I haven't had the chance to post much this weekend. We've been busy cleaning decks, attending birthday parties and eating cheese. I thought about writing some silly post about how I was too busy being The Best Mommy to win any awards for being The Best Mommy Blogger, but I'll tell you what. I'm not going to write that post because that post was going to be filled with all sorts of Vote for Me crap in order to win a
prizeless priceless award that would only serve the purpose of boosting my fragile ego.
Instead of not going writing that post, I'm going to write this post:
I've had the chance to check out some of my competition for the Best of Blogs award and quite frankly, I don't want to win the Best Mommy Blog award. I don't like how dirty I feel promoting myself because all of the other mommy bloggers are fantastic and I'd be proud to "lose" to any of them.
In particular, I would like to draw your attention to one of my fellow Top 10 Best Mommy Blog finalists - Andrea Collins Smith's Great Cancer Swindle blog called Punk Rock Mommy. The purpose of the site, in the words of Andrea's friends and family, is to "... follow Andrea’s story as she continues to be a wife and mother of six while battling Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC). We hope that this story will inform, inspire and encourage the so many people who know (or want to know) Andrea and her family. We are all in this together. Peace to you."
I won't even say something stupid and insensitive like "how can I compete with that" because this is definitely not about competition. On Andrea's blog you will find hope and courage and strength and beauty and humour. On mine you will find nonsense. I haven't had the chance to explore Andrea's blog too deeply yet, but the tattoos and the punk rock attitude make me pretty sure she's the type of gal who faces her cancer awfulness by kicking ass and taking names. And quite frankly, it makes my angsty mommy whining make me feel like a complete jerk. I'm not sure I would be so strong in the face of something so heart wrenchingly difficult. But instead of beating myself up about it, I like to throw some love and support towards a courageous woman who is, like so many women, battling to save her own life while still trying to raise and support children of her own.
Just thinking about it brings tears to my eyes and reminds me how important it is to be grateful for everything I have been blessed with in my life, including my health. I admire Andrea, and other women like her, immensely.
So instead of voting for me over at the Best of Blogs, please throw your votes Andrea's way. I say this with no disrespect towards the other finalists in this category. You're all wonderful too, but Andrea's story has touched my heart. Plus, I promise Csilla won't cry if I don't win.
Furthermore, please stop by Punk Rock Mommy and send her all the love and support you possibly can and please keep Andrea and her family in your thoughts and prayers.
Thanks, eh. Much love,