Life as MOM: One Year Later

About a year ago this blog was born. At the time I didn’t really have a clear idea of where it would go or exactly what I wanted to come from it. I was pregnant with my sixth child, busy with the care and education of five children, overwhelmed with debts, and wondering if a cross county move was in our future. There were so many unknowns in my life last May.

But, I wrote and I thought and I prayed.

And you read. And you commented. And you prayed, too.

And today I thank you.

Thank you for listening to me. Thanks for commenting so I could be reassured that I wasn’t talking to myself. Thank you for commiserating with me when things didn’t go as plans. Thanks for cheering at my successes. Thanks for proving to me that I’m not alone in this life as MOM and this journey to being a not-crabby mom.

So many names pop in my head as I think over the last year: Mrs. Querido, MammaLibby, Honey, Topaztook, Lynn, michellenotdawn, Mommykerrie, JessieLeigh, and all the Jens, Amys and Carries who’ve taken the time to say, “Hey.”

(And if your name didn’t pop into my head while I was typing, please forgive me – I have “mommybrain” something fierce!)

You, dear readers, have watched me have a baby, pack up my home, get on a plane 1 month postpartum with 3 children four and under, relocate into a new town and new life, mourn the loss of a loved one, bake cakes, write ebooks, and get out of debt.

You’ve humored me over all my grocery geek stories and pictures, laughed with me over my weight losses and cow costumes, encouraged me when I felt mommy-judgement, and helped me to see the different sides of the coin called “family planning.”

I think I’ve grown as a woman and as a mom over the last year. And while our “virtual interaction” in no way takes the place of sitting with you over a cup of coffee and a fresh donut while our kids play Legos in the background, I have valued the part that you, my readers, have played in my growth. So, thank you.

Thank you for your patience as I figure out what I’m all about here. Thanks for reading. Thanks for your prayers and encouragement.

I hope that you’ve found some of that same encouragement here over the last year. It’s my prayer that this blog will only increase as a place where moms can laugh at themselves and get better equipped for the road to joyful motherhood.

This week, I’m celebrating both a Blog Birthday and Mother’s Day. I hope you’ll celebrate with me. Check back throughout the week for

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  • mom-inspired and mom-inspiring posts
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  1. Happy Blog Birthday! 🙂

  2. Phoebe @ Cents to Get Debt Free says:

    Wow–a year?!

    Congrats for sticking through it. I look forward to reading you for many more years. 🙂 Thanks for all of your encouragment and fantastic articles.

  3. ValleyGirl says:

    Happy blogiversary!!!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Happy Blog Birthday FishMama! I’ve enjoyed reading this blog from the very beginning and have learned so much and am contantly inspired and motivated! Thanks for being around for us!

  5. Adrianna says:

    Happy Blog Birthday! I don’t comment a lot but I want you to know I read your blog and am constantly updating my recipe book-my family thanks you. I enjoy your encouragement and articles. Keep up the good work.

  6. Meredith@MerchantShips says:

    I think you write great stuff–entertaining, encouraging, and relatable–and I look forward to many more years of learning from you!

  7. Margie says:

    Congratulations and happy Anniversary! As a reader from day one, I’ve really enjoyed your blog! Thank you!

  8. Wow! Congratulations on your one year anniversary and thanks for letting us all be a little part of your life.

  9. Katie @ goodLife {eats} says:

    Congrats! I’m a newbie, but I’m already having a great time here on Life as Mom. I love your great attitude about busy life and it makes me want to try a little harder!

  10. Tracey says:

    Congratulations on your one year “blogoversary!” Yours is one of the blogs I read and enjoy nearly every day. Thanks for all the work you put into it!

  11. Frances says:

    Congrats on your first year!!

  12. Trixie says:


    I’m a pretty new reader and just wanted to say how much I enjoy your blog. Thank you for all the time and effort you put into it.

    Blessings to you on this one year anniversary and on Mother’s Day.


  13. I’m a fairly new reader. I love your blog. I check it multiple times a day and tell friends about it. Happy 1 year!

  14. michellenotdawn says:

    Wow! Thanks for the namecheck! As I twittered, I may just have to start blogging again. I’ve been too caught up in the craziness that is Facebook, and totally neglected my blog. It’s that procrastinating perfectionist in me. Won’t do it if I don’t have time to do it all!
    Anyway, happy blogoversary – you have inspired me more than you know. Mwah!

  15. Mrs. Querido says:

    Happy Blogoversary! I’m humbled that my sporadic commenting makes an impact in your life 🙂 We really don’t realize how far a kind word can go do we?


    P.S. We both know the only reason that you remember me so well is because I am the one that won a TON of free milk 🙂 LOL.

    Thanks for a blog that is uplifting the position of MOM.

  16. Can’t believe it’s been a year since you started this one! Congrats!! (you look totally cute in these photos btw!) 🙂

  17. learningatourhouse says:

    Congratulations! I love reading your blog.


  18. Nancy M. says:

    Happy Blogoversary!!! It’s almost mine too!

  19. Well, we’ve learned lot from you! Personally, I’ve found inspiration, conviction, good laughs, and a fresh perspective on life. Happy Blog Birthday! And thanks for doing the blog!

  20. Brianna says:

    This is my first time visiting your blog. I read this and got tears in my eyes. Im a first time mom with a 5 mo old. Thank you for helping me feel a little less lonely in my new motherhood:)! Great Mothers Day present. I will definitely be subscribing.
    Brianna dot walpole at gmail dot com

  21. Nardeeisms says:

    Happy Blogoversary – ~Nards~

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