Thursday, November 5, 2009

I'm A Wimp

I'll admit it!


Someone shoots me a dirty look and my vision immediately starts to blur as my eyes fill with tears and my bottom lip starts to quiver.

I guess I take after my mom on that too.



But seriously you guys, I'm wiping my tears away! All your comments and emails were such a blessing for me to read.
Thank you all for taking the time to show me some love.




I guess what really got me down was the personal attacks.
I don't like even giving people like that the privilege of viewing my blog just so they can be snoopy and look for the wrong in me and my family.
As for the other snots who degrade me, I find it interesting that they ridicule my blog and call me ignorant but still read it almost daily! Hypocrisy at it’s finest don’t you think? I'll pray for them. I will! Something in their life is causing them to be mean.
(and as Faith would say, "you will get a beautiful crown in heaven.")


I'm often the topic on threads at the UK Student Room. I'm a Christian Creationist Homeschooler. I guess that entertains them? *most of what you will find on their threads are made up, I did not say.
Being that I homeschool, makes people seem to think they can grade my blog posts?


I'm learning that when you are blogging publicly, about opinions or beliefs, negative responses will happen!
Some are just criticisms,others are really mean and nasty and even personal. You need to have thick skin to survive in blogland, so I'm told.

So, what's a wimp to do?

I've really been praying about blogging and searching my own heart as to why I'm doing it. I was going to do a goodbye post (it was already scheduled) but after reading through some emails and comments I changed my mind. (your begging worked..haha)

God has showed me through many emails of people and their stories! One lady emailed me(with permission to share) who is an atheist but now is looking into Creation because my blog was private she found me and is now reading the Bible for the first time and found Ken Ham's ministry!( through a link I had up. Another said they prayed for the first time in their life after reading my blog. I had no idea! And many others...I'm not bragging in anyway but I guess God can use the worst spellers after all HA!

I may get mean emails but there is plenty of you who love me despite my flaws. And My husband is right, the community and group of girls here are too much to give up. I love you guys....(tears... bottom lip quiver)HA!
So, if you are a blogger know that what you put out there people do read. They just might not always comment. You never know who your blog may touch.

We all know Mckmama and I love her blog. I've learned a lot from her. Keep going even when other's try to tear you down. Now she has some thick skin. She has a baby with a heart condition and people formed blogs against her and dug up all the dirt they could find on her and posted it all over the Internet.
It's like a group of people got together and said, "Lets kick her hard while she's already down."

Just today after reading another favorite blog. Brittany at 4littlemenandgirlytwins.
Talk about kicking and beating up someone who is already hurting...

She got hundreds of mean nasty comments.
Here's a few:
a "fairytale" about a Boy and Girl is just childish and frankly, a bizarre choice.

The economy has been tanking for the past few years. You knew this, yet you still chose to buy organic, add more children to your already large family, buy expensive vitamins, etc. All of those expensive clothes, toys, baby carriers that you either bought or had given to you can be SOLD at a garage sale. And don't you all have a BMW station wagon? I'm sure it was a used car, but I'm also sure that it uses something other than regular gas...another unnecessary expense. Ford makes station wagons.McDonald's is hiring.
oh and ps - lovely picture for the button - could have you chosen one that screams "poor poor us" a little more loudly? I'm not sure its clear enough...


These people don't know her! Yet they are quick to judge.

I loved this story....

A family had to go on food stamps for eight months. Once in the grocery line, a fellow shopper said to her, "You have a Coach purse and you are on food stamps?" She cried right there and then. Little did that person know that her purse had been a gift and she didn't even know what Coach was.

We need to stop judging and lift each other up(like you all did to me)




and as my friend Marie puts at the bottom of all her sweet emails:

Be kinder than necessary - everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.



Thank you again for all your support and love. To all who disagree with me or who are very different in beliefs... Thank you for your nice comments and for sticking around despite our differences. I wish I could respond to each of you. And yes, you can call me Bridge:)

39 comments:

Scrapingirl said...

I am so glad you are staying. When I grow up I wanna be like you. lol You know the right things to say almost all the time. :) I admire you for that. Keep posting what you post, and we'll all still be here. God bless.

carlisle clan conversation... said...

WOO HOO! I've been stalking your blog to see what you decided, so giddy! Love it, love it, love it!

I am blessed! said...

Glad you're sticking around. I'm new to this world so didn't know about the negative side, but can't say I'm too surprised. To me, blogging is about the possibility of God using what I say to change another's heart. As you shared, He's already done that with you. Putting up with a little resistance is easier when you know what a difference you've made in others' lives. I've been studying Acts in Community Bible Study this year. The early church was persecuted so they scattered throughout Judea and Samaria, but guess what? They didn't stop preaching the Word and Christ. They kept on and the church grew. All I can do is share God's Word and it's up to Him if He wants to use it. I want to do my part and let Him do the rest! And by the way, you were not offensive in any way.

Tiffany said...

Aww, this brought tears to my eyes! Your photos are lovely! I am very glad that you are going to continue to blog. I just found your blog recently, and I have only read a few posts, but I was encouraged by them. I love reading about other Christian stay-at-home, homeschooling Mommas who are content and happy in their blessed lives. I think we can be such an encouragement to other young Momma's. Thanks for sharing your blessings with us. I am praying for you today. {grin}

Stephanie said...

I'm sorry you have to deal with negativity. I don't agree with you 100% on some things, but I still respect your views and enjoy reading about your life. You are a beautiful person inside and out. I'm glad you aren't going to let them get to you, because the good that comes with your blogging and sharing your life with people far outweighs the bad.

Stephanie said...

I'm sorry you have to deal with negativity. I don't agree with you 100% on some things, but I still respect your views and enjoy reading about your life. You are a beautiful person inside and out. I'm glad you aren't going to let them get to you, because the good that comes with your blogging and sharing your life with people far outweighs the bad.

Paige said...

Bridge (hehe),

I don't think I have ever commented before, but I am proud of you. I read your post the other day and I got sad. I'm sick of my favorite bloggers getting attacked. I praise our Lord and Savior that people are finding him through your words. Those who attack need prayers the most and I will lift them up.

I love the pics of your kids and please just keep on keeping on.

Paige in Georgia

Trish said...

Yay! Im glad you chose to rise above those meanies and keep your blog! =) I mean what would they do without you anyways!!

~Jenna's Baggs said...

WAHOO!!!! yesterday i read your post, and ALL the comments (at that point) i agreed with all of them, you are a light, a breath of fresh air, and a sweet sister in the Lord. as you choose to continue this blog, i commit to pray for your witness, not only to those with big stories of change, but also to opening up the dialogue between christians. knowing that we are soooo not alone as godly woman is such a blessing to me personally!! glad to have you sticking around ;)

Debbie said...

YAY!! I do know how you feel as I too have been critized about my blogging...it does make you question why. However, I think the Lord must have shown you loud and clear why you must continue on. PRAISE GOD...if all that ever resulted was one person getting saved or having a closer walk with Him, then it was worth it. Soo YAY...Now having said that I will say, your kids looked ADORABLE...they are really soo cute. Whereever did you get those butterfly hair clips, my granddaughter would flip!!? Have a good day and may God continue to bless this blog...Debbie

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad you decided to keep blogging. I read your blog everyday and it always inspires me to be a better mom and Christian. Thank you for putting yourself out there despite all the drawbacks. Your strength and resolve is a wonderful example to all of us.

Cassie said...

Oh Bridget, You for sure can't stop blogging now... i just started reading!!!! Although...we are facebook friends... so i would still get to admire you from a distance, but seriously i LOVE your writing, i love your photos... and being a little bold; i LOVE you for being exactly who God has called you to be! For doing things different (ha look at my family!) and seeking only God's approval!!!

be blessed today!

blessings,
from one "Wimp" to another ;)

Simply Blessed said...

Good for you. I'm so glad you're staying :) How else would I KIT with you while you're on the road!? I say let the judgers judge because the lovers love you more :) And the only one who has the right to judge you is God himself. And you know what... he doesn't mind if you don't spell correctly all the time. He loves that you are raising your children up the way they should go and are being a great example of what a Christian woman, wife and mother should be. And THAT is what matters :) xoxo

gk said...

I just have to tell you.. All of your kids costumes are SO. STINKIN. CUTE!!!

Just keep on keepin on! I'm young yet, but I know enough to tell when someone is raising an awesome family. :)

Dionna said...

Honestly, I'm a wimp too. I'm lucky that I haven't had too much negativity on my blog yet. But we are public and there will be immaturity out there.

I'm glad you're not quitting. Even if one person takes a step closer to God because of your blog - isn't it all worth it?

Damaris said...

AWE-SOME! So glad your gonna stick with it! And for all those asswipes that are nothing more than faceless bullies, they can just SUCK IT! (Sorry Bridget, if that was a bit crude! heheheh!) Oh, and your a pretty brave wimp! =]

Alessandra said...

yaayyyyyy!!! im so glad you're staying!! i try to venture out with my 3 under 3 and i often think to myself (which is pretty pathetic bc i don't even know you! lol): if bridget can do it with 5, i can certainly do it with 3!! just know your blog brings people a lot of joy! :)

ps. ava is going to be 2 in 9 days... the funny part is that we were throwing around 4 names: ava, grace, farrah, and reese (b4 i found your blog) and we settled on ava grace! how funny! :)

summur braley said...

From one wimp to another..........God uses the weak! The word will not return void, sister!
As a new follower, I am glad you are staying:)

Nicholle said...

YOU GO GIRL! Stand up for yourself and don't let people bother you. I love reading your blogs :)

:corinne: said...

:):):)

Marie Evelyne Lanathoua said...

What a beautiful post Bridget....just love you to pieces....yes..just be kind!

Have a great day!

Marie

Confessions Of A Working Mom said...

I am so sorry that someone wrote hurtful things on your blog... I had a comment like that yesterday, so I know the raw place you are coming from.

Stay strong! Your blog is beautiful, and so is your family, and even though I'm new here, I can tell you're a beautiful person too!

Don't let those negative people get you down!

~Elizabeth
http://confessionsfromaworkingmom.blogspot.com

ktarbell43 said...

She's a butterfly princess!!!! Tell Farrah that she was a beautiful butterfly princess. Love Ya and I miss ya too.

ktarbell43 said...

Just noticed Faith's shoe's she must have been dressed up as Dr. Cropper.

4kidscrazy said...

Oh Bridget that is why I love you. Your die hard attitude encourages us all. I think that if anyone of those that judge you met you in person and actually saw what an amazing person you are they would eat their words. You are a blessing to me a struggling mom of 4 who can't find the time to shower or do laundry that God loves me stinky and all. I am blessed to have you as a friend and if God answers Zach's prayers LOL someday as a family member :) miss you and I am praying you bless many people as you travel. Love ya girlie and keep up the good work.

MyOhMy said...

Woohoo, thanks for staying! God never promised that our time here would be easy... but it's worth it! Blog on!

Bianca said...

I love the pictures!!! Too cute :)

Cecilia said...

YAH!

Abbi said...

what a great post!! sooo glad your sticking around!!
yay!!!
have a blessed week!!

Kim said...

SOOOOOO glad you are staying with it!!! You DEFINITELY inspire me! Looking forward to following while you guys go on the road! (Actually...I'm really EXCITED!!!) Make sure you guys travel down near Houston, Texas and let me know..I would love to meet you!
Kim Raney
Raneyfamilyaz@aol.com

Kim said...

I am SOOOOO glad you are staying with it! You are such an inspiration to me! I am so excited to follow along as you guys are on the road!!! If you come down towards Houston, TX please let me know, I would love to meet you and your awesome kids! Many Blessings, Kim Raney
Raneyfamilyaz@aol.com

JenCoen said...

Amen and Praise God Sister!!
You are inspiring and humble and I am glad to say I know you!!
:-)

stacia mikele said...

Bridget, your beautiful pictures and contagiously fun family (and blogs) would be sorely missed if you chose to leave.
As for your critics, I think a good thing to remember is that life is a journey and so is our spiritual walk. I'm sure throughout your life you've been at many different places and held many different views and I'm sure in 20 more years you will be in different places from where you are now. However, for this season you've chosen to share you're journey with the world. You can't let their comments get you down because every journey has mountains and valleys and twists and turns. As Christians we're just doing the best we can with what we got, trying to follow Jesus. Remember that, you are awesome!

Adrienne said...

Good job! :)

Tressa said...

So good to hear your thoughts..been praying and thinking alot of you! Im glad your deciding to KEEP ON! I love coming to your blog- always an inspiration!

Anonymous said...

I happened to come across your blog from a friends blog (lemonade Makin' Mama) I just wanted to say you're an encouragement, a wonderful mommy & a Godly lady and I have enjoyed checking in on your blog! Please donn't get discouraged...Jesus is looking down smiling at you! :-)
A friend in WA state.

Nicolle said...

I ran across your blog a while back. My BFF Fawn now reads you too. If people don't like your blog, they shouldn't read it. Same thing I saw about tv. If there is something offensive, turn it off. You sound like a precious, caring, wonderful person. I hope you continue to blog and continue to keep it open to the public. Your energy and words have inspired me. I have a hard time keeping up with one child, and then I see all that you do! You are not afraid to stand up and say what you believe. More people should be like that. God is working through you in many, many ways. Keep up the great work! hugs, nicolle in texas

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