February 19, 2015

My Heart is Full & My Belly is Growing

It's been awhile since I've visited this space and I feel like I need to explain why. Well, I lost my direction with a lot of things in life and needed to hit the refresh button. More than that I need to reevaluate my priorities and make sure I wasn’t headed in a direction I would one day regret.


I took time away from the blogosphere, a lot of time, and in that time a lot has changed. I’ve done some serious personal reflection and I've put my life and my family on a new path. A path for success, a path for renewed relationships, a path for closer bonds and hopefully a path of less stress and more happiness. I don't claim that this path will be easy but I am hopeful it will be just what my family needs. 

I've decided to step away from my full time job. I will continue to work from home on some smaller projects but I won't be in the office 40+ hours a week. I won't be commuting to and from work 10+ hours a week, my son won't be in daycare for 10+ hours a day and my family will have more of my time and I will have more of them, which I think is great considering our family is expanding. 

I'm so blessed to announce that my husband and I are going to welcome another little boy to our family in August. Another light, another beautiful face, another responsibility, another love bug, another crazy and rambunctious life that will call me, "mommy." My heart is so full of love for my unborn baby, my son. I envision the moment we meet him and knowing that moment will change our lives forever. I imagine our new baby meeting Austin, his big brother, and I can just see what an amazing role model he will be. My heart is full and my priorities have been refocused. I know in this moment I am abundantly blessed.



I want my growing family to always be my priority. I want them to get the best of me, not the leftovers after a stressful and crazy week at work. I want to provide them home-cooked meals not another night of fast food or something from the freezer section. I have big plans for field trips to the zoo, for trips to see family and friends, for time on the couch cuddling and finger paint projects gone good (and bad). I really don't know what my future holds but I know that my priorities have changed, and so have many things in my life. I want to make sure that my blog focuses on the very real struggles and the very real joys that I'll experience on this new path. 

I'm sorry for my absence but I assure you that things they are a'changing and I think for the better. I have a renewed sense of self, a fresh spirit and a willing and open heart. If you're still reading, if any of you are still out there...thank you. Thank you for those that have reached out inquiring. I heard you, even in my silence. I just needed some time for myself and my family. I hope you understand and that you'll continue to follow me on my crazy journey in a growing family full of boys. 

Always and Forever - Be Blessed,
Brittany
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21 comments:

  1. Thank you so much Melissa! I'm so excited!

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  2. Brittany! I am so excited for you and your family! I've been wondering about you guys and hoping that everything was okay. I'm so happy to hear that you have found a refreshed and new sense of yourself and are able to make your dreams of staying home a reality. Congrats and I can't wait to see those first pictures of Austin and his little brother!

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  3. This is the first time I've read your blog, a new blogger here. Anyways, I would give you a big hug right now if I knew you in person. Good decision. I stayed home some 20 years ago with my babies and now they are grown and I have grandchildren. BEST DECISION I ever made. I see the fruit of that decision today through my daughters. Good luck and I will be following you to keep encouraging. They grow up very fast and sometimes you will feel like it is not fast enough, trust me, the stranger here, it goes by fast!

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  4. Ah!! Congratulations!! That's so exciting :)

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  5. I am so glad to see you back! <3

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  6. Congrats!! Hopped over from Atlanta Bloggers fbook link. :)

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  7. Congratulations on the new baby on the way! I'm currently 39 weeks pregnant with boy #2 myself! I made the same decision you did to stay home. I admire mother's who work outside of the home so so much, but I just can't do it myself. It's not easy, but we're making it work! Thankfully I found some work from home that I LOVE which fits into the nooks and crannies of my life which helps a lot. Can'r wait to see all of the wonderful things to come for you :)

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  8. Congrats mama. So happy for yall!

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  9. Congratulations on expanding your family and reorganizing your priorities!

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  10. How wonderful that you took the time to figure out what you want in life right now. That's so needed and so few people are willing to take time to do it! Congratulations on your precious little guy! He's going to be so loved!

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  11. Thank you so much for the support Susannah! It's a scary and exciting time and I'm really looking forward to what the future holds.

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  12. Congratulations! Wow I can't agree with you more, some women can make it work but I just couldn't. I hope to one day go back to work but until then I'm planning to enjoy my time at home with all my boys!

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  13. Thanks Lauren! I love the Atlanta Bloggers. I hope to go to one of their upcoming events. Have you ever gone to any of them?

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  14. Michelle, welcome and thank you. Your kind words really mean so much to me and are so encouraging. I've been struggling with my decision because I've always loved my career but I'm also so excited about the possibilities that the future holds and having so much more time with my boys!

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  15. No! But I hope to go soon!! What about you!?

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  16. Awwww I am SO excited for you and can't wait to hear all about life with TWO!! Congratulations mama :)

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  17. Brittany, congratulations! And how exciting that you get to stay home with your little ones! I am expecting another baby too, in September, so we won't be too far apart in our pregnancies - and I am also going through a transition with my job (which I'll probably blog more about soon), so I can so relate to all the things you expressed here. Excited to read more!

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