Well, after my blog sabbatical last week, I came back in full force! Jessica and I had been covertly working on our new project and website, The HerStories Project, which we unveiled on Wednesday.
Our new project is an expansion of our friendship series, and will focus on early motherhood. We are calling it The HerStories Project: Finding Support, Staying Sane, and Reinventing Yourself During New Motherhood.
We are asking for your participation in whatever way possible! If you became a mother in the last 5 years, please take our survey– we will be using the results of this new motherhood survey as part of our project. We are still taking essay submissions for friendship stories, so please email us with your 500-1000 word essay submissions- firstname.lastname@example.org
Catch up on my HerStories posts this week:
Introducing The HerStories Project
And please check out our new website for more details- you can also follow HerStories on Facebook and Twitter. We are so grateful for your support and enthusiasm.
In other news, I had PMS and decided I would help you all out by
complaining about it sharing some useful markers for Signs That You Might Have PMS. You’re welcome.
I wildly deviated from the Finish the Sentence Friday “If you were stuck on an island…” theme by sharing a story about how I became a hysterical lunatic when faced with a wasp. I also shared an extremely practical strategy for attacking hostile insects in Mommy Vs. The Wasp. Again, you’re welcome.
I was so thrilled and honored to guest post in my good friend Kristi’s blog series: Our Land. I would love it if you would read my post, A Place Where We Belong, and while you’re at it, catch up on Kristi’s blog, Finding Ninee. She writes about her life as the mom of a little boy who may have autism, and she draws hilarious pictures. Not to mention the fact that she is a truly gifted writer. If you’re not following her on FB and Twitter, there you go- I made it easy for you!
Hope you all had a fantastic week, and I want to sincerely thank you for being so supportive of this new venture and website. You guys are the best!
I can’t believe you got all that snow. This stuff is crazy. Our wedding anniversary is tomorrow and while it was sunny and in the 60s on our wedding day, we’ve had some crappy weather on that day over the years. One year we went on an architectural tour (on a boat) of Chicago and it was like 30-something degrees. We were sipping hot chocolate. Too cold! So happy for you and Jessica about Her Stories!!!
Ugh to snow on May 1! I’m so excited for your new New Motherhood series and hope that I can contribute to Her Stories still (I know, it’s just that I get weird writing for other people – pressure gah). And THANK YOU for contributing to Our Land. Your writing was beautiful and amazing and wonderful and gave people goosebumps. For real. Thanks for the big shout-out here, too, friend. You are awesome. For real. <3
PS I shared this post all over the place…
So, Ava and I are driving to my new job an hour a way from home. (The commute is not fun for her.) Out of the blue (like usual), she says, “Mom, do you remember when we lived in Kansas and I went to my school there and you and my dad told each other than you loved each other. If you love each other, why aren’t you together? Why can’t we live together?” HEARTBREAK!! We divorced when she was 3. She is a couple weeks from 5 now, and her little brain is trying to understand. With tears welling up in my eyes, I told her that we are not in love with each other anymore because we started to argue a lot. She said she remembered that too. I told her that we decided it wasn’t okay or healthy for us to live together if we were going to argue, so we decided to live a part and we both love her very much. She told me she was going to plan a wedding for us to all live together again. 🙁 I told her I love her. New motherhood + divorce.
Oh, Martha, that breaks my heart. Thanks for sharing that, and reminding people of that incredibly challenging dynamic of divorce+motherhood. I know you’re not the only one who is experiencing it. Much love to you!!!
Just so thrilled for you on the HerStories project!! So exciting and SO well deserved! 🙂 The wasp story still has us giggling today!-The Dose Girls