and yet she’s truly one of the smartest women on the internet.
She is also kind, funny and supportive. I like her very much.
She was helpful, informative and entertaining with just the right amount of “sap”.
Plus she puts me to shame with her knowledge of all things TECHY and GEEKY. The woman is just a phenomenon when it comes to giving the news you need about blogging, social media and all things technology related.
She’s got a great smile, she has a huge heart and she never ever makes fun of me when I ask her a truly goofy question. I am just thankful she has an awesome sense of humor.
And she’s a mom. A really great mom who loves who 2 children with her whole heart and wants to raise them to be awesome people. (She is doing a fantastic job as you’ll see from her moment)
SO thank you Gigi, for being here to share your story with us, I’m so honored that you are here in my space today
**The Moment That Was A Year**
When Kir asked me to share my proud mommy moment, I had a panic attack.
ACK! What will I write about?
I flipped through my mental rolodex of Proud Mommy Moments.
Boy Wonder got his black belt recently. Damn, already wrote about that.
Little CEO overcame stage fright and sang a solo at a recital. Oh hell, I did a post in June.
I celebrated the day they both learned to wipe their own butts. Okay, so Boy Wonder’s got it down. Little CEO is still a work in progress, so I eliminated that as a possibility.
My panic attack was now morphing into a serious case of sit-in-a-corner-and-rock-back-and-forth-while-weeping-silently.
My kids are 9 and 7. Those big huge milestones of babyhood and toddlerhood that seem to pile up, one after another, like a deck of cards? They just don’t come around as frequently once your kids are school age.
Sure, there are school performances and sporting events and good grades to cheer about. But the WOW moments – the ones where it hits you that your child is achieving something really big, or growing in unexpected ways – well, they become more subtle with time. You have to almost look for them; a fragment of a seashell lost in the sand.
So as I looked, I realized something.
The entire last year has been one proud mommy moment for me.
Last August, we decided, very spontaneously, to uproot ourselves from Texas and move to California. From making the decision to landing in California, it was a mere ten days (crazy, huh?). It involved my husband quitting his job, packing up a 28′ moving truck while I attended BlogHer, and well, just going like thieves in the night (note: we are not thieves in real life).
It was pretty easy for my husband and I to do. Our hearts were here, and we were ready. Our kids? Were not.
They were not ready to leave their friends and the only home they could remember.
They were not ready to start a new school where they knew no one.
They were not ready to have Daddy be the stay at home parent and Mommy be the working parent.
And when they finally got adjusted to all of that – a few months ago – Daddy went back to work and we decided to buy a house an hour away, which means moving again. Leaving a home. Leaving their newest school. Figuring out what it means to have two working parents.
We have asked them to be brave every single day of the last year – to trust us, to make friends, to do well in school, to accept that life is in flux. And they have done it. Every day.
It hasn’t been a perfectly happy road. There have been bumpy days, lots of tears, and “I’m scared”s. But they have done it.
So, it isn’t one big accomplishment that I celebrate today. I celebrate their courage to face their daily changes and challenges. That courage makes me one proud and grateful mom.
Oh Gigi, how I loved this. It’s so true, that instead of one moment sometimes, I’m just proud of the way that they are growing up, the subtle changes I see that in them as they adjust, adapt and amaze me.
Thank you for sharing those feelings here, I feel humbled to host you.
If you don’t know Gigi yet, there are plenty places to find her:
Her Blog: Kludgy Mom
On Twitter (because she is a social media maven!) : @KludgyMom
Gigi, have a great Memorial Day weekend and thank you for being part of My Proud Mommy Moments.