The blogging world is a big one. There are MILLIONS of blogs out there. However, I have been blessed to find “my people” in a select number of blogging groups. I have been following these women for well over a year and consider them my friends. Real friends. Not just virtual connections.
Last week, I was shocked and saddened to learn of the sudden passing of my friend, Melissa Matters. She shared her parenting journey on her beautiful blog: Wading Through Motherhood. Not only was her blog amazing… SHE was amazing. Melissa was supportive and kind… and so much more.
Melissa’s death was a shock to everyone. If you feel so inclined, a family friend has set up a
GoFundMe page to help her husband and 2 young children with expenses.
To honor Melissa, I wanted to share some of my favorite blog posts of hers. It was really hard to narrow them down to just a few! I encourage you to check out her blog, share her posts and help preserve her memory.
Because I’m Not Perfect:
“I may have stumbled a few times throughout the week, but that’s okay because I’ve decided to swim in the pool of grace: unconditional love that keeps on giving and forgiving.
If I think about life this way, in the grand scheme of things, I realize I’m doing better than I thought.
I know this when I hear my children laughing wildly, their eyes lighting up with joy.
I know this when my children run into my arms after I’ve only been gone for an hour. And, I know this when my husband looks at me lovingly, even on my worst days.
When I notice my daughter’s latest drawing of four smiling people is captioned ‘I love my family,’ I know that I’m doing something right”
When Your Emotions Take Over, Just Breathe:
“It’s hard to stay calm and keep breathing when our kids get hurt or when we feel overwhelmed or pushed to our limit.
But breathing is essential for living. Without oxygen, we will soon be lifeless. Additionally, when we don’t take care of ourselves, we can’t to take care of our children. I mean, there’s a reason why the flight attendants tell parents to put the oxygen mask on yourself before you try to help your children.
As parents, we need those slow, deep breaths to calm us down, to remind us that this is just one moment in the book of life.”
Through The Eyes of a Child:
“So, the next time you ask me to jump in the puddles with you, I will.
The next time you ask me to read you a story, I’ll do my best to make it come alive.
The next time you ask me to make cookies, I will, even though I just cleaned the kitchen.
Because…these are the memories that will stay with you forever. These are the moments and traditions that you can remember and pass on to your children, if you want.
In your eyes, in your smiles, in your laughter, I can remember what it’s like to be a child.”
Stop and Smell The Roses:
“It’s those small snippets of life, the ones that make our hearts skip a beat, that we need to stop and enjoy. One of my favorite moments is watching my kids playing together in the backyard; I like to watch them invent games, splash in our “pool,” and listen to their effervescent laughter rise upward like bubbles. I wish I could put it in a bottle and save it forever.”
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