time I think I'm out, something turns up to give me a few more drawings, but I can feel the end coming eventually, and I'll be sad about that. I can't imagine keeping up a blog with a baby on hand, and I'm lucky in a weird way that hardly anybody reads my blog, so I don't get the hurtful comments. You are so much braver than I am. <3

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    1. I'm on Facebook and Instagram still, so you can keep up with the lady child there otherwise hopefully I'll pop up soon with a new form and direction.

      This also reminds me that I need to catch up with your comics. I used to be so much better at reading blogs. Then I had a baby. Babies are enormous time sucker-uppers. Good thing they are adorable.

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  33. I'm so sorry some random internet a-holes made you feel this way. I would throat punch them if it were possible. Know that there are so many more of us who think you are hilarious and endearing and a great mom to an awesome baby. I would love to read more if you come back in the future, but I'll keep following along on instagram for now. All the cheese to you, lady!

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    1. See you on Instagram then! And yes all the cheese to me! No Sharing! Cheese is not for sharing! (Alright you can have a little.)

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  34. Oh my little chickadee! I'm a bundle of conflicted emotions! I'm mad at the persons responsible for upsetting you (I will, in fact, be imaginary punching them in their imaginary faces at my next bodycombat class) but I'm happy that you're not doing something that makes you stressed and grumpy. You know where to find me if you need any old thing. XOXO (PS, I'm going to operate under the delusion that the best thing you ever got out of this blog was ME, so, you know, don't burst my bubble.)

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    1. Katie you're top three at least. I mean, someone literally sent me a box of cheese once, so....

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  35. Anonymous10/21/2014

    I would absolutely read a blog about your real life. Serious stuff and all. I'm so sorry that people can be so mean and hurtful and I wish you nothing but the best in this world. I'm proud of you for acknowledging this is happening and for being strong enough to walk away. Hope we see you again soon.

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    1. Thank You! I'm so grateful for all of the support from everyone. It's amazing to me.

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  36. Okay, I am seriously starting to feel like a jinx, every time I get really into a blog and go back and really every single post someone has ever written from the beginning they decide to stop blogging about a year later! This has seriously happened about 3 times before this! I apologize to your readers for bringing this curse upon you, but I've loved every minute of it! Enjoy that little angel Fifi, and don't be a stranger! Oh, and of course mean people suck! Thank you!

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    1. Well this is all your fault then isn't it?

      Seriously though, I'm sorry to pile on to the already big pile of bloggers calling it quits. I wish I had it in me to stick around right now.

      Thank You SO SO much for reading.

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  37. I'm definitely sorry to see you go, but thanks for the laughs and sharing your life with us. You've gotta do what feels right for you and if that's stepping away for whatever reason, then do just that. I don't think I could handle trolls without it feeling personal either.

    I have seriously enjoyed reading your blog and I will miss it. Best of luck to you in whatever you decide to do moving forward. Again, thanks for sharing for as long as you have. It almost feels like I just found out a good friend is moving away.

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    1. My best friend did just literally move across the country. Then when she got there she picked up and moved again within like two months or something. Even further away. It was rough.

      Thank you so so much for reading. Best of luck to you as well, in all your endeavors!

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  38. I want to throat punch everyone who has sent you negative comments and emails. There is no reason for that but sometimes people just suck, especially on the internet, and you don't need to put up with that. I'm sorry that you had to deal with that crap.

    I totally respect your decision to call it quits and I wish you and your family nothing but the best. I'll miss your posts but you and your life and happiness are more important than producing entertainment for the rest of us. Your blog has been great and I have enjoyed "getting to know" you, Ryan, OJ, and sweet little Fiona. God bless you all! <3
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    1. Thanks Laura. I'm really OK about it all. People can be mean when they can hide behind their screens. Objectively I know this and soon I won't even think about them and their terrible little remarks.

      I wish you nothing but the best as well!

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  39. As a long time blog reader, the part that breaks my heart about this post is that you were trolled by hateful, negative people for absolutely no reason. Your posts were never controversial or negative, so for complete strangers to attack you and your family on such a personal level really disgusts me. Please don't let it dull your spirit and your unique outlook on life, because that's what so many of us love about your blog and you. I wish you the best and completely understand your decision to repriortize and step back from blogging. Don't let the muggles get you down!

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    1. Most of the hate would come from people things like, they feel sorry for my husband, or just calling me ridiculous in the most hateful words they could come up with. I don't know. It's all very stupid but it stings. None of the comments or things will affect me personally in the long run, after the initial hurt, because, well, they don't know me. And something is obviously wrong in their lives to have to take it out on someone they do not even know on the internet.

      And thanks! Got to watch out for those muggles. (My computer keeps wanting to make that "juggles", which is also something to watch out for I suppose. I mean, I don't exactly fancy being hit in the head with an orange someone is trying to juggle.)

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    2. It's so very kind of you to reply to each every comment. And it made my day, so thanks!

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  40. I'm sad. I totally understand and agree with your decision but I am sad. Good luck and I will continue to follow on FB, hoping to see a post that you and your life are are at a point where you are ready to invite us in again. Thank you for allowing me a glimpse of you and your family. Take care of yourself, Ryan and Fiona. Oops, and OJ! XOXO

    also- muenster

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    1. WHAT, Muenster? I agree it is good melty on sandwiches, but harvati can be eaten plain. And I really don't need a sandwich to muddy up my cheese, I'm sure you'll agree.

      I'm sorry you're sad about this. I'll be present on Facebook and hopefully back in some form or direction soon enough.

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  41. Best of luck to you! Your life is different now and you have to do what is best for you and your family. I can't understand why some people spend so much time attacking people online. I also wonder how awesome people like yourself can even bear it, I don't think I could. Keep being awesome and doing what is best for you!

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    1. It turns out I can't bear it. Ugh. People can be so rude. I just want to shout MANNERS! at them from the computer screen sometimes. Because THAT would show them LAUREN.

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  42. Aww sad to hear this Lauren! Really enjoyed reading all your stories, adventures and sharing parts of your life through your blog. Don't let a minority of idiots bring you down, we all thing you're super awesome! Thank you for all the laughs, take care and all the best to you and your family :)

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    1. Thanks Michael! I'm trying not to let the dummies bring me down, but it's hard sometimes you know? I think you're super awesome too, thank you so much for reading.

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  43. I'm so sorry that you have received mean emails and comments. I sometimes wonder what it is in me that draws my eye to the comments on certain blogs (not yours) even though I know they'll be awful. I had a blog of my own for a while but stopped writing it as well for my own personal reasons and it was a decision I struggled with, but have ultimately been happy that I made. I will certainly miss your funny stories and your unique voice, but you have to do what's best for you and your family! So, THANK YOU and best wishes.

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    1. It's so terrible it's hard to look away sometimes, I totally get it. And Best Wishes right back at you!

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  44. I would totally read a blog just about your life - every day life and baby stuff and what not.... I love those blogs too!

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  45. I understand and I will miss you so very much! Best of luck to you and your family (including OJ).

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  46. I will miss you but I understand. Family is so important, take care of yourself and your family! Hopefully we can still get updates on Facebook and Instagram?? You will be greatly missed :( Mean people suck!!!!!!!

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  47. It makes me sad to hear that you put yourself out there and then have to put up with mean comments. Of course you have to do what is right for you and your family. But I'd happily read ANYTHING you write. Thank YOU.

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    1. Don't be sad for me! I'm actually in quite a happy spot in my life, horrible haters aside. And thank you for reading!

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  48. I forgot to say.. I would love to read anything you decide to write!

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  49. Thank you so much for all you have given us with your blog. Not going to lie, I'm very sad to hear this news and will miss your blog a lot. I wish you and your beautiful family the best. I hope you find you can keep up with FB & IG without so many horrid people. Take care.

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    1. I'm so sorry you're sad Julie! You've been such a good loyal lovely reader. I'll miss our interactions but I'll be over on Facebook and Instagram for sure!

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    2. I'm sad for me, but very happy for you. Fiona is lucky to have such a wonderful mother. If I ever make it to Chicago, hopefully I will run into you so I can buy you a drink or an octopus or something to thank you for all the chuckles.

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  50. 1- I'll miss you.
    2- Thank you for all your wonderful posts for all these years.
    3- I have never left a negative comment on a blog, ever. I say this not to be all "better than thou" but because I am CONVINCED that people who are truly happy and secure in themselves do not engage in the type of behavior so popular with trolls. So please, when you read the snark or crap that is directed your way I'd like you to think of quality over quantity. You have tons of quality people here who love you and your work and I would hope that would far outweigh the few sad, toxic people who need to try and tear other people down. You have to do what is right for you and I respect that but please don't leave here thinking there are more haters than lovers!
    4- How are we supposed to get our OJ fix now?!?
    5- I will read your writing, especially if you write about your "real life."
    6- Kiss those cute little Fiona cheeks for me!
    7- Best of luck to you for now and forever!

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    1. 1 - I'll miss you (big general you) as well!
      2 - Thanks for reading them, even the not wonderful ones. I know there were some not wonderful ones.
      3 - And RIGHT?! I would never even consider leaving an evil comment. It's so sad that the hateful people are making me jaded. I HATE it. I wish I could change it. But it sucks when they tell you that you suck.
      4 - Oh just go friend him on FB. He's always getting friend requests from my readers. He totally loves it.
      5 - Thank You.
      6 - Done and done. Oh did you mean her face cheeks?
      7 - Thank you!

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  51. I will read anything you write. And also, I can not BELIEVE people are mean to you on the internet. I mean, I know these things happen but... really? I'm so sorry you've had to put up with that.

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    1. Thanks! And yep, people can suck on the internet. I get a lot of anonymous haters but I do get some non-anonymous ones as well. I actually just saw now that some guy was like, "Thank you for reminding me that my decision to never marry an American woman was the right one" in a random comment.

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    2. I think I can thank you on behalf of all American women for keeping this guy away from us, Lauren.

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    3. Shana - I totally wanted to respond and be like, "I'm sure they're just banging at your door too, Sir." But you know, I'm a lady and I don't dignify comments like that with any sort of response.

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  52. I'm sorry to see you go. I see a lot of myself in you, and I was looking forward to seeing how you handled the transition from just being you to being a mom. It's something I struggle with myself, trying to be the fun, silly, person I was before, while also being an adult and a disciplinarian and everything else that goes with being a mom. Honestly, seeing you trying to work it out made me feel better about how I have handled it on my end too. But, I also wouldn't be able to deal with the mean people, so I totally get where you are coming from. Good luck with everything, and do what makes you happy as best as you can!

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    1. It's a huge transition right!? I can not believe how different my life is these days. I mean, I knew it would be very very different, but I didn't realize it would change like, my entire core person. It's crazy and wonderful.

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  53. you will be missed. a lot! all the best to you, ryan, little fiona and OJ, and God bless.

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  54. *clings like a koala* nooooooo

    Honestly, I'll continue to internet stalk you on instagram and Facebook (mainly cause the baby is cute, secondly for Ryan pranks). We weirdos need to stick together.

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  55. Aww, it makes me so sad that you won't be blogging anymore, but I totally understand. Best wishes for you and your family!

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  56. Loralie10/21/2014

    I will miss reading this blog! I am glad that you are taking steps to care for yourself & your family, and hope for super awesomeness in your future!

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  57. Lauren - I will miss you and your funny blog. Sorry to see you leave because of mean/rude people. Several of my favorite bloggers are doing the same. Wish you well.

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    1. Thanks, I think people on the internet are just getting meaner and meaner as the years pass. It's pretty terrible. Wish you well right back!

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  58. I agree it was brave of you to start blogging in the first place. It is also brave of you to stop and put your family's happiness first. If you are upset by the negative comments you receive you aren't able to give your family a happy mommy/wife. And they deserve that. You all do. I would love for you to come back sometime and give us stories from your new reality. If you don't that's ok too. But I think all of us who have commented here will be back as soon as you say the word.

    I may have missed it but, are you continuing at the "mommy blog" you contribute to as well?

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    1. Shana - I haven't finalized things with the other blog as of yet, so I'm holding off on talking about that for the moment.

      And thank you for saying I'm brave. I don't always feel brave. Hopefully I'll be back sometime.

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  59. Thank you for sharing your family, life and stories! I look forward to your hopeful return and would love to hear all about real life stuff. There is more to a person besides funny stories and you have a wonderful family and life. Ignore those who bring you down because they have no idea what they are doing.

    So I bid you adieu for now. And hope that you come back to us at some point. If not, then I wish you the very best for Ryan and OJ and your little one Fi. You are doing the right thing by putting family and yourself first and I have nothing but great respect for that and for you.

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    1. Thank You Desiree Michelle! I'm sure I'll see you around the internets!

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  60. Many times I have turned to your blog to laugh and find humor in the mundane. Thank you for sharing your life and family with us for the past few years. For every mean-spirited note you have received, I guarantee you have produced 1000x more smiles. We will miss you. Thank you!

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    1. Thanks Jess. This is a frustrating situation to be in and I wish I could do it differently, but for right now this is the right move for me I think. Thank you so so much for reading.

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  61. Sad to hear, but understandable. Good luck in life! Hopefully one random day you will be back to blogging. I must say that I did enjoy your writing.

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  62. Annalisa10/21/2014

    You do whatever you have to do. It has been a joy to read about your life, and experience your VERY SERIOUS silliness :) Don't leave forever though; it's very sad to follow snippets of someone's life over years and then never to hear again how they're going. I think about blogs I have followed which are no longer updated and wonder how the people are doing, what their kids look like now, how their lives are, so, check in from time to time :)

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    1. I think I might steal VERY SERIOUS SILLINESS for the tagline of my next blogging adventure, if there is one. I'm not leaving forever hopefully. And until then, if you're on Facebook or Instagram, I post a lot there.

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  63. Anonymous10/21/2014

    Hi Lauren, I wanted to thank you for making me laugh so hard I cried - on many occasions! I have loved reading. Danielle

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    1. Thank you so much Danielle!

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  64. Hopefully you'll keep us updated on fb with occasional pics of Fiona and you and Ryan. .. well miss your blog, but morwe'llll miss you

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  65. I loved your stories, pictures, and your sharing. I hope that whatever life holds in the future that you are happy and content. That is what life is all about.

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  66. I feel really really sorry for bloggers' kids who grow up in front of the public--their every mistake and bad hair day and personal moment documented for the world to see. Maybe in this phase of your life it's best to pull back and focus on your family and guard that precious child's privacy. I hope you'll pop in on Facebook now and again and let us know how you're doing. I'll miss your OJ stories and your beautiful, funny voice too much otherwise! Wishing you health and happiness on your next adventure!

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    1. Debra, this was something I really considered after my baby was born. I don't want to take Fiona's privacy for granted, just because she can not make her own decisions on the matter. I'm happy with sharing photos here and there.

      Thank you SO SO much for reading, and I'll see you on FB!

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  67. Yay for fb and ig

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  68. Lauren,

    I can't remember how I found your blog initially earlier this year, but I wish I'd been a reader since you began. You're pretty much my favorite and I don't even know you. You are indeed hilarious, but I love this letter so much. It's authentic and heartbreakingly honest. That's real life, eh? I admire you for acknowledging how internet idiots actually hurt you. It makes me angry on your behalf. I always want to see the good in people, but some people are just plain mean and I'm so sorry that you've had to deal with that. Anyway, I hope you come back and that you come back with earnestness and sincerity and all the realness that makes up your world. I'd totally dig that. And if funny stuff is in there too? Awesome. Life is about evolution and change. Nobody should ever expect you to remain stagnant and keep churning out the same thing over and over again... even in this blog space you've created here. All right, enough with my rambling. Thanks for writing. All the best to you. For reals.

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  69. Lauren - Thank you for all you have shared with your readers. I have loved your blog since the bloggess listed you on a sidebar. Cheese and torturing my husband are kinda my things too. :-) I hope that you continue your happiness. :-) I am so sorry that there are such a holes in the world. Maybe I'm a fool to believe this, but I'd rather be "soft," than calloused and unaffected by bad things. I'm 34, and have been told to get a spine more times than I'd like to admit. And I am who I am. *totally did the Popeye voice on that ps* So don't beat yourself up.

    Best of luck and yes please keep up the updates on FB/ IG! And I am also team real blog post if you ever decide to do that. (I'm not even a human mommy *2 furbabies* but have enjoyed your newer baby-focused posts fyi.)

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  70. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us! I love your sense of humor as well as when you post serious things! I'm sorry you have to leave in order to take the best care of you and your family! Internet Trolls suck monkey balls! Will be lurking around for whenever you are able to post again.

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  71. Anonymous10/21/2014

    Thank you for sharing your life and your humor. If you need me to shit on some mean person's porch for you, I will.

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  72. I will miss you. I always looked forward to reading your posts.

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  73. Anonymous10/21/2014

    I'm seriously old enough to be your momma and let me tell you that this momma is proud of you. We blogstalkers tend to think of our beloved blog stars as if they were little TV people who exist in a separate universe, a tiny little family out there somewhere, hanging about for our jollies. What I desire for you is what I want for my own grown children, that is the freedom to make the very best decisions for their own families. I hope that this decision brings you joy and a great peacefulness. Now, we who are left behind will await that day we are in Barnes and Noble, surveying the "NEW NON-FICTION" table and we spy our dear Lauren's name, and we jump and we scream and text our daughters "LAUREN WROTE A BOOK". You have been my Erma Bombeck and I will miss you (until I buy your book, full price of course).

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  74. Anonymous10/21/2014

    What you wrote at the end- "I'd love to write about my real life sometime. About all of it. Not just the funny parts. (Though there will always be funny parts.) I wonder if anyone would like to read that."- really touched me. First, you are not loved because you are funny. You are loved because you are you and being funny is just a part of that. Second, Yes. I, for one, would definitely follow your life in whatever way you feel like presenting it (I already follow several blogs that are not humor blogs- and I care about what is happening with them just as I do in real human two way relationships that I have). Third, the first thing again. You are so much more than just a funny person. A friend's son made a comment recently to the effect of, "If I'm not funny, what do I have to offer?" From a 9 year old. We are working to make sure he understands how much value he has. And so do you.

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  75. So very sorry this happened. It sucks, but I can understand your reasons for pulling the plug. You have my support. I'm just sad that now I'm never gonna know about the big Halloween finale for Ryan! Peace.

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  76. Laurie Haas10/21/2014

    Sigh first Young House Love stops blogging and now you. What's a girl to do? Oh yeah, maybe focus on my relationships with people I actually know. I am proud of you and full of admiration that you recognize when its time to step back and focus on your shifting priorities. Understanding where true fulfillment lies is a powerful thing. You are brave and silly and wonderful yes but also so very smart and self aware. You are and always have been stronger than you have ever given yourself credit for. Whether you come back or not, you will always have a fan in AZ rooting for you.

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  77. Ugh mean people suck. Obviously you know you have a lot of fans and truthfully I'd read anything you wrote about! You do need to do whats best for you and your family though so I understand your decision. I just want to wish you a very Merry Christmas (I'm assuming even if you're not quote as silly as you used to be you still love Christmas....)

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  78. Hmmm...my first comment disappeared so here we go:
    You have a great husband and a sweet daughter. Enjoy your lives together even though your readers will miss you all.
    Wishing you many, many years of happiness together!

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  79. Dana M.10/22/2014

    I honestly can't even imagine a world where anyone would ever sling negativity in your direction. I understand that trolls be trollin' and it's inevitable, but I'm honestly shocked to hear that you get a LOT of it. It hurts my feelings on your behalf.

    This makes for a very awkward situation. Now that we're besties and all, I feel like I need to move to Chicago to be near you. And, while Chicago is my mostest favoritest place on the planet, I'm a Southern girl for a reason. I'm really not certain I can handle the winters. Can we work out some sort of dual residency where we live there during baseball season, and we live in South Carolina during the winter? Ryan will need to get at least two more jobs to support us and pay both mortgages. Probably best if we flesh out the details before we get him involved. How does OJ feel about being a gardener/dog-walker? What are his salary requirements? The answer to this question will directly correlate to how quickly Ryan needs to sell a kidney on the black market. I'M SO EXCITED!!! I'm going home to pack right now!

    Please don't get a restraining order. I'm mostly kidding. A little bit. Kind of. Ryan can totally keep his kidney.

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  80. Anonymous10/22/2014

    Good for you for following your heart! I applaud you. I stumbled upon your blog quite by accident, as I am way out of what you would probably consider your target demographic. I am quiiiite a bit older than you and my babies (both girls) are 16 and 19 years old. But, I have continued to read your blog because you are funny, honest and a gifted writer. I really hope you continue writing when you see fit because that would be a loss for everyone who enjoys you. Oh, but what you are doing is so much more important, and you are doing it for all the right reasons. I wish you nothing but the best as you enjoy your family and your real life!

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  81. I will miss your posts but congratulate you on making a decision that feels right for you and your family. I will keep checking back, just in case! :) It is sad that people can be so mean to other people. Especially people who are brave enough to put themselves out there on the internets for all to see. Thank you for sharing your stories and your family with us. Be well Lauren!!

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  82. My first comment disappeared, but it basically said that you will be missed, I have always enjoyed reading your posts, and I wish you and your family the best, always. It can't be easy putting yourself and your life out there for the world to comment on as they wish with no filter. Thank you so much for your stories and sharing your life with us!

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  83. We all need to Thank you! Thank you for sharing your life and your hysterical anecdotes. Thank you for making me smile and laugh out loud! I will very much miss your blog, but I totally understand! I follow you on Facebook and hopefully can keep up with you and your beautiful family there!

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  84. Oh this post hurts my heart!! I will miss reading so much! I hope you do come back sometime, but until then, thank you for the laughs!!!

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  85. Anonymous10/22/2014

    Thank you for always bringing a smile to my face. Your humor is one-of-a-kind, and while I will miss your posts, it's completely understandable that people change, circumstances change, and what we want changes. Best of luck to you and your lovely family. I would look forward to reading whatever you choose to write and share with us.

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  86. Anonymous10/22/2014

    Nooooooooo! Reading your blog always put a smile on my face, especially during a tough day at work and I'm truly going to miss it. Even though you're ending this blog please don't stop writing for yourself because you're a GREAT writer! Best wishes to you, Ryan and Fiona.

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  87. Anonymous10/23/2014

    I only wander past this blog occasionally, so I wouldn't say that I'm a major loyalist. But I did want to say that I think that it sounds like you've given this a lot of thought and it also sounds like the right move for you. There were times in the past where it seemed to me like you were trying really hard to present a story that highlighted your silliness, and I think that maybe the blog was putting a magnifying glass on something that-- while it is a good thing about who you are-- isn't the only good thing about who you are. It sounds like you're choosing to be more authentic to your whole self, and I believe that has to be a plus for you and your family.

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  88. I just got sadder and sadder as I read this. I love your stories and quips, but I can understand that you need to focus on your family. Best of luck with everything and I hope you choose to come back.

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  89. Anonymous10/23/2014

    Just have all of your comments forwarded to me first and I will filter them for your! Or hunt down the perps and take care of them...I have never commented on your blog posts before and now I won't be able to again. I just had to let you know how much I truly enjoy your writing. Good luck to your and your amazing family. Your neighbor in Indianapolis, Jamie

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  90. Anonymous10/23/2014

    Hate to hear this ! Love your blog and your beautiful little family ! You have brought many a smile to my face.
    Hope you come back because you WILL be missed.

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  91. We'll definitely miss you but I do understand your reasons. Best of luck to you and your family!

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  92. So sorry to hear this, as you will be missed.You have to take care of you and your family and your right they should come first. I will still be able to stalk you on IG and FB (in a nice non-creeper way). Ms.Fiona is absolutely adorable and since my youngest baby is 9, I love seeing all of your pics. So enjoy your time and family!

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  93. Anonymous10/27/2014

    I'm sad to hear that people have been jerks to you. I just don't understand! Thank you for this blog and sharing so much with all of us loyal followers. You will be missed, for sure, but your family comes first. Your priorities are in the right place! Enjoy your time away! If and when you decide to come back, I'll be right here waiting! :) Sending all my best to you, RYAN and Fiona! :) -----Amanda

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  94. physicsmom10/30/2014

    Of course you need to do what is right for you and your family. It's sad for us, who enjoyed your writing and sense of silliness and insightful musings. I hope you achieve everything you desire in life. We'll be aching for updates, but will have to get over it and get on with our own lives. Best of luck to you all.

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  95. Correct and completely understandable; enjoy each other! Prayers and good wishes continue....

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  96. Thank you so much for these years of your blog. You've given me a lot of peace, laughs, and hope. I would ABSOLUTELY love to read about your real life; I would read anything you wrote! I became pregnant with my first son not long after you became pregnant with Fiona and I really love reading about your life and experiences - it really helped me laugh about the difficulty that is pregnancy and the lack of sleep that is newborn life. Please don't stop writing, and please let us know where you go. I'd love to follow along with you. You are beautiful and have such a lovely sense of humor that colours in a lovely way even the serious things you write. I love it. Thank YOU, and good luck. I'm sorry people are cruel; they are also stupid. Life is all about change and growth and love, and nothing ever stays the same. Best to you always.

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  97. Anonymous11/06/2014

    Best wishes to you and your family, Lauren! As I look back to when I first started reading this blog, I can't even quite remember I how I found you...but I am grateful that I did! You have always managed to put a smile on my face. :) I am so disappointed to know that others, even in this happy and fun place that you have created, can be so cruel. Thank YOU for sharing so much of yourself and your family. I will miss your blog, but hope that when the time is right that you will share your writing with us once again. Best of luck --Chelsea

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  98. I hope you will feel like blogging again sometime soon and will keep coming back to check for updates :)
    I think you should just turn all comments off for now because the internet recently has been a bad place for comments.
    I don't comment on blogs, even the ones i enjoy reading the most. I hope you can feel the happiness of sharing your thoughts and life with us again.

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  99. Anonymous6/02/2015

    is it bad that i keep coming back...hoping that one day there will be a new post? *sigh* totally understand why. but that doesn't mean i'm deleting the bookmark. <3

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