I'm one of THOSE mothers…

So, I spent a better part of the weekend browsing through my first couple years of blog posts and comments for a little (big) project I’m working on (Zoo Book-related). Goodness, I used to be a lot funnier.

Case in point. This blog entry from four years ago today–April 26, 2006.

I’m one of THOSE mothers…

I used to roll my eyes at those parents who would watch their little kids up on stage at church (during a Christmas program or what have you) and just be BEAMING for no apparent reason. Their child was doing nothing special. Just standing there. Maybe mouthing the words. More than likely staring off into space or twiddling his thumbs. They’d have their camera and video camera, snapping photos left and right, WAVING to their child from their pew. Yes, WAVING. Grinning to beat the band, proud as a peacock, oblivious to the world around them. All that mattered was their child–the STAR. Make me puke.

Okay, fast forward to Livi’s first year of Cubbies (AWANA club at church). April 2004. Cubbies award program. My little baby, MY LITTLE BABY, up on the stage! Oh, I could hardly believe it. She was so BIG. And so fabulous. And such a STAR. I know we took pictures, maybe video, I can’t remember.

I DO remember her PICKING HER NOSE on stage.

Fast forward some more to April 26th, 2006. Livi has her final Cubbies awards program before she graduates to Sparkies, and AVA makes her stage debut. They were sooo excited, especially Ava.

I don’t know what happened to me. I’m usually fairly reserved at times like these. But tonight I was shameless. Gabe had the video camera, I had the digital camera. I WAVED at my babies from my pew. I was BEAMING. The lighting was terrible, and the pictures I was taking weren’t turning out. “I’m going to the front,” I said, climbing over Gabe and making my way around the auditorium in my loud flipflops, kneeling by the front pew, thanking the Lord that I wore a long tank under my shirt, because the only pair of jeans I can fit in right now SHOW MY CRACK whenever I bend over. Met my friend Cami on my way up. “Let’s GO!” I told her. “We’ll be those crazy parents who just don’t know where to draw the line!”

My camera still wasn’t working. “Take pictures of my babies for me!” I hissed at Cami, who is a professional photographer.

Ava was grinning from ear to ear, twiddling with her skirt. Twiddling, twiddling, lifting, lifting, SHOWING THE WORLD HER BRIGHT BLUE CINDERELLA PANTIES! I still beamed.

They sang two songs, got a ribbon, and clamored off the stage.

My daughters, THE STARS.

I do have fabulous news. After much time in prayer and some I-really-truly-mean-it surrender, I’m back in a writing groove. If you couldn’t tell, it’s been a looooong time. I’ll explain more later, but just to give you a heads-up, I’m formulating a little survey (for any and all interested parties) concerning your thoughts and feelings about the internet and the friendships/connections you’ve made online. I’ll let you know when it’s ready.

Until then, here’s a Question for you–When did you start blogging, why did you start blogging and (in 10 words or less) what do you blog about?

Happy, happy Monday!!

p.s. Gabe installed a funky little “Like” button on my blog. If you like a certain post, you can click on the button, and it will post it to your facebook wall. Crazy, huh? If you want one for your own blog, check out his “simple” instructions here.

26 thoughts on “I'm one of THOSE mothers…

  1. Liz

    I started blogging in November 2008.

    I started blogging because I finally admitted to myself that I don’t really like scrapbooking but I still needed a way to document the life of my family and that is why I blog. I only have two readers and one is my husband. I definitely don’t blog for the masses.

  2. O Mom

    I started a blog when my oldest daughter went from being homeschooled her whole life to going to Highschool. I wanted to be able to let family and friends know how she was doing and write about all my fears and the craziness of this time in our lives.
    I never did tell my family or friends about the blog though and quit after only a couple of weeks because I thought this was such a dumb idea I had…later I started reading blogs and figured out this was an amazing idea and so I started blogging again after a year of nothing.

    I’m sorry I forgot, only 10 words… :0

  3. Cheryl Pickett

    First blog Jan 2008, second blog July 2009.
    First one helps authors figure out the publishing world, second is an extension of my Creation Inspirations book
    -9 words on each still counts right 🙂

  4. Kiki

    I loved this post, I’m that mom too!

    I started blogging in 2005, when we moved from Iowa to Connecticut. Mostly to keep my family (read: mom) up to date.

    I blog our life. Good, bad and ugly.

  5. Michelle

    I started blogging about 3 years ago…to help me process and remember and look at the world a little differently.
    I ramble about things that i love. my family, my friends, my faith, music and justice.

  6. amber

    I always said that I wouldn’t be “ONE of THOSE bloggers.” I thought it was hokey. And crunchy. And just weird.

    And then I did it anyway. I started as a way to keep up with all of our family that lives oodles of miles away from us.

    But now it’s just therapy for me. And it makes me happy.
    And I proudly accept the honor of being “one of THOSE people.”

  7. Megan@SortaCrunchy

    Hi friend. I like everything you post. Do you think that would get obnoxious if I liked it all the way to my FB feed every day?

    I started blogging in Jan 2006 to share my enthusiasm for cloth diapering. I am one of THOSE mothers.

    Today, I blog about natural family living from a Christian perspective. Other stuff, too, but that’s what it’s SUPPOSED to be about.

  8. Rachel Wojnarowski

    I’ve been blogging since last fall. Initially I blogged to help myself write out a bible study in more depth. Mostly now I blog devotional thoughts that relate to my every day life as a wife and mother to 6 .

  9. Jen your cousin

    I started blogging on 3/10/10 to chronicle my Project 101 in 1001 progress. However, I have since re-discovered how much I love to share my thoughts through writing and how much fun it is to get feedback and conversations going on-line.

    Thanks for the great example of a terrific blog cousin!

  10. Jennifer

    I started blogging in October of 2006 to keep our families updated. We were in Japan at the time and had just had our first baby (and were unknowingly pregnant with our second — surprise!), so that’s mainly what I wrote about. Still is!

  11. Amy

    I started blogging back when you still had to explain the word blog in 2002 when I was pregnant with my first daughter. I still blog about random stuff on family, friends, faith, tv…it’s a hodge-podge!

  12. Melanie Miller

    I started blogging in January 2010 as a way to help my friends and me be accountable in bible verse memorization. I wanted to continue memorizing after doing so last year with LPM blog, but they weren’t doing it online in 2010. It is much harder to be the “leader” in this than I originally thought. I also occasionally write about what’s going on in my world.

  13. Ali

    My son hasn’t even been on a stage yet, and I already KNOW I’m one of those mothers.

    And to answer your question, I broke my ankle, October 2008, and I needed a sit-on-my-butt-all-day hobby. Whatdya know? I started blogging.

  14. Gaylene

    I started blogging in the late fall of 2009 because of wanting to share some of my thoughts with others.

    Blog about things in life and post devotions I have written.

  15. Rachel

    Well, I have had a couple of blogs since 2008. They were all about motherhood or cooking or saving money, but I just couldn’t get into it. Now I do not have one. I feel like, as a writer, I should have one, but I just don’t feel comfortable sharing such personal family things on the Internet. Maybe I am just a chicken. Oh well. Maybe someday I’ll find a really great niche and I’ll start it up again.

  16. kellie@laVidaDulce

    So glad your mojo is on!

    I started blogging in July 05. I’d moved away from my friends of nearly a decade and I wanted a way to keep current with them.

    None of them read anymore. 😉 But I still love blogging (and them!)

    I write about everything, and nothing, and many things in between.

  17. Valerie

    Being back in the groove is a good thing…..

    I will probably also be one of THOSE mothers….

    I started blogging on a somewhat regular basis in 2009ish; although my blog has very few readers. Anyway I started blogging about infertility and our journey to parenthood as an emotional outlet.

  18. Layne

    I started blogging in the summer of 2005 I think…soon after I got back from a missions trip with YWAM. I started blogging as a way of keeping in touch with other people from YWAM (it was really popular with them at that time), though I haven’t blogged for a few years now. I wrote about anything random that might be interesting.

  19. Conny

    I started blogging about 2 years ago (I’m at 450 blog entries!). I started because I needed an outlet for the all words in my head – I just needed to talk and if someone would come by & read & “listen” – so much the better!
    I blog about: family, goals, random thoughts, devotional thoughts, recipes, and whatever …

  20. Kimberly

    I started blogging in 2008 maybe? I started because I was bored when my family was on vacation one night. I blog about nothing and anything random that comes to mind 🙂

  21. jaime

    I started blogging in January as NY Resolution. I had no idea there was a blog world out there until you came and spoke to our MOPS group in what(?) March? Blogs are addicting (AND TIME CONSUMING) but I love them!

    My blog is about being a SAHM that loves cooking. (Exactly 10! Whew)

  22. Keli Gwyn

    So glad to hear that you’re back in the grove. Enjoy the thrill.

    I began blogging in 2008. My main blog is Romance Writers on the Journey where I interview not-yet-published and debut romance novelists. I blog to encourage my fellow romance writers and to connect with my blogging buddies.

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