I have this habit of throwing blogs onto my Feedly account very quickly. I see something that looks good, click that little plus sign to subscribe to it, and move on. The result is that sometimes I’ll be scrolling through new content, and I’ll stumble across a post from a site I’m not even familiar with, and I’ll be like, “WHAT IS THIS AWESOMENESS AND HOW DID IT GET ON MY FEED READER?!?!?” That’s what happened with Mama Knows.
Mama Knows, Honeychild, is a blog by a woman named Heather who, by the looks of it, has a life about as crazy as mine. And, luckily for us, she chronicles it all on her blog, complete with hand-drawn pictures. When I came across her post about power-walking with weights that look like bananas, I knew that this was my kind of woman.
Like me, she fantasizes about installing escalators in her house, but not just for the stairs — escalators for the flat surfaces too, like they have in airports! I’d never thought to dream that big. (The point of that post was to encourage people to make the world a better place through joy and kindness…but my takeaway was “I DO need an escalator in my house!“)
When she describes her family’s morning routine, it’s as if I’m reading about my own life:
Luckily, my children enjoy doing things like arguing over who just looked at them first and playing Wild Tiger Family or Let’s Be Puppies Who Can Bark, Whimper And Speak The English Language from the moment they wake up, so that my feeble mind is continually rattled throughout the morning. I sip my coffee and pray random prayers like “Why God?” and “Please Jesus just help me now” until my mind finally awakens from it’s slumber.
Heather decided to get things under control by changing everything about her life at once when she still had a newborn, which makes perfect sense to me, but, oddly, led to middle-of-the-night panic attacks. The lesson she ultimately learned about being more gentle with herself made me wonder how one post could be both so funny and so inspiring.
She is a woman of prayer…and often finds that praying with her children goes something like this:
“MaryLou, who would you like to pray for tonight?”
“Ummm…I wanna pray for….you know that little girl who lives down the street?”
Mom: (so proud of her thoughtful child) Yes?
MaryLou: The one with the blonde hair? You know her, mom?
Mom: Yes I do sweetie. Would you like to pray for her?
Marylou: Yeah she has a really cute doll I like, it closes its eyes and pees its diaper and I wanna doll like that doll. I wanna pray that I get her doll.
Mom: oh. kay. Johnny, what would you like to pray for?
Johnny: I saw a cricket today.
Mom: Johnny? Who are we praying for?
Johnny: I ate it.
(And I see that they do the same version of the Rosary at their house that we do in ours: “Holy Mary, Mother of SOHELPMEGOD you better keep your HANDS to YOURSELF and stop touching your brother’s EYEBALL.”)
Her blog is a wealth of information, including homeschool lessons about dead bats, complete with true-to-life drawings. She offers practical tips, such as this one for having an evening routine for your family:
It helps when you can mentally prepare yourself by saying the St. Michael the Archangel prayer, doing some jumping jacks while chomping on some good quality gum and reminding yourself that, yo… you are going into battle. You are a soldier. Soldiers must be prepared.
She also achieved the holy grail of mommyblogging when she wrote a post that combined insights about severe morning sickness with Downton Abbey references. (She got her own servant call bell, people. She SERIOUSLY HAD A BELL.)
So, telling you about this blog is my little gift to you to start the week. If you’re a parent, you’ll laugh and cry and say “Oh my gosh this is my life!” If you’re not a parent, you’ll just laugh. Either way, I’m confident that Mama Knows will be one of your new favorite reads.