This is a guest post written by my husband. My mommy friends that I have met online have certainly gotten me through a fair share of my parenting, and for that I could never thank them enough. To those of you that have online mommy friends, I hope you and your husbands can relate as well.
A Letter of Thanks to My Wife’s Online Mommy Friends
Three years ago, my wife came to me with the idea of starting a blog. All of her life, she had dreamed of being a stay-at-home mom, and, while she thoroughly enjoyed helping our little ones grow, she found the lack of adult interaction during the day to be isolating. Her hope was that the blog would give her an avenue through which she could interact with other moms and utilize her expertise in child psychology and development. With that, Katie launched Views from a Step Stool.
…she found the lack of adult interaction during the day to be isolating.
Over these past several years, this blog has become so much more than an avenue for interaction; instead, it has opened the door to a number of rich, life-long relationships that have enriched my wife’s life. I refer to you as the “Mommy Friends.”
I only know a handful of you, and there are times, when you make me jealous. During car rides, after the kids are in bed, or while watching a movie, I have to share my wife with you. I see her tapping away on her screen or jumping on a skype call. She talks to you about things like page-views, search-engine optimization, social media reach, and optimal lighting for blog photos. (I often wonder when became a techie!) But that’s not all that you talk about.
You also talk about your shared experiences. Marriage and parenting each bring intense joys and challenges, and being married with young children requires an even more delicate balance. Put even more simply, life can be hard, we all need help, and I can’t thank you enough for helping her.
You understand what it’s like to be peed on for the third time in a day. You know how difficult it is to make sure to make time with your spouse to be husband and wife, and not just mom and dad. You cry the tears of joy when you child takes their first step and then the tears of sorrow when you give away yet another set of clothes that they’ve outgrown. You laugh at EVERY joke about coffee or wine. When you put that all together, you let my wife know that she is not alone and not crazy. And for anyone who has ever felt alone or crazy (and that’s most of us) you know how precious it is when someone can simply relate.
So thank you. Thank you for supporting my wife through early motherhood. Thank you for keeping her company when I’m traveling for work. Thank you for helping her turn her hobby into a business. Thank you for listening to her and encouraging her. Thank you for helping us raise our children. And finally, thank you for helping her find her voice as a mother, a wife, and as a blogger.
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