2012 marked five years of blogging for me. It was my first year where I took my writing outside of this space to new places like SheKnows, Childswork and Still Standing Magazine. Writing is healing and breathing and freeing for me and I couldn’t imagine doing anything less with those hours I squeeze into my day when children aren’t climbing on my head.
I love looking back each year on how things have changed and thought I would do again what I did last year, pull together a list of my favorites, one for each month.
The baby of the family- My thoughts on how my path of motherhood has changed as I parent the baby of the family.
Lost in translation- Sometimes I am funny or maybe just my kids are funny and my brain remembers the moments for long enough to actually write them down. The Little Mermaid will never be the same.
Sunset- Reflecting on the differences in each of my children and finding ways to honor them.
Both eyes- A lesson I needed in letting go and just enjoying a moment.
Right where I am- This may be one of my favorite things I wrote all year. I sat down and wrote it in a few minutes time and didn’t let myself pour over the words and edit. It captured exactly what I wanted it to, right where I was.
Outside of me- Making it through the first year of preschool. I survived, he survived and I may have learned more than he did.
Whisper- Okay I know I wrote this but I could read it over and over again, a reflection on how far we have come with Ashlyn, from birth to autism diagnosis to amazing teenager.
Glitter- Me time, the longest me time I have ever taken put into words, so that I can remember it actually happened.
The noise of life- This may have been one of my favorite writing moments of the year. I was given the honor of being published at Mamalode on my birthday and my words where shared and shared again until their site crashed from the traffic. There is no better birthday present then being contacted by the editor of a site you adore and being told “you broke our site but we couldn’t be happier.”
To the sky- A message to my daughter, on the anniversary of the day she left us.
We are un-playdateable- A tale of a playdate gone wrong and why we should probably just stay inside. Forever.
Jingle Flower- Hanging on to every second of childhood through the Christmas season.
Twelve months of posts cannot explain how grateful I am that every single one of you have taken the time to read my words. I truly can’t thank you enough and wish you the very best in the new year.
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