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Local Mom Erin Youngblood Shares Her Passion for Family, Writing on Patch

Patch.com is celebrating the Shelby Township mom's 1st anniversary blogging for us. Here's a look back at some of her most popular blogs.

It’s been a busy year for Patch.com blogger Erin Ronyane Youngblood.

She has managed to juggle working full-time and raising her two young children -- one of which is a special needs child -- all while documenting her triumphs and tribulations of life and motherhood.

For the past year, every week like clockwork, Youngblood has uploaded refreshingly honest blogs about her family.

“Writing is a form of therapy and I have gained confidence and a real sense of pride when I hear from so many about how much my family's story means to them,” Youngblood told Patch. “I have found a way to share and I do love social media-it is a great way to connect with so many others from Shelby Township to states all over the country."

Youngblood’s blogs have impacted more than just Shelby Township residents. Several of her blogs have gone viral and were shared on parenting websites, Facebook and blogs around the country.

"I am grateful for the support from so many and knowing that I have a wide circle of community love and understanding," she said.

The experience has given the English major a new sense of confidence in her writing abilities. Youngblood said writing was always a major part of her life, but she didn't allow herself the time to further explore her passions once the kids came and work stresses piled. 

So what's next for this blogger?

“I would really love to publish all my blogs into a book.  I know it is a big dream but I believe it could be a reality someday, so I could share my beautiful life and spread the word about rare chromosome disorders and share my amazing son with the world,” said Youngblood.

In honor of Youngblood’s first full year of writing blogs on Patch.com, here is a look back at some of her most popular blogs.

1. Don't Forget About Me....Being a Special Needs Sibling

2. Brady's Dad Has High Hopes

3. Waiting For The First At Bat 

4. I Knew I Was a Parent of a Child With Special Needs When....

5. You Can't Put a Grade on Everything

Patch would like to thank Youngblood for being so brave and sharing her special family with the community.

Tell us in the comments below which blog is your favororite.

Christine Z October 16, 2012 at 01:06 AM
I have read every single post from Erin. I can't say I have a favorite because I love each one. There are so many posts where I smiled, and others where I have cried. Erin puts her heart into her writing, of this I am sure. I can't wait to read her blog each week. Thank you for sharing your family with us, Erin!!
shelley October 16, 2012 at 03:06 AM
I love them all, but the being a special needs sibling really resonated with me. Erin is an amazing person and a gifted writer!
Amy Ronayne Krause October 16, 2012 at 12:38 PM
To The Shelby Utica Patch and Ms. Cracchiolo, This is such an honor for Erin for you to do this article----and very well deserved. As Erin's aunt, I know people may see me as biased that I think Erin's blogs are so amazing. The reality is, I read other people's writing most of the day and I also have shared her blogs with my colleagues--Her blogs are amazing writing and very inspirational to all who read them. Thank you for honoring her with this article. She is not only a phenomenal writer, but a phenomenal mom, wife, sister, aunt, niece and friend. It is difficult to select a favorite, You Can't Put a Grade on it and Brady's Dad has High Hopes were two of my favorites as well. Again, thank you.
Mike Ronayne October 18, 2012 at 07:19 PM
THEY ARE ALL GREAT------LOVE DAD
Nancy Ronayne Webster October 18, 2012 at 11:59 PM
The very best thing about Erin's blog is that it is genuine, grounded in real life, and accessible to all of us. Although my journey is quite different from Erin's, I learn from her. I have learned how to cope with disappointment, how to see the good in the most difficult circumstances, how to open up to all the world offers us. Thank you to Shelby-Utica Patch and to all the readers out there who look each week for what Erin has to offer. Thank you, Erin, for letting all of us into your world, which, of course, makes our world a little bigger and a little better. My favorite? You Can't Put A Grade on Everything

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