Today call me recruited

Today call me recruited. That’s right; I crossed my fingers (plus three or four toes) and finally became an official Sluiter Nation recruit.

(Side note:  you may know Katie and her blog but you might not know Sluiter is pronounced “sly-ter.” Or maybe it didn’t take you months at her blog to look to the right. Where she tells you how to pronounce her name.)

Still. No matter how you say it, Katie Sluiter is one of my first blog loves. Her writing moves me, makes me smile and think.  Besides managing Sluiter Nation, Katie writes book reviews at Katie’s Bookcase, is on Facebook and finds time to be a supportive, lovely Twitter-friend.

And OH YEAH she’s a kick-ass high school teacher of both Spanish and English so hooray for real y ¡ muy bien!

Katie is funny and self-deprecating; smart and honest; and completely in love with her family. She and her husband Cortney are expecting baby boy Charlie who will join two-year-old Eddie at the Nation. She writes openly and achingly about her struggles with miscarriage and Postpartum Depression and about the fierce love she has for her boys.

One of my favorite posts recounts her dancing with her husband, hoping to raise her little man to be as wonderful as his daddy. This piece rendered me her fan long before I was welcomed as an official recruit. Read it and you won’t be disappointed.

Then, please read my post at her place about belonging.

It’s a recurring theme at the Nation and it would mean a lot to me if you stopped by and told me you were there.

Because at the end of the day (or the post or the tweet or the update), we all just want to belong.

14 thoughts on “Today call me recruited

  1. I like your definition of belonging. Will you be my BFF?

  2. 2 things:

    First, I glanced at this, skimmed it really, while waiting on the train. My full attention was available to me yet, as I had not had my coffee. I read SLUTTIER Nation…and my immediate thought was “Get it Girl!”

    Second, I have had my coffee and I will now go and actually read the words you surely wrote so well.

    much love to you

  3. awww. Julie! You REALLY know how to boost a gal’s self-esteem! I am soooo excited that you are my recruit today! YAY!

  4. —I’m Envious.

    Can I be recruited by you, TOO?! x

  5. Congrats, Julie! I’m heading over now!

  6. Heading on over chickie.

  7. I will check them out and I will be back to read more of your posts- Heading to the pre-school to pick up my girl- but I’ll be back. :) I love to find smart mom-blogs….

  8. Seriously, you are so very awesome. We do all long for this belonging thing – whatever we think it may be. What a fabulous post. I also couldn’t agree more with Kate’s intro and ending about you. So very true – we all need more Julie in our lives.

  9. Sly-ter?? Really? I had no idea. I was all— Slew-ter. This reminds me of the time I met Sara from Periwinkle Papillon— my bestest twitter friend for a whole year. It’s not Sara. It’s SAH-ra. And there’s someone else… who is it? Ack! It will come to me win my sleep.

    You’re not Jewel-LIE, are you?

  10. Yeah….I love Sluiter Nation too. Will pop over now and read your post.

  11. Congrats on the Sluiter Nation posting!!

  12. Kim

    Thanks for that lead. Fabulous.
    I must also tell you: I read about Leann (ironicmom) in a Christian magazine, and her blog led me to yours… I have very few blogs that I add to my address bar (kinda new to the blogosphere, and a bit of a Luddite) but yours speaks to me. Thanks for inspiring me to write more. K.

  13. Allison

    Julie- wonderful as always. I also read Katie’s post and loved it. I enjoy spending my 10 minute lunches stuffing a sandwich down my throat and reading your beautiful words (before I have to call someone else’s child into my office and. . . hope that I am making the world a place where more kids can belong)

  14. I wouldn’t miss it. Every one of your posts has touched me in some way. Off I go…

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