My friend and fellow Bent Agency team member, Kimberly Brock challenged me to do this.
I feel like I’m picking my favorite kid, which is so hard and totally not fair– unless Aubrey and Sadie are cage fighting while Emma is folding laundry, then DUH. Super easy decision. Emma.
Or if Emma and Sadie are putting stickers over every flat surface in the house and I’m laying in the bed with strep throat and Aubrey is bringing me ice water and patting my forehead, then obviously SHE is my favorite.
OR when Emma and Aubrey are embarrassed to be seen with me in public and Sadie gives me one of her big hugs where she says, “Mmmm-MMM!” No brainer. Sadie wins.
So… picking my favorite posts, it’s gonna be hard.
Most Beautiful: Sleeping Sadie
I love this post because it captures perfectly, in my memory, all those middle of the night feedings with my babies. That moment, when you forget you are tired and dirty and you become totally aware of how amazing your child is.
Most Popular: Her Birthday, My Gift
My attempt at putting into words a few of the ways that my children have made me a better person.
Most Controversial: Breastfeeding: How I Hate Thee, Let Me Count The Ways
Breastfeeding enthusiasts be warned. There are actually other ways to feed your baby that are healthy and CHRISTIAN. Probably the most bizarre comments I’ve ever gotten were on this post. How can it be un-Christian to formula feed? Or is it the actual bottle? Can you pump and still be okay with Jesus? What about people who adopt? Are they less Christian too, or are they exempt? Also, where are you coming up with this stuff??
Spoiler alert: People of the internet do not get to decide what I do with my bewbies. You don’t even get a vote. Boom. Deal with it.
Most Helpful: Mommy Tips: Multitasking
With this post I singlehandedly saved mothers everywhere a good hour and a half a day. During the summer at least.
Most Surprisingly Successful: Bayway Bridge Poopfest 2011
I had no idea so many people were terrified of driving over open water… or being trapped in a car with three kids who need a potty. This post was syndicated on BlogHer and my peeps lurved it.
Post That Didn’t Get Any Attention: Lawd, Help. I don’t know.
I’ve been doing this full time for almost three years. There are plenty of posts that don’t get any comments, but I know people are still reading… I see the numbers. I don’t know why some posts are more compelling than others…
Post I Am Most Proud Of: Warning: Do Not Take Me Seriously
I am proud of this post because it is The Point. It is My Purpose and it is WHY I write. I don’t need anybody to send me emails telling me how to raise my kids. Trust me, I’ll ask when I need help. I’m proud of this post because instead of continuing to let people send me ugly emails about how I need to get it together and “try lovingly touching your children, and rocking them… even until they are in preschool,” I spelled it out for them. (And yes, someone really said that to me.)
Funny story: After I wrote in a column, “For future reference any emails sent to my address in reference to columns can and will be used in their entirety and with the author’s email address,” well… everybody got REAL quiet.
Five blogs I read on a regular basis who I nominate for a seven links challenge:
Jennifer Engelbrecht: The Engelbrecht Family (She has no idea how hilarious she is or what a brilliant writer she is. It makes me love her more.)
Lysa-Jo Baker: The Gypsy Momma (Encouraging, uplifting and beautiful.)
Ann Imig: Ann’s Rants (Funny, funny and funny.)
Pauline Campos: Aspiring Momma (Poignant, inspiring, funny. A great blog for writers.)
Britt Reints: Miss Britt: In Pursuit of Happiness (Just what you would expect from a mom who sold her house and most of her posessions to travel across the country in an RV with her husband and two kids. Ballsy, honest, relatable, funny.)