Monday, January 23, 2012

Housekeeping: A Thank You & A Link-Up Idea

First & foremost, thank you so much for your kind birthday wishes / dirty jokes. I'm a bit overwhelmed at all of your comments and am still wading through them in attempt to respond to you all. It is almost enough to make a girl feel twenty-nine thirty thirty-one thirty-two thirty-three again. And never-you-mind that I'm probably - ok, certainly - too old to refer to myself as a "girl"anymore.

The downside for you of all this commenting is that I now realize you lovely lurkers are in fact capable of leaving me comments, and therefore I will ask expect you to do so every now and again. Comments - it's what's for lunch! Your American duty! Exclamation point!!!!!

(No, really - thank you.) (I'm being serious.) (For once.) (Parentheses)

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We - yes, I'm trotting out the Royal We today, because it's Monday - are also testing out something new here this week at Pretty HQ . . . from your recent comments I'm picking up on a number of aspiring stay-at-home moms in the crowd, and I realize that while I've sung the praises of my choice to be a SAHM, I've not done a good job of explaining how my family came to that decision in the first place. Not that the blogosphere is short on SAHMs and our opinions, but I would have loved to have read more from my favorite bloggers about the precision process itself (since I'm obvs. one of your favorites) (obvs.) . . .

. . . this Friday, January 27th, I'm going to post about how I made the decision to stay-at-home, including what I wish I would have known beforehand, and invite any other stay-at-home Operation MILF types (or DILF - we are equal opportunity here at the Pretty!) here to do the same. I'll put up a Linky tool here - or, more accurately, attempt to figure out how those work by Friday - so you can link back to your posts.

(Here's where I wish there was font for "This is not to say that staying at home is the one & only correct parenting decision, not even remotely. It just happens to be the decision that was right for my family, and not necessarily yours, therefore I'm writing about the choice I know. No, really, I bear no judgment here, and you can't make me, nanny nanny boo boo." Any volunteers to work on this for me? Can we get that Sarcasm Font going too?)

If this link-up works out, I'd love to do working mom and cheerfully-child-free versions in the future. Either way, I'm excited to drone on (and on and on) at length about how the Anonymous Husband and I made our choice & read all about yours.

So to review, this Friday + how you decided to be a stay-at-home parent + link-up here = the Awesome 

Ok, back in a sec with my actual post of deep significance and global importance . . .

11 comments:

Beach Bum & Baby said...

Happy Birthday M!!! So sorry I'm late on that. I've been off the blogging wagon. And well, time to get back on that one. I missed my (not real, but really real) friends! Ha! <3

And I love this idea for a link up! I'd love to participate!!!

The Klahns said...

Happy, happy birthday! I am a usually lurker, occassional commenter, faithful reader. Thanks for keeping me laughing! Look forward to Friday's post and the possibility of a working mom linky one day too, as I am of the working persuasion, but wholeheartedly agree that moms are way too hard on each other about all these life-altering decisions we're expected to make.

Lilly said...

Confession: I am a child-free 26 year old who loves her career and the thought of a SAHM link-up has my completely giddy. My husband and I are deep into this desicion now and I can't wait to read all of the different perspectives!

Lilly
pancakesandbeetjuice.blogspot.com

undomestic chica said...

Love this idea! I'm not a SAHM yet but I want to be. It'll be nice to have different perspectives on what to take into account before making our decision.

lauren said...
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Lauren said...

What a great linkup! I rarely comment because I usually read in Reader on my phone! Can we link up about the thought process even if we didn't make the same decision (i.e. talk about all the considerations to think about, even if I decided I wanted to keep working)? BTW, I love your blog and how you give such great perspective on motherhood.

Tess said...

I am endlessly fascinated by this topic!

I am single, childless and 28 with a MOUND (I mean, a mortgage worth) of debt from med school, and I never (never say never, right? but seriously, I'll never) be faced with this decision for a variety of reasons. I love being a voyeur and learning about how people think, though! Plus, I'm a pretty pro-choice gal...I think we need to trust women to do whatever is right for them, on any number of individual decisions!

Looking forward to the posts.

Ashleigh said...

Love the SAHM link up idea! I was a working mom for 1 + years and it did not work out well! Looking forward to giving my 2 cents in to it all :) Great idea! Oh, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

loveyoumuches.com said...

happy belated birthday!

I think your link up is a wonderful idea. We don't have kids yet, but I am already overwhelmed with wondering how in the world I will handle it once we do. Reading other's perspectives will be very helpful.

-Beth (I need to figure out how to change my profile so it says my name and not my site)

Lauren @ Adventures of a Southern Newlywed said...

I'm looking forward to your post on Friday. I'm not a mom yet, but I think I know which way I'll lean... Then again - who knows? I'll look forward to hearing your thoughts!

Amy @ Forever 29 said...

Yes, let the comments abound!

For you, M, I may even draft my post tonight and edit it in the morning. Woah :)

Excited to read everyone's pots!

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