Gratitude with a side of Giveaway
Isn’t it funny how we have ideas and scenarios in our head about how anticipated events will play out? You know, like in college, before a date when you discussed with your roommates (or kid in my case), “if he says this ‘_____,’ I’ll say this ‘______.'” Or, before high school graduation and you tell your friends, “y’all are the BEST FRIENDS anyone could ever have. High school will always be the glory days. Nothing will be better than this! Class of ’92 rocks (fist pump in the air for emphasis)! Texas Forever!” Or, before you have your first child and you see a portrait of a well rested mom in a rocking chair nursing her baby with the window open, with a gentle breeze brushing mama’s hair out of her face whilst she adoringly gazes at the perfect baby at her chest, with a full moon just visible over mama’s shoulder through the window…and you naively believe that’s what’s going to happen.
Then those events actually occur and you laugh at your lack of romantic communication skilz, and your inability to remember your high school friends’ names. And, let’s just say, after that first child is born you realize that the world has lied to you. The whole world! Every mother you see in the grocery store becomes either a big-fat liar or an ally who is also experiencing the web of lies told by the entire human race. The liars are the ones who say how “natural and easy breastfeeding is” and how their “baby sleeps through the night” and how they’re back in their “pre-pregnancy jeans and have no idea how it happened. It’s like the weight just fell off.” And, then the allies rally to your side and physically restrain you from slapping that sistah upside her head to knock those lies out of her mouth. Get thee behind me, satan! I do not receive that.
I had a scenario in my head of what I thought would happen with my site’s big reveal. It’s not that I thought there would be a parade and fireworks (although how fun would that be?). It was an internal scenario–emotional expectations. I thought I would feel “relief” and “unencumbered” (and maybe lose 10 pounds), but I didn’t. I was OVERWHELMED with the kind responses and affectionate encouragement I received from YOU! So, now, I feel responsible…to steward this site well. To love each of you well. To encourage you well. To be an ally and not someone who will forget how difficult seasons of life can be. To restrain you from going all “Solange” on someone in a grocery store. Because we need one another. I had forgotten how much I need to write and you all reminded me of that and encouraged me well and so, thank you!
As a gift, I want to host a giveaway. I’ve never done this before so bear with me as I branch out and try a new thing. Here are the details: “Like” or favorite my pic on instagram, FB, or Twitter –that will enter you into the drawing (one entry per social media outlet). Like AND share/retweet my pic (tag me so I know and if you’re private, comment on my pic) and that will enter you again. So, you have a chance to get your name entered SIX times if you utilize all the social media outlets. The winner will be announce on 5/19 and will be chosen by a random generator. You must be over 18 to enter and only US residents. Here’s what’s included in the giveaway:
And, my undying devotion.
Who wouldn’t want that?
Seriously, I still have to unpack. Anyone want to help?
Y’all are the best and am so grateful for you!