Thursday, December 15, 2011

They Told Me About Themselves

The year is coming to an end and I ponder the stories, experiences and journey's I have read in the blogosphere. I appreciate the entertainment they give me. I understand their pain and frustrations and I acknowledge their life through their words.

The pregnancy announcements from Love & Other Drugs and My Path to Insanity & Beyond were the highlight. I have followed your journey from years of trying to the tears shed from miscarriage and now viable pregnancies with beating little hearts. The journey continues for you both, you are still not at the magnificent end. But my prayers and thoughts are always with you.

New births from Riding the IVF Roller Coaster and Yolk confronted the reality that infertility does not always win and beautiful babies were born to deserving people.

Then there are the ones still fighting the battle of infertility. With their gorgeous first children tucked close by as they struggle to give them siblings. Secondary Infertility is not a myth and should be acknowledged as any other scramble of life. InfertiliTee and A Year On - A New Beginning (private blog) represent this struggle that some of us take for granted of its importance.

Whilst Beckie and Ree recently nurse their wounds of unsuccessful cycles. Hope still lingers as they comfort their weary souls and this enduring battle of bringing a baby home one day.

The darkness lifts and I appreciate my lot in life and the blessings of my child who makes me smile; yet I question motherhood and I have never really confessed it here until today, that it's been hard. Haidee and Singular Insanity wrote from an open and honest heart and they get it - how I feel on some days.

So I eat food for comfort, my weight loss is trudging along but not there yet. A Half Baked Life blows me away for her originality and amazing gifts of delicious recipes and life adventures and instruction.

As the year closes, new life and new beginnings will come roaring from the bend. I'm looking forward to meeting the babies of Making Baby Giraffes and One Perfect Emby. Let's not forget double trouble twins from The Daily Miracle and Diary of Taking Small Steps (private blog). Journeys fought and the new challenge - motherhood will be new to some.

And then there are these goddesses. Mothers who are honest and proud. Mothers who keep me updated on their regular shenanigans and insight to their struggles, highlights and happiness of motherhood. Lauren, Helen Romina and Kate - You make me laugh out loud!

I'm not one that follows rules so I won't indulge you with the obligatory rant of 7 things about me - 'cause you can read my blog instead! But I would sincerely like to thank A Journey Not for the Lighthearted for recently presenting me with this Award:

Thank you.

I pay it forward to the blogs I have linked above because they are not scared to tell me about themselves. There are also the colourful buttons on the bottom left side - blogs I love and read often.

Go on ... Link them, Read them, Appreciate them.


  1. Thank you, Athena, for being so honest and encouraging all the time! I love your blog, too! Me agapi - Mariannou xoxoxo

  2. Oh thankyou Athena! You know I love your blog, I've always loved your blog and always will love your blog! You're an inspiration, but I'm still a bit shitty that you didn't take me with you on your holiday ;-)

  3. Oh, how lovely, Athena! Thank you so much for the blog love ... I love your blog right back! Looking forward to seeing what this new year will bring for you, and hoping that it is full of life's best gifts.

  4. Thank you for another year of support. Let's hope I don't push the friendship and go through another year..

    Tee @
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  5. What a lovely way to pass it on :)

  6. You gorgeous thing you, thank you for sharing your world with me. Many goosebumps and good laughs along the way x

  7. Thanks for your mention re my blog and obviously all the other deserving ladies...

    its amazing how we can all unite with one common thing...and its great to see so many of us get the reward we want or close to it and help others on their journey as well

  8. What a lovely post Athena, and thank you for the support this year-and for the mention...look forward to another year of reading your inspiring posts, and also to reading about the successes of those you mentioned who are still fighting.
    Love Ants xxx

  9. Thank you so much for thinking of me... you're a great blogging friend and knowing all you gals makes the journey that bit easier. Thank you for all your support and words of encouragement. Love to you always xoxo

  10. Thank you lovely! I'm glad someone other than my family read and like my ramblings! xx


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