When do you just give up and forget about it?

I am extremely frustrated right now, so if I get a little “withcy” just bear with me.

I belong to lots of online groups. It’s how I pass “my” time when the kids are in bed. They may be mom sites, crafting sites, bow making sites, or just random places. Just a way to get some grown up communication after being stuck at home with 4 kids all day, every day.

Well, back in May, on one of my bow making groups, I joined a bow swap. Only I didn’t join it “officially.” Another girl had missed the cut off to join, and sounded like she was really upset. I also noticed a Bible verse in her signature line, so giving her the benefit of the doubt, I told her I would swap with her. The theme for the swap was 4th of July. I sent her 4 different bows, including 2 brand new clippies that I hadn’t even introduced on my website yet. I got her address, sent them off to her, got an email 2 days later that she got (and loved) the bows. For the next 2 months, I heard nothing but excuses every few weeks. The last time I heard from her was the end of July. I’m assuming I won’t be getting any bows in return.

Another group I belong to is an October Expecting group on CafeMom. Back in June, they had sign ups for a baby shower swap. Because I have NOTHING for this baby, I figured it would be a fun way to get a little something for Parker. So, I went ahead and signed up for it, too. I got my baby shower partner’s name, found out what she was having, what theme she was going with for the nursery, etc., etc. I ended up making her a covered travel wipes case in a jungle theme, and sending her a pack of organic cotton onesies that were just too cute to pass up. We decided that I would send her gift to her, and then she would judge the value of the gift and send me something in return. Yeah. Haven’t seen anything there, either. The last time I heard from her, was on August 20th, and it was another excuse. I have a feeling I won’t be seeing anything from her, either.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I understand what it’s like to be BROKE beyond words. BUT don’t sign up for things if you can’t follow through. Is that really so hard? Gene and I are not rich. In fact, we can barely survive paycheck to paycheck. But if I commit to something, I follow through, and I do so in a timely manner. I guess it comes from the fact that I care what people think about me. I always have. Sometimes too much.

I signed up for another baby shower (after MUCH debate/thought), and this time we have 3 swap partners. I’m actually hoping this one goes as it should, but I won’t be holding my breath. If I get taken advantage of again, than I know it’s just me, and I’ll never do another swap again. Nothing much else I can do.

Now that I’ve gotten that out of my system…… I am REALLY swollen today. My hands, nose, and feet are all freaking huge. Back at the beginning of this pregnancy, I bought a cheap $8 wedding ring set from Walmart in a larger size, because I can never wear my actual wedding band throughout any of my pregnancies. (My actual band set is a size 5, the one I bought is a size 9.) The cheap-o one was HUGE at first, so I tied some string around it to keep it on. After some time, it started to not be so big, so I took the string off. This morning, however, I couldn’t even get the rings off before I got into the shower. My hands are so swollen that even with twisting, pulling, and trying everything I could think of, the rings are still stuck. It’s not that hot here right now, either, so I don’t know why it’s so bad. Oh, well. Maybe it’s stress. I don’t have ANY of that, though! 😉

Sorry to complain. I’m down to 60 days, so ya’all only have to put up with the preggy side of me for that much longer. Think we can make it?! 😉

Angie Vinez (2893 Posts)

Angie is a wife and mother to 8. Her life revolves around cooking, cleaning, laundry, and other household duties. She is passionate about her life in Christ and wants to encourage other mothers in their own walk of faith. Angie is active on many social media networks, loves technology, photography, and graphic design, and loves creating blog designs for other mom bloggers.

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