Hello and welcome to my corner of the web! I am Allison: writer, photographer, and Mama to three little ones (all girls!).
I’ve loved blogs since the beginning of blogs. I found my first blog eleven years ago as a senior in high-school and I was hooked. I crawled out of my tiny teenage world and discovered a new kind of community. I could connect and interact with people in different states, faraway countries, people of all ages, people I likely would have never met otherwise.Life was bigger, and people were closer.
I jumped on the trend train after college and signed up for a blog. I blogged here and there, from time to time. I wasn’t a “serious” blogger, but I loved participating in the web community.
And then everything fell apart.
In October 2009, my husband left me. We had just bought a house. We were expecting our third baby. The day before he left we were planning where to plant trees in the backyard and making holiday travel plans. And then he was gone.
At nearly five months pregnant, some serious pregnancy complications had landed me on strict bed rest for almost three months. I wasn’t supposed to sit up, let alone get up. My world was shattering, the sky caving in and all I could do was lay in bed as the broken promises and devastated possibilities pummeled me. I felt broken and alone; an utter failure and a hopeless mess.
So I blogged.
It was raw and jagged. It was pathetic and useless. It was the truth. And it saved me.
The world wide community I had long admired on the web came together to break my fall. Hundreds of comments poured in from people all over the world offering comfort, support, kindness. It was incredible and moving and just what I needed to remind me that, despite the rubble all around me, life is good.
Now, not quite two years post trauma, I can say with authority that Life is Good. I haven’t got it all figured out, not even close, but I know that when things fall apart the best thing to do is put them back together. I have started over and this time I’d like to be some the wiser.
Meet my girl crew, my best (and noisiest) reminders of just how good life is:
Thank you for being here, for being part of my community. You make my life more meaningful.