Thank You For Year One

I can’t believe that it’s been a year since the crazy idea of started. Thinking back to the conversation where this began, my husband, Brian, said that he wanted a new wallet, and I said,
“Sure, if I can purchase a domain name.” I wanted a space where I could share about our daughter, the activities that we did together and how my work as an early childhood educator influenced the way that I parented.

Three hundred and sixty five days later, the voice of this blog is quite different, a place where I can really share my heart and I want to say thank you! Thank you for being here and journeying with me this past year as I figured out the voice of this blog. Thank you for sharing in the laughter as well as the tears. Most of all, I want to thank you for being transparent with me. Your emails, private messages and comments mean so much to me and I absolutely love this community that we share.

While the way that I parent is probably much different than it would’ve been if I weren’t an early childhood educator, the way that I interact with children and with parents is much different now that I’m a mother. I never used to be so quick to volunteer to clean up puke and poop! I’m much more empathetic with the families that I serve and am really honoured that so many parents trust their children in my care. (You know I’m kind of crazy right?!) I am known to write poems about pee, give a child a bottle of gel in order to have a few minutes to myself, stare at people in restaurants, let children have free reign with a bottle of shaving cream, and take stuffed animals to physiotherapy.

I read every comment, and am humbled by every “like” and share on Facebook and the blog. Here are some of my favourite conversations with you from this past year:

That time we talked about penis extruders.
That time you told me how to spend a date with my hubby.
The amazing support you gave when I received my first published article.
That time you helped me figure out what I should do with my school photos.
That day you all helped me get through my allergy test.
And that time we chatted about Chinese bums.

These are your favourite posts from this past year:
5. Honouring my Husband – What I’ve learned in six years of marriage.
4. To My Tantruming Preschooler – A letter to my daughter on her roughest day of the year.
3. Why I Don’t Believe in Time Out – The story that got me my first hater.
2. On The Day You Weren’t Born: The Story of my Miscarriages – Where I lay my truths out there while I’m still very much in the midst of this chaos.
1. Hugged By Angel – My life is forever changed by spending time with Chloe and learning about Angelman Syndrome.

Thank you for being here! Thank you for walking with me through rough terrain. Thanks for reading along, commenting and sharing. I feel like we should be celebrating with a cake. Let me know if you want to meet up for cake! (My treat.) I look forward to the next 365 days with you.

I post to Facebook nearly everyday and would love to connect with you there.