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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Mom Blogger Spotlight: Alissa, Rags to Stitches

Hi! My name is Alissa and I blog ramble over at Rags to Stitches. I'm so excited to be blogging over here at The Mommies Network today. What a great network and I'm so honored to be a part of it.

I'm a lover of:

my Heavenly Father
My husband
walks on the beach {corny, but awesome}
taking as many pictures as possible so I can capture an image of every memory
play dates with friends
I'd much rather talk to you on the phone than text
I love receive hand written mail. Write me, I'll write you back!
I love a clean house, but hate to clean
and I can't make it though the day without my morning coffee and chocolate {sad I know}

I love meeting other mommies and welcome any extra advice I can get.

Family is extremely important to me. I grew up in Southeast Asia and didn't get to see my extended family often so I welcome any opportunity to get everyone together!

I have 2 children. They are 17 months apart. Close and I love it. Most days! My daughter, Miss K is going to be 3 in June and my son Buddy is 16 months. They are a bundle of energy and I love watching them grow and learn to explore the world around them. I'm completely that corny mom that wants to shout from the roof tops and brag about every new thing they learn and do. I can't help it, I love them so much!! They are the smartest, most lovable kids whose laughter can make anyone smile from ear to ear.

Life as a mom completely changed my life, in a good way, but it changed my life. Even when I was little I wanted to grow up, get married, have babies... be a mom. It seemed easy, natural, something that would work for me. When my husband and I got pregnant with my daughter we were determined to have her fit into our lives. And she did. Even as a baby her smiles became the life of the party. She crawled early, danced early, walked early, talked early and began sleeping through the night at 12 weeks. Ok you catch my drift. I didn't immediately notice all the "changes" that were happening. I was in a bubble, naive. Before you go thinking I'm bragging, my point was that I had one child and having one child I didn't always remember the bad times because I could nap when she napped so it doesn't matter that I was up all night. I could use Hyland's Teething Tablets because they hadn't been recalled yet. And it didn't matter if it took me longer than normal to get anywhere because I had no where I had to be. I was a SAHM first and foremost.

When we got pregnant with our son we were ecstatic. We figured, how hard can this be. Our little girl is so easy, this one will be too. Enter the needle that burst my bubble. He cried more, needed me more, didn't nurse as long, was up at all hours, still doesn't sleep through the night. He often leaves me exhausted, frustrated, feeling like I have no clue what I'm doing or what's wrong with him. There was no more napping when he napped, Hyland's Teething Tablets to ease the pains of teething, and suddenly going anywhere seemed like a bigger task than I could possibly handle. I often plan my week so that we only do 2 errands, or 1 play date or activity per day so that I don't have to worry about meltdowns, tears, public humiliation. As Buddy get's older it becomes a little bit easier. I've learned to chill out, they've learned to be flexible, and playing outside everyday is a must in my house. With each day I've learned to take a deep breath, give it to the Lord, and allow all the little things roll like water off a ducks back and not let it ruin my day. Some days this is easier than others, I'm not going to lie, but I believe that this is God's calling on my life right now and he gives me the strength and wisdom to get through each day.

One of the most rewarding things about being a mom for me is just that, being a mom. Hugging, snuggling, kissing, whispering "I love you" a million times a day. Wiping buggers, changing diapers, watching my daughter pee in the potty for the first time, and dance in her first dance class. Picking up my son from Bible study child care and having him smile at me and show me the toys he's playing with rather than breaking down in tears. Hearing my daughter tell me she loves me "through and through." Knowing that my son's favorite word is "mama" and he will say it over and over with a big grin on his face. Watching my kids clap and cheer with excitement when they do something for the first time all by themselves. And that's just to name a few.

While I would consider myself first and foremost a SAHM, I do have a home business, Rags to Stitches Boutique. I am passionate about sewing, crafting.... creating. Most of my sewing is done while the kids are napping during the day or after they go to bed if my hubby is working late. I'm also actively serving at my church through MOPS and being involved in VBS (Vacation Bible School). Some days, I'll be honest, it's hard to balance life as a mommy and having a stay at home business. I'll get a bunch of orders at one time and tend to stress about how I'm going to budget my time to get it all done. There are days when I have to put the orders aside and be there for my kids and my husband. It may mean that something gets shipped out a day later than planned, but hey, that's life. That's why my turnaround time for custom orders is often 10 days to two weeks unless a rush fee is applied.

I started blogging in 2007 when I got pregnant with my daughter. It was a way for my family to read what we were up to and for me to journal how I was feeling. I hope to one day organize each year into a blog book for my kids to read when they get older. Then in 2009, when my business Rags to Stitches was born, I began a new blog. I love blogging and I still blog in both places although you will most often find my ramblings on my Rags to Stitches blog. I love to blog about what's inspiring me, what I'm working on, featuring other small businesses, doing giveaways, and of course I love to blog about my kids. It's a way for me let loose, express myself, meet other mommies, and be real about life and all that comes with it.

I hope you'll stop by sometime and say hello. I love meeting new people! I'd love for you to become a new follower too.

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