Once I responded to a comment from Mandi—I thought it was my sisterchick, Mandi from itscome2this.com. But when she responded to my email she said, “I think you’re confused! I’m a different Mandi…!” And a fun friendship was born! Mandi is the “other” Mandi Ehman from Organizing Your Way and Doodles Place.
She is a mama first. And a blogger extraordinaire second.
In both arenas I’m in awe of her.
She is incredibly purposeful in her motherhood. Her Doodles Place blog is a spot to showcase her children and the amazingly incredibly fun stuff she does with them. She also exhibits her real desire for them–to love God and their family. (And you know how much I admire this!) Recently, she and her husband made an even bigger step in the journey of doing the best for their families–her husband quit his job so he could be a stay-at-home-dad and co-homeschool with Mandi.
Now, what is Mandi doing while she’s not co-homeschooling? Why, she’s being a wildly successful blogger, of course!
Mandi makes things happen. My first Blissdom I saw this in real life when Tsh from SimpleMom stood up and said something that turned out to be my biggest tip from the whole weekend…she told us how Mandi had called her and asked Tsh to mentor her. How bold is that?! But it’s a move that has paid off. Mandi’s niche blog, Organizing Your Way is hugely influential and has a great reach. But even without Tsh’s advice, I know Mandi would still be making things happen in the blogosphere. The first time I was blown away by her was when she launched The One Dollar Give. It was really just a month long blog that asked people to donate ONE dollar to a different charity each day. Mandi thought this would be an easy way to make a big difference. Isn’t that great?!
Before our big IRL meetup at Blissdom, Mandi posted on her blog that she wanted to meet me because she thought we’d be BFFs. I left her a comment that said, “Wait a minute! I thought we were BFFs!”
Mandi, I’m inspired by your gentleness, your willingness to give and help on a bloggy and friendship level. Thank you for standing 5 feet from Harry Connick with me AND for sending me HTML code even when I didn’t ask for it. Thank you for your inspiration, your example and your sweet smile! We are BFFs!
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This is the final post in a 5 part series thanking incredible mom bloggers. It is a paid campaign by theMotherhood.com and P&G’s ThankYouMom.com. The best part is that YOU could win some cash to visit your mom by thanking her on the ThankYouMom.com website. It’s a beautiful tribute to moms with a fun prize at the end!
Next Tuesday, June 29th the mom bloggers who have participated in this campaign PLUS a few of the moms who have been thanked will be hosting a chat on theMotherhood.com. Please join us!