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June 7, 2011

I Get By with a Little Help from My Friends...

My friend Jenny has said that Motherhood is a great equalizer, and I think that is so incredibly true...

...young or old, rich or poor, with a high school education or a PhD...becoming a mommy -- at least in one very critical aspect -- puts us all on the same playing field.

Spit-up is spit-up, a high fever can be very scary, and our babies' smiles are the light of our lives...no matter who we are or where we came from.

Holly posted "The Mom Pledge" a couple of days ago. It's a reminder to avoid the "mommy wars" mentality, to support each other as mothers, recognizing that we may have differing opinions, but that each mom makes the choices that she believes are right for her family.

I love the ability to surf around the blogosphere, to share in fellow moms' lives...to see what they're up to with their kiddos...how they handle challenges...and what brings them joy.

I certainly don't "agree" with everything I see online, and I'm also certain that not everyone agrees with me. But we still learn from each other, and support each other, and I am so thankful for that.

I'm grateful to be a part of such an awesome network of moms, many of whom I consider wonderful friends. If I have a question, or need advice, or a laugh, or to commiserate...I so appreciate you being there!

...and speaking of great friends, my dear friend Andrea, whose B/G twins are about a year older than A&B, is celebrating her 35th birthday today!!!

Just wanted to take this opportunity to wish her a Happy Birthday filled with many blessings! And from what I hear, Andrea, [ahem] 35 isn't all that bad.

I think poor Andrea may have gotten a little confused in her old age, though (just kidding!)...instead of getting presents, she's giving stuff away in celebration of her birthday!

Hop on over to enter her 2nd birthday give-away, and stay tuned for more throughout the month.

9 comments:

Andrea said...

I so agree with post!! The friends I have "met" after starting my blog are priceless! I appreciate all times you have given me advise and "talked" me out of my rut! It means alot!

Thanks so much the sweet Birthday wishes! This is exactly why I wanted to share my birthday presents with all of my bloggy friends!! 35 is the 25, right?!?!? Which means in 5 years I will be 30 not 40!

Have a great day Mandy!!

Marcia (123 blog) said...

I totally agree - this is what I love about blogging - getting to meet and learn from all of you. the time out posts and preschool posts had such great comments - amazing!

championm2000 said...

So true. Blogging has definitely helped me not feel so alone as a new mom.

Thank you, Mandy, for helping me solve my commenting crisis...your tips worked like a charm, and now I am off to catch up on commenting!

penguinsandladybugs said...

Well said! We need to come along side each other and support....it's a hard job in a hard world as it is! We need to be on the same team!

Julia said...

Beautifully done, friend!

For a long time, when the girls were really tiny, blogging was my only means of connection to the outside world most days. Now it's just an awesome way to connect with other moms. I've learned so much from other mamas!

I think blogging makes me a better mom, or at least that's what I tell myself ;)

I've so appreciated your wisdom, Mandy. You spent some precious weekend minutes writing out a long email about your napping schedule to give this mama some direction. I so, so appreciated that!

It's been so fun to watch A&B grow. I know whatever they're doing, my girls will be at it a year from now :)

Onesie Mommy said...

This is going to sound repetitive but I agree! The women I have met online have been nothing short but wonderful. Nicer to me in fact that some of the people I see everyday! I've never felt so much at ease and the freedom to just be me.

To say thanks for always lifting me up, I've got an award for you. Stop by my blog to pick it up!

Johanna said...

Agreed. Sometimes I'll be telling a story (to my real-life-face-to-face-friends), and I'll say "my friend's baby" or "One of my friends has twins that..." Little do they know that I have never met any of you. :)

Rebecca @ Unexplained X2 said...

I often find myself referring to you guys as "my friend..." and I couldn't be more proud!

Barbara Manatee said...

great post and I agree with what Rebecca said! In fact, just today, I was talking about my friend whose husband had to go an extra week or two in school due to snow days! ;-)

I also love that there are some things I can say/write/vent to my bloggy friends that I could never admit to some of my IRL friends. Its like a safe zone :-)