My first foray into social media was a messageboard on iVillage. It was for moms who had babies born the exact same month as my Lydia. Those ladies were a lifeline to me the first year of Lydia’s life. Today I still talk to them on facebook, see some of them in real life and think about their kids and our conversations often. One of the mamas from that messageboard is Amber Ferrell. She was one of THE first blogs I started reading. In fact, I think hers and Candace‘s original Laughing Daisies blog were the first blogs I actually ever saw!
Do you remember back in the bloggy day when all blogs were just about, you know, LIFE? Then brands and twitter and paid posts and facebook kinda changed the atmosphere of the blogosphere? Well, Amber’s blog has never changed. It is the most beautiful honest-to-goodness mom blog I’ve ever read. She can write about her kids’ mishaps, her mothering mayhem and still dazzle me every day. I don’t know how she does it.
Amber is an outstanding photographer. Each of her posts are loaded with beautiful (and hilarious) photos of her life. She can write brilliantly about her first house (ugh! I can’t find the link to this post…it’s on her old blog and I still remember it!) or about her day as a mom of 3. She’s hilarious and her kids are stinkin’ cute. And these last 2 years she has been a warrior for her son.
Her son, Nathan has Mitochondrial Disease, Complex I and III. I really can’t give you a good description of what this does to his little body and what it means for his (and their family’s) future. But let me tell you that it doesn’t really matter. Amber makes her way with gladness and joy. She’s honest about her questions and pain. But she’s become an advocate for Mito while still maintaining a normal and joyful home for her three children.
I read Amber’s blog regularly (even though I rarely comment…are you sensing a pattern here?) but am inspired by her ability to be so consistent in her (bloggy) voice. Through the lens of her camera, I feel like I can see the lens through which she sees the world. I am forever grateful to her heart, her friendship and her inspiration to me. (Not to mention, she gives me traffic almost every day!)
(I took these pics off her website without asking her because you just had to see her gorgeousness!)
This post is 3rd in a series of thank-you posts to great mom bloggers (see part 1 & 2). I am overjoyed to be working with P&G and theMotherhood.com. Please visit theMotherhood’s Thank You Mom Circle to see all the awesome mom posts and ThankYouMom.com to enter a contest to visit YOUR mom!