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    Mother’s Day with MantraBand

    This year will be my third Mother’s Day with Griffin. Every year I’m more and more grateful for the chance to be his mother. I dreamed about being his mother even before I met his father.

    As an adoptee (is that the name?) there is something incredibly special about being able to form a relationship with someone who is biologically related to you. I met my birth mother many years ago but she passed away and with her death I’ve always felt this overwhelming since of being alone. That was until I met my son. Every time someone tells me I look like him or that he is my mini-me I swell with pride.

    But, we all know that for every sunny day there are storms, and as much as you try and look for the light, sometimes it seems to disappear. On those days it can feel like you are not enough. Those days where you just want a moment of quiet and then you feel guilty for wanting that moment. Or the days where you clean up a room (finally) and turn around to see it destroyed. Let’s face it, this mom thing is hard. It’s the best job there is, but it is HARD.

    This year for Mother’s Day I’m partnering with MantraBand to send a special message to moms around the world. You are enough. Even though some days it might feel like you are moving backwards, you are enough. That little one that is nonstop clinging to your hip even when you just want to go to the bathroom in peace, knows that you are enough. These beautiful bracelets are a perfect way to remind yourself that you are a super mom doing what you love.

    When I look down at my bracelets, I remember that even on days where I’ve repeated myself a hundred times, that I’m enough. When we are both frustrated, I remember that I’m enough. When he won’t eat the dinner that he specifically requested, I’m enough. I’m doing my best, and for him, my best is good enough.

    About Me

    Who’s Blog is It Anyway?

    Hi! I’m Amanda! (cue the Hi Amanda chorus). I’m a 30 year old mama from the DC metro area! I’m mama to Griffin (2) and wife to my high school sweetheart Chris. By day I’m a Staff Development Teacher in the local school district (I’m a teacher of teachers and I lead professional development inside the school). By night I’m a professional racecar track (yes, you read that right), dragon trainer, and all the other jobs I get assigned based on what Griffin is playing with.

    Blogging is something that I’ve always been drawn to. I’ve had a place where I could write down my thoughts, my wishes, my dreams for as long as I can remember. Whether it be a cool Lisa Frank journal that I bought at the bookfair. Or LiveJournal (who remembers LiveJournal and Xanga?) when it was the “thing” to do. I even started a blog where I could keep my weekly pregnancy updates for when I was pregnant with Griffin. None of them ever really stuck.

    The older Griffin gets, the more that I realize these tiny moments that are so amazing, are fleeting. I want to make sure I take time to document them. Before I know it he’ll be three and then moving off to college.

    You will definitely see a lot of posts about Griffin’s antics that I don’t want to forget as time passes. Not to mention those motherhood antics as well. I also hope to include some tips and tricks that have made my journey along the way that much easier!