Welcome to Grateful Moms of Many! We are so excited to be finally launching our blog! We thought we’d begin by sharing a little bit about how this blog was born . . .
During the early months of 2010, something rare and wonderful happened in an online Due Date Club. Several women managed to make a real, tangible connection that would come to last. I think if you had asked any of us before that we would have been skeptical of the idea that any real friendships could be formed from a group of women that had never even met before. But there it was, and there was no denying it. We encouraged each other, laughed together, cried together, and formed a lasting bond that did not go away after the birth of our babies.
We have spoken almost daily with each other over the last couple of years through Facebook and phone, realizing that we had an element to our story that made us particularly sympathetic to each other. We are M.O.M.s, moms of many, that practice attachment parenting with a realistic acceptance that none of us are perfect and that no parenting “technique” should ever be followed as a religion. Common sense mixed with compassion was, and is, our friend when making parenting decisions. From that bond we started a small invitation-by-word-of-mouth group of AP MoMs on a forum with an accompanying Facebook group. Then one day we decided that the support we could give each other really needed to be shared. How long had we looked and then had to turn away disappointed when we tried to find other moms like us? That was when the idea for GMoMs was born. We would form a blog together that highlighted all of the best things we loved and knew about parenting but not be afraid to go to those dark places, those troubled times, the parenting decisions and struggles that we all face but never want to talk about. We could also communicate with a larger group our love of cooking and crafting, our passion for sewing and homeschool. We thought of our 19+ combined years of breastfeeding experience, our 17 children ranging from infants to teens, multiples, and even little ones with special needs; our unity in the face of some pretty major differences in our personal faiths and beliefs, and we could not help but have a belief that we could reach out and help others. As the idea blossomed, we realized how much the blog and the community it would build would help us as well — real moms all coming together to lend that extra support and encouragement that we all need.
So, here we are now. GMoMs up and running and being read by you, our truly valued reader. We are so grateful that, out of all the wonderful and interesting things on the internet, you have decided to take time out of your busy day and spend some time with us. Keep an eye out for future posts and see what speaks to you; what encourages you. We may end up posting on a topic you were wanting to know more about. Take your time, and please leave a comment or drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. After all, a community is only as strong as its people, and without all of you, GMoMs simply would not exist. You see, the GMoMs are not just the three of us that manage this blog, it is every last one of you that wake up each morning and strive to bring to the world complete human beings raised by your faithful hands and loving hearts. Some days we may fail, some days we may triumph, but in the end it is the trying that brings us all together.
So, now that you know how we got here, in honor of today being April Fools Day, we wanted to share with you all a few pranks we have done in the past, and some we have heard of that we think are clever…or stupid. 😉
When I was a little girl, I thought it would be funny to try and convince my mom that the dog had peed and pooped on the Persian rug in the foyer. I cut a puddle shape out of yellow construction paper for the pee, and crumpled up some strips of brown construction paper for the poop (or “mookie sticks” if you’re a South Park fan :D). Now, if you can imagine for a minute what that would look like, you will realize that this in no way looked like real pee and poo. But for some reason, I thought it would work, so I put on my best horrified face and reported to my mother that the dog had peed and pooped on the Persian rug. Mom said “WHAT?!”, ran to look, and then laughed. Of course. *sigh* Looking back, I am embarrassed that I thought it would look real, but now, as a mother, I think that would have been absolutely delightful to see! Creative imagination for the win!
Two years ago on April Fools Day, I posted a generic picture of a positive digital pregnancy test on my Facebook wall, with a caption that read “April Fools?” It was fun to see the responses of curiosity, which I fielded with vague, enigmatic responses. The next day, my status read “Well, you can just call me Fertile Myrtle,” which, of course, confirmed it for everyone! I thought that was a clever, somewhat passive way to announce a pregnancy, using April Fools Day as a tool, considering how nervous I was about making known the impending arrival of YET ANOTHER baby (it was baby #5, and we had already taken a lot of flack for baby #4! Of course, that was before we reevaluated who we associate with to include ONLY those who will a) be respectful of whatever choices WE make about OUR family, or b) at least keep their mouths shut if they are not supportive (see: “respectful” above), because [c)?] it’s really not their damn business! Can I get a “Hell yeah!”???). Whew. Anyway. (Tell us how you REALLY feel, Michelle!) I will address toxic relationships some other time . . .
~ Sasha ~
The first year my husband I were dating was also the year the original Tony Hawk game for PlayStation came out. Yes, I am comfortable with admitting how old that makes me… ahem… I had a subscription to PlayStation Magazine, and back in the day, the magazine came with a disc each month that contained all the new demos and trailers. My husband played the demo for Tony Hawk over and over. We would have friends over and we would sit around and compete against each other on the one level for hours. Needless to say, his Christmas present for that year was easy to pick out. I bought it, wrapped it up and put it under my tree looking forward to Christmas, when I could give him something I knew he would love. One day, just a few days before Christmas, I walk into the living room and what do I see? My future husband sitting with a half-opened present and the guiltiest look I have ever seen. He had been peeking! I took it from him and told him that all the fun had been ruined and so I was going to return it and get him something else instead. When I returned, I had never seen such a pouty face in all my life. Christmas day arrived and when it was time for our present exchange, I handed him a large package with a giant ribbon it. You can imagine his surprise when inside was the very same Tony Hawk game he had been peeking at several days ago. Instead of going to the store, I had instead spent that time at a diner with my friend re-wrapping his present into a larger box filled with packing peanuts. The look of surprise on his face Christmas morning was worth all the sneaking around and is still one of our favorite Christmas memories.
In next week’s follow-up post, Nic will describe her most memorable April Fools Day, when Mother Nature decided to play a prank of her own! Stay tuned…
And now, to commemorate our April Fool’s Day launch, we are giving away a “Mom of Many Survival Kit.” To enter to win, we invite you to share your favorite prank in the comments section below. A winner will be randomly selected, and announced next Sunday (4/8). We will also be sharing our favorite reader-submitted pranks, so be sure to check back! Thank you so much for sharing this special day with us, The GMoMs, as we begin to make our blog dreams come true!
May peace find you in your homes today,
Sasha, Nic, & Michelle