Yesterday, I posted the funny. It’s easy to pick out the funny posts. But not every nomination comes neatly packaged into a category like humor. So I end up reading all of the posts and trying to find some common themes. Last year, I found a lot of funny, smart, touching posts. And it was easy to categorize them as such.
This year, I found that many many of the posts were very introspective in nature. I loved that. But what I found is that the common theme in these introspective posts was motherhood.
It’s such a complicated thing, motherhood. We love it. We rue it. We long for easier days and private time. Yet we cry as our children get older and give these things to us. Motherhood is an emotion. It’s funny, silly, heartbreaking, beautiful, exhausting, rewarding, and insanity-provoking. All at the same time.
Luckily, these writers stop to reflect on it once in a while.
Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children.
William Makepeace Thackeray
The Post Where I Make All *Other* Moms Feel Like They’re Good Moms by Michelle at Honest and Truly
First of all, NO, Michelle. You are an amazing mom. Michelle is a friend I met through blogging a few years ago. She’s laid back, easygoing, fun to hang around. And yet, I never knew what kind of struggles she goes through. Her post taught me what I already knew… that even the strongest of moms are human.
The Post I Am Proud I Had The Guts To FINALLY Post by Caraline at Mistress of Mayhem
I generally shy away from controversy on my blog. Which is why I’m including this post on hating breastfeeding. Maybe Caraline knows it (or maybe she doesn’t) but I wrote a post about something similar. I titled mine “Breast is Best but Formula is Okay Too.” Which was another way of me saying that I hated breastfeeding. It wasn’t for me. And frankly, the person that judged me the most harshly for that decision was me. So Caraline and I are kinda kindred spirits in this regard.
Best Open Letter To a Creepy Stranger by ML at I Miss You When I Blink
I like to think of myself as a lioness when it comes to protecting kids. “Mama Bear” sounds so cliche. But ML showed fierceness with her imaginary (?) drama when a stranger entered the protective bubble around her kids. Or should I say “kids”?
Best Birthday Letter by Jessica at Four plus an angel
I already know that Jessica is an amazing writer. And while this post really is the best birthday letter, it’s really a celebration of her daughter’s life. A life that transcends diagnoses.
The Post About The Moment That Made All 246 Days Worth It by Mary at Cherry Blossom Love
Remember when you were so giddy about having a baby that you documented your pregnancy and photographed the entire birth story? Okay. Me neither. But Mary did! And she almost makes it look like we should go back and do it all over again. Welcome to the world, Parker!
Best Post To Make You See Your Past in Someone’s Present by Jessica at Too Many Fish to Fry
It’s easy to forget that every road to motherhood is different. Many of those paths are paved with infertility, loss, and adoption. Jessica never forgets her own personal pain as she sees another mother heading down that same road.
The Post That Clearly Illustrates Why My Blog Is Named What It’s Named by Kelli at Momma Needs a Beer
Motherhood is defined by many indecencies, usually taken by us. We head out with greasy unshowered hair, spit-up laden shoulders, and Costco-sized container of goldfish crackers. And sometimes, on top of that, your pants rip.
That’s a lot of reading, right? I know. Trust me, I know. But they’re worth it. Funny, sad, beautiful, insightful, sentimental… all part of the journey of motherhood.
Don’t worry. Still two more installments of Blogmas coming up!