I’d wanted a baby all my life. I’d wanted one for so long it turned into a need. This need for motherhood occupied my thoughts, it was the chisel that shaped present day decisions, and it inevitably found its way into all plans for the future. I would have a child of my own, I decided, one way or another.
My husband has abandoned me for a nine-week vacation in Alabama. Alright, so maybe it’s not actually a vacation, but a rigorous, specialized training required by the United States Air Force. Po-tay-to, po-tah-to.
Come with me, if you will, on a journey through the worst travel day of my life. I was alone with my toddler to take several flights across the country – a trip that would last a total of ten hours if nothing went wrong. I probably could just end the story right there, couldn’t I?
It is my pleasure to introduce a new featured blogger on The Mommies Network. Eden Klinedinst is mom to a 1-year-old boy, Blaise, and author of Letters to New Moms: An Unusually Honest Look at the First Year. She has volunteered to write a bi-weekly column on our network blogs and we're excited to have her on our Editorial Team!
Having read Eden’s book, it’s my pleasure to share it with you and encourage each of you to read it as well. Reading her letters, I was transported back to that time when Caroline and Caty were in this stage, reliving each emotion, each fear, each high and low right along with Eden as she shared her own experiences and feelings about each. It reminds me of why we are here at The Mommies Network, to be a support to moms like Eden around the country, and encourages me to continue to strive to be that to the mothers who need us. I encourage all moms to read this book – everyone can take something from it -- an understanding that we are all, despite our differences, a lot more alike than it might seem.
Are you a writer or blogger interested in sharing your mommy perspectives with our members? Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about joining our Editorial Team!
Random Acts of Kindness Week was formed by the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation (RAKF) to help spread positivity and make the world a better place, they have an amazing website that is wonderful to look through when you're looking to be inspired. Check them out here: https://www.randomactsofkindness.org/
How about taking a week at a time, doing a task each week for 52 weeks of the year. This way your household will be so much more organized and you won't be totally overwhelmed.
Get into the holiday season spirit by getting your family together to contribute to your community!
Family Volunteer Day celebrates families who work together to support their neighbors and neighborhoods. Every year, thousands of families use this day to teach children valuable lessons about compassion and caring. Volunteering also can be a great way for kids and adults to develop skills, learn more about their community and make friends.