Welcome!  Today is actually the day!  We’ve been brainstorming, planning, and emailing, and now it’s finally time to GO PUBLIC with this new blog.  I have a few friends in high places, and Kristen Tribe is one of them.  She approached me with the idea of writing a “Mommy Blog” for The Messenger earlier this summer, and of course I bubbled over with ideas.  I’d been craving some “Mommy Connections” since we moved from Keller almost two years ago, and had desperately been trying to make those connections happen.  In Keller (a.k.a “The Big City”), there are Mommy Groups, Playgroups, Working Mom Connections, etc.  You name it, and they have it.  You practically walk out your front door and you have the names and addresses of about 20 different activities you can join to make friends, have playdates, and gain a support system.  Here, you walk outside the front door and meet…the street (with crickets, ok..fire ants at your feet).  It was a transition time for me, to put it mildly.  All of a sudden, I was at home ALL ALONE WITH MY KIDS, with absolutely no built-in distractions. 

Now, I know there are online Mommy Groups.  I’m aware of the Mommy Blogs out there.  I peruse; I read; I join.  But, they just didn’t hit the spot.  I asked a few friends if they’d like to meet up once a week to play, and they actually jumped on the chance.  Hooray!  We set up a calendar, and began a rotation of park playdates.  That helped.  My kids made some local friends, and I had that weekly reminder that 1-I’m not a crazy Mom, and 2-My kids aren’t those crazy kids.  We all just might be a little bit normal, and that sanity check will always be critical to my survival.  I love knowing that I’m normal.  But still, I felt there could be so much more.

Enter Blog.  Here, we have the opportunity to create an online community within Wise County.  Here, we can share everything from our funny stories to our crazy “lose our mind moments.”  Take for example, as I type this, I’ve had to get my 3-year-old to STOP TAKING THE FISH OUT OF THE WATER at least FOUR times.  I’m pretty sure that fish won’t make it through the night.  And, it would just be amazing to know that I’m not the only one in the world to have had this struggle.  Everyday.  For the past week.  Especially since there have already been 2 fish fatalities.

So, there you are.  The goal of this little adventure is to entertain and unite.  Will I write things you don’t agree with?  Maybe.  If so, tell me all about it.  I’ve been working on growing thicker skin for just that reason.  But, will I also write things that simply hit home?  I hope so, and if that is the case, go ahead and give me a virtual high five.  I’m sure I’ll need it.