When I started writing these weekly posts, two and a half years ago, I was 18 weeks pregnant with twins. I had no idea what lay ahead of me and how much my life would change.
At first putting myself out there in a weekly discussion was difficult. Sharing pictures of my huge belly was not my style but I was excited to share my journey that I had fought so hard to walk down. And then, once the babies came and I kept writing, the topics shifted to parenting and I forced myself to expose my fears and weaknesses, mostly for my own sake. The process became second nature and I realized how important it was for me to solidify and materialize my thoughts through writing.
All the encouragement and advice I have received over these years stoked the fire. Our community is rich and we have so much to share. I have learned so much from you all.
Every baby and child is different. They need different things and follow different timelines. People try to write instruction manuals but every child is a different “make and model.” Mostly, perfect imperfection is all you can achieve. But one thing is for sure, support and encouragement are great blessings.
I’m thankful for my dear husband who has been a treasure. Who would have known when we were introduced in that dingy, dirty, Deluxe Tavern, that he would be the father of my children, my strength and my shield. Who would have known we’d be the perfect pair to do the most gruesome but most rewarding work of raising children? I can’t imagine going through this journey with anyone else and I thank God every day that he’s by my side.
I’m thankful for our parents. Their selfless actions have eased our burdens in so many ways, time and time again. We are forever indebted to them.
I’m still thankful for Dr. Neeld and all the amazing care we received from the nurses and staff at WVMC. They helped manifest the most important day of my life and made us feel cared for and protected.
This will be our last post here. I hope we were able to spread some smiles, and perhaps in a small way, normalize the ever changing, chaos/disaster/wonder that makes up our beautiful but messy lives with children. Parenting brings the highest of highs and the lowest of lows but for all of it, we are thankful. Thank you for welcoming me and my family into yours.
Our stories are just beginning. I will probably continue to write in some fashion although I’m not sure in what capacity. Feel free to friend me on Facebook and we can keep the conversations moving.
I’m proud of myself and the squishy little people I have brought forth. Thank you for being a part of that realization.