Friday, July 20, 2012

Women and Children Series


Tomorrow I'm leaving to spend 10 entire days relaxing on Lake Huron.  Alex and I have been taking this vacation every summer for a long time now, and sometimes it feels like our entire year is always just leading up to this one amazing week.  In Harrisville Michigan, there isn't much of anything but one of the most beautiful lakes in the entire world.  We spend our days swimming, snorkeling, playing in the canoe, kayak and sailboat, reading, having fires, playing board games, cooking good food and drinking good beer and wine.

Our cell phones don't work up there.  There is no internet in beautiful house that we stay in.  We fall asleep every night to the sound of the lake's waves washing up on the shore and wake up every morning to a big orange sun rising up over it's waters.

So, I'm saying farewell to my blogging world for the next ten days, but I hope you will continue to stop by.  Inspired by all of the comments and feedback I received on my post on having kids, I thought I would put together a series of guest bloggers for the week that I'm away talking about the topic of "women and children."  This is what I wrote in my emails:

My idea is to feature women without children and also mothers.  I often feel like the discussion of having kids is a little bit us against them sometimes (mothers vs non-mothers) when I don't feel like it has to be at all, since thoughts about children is something I'm pretty sure all women think about.  Topics I'm thinking about are thoughts on whether you want to have kids or not (like the post I wrote) feminism and motherhood, body image issues and pregnancy, breast feeding, adoption, infertility, parenting philosophies, how having a child has changed someone's life, working moms, stay at home moms and anything else people may suggest.  My main criteria is that I want the posts to be personal not just fluff, I want people to get real in the vein of my "things I'm afraid to tell you," posts.
I'm so excited to share the posts I received from my amazing contributors.  I was blown away by everyone's honesty and how well spoken we all are.  I love that my bloggy friends are a bunch of super cool smarty pants!

So please stay tuned for Monday where I will be sharing our first topic from Kate on infertility and IVF. It's a tear-jerker and so inspirational - you and your uterus won't want to miss it!

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