I’ve been in a strange space lately or maybe for months. I haven’t written Funny or Silly in ages and sometimes I feel bad just writing through grief. Like maybe I’m selfish with this place and should be handing out laughter instead of tissues. But I think our Winter is finally ending or maybe I’m just getting used to the temperature of life this year.
Either way, I’m feeling so grateful to have somewhere to write through it all and people who read and listen and blanket me with comments of I’ve-been-there or I’m-here-for-you. Lately I’ve found myself inspired by quite a few blogs, some new to me, some who never cease to make me smile, think or step back and appreciate whatever season I’m in.
Here are a few of my favorites and when you are done falling in love with them, you can visit me at my new second home, SheKnows. (Can you believe it? I’m so excited to be writing over there.)
Armed Forces Day– From Mark at Our Simple Lives, honestly ONLY Mark could blog about his love of country and family and men in uniform all in one reverent yet hilarious post spilling over with gorgeous photography.
Who Are You?- Still Standing is a new online magazine for families who have experienced loss. This is an agonizingly beautiful post about infertility and loss and what binds all of us who have survived to see the other side.
So the first post that made me fall in love with this new (to me) blog is the perfectly written Baby, baby, number nine and then I visited again and read The Knot and now I won’t miss a post Gretchen writes.
What to say about this blog? I’m in love. Their family, their spirit, I feel like it’s my little find that no one else has discovered yet. Grab a tissue and read The first and then just spend sometime soaking up this family and their story.
Running the Naptime Gauntlet from Life on the Mama Track is written as only Natalie can, about the crazy balance of getting a baby to sleep when you have a toddler. I L-O-V-E this post because it reminds me of Sawyer’s babyhood and all I had to do to get that baby to sleep with a house full of Crazy.
Such the Spot is another new-to-me blog. I knew I found a place I would come back to after my first visit a week or so ago and her recent post On Being Done resonated with me. It’s a perfect description of that moment you know you are finished having babies.
Do you have any new favorite finds in the blogosphere or a post that has stuck with you? Would love for you to share…
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John Terry says
Your writing is way above the edge.. I like your posts and all the best in all you do.
Elina Smirre says
Thanks for sharing your favorite blog. I will definitely visit your favorite blogs and follow them. I am happy for your achievements. I will visit also your new home SheKnows.
I follow a couple of these bloggers on Twitter, but haven’t visited their blogs yet, so thank you for the endorsements.
And, congratulations on the SheKnows gig! That is so awesome, Jessica.
Galit Breen says
Such lovely reads, you!
(And for the record, I think that you write through grief beautifully, perfectly. Every time.)
Thank you so much Galit, that means a lot. I need to write through it so I hope I do an okay job at it :).
Lady Jennie says
I’m totally fine with you working through grief on your blog (not that it’s about me anyway). But I don’t come here for a humor blog I come here for your writing in all its phases.
Robin | Farewell Stranger says
I love what you write, no matter the focus. And honestly? Funny and silly is nice, but I come for what’s really real.
You need to write for you and you alone.
Let your soul heal through your words and let us help you through it.
Thanks so much Kim, I have learned that, I truly can only write what I need to write or it just sounds false and empty. Love you too.
Great post, Jessica–I found lots of new people to read!
Jenni & Andy says
Oh my goodness. Your “What I Need” post resonated so much with me, and was perfectly timed – I was grateful to be directed to it, and am glad every time I come back here. But to know you’re visiting us regularly, and that you’re willing to share your space to spread Celia’s story. Again, I’m grateful.
Also, I tried to comment recently on your Aging Gratefully essay, but am not sure it went through. I mostly wanted to say that I agree. When your child won’t have another birthday, it makes you feel a little more appreciative of your own. That post put me in mind of Maya Angelou’s words: Mostly, what I have learned so far about aging, despite the creakiness of one’s bones or the cragginess of one’s once-silken skin, is this – Do it. By all means, do it.
So beautifully said, as you always do. And yes I love your blog, I hope this post sent others over to love it to and share Celia’s story, you honor her so well.
Congratulations on your new writing home! I will go check it out & the other blog suggestions – thank you! I think http://www.mamabirddiaries.com is super funny (but maybe that is b/c she was my college roommate and she has always made me laugh 🙂 but I do think it is very clever & well written – even if I did not know her. . .)
I am with you in a strange place where fun and silly do not make apprearances very often. In fact, every time I write a post I have a relative who writes me an email telling me just how depressing I am . . .I so wish that I had funny and silly things to write about. I will keep trying & hoping – maybe one day. Take care.
Sorry to hear about the funk you’ve been in, momma, but you know I am always here, too. And thanks for introducing me to some new bloggies. Will have to go and check them out. All teh best to you and hope you enjoy your weekend.
I hope you love the ones that are new to you as much as I do.
Mom On A Line says
I can’t wait to check out these blogs you’ve listed.
And the new blog I’ve found that draws me in is “Echos of Hope” http://echoofhope.org/. It is the blog following the story of a miraculous little baby boy fighting congenital heart defects, which is my passion and why I clicked on it at first. But unlike most blogs that tell these warrior’s stories, Echos of Hope is written in the most amusing way while still giving a status update. I’ve fallen in love with this tiny baby who has had to fight so hard and my heart goes out to the family, all the while I’m smiling with joy reading the witty updates.
Gretchen from Lifenut says
Wow! Thanks for thinking of me! I feel honored and I’m glad you liked what you found. I appreciate the encouragement and love meeting new friends.
Cindy Reid says
I’ll try to visit these links you’ve mentioned to get tips from them. Thanks.
Corey Feldman says
Thanks for the links, I will check them out. I do the same thing. I do a follow Friday post. Its a great way share enjoyment you get from other blogs.
I found Gretchen through one of your tweets and love her! So thank you.
Darcie-such the spot says
“But I think our Winter is finally ending or maybe I’m just getting used to the temperature of life this year.” I have *so* been there. Only I couldn’t have said it so poetically.
On another note, I am honored to be included in your list. Thank you.
Oh I’m so glad you stopped by, absolutely love your blog so you had to be on my list :).
Congratulations on your new writing gig! That is so awesome. 🙂
Thanks Jen, I’m excited to be over there.
Thank you Sweetheart! I live to make people chuckle and so I’m glad you enjoyed that post. And seriously, weren’t a few of those guys hot? I would have photographed more but they were carrying guns and giving me the stink-eye so I held back.
So thanks again for this and for pulling me into your World last year. I made so many new Friends because of you. And I also learned that, yes, I am indeed a Mommy Blogger. Whether I like it or not. So I got your back! So if you women folk want to breast feed until your kids are in college, I’ll defend you to the end.
Your Friend, m.
Yes you are a Mommy Blogger and we are so glad to have you. I’m all set with the breastfeeding era but if I need defense on anything else I will let you know. Maybe you could send one of those soldiers??
I love Mark.
He might be my favorite mommy blogger.
that is all.
Isn’t he the best? He never fails to make me laugh and the love he has for his family shows right through every post.
You shouldn’t have to apologize for writing through it , we wouldm’t be here if we didn’t understand. Thanks for the good reads, i will have to chevk them out.
Wilium Shatner says
You story is quite deep .. i have also been in some weird space too …
The Mommy Psychologist says
I don’t see anything wrong with writing through it. I write my way through EVERYTHING.
I agree on the post from Natalie! The others I will be checking out!
Congratulations on being a part of She Knows!
Thanks so much Kimberly. I’ve loved finding some new reads lately, hopefully you like them as much as I do.
julie gardner says
Leave it to you, in the midst of this strange space, to take time out to mention others; to spread the love; to share with the rest of us what’s been lifting you.
Consider me lifted. And pulling you right up with me.
You are so sweet Julie and you have to read Armed Forces Day, the first post I linked to. You will LOVE Mark.
Sorry you’ve been in a strange place. I have for awhile too. Finding the Funny and Silly has been difficult lately. But I hope you don’t worry about what your tone is in this space. I come here whether it’s tears or laughter because I love seeing pieces of You, and because I care. I think you do a beautiful thing here.
Thank you for taking note of our newest endeavor!!! I’m honored and humbled and just so, so grateful to be part of such an amazing group, in the hardest and saddest and yes, happiest times of our lives.
Many blessings to you!!!!
Lori I love what you are doing and your writing is just so beautiful. I was happy to highlight you here.
Natalie @MamaTrack says
Ooh, so excited! Thank you for including me!