The reasons are numerous. When I first started in 2005 (!!), there was really no other way to easily keep connected to family far away. Now there's Facebook, Instagram, iMessage, and FaceTime. When the boys were babies, it was a time saver to post here rather than update all our family and friends. Over the years, I made so many friends and got so much support by writing here. Now it's like shouting into the void, very little feedback and interaction in this space, because there are so many other ways we are all connected.
However the biggest reason is the boys' privacy. It's time to let their lives be their own. I never wanted to be a blogger to blog about my life... I wanted to keep my family connected to my kids. And they're at the age that it's time to stop writing about them, their lives, and their thoughts.
It's bittersweet because this blog has meant so much to me these last 9 years and there are so many memories. It started when we thought we were having one baby, and has seen the boys all the way to third grade. It's seen us through births and deaths and illnesses and dreams coming true and everything in between.
This is not good bye. It's "see you in a different place." If you've been reading here, I still want to be connected. Find me on Instagram as LauraCase (almost daily photos of the boys!!). Find me on Facebook (mai*den name Verhoff). Email me. Call me. If you leave a way to find you in the comments, I'll find you too.
Thank you for reading, being part of my support network, and being a place for me to share the unique joy of parenting these two.