Follow Friday – Inspiration and Strength

I was chatting with an old friend of mine last night on the phone.  She lives on the other side of the country these days, so we try to get in a good 2hr call once a month to catch up on our lives and how the kids are doing.  After catching her up on where things were with Vista, she said to me, “Jenn, I don’t know how you do it.  I couldn’t keep it together.”

I’ve had a few people say that to me over the past few weeks, and I just sort of shrug it off.  I really don’t think we have that much to deal with in the grand scheme of things.  We get the occasional curve ball thrown at us, so we readjust our course, and keep on keeping on.

But more than that, I look at some of the other moms out there that I follow and know that compared to what they’re dealing with?  My life is a walk in the park.

So here are some of the woman who inspire me with their strength and grace in the face of adversity

  • cjengo36 - Jenn blogs about her kids.  But these aren’t ordinary kids.  Her son, Jude, had a stroke in utero.  Since his birth, their days have been spent caring for him with all the joys and challenges that brings.  And, of course, that care is accompanied a parade of doctors and hospital visits.  Her daughter, Emily, is a true inspiration.  She used her experiences with her brother to create the charity Emily’s Smile Boxes.  If you haven’t heard about it, you should definitely check it out.
  • manicmother - her twitter bio says it all: “Crazy SAHM to 2 little boys, My 2 y/o is really bad ass & fighting cancer.”   After watching my friends fight that same battle with their daughter, I know the enormous amount of courage that comes with it.

If you need to see what amazing looks like, then go follow those two ladies.

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Follow Friday – Super Support Edition

And I don’t mean like a good bra (although that is worth it’s weight in gold)

I’m so lucky to have a great group of people I chat with on twitter and through blogs.   September was a rough month at our house because of sleep issues and sensory problems rearing their ugly head.  These ladies have given me so much advice and support.  Everyone should be so lucky to have people like them to turn to.

  • PsychMamma is teh awesome in my books.  I love this lady.  She has been a wealth of information and support for me this month.  She’s amazingly insightful and perceptive.
  • irishsamom is the sweetest, kindest person.  She’s always there with quick word or thought to put a smile on my face.  And the fact that her dog is just as bad as mine cheers me immensely some days.
  • heathersebi98 is a pillar of strength.  She is an inspiration and one of the first people I think to turn to with questions as she’s ‘been there, done that’.  Oh, and it’s her Birthday today!  So go send her some happy wishes and read why today is extra special for her.
  • mom2nji is having quite the month herself.  Their latest trial is a house full of swine flu.  Doesn’t that sound like fun?  And yet she still finds the time to answer questions and offer support.  Amazing.

Don’t forget to head over to Ali’s blog, My Life With Them, and check out the other Follow Friday’s.  And make sure to add your Follow Friday post to her link so other people can find you!

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