My friends, the time has come.
After months of deliberation, prayer, and reckoning with the voice that I trust to be my conscience, it’s time for my posts here as YoungMarriedMom to come to an end.
I started this blog with hopes of doing a couple of things—writing regularly; making sense of pregnancy and the first years with a baby, especially in the spiritual sense; and sharing some of my experiences in a way that would allow others to reflect as well. I’d like to think that I’ve achieved all three of those goals.
First of all, there’s the novel I’ve completed, edited, and through which I found an agent. I have more fiction in the works, and I’m at a point where I want to–and I mentally, spiritually, emotionally can—dedicate more time to that kind of writing. Hopefully you’ll have more to read from me soon.
Second, while I’m still young, and married, and a mom, my spiritual experience of motherhood is more about absorbing what I see and read right now. I’m taking in so much as our family builds our identity, and online is not the place I need to be working through that. I haven’t processed enough to begin to be able to share it—and that’s exciting! I need more time to talk with John, to read things with him, to take stock of where we are and make decisions about where we’re going, without feeling a self-imposed obligation to post here. Likewise, as the boys get older, I’m not comfortable posting the more personal details of their lives. There will still be “Dear Jacob,” “Dear Henry,” and even “Dear Ethan” letters, but they will be just for our family.
And third, while it’s not the kind of experience I’d anticipated sharing—no one can—from your emails, comments, letters, calls, and most importantly your sharing my posts with others, I know my words have made an impact, especially concerning miscarriage. That I had this place to work through the first year of grieving and that those reflections made a difference in someone else’s life is the most encouraging, most satisfying, most hopeful thing I think I’ve ever experienced through writing. I am so grateful for everyone who was a part of that.
I wanted to make it to my four-year blogiversary, but when you know something has to be done, sometimes it’s better to just make it happen. So that’s what I’m doing today.
Thank you, readers, for your time, your support, your prayers, and your love.
I’m not totally disappearing. The blog and its archives will remain online for at least another year. I’m planning to print my over 535 posts to have for myself, and I’m nerdily exicted about formatting that.
You can still find me on Twitter (@LindsaySchlegel), on facebook with my business (Lindsay Schlegel, Freelance Editorial and Creative Services, LLC), and on my website (LindsaySchlegel.com).
Perhaps you’ll even see me on bookshelves in a couple of years. Who knows? Stranger things have happened.
Until then, all my gratitude,
Lindsay AKA YoungMarriedMom