Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Liebster Award

Look everyone, we got a facelift! Hats off to my friend Alison, who made my awesome new logo and design. Isn't it cute? Note the bee (for Thora, whose middle name is Bea) and the dragonfly for Freyja. The dragonfly represents PCH to us because kids with PCH have a malformation of their cerebellum that takes the shape of a dragonfly on their MRI scans. 

In other news, this blog has been nominated for a 2017 Liebster Award. I would like to thank Hope For Katherine Belle for their support and for nominating me for this fantastic award. Here’s how the process works: 

Bloggers are nominated by their peers. Once they are nominated, they look for blogs that speak to them and have less than 200 readers per month, and then they nominate those bloggers – paying it forward. Upon nomination, The Liebster Award Nominees are asked to answer 10 questions.

Here are the 10 questions Glenda at Hope For Katherine Belle asked me:

Q: Can you tell readers about yourself and your blog?
A:  I'm a mom of two girls, one with special needs. Native New Yorker. Introvert. Writer. Adoptee. Married to my best friend. Not your typical mom, wife or anything else.
I've always kept a diary or a journal. Writing helps me make sense of the world around me, and I use it as a means to understand myself and my feelings. When my first daughter was born, I thought I'd never have the time to write again. A friend told me that she started a blog about her kids to keep her friends and family involved and up to date with everything the kids were doing, and I thought that was a great idea. So the blog was well underway before Freyja was born. I wrote about her delays and my growing concerns and then about her diagnosis. But it's not a special needs blog; rather it's a blog that chronicles a very unique family from my point of view. 

Q: Something surprising you’ve learned from starting your own blog?
A:  I have solved a lot of problems through writing. I have been able to process feelings I didn't even realize I had and work through major challenges. So it's more than a snapshot of what's happening in our lives. I am very real, very open. I've learned a lot about myself just by putting myself out there and letting myself be vulnerable.

Q: Do you have periods when you want to abandon your blog, and if so, what brings you back?
A: I wish that I had more time to write, to update the blog more with all the amazing, beautiful, crazy things that happen in our lives that I want the world to know about and maybe even to turn this blog into something more, like a book. But I don't know how to market myself, my writing or my blog. I don't know how to take that next step. When I don't make the time to update more often or even really think through what next steps could look like, I get frustrated with myself and feel like I should give up. And when I do write, I am very honest in these pages. I sometimes think about the people who might read what I say and I get shy and embarrassed of my tendency to overshare. I do occasionally think about abandoning ship. But I haven't yet; thankfully that always passes. 

Q: Where would you go if you could travel anywhere in the world?
A: I love to travel. When I'm traveling for pleasure I either want to be in a new place, seeing as much of it and learning as much about it as I can, or I want to be in the same exact place we go to every year at the very tip of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, with an iced coffee in one hand and a book in the other.

Q: Do you have a blogging mentor?
A: Not really. I admire my friend Brenna at Suburban Snapshots and my friend Jesse at JesseAnneO. They are both such wonderful writers with an important message and a sense of humor. I also have several friends who are writers or in publishing (or both) and I have learned a great deal from them. My friend Missy Church, poet and author of Church, has been a constant source of inspiration to me for many years. 

Q: What was your proudest achievement (life in general)?
A: I was really proud to have a short piece published in The New York Times a couple of years ago. Apart from that, I am most proud of the family that my spouse and I have created and the work I do professionally.

Q: What is your favorite quote?
A: "This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community, and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no "brief candle" for me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations." George Bernard Shaw

Q: What do you think your blog says about you?
A: I think it says, "here's a wildly imperfect grownup who has no idea what she's doing, figuring it all out a day at a time." 

Q: Where do you see your blog in five years?
A: It's hard to say. I write from the heart. I have always written and I will continue to write as long as I live. Where and how I can't be sure. I hope that someday I will have more time to dedicate to my writing. But I don't know what kinds of turns this blog will take because we don't have a sense of Freyja's prognosis long term, and I don't know how my children will feel about me writing so publicly about them as they get older. I could see myself turning excerpts from our lives into a book at some point, but I don't even know how to begin to make that happen.

Q: How do you relieve stress and unwind?
A: I spend every moment I can with my family. I also love to cook, read, walk, and do yoga.

Bonus Questions:

Q: What one piece of advice would you give other new bloggers?
A: Just keep writing!
Q: What is your favorite book?
A: The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
Q: What is your favorite drink?
A: Decaf cold brew coffee that I make at home and drink with unsweetened vanilla almond milk over ice.
Q: What gets you out of bed in the morning?
A: I don't need an alarm clock. The pitter patter of an early bird's feet on the stairs wakes me up every morning "in the sixes" (as she puts it) like clockwork. 
Q: What is the last thing you do at night before you close your eyes?
A: Kiss Johnny goodnight.

Now it’s my turn to nominate some fellow bloggers! All of the ones I selected are written by parents of special needs kiddos, most of them are people I've met PCH kids like Freyja. With this I hope to raise awareness of PCH and the severity of Freyja's neurological disorder. 
My 6 nominees for the Liebster Award 2017:
·         Avleigh's Journey
·         The Adventures of Little Man
·         Homemade Hope
·         The Eye of the Storm
·         Ainsley Rae
·         Lyla's Angels

Upon accepting this nomination, it becomes your turn to write your Liebster Award 2017 acceptance and nominate some fellow deserving blogs. In your post you’ll need to follow these Liebster Award rules:
·         Thank the blogger who nominated you for the Liebster Award (
·         Link back to the blogger who nominated you ( )
·         Upload the award to your blog. It can be done as a blog or on the sidebar.
·         Answer the questions you have been asked. (see below)
·         Nominate 5 blogs with followers less than 200 that you believe deserve to receive the award. If you feel others deserve the award, then you are welcome to nominate more.
·         Notify the nominated bloggers so that they can accept the award. Bloggers can be nominated more than once, giving their readers more chances to learn more about them.
Our Questions for My Nominees Are:
1.      Can you tell readers about yourself and your blog?
2.      When and why did you start writing?
3.      Do you have periods when you want to abandon your blog, and if so, what brings you back?
4.      What makes your blog different from others out there?
5.      What was your proudest achievement (life in general)?
6.      What is a typical day like for you?
7.      What is your favorite book?
8.      What is your favorite quote?
9.      What do you think your blog says about you?
10.  Where do you see your blog in five years?

I look forward to your responses!


  1. Thank you for the nomination! I love that you said you've solved a lot of problems through writing because that is how I solve problems too!


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