One that didn't actually get noticed much but that I found hilarious was Emergency , a humorous look at my younger son's trip to the ER and the constant struggles to discern when an emergency is actually an emergency and when I'm just being an irresponsible parent.
I dabbled for awhile with a writing prompt on other parents' questions/issues called "Asking the Village". The one about when to leave our kids home alone was typical of my effort - a mix of what I had actually done and a recognition that there were lots of other approaches that could work too. The title of the blog, This Will Be On the (Parenting) Test, was always meant as a poke. None of us get to fully prepare or practice for parenting and yet we frequently assume that we are failing the tests that come every day.
Some of my posts became less and less about parenting and more about living in a very general sense. A Season for Everything, Secure Your Airmask First, and Found Treasure were moments where I shared out loud some of my own emotional churnings, not specific to being a mom.
As I look back, I realize that some of my posts are time capsules for my sons. Minotaurs and Werebunnies, Dollar Store Wealth, or #!?&*%! Moments are pieces that I want to save for my kids to read when I am no longer a daily presence. They are little snippets of my voice inserted in specific events of their childhood. It isn't all cookie dough and kisses but a real life sample of my good and not so good days.
And some of my posts were leaps of faith where I shared some of my political or social perspectives. These were always harder for me because I didn't want to alienate anyone. I wanted to create a space where the different approaches and perspectives could be honored. ISAT Testing , Let's Talk Anyway , and If This Is Wrong, I Don't Want To Be Right were attempts at being both honest about my own opinions while still respectful of very different ones.
I'm not sure what 2013 will bring to my writing. I've toyed with the idea of changing the title since my focus seems to be less focused on parenting, specifically. It's clear that I don't have the amount of time and commitment that's required to become a notable blogger. For that reason, I am grateful for the encouragement that does come. I can't fully explain it, but just knowing that you are reading, pushes me to stay engaged and the writing definitely helps me to be more present.
Wishing you abundance and the awareness to see when it is present!