Guess Who’s Three? Aww, Yeah, You Know It!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Three years ago today, I hit “publish” on Ms. Mary Mack. I don’t even need to close my eyes to see the moment clearly. I had a 13-month-old baby boy showing me how much I don’t know and pushing me to figure things out using old-fashion, trusted tools like wit, instinct and aplomb. Writing it out was the best way I knew how to move through the monumental transition from “me” to “mom.

This blog has been my blank page, my ear, my voice, and my shoulder of support as I learned to walk my own way down this parenthood path. Some days it’s a sashay, others, a tip-toe, but forward is they way I’m heading.


I’ve met some incredibly kind, wise, compassionate, and downright beautiful people through this blog. Some I’ve had the pleasure to meet in person, while others have only shared and laughed with me over the internet. Either way, today I’m smarter, happier and better for knowing each one of them. Each one of you.

Thank you for reading, commenting, sharing links, spreading the word, and telling your own stories on Ms. Mary Mack. To say it’s been an adventure is playing it small.

So today seems like a fitting time to announce a slight change in direction, a shift here at MMM. We started this blog to track that transition into being someone’s actual parent, with the hope of gaining insight, information and wisdom, and passing it along.

But we’ve grown up.

My baby is now 4 years old, and I have settled into this integral role of Parent with confidence and compassion. It only makes sense then that the blog grows too, branches out to cover more things, those inspired, inspiring, interesting, hot, and cool things that keep this brain a-poppin’ and keep me grounded in “me.” (I was me before I was mom, right?)

I want to talk about things like writing, books, photography, and culture. Themes like identity, family, reinvention, and creativity — all parts of the platform that I’ve cultivated over the 15-plus years of being a working journalist and writer.

Of course, I’ll still talk parenthood on the blog. That conversation will never really end (a good thing!). And I hope you’ll join me on this new road we’re taking. The sun is shining down that way. That’s always promising.

To celebrate our growth and blogiversary, we’re giving away this adorable DIY herb mini garden kit. Yes, those are actual wine corks being used as plant “pots.” Like I said, the cutest.

Photo by OiOiMe

Photo by OiOiMe

To enter MMM’s Third Blogiversary Giveaway, all you need to do is leave a comment below. Tell us the biggest lesson you’ve gathered up so far in this parenting game. Tell us the funniest parenting story you can’t wait to embarrass your kid with in about 10 to 15 years. Tell us a “kids be knowing” tale, how them babies continue to make us believe they’ve been on this earth before. Share anything and you’re in the running to win.

Thanks, again, for three years of support and love.

  • 1

    congrats on making it three years with your second baby – lol! always love what you have to say, so i can’t wait to see where you take us next. i’ll be along for the ride, for sure.

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    Kristin says:

    Congrats on three years! I remember finding this blog the first time thanks to the NYTimes cross-post about mistaken identity at the playground. Your voice has been a welcome antidote to the vitriol and knee-jerking so many put out there for a variety of reasons.

    I adore the mini-garden, but no need to enter me in the contest. I’m paring down STUFF and I have a very non-green thumb.

  • 3
    Erin H says:

    Happy Blogiversary! Love reading your comments and insight. Looking forward to future postings!

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    Vettie says:


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    Wow that was odd. I just wrote an very long comment but after I
    clicked submit my comment didn’t show up. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all
    that over again. Anyways, just wanted to say great blog!