When I started this blog in March 2008, I had very little expectations. My husband sets his goals high and when he started spouting off numbers I rolled my eyes and said something like “how is that possible??”
Oh, ye of little faith..he should have said. In less than 2 years I have accumulated the most helpful, caring, supportive, resourceful, humorous, and faithful readers I could have ever dreamed of.
When I’m having a bad day, inevitably there is a comment to approve that either makes me smile or reminds me that I don’t have it that bad. When I’m having a problem, I look back over comments in a blog post I did on the topic and glean tips I never would have thought of.
You guys have kept me on track. When I was so tired of dunking poopie diapers and wanted to quit, I remembered my commitment to you. When I went to the beach for a week and wanted to use disposables…well, I’m not perfect ;)
I owe so much to all of you. Being “just” a wife and mother doesn’t provide the income and praise that a career might, but I can honestly say that this opportunity to teach all of you has far surpassed any reward one could receive outside the home. All About Cloth Diapers has been an example to my children, especially my girls, that a mother can bring in a small income (through book sales and my precious advertisers). They have seen the discipline it takes to write a book and to stay dedicated week in and week out to providing content for you.
The joy and blessings I receive when I read an email thanking me for the information I write is humbling. It is amazing to me that God has provided a way for me to do the things I love (teaching, blog design, comforting) all from the comfort of my home amidst all the chaos.
The drive to provide you with valuable tips has allowed me to try out many different cloth diapering systems and brands and to meet many talented wahms. If it wasn’t for all of you I’d have stopped trying out different cloth diapers loooong ago when I bought my first bum genius organic aio! Oh, how I would have missed out!
Most of all, I can’t say thank you enough for your loyalty. Without you this blog would not have well over 2000 subscribers. Without you Not For Crybabies would not have received a donation over $300! Without you many moms would have given up on cloth diapers- it’s through your helpful comments that many stick with it. Without you my life wouldn’t be as joyful, because I truly get joy from each blog post I write.
I’ve learned that I underestimate how much I can accomplish when I have God helping me. With the busyness of homeschooling I often don’t want to write a blog post when I start. Always, though, after a dozen interruptions I’m passionate about what I’m typing. I pray for this blog and I pray for you.
My ultimate goal is for no one to feel like they have no where to turn when they are overwhelmed or just plain mad. I read every comment and answer every question. When you have those frustrating times please send me a comment. You never know it may be me that needs you that day!
Autumn is a wife, mother, homeschool teacher, friend and most important a follower of Christ.