Wifessionals

10 December 2013

I have debated over the past week whether or not I would publish this post. I have always tried my best to be open and honest on my blog, regardless of the reaction I felt I would get.

This past week we found out that Ryan did not get the job we thought that he would. It has been hard on our family and is an extremely stressful situation that I personally never thought we would be in. We decided the best option for our family is to pack up all of our things and move back to New Jersey to be with family until Ryan finds a job. This all happened so quickly and the movers will take our stuff and place it in storage this Friday. We truly appreciate all of your thoughts, prayers and kind emails you have sent over the past months as we waited to see how things would work out. Although this wasn't how we imagined things happening, we know that God has a plan for us and will provide.

Along with all of the things mentioned above, this week has brought about a lot of pain surrounding the topic of my blog. I have been made fun of or criticized over the past year for things I chose to write about or publish here on this space. Obviously that is never something anyone wants to go through, but I knew it was part of the territory when you make the decision to put your thoughts and feelings out on the internet.

However, over the past week, these people have chosen to target my daughter, saying cruel and unkind things - things I would never want her to read or see later down the road. When you become a mom, you have to make the decision on what you will do when it comes to your children and protecting them and their privacy. When Rilynn was born, I made the choice to share her with the blogging community and the friends I had made over the last year and a half. I was excited and so in love with her and I wanted to share that joy with all of you. But after what has been happening, I  have made the decision to pull all of my family's personal and private posts down and transfer them to a private blog.

At this point I do not know how or if I will continue blogging in the future. With everything going on with my family and the added negativity I've experienced lately, I am not sure that this is something that brings me joy anymore. I know I could have just stopped blogging and not even written this post, but I felt it was important to share the truth behind what was happening.

If these were just strangers that were being so unkind, that would be one thing - but if you read these things they are saying, you will see they are fellow bloggers. I somehow managed to upset them in the past and now they are choosing to write these horrible things about me and my daughter, rather than just coming and talking to me personally. These are women who participate in Cara Box. These are women I potentially "know".

I do not know if I will continue with Cara Box in the future. I do not know if I will post frequently or at all on my blog. You may have noticed that I basically "unfollowed" everyone on my Wifessionals Instagram account. That was not personal, but rather me preparing for most likely shutting down my instagram account. If I keep it, it will turn into a private account.

Does this break my heart? Absolutely. I have loved getting to know so many amazing women over the past year and a half through this blog. In times when I was struggling or at a low point, this place has brought me friendship and encouragement. But along with that, it has also brought negativity and pain. Does this post in some ways allow these cruel women "to win"? I guess some people would see it that way. But I wanted to share what has been going on behind the scenes because I AM a human - mean words do hurt and pretending like I "just got bored of blogging" and that's why I quit would be a lie. I think it is sad that people in this community choose to do things like this to others - blogging has the potential to connect so many people and create positive relationships and encouragement among ladies.

To all of you beautiful and sweet women who I have met over the past year and a half, you have been such a blessing to me and my family. Although I am not sure where I will go with this blog in the near future, I will be forever grateful for the opportunities I have had to connect with you.

As my family moves into a new chapter in our lives, my focus will be enjoying our time together with family and friends. I want to make the most of these precious moments I have with my husband while he is home and with our beautiful daughter.

I do not know if or when I will personally blog again, but I felt it was important to share what was going on and what has been on my heart lately.




154 comments:

  1. Wow I'm so sorry that you've been pushed to this point. I've always enjoyed reading your blog and seeing pictures of your adorable family. Good luck with the move and with whatever you decide to do with your blog.

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  2. I can't believe you have come across such negativity. I love reading your posts & enjoy hearing about your beautiful family. The only thing that I can think of as to why they would be harsh is that they are jealous. Jealous of your beauty, inside & out. Please don't let those terribly sad people get you down. If you do decide to leave the blogosphere, know that you will be missed, but we understand.

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  3. Kaitlyn I am absolutely heart broken to have read this. More heart broken at the fact that there are so many negative people in this world who are targeting someone who has been such a great blogger to get to "know". I am angry that someone would such hurtful things not only to you, but also to your daughter. Prayers are with you and your family during your move back to NJ. I encourage you to keep blogging, but I totally understand why it is difficult in going forth. If you need anything, please let me know. ~Jessica

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  4. So sad to read this. I came your blog randomly. Then learned about Cara Box which I am so excited to participate in! I recently started a blog largely based on your blog and how wonderful I feel it is. I don't have kids but I did enjoy your cloth diaper post and can't wait to try them one day. As a new blogger I'm shocked that others would act like this and so sorry about the words that have been said to you. Praying for your family, God always has a plan and direction!

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  5. This breaks my heart sweet girl! I truly consider you a friend and it hurts me that others are attacking you and your family. I am so sorry about Ryan's job offer not working out. You have been such a blessing to me and a helped me so much when I had questions about my blog. We will continue to keep you all in our prayers and that your move to New Jersey is safe. Love you!

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  6. Wow Kaitlyn. I'm so sorry to hear this. It just blows my mind that people would act in such a way and lash out and be so hurtful. I can totally understand your reasoning of wanting to stop, but I hope you don't. Your's was the first blog I started following and I have learned so much from you! Prayers for you and your family during this time of transition and uncertainity.

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  7. So sad for you, but completely understand why you would stop. I would too if mean and hurtful things were said about my family.

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  8. This makes me so sad. People can be so cruel and heartless. I wish you nothing but the absolute best! Good luck with your move. I know that everything will work out. Xoxo

    Betsy

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  9. Please look for my personal email later today!

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  10. So very sad that life comes to this point for anyone. I felt I was just getting to know you and now you may no longer wish to post makes me very sad. It is so easy for someone to sit behind a screen and type out words on a keyboard. it is so easy to forget that there is a human being that will read those comments on the other side. These same people would proabably never say these things to your face because they are cowards and would rather use this invisible barrier to hurt you. I hope you will see that these comments come from a minority of your readers and for the most part most of your readers love you and are compassionate people who care. Good luck with your move and I will be praying that you are able to secure a good future for your family there.

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  11. Kaitlyn, this post makes me SO incredible sad and heartbroken. I like to think of the blogging world as a "safe place" where women (and men too) can support each other. Your blog has been so wonderful for me to read and to learn so much stuff from you. I really appreciate your honesty all you have put forth into your blog, IG, and sponsors/lookbook. My heart aches for the meanness you have experienced. I think about you and Ryan often and pray that you will find employment and have stability. I know the stress that being jobless with a baby leaves, though I did have the comfort of my husband being employed, your situation is so much harder! Even though we haven't had much communication back and forth I do consider you to be one of my "blogging friends". You are a strong woman but our God is so much more!

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  12. Wow, I am speechless that people who previously participated in Cara Box (whose sole purpose is to ENCOURAGE) would do just the opposite. I am just starting to follow your blog, and I am so sorry people have been so cruel to you...and saying mean things about your beautiful daughter breaks my heart to the core. Praying for your move and God's provision with the perfect job for your husband and your family. There is a time and season for everything and I hope during this next season you can fully soak up all the moments with your family!

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  13. I am so very sad to have read your post above... It has been such a joy to follow your journey. I have learned so much from your openness and experiences over the past year or so. I am a wife and hopefully soon to be mom one day as well, and it has been so amazing to learn through your point of view! I don't regularly comment, but I appreciate every post that I read. The cruelty of other girls never ceases to amaze me... "Girls compete with each other. Women empower one another." Hoping that the wonderful woman surrounding you will help lift you up. Sending you and your family love and prayers through this difficult time. I selfishly hope that you change your mind and continue to share your journey with us :) But understand your reasoning as well. Please keep us posted on your plans and enjoy every second with your beautiful family <3

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  14. I'm so sorry to hear that the job didn't work out. I have been praying for your family and I know that the right job in the right place will come along. I'm even more sorry to hear that you won't be blogging or Instagramming anymore. I love seeing pictures of Rilynn on my feed and reading your stories. If you are going private and allowing certain people to continue to read/follow I would love to be included.
    I found your blog pretty recently and haven't been following for a long time but I have read some of your posts that spoke directly to my heart that I am truly grateful for. It's terrible that people can be so ugly and so hurtful. I'm so sorry that you're feeling this way.
    Lots more prayers headed your way.

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  15. This makes me so sad! Why are people so mean on the internet? Do they really feel better about themselves? Your little family is so precious and I wish you the best! I will be praying for you as you pick up and move. I know that is stressful on top of everything else going on. I will continue praying that Ryan finds a job and now that I know you have been hurt by the words of readers, I will pray for your heart. You are an amazing person!

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  16. Gosh I hate this! It really goes to show that "out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks!" People are not inherently good, but rather rotten to the core, and it's only through the grace of God we have any good in us! I am not a large blogger, I have a meager following of just under 100, but I have been following you for approx. a year now, and I have loved every minute of it! My heart goes out to you, I know how deep words can cut, but I can't even begin to imagine how it feels to have it directed at your precious girl! I am thankful that Our God is a God of all comforts, and that nothing can separate us from HIS love!

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  17. I am so sad to hear this! I love your blog and when I found it I could not stop reading. I think that you are so honest and truthful about things and it is refreshing. I am so sad to hear that these women were going after your little. That is disgusting of them! I truly hope that you continue blogging for you and not other people. I hope that you continue Cara Box to encourage great friendships thru women around the country. I hope that you continue to keep those who support you around and in loop with your life. I hate hearing these stories and I hate it when blogs I love to read become under attack and stop writing. I hope that you and your family are safe and happy in whatever He has in store. I hope that you continue to write for yourself and for Rilynn to see when she is old enough. I understand the hard decision to do what you are doing and support you.
    Best Wishes,
    Sara

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  18. I am saddened by this all and sorry that people were so cruel to your family. I am in NY and wouldn't mind driving over for a girls day out should need one. I know how living with parents can be, although very sweet there is nothing like having your own place. One thing left to say is I love how you are handling this. Yes it sucks that your blog will be in limbo but you are taking a high road. Revenge belongs to The Lord and he doesn't like anyone messing with his children!!

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  19. Hang in there. It's always darkest before the dawn.

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  20. This post made me so sad. I love coming to your blog and think your new baby is absolutely beautiful! I am so sorry the job did not pan out. But you are right, God will always provide for those doing his will. I was so excited when you contacted my Etsy shop to make you a car seat cover. You encouraged me to keep doing more. I hate that there are still non Christians who attack others for speaking openly and honeatly. I hope it gets better because I know I will miss reading about your precious family. Best wishes!

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  21. This post made me so sad. I love coming to your blog and think your new baby is absolutely beautiful! I am so sorry the job did not pan out. But you are right, God will always provide for those doing his will. I was so excited when you contacted my Etsy shop to make you a car seat cover. You encouraged me to keep doing more. I hate that there are still non Christians who attack others for speaking openly and honeatly. I hope it gets better because I know I will miss reading about your precious family. Best wishes!

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  22. Oh girl, I am SO sorry about this!!! There is absolutely no sense in that!! I hate that! Know that your true blogger friends are here for you & your family!!!

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  23. I am so very sorry to hear this. Know that I, and many others I am sure, understand where this is coming from and that you must put your family first. I have been and will continue to pray for you and your family during this uncertain time. I will pray for safe travels as you move to NJ. Your journey though pregnancy, birth and motherhood has been such an encouragement to me! Though I don't "know" you, I consider you to be a friend. Your blog has been such a joy to read, sometimes the highlight of my day, to know that others can relate to the trials of pregnancy and mothering. Through your words it is obvious that you have such a kind soul. I will miss your presence in the blogging community!

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  24. I am so sorry and sad to hear this, especially that they were bloggers who follow and participate with your blog, it doesn't make sense. I understand how you are feeling and wish you nothing but the best I. The future. I pray that everything will work out and a job will come and you will hopefully find joy in blogging again. I will miss reading your post each day but understand where you are coming from. You are. A beautiful person and so is your daughter and family. Stay strong and enjoy the time with your family!

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  25. This is so sad to read, I'm so sorry that this place has become one of negativity for you. I can't imagine anyone ever having something mean to say about a sweet little baby, that is just awful. The job market here in Jersey is pretty good, I'm not sure what Ryan does but definitely let me know in case anyone I know is hiring! I'll put you in touch with anyone I can.Take care of your family and everything else will fall into place.

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  26. It is amazing how people didnt learn, if you have nothing nice to say, dont say anything at all. This is so heart breaking. It has been such a joy watching your beautiful family grow. I hope you continue to blog and good luck to your family in Jersey! xoxo

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  27. Dear wifessionals--I just wanted to let you know that your blog has been a constant encouragement to me! I like who you are. I know that you and I are very different people in terms of style, taste and interests but that does not mean I can appreciate you for who you are. I have absolutely loved following along on your mom journey and watching your life unfold! I'll be sorry to see you go as I read your blog many times each week, but I have your e-mail so I know we can still be friends. I applaud you as you protect your beautiful daughter and family! Rilynn is just a infant and therefore ideals like beauty and body image should never apply to her--it's a sad fact that they destroy many adult women and men today. I hope you can teach her and raise her to love herself who who she is: a child of God. She is perfect and beautiful in every day! I hope you also know how stunning you are as well. As women we are always under constant pressure to look this or that way...I utterly hate this. We are all beautiful no matter what shape or size and should feel no pressure to change ourselves other then to be healthy! My body is enough for me and for my husband. I hope you know that no matter what people say on GoMi that yours is enough too!

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  28. Sybil @ Peace it all TogetherDecember 10, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    This post definitely saddens me. Not because you have made the decision to "take a break" from blogging, but for the reasons why. You have been bullied and it is unfair! I wish the best for you and your family. My prayers are with you. Blessings!

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  29. So sorry to hear this, Kaitlyn. Praying for you and your family on the journey ahead!

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  30. This is absolutely heart breaking. I cannot believe what others have said to you, especially when dealing with that sweet baby of yours. Praying for your family during this transition! Those comments made from other bloggers are so rude, and I am sorry you had to go through that. Praying you find peace and happiness with your new transition. Thank you for encouraging your readers, hosting Cara Boxes, and being so open.

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  31. Oh Kaitlyn my heart hurts for you. I am so sorry Ryan didn't get the job he wanted and that people are being nasty to you. Your sweet angel of a daughter doesn't deserve that. I will truly miss reading your blog posts-- I've loved getting to know you and couldn't wait to "see" your daughter grow up.

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  32. Kaitlyn this truly breaks my heart ... you were one of my favorite bloggers and I always looked forward to your posts!! That being said, I can understand where you are coming from and appreciate that you need to do what is best for you and your family. Please just know that you will be missed in the blogging community so much! You have brought so many of us together and made such an impact on SO many lives. I hope that one day you are able to come back to this, where I can assure you, your true friends and readers will be waiting for you. Until then .... I wish you all the best! XO.

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  33. Kaitlyn, first off, I am praying for your family as you made the tough choice to move back home for the time being. I admire your trust in God during this time. My husband & I had to move back in with our parents after we got married until we could find jobs. Low & behold, God had the perfect plan for us & our time at home was short lived.
    Second, I am so saddened to hear that you are dealing with such unkind people, but I understand that you have to make the best decision for your family. I will miss your blog!
    Libby

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  34. This is so heartbreaking to read as a newer CARA box participator it makes me sad that someone who participated in an encouraging act would tear you down like this. I have really enjoyed reading your blog especially since Rilynn has been born as I am expecting my first child in May. It has been so nice to see a new mom's real perspective on things. I hope you will decide to come back to blogging. Good luck with the move and I am sure that God has an even better job in store for Ryan and your family.

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  35. Your blog has been such an encouragement to me the last few months and I've looked forward to reading posts, participating in Cara Box, giveaways, and watching lil miss Rilynn grow up! It's such a shame that people have to be so cruel and so mean. I'm just baffled at how people treat each other anymore! I am so sorry for what you are having to go through! I wish you and your family the best of luck and know that God has a bigger purpose for you all even though this season is hard! It always gets tougher before things get better but in the trial God always has a greater reward waiting for us! Good luck!

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  36. God. Husband. Kids. That's how they say you should mold your priorities. I am very sad to hear Ryan did not get the job your family was so hopeful for. Perhaps amongst all the negativity, being back home with family is exactly what you guys need. I am also sorely disappointed that the blogging community you so graciously poured your heart out to has lashed out at you so unkindly. When all you wanted was a warm heart and smile in return. Everything happens for a reason, no matter how big or small. Please say a prayer for those who trespass against you, that God may warm and change their heart. I pray nothing but blessings will follow you, Ryan and Rilynn in your future. I will miss reading about your mommy adventures! God bless.

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  37. I know I just recently started following your blog, but this post really does break my heart. As a new blogger it scares me to think that people can be so cruel. You have been no thing but genuine and caring on your blog. Jealousy is a dangerous thing, and it is sad when people use their own jealousy to bring down others. Many prayers for you and your family as you go through this transition. My husband and I are not far behind as he finishes up school and we decide what to do after. Always remember that God is a constant presence in a time of trial of sorrow. He has great plans for you.

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  38. As I told you before I am so sorry to hear about all this, I personally have made wonderful friends through the cara box. And several times just reading one of your post has given me a good laugh or thought me something. You have been an amazing friend. I hope we are able to keep in touch :)

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  39. Honey I am so sorry to hear this! I hate that anyone is targeting your sweet blessing of a girl, and can only imagine how you're feeling. Being with family will hopefully help heal your heart, and I wish you the best possible for the future. I can tell you're a great mom from your writing, and I hate that you're feeling this way. I want you to know that I've truly enjoyed following along on your journey to motherhood, and I know you'll just continue to be amazing at it.


    I hope you do continue blogging, but if you do that you'll find a way to do it that you're comfortable with. I will miss you! If you end up near the DC/VA area at all, please don't hesitate to look me up.

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  40. This is so sad! I can't believe there are such cruel and rude people out there. I completely understand your situation and believe you've made the right choice for you and your family. I know if anyone were saying those mean things about my daughter I would do the same thing. As always my hubby and I are praying for your situation, I know we've all faced hard times at one point or the other, I love how strong you are in the Lord knowing He will provide for you, which He absolutely will!

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  41. People make me so mad sometimes! It breaks my heart that you are the target of such cruelty. You are one of the sweetest bloggers I know. You have helped me in my journey when I was at a low point with a miscarriage and you have said so many things here to encourage my heart. I just want you to know that.
    I'm sorry about your husband's job situation. I know that can be very hard personally speaking. Oh I wish I could give you a hug right now but I'll do it by taking to our Heavenly Father. He has you in His hands! From one to sister to another. Much love!

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  42. This is truly so so sad! I could never imagine as a mother writing a hurtful thing about someone else's child, let alone an innocent beautiful baby! i am sorry that these people have made you not want to do something that at one time you truly enjoyed! This also makes me want to be so cautious about blogging myself. And I will never understand people who take time out of their day to write a nasty comment, no one forces anyone to read a blog. It takes effort to be cruel, and I am so sorry people that once came to your blog for enjoyment turned it into a platform for hate. I encourage you to keep blogging, even in a private form, but I enjoyed reading your words, and as a fellow army wife I could relate. I hope things get better for you are your family, and you have a beautiful little blessing to keep you happy :)

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  43. this breaks my heart, you are such a genuine and good hearted person... i am sending positive thoughts and prayers your way, just stay positive, everything will work out! You have a beautiful and healthy family <3

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  44. I am so so sorry about all of this. This just hurts my heart. I'm sad that you feel this way, but I am glad that you are willing to do what you need to for yourself and your family regardless of what everyone else thinks. That's a hard thing to do.

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  45. It makes me so sad to read this! I can't believe that people would say mean things about your adorable little girl. People can be so cruel on the internet. :( I kinda saw this coming with the instagram stuff and then when I noticed that Rylinn's weekly posts were missing. (I went looking for them because I'm obsessed with reading about other's newborns as I get ready for my own!) I, personally, hope you keep blogging because your's is one of my favorites. However, at the same time, I also hope you make the best decision for your family, whatever that might be. Prayers during this time of transition! I know that God will provide.

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  46. i have only been reading your blog for a short time, but i feel so awful that this has happened to you. It's so frustrating to have something so positive turn into something so nasty. It's unfair to you and I completely get why you would stop blogging for the sake of your family/daughter. It's so sad that we, as women, cannot lift one another up and support and be kind.


    I shared my story of losing 115 pounds recently with a very large blog and received backlash also. It's so hurtful that people attack others based off of NOTHING but their own insecurities.


    I hope that you come back to blogging eventually and I'm sending happy wishes to you and your family!

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  47. So sad to read this but I completely understand where you are coming from. Since having my daughter, my blogging is sporadic, to say the least, because sharing her over the internet weighs so heavily on my heart. I can't imagine how painful it is when people don't respect what you've chosen to share. You are so right to put family first. I will be praying for you and your sweet family. xoxo

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  48. I have always looked forward to your posts. I loved your honesty and I learned so much about expecting a child (and cloth diapering!) :) I am sad that this might be end of your blog (for now? forever?), but I think everyone can understand why you are making the choice you are. You have a beautiful daughter, a beautiful family. I know that despite all of the love you've gotten from readers, those few "haters" can bite to the core. But, don't forget about the rest of us - the ones that loved reading your posts and keeping up with your life's happenings. Good luck moving forward - things have a way of working themselves out. Much love.

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  49. Some people are so heartless. I love reading your blog and hope that you'll stick around. So sorry to hear about your husband's job. Maybe something really special will come out of y'alls move back! Prayers!!!

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  50. Aw no. I am so so so so sorry to hear that happening to you. I don't even understand why people would attack a child that has never done anything. You have been nothing but sweet and kind. Always remember who you are and never let their words dig in you. I hope that we can continue to connect even if you don't blog. You were a huge inspiration to me and I loved getting to know you through you blog. *big hugs girl* I hope you do whatever feels right.

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  51. I'm so sad to hear that this happened to you. I really, truly love your blog, especially since I've become a new mom. Yours is my favorite one to read every day. I understand your need to protect your family, but please don't let those mean comments bring you down. You have so many followers that think you are wonderful and I am one of them. hugs!

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  52. I sincerely hope you stick around because your blog has been such a joy to follow and such an inspiration. It breaks my heart that anyone could be so cruel. Why people say online what they wouldn't say in real life is beyond me- it's cowardice, plain and simply. You have been nothing but open, honest and sweet from Day One. I hope you know who your true "Bloggy friends" are because we'll be here regardless of what you decide <3
    P.S. My family's from Jersey, too! Perhaps a Kaitlyn-squared reunion will someday be a reality after all ;)

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  53. Alessandra FergusonDecember 10, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    I am so sorry sweet friend. I cannot imagine how disheartening that is in everything that is going on. Blogging seems to be such a passion and outlet for you, and to feel targeted from it has got to be incredibly hard. I am sorry friend. I know that the job situation can be a huge stressor with a new baby. Praying for you dear! Believing that it will get better. God knows what He is doing! He always does!

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  54. This breaks my hear t to read. You are so sweet, and I can;t imagine why anyone would say terrible things about you, your family, or your precious baby girl. I completely understand and agree with why you are changing things. I wish you all the best and hope that Ryan finds a job that is a perfect match for him, you and Rilynn. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. You are such a strong woman and you will get through this tough time! My prayers are with you.

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  55. This post makes me incredibly sad for you. Your blog has always encouraged and brought joy to me. I love seeing and hearing about your daughter and it hurts me that people would be so rude to you. I respect your decision, as do so many others, to do what is best for your family in deciding to stop blogging, but I truly will miss you and your blog. I hope to be able to connect with you again down the road or on another blog or through instagram or something.This is the first time I have done Carabox and I have already made at 4 new friends! I love this program that you have created.


    I am praying and speaking faith for you and your husband and your sweet daughter. Everything will work out, God has a plan. Just Speak Faith.


    xoxo

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  56. This is so sad. I understand and respect the fact that you are putting your family first and doing what is best but seriously? I can't even believe that there are people like that out there. People who have nothing better to do than to just be mean and talk about people. It makes me sad that there are people like that when I see all of the great things that you do. God has a plan for your family and things will work out just how they are supposed to. I know that it is very stressful right now especially with a little one but just trust him. I wish there was a way to weed out all of the negative people so that we all could enjoy all of the love and support that blogging brings. Good luck my friend.

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  57. I am so angry about this post. Reading your blog everyday while I'm taking a break at work has become my norm. Really, I feel as if I should go punch someone in the face for being so cruel. I've been the butt of a few girl's insecure jokes and I am so sorry you are dealing with this. I know how it feels:( I really feel like we are best friends, although we've never spoken or seen each other in real life. Please don't stop blogging. Block them- make them guess how awesome your life is going- because you do have a wonderful family that I can relate to. I don't want to see you go! I am truly inspired by your writing and how similar our lives our. Don't go!!!

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  58. I've re-started this comment about 10 times in not even a minute. Although we have never been close in this blogging world, you and your blog have inspired me beyond words. It's hard when you first start blogging. So many questions run through your mind. Even after blogging for almost a year I've found myself doubting the whole thing. I had many great "friendships" during the Spring. Emailing everyday and talking like we'd known each other forever. Then...those all stopped. It was heart breaking. I seriously hate to say it but I NEVER expected that this place, that's supposed to bring people together, would be cruel. I've cried, I've wanted to stop all together, I've asked myself if I'm not good enough for this. This is supposed to be a place for my thoughts yet I don't write them because "it's not what others want to here." When I first found your blog, our interests were different because, well, you're able to talk about married life, you were already pregnant, you do way more creative things than I. After reading for awhile, I realized you are the type of blogger I want to be. I may never get as many followers or create my own swaps but thats ok. You have been such an encouragement in my life, have made me remember that it's ok to be you and that's what matters. I've felt blessed to get to "meet" that baby girl. I'll be blunt, sometimes I wish we could be the best of friends. You are one of the strongest people I know, your words are truer than true and your journey will be one I will always find inspiration from. I've told you before and I'll tell you again, I could say thank you a thousand times and it would never be enough. Sending prayers for your move and your journey ahead. I have no doubt God's timing will be perfect.

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  59. Girl I had no idea people were doing this to you. I actually had no idea that this even happened between bloggers. I don't see the point to it but oh well. I'm so sorry that they are targetting your beautiful baby girl, that in no way shape or form is right or will ever be right of anything to do that. When people mess with our kids our claws come out so I totally get you. I'm so glad you made a private account!! I'm happy to be part of your followers & friends :) Keep your chin up and go look at that sweet baby girl's face, it will make it all better :)

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  60. Desiree @ Macke MonologuesDecember 10, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    Kaitlyn, I am so sorry to hear such negativity has entered your life. You are seriously one of the sweetest people I "know." If/when you start a private blog I would love to follow along - your little lady is just to precious to never see again (via blog). We're praying for Ryan's employment situation.
    Hugs!!!

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  61. Kaitlyn, even though I already knew all of this reading it again just almost brought me to tears. You were one of the first blog-friends I made and I hate that you are having to go through this. I will definitely still keep in touch and I want you to know that I consider you to be a very sweet and genuine woman. Rilynn is blessed to have a mom like you, and Ryan could not have been graced with a better wife. As soon as you get a new PO box set up and what not, please let me know so we can stay in touch just in case y'all become all social media ghost-like on us, lol. Love you dearly and your family is in my prayers.
    xoxo

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  62. Sorry to hear that. God always has a plan. At the time it must be for you to be with your family as your beautiful daughter grows. An experience for everyone to cherish. Best wishes, love and prayers your way.

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  63. I am so sad to be reading this! You were one of the inspirations for me joining the blogging world in the first place! You've been so helpful every time I've had a question and are always so positive. I'm not sure who these people are, and it doesn't really matter, but they should be completely ashamed. Blogging should be fun and supportive!! It's so unfortunate that people are bullying you because you are clearly more successful and more loved by the blogging community. Wherever your family lands, I pray you find peace and prosperity. If blogging is something you truly love, don't let anyone take it away from you! Good luck in all of your endeavors and I'll keep your family in my prayers!!

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  64. I am sad to hear this! I have not been following you long but I have loved "getting to know you." I am sorry there are such cruel people in this world. I totally understand your decisions and doing what is best for your family. Best wishes!

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  65. I just can't even believe the way people think it's ok to talk to others. I am sorry you had to experience all of this, definitely not deserving.

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  66. i hate that this is a thing. that this happens. that such wonderful beautiful women like you have to read it and go through it. it makes absolute sense that you want to protect rilynn and be with your family. i think its wonderful that you wrote this post. and I'm thankful that blogging brought us together and i know we'll continue on without it. maybe you will be helping me make this switch next. this makes my heart soggy. there is definitely a lot going on right now. take all the time needed. i support you. i love you. and i hope we don't lose touch. safe ways as you go with ryans family. xxo

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  67. Don't worry about this stuff over Christmas xx. I just wanted to give you this "hug" from many miles away. Words do hurt and jealousy can get the best of anyone. I'm wishing and praying for a lot of good things to come your way. You're a talented writer and I hope you get to enjoy spending time with all of your family when you move (away from the scorpions--silver lining, right? Remember that post? ah!). The blog isn't going anywhere, but life keeps moving; sometimes, you gotta go with the flow (move forward, make changes) and let the negativity melt away. It's a tough economy and I'm sure your wonderful husband will find something, soon. Hold on to the baby, because the first year is gone so fast and then you'll think about it all the time after that~savor it~take the time to hold her "too much" <33.

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  68. I am so sorry about the negativity! I have really enjoyed following your blog...mostly the family posts. I have my first child due in February, a girl, & your posts about your baby & products have been so helpful! Wish you the best in the future!

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  69. I am completely baffled by this - I don't understand how people can be so cruel!!! Especially when you are one of the sweetest, most giving and generous people there is. I am so sorry you are dealing with this, you and your blog have honestly been so wonderful! I wish I could just hug you right now. :( I will continue to keep your family in my prayers and I hope that things work out for you guys soon. Safe travels and good luck with your move!

    Lots of love for you,
    Stayc

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  70. I'm so sorry to hear this as I have really loved reading your blog over the last year or so. I hope you are able to find the best solution for your family, I will miss reading your blog each day. *hugs* and love.

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  71. I'm sure I join in many bloggers when I say I am so sad to read this. It's amazing bloggers like you that give courage for the rest of us to put our voice out there regardless of what the blog community says. To those who you 'know" and are rude to you and about your daughter -- karma will come back to them. Missing you already and praying for you and your family sweet friend. xoxoox

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  72. I am so sad to read this! I have loved following your journey of motherhood especially as I am about to become a mother! I am also a follower on instagram and I am sad that I do not get to see sweet photos of Rilynn anymore! Best of luck to your sweet family! And I will be praying for you and Ryan and Rilynn on your journey ahead! I hope you consider to still blog but I understand your reasoning of not blogging as well- your sweet family obviously comes first!

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  73. I hate that this has happened, love. You are such an amazing person and Rilynn is a beautiful blessing from the Lord. God will show you guys where he wants you for the future and he will provide. You have been so strong through a lot and I'm proud of you for protecting your daughter! You go, mama!

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  74. So very sad to see you go. I discovered your blog a few months ago when I found out I was expecting and have sincerely enjoyed every single post you have made (especially the ones for new mamma's and the cloth diapering tips)! I will pray for you and your precious little family that you find peace and comfort during this time of transition and hurt. Know that God has some amazing things in store for all three of you even though it's sometimes hard to see ahead to the future.

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  75. Kaitlyn,
    I'm heartbroken to see this. I started following your blog about 6 months ago, and have absolutely loved it! It has given me so much joy each day reading your posts. Many of your posts have made me anxious to be a mother and try out all of the things you have blogged about. I wish you and your family the best of luck in your new journey. May God be with you and bless you every step of the way :)

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  76. I just can't wrap my brain around why people would do this to you. And why in the world would they attack little RIlynn, she's as innocent as you are. Even though you're taking a break, whether short or permanent, I just want you to know that you were the 4th blogger I started following when I didn't know what this community was. You helped me in so many ways with my blog and general life tips and you are literally the reason I met my best friend. I hope you remember the people you blessed, and not just focus on the people who ruined this for you. We'll miss you. <3

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  77. I am so sad to hear this, Kaitlyn. I can't believe that people would be so horrible, especially towards your precious little one. I know that we don't really know each other but you were my inspiration to join the blogging world. I'm sorry that something that is supposed to be fun has turned out hurting you so. I know God has an amazing plan for you and your beautiful family. Praying for you, hugs.

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  78. i have been following your blog closely for months, and found it to be inspiring and heartwarming. as a girl in a military relationship i have been able to connect with a lot of the things you talk about. i'm still pretty new to blogging, but your blog was a great place to go for ideas and positive reading. it kills me to see you treated badly and hope that you continue sharing your thoughts and life with people who treat you only with support and positivity and love! is there a way to stay in touch or reach out to you outside of this blog?

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  79. Kaitlyn, I am so sad to hear this news, both about your husband and about your blog. I've only been a follower for a short while but have so enjoyed getting to know you through your words and photographs. I can't fathom why anyone would say something negative about you as a mother. The love for your child radiates out of your words. I'm so sorry that these insecure and jealous individuals have targeted you. I respect your decision to leave social media, but will greatly miss following along and getting to know you. The blog world has opened me up to so many amazing women, a couple of whom I would call real friends. I hope you are able to maintain contact with those you came to know. Your daughter is absolutely beautiful, and is blessed to have the two of you as parents. If you are ever in Washington state, please let me know! :) -Andrea

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  80. Breezy Pink DaisiesDecember 10, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    O my goodness, this makes me so sad to hear. I can't believe anyone would say cruel things about your adorable little daughter, or your sweet, caring self either! The fact that people are just shows that they aren't happy with their own lives, and they need to take it out on someone whose life looks so great. You are doing such a great job at being a mother! I have always enjoyed reading your posts, and you are starting to convince to try cloth diapering when we have kids. As sad as it would be to not hear from you anymore, I totally understand that you have to do what is best for your family - and while you can take some mean (and untrue) things said about you, that is definitely not anything that should be said about your daughter. Oh, that makes me so mad! I'm so sorry this has happened Kaitlyn. I pray that your move to NJ will go smoothly and that everything will work out. I don't really know you - but I love you! *HUGS*

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  81. This makes me sad. I am is sorry about all if this. I am a fairly new follower but followed through most of your pregnancy and really enjoyed following along!!! Best of luck to you, hope to see u back!!! Xoxo

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  82. I am so so sorry that this happened to you. People do not understand that their words, regardless of whether or not they are online, can HURT people. I am sad to see you go, but I will definitely pray for your family situation. Good luck with everything <3

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  83. Erica {let why lead}December 10, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    It blows my mind that anyone would say negative things toward you OR your daughter. I mean, what is the point?? I generally find this blogging world to be a supportive community (although with the occasional exception), so I am so sorry that these girls have soured that for all of us. Best wishes to you and your family during this stressful time. I really hope you'll at least pop in with the occasional update so we know you're well. We've all come to think of you as someone we know and care about—even if we've never met you! Take care, girl!

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  84. Oh Kaitlyn! I am so sorry and sad to read this. I have loved getting to "know" you and your precious family through your blog, and I always look forward to your posts and instagram pictures. But I can understand what you're doing, and I hope your heart can heal from those wounds. I am praying for you, your family, and the hard transition ahead.

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  85. I have only been following your blog for a few months but I have really enjoyed reading about you and your family. Your posts on your blog and on IG have always been so genuine, caring, compassionate and sweet, I am so sad that others see this as an invitation to make judgements about you and your family. Please know that I am praying for you and your family, that you will have a safe journey to NJ and that God will surround you with encouraging people during this time and watch over you during this time of change.

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  86. Kaitlyn I am so incredibly sorry that you are going through all of this. I wondered if something was going on when you switched to a private Instagram account. It brings tears to my eyes to think that someone could be negative towards you and your sweet little girl. I have enjoyed following you and watching your family grow... You're a beautiful person and your fair shines through in your blog. I will miss your posts (if you decide blogging isn't for you anymore) but hope we can continue to keep in touch through instagram! Lots of love and prayers being sent your way! Xoxoxoxo

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  87. It makes me so sad that some bloggers have to put a damper on this wonderful community by putting others down or degrading them for reasons that are, in the long run, not worth it. I definitely understand your decision, especially with a little one. I hope the move goes well, this holiday season brings you joy and peace, and I wish you all the best in the future, with or without this blog.

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  88. Although I'm one of those people who just reads your blog and rarely comments, I thought you should know I have genuinely looked forward to reading your blog everyday. As a fellow military spouse I enjoyed following you along on your journey through the military because I felt like I had someone to connect with even when I was thousands of miles away from my family. I am so sorry for the cruel people and negativity that have led you to this decision but I wish you and your family all the best in the weeks/months/years to come as you move forward in this next chapter of your life. We will miss you!

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  89. I can't believe people could be so nasty! That is so sad to hear and we will all miss you dearly! I know waking up and checking Blog Lovin is the first thing I do to see what cool things you've posted about each day. It's almost become a routine for me and I will miss not seeing cool outfits on Rilynn and updates of your life.

    I wish you all the best in New Jersey! Enjoy spending time with family :) I understand it must have been a hard decision and in the end, it is your life and you can do what you want without having to conform to others' opinions. Good luck to you!

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  90. Awe. This is sad. I'm sorry you are dealing with all this. I hope you stuck around but inderstand totally. Take care friend. xo

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  91. How will we know if you ever come back? Will you keep this blog and post one day out of the blue? I would love to follow you again if you ever create a new blog. Will you please let us know some how in the future?

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  92. This truly breaks my heart. I'm sorry you are going through this during this hard time for your family. I just joined cara-box five months ago and have enjoyed making life long friends. Please know that you have many supporters and we're here for you.

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  93. Sadly criticism comes with the territory. People are insecure and feel like they need to take it out on others; i'm sorry that you've had to deal with being one of the targets. I wish you the best with both this and Ryan's job; I can certainly relate to the stress associated with that particular situation.

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  94. I have only followed you for a short time but have really come to love this blog. The cara boxes are a wonderful way that I have already met 2 great new friends! Its always exciting to get to know new people and because of you that has been possible. I know there are lots of people that will miss this blog and have been touched by it in some sort of way. Always remember no matter what you do there will be someone out there that is jealous of what you are doing and do whatever they can to bring you down. The devil disguises himself in many ways. If you stick to your guns and always look up things will always work out. I hope that you return because even though I don't have any children yet you have already inspired me with ideas and inspirations to prepare for motherhood. I wish you the best in your endeavors but hope you return to continue sharing your wonderful life with us!

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  95. I'm not sure how much I have to say that hasn't been said, but I want you to know that I am positively heartbroken for you that this has become such a negative experience. It was largely your blog that inspired me to keep writing and gave me faith that I could find a community in blogging. The Cara box was the first step in many that have made me feel blessed by blogging in ways I never thought possible. I was sincerely hoping to get the chance sometime to know you better, as you inspire and move me regularly - just the kind of person I'm trying now to surround myself with.
    That being said, kudos to you for putting your family first. It's just this kind of loyalty and faith that has made me, along with many others I'm sure, grow to love your blog. While I selfishly wish that this will all wash over, I will direct my prayers instead that your family continue to be blessed and that more beautiful things come to you from out of all this uncertainty. And God willing, we may cross paths again.

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  96. I am so sad to read this post! It makes me so angry when I fall in love with a blog and said blog has to shut down because of people stealing their photos or saying cruel things. Some people ruin things for everyone. For what it is worth I loved reading your blog and seeing your sweet girl. If I was short on time you were always one of the blogs that I jumped to reading. I wish you and your family the best on your move and uncertain future. I hope to see you back in this blogging world <3

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  97. Kaitlyn, I'm so sorry to hear about Ryan's job and that you have been bullied by what should be a supportive community. Your family is so beautiful! I've loved following your journey and will truly be sad if you stop blogging, but I definitely understand the need to protect your daughter. Some people can be so heartless... but it's reading and sharing our joy with others that makes the world a little brighter. Thanks for sharing your joy in motherhood, and I'll be thinking of/praying for you.

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  98. I am sitting here in shock!!! I know I don't comment a lot on your posts, but it doesn't mean I don't read them and look forward to every single one. You truly are a class act!!! You have set the bar high with your integrity. I so appreciate everything I have read of yours. You have inspired me in ways you won't ever know. The thing I appreciate most about you is your openness and the fact that you are real. That is the reason I always enjoy reading your posts. I feel like I can relate to you because your life isn't perfect but still great all the same. I think you have a gift. I know you must do what is best for you and your family, but I truly hope you post once again. I know I will be reading when and if you do. Many blessings to you and your family!!!

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  99. If I decide to to blog in any capacity - here or on a new one, I will be sure to publish a post here to let anyone know who may still be around.

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  100. Oh friend, I'm so so sorry that this has been your experience lately. I can't believe that people are as cruel as they have been. My heart hurts for you and I hate that they have tried to steal your joy. I'm lifting you and your family up tonight- that God would direct the right things to come into your lives at the right time. Until then, do what you said- enjoy this time your lives. The time together could be a blessing in disguise and an opportunity you might not get again for a long time. I love your blog and your heart and hope that you do eventually find it within yourself to write again :)

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  101. Oh my. I'm so sad and sorry to read this. I *hate* how cruel and heartless people can be. I truly enjoy reading your blog and following you on Instagram. You have a most beautiful family and a sweet, Godly spirit. I wish you all the best of luck in the future. We have many friends who have left the military, and while the transition may have some challenges, all will work out and be fine. HIS plan is greater than ours. Much love to you. :@)

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  102. You know this makes me so angry and sad for you. But I so respect your mama bear instinct to protect your daughter and family! You are an amazing mother and I know that the decision to go "private" was not an easy one for you! Prayers continue for you as you pack and move and transition...and also that God would open a door for Ryan that would be more than you could have hoped for! He just needs that chance at an interview!! Praying praying and believing with you and for you!!

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  103. This makes me so sad to hear, Kaitlyn. Like many others who have commented, I feel compelled to tell you that your blog has completely inspired me. I love the series that you do and I have enjoyed seeing pictures of your sweet, beautiful little baby. I hope someday you feel that you are able to return to blogging because I am going to miss seeing and hearing about your adorable baby girl!!! Thank you for all of the tips and recipes and inspiring posts. You will be missed, and I am so sorry to hear that you were treated so unkindly. Thinking of you all and hoping for the best with Ryan's work situation and your move to NJ. Best of luck!

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  104. You will be greatly missed! I have loved reading your blogs and cannot imagine why people do such mean and hurtful things. Know that you will continue to be in my prayers. You have a beautiful family and God is going to get you through ALL of this!! Don't ever forget it.

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  105. I honestly can't imagine what mean things people would say to you - because you are seriously one of the nicest and most genuine women in the blog world. I just don't understand what goes on in people's heads sometimes that they think they can do these kinds of things. I will hate not having your blog to read, but I am happy you are doing what is best for your little family. I'm so sorry to hear about all of this, and wish we could just kick those mean girls to the curb!

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  106. Kaitlyn, I am so sorry for all the pain and hurt and sadness going on in your life right now. I have been following your blog for probably a year now and I still am trying to figure out why. I don't mean that meanly, but we don't have much in common. I am a single girl, no children or husband and much of what you write about doesn't really relate to me or my life... but for some reason I keep coming back and I love that I subscribed. I enjoy reading about your life and am impressed and awed at your bravery and bold vulnerability. Those are character traits to be deeply valued and treasured, I don't possess them.
    After reading this post, my heart broke for you and your family and mostly for the people out there that think it is alright to tear others down. I am not perfect at this by any means, but I trust the Word of God and do my best to adhere to the "if you can't say something nice don't say something at all." Actually, I struggle to understand why others feel it is ok to say words of destruction because all they do is make them feel big while making someone else feel strong and that is NOT what God wants for his children. I am angry for you, and selfishly for me, because the words of others have hurt you to the point where you don't want to share your heart anymore in this medium and those of us that enjoy your writing, look forward to new posts and the challeneges that some of those pose to us, will be losing such a great teacher and friend.
    I am sorry that you are having to deal with bullying on top of life's real issues and I will be praying for you and your family. This is supposed to be a season of celebration and new life and I am sorry others are ruining that for you. Do what you need to do, but know that God is not absent in anything that you are going through.

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  107. I am so sorry that you are dealing with this. I am praying for you as you go through moving and finding jobs, and as you are dealing with blogging. I have enjoyed getting to know you! :)

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  108. Simply put... I will miss your posts greatly if you chose not to blog anymore. Prayers for your sweet little family! (And I miss you on IG!)

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  109. You don't deserve anything like that. It's a tough world out there and people just end up judging and criticizing people so that they could feel good about themselves. It's just sick!! We are all different, and we all have different blogs and how we write about it. It is a journal that we all like to share with many others. For those who put you down aren't happy in their own lives. You-you have a husband who loves and cares for you and you also have a daughter that you will continue to love and care for her as well, and to teach her things in later in life that she has gone through. You may be a different kind of parent to all other mothers and fathers out there. But don't let that stop you from knowing what to do with your own children. There are will many other bloggers and readers out here who still love you and still love reading your posts and knowing that your little family is such a beautiful one. I am one of them. I hope things will go great in the future. It is a tough world out there. But just remember, we all have trials and this is one of them for you. For though trails you WILL learn from them. One day you will help another person who has gone through something like this. Always, Kendra <3

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  110. Katie @ A Beautiful Little AdvDecember 11, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Kaitlyn, I am completely heart broken over this. I read this last evening and have been thinking about it ever since. You have been a blogging inspiration to me since I started my blog this past summer. I love your writing, your sincerity, and your pride. It was such a pleasure to get to know you and to have you to look up to in the blogging community. I'm in a rage that there are people out there who are so cold hearted. The blogging community is the perfect platform for young women to connect, engage, and learn from one another. This is a place where we can all be accepted. I cannot understand how someone would act this way. I hope that one day you can come back to blogging because I will miss you. Please know that you and your beautiful family are in my thoughts. xoxo

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  111. I can't believe that. I had no idea. I seriously have a kink in my throat for you.

    Personally, I haven't experienced this. I made my blog for family and friends to keep up with our lives and pregnancy & though I have definitely made some blog friends, I don't have a 'popular' blog so I haven't had to deal with any bullying but I have seen it before and I do have something to say about it.

    Blogging has become a community. As women we have many sub communities within that community. You and I and many like us or in that 'mommy' community and what honestly makes me sick and I feel like the mommy community is the cruelest. Who are we to criticize ANYONE when we are working SO HARD to create a better world for our babes? A world where that sort of immaturity and judgement doesn't exist. I'm not sure what these people are criticizing you or your BEAUTIFUL family about but they are OBVIOUSLY very bored people who need Christs love in their life BIG TIME. Sadly, with a lot of these people words do nothing but fuel their fire and feed their complex that for some reason they are better than you, even though there is NO TRUTH to that. My best advice is to pray long and hard for them. It's the best thing you can do.

    Moving on to you leaving, I'll let you know that I love love love your posts and instagram photos, especially of your beautiful little girl! I do hope that you stay, but if you choose to leave I will miss you bunches!

    Nicole
    www.hausofharnois.blogspot.com

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  112. This breaks my heart. I do not know you from anywhere but this blog, but I see you as a truly beautiful and kind person. You have been so amazing to share so much of you and your families life with us that for some to come after you and be cruel, ESPECIALLY to an innocent little baby blows my mind. I totally understand why you are stepping away from blogging. I wish you the best of luck with the move and I hope that the next chapter in your life is AMAZING. *hugs*

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  113. I am saddened that negative people have turned this space into something hurtful for you. You do what is best for your family. Good luck.

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  114. This just breaks my heart. I will be praying that are you given peace and direction - and that you are surrounded by people that love you and encourage you!

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  115. Kaitlyn, I am so sorry for everything thats happened! This post broke my heart. You shared so much and put so much out there and I am so sorry that there are people out there who are so negative. I pray for you and your family, with your move and everything in the future. I've truly enjoyed reading your posts and seeing your instagram posts. Your family is truly beautiful. Praying for you! Good luck with everything.

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  116. I've been following your blog for a while now and I've thoroughly enjoyed reading it. You seem like a truly genuine person, which is what has made your blog nice to read. My thoughts are with you and your family while your husband goes through the job search process. It's too bad about the Negative Nancy's of the world who like to make themselves feel better while bringing others down.

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  117. I only recently discovered your blog when looking up ideas for cloth diapering. I'm not pregnant yet but we hope to be sometime within in the next year and I'm one who has to do lots and lots of research for me to feel comfortable with things. Your posts have done that for me and made me feel like maybe I can conquer diapering and even the fear of all things baby because lets face it, its a daunting task/job. It makes me so sad and angry that people feel the need to get mean and to drag in your kids. I will never understand why women have to be so mean and drag each other down -- the world does enough of that. I would understand if you stop, your family is everything and to protect them is your right but I hope you would at least leave up the diapering posts somewhere because one day I'm going to need your advice on it and I don't know you personally so this is all I've got and it just might help us like it helped you.

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  118. As a new reader, I am a bit out of the loop with the struggle you've faced, but I know it can't be easy. Making the decision to move a growing family is never an easy one, but you've done it before - and maybe you'll do it again! Next time, though - let's all pray it's for a more positive reason. You mentioned God. I am not a deeply religious person, but I do believe that "things happen for a reason" and that it's entirely possible that this is a small test for your family. As stressful as it all may be, you're sticking through it. You're holding fast to your faith and making decisions as a family. Your families seem to be willing to provide some kind of help, whether its financial, emotional or the simple comfort of a homecooked meal when all you've got is potatoes and beans. I've been there, and I'm not proud to admit that I didn't handle it so well. You're doing fantastic. Stay true, strong & smiling - and you'll get through. It's tough, and I'm not saying you're going to feel fantastically able all the time, but you can do it. All of you. :)

    As for the women making these comments? Here's the thing, though. There will always be critics, jealous rivals and people who'd kill to see you fail. The more sweet, endearing and generous you are, the more of these kind people you attract. You've probably got them by the boatloads, but just think - these women? Were vocal about it, let you know. Imagine the ones who don't? The ones that smile in your face and want nothing more than to see you fail? THOSE are the real threats. The real issues. I know, it's weird & probably not what you want to hear right now. These comments from these women are coming from a place of greed, hatred, envy ... but they are all coming from the heart of that person. Not your heart! You're allowing these women to turn a once joyous happy heart into one that's sheltered and cautious. You're giving them the power to change who you are, what you believe and how hard you rock. You're simply their target, be one that moves. Be hard to hit, and change the way they think they can victimize you. I'm sorry that all of this is happening to you on top if the personal issues you're facing, and if you choose to leave, we (the women who support, love and cherish you) will miss you greatly, but we'll understand. Like I said, we support you.

    No matter what you decide, remember:

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  119. This is so upsetting! You're an amazing person and I'm sorry some people have to be so cruel :( I hope we still get to see posts from you in the future!

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  120. I have really enjoyed following your blog and I'm sad to read this post. I hope you find in joy in blogging again because I like reading what you have to say. In the meantime, enjoy your time with your family. It is something so special and the time you spend with your little girl is precious. My second one is just 2 weeks old and I can't get enough time with her.

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  121. Your post has weighed on me all day. I even sat in the waiting room of my OB office this morning, reading your post aloud to my husband, baffled by all you had written. I mean, really?!? Is this really happening to bloggers?!? I'm floored. And perhaps my oblivion to this is because I'm nowhere near having the recognition and following you have. But it got me thinking....

    Where there are humans, you will find humans who seem to have more than their share of these personality traits. Blogging is no exception. There are mean-spirited people everywhere; some get their thrills by just making nasty comments and the occasional mean blog post. And it can, no doubt, take a lot of fun away from the fun out of blogging.

    When slapped in the face with an unkind comment, emotions boil up. But don’t let the comment control you. You control you and your response. Take time to feel the emotions, then put them aside and think this through. At the same time, these people want your reaction. They would love nothing more than to satisfy their desire to hurt you. I advise you, however, to not let this beat you or rip apart something you enjoy so much. At the same time, however, it might be necessary to practice a little more privacy, but please don't completely shut down. You're too great of a blogger!

    XOXO

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  122. Kaitlyn I'm so sorry you have to do this.. I can't believe these are fellow bloggers! Your babygirl is beautiful, I can't believe people, woman would do this or say things like this about a baby. Disgusting! Thank you so much for all your past posts though!! it really was helpful when I was pregnant and preparing for McKenzie! Good luck to your family and Happy Holidays!!

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  123. I am so sorry that you went through that. I don't understand why people are so hateful online. It's not that hard to simply click that little X if there is something they don't like. Over the past couple years I've come across plenty of posts across Blogland that I didn't agree with. Never did I find it necessary to tear that person down. I simply didn't read it. And I can't believe anyone would be so cruel to a baby. I completely understand your need for distance. Good luck with your move.

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  124. Tiffany Mrsh HaywoodDecember 11, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    I am so sorry to hear what you have experienced and I understand you decisions and choices. I may not know you as well as others but I am still saddened and hope and pray for your healing and uplifting in this time. xoxoxo

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  125. As someone that has never met you, I just wanted to write and say that I really enjoyed your blog! As a fairly recent newlywed and someone hoping to have a little one soon, I always found something interesting, cute, and/or informative on your blog. Best wishes for the future! Thank you for sharing with us!

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  126. such a shame. I am a recent follower and it breaks my heart to know that fellow bloggers bullied you to this point. good luck, best wishes, hopefully you'll post again soon...just remember, this too shall pass. sending love your way!

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  127. Oh my gosh I hurt for you! I love your blog and everything you post. I know we haven't really personally connected I always hoped that someday somehow we would. I follow your instagram also and love seeing pictures of your adorable little girl. But I completely understand that you feel the need to protect your baby.

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  128. I'm so sorry you don't deserve any of this, you are a wonderful person and i have loved everything about your blog. I can't believe that people can be so heartless, don't listen to any of the negativity. I just don't even know what to say. I hope you remember that there are still people that wish you only the best!

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  129. I'm really sorry you've encountered such jerks. I wish you and your family the very best.

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  130. Kaitlyn, my heart really goes out to you right now--you sound like you are in such a rough place right now...I just wish I could hug you and help somehow :( Right before my son was born, my husband quit his job. He did it for many reasons, and we thought it would be ok because we thought we had something lined up. Well, that fell through, and 8 weeks after my son was born, I found myself back at work, something I never would have imagined in a million years. Those nine months felt like the longest, most awful nine months in the world. I wouldn't want to relive that time in our lives, but the more time goes by, the more grateful I am that the Lord walked us through it anyways. We had SO little faith in Him, which breaks my heart now, but He was SO good to us, and taught us so much during the whole process. My prayers are with you right now, that the Lord pours out His comfort on you and Ryan, that He brings you closer together instead of further apart, and that He PROVIDES!!

    On another note, I hope you don't stop blogging!!! In the end, I hope the good outweighs the bad for you. I have SO enjoyed your blog, been blessed by what you've shared, and I've met at least one amazing friend through your space here!! I hope these 100+ comments give you hope--despite the negativity you've experienced, WE ALL think you are talented, and smart, and a HUGE blessing! We love sharing life with you...even if it's only online :).
    Much love, my friend...

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  131. I'm so sorry to hear about your struggles but please know that for those few people that are out to bring you down, there are many many others who are so supportive of you, your family and your blog. I know for a fact there are people out there who are complete strangers to you that prayed for the health and safe delivery of your daughter. There are people that admire your strength and creativity. And there are many people that will miss you honesty. I am one of those and I wish you all the best regardless of your path. I appreciate all you've done and many of the wonderful women I've come into contact with because of programs you coordinate like Cara Box. Simply put, thank you.

    Brittany @ Everyday
    Thoughts

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  132. And, like others, I would love to follow you if you decide to blog privately in the future (and are open to approved followers!) I hope that you are doing okay...even though we have never met, I have thought of you a lot this week!

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  133. This post really hits home after this last spring experiencing a lot of criticism from people about my blog. It is sad when something that brings you joy has to be shut down bc of mean people. Sending you luck on your husbands job search and love and strength.

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  134. Don't quit blogging over a few rude people. It's the internet, people are going to be mean, people are going to be fake, that's what the internet is all about. I've been active on all over the internet for years, for when times like this when people have nothing better to do with their lives than to start drama and rumors about other people. I've been on both sides of this.. Let me tell you it's not pretty, once you say something it's pretty hard to take it back. Either way, it's your blog, do what you want, but know we all (or most of us) support you in whatever you do. Weather you know us or not, don't let a few bad apples ruin it for the rest of us. You can find out their IPs and block them as well. Praying for you & your family.

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  135. I have been so busy this season I just scrolled on your blog and read this. I am so sorry! I have a huge pit in my stomach for you. I am sad that you had to leave Colorado and that things didn't work out with Ryans job. What an aweful situation and then people are targeting your daughter in mean ways, TERRIBLE! I don't know why people are so mean... and then to go through all of this right around Christmas. I will pray for you tonight as I nurse Levi.

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  136. I am so sorry! This is so sad to hear, you need to do what you feel lead to do but as someone who as loved your blog this makes me very sad. People are cruel and I am so sorry that you have had to deal with this, especially when it is directed at your family

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  137. :( Our loss. I love how you are protecting your family in the midst of this sad time. God WILL continue to bless your faithfulness. You have been such a light and genuine person in my life. Real life is ALWAYS more special than this web stuff. You chose the best.

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  138. Kaitlyn, I am so sorry to hear this. I am so sorry that people are so ugly and have said such ugly things. These are the things I can say about you since finding your blog:
    -You are a wonderful mother and wife.
    -You have inspired me that, despite seemingly negative circumstances, everything happens for a reason
    -You have encouraged me in ways that you cannot imagine
    -You have taught me things that I otherwise wouldn't have ever known.
    -You have given me hope

    I certainly hope that, despite the cruel words of others, you continue to blog. If not, I certainly understand your decision. I hope that despite my being a new reader, you know that you can come to me whenever you are in need.

    Always,
    Aislinn
    www.eatpraywod.blogspot.com

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  139. I'll miss your posts :( Good luck girl!

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  140. My heart hurts for you girl! You do not need the negativity, and how dare they talk about your daughter. I'm sending positive thoughts and prayers your way for everything and a new job. Have hope, and know that most of us love you!! The ones that don't are just jealous ;)

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  141. I know exactly what you mean. I decided to quit blogging as well because so many bloggers had a problem with me. I deleted my Twitter ad the "blog" part of my design site and called it quits. My Instagram is now private. So. I'm right there with ya

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  142. I just got a link to your blog about cloth diapering and decided to read more of your blog! I'm sorry to hear that the joys of blogging have been tainted for you and I wish you the best in whatever you decide to do! AND thank you for the honest open discussion of your cloth diapering experience! I never imagined I would go there but I am REALLY thinking I will with my baby that arrives this spring! Thanks!

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  143. This is the first time I have read your blog, so I haven't seen the nasty stuff, but I did see your love story. I wasn't married until I was 27, although I did live with a guy before being saved and had a son to him. I am now the mother of 7 children, have been homeschooling for 26yrs., am married for 29, and have 5 grandchildren who are 3 and under. Who would have thought? I am sorry for your bad experience. www.joanna-fiftysomething.blogspot.com

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  144. PS Love your blog name. Wish mine were a little more creative.

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  145. Heather Gilmore DoppJanuary 2, 2014 at 1:10 AM

    Kaitlyn, I've missed seeing your blog posts and so I thought I would check in to see what is going on... I was so sad to read this post! I just want you to know that I am sending prayers your way. Thank you for inspiring me to be a better blogger.

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  146. I'm sorry to read this. :( Sadly with this post being written as I was trying to finish all the hand knit gifts for family, I stopped reading a few of my favorite blogs {including yours} and figured with the new year to go back and play catch up. I hope and pray that everything works out.

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  147. Thank you lady! I hope you have a Happy New Year!

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  148. I am so sorry that you are going through all this. I hate that others have felt the need to say such horrible things about you and to go after your daughter. I do not blame you whatsoever for shutting thins down for a while. I will hate to see this happen, but being that you have so much going on and people are shamelessly attacking your child I understand your decision. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help you. You have been so kind to me and inspired me so much. I hope to stay in contact with you regardless of you being shut down. Just know that I am here for you. Have a great weekend!

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  149. Fivehearts OnefamilyJanuary 4, 2014 at 1:11 PM

    This happened to me last year. I quit reading. Quit posting. Everything was privatized and I had to constantly report people for harassment because my blog was connected to my personal Facebook and email. People even called the cops on me.
    I know EXACTY how you feel. It has taken me an entire year to feel ready to put myself out there again but I'm doing it because God has put it in my heart. While I expect more abuse in the future I am now ready for it.
    I used to follow your blog but haven't kept up with any blogging this past year. I can't imagine what would cause people to want to harass you. Thank you for telling your followers why you have quit. That's something I probably should have done.
    I hope you come back to the blogging community when you are ready because you impact all of us. You are one of my favorite blogs to keep up on.

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  150. I am so sorry this happened to you. Thank you for reaching out and for encouraging me! I am so happy you were able to overcome this and are now back blogging. xoxo

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