All of your comments were so, so lovely - a balm to me, honestly. I really want to be a person who can reflect on the ups and downs of motherhood with a more relaxed and humorous outlook, and I never intended for this blog to be a place where I would come to complain about the ugly underbelly of raising children. But sometimes you have to let it all hang out, I guess. When I am caught in the throes of the difficulties of child-rearing (read: when I am screaming so loud I can feel my blood pressure rising, and I know that this is the moment when I stroke out) I always think that no one else could possibly be losing their minds like this with their children. Not to this extent. So to hear all of you tell me that you have been there, well it makes me a feel a little more normal, my friends.
With all of this love floating around in Blogville, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to say thank-you to Janeen at Our Story for awarding me this:
This award has nothing to do with parenting, so I could still be safely considered as a winner. I'd like to send a great big "right back atchya" to Janeen. I've learned so much from her blog about kids with severe food allergies. I am always amazed at the things I forget about, even when I am trying to be allergy-conscious.
Now I get to pass this on to blogs that I love. I'm not sure of the "rules" for this award, but I tend to disregard the rules for awards anyway. Awards are like presents - no strings attached. These are the blogs that I look at almost every day. I've even been known leave the comfy nest of my Google Reader page and head over to the actual blog!
Serving the Queens
T With Honey
Et Tu? (this is a new one for me- I haven't even commented yet!- but I can't believe I haven't read it sooner)
It Coulda' Been Worse
There you have it - blogs I read all the time. They aren't the only ones I love, but I had to refrain from just publishing my whole Google Reader List.
And thanks again, my friends, for all of your hugs, well-wishes, and sage advice. I've said it before, but I'll say it again - you're the best.