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Bloggy Business

First – A big thank you to Janice for giving me the Blogger Reflection award. I received this award from Deb just two days ago for the first time, so I am thrilled to receive it twice in one week and to be thought of as reflective and thought provoking. After all, it takes a lot of effort to appear to be so. 😉

Second – I just had to spread the word about an upcoming carnival over at Brillig’s place. She’s asking for *gulp* Your worst OB/GYN stories. I don’t know that I have any horror stories to tell or that I’ll even dare to read any of the participant posts, but it was such a novel idea I had to tell you about it. Get more details here.

Third – You may have noticed that things look a little…pink, around here. Don’t worry, it’s just for the month of October in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month. Breast Cancer is something that has personally affected my life, but more about that later.
I hope you all had a great weekend!

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I’m sure many of you have heard the controversy about Facebook deleting pictures of breastfeeding from their website.
Nursing moms everywhere are enraged that their nursing photos are being deleted while photos that reveal just as much breast, but in a different context (swimsuits, etc.), are not.
I would never post a picture of myself breastfeeding in the first place so it’s not a big deal to me on a personal level. What I am upset about is the assumption making and bashing going on around the blogosphere concerning this issue.

Mother’s who nurse have long fought for societal acceptance of the practice, but there are still some who do not feel the need to reciprocate acceptance of those whose views or circumstances do not involve breastfeeding.
The Facebook incident seems to have opened the floodgates for berating bottle feeders. I have seen many comments on various blogs discussing the issue, where sadly, the assumption has been made that because they are deleting breastfeeding photos, they must be jealous that they couldn’t breastfeed, or jealous that they weren’t breastfed, or too lazy to do the best thing for their baby, or have a guilty concsience. It’s rude and immature and appaling.
I’m sure there are many people, who may think breastfeeding is a wonderful thing, but may be uncomfortable seeing a breast even in that way. Not everyone that doesn’t want to see breastfeeding pictures, bottle feeds or even has children for that matter. And bottle feeding isn’t a bad thing. I’d like to see a little more acceptance and kindness and less judgement and negative assumption from those who are looking to be treated with acceptance themselves.

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Two in one week!

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This award “is intended for bloggers who have been an encouragement, a source of love, and who have given an impact in some way…” and Deb at Mom of 3 Girls thinks I fit that description. Thank you so much Deb.

I’m going to pass this along to Corrie at Tyler’s Triumph. Corrie is a frequent commenter who has offered her input and encouragement on many topics. Corrie says of herself, “I have 5 children…The oldest suffered a vaccine reaction when he was 2 & 4 months old and we have all benefited from his loving spirit in our home.
She truly has been a source of inspiration and determination in the face of adversity as I’ve read about her struggles and joys in taking care of Tyler and the rest of her family.

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Aloha Friday #1

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If you had to die at Mother Nature’s hand, how would you want to go and why?

For other Aloha Friday Q&A’s visit Kailani.

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I’m a Star!

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A blogging star that is, at least according to Childlife. Childlife writes:
“Summer’s blog is a relatively new find for me and I have been happily plundering through her archives. Her stories are warm and heartfelt and often thought provoking. She is a blogging star of the “Five Star” category and quite deserving of such an award!”

That is sooo sweet. Thanks for the award!

I think all of the bloggers I visit, are Blogging Stars but I can only choose a couple so I’d like to pass this on to:

Kimberly at Temporary? Insanity.
Kimberly says, “I’m not extraordinary in any way except for the fact that I’m humble enough to realize it, honest enough to admit it, and egomaniacal enough to hope that despite it you’ll all adore me.” Those are truly the words of a Star, and she is my friends, she is.

and

Kailani over at An Island Life. The woman has over 200 readers, people, for good reason.

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How did this happen?

I sent my baby to kindergarten today. My oldest can’t be 5 already!!
I’m smiley and teary and in disbelief all at the same time. How do they grow up so fast?

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Halloween Heresy

I love hair dye (in a box or can).
I love face painting.
I love pumpkins.
I love candy.
I love costumes.
I love Halloween.

So it ought to be no surprise that I went trick or treating until I was eighteen. Or that even before I got married, I dreamt of all the possible costume themes we could choose from as a family every year. And then, 3 weeks into our engagement my dreams were ruined, NAY, stomped on and crushed by the very man I had said I would marry.
The disturbance in the force was caused by a plate of Halloween cookies I made for my beloved. Cute little orange frosted pumpkin sugar cookies with candy corn eyes and black Cakemate gel mouths (doesn’t everyone make Halloween cookies?) graced a paper plate intended for my fiance. It was tradition to make these particular cookies every Halloween and I proudly brought them over to his house. He accepted my offering and ate one as he did some homework. But when I asked him if he wanted another, he said he didn’t really care for sugar cookies.

UHH!!
Couldn’t he see the meticulous detail, the effort I had put into perfecting every little vampire tooth and expression, for my offering of love? (Don’t worry ya’ll, I’ve taught him a bit more tact).
The discussion turned to me having to work on Halloween and that I had permission to dress up, so I was going as a pirate.

“What are you going to dress up as?” I casually asked

I mean, what normal person doesn’t dress up on Halloween? That’s when it came out.
He had NEVER dressed up for Halloween. He had NEVER, EVER gone trick or treating.
I caught the words “Dad” and “Pagan” as I thought to myself, “Can I marry someone who doesn’t do Halloween?!?”

Obviously love prevailed. Besides, I felt sure I could convince him to dress up someday and enjoy Halloween. Now just to clarify, Hubby doesn’t think it’s an evil holiday although his dad did. It simply holds no meaning for him whatsoever. But that has been a sentiment strong enough, to make all my powers of persuasion to dress up, futile.

Two years ago our family went to a Halloween party as Hubby, Jessie, Woody and Buzz. Last year we went as Hubby, Batman, Robin and Batgirl. I’m still trying to convince him to don a costume. Maybe your powers of persuasion will be more effective than mine. *hint hint*

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