I have been blogging these little bits and pieces of our life now for two years now, I think- 254 posts' worth. And in the process I have read many, many other blogs, mostly written by other moms, from all around the country. Because January has turned out to be a relatively sloooow blog-worthy month for us personally, I though I'd share with you today some of the other blogs I read.
It's a strange thing, reading these daily dispatches from people's lives: you do feel like you know lots about them, celebrating their highs and empathizing with their lows. Most have quite adorable children (most of whom are just plain busier than mine, which gives me great perspective on things) and struggle with the same issues we all do: making order out of chaos every day, making the right decisions every day, feeling successful and important every day, even when our children are melting down and the house is a mess and there's no food in the house for a decent dinner. Whether in Pennsylvania, Illinois, South Carolina, or Washington State, lives for us moms are surprisingly similar.
So, in no particular order, are some of my daily must-reads:
1. bandbdavies.blogspot.com: This one features my beautiful niece Kate. What a great way to keep up with her growth and development from 9 hours away!
2. winterhoff.blogspot.com: Written by my friend Carrie, who married my brother's friend Mark, who is the son of our retired Pastor. Got that?? She posts lots of great pics of her adorable son and has great insights into being a first time mom.
3. readyformycloseupmrdemille.blogspot.com: I found this blog purely by accident and have been reading ever since. The author, Em, just had her second baby boy and writes beautifully about being a mom. She is honest and touching and funny and insightful.
4. dandelionmama.wordpress.com: Tracy M writes this wonderful blog out of the Pacific Northwest. She alternates between the ridiculous and the dead serious and makes everything interesting. 2008 was a terrible year for her- her husband lost his job, among other things- and her incredible documentation of their emotional, financial and psychological struggles makes me pray every time I open her blog that something wonderful will happen for them in 2009. Like winning the lottery.
5. dooce.com: Oh, dooce. How I love thee. Heather Armstrong in Salt Lake City writes this blog, which I believe is the most read mommy-blog on the web. My dad found an article about her in the Wall Street Journal and I have been reading ever since. She is edgy, brilliant and flat out the funniest writer I have ever read. She is currently pregnant with her second baby girl, which provides her with LOTS to write about.
6. http:/smartypants.diaryland.com (no www): Mimi Smartypants lives in Chicago, uses lots of swear words and makes me laugh until I cry. She takes no prisoners with her writing and has fabulous interactions with the general public that put my little Walmart entries to shame. Completely unsentimental, rough around the edges and usually kind of miserable: that's Mimi.
So check them out and let me know what you think.
I am off to Walmart to go big-time grocery shopping. I have been trying to clean out our vast stores of pantry and freezer items and have been quite successful: we are officially out of food.
We are heading to my parents for a SuperBowl party on Sunday and we're all looking forward to that.
Have a great weekend!