For one day, we want to drown out negativity and celebrate the beauty and pride of women.
These days it seems that some people want us to be ashamed of being women. They want us to believe that we’re less: less intelligent, less important, less human. There is so much negativity out there. For one day, we want to flood the internet with positive messages about women.
I had the idea for this event several weeks ago, but in the excitement of the planning, I never actually figured out what I was going to write. That didn’t come to me until after we had everything up and running. Obviously, I had “ideas”, because I wrote the original announcement post. I just didn’t have any clue what I was going to write. Then I got to thinking about all the fabulous women that have been part of my life. I can’t possibly include all the amazing women I know, but I’ll highlight a few.
Growing up, I had two wonderful role models. I had my mom, and to be quite honest, I loved her, but I didn’t truly appreciate her until I was grown. Do we ever? I did finally catch on and wrote a post for her on Mother’s Day a few years ago. She always “had my back” — long before we were using the phrase. My other “mom” was my mom’s youngest sister, my aunt Rebecca. I have several aunts, and I love them all, but I have always had a special relationship with Aunt Rebecca. She’s smart and funny and she didn’t put up with any garbage from any of us kids. (Although she lets her grandkids and my kids get away with stuff. What’s up with that?) And for a good chunk of my childhood, she was a divorced single mom with four kids. She worked, attended school, and took care of her family. Being a single mom isn’t something that most women put on their list of “Things I Want To Do When I Grow Up” because it’s unbelievably hard. But Aunt Rebecca made it through, has a college degree, seven grandkids, and an attitude and love for God that makes me very proud to be her “other daughter”.
As a teenager, it never crossed my mind that there would come a time when I would be old enough to be friends with someone for more than half my life if I wasn’t related to them. But here we are. I’ve been friends with Gina since I was 14 and she was 15 and we’ve been best friends since we were 15 and 16. Her kids are now older than she and I were when we met. Ouch. In the days before email, we went through a lot of letters and phone calls, because we’ve lived several hundred miles away from each other for almost all of the years we’ve been friends. We’ve been through boyfriends, weekend visits that were much too short, weddings, husbands, babies, kids, parents, jobs, families, and just life in general, together. Which is even harder when you’re not actually together. But she’s stood by me, and she’s a wonderful wife, mother, daughter, and friend.
A few years ago, in my search for Christian unschooling information, I ran across an email list that would change my life in ways I could never have imagined. The group is too large for me to even try to name everyone, but they know who they are. Unschooling is really just about life, and that’s what that group is all about. Life and love and prayer and support. We come from all over the world, different denominations, different political affiliations, different economic backgrounds. As you can imagine, we don’t agree on everything. What we do agree on is that we always love each other and build each other up. There are no insults or tearing others down in this group. Not only have these women helped me become a better parent, they’ve helped me become a better Christian, and a better person.
I’ve also been blessed with fabulous women in my “real life”. I’ve had an … interesting … year. My amazing homeschool-mom friends have helped me more than they can understand by listening, providing moving help, moral support, and in some cases, a little financial assistance. It was so incredibly hard for me to ask for help, but I quite literally would not have made it through without my friends. Jill, Amy, Gwen, Nicola, Cynthia, Dawn, and Susan: I love you ladies, and I can never thank you enough for all your help. Homeschool moms rock!
And I can’t forget the women who helped me put this event together! Kriss, Lisa, Dawn, Deanna, Donna, and Coral responded enthusiastically to my initial idea, put up with my rambling brainstorming, added their own fabulous ideas and talents, and got us here today. Thanks for all the help, ladies!
Your turn! Write your own blog post sharing something positive about women or being a woman. You can find some ideas here. (Remember, we’re not bashing men; we’re lifting women up!) Then add the link to your post to the linky below. When tweeting, use the hashtag #womenrock. We also have a Facebook page. If you don’t have a blog, you’re welcome to share in the comments! Don’t forget to check out the other bloggers!