• Jen

    posted on January 13, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    Having been sick all week, I must have missed the original announcement, but it sounds to me as if you are making the right decision for the right reasons. Children are only in your care for so long, and they are such precious gifts—enjoy them. “Mom” is THE most important job in the entire world. So be wife & mom and without the bloggy stress. :)

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  • Lindsey Dietz

    posted on January 13, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    Good for you! Actually, your post inspired me to make some similar changed in my own life. I dropped a few non-essential commitments this afternoon, and it was this post that inspired me. My kids (homeschooled, ages 10 and 8.5) deserve as much of me as I can give them. Other stuff can wait!

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  • Shelly

    posted on January 13, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    Well said. There is a season and a purpose for everything under heaven. Blogging will be here waiting, time with little ones is fleeting.

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  • Raia Torn

    posted on January 14, 2014 at 8:58 am

    Good choice, Amy! I am certain God will bless your decision to put your family first! :)

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  • Michelle

    posted on January 14, 2014 at 9:50 am

    Well said, Amy! And a good reminder for all Moms out there to seek God with all our hearts, as His plan is always the best and when we are not following that plan, everything is harder! Blessings to you as you move into all that God has planned for you, I have no doubt He will bless you and your family abundantly, even more than you could ask or imagine, as you walk in obedience :-)

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  • Maggie

    posted on January 14, 2014 at 10:02 am

    I’m so happy for you and the boys Amy. I know where you’ve been and where you are, you know I can totally relate :) It is hard to put our career aspirations aside for a time, but it’s all unfolding as it’s meant to. xoox

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  • Iris

    posted on January 14, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    Many blessings to you and your family, Amy! I know that feeling of peace that comes with making a decision you need to. Your kids are so lucky to have such a wonderful mom.

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  • Evie

    posted on January 14, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Here’s a quote from C.S. Lewis that should encourage you today: “Homemaker is the ultimate career. All other careers exist for one purpose only — to support the ultimate career!” So glad you’re putting your family first!

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  • christine

    posted on January 14, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    Your children are your most precious gifts, for you and for the world – enjoy them whilst you can, you’ll be sharing them all too soon with many, many other people. With your love and care they’ll thrive :)

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  • Sabrina

    posted on January 14, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    This is the most beautiful thing I have read in so long. I wanted to respond to your first post about this but could not at the time. Kudos and blessings to you for making such a courageous though surely difficult decision! There is no shame in not being able to do everything at once and being a mother is the most important job there is— “the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world!” Those precious boys will be all grown up before you know it and no one has ever regretted spending too much time with their family when all is said and done. You are an amazing woman and continued inspiration to me, God bless you and your beautiful family!!!

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  • J Graham

    posted on January 14, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    You are absolutely doing the right thing! My children are 18, 17, and 14. We made the same decision as you 14 years ago. No regrets! Only unbelievable blessings! Many blessings to you and yours!

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  • Angela Turner

    posted on January 14, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    Dear Cynthia. I have enjoyed your website and will continue
    To do so. I wanted to let you know that you will never regret
    Making the decision to stay focused on your family! I was at
    A similar stage several years ago when my first was born and
    I do not regret making him and his two sisters priorities! It
    Wasn’t easy but it was right! I too share your fAith and can’t
    Imagine this journey without my Creator knowing how to whisper
    To my soul. Fare forward voyager!

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  • Shelley

    posted on January 14, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    I am happy for you Amy! Sometimes it is really hard to admit we can’t do everything or that we don’t want to do everything. I work from home out of neccessity and often it is hard to not simply be the mom! I admire all moms who make tough choices and follow God and their heart!

    Thanks for a wonderful blog!

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  • Tessa

    posted on January 14, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    Oh boy….I think most of us mommy bloggers can totally relate! We only have so many hands and can divide ourselves in so many pieces before something has to give. And being totally honest with myself….do I want my kids to have only a small piece of me and my my blog the biggest? Of course not. It is hard to draw boundaries, but for now, while my kiddos are young and my $$ is not completely necessary….this is what I am here for….them! Good for you

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  • Maria

    posted on January 14, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    Hello Amy,

    I agree with all that was said above, so I will not reiterate. I just wanted to post because I think that it is important for you and other women to realize that there is a lot of support out there for this decision. I, too, made a similar decision many years ago, at a time when it was possibly more difficult, society-wise. Best decision I ever made! My two sons are grown up, and I am working again and I love it. To everything there is a season!

    Sometimes women are other women’s worst enemies. There is no one way to be a “liberated woman,” and I think it is terrible that much of the past debate and animosity has been between the stay-at-home mom and the “working” mom…way to much judgment and finger-pointing. If we are truly to respect a woman’s and a family’s choice, then we should recognize that all choices are legitimate and personal.

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  • Lisa

    posted on January 14, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    Thank you. For your faith, your faithfulness and your obedience to the Lord. It’s inspiring, encouraging and a blessing. God’s order, His timing and His will are perfect concerning all things. Enjoy your sweet young boys, enjoy this precious time of family and the Ministry Of Mom and know you are in our family’s prayers.

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  • lillian lee

    posted on January 14, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    I just want to commend you for your stand. I am an empty nester now. I had to make that decision years ago and never regreted it. Those days go by so so fast and now they are just a memory for me which I cherish. May God bless your decision and honor it bringing Glory to Himself.
    Thank you for all the efforts you put in the blog.
    Lillian

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  • Jeanene

    posted on January 14, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    Amy,
    Now, I know why I love you so much! God and Food! LOL I am so proud of you!
    I still hope to meet you one day!
    Remember, God’s ways are much higher then our ways!

    Blessings,
    Jeanene

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  • Alisa

    posted on January 14, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    Amy, I love this post. You are an amazing superwoman and always have been. All of your boys are lucky to have you.

    P.S. – Love that quote!

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  • Stephanie

    posted on January 14, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    Your post made me smile. I love hearing about parents (husband and wife) making wise decisions for their families and kids. It’s not always easy and this world can be so judgy. When the doubts come always look to the scriptures for what God would have you to do. He will not fail. God bless.

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  • Maripat

    posted on January 14, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    Speaking as a grandma, I made the same choice years ago. You will not regret it! I am now choosing the same priorities with my grandchildren :)

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  • Diana

    posted on January 15, 2014 at 8:27 am

    Great to hear your taking care of your family and yourself first. I am a homeschool mom and it is challenging at times but so rewarding. I wish I could blog but never have the time. I enjoy your website and I hope it will still be up to use as a resource. God Bless you and your family.

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  • Sonja

    posted on January 15, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Sometimes it’s really hard to break down and do the thing that we know God wants us to do. Sometimes the answer is obvious and easy to do. Family and kids comes first over a blog. God will honor your prioritizing and bless your family. Praise the Lord for the peace in your life, too!

    By the way, I do think faith and food go together, because what you believe about life reflects how you treat life. We are called to be good stewards of our bodies and the resources with which the Lord has blessed us. The body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, and we need to treat it as such, as you are doing in your good-for-you food and recipes. Your faith affects your attitude and the way you go to the store, and change a diaper, and make meals for your family… Our faith is in everything we do because it is everything.

    God bless you and your family, and thank you for sharing!

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  • Kim

    posted on January 15, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    Amy, I wish you much happiness as you continue to be the wonderful mom/wife that you are! You have shared so many gifts with your readers (and will continue to do so at your own pace). Enjoy those precious boys while they are little! It goes fast.
    xo Kim

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  • Dreena Burton

    posted on January 15, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    Thank you for this post, Amy. There’s so much I could say, but mostly thank you – for being so honest, and expressing something that I know other moms are feeling (myself included). Wishing you much peace, calm, and happiness.

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  • Tess Masters

    posted on January 16, 2014 at 7:48 am

    Amy, thankyou for this incredibly honest post. I have so much admiration and respect for you. Family always comes first, and how blessed you are to have such a wonderful husband and two beautiful children. xx

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  • Charlene

    posted on January 16, 2014 at 8:38 am

    Kudos to you for listening to the prompting of the Holy Spirit and doing what’s best for you and for your family. Best of luck!

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  • Miachel

    posted on January 21, 2014 at 9:57 am

    So proud and happy for you, and glad you are at peace with your decision. God speaks at just the right time!

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  • Danielle @ Poor and Gluten Free

    posted on January 21, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Having spent the holidays on hiatus for family reasons myself, I just saw your post and completely understand! Juggling family, friends, a life, work, and blogging is a major challenge, and I can’t imagine how those with kids do it all, so kudos to you for making the best choice for your kids and family :)

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  • SeeWhatSueSaw

    posted on January 23, 2014 at 9:06 am

    I really appreciate that you explained how God was involved in your decision. I applaud you for your openness, your witness and your choice.

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  • judee@Gluten Free A-Z

    posted on February 10, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    Bravo Amy…

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  • judee@Gluten Free A-Z

    posted on February 10, 2014 at 11:16 pm

    Bravo Amy… they wont be little forever.. good for you to prioritize what important

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  • Miss Jem

    posted on March 24, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    What a beautiful picture of faith and family you have painted; unity between husband and wife, commitment to children, and vision for the things that truly matter. And you are absolutely right that those precious prayed for little ones grow up way too fast. May God richly bless you as you two raise these boys to be incredible men.

    Also, thank you for inspiring and encouraging me in my walk with Christ and commitment to my own family. What an exciting and wonderful adventure the Lord has in store for you!

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  • The Healthy Apple

    posted on June 10, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    xoox LOVE YOU Amy! Miss you a ton. Enjoy your time with your boys! It will go so fast. You are a rock star.
    Love you so much.
    xoox
    Muahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

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