First of all, thank you.
Thank you for following along with my family’s journey as we have grown and flourished. Thank you for your kind words, your helpful advice, and just for reading. In spite of my self confidence, writing and publishing things on the Internet for people to see or ignore is hard for me. We all want other people to care about what we have to say and we all want to be missed when we are gone.
And that is the point of this final blog post. I’m no longer writing for The Mommy Dialogues after a very difficult decision on my part. I’ve grown to love the other writers and I know I’m leaving a piece of myself behind when I go, but I also know that new and exciting things are on my horizon. I am incredibly thankful for the friendships that have become a part of my everyday life because of this blog and I am glad that those friendships will still be here outside of our writing connection.
My twins are 18 months old and are changing every day. Clara’s vocabulary is blossoming and Cormac is eating like a teenager. They’re also embarking on am exciting journey as big brother and sister to a 9-week-old fetus that’s hanging out in my belly. I’m sad that I won’t be blogging about VBACs, birth centers and a diet to stave off cholestasis this time, but I would love for you to keep in touch with me via Instagram if you want to follow our story (@jessicadmurphy).
As I type, my hardworking brother and incredible husband are outside planting vegetables for our first ever year as farmers. I’m so thrilled to be growing wholesome, safe food for not only ourselves, but for other families.
I have learned so much in the past year and a half, not as a writer, but as a parent. This is an incredibly challenging, frustrating, never-ending job that can fill us with joy and cast us into a pit of despair all within a day. Every day is more complicated and I know that I’ll have questions and you will all have answers and I’ll continue to learn from my supportive network of incredible, honest, down to earth parents.
There is so much to say, but it is hard to say in the length of a blog post. The best I can do really is thank you. Thank you for believing in this blog, this community, and this writer. Thank you for parenting in the best way you know how. Thank you for loving your babies and wanting the best for them. And thank you for the inspiration that you have given all of us writers here at TMD.
I’ll miss you all. Please care for one another, support one another, and love each other like sisters and friends. Our jobs are hard and we need each other to make the hard days tolerable and the good days exceptional. Thank you so much.