The Beauty Is In The Eye Of The One Wearing Hip Waders

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My latest blog follow is Millions of Miles. I’ve had it posted here on the site for a bit, under the “Blogs I Follow” links on the right hand side of the page. Just in case you haven’t clicked on the link to this blog yet, I just wanted to give it a shout out, and share my latest favorite discovery.

I could say one thing to you about this blog, that totally sums up my feelings about it in one short sentence: you must read this blog. I could leave it at just that, and not one word more. If you check it out, you’ll agree that’s reason enough. But I imagine you’re expecting a little more from me than that, so here goes.

A Million Miles is well known in the blogging world, and really needs no introduction. But for those of you, who haven’t discovered it yet, here’s a quick bio. Megan and her husband Kamron live in Kentucky, with their three super cute children; Sadie and Noah are her two are biological children and Miles was adopted in 2010 from the Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa. They have just completed the training and glorious mounds of paperwork to become licensed foster parents, and are hoping to adopt a child from foster care this year.

I must admit, I don’t follow too many blogs on international adoption. I read about international and private adoption, before we decided to go the public route. But since deciding to go public, I’ve more so been seeking accounts of experiences that will be more akin to ours in the future. But I stumbled upon this blog, and read the first entry, and then another, and another…. I couldn’t stop reading. So I flipped back to her first entry in 2009, and began my journey with Megan and her family where their blogging journey began.

I just finished reading it last night, and I was tempted to write my shout out right away, and actually did start this last night, but it was after 3am, and I wasn’t finding the right words to express how awesome a blogger I think Megan is. So I’m back at it again, and I really hope I do her justice.

I’m not a Mom yet, but I have this vision of the Mom I’d like to be, and I’m going to strive to be. But as I’ve said before, I’m a realist. I know that my vision is not one of blissful perfection. I know that there will be moments that are crazy and stressful, and harder than I could ever imagine. There will be days where I wonder what the heck I was thinking taking all this on. I also know that this will likely cause me to be out of the running to be the posterchild for model mother behaviour. But I hope, that for every falter, I do at least two things right. And above all else, I want my kids to know that through everything, they are loved no matter what.

Which brings me to the main reason I loved this blog, which was that I could relate to her. As cheesy as it might sound, reading her writing, I just totally could see us hanging out and having a great time doing absolutely nothing but gabbing away. She is the type of Mom who is in awe of her kids one day, but that doesn’t mean they don’t drive her out of her ever loving mind the next. She’s devoted to her family, but that doesn’t mean she isn’t super psyched about going away for a blogging conference which allows her to watch whatever she wants on TV and “eat dinner nekkid in her bed”. (Which she did, by the way.) Who wouldn’t want to hang with a girl like that?! I know I would! Not eating dinner nekkid necessarily, but maybe I’d try it on my own and we could compare notes later how sensational it was.

But seriously, she’s got a generous heart, she’s hilarious (can’t tell you how many times I chuckled out loud), and she’s down to earth. She’s real. I like that. She puts it all out there, and admittedly, it isn’t always pretty. But I think that there’s beauty in truth, even if you have to wade through the ugly bits to find it sometimes. And I couldn’t think of someone I’d rather wade along with than Megan. I’m pretty sure you’re gonna feel the same way. So throw on a pair of hip wader boots, and head on over to her blog. I guarantee you’ll be glad you did.

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