Woo-wee! Three years, Babe. It feels like just yesterday but also like a thousand years ago. I have truly loved these three years being married to you. I can't think of a better way to spend my life than right next to you. I couldn't dream up a happier life. I couldn't plan or lay out a more wonderful way to exist!
I still don't know how you put up with me though. I guess you vowed to but...I'm sorry it's so hard sometimes. I know I'm picky and naggy. I'm slow and detailed and you're fast and "get it done ASAP". I'm always hot and you're always cold. You love spicy food and I don't so I never make it for you. You're always needing some piece of laundry that isn't clean because laundry is the bane of my existence. I never make your lunch or breakfasts and you routinely make mine. I never add the receipts into our budget like you've asked me to one hundred kajillion times. (In fact, I'm staring at my receipts from yesterday as I type this... Sorry. I'll do it umm...later?) I always talk your head off while you're trying to read. I kiss you with my coffee breath. The list goes on and on...
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But I read this quote the other day...
...And I thought of you.
I know I'm not perfect - far from it. But please keep forgiving me. And I'll keep forgiving you. We make the best team, Baby. You're the best captain! Thank you for that.
Thank you for a lot of things.
Thank you for picking up on my flirting 5 years ago.
Thank you for thinking awkward, 16-year-old Hannah with braces was cute.
Thank you for hugging me for 20 minutes in my mom's driveway after you asked me to be your girlfriend.
Thank you for saying, "Gimme the best seats you got" at the Reds' game on our first date, I'm still impressed : )
Thank you for exploring New York City with me!
Thank you for loving me long-distance while I was in Rome.
Thank you for sneakily asking my mom for my Great Grandmother's engagement ring that means so much to me.
Thank you for asking me to marry you.
Thank you for helping me plan our wedding.
Thank you for tearing up during our vows. That was my favorite part...
Thank you for marrying me!
Thank you for dancing the night away at our reception even though you hate dancing.
Thank you for driving 10 hours each way to and from our honeymoon.
Thank you for being a good sport when I woke you up at 4am to tell you I was pregnant with Charlotte.
Thank you for encouraging the heck outta me during her birth. Sorry I mostly ignored you!
Thank you for picking up the slack when I had horrible morning sickness with Rosalie.
Thank you for going above and beyond when I was hospitalized after her birth.
Thank you for loving our girls so tenderly every single day.
Thanks for making stressful situations so funny!
Thank you for buying Adobe Premier Elements 14 for me :)
Thank you for being so selfless all the time.
Thank you for tolerating my insanity.
Thank you so constantly making me laugh!
Thank you for pushing me to be the best version of myself.
Thank you for being such a huge nerd about politics, fish, and the Rain Forest. It's really cute :)
Thank you for being my biggest cheerleader when it come to my blog and vlogs :) I would have given up by now without you.
But most of all thank you for loving me. I wouldn't change a thing about our lives. It's imperfectly perfect :) I couldn't do anything without you. Forever and always, Sweet Man.
By: Devishobha Chandramouli from Kidskintha.com
Let’s admit it: making mom friends seems ridiculously hard. The breezy style with which you made friends when you were in school and college without batting an eyelid, suddenly seems like another lifetime.
It’s hard enough to have a sustainable support system for the kids; it’s unimaginable to strike friendships that are just that- breezy, sunny relationships.
Parenting in the millennial age is hard work. We want to do the best for our kids and like it or not- Mommyland can get totally lonely.
Here are 9 ways to make long-standing relationships with other moms
1. Look for opportunities actively
Make a real attempt to get to know the other moms as people.
In my daughter’s new school, I had no idea who to turn to for help. The school was huge and had its rules. So, I picked my daughter’s birthday as an opportunity to invite the kids in her class and their moms for a nice get-together. The event went better than I expected. I got included in a Whatsapp group and this group is the support group I turn to even before I turn to the doctor when my child gets sick.
2. Don’t make it all about your kid
Once you have made your friends, refrain from talking/bragging about your child. Even though you may not intend it to come out that way, hearing about your child all the time can get really annoying. Show a genuine interest in them and their lives. One word- listen.
3. Take it offline
Facebook has any number of parenting groups that can connect you to parents from all over the world. Making a tiny clique of that group for local geographies by arranging mommy meet-ups in a cozy cafe is a great way to connect with the neighbourhood moms.
Some apps like MomCo and other networks like NetMums are exclusively designed to help you find moms in your neighbourhood.
4. Exchange contact information
Knowing them on Facebook is one thing. Knowing them personally is another. Take this opportunity to exchange numbers, emails and even each other’s work and hobbies. It might open up doors to future opportunities and if not anything else, just a real support system.
5. Offer Value
Even though everyone in these meets will not turn out to be your best friend, showing your genuine side will help you gravitate towards other “like” moms. Finding mutual interests and values is simply a matter of time.
6. Don’t be a gossip monger
Whatever happens, refrain from being the one passing on the juicy bits. People are likely to feel safer around people who don’t discuss others’ lives, even if they are not the ones being discussed at the moment. Imagine the girl in class who took nobody’s side. That girl was everyone’s friend. Keep it totally objective.
7. Take the first step
After the meeting, you may be battling with “ Is-it-too-soon-to-call” situation. However, most friendships do not go beyond the first stage because nobody took the first step and it gradually drops off. Don't be embarrassed about making that connection. That’s the only way you’ll know if this will stick.
8. Don’t stick to specific groups
Your mommy friends could come from anywhere. Your reading circles, your gym class or even your workplace. Avoid closing out options because it doesn't seem to fit in specifically.
9. Make it about yourself too
These people could grow to be your friends for life. The friends that you make at this stage of your life might be the ones you will be drinking a margarita with at the age of 60. So, don’t restrict it to issues surrounding the baby. Talk about your life, interests, passions. Be yourself and don’t be afraid of being judged. And, oh, please don’t judge.
Devishobha is the founder of Kidskintha - a platform that addresses parenting issues of the millennia age to help raise emotionally robust, happy kids. She regularly lends her voice to the Huffington Post, SheKnows Experts, LifeHack and other publications. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook here. Grab her free eBook on “53 Hacks to Raising Happy Kids” here.
Happy Tuesday, everyone!
This week my article is actually over on another website! I teamed up with the lovely team over at Kidskintha.com to bring you 15 self-care tips for moms! It was a labor of love putting this article together because we moms don't take great care of ourselves sometimes. I wanted to showcase a few easy ways we can squeeze it into our busy lives!
So click HERE to read how to really take care of yourself, Mamas. You won't regret it!
Have a wonderful day and don't forget to SHARE this with your mom friends!
You know that thing you've been picking at for awhile? That goal or dream you've been daydreaming and drooling over in your head? Yeah...that. Here's a little secret : YOU CAN DO IT. I want to encourage you this Monday morning because... #Mondays...yeah...
I've been working on my blog for a year and a half now and I never thought I would come as far as I have with it. But I did! I was severely discouraged at first, but I have grown. Slowly but surely. I had people (mainly my husband Tom) telling me from the start that I could keep up with it and that I could develop more skills and more editing know-how. And I have acquired those things through hard work and determination.
I know, I know, that sounds so cliche' but it's so true. I still have a long way to go but nevertheless I have grown. You can too! I know it's hard to stay positive when everything is working against you but it's only a phase. If you stay determined you can overcome the road bumps. Get an encouraging group of friends and family members behind you. Do not allow room for negativity into your life. There is a fine line between guidance and pessimism and you need people around you to help GUIDE.
I also recommend reading the book Entreleadership by Dave Ramsey and the book Start by Jon Acuff. They are powerful tools which have helped countless people start their own ideas and small businesses up. Check em' out! My husband has learned a lot from just Entreleadership and we are on our way to starting a lot of fun ideas up! : )
I hope this has encouraged you! You can do it through hard work and the grace of God! Please share this with friends or family members who are working hard on their dreams!
My name is Hannah and I'm a lucky wife to Tom, and mama bear to two sweet girls - Charlotte & Rosalie. Coffee, lipstick, sunshine, and dresses are some of my favorite things! I love to blog about God, motherhood, "wifeyhood", food, health and much more.
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