Ok, I really am sticking to my summer tech resolutions (for the most part), but Big’s at a playdate, and Little and Pink are asleep. (And by asleep, I mean Pink is in her crib shouting, “It’s mommy’s birthday! Happy birthday, Amy!”) So, in honor of my three-year blogiversary (which happens to fall on my birthday, as you might have guessed), I figured I’d share a few wishes. I know, I know, if you tell people your birthday wishes, they won’t come true. But these are my blogiversary wishes — which is pretty much the opposite. Without your help, they won’t come true. So, here goes…
Wish #1: I’d love for each of you to find a mom who looks exhausted and tell her how wonderful she is. Even if you don’t know her. Heck, especially if you don’t know her. Find something to admire — the way she smiles at her kids, the way she buys more green leafy stuff than red grape-y stuff, the way she gracefully removes her screaming toddler from the top shelf of the toy aisle. Anything.
Wish #2: Remind yourself that you — yes, you — are the best mom your kids will ever have. They adore you. And they learn from you. So show them that you adore yourself too…in spite of your faults. Then pray that they continue to feel that they’re truly spectacular far beyond their toddler-cheering-for-themselves-all-day-long phase. And they will, because you taught them to love themselves almost as much as you love them.
Wish #3: Ok, here’s where I go getting all greedy. (It is my birthday, you know.) My last wish is that you’ll tell one friend about Using Our Words. Share a post that made you laugh, cry, or feel a bit more like it’s normal to have your kid shouting inappropriate things in the middle of classy stores. Encourage a friend to like my Facebook page. Subscribe to get emails of each post (over there in the right column beneath my lovely picture, courtesy of the talented Jenny Lee Photography). Or to simply read something I’ve shared that they might to relate to. I adore this community, and I’d love to see it keep growing as I head into year four.
Plus, Lenny claims he wants to be my 1000th Facebook like, so let’s make that happen, people.
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