I Believe

I believe there’s no shame in loving Barry Manilow.

I believe that people who don’t drink coffee in the morning are suspect.

I believe flossing every day is overkill.

I believe Botox is an amazing invention – provided you’re not a fan of winking.

I believe Twitter is trying to steal my soul.

I believe in an afterlife- I have to.

I believe that deep down most people are good – except those profiled on my favorite crime documentaries. And people who don’t comment.

I believe Ariel is the coolest princess.

I believe consistency is the spice of life.

I believe you’re never too old to have a BFF.

I believe in the healing power of love.

I also believe in the healing power of Xanax. And Pinot Grigio.

I believe it’s important to own a great hat.

I believe in a sixth sense (I also loved that movie).

I believe airlines should go back to offering peanuts. Peanuts are delicious. Pretzels, not so much.

I believe if you buy a cup of coffee for $1.99 and you hand the cashier two bucks, life is too short to wait for your penny in change.

I believe you should stop getting birthday presents once you’re an adult. Especially from your friends.

I believe talking on your cell phone while working out on the Precor machine right next to me should be considered a war crime.

I believe Love Actually is an underrated movie.

I believe John Mayer should have to register himself as a repeat relationship offender.

I believe reading bedtimes stories is an absolute requirement of parenting.

I believe David Letterman has still got it.

I believe in pedicures.

I believe in the Official Scrabble Players’ Dictionary.

I believe Earth Day always seems to come too fast. First it’s Easter and suddenly out of nowhere, it’s Earth Day.

I believe in the check/raise.

I believe the world will never stop missing Maddie Moo.

Posted by Stefanie Wilder Taylor on April 15, 2009 10:42 pmUncategorized74 comments  


  1. Belly Girl said,

    I believe you’re right on almost all counts – although I don’t drink coffee in the morning and I’m semi-normal. Pretty much. Okay, I’m weird, you got me.

    | April 15, 2009 @ 10:49 pm

  2. SeaSlug said,

    Ditto on the coffee (see Belly Girl comment).

    | April 15, 2009 @ 10:52 pm

  3. Mary Freaking Poppins said,

    Loved this.

    | April 15, 2009 @ 10:53 pm

  4. shortmama said,

    I believe this was a great post!

    | April 15, 2009 @ 11:02 pm

  5. Cheryl Lage said,

    Yes, yes, yes! On all counts.
    I’ve long had a thing for Dave L. (and Simon Cowell now, too…)

    I will ALWAYS believe in the word-affecting impact that sweet little girl I never got to meet.

    | April 15, 2009 @ 11:03 pm

  6. Shannon said,

    “Consistency is the spice of life” makes me believe I want to make out with you right now! Love it! Except for the peanut thing – there are too many people who are allergic to them (including my hubby) and you know it’s just BEGGING for someone to die of anaphylaxis on a plane that crashes while rushing to land to find medical help! (shannon@livinginthegray.com)

    | April 15, 2009 @ 11:19 pm

  7. Mom24 said,

    I’ll agree with everything but the coffee–I just can’t do it. I only like it with cream and sugar and the last thing I need is one more unhealthy thing in my life.

    I don’t know how a little girl I never even met can touch me so deeply, but she certainly has. I know I will never forget her.

    | April 15, 2009 @ 11:21 pm

  8. kelly said,

    i believe in a thing called love. just listen to the rythm of my heart.

    | April 15, 2009 @ 11:23 pm

  9. Kendra said,

    That was very insightful–and beautiful.

    | April 15, 2009 @ 11:24 pm

  10. Rachel said,

    hey, don’t hate because i don’t need coffee to take my morning poo 🙂
    my phat hats, however, are mandatory
    keep bringin’ it stef

    | April 15, 2009 @ 11:25 pm

  11. caryanne said,

    Love this post! Definitely agree about people who don’t need coffee in the morning.

    | April 15, 2009 @ 11:35 pm

  12. Summer said,

    I believe in commenting too. hint hint. 😉

    Oh, and what about believing Children are the Future? Teach them well, and let them lead the way?


    | April 15, 2009 @ 11:42 pm

  13. Lori said,

    Great post! Agree with the entire list!

    | April 15, 2009 @ 11:44 pm

  14. Tabs said,

    you’re on twitter? that would make my day.

    does it count if you have your first coffee of the day whenever you first get out of bed, which is around 2pm?

    | April 15, 2009 @ 11:48 pm

  15. Susan said,

    I believe you’re a genius.

    | April 15, 2009 @ 11:53 pm

  16. Anna Marie said,

    I believe that I believe in everything you just said…except for coffee. I drink tea. Just sayin’.

    | April 16, 2009 @ 12:02 am

  17. Amanda said,

    I believe in most of what you believe in, except for the birthday present thing. I love giving and getting presents!

    I especially believe in the last thing you wrote. Sweet Maddie.

    | April 16, 2009 @ 12:03 am

  18. Anonymous said,

    I believe in you, Stef. Great post. Very thought provoking.

    | April 16, 2009 @ 12:09 am

  19. Jamie said,

    Love it –
    I agree with most of the list
    (I don’t drink coffee…. don’t judge me)
    I totally agree with the Love Actually.. One of my favorite movies.

    | April 16, 2009 @ 12:22 am

  20. Immoral Matriarch said,

    I believe that I should be the next person John Mayer decides to get into a relationship with. Dammit.

    | April 16, 2009 @ 12:27 am

  21. CaraBee said,

    I agree with all of those except…

    I believe you’re never too old for birthday presents!

    | April 16, 2009 @ 12:33 am

  22. Carolyn...Online said,

    That last line made my snarky comment not so funny. Even if Belle could totally kick Ariel’s ass.

    | April 16, 2009 @ 12:50 am

  23. Threeundertwo said,

    Sorry, I’m having a little trouble with the Barry Manilow statement. But it’s your creed, so I’ll defend your right to believe it.

    Excellent list. But seriously, Giselle. Hands down.

    | April 16, 2009 @ 1:34 am

  24. anita ovolina said,

    Right on all counts, though flossing every day, it’s like an obsession for me, I have to or guilt, caused by the many cavities I had, sets in.

    | April 16, 2009 @ 1:39 am

  25. Anonymous said,

    I believe you–Sef–should never stop blogging.

    | April 16, 2009 @ 2:02 am

  26. momomax said,

    I want to comment more. It’s hard when you’re always falling asleep by 9:00. and then waking up every 2-3 hours…

    I’m so sorry to hear about that beautiful little girl. I haven’t been able to follow much of anything going on in the world. You are being characteristically gracious and empathetic. I wish you and your little ones, and the littlest one especially, the best.


    | April 16, 2009 @ 2:03 am

  27. divamommy said,

    I believe all of those as well… especially the Xanax and Love Actually

    | April 16, 2009 @ 2:23 am

  28. Suzy said,

    ***And people who don’t comment.***

    Really? You’re going to keep that on your list??????

    | April 16, 2009 @ 2:33 am

  29. Jen said,

    I agree with you on most counts. Most! Mulan is clearly the best princess. And you’re never too old for birthday presents. I might just be saying that because it’s my birthday in five days. After that passes I will agree with you on that count too. And Love Actually = awesome.

    | April 16, 2009 @ 2:34 am

  30. Brooke said,

    This inspired me to make a list of my own basic truths.

    | April 16, 2009 @ 2:35 am

  31. mom23greatgirls said,

    I believe in Barry Manillow too.

    I will always believe that Maddie has the power to change lives.

    | April 16, 2009 @ 2:56 am

  32. Kirsten said,

    This is a great list. Except I must agree with Carolyn… Belle kicks ass. She reads books and loves flowers.

    | April 16, 2009 @ 2:57 am

  33. Bridget said,

    I believe I’ll never look at purple again without thinking about Maddie.

    Great post!

    | April 16, 2009 @ 2:58 am

  34. Sharon said,

    beautiful and so well said. Love Actually, definitely underrated.

    Such an amazing little soul that will be sorely missed.

    | April 16, 2009 @ 3:28 am

  35. Kay said,

    I have to agree with most, especially soul-stealing Twitter, and Xanax. And, of course, that Maddie will be forever missed.

    And I’m commenting instead of my normal lurking because… well, because I don’t want to be compared to the lunatics on those crime documentaries 🙂

    | April 16, 2009 @ 4:04 am

  36. Kari said,

    Awesome list! I’m with you on (almost) everything, and now after reading the comments, I’m not feeling so wrong about not drinking coffee in the mornings.

    The last one was the best.

    | April 16, 2009 @ 6:31 am

  37. Heather said,

    Crap I guess I better comment then…or wait, do I believe in my right to lurk?

    | April 16, 2009 @ 7:34 am

  38. Wicked Step Mom said,

    I believe a mother’s love is unconditional. Even if its not the natural mother.

    | April 16, 2009 @ 12:17 pm

  39. Black Hockey Jesus said,

    I believe in a sixth sense (I also loved that movie).

    That one made me laugh out loud.

    | April 16, 2009 @ 12:35 pm

  40. MetroDad said,

    I believe we may have been separated at birth.

    | April 16, 2009 @ 12:52 pm

  41. Kesler Crew said,

    I believe in going with the flow…it’s how I make through most days.

    Thanks for this post, I like the way you think! 🙂

    | April 16, 2009 @ 2:35 pm

  42. WA said,

    I believe you & I are so going to go see "Barry: Where Music & Passion Meet" in Vegas before he dies from an undiagnosed hair plug infection.

    | April 16, 2009 @ 2:42 pm

  43. AZ Mommy said,

    I believe happiness is a myth

    | April 16, 2009 @ 3:08 pm

  44. Tiffany said,

    Well I don’t want to be suspect so I will comment.

    And I agree with you on 99% of your things.

    | April 16, 2009 @ 4:02 pm

  45. Ms. Molly said,

    So many to agree with you on, especially the bedtime stories & Princess Ariel!

    | April 16, 2009 @ 4:02 pm

  46. Momma to Baby Bear said,

    People who don’t drink coffee in the morning are VERY suspicious! I would hibernate without it!

    | April 16, 2009 @ 4:34 pm

  47. Aunt Becky said,

    I believe Vicodin is Of The Gods and that my daughters ass is of The Devil.

    | April 16, 2009 @ 5:34 pm

  48. Sugar Mommy said,

    “I believe” that this is a great post!
    Thanks for sharing!

    | April 16, 2009 @ 6:48 pm

  49. Sandra said,

    You and I are of the same mind. Is that scary….or not? That is the question.

    | April 16, 2009 @ 7:05 pm

  50. Body by Twins said,

    100% agree! Amen to adult friends not exchanging birthday presents.

    | April 16, 2009 @ 7:50 pm

  51. KarenB said,

    I believe Jasmine is the coolest princess (tiger for best friend and refusing to marry until she found Mr. Right…who could be cooler than that!?!?!?!), that life is better without coffee (I will stick with coke and chocolate, thanks), that I am glad airlines don’t serve peanuts (we deal with a mondo severe peanut allergy – peanuts kill people, but pretzels hardly ever do), and that you are absolutely correct about Maddie.

    | April 16, 2009 @ 8:12 pm

  52. Catwoman said,

    I’m not a coffee lover, but I’m a total Coffee Mate addict. Therefore, I drink coffee in the morning.

    And I miss the honey roasted peanuts too… especially the crumbs at the bottom of the tiny little bag… We definitely let the peanut allergy terrorists win with our switch to pretzels.

    | April 16, 2009 @ 8:28 pm

  53. Linda said,

    I believe that you make the cutest children.
    And Love Actually, is one of my favorite movies.

    | April 16, 2009 @ 9:29 pm

  54. Lucrecia said,

    I believe you only got one wrong, you are never too old for a gift from a friend!

    | April 16, 2009 @ 9:59 pm

  55. Miss Behavin said,

    I believe that Maddie had a way of bringing people together…in her very short life, as well as in her death.

    Endearing post, Steff. Thanks!

    | April 16, 2009 @ 10:31 pm

  56. Emmalane said,

    I believe love actually is all around 🙂

    | April 17, 2009 @ 12:10 am

  57. cuteellaisbold said,

    I believe you are correct. Except Ariel. I’m an Anastasia girl myself.

    But you are absolutely correct about Maddie.

    | April 17, 2009 @ 2:05 am

  58. Beth said,

    Great list!!! I’m also a huge Barry Manilow fan and proud of it!!! :o)

    | April 17, 2009 @ 5:41 am

  59. Denise Thomas said,

    I believe I adore you.

    | April 17, 2009 @ 11:22 am

  60. AMomTwoBoys said,


    The healing power of Xanax and Pinot Grigio.

    Amen to THAT.

    And as for Maddie,I know I’LL never stop missing her.

    Great post, Stef.

    | April 17, 2009 @ 2:07 pm

  61. Anonymous said,

    I believe I know must leave a cpmment or you will think I am one of the evil people!

    Great post!

    | April 17, 2009 @ 2:51 pm

  62. Jean said,

    What is your Twitter name again? I thought I was following you but now I can’t find you. My Twitter name is ffjewelry I was adding you to the Follow Friday love the mommy bloggers list but your name is nowhere to be found.

    | April 17, 2009 @ 3:11 pm

  63. merlotmom said,

    I believe I am grateful for you making me laugh.

    | April 17, 2009 @ 4:32 pm

  64. Mama Snyder said,

    I so love how you wrote this. I am going to copy your format and create an I belive list, as well.

    You are a good person, a great mom and a true friend.

    | April 17, 2009 @ 4:33 pm

  65. How to Party said,

    Love all of these!! So with you on the peanuts, and wasn’t Love Actually awesome?!

    | April 17, 2009 @ 6:18 pm

  66. Sylvia said,

    Hi I love your blog. More later I have a lot of kids to tend to.HAHAHAHA Actually I have to make a drink. Seriously though I’ve been lurking for months and finally got a new computer, so here is my comment. You freakin’ rock and so does your blog.

    | April 20, 2009 @ 8:56 am

  67. Mary said,

    Did you mean to say “bored,” or do you mean “Baby On Board?”

    | April 20, 2009 @ 11:05 am

  68. the mama bird diaries said,

    Yes agree on lots of this.. especially “I believe John Mayer should have to register himself as a repeat relationship offender.”

    Although I think Jon Stewart has it over David Letterman. And they both have it WAY over Jay Leno.

    | April 20, 2009 @ 5:33 pm

  69. Becky said,

    I believe that exercise doesn’t relieve stress, it only adds to your ‘to do’ list.

    I believe that a self-cleaning oven really stinks up the whole house when it’s in ‘self-cleaning’ mode.

    I believe that if I offer a crib mattress for ‘best offer’ on craigslist, that doesn’t include me delivering the said mattress over 30 miles one way to your pathetic butt for just $10. Especially when you are rude.

    I believe that my children are the cure to depression.

    I believe that all children should be born healthy.

    | April 20, 2009 @ 5:36 pm

  70. CRUSTYBEEF said,

    i concur with it all!


    | April 20, 2009 @ 8:55 pm

  71. Anonymous said,

    I believe….

    that you are my best bestie ever,

    and I adore you more and more everyday.

    xx, K

    | April 20, 2009 @ 9:39 pm

  72. Lindsay Pierson said,

    “One thing you should know about me”: I agree with almost ALL of your beliefs! HAHA Love your blog.

    | April 21, 2009 @ 3:22 pm

  73. Pat Montgomery said,

    Love this list..agree with much of it except that I think everyone should buy me a birthday present and we should celebrate my birhtday for a whole month–or a week at the least.

    | April 21, 2009 @ 8:06 pm

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