Harvest

I’m part of the Mommy Blogger Collective. Each month we’re given a one word prompt to riff with. This month’s prompt is *harvest.*

Summer is coming to a close, (or is it gone the first time I wear boots?) and I’m coming up for air! (Insert insanely exaggerated gasp for life.) August was a blur of sun, sand, parks, play dates and keeping the kiddos busy, happy and outside as much as possible. Mission accomplished. I have tan lines to prove it.

I didn’t see how big these kiddos were getting right under my nose, how every day their baby faces thinned out just a bit more than the day before. I’m no gardener, and definitely no farmer. I can’t even keep a cactus alive. I can, however, grow people. No small beans. So what do I know about a harvest? I imagine that aspects of farming and parenting are pretty similar. You’re bringing something into the world that didn’t exist before you decided to nurture it. You work hard – really hard to make sure it’s ok, more than ok  – that it thrives, even on days when it (he) is trying to repeatedly face plant into professionally decorated cupcakes at a birthday party.

You watch out for the elements. Sun, rain, wind – “bad” influences, people, mean kids on the playground. You nurture, you hope, pray…you wish for the best, you will break your back if something harmful gets in the way. You work, wait, and watch. Maybe bite your nails a bit, getting impatient. Then, even when your back aches and you’re dead tired, you stand up, step back and see what you grew and you’re proud – really proud of your harvest.

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“Harvest” is the September writing prompt of The Mommy Blogger Collective. In addition to a monthly writing prompt, the collective hosts a monthly blogger featurette. This month we are featuring Courteney of The Titled Blog. A few words from Courteney — Hello! I’m Courteney from “The Titled Blog” I live up in Canada (in Abbotsford, British Columbia – just East of Vancouver) with my husband, one year old daughter Lucy, a pug named Minnie and an angry flame point siamese cat named Bigsby. My blog has evolved over the last 7 years from random rants and social commentary to lifestyle and now most recently to being a mom. My daughter was born with a lot of health problems and I often write about the challenges that have come with having a baby that has spent a good chunk of her first year in and out of the hospital and how to deal with those challenges head on. When I’m not blogging, I work as a photographer with my own business (Courteney Rodda Photography) sing in my jazz band “Courteney Rodda and the Other Guys” and most recently I am sewing for an awesome local company making baby moccasins called “Minimoc
You can also find me on Instagram, where I post too many pictures of my daughter, dog and cat.

/// The Mommy Blogger Collective /// Christina, Courteney, Dena, Erica, Erin, Gillian, Katie, Misty, Nicole, and Renée. ///