This Is About Blogging Again…. and Thank You

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Last week was a monumental week in blogging for me.

Three friends I met in my early days of blogging, Ado, Stasha and Erica got together to throw me a virtual baby shower.

So many wonderful posts were linked up.

This letter that was written to my unborn child made me cry.

This letter to me sending me good birthing juju made me want to reach into my screen and hug Sarah.

All the virtual gifts on various Pinterest boards made me want to go out and shop.

At my first baby shower in 2009 I left my little party, arms loaded with gifts, and a token appreciation for the dozen or so friends who took time out on a Saturday to eat cake with me.

This virtual online baby shower? Left me with my heart full of love and appreciation, my eyes full of tears of joy, my mind full of these people who have never met me, make the effort they did to make these last couple of weeks of waiting, such a wondrous time for me.

For lil’ ol’ me, whom they’ve never met.

Reading through all the posts, I commented with blubbering joy at all the gorgeous things people wrote, at all the beautiful baby pictures and motherhood quotes they shared. It was truly the best baby shower a woman could ask for.

So THANK YOU – to Ado, Stasha, Erica and everyone who linked up.

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Then, I wrote this post about blogging and why I do it, and loved all the responses, and the conversation it generated.

Through that post, I received a message from this wonderful writer who told me that my writing had improved so much, it was delicious. I squeed.

This lady’s comment made me laugh as always, and this other online friend left me such a beautiful comment, I squeed again.

I sat back and wondered how I could ever tell these people how much I appreciate them. How I just want to run out, buy a plane ticket (or three) and travel to their respective countries/ states/ cities to hug them in person, kiss them on the cheek (except Tracy, I might smooch you on the mouth. You too, Kim.) and say to them, eye to eye (or in some cases, eye to boob, I am only 5’3″), “Thank you. Thank you for being my friend. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. Thank you for taking the time to get to know me. Thank you for being you. Thank you for letting me be me and still love me.”

I expect restraining orders after that, but it’d be worth it.

So this is why I blog. Because if I didn’t have this little space on the Internet, if I didn’t write post after post, week after week, if I didn’t go out and read brilliant piece after brilliant piece – I truly believe my life would not be what it is today.

Filled to the brim with friendships and connections. Full of joy, love and laughter.

I feel fat with contentment (yes, being nearly 39 weeks pregnant has something to do with it). I don’t think I could ever not write. I don’t think I could ever not blog in some fashion. I don’t think I’m willing to leave this world where I’ve found some truly good people.

And so I say again, THANK YOU. One and all.

I did say I might vlog this thank you post, but I write better than I talk, so no vlog. Yet. When the Scrumplet is here, maybe he’ll make an appearance on video. Maybe. So I leave you with a photo instead. 

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Alison
Alison Lee is a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the world’s biggest sports brands, Alison traded in product launches and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Alison's writing has been featured on Mamalode, On Parenting at The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Everyday Family, Scary Mommy, and DrGreene.com. She is one of 35 essayists in the anthology, My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friends. In 2012, she founded Little Love Media, a social media consultancy specializing in blog book tours, and because she doesn’t sleep, is an editor at BonBon Break, an online magazine. Alison lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with her husband and four children (two boys and boy/ girl twins).
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  • April 30, 2012 Lance

    You’re welcome. Thank you for your sarcasm, wicked sense of humor, and the new life you and the mister are bringing into the world.
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    • April 30, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Lance, for putting up with my various mommy-isms and talk of women’s body parts (the unsexy ones). Rock on.

  • April 30, 2012 Not a Perfect Mom

    I suck..I’m a bad friend…I’ve been so MIA the past few weeks I didn’t get to participate in your shower…stupid book is due this week and I’ve been up to eyeballs in editing…but you know I love you…
    and I can’t wait for you to have that baby! You make beautiful kids….
    wow, 39 weeks….
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    • April 30, 2012 Alison

      Ooh, your book, I CANNOT WAIT!!!

      Yes, 39 weeks. Eek!

  • April 30, 2012 Marta

    The virtual baby shower sounds absolutely amazing. I’m so glad you were showered with so much love. Its kind of crazy the community this whole blogging thing brings isn’t it?
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    • April 30, 2012 Alison

      It’s unbelievably awesome, yes.

  • April 30, 2012 Runnermom-jen

    “Filled to the brim”…that’s a wonderful feeling. I’m so happy you feel that way. I think it’s obvious how many people love you 🙂
    P.S. You still haven’t had that baby, huh? Any day, any day, any day.
    xo
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    • April 30, 2012 Alison

      It’s wonderful, this love. It’s real, not virtual. At least, it feels that way!

      Yup, STILL PREGNANT.

  • April 30, 2012 Alexandra

    Oh, look at you….

    mwaaah..
    xo
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    • April 30, 2012 Alison

      xoxoxo to you!

  • April 30, 2012 Julie

    Sorry about the crying bit. Though I suspect you can blame that on the behbeh hormones. 😉

    What I’ve enjoyed most about the last year or so of blogging is watching relationships begin, build and change. It’s sort of been like our own little social experiment.

    I’ve learned a lot about people this year, and about myself. It’s truly a gift – “filled to the brim” indeed.
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    • April 30, 2012 Alison

      Yes, the relationships are pretty fascinating!

      I find myself feeling lost and empty if I don’t talk to certain people every day. And I’m not talking about friends I can see physically. And I don’t feel weird about it at all.

  • April 30, 2012 tracy

    Aw, I’ll kiss you on the mouth anytime. Sure I may have to squat down a bit and of course I may step on your adorable feet with my huge ones but at least my boobs are like super, super small so they won’t get in the way.

    There are some really good people out here. Really good. Like you. You’re a true gem my friend. I cherish you.

    Now I better stock-up on my breath mints. Mama’s getting lucky!!
    xoxo
    Tracy
    P.S. I’ll be gentle.
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    • April 30, 2012 Alison

      Is there a time when you don’t write good comments? No, no, I think not.

      Minty breath, small boobs, big feet, nice clothes – check. On. My. Way.

  • April 30, 2012 Jessica

    I hope that plane would also stop in Nevada so you can motorboat, I mean hug me too.
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    • April 30, 2012 Alison

      Hah!!! You bad girl.

  • April 30, 2012 Ado

    Oh I’m so glad I got this before I turned into a screen-free pumpkin at midnight tonight for the week. (-:
    I love your little thank you, and that precious photo!
    You deserve to be showered my friend!
    PS: I love the word “squeed”! Are you kidding? Where has this wonderful word BEEN all my life?
    See you next week!
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    • April 30, 2012 Alison

      Squeed – not to be mistaken for ‘peed’ or ‘queefed’ 🙂

      Thank you again for everything – the shower, the gift, your friendship. See you next week!

  • April 30, 2012 Natalie

    Yay for an awesome week. And thank you for being such a wonderful friend to everyone!
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    • April 30, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Natalie!

  • April 30, 2012 Kimberly

    I blame the hormones, but this totally just made me all “Awwww”! If I didn’t have my little space on the internet I wouldn’t have met all of my amazing friends, like you. It’s been so surreal watching them build and grow and I’m very thankful for that. You, sweet friend, mean the world to me. xo
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    • April 30, 2012 Alison

      And you, me. (also, yeah them hormones!)

  • April 30, 2012 Robin

    So glad you had a great week! And so sorry I didn’t join the shower – I meant to, but last week was icky. But I am grateful for you, and I’m glad you feel appreciated by all those wonderful blog friends.
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    • April 30, 2012 Alison

      Hey don’t worry about the shower (though the linky is open until May 9). Sorry you’re feeling icky, I truly hope things get better for you real soon.

      I’m grateful for you too, my friend . xo

  • April 30, 2012 Erica M

    I’m so glad I’ve been even a small part of your blogging life. I often think (don’t laugh) if I come into some money, I’m bringing Alison to the states for a writers’ retreat. How could we have one without you?

    Have fun this final week of pregnancy. Guess I’d better start making the rounds of the virtual shower to find out the winner when Scrumplet gets here.

    I you, Alison.
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    • April 30, 2012 Alison

      Aw, I you Erica!!!

      And you’ve been a HUGE part of my blogging life from the start. I can’t imagine how different (and sad) my blogging life would be now if we hadn’t met.

      I’d go for a retreat with you anytime!

  • April 30, 2012 Ann

    Oh, Alison…you are SO amazing and deserve every good thing life has to offer. I love you, girlfriend!
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    • April 30, 2012 Alison

      Aw thank you Ann! Love you too!!! xo

  • April 30, 2012 Greta

    Aw. You are loved, Alison. I so should’ve linked up, but I was afraid my advice and cute baby things list would quickly escalate to overwhelming, so I watched from the sidelines. I can’t WAIT to hear that little Scrumplet has made his appearance. Take care of yourself!
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    • April 30, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Greta!!! And I completely understand 🙂

  • April 30, 2012 Erin

    OH how sweet! I totally had tears in my eyes reading what you wrote and the messages to you. I haven’t been blogging very long, but I really enjoy your blog. Good luck to you and your family! I’m looking forward to seeing/reading about your new little guy 🙂
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    • April 30, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Erin!! Welcome to the wonderful world of blogging – there are some truly spectacular people out there.

  • April 30, 2012 Galit Breen

    Le sigh.

    I love love.

    And you?

    Have so very much of it!

    One more time: Le sigh.

    xo
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    • April 30, 2012 Alison

      You’re the sweetest gal, truly. xo

  • April 30, 2012 Tonya

    I’m so sorry! I’m a bad bloggy friend and missed the whole thing! What a wonderful outpouring of love. But then again, this community is like that. Amazing isn’t it? Much love to you and your new baby. xo
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    • April 30, 2012 Alison

      It is an amazing community, and no worries about the baby shower 🙂 Thank you, my friend.

  • April 30, 2012 My Inner Chick

    Mama A,
    You. Are. Delicious!!!! Xxxx
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    • April 30, 2012 Alison

      Hee! And so are you, my dear KIm. xo

  • April 30, 2012 Twisted Domestic Goddess

    Oh Allison I’m sooo sorry I missed your shower. I really wanted to be a part of it. I know you’re going to be a wonderful momma to two very blessed boys. I cannot wait to see the scrumplet.

    I know it’s nerve racking bringing a second into the household but YOU WILL rock this!!!Just remember to sit back and breathe and it’s ok if not everything gets done or goes smoothly right at first because you WILL find your groove!!!
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    • April 30, 2012 Alison

      Thank you! The linky is open until May 9 if you wanna play 🙂

      I’m just looking forward to the baby being born now – can’t wait get right into our new normal!

  • April 30, 2012 vania

    blogging is a beautiful thing girl and i know exactly how you feel. i’ve had a terrible weekend and for the first time in a long time, i vented on my blog. i wanted to cry this morning when i saw all the comments of support. and i actually need to run and respond before the kids wake up. lol. hugs to you girl. looking forward to your vlog.
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    • April 30, 2012 Alison

      So sorry for your bad weekend but glad your bloggy friends rallied for you!! Hugs right back atcha.

  • April 30, 2012 Kir

    You are so loved Alison!!! So loved, respected, supported. It’s almost impossible not to adore you. Thank YOU for blogging, for writing, for continuing to let us share your life behind this screen…you have changed my writing life forever and you are a friend whom I treasure. Xoxo
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    • April 30, 2012 Alison

      And you my friend, I cannot imagine not having in my life. Lots of love to you. xoxo

  • April 30, 2012 Tara

    It’s amazing how people you never met can be so great…that’s the joy of blogging!
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    • April 30, 2012 Alison

      It is truly amazing!

  • April 30, 2012 Natalie

    Awww it’s because you are great, and we all love you! I can’t wait to meet monkey #2 🙂 I’m so glad you are feeling the love from everyone!
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    • April 30, 2012 Alison

      Aw, thank you girlfriend!!

  • April 30, 2012 Katie

    fist bumps and round house kicks to you.

    blogging rocks.

    duh.
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    • April 30, 2012 Alison

      Hee!! No one does fist (and booty) bumps and roundhouse kicks quite as well as you do.

      And yes, blogging ROCKS.

  • April 30, 2012 thedoseofreality

    What a beautiful post. 🙂 I love it.
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    • April 30, 2012 Alison

      Thank you so much!

  • May 1, 2012 Sara

    What a wonderful post! What amazing friends to throw you such a thoughtful and sincere baby shower. Blogging has definitely introduced me to some amazing women and I am grateful everyday that I get to share my life with a few readers around the country. I’m 38 weeks and expecting my first any day now. It has been so much fun blogging about the experience and meeting other moms (and moms0-to-be) through blogs. And best of luck to you!
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    • May 1, 2012 Alison

      Congratulations, Sara, and best of luck to you too!

  • May 1, 2012 Susi

    Sending you good wishes for an easy and fast labor/delivery. Good luck. This was beautifully written. I’m sorry I didn’t participate… not because I didn’t want to… but time, it’s always time… or lack there of. Can’t wait to see pics of scrumplet!!! 🙂
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    • May 1, 2012 Alison

      That’s ok, Susi!! And thank you!

  • May 1, 2012 Missy

    Sounds like I missed a big week of yours while on vacation!
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    • May 1, 2012 Alison

      Hope you had a great time away!

  • May 1, 2012 Stasha

    I am so super excited to meet Scrumplet!! we heart you so much Alison xxxx
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    • May 1, 2012 Alison

      We heart you too, Stasha! xoxo

  • May 1, 2012 Jessica

    Alison you deserve all the love and support! You truly are a blogging icon! I love your blog and while life got in the way of me being able to participate in your online baby shower, I was there in spirit. Get some rest and do something nice for yourself! I can’t wait to meet scrumplet!

    • May 1, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Jessica, and perfectly understandable!

      I’m napping when I can and I had a mani/ pedi!

  • May 1, 2012 Kristen

    So sorry that I missed your shower while I was sick. Alison, I meant every word I said when your post about blogging was what makes me love blogging. I look forward to seeing all of you each day. I never know if I am going to laugh, cry, pee my pants, gain weight…I just know that while I was sick and offline, I missed all of you tremendously!! So happy to be back and seeing Monkey’s sweet face!!
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    • May 1, 2012 Alison

      Kristen, don’t worry about it. Focus on getting better first, that’s key! Glad to see you back.

  • May 1, 2012 Julia

    Oh, this is so sweet! I am so sorry I missed your shower! I am so glad you were showered with love in this online world and am so honored to have met you through this community. And your little guy? Adorable. I want to squeeze him.
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    • May 1, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Julia! This online world is just amazing.

  • May 1, 2012 Elaine

    I don’t know how I missed the online baby shower link up but I did and that makes me sad…. I’m going to go back now and find it.

    You KNOW I am so excited for you and consider you my friend even though you are many miles away geographically, you are still near to my heart Alison.

    xoxo
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    • May 1, 2012 Alison

      Aw, Elaine! That’s such a sweet, sweet thing to say. Friendships have no barriers, distance is no deterrent. 🙂

  • May 1, 2012 Kristin

    OK, so I’ve only sat here at my desk with this post open ALL DAY (literally eight hours) and I’m only NOW getting around to reading and commenting. What can I say – there was a Beard-Off on Twitter between The Bearded Iris and Dad of the Decade; I got distracted.

    So anyway, what a sweet and very creative concept by three lovely bloggers to throw you a virtual baby shower that I somehow completely missed. (And yes I know I still have time to link up, but given my schedule this week it’s probably not gonna happen. But I still lurves you and you know that.) And I couldn’t agree more with all your blogging sentiments. 🙂
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    • May 1, 2012 Alison

      I completely understand 🙂

      The Beard-Off was the highlight of my Monday night!

  • May 1, 2012 Jessica

    Alison, I do think that the rabidly-loyal friendships I’ve made with people I’ve never met IRL is the best thing about blogging. Hugs and belly rubs.
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    • May 1, 2012 Alison

      Yes, yes it is!! Thank you so much!

  • May 1, 2012 Christine

    Wow, honey. You are wicked close to bringing this baby into the world!!! I’m so excited for you. And so happy you’ve had such a wonderful showering of love at this special time. I’ll be thinking of you (and checking in for updates!!!)
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    • May 1, 2012 Alison

      Yes, so close. And yet, not close enough – yes, impatient!!! There will be updates, definitely 🙂

  • May 1, 2012 Adrienne

    Allison, what a blessing to have all that love and support! Blogging friends are so special.
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    • May 1, 2012 Alison

      They absolutely are!

  • May 1, 2012 Sarah Reinhart

    Hey this is why blogging is so awesome! How great that you were uplifted and felt so much love at your shower! Aw, I’d take that hug through the screen. xoxoxox.
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    • May 1, 2012 Alison

      I truly have awesome blogging friends. And here’s your hug ((HUG))

  • May 1, 2012 Leslie

    Alison, you are a fantastic friend and blogger…and you deserve all the internet love you get! (How did I miss the shower?!) Best of luck to you, your husband, Monkey and Scrumplet as you start a new chapter in your family’s journey!
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    • May 1, 2012 Alison

      Thank you so much, Leslie!

  • May 1, 2012 Just Jennifer

    Oh Alison! I’m so glad you had such a great shower! I didn’t get a chance to link up, but for the record, I am very happy for you. I am waiting with bated breath to hear the good news that baby has arrived!

    • May 1, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Jen! There will definitely be updates when the baby comes!

  • May 1, 2012 Lady Jennie

    Aw, my heart is very full for you my friend. I have pegged the toddler picture I want to share because I still have another week. You deserve the outpouring of love and support.
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    • May 1, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Jennie!! You’re so very sweet.

  • May 1, 2012 Blond Duck

    You make blogging inspirational!
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    • May 1, 2012 Alison

      Thank you very much.

  • May 1, 2012 Tiffany

    That is true friendship right there! For people to go out of their way to throw you a virtual baby shower, that is awesome! This is blogging at it’s finest. 🙂 You are one lucky momma.
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    • May 1, 2012 Alison

      I am lucky indeed. So very lucky.

  • May 1, 2012 Nikky44

    This brought tears Alison. I’m happy for you, I feel your love and gratitude, and I feel the love of all your online friends. They are amazing!
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    • May 1, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Nikky, my friends, you included, are simply wonderful.

  • May 2, 2012 AnnMarie

    As always, I am late to the party but wanted to stop by and say if you lived close, I’d make you a week’s worth of dinners after the baby is born! I feel very lucky to have stumbled upon your blog and am totally hooked. You are a fabulous writer and a wonderful mother. I am so happy for you!
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    • May 2, 2012 Alison

      Aw, thank you AnnMarie! It’s the thought that counts and your thoughts are so welcomed and appreciated!

  • May 2, 2012 Asianmommy

    Aww…what a cutie!!
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  • May 2, 2012 Charlotte

    Awww, love. But you know, you are such a beautiful, lovely, sweet, and kind bloggy friend to all… it doesn’t surprise me that you are showered in this way 🙂

    Much love to you, girl. What a sweet photo that is!
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    • May 2, 2012 Alison

      Aw, thanks Charlotte!! I appreciate each and everyone of you!

  • May 3, 2012 Elena

    I am beyond, BEYOND sorry that I missed the whole baby bash. Know that I am so happy for you and wish you so much joy with these 2 little men. 🙂

    • May 4, 2012 Alison

      That’s okay, Elena!!

  • May 5, 2012 Kate

    Wow, so lovely of your friends to give you a virtual baby shower!! I wanted to stop by and say thanks again for the support regarding my Wordpress questions. Congratulations and best wishes on your very soon to arrive baby!
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    • May 5, 2012 Alison

      Thank you for stopping by Kate! And for your well wishes!

  • May 7, 2012 Mirjam

    Maybe I need more sleep, but this post made me cry.
    I love that post and all the responses it got, I never went back to a post that much to read all the comments.
    So while I’m being sentimental. You are an absolute inspiration, I love your writing, I love your face and you are irreplaceable in my bloggy world.
    (I wanted to linkup to the baby thing too, but because my kids are on a break, I just didn’t have the time 🙁

    I’m waiting with you in excitement for Scrumplet!

    • May 7, 2012 Alison

      Aw, sweetie, I didn’t mean to make anyone cry! Your comment made ME teary (yes, still-pregnant-hormones).

      And thank you for your beautiful words, your friendship and support. Love your face too. xo

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