Saturday Mom Musings: Winding Down the Year of Family

Delicious Vegan Dish of the Day:

Mom got ready for her half-marathon tomorrow by carb-loading tonight.  Spaghetti with (vegan) italian sausage and homemade marinara sauce.  Tune in tomorrow for pictures of IP eating this – hilarious!

Money Matters:

Today we went to music class, went into the city to pick up Mom’s race packet, and then hung out at home.  No money spent!

Mom Musings:

The school year is winding down, which means the Year of Family is close to the end.  In fact, this will be my last “Saturday Mom Musings” post.  But don’t worry. It won’t be my last “Mom Musing post”  Just my last Saturday one.  Or at least my last one posted on Saturday just because it’s Saturday.  But this is getting posted three days late, which means it’s being posted on Tuesday.  Oy.  You get the point, right?  Sorry, I’m still a little loopy from the race this weekend.

Anyways, my year of posting *almost* daily on this blog for a year is coming to a close.  I still have some maternity leave time left.  I don’t have to start doing serious leave-the-house-for-a-whole-day work until mid-August.  So for this post I’m musing about the blog.  I’m sure a sappy nostalgic post about ending my maternity leave will come around August 1st.

So, about the blog.  As I stop to reflect, I am struck by how much this blog made this year a real adventure for me.  I certainly don’t have a large audience and no sponsors have come knocking at my door.  But having this blog and having you, my wonderful audience, has made a difference in my life this year.  Whether it was the comments on my musings about having a little girl, or suggestions about smoothie ingredients, or even just seeing how many people “liked” a post, having an audience made me think harder than I would have on my own.  Some of this was just about accountability.  I wrote posts even on nights I didn’t feel like writing, because I said I would.  I recorded what we spent that day, because I said I would.  Some of this was about community.  I knew there were fellow parents, runners, soon-to-be-parents, new vegans, etc. reading this blog.  I had people I could write to.  I could write about my flaws, my thoughts, my mistakes and know that someone out there might “get” me.  And I also had someone to write recipes for (which encouraged me to finally use measuring tools when cooking !)  This is all really cool.  Really exciting.  Really fun!.  It was more invigorating than writing in my notebook with thoughts of someday sharing it with someone.

I guess what I’m really saying is “Thank you.”  Thank you for reading this blog, especially this year as our family tried out a new way of being together and getting by.  Thanks if you “liked” or commented on a post or two. Thanks for giving me a venue to reflect, share, and think about parenting, working out, and veganism a bit more.  Thanks for being part of this Year of Family journey that has been such a gift.  Look forward to more coming your way.  The Year of Family might be almost done, but Vegan Mama is still going strong!


Oh, and please, please keep reading, even as the Year of Family winds down.  And comment!!  I don’t know if this is a blogger “faux pas” but, seriously, comments are awesome.  Any thought you have about a post, please share!  Maybe start with this one.  What types of posts do you want to see more of?  More recipes?  More toddler stories?  More musings?  More pictures (I know the grandmas are going to give that one a big thumbs up!)  Let me know with a comment below!

3 thoughts on “Saturday Mom Musings: Winding Down the Year of Family

  1. My lovely Marie,

    Please keep Vegan Mama going if you can. You’re right – I love the Sunday picture day and I share it with Nancy & Bill who aren’t on Facebook. I don’t know if I can adequately tell you how much this has meant to me. I’m isolated from you here in California but reading your blog makes me feel as if I live in your neighborhood and can talk to you and see Lucas & Irene often. It’s made a huge difference in my life and I am eternally grateful.

    Love you all, Grandma

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