Today’s Guest Star is one of my absolute favorite bloggers. I stumbled upon Four Plus An Angel when I first started my blog, and am so glad I did. Jessica can move you to tears, make you laugh and has the greatest ideas, such as the popular Hot Seat, the fun Twitter twin contest and the recent Summer Blog Social.
Most of all, I love that Jessica is one of the kindest, sweetest bloggers in the blogosphere. I love that she bravely puts her words out there, writing about the loss of one of her triplets and her teenage daughter who has autism, Ashlyn. Her honesty, love and beauty is reflected in every post.
Including this one.
1. When and why did you start blogging?
I started blogging when I was pregnant with triplets. I initially started so that we would have a way to keep our friends and family updated on my pregnancy. Then, my blog slowly evolved into a baby book for my children and now it has become so much more than that for me.
2. What do you love most about blogging?
Honestly I love the community that blogging has given me and the friendships it has created. I love being able to put my feelings into words and have others honor my thoughts and respond with such support.
3. Who is your favorite blogger ever?
My favorite blogger ever is Kelle Hampton. I dream of writing like her and having an ounce of her creativity.
4. Is there a post you regret publishing?
5. You have four beautiful children and an angel – what do you love most about being a Mom?
Oh this is an easy one. I love, love, love seeing the world through their eyes. My younger children are so close in age it has been amazing to walk through the world with them and discover what each of them sees as important or interesting or 10 million-question-worthy. My oldest has autism so her view of the world brings a unique perspective to life that has definitely changed the way I see things.
6. What’s your favorite time of the day?
My favorite time of day is morning when everyone is sleepy-eyed and moving slowly and cuddly. Unless they wake up fighting, then my favorite time of the day is my first glass of wine after bedtime.
7. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
I would love to go to Ireland. My husband and I are both Irish, he has traveled all over the world but I have not. Ireland is a place that neither of us have been so, someday, when we can take a child-free vacation, I would love to travel there with him.
8. What could you eat every single day?
Bread, pretzels, pasta, anything with salt and lots of carbs.
9. Favorite season and why.
My favorite season used to be the fall. I love the colors and the weather and the apple orchards but then my daughter passed away in October and I began to hate the fall. I feel the sadness of my memories intensify as fall approaches but with that sadness I also feel so much closer to her and the last time I held her. So Fall and I have a love/hate relationship now. Life has become bittersweet for me and so has my favorite season.
10. One word to describe you.
This is tough. Can I give an explanation for my one word? Hmmm. Sensitive. Not sensitive in the sense that you can knock me over with a feather but sensitive to the thoughts and feelings of others, almost to a fault. I think this quality helps me be a better mother but it also makes it tough to do what I want to do because I’m so busy worrying about the rest of the world.
11. With four kids, what’s a typical day in your household?
CRAZY! I have very active, curious kids (which I’m praying pays off by some amazing careers that afford them the luxury of sending their mother on spa vacations some day). You know those households that have gates and every piece of child-proofing equipment known to man? That used to be mine until my son learned to dismantle them all. So as much as I would love to say my days are organized and full of crafts and book-reading, I can generally be found chasing someone with an open marker, stopping someone else from pouring their own milk, discovering the owner of the diaper in the hallway all the while helping my oldest with her homework and blogging, of course.
12. You are a truly amazing writer. Do you have any advice for us wannabe writers?
Relax. I did not truly begin “writing” on my blog until I began blogging like no one was reading. As much as I love my readers, I don’t write for them, I write for me. I write about what I need to say and if I don’t do that my writing becomes unauthentic and I think readers can see that. Also, wine. A glass of wine is the perfect writing assistant when you want to write from the heart.
Thanks so much for giving me the opportunity to do this Alison. Answering these questions was fun and you are such a great supporter of the blogging community that I was honored to be chosen as a Guest Star!