Thursday, August 07, 2014

The final post

After almost 9 years writing here almost every Monday through Friday, I've decided to shut down this blog.

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.



erinlaughs said...

This has been on my mind as well. Mostly because I just don't have that much to say anymore!

See you on the other side!

heather v said...

I will miss catching up with you, even if a few days behind, and sadly not always taking time to comment.

I hear what you are saying for the reasons. Thank you for all the time you have spent sharing your family, your pictures, and for encouraging me to do the same.

I've always written for myself and for the time being will continue as I like who I am with this outlet more than without.

I'll see you on the other side of our Florida trip with pimento cheese ready to be eaten beachside.

Four Lease Ranch said...

While it's a bit of a bummer to not be able to read about you and the boys adventures anymore I totally get it. Once the girls get to be about that age I will most likely not be blogging about them anymore either.

I'll just have to keep up with you on Twitter. :)

Susan said...

I so respect your reasons. I'm so glad you gave us the Italy post first =) I love wishes from cyper reader.

Running Meg said...

Makes perfect sense. I love your instagram photos, so I will look forward to the updates there. Thanks for showing me what life as a twin mom looks like when the twins are less "holycrapwhatdoIdothey'rebothcryingineedadrink!" and more "Hey, mom, I'm just going to go read a book for a while."

windycityvegan said...

I'm going to miss your posts, but I'll keep up with you on IG/Twitter/FB. Thank you for sharing your life and photos all of these years.

Joanna said...

It's hard, but with the boys so close to using social media themselves, it's really the right thing to do.

Now excuse me, I think I have something in my eye.

KH99 said...

Awww, Laura. I get it, but I'm going to miss your blog. Hopefully I'll still see you on FB (if I make the cut!)

Cynthia said...

I will miss you!! You have given me a lot of insight and behind the scenes support through the years. Not to mention the smiles and laughs. But, as I stopped blogging for the same reasons already, I totally understand your decision. I still hope some day our paths will cross in real life, because, man, I think we could be great friends if circumstances were different :)

Marcia (123 blog) said...

oh NO! I get it but I'm going to miss reading your blog.

What about writing about your own stuff? Books, running and such :)

ElizabethEK said...

Your blog has been awesome, and I have very much enjoyed reading it. I look forward to staying in touch in the "other places".

rccalyn said...

Boo! I will miss reading about you and your boys, even though I don't usually comment. I understand what you mean about privacy for your boys though. My oldest is 8 and I'm having similar thoughts at times. Before you leave, could you recommend areas near Raleigh for good family living? You always rave about your area! We're hoping for a move there in the next year and want to find a forever home in a good neighborhood.
If you want to follow my blog, I (very rarely haha) post here:
Stacy W.

mbruce said...

I sent you a FB friend request a while back and it was never accepted. We were on the May 06 BBC board forever ago and I've been following your blog for just as long. I would love to continue the journey with you. Thanks! Michele Bruce

The Sekis said...

Have loved your blog and getting to keep up with you and the boys. I totally get your reasons for stopping and look forward to keeping in touch through other avenues. Hope our paths cross again in the future!

Erin S.

Tanika Davis said...

I totally missed this post!
But I'm not surprised. You've mentioned this a few times - about how much harder it is to post about your boys as they grow and become more independent and deserve their privacy.
I just want to thank you - again -- for inspiring me in so many ways, but especially for making me want to start a blog of my own. I only hope I can keep it up as long as you have kept yours. What a wonderful record of your children's childhoods, and of your thoughts and personalities. It will be such a great gift to them one day -- and it has been a tremendous gift to me and so many other women! I will seriously miss you on the blogosphere! Will text you if I really need something. Believe me. I will! :-)

Vicky Jaimes-Olivo said...

It makes sense, but your blogs will be missed! I'm trying to remember since when I've followed and I think it was around my BabyCenter days which is now for me about 7-8 years ago. I've enjoyed your posts and watching your boys grow, and it helped me prepare for what was to come with my own kid since yours are a little older than mine. Thanks for sharing! It's always been enlightening and fun :)

Krissy said...

Thanks for allowing us all to follow along and learn from you all of these years. Many blessings to your family!

Jen Tang said...

I am so sad. I started reading your blog when I found out I was pregnant with twin boys. They are two now. I have read all of your old posts, following the boys' chronological age (what am I going to do about ages 3 to 5 if you shut this blog down? I haven't read those posts). I have so many questions since you are a few years ahead of where I am in regards to raising twin boys. I would love to connect (jentango8 at google mail). Thanks so much for sharing your family with me. I will miss this blog so much.

Frank_Tara said...

Laura - we were in the May 06 babycenter together. I don't comment but I have followed you over 8 years. You have made me laugh, encouraged me and made me question how to take risks and "play" as a grown up. Which I think
made me a better mom. I will miss your words.

Thank you!

Now I wish I had the courageous to connect. I wish you and your family the best.


Stacey said...

I sure will miss reading your blogs with my morning coffee hahaha I have read them since I was pregnant with my set of twins (who are about 6 months younger then yours). I have loved watching your family grow and love your parenting sense of humour! You will be missed but I understand!

admin said...

You will be missed! I think that I first stumbled upon your blog when I was desperately searching for travel tips for flying with twins. After that, I was hooked and years later, I still regularly read. Unfortunately, commenting is a major hassle since I have trouble commenting on my iPhone. Guess now I'll need to figure out Instagram.

Pam S said...

Oops, here is how bad I am at name showed up as "admin." Since I don't know how to delete, let me post again with a real name.

sunshine said...

I'm sorry to hear this but I understand. I sent you a FB friend request and would love to be able to keep up with you on there. Following you on Instagram too.

Take care.

Anandi Raman Creath said...

Congratulations! It seems like a milestone of sorts, right? I've learned a lot from your space here (and email) and am happy we are still in touch.

Best wishes on your future endeavors.

Beth said...

I completely understand too, but will definitely miss checking out this place to see what you all are doing. I've learned so much from you and look forward to staying in touch on Facebook...and hopefully meeting in person some day!

Jackie said...

Long time reader - first time commenter. I have been checking in daily for the past few years. I have twin boys just a bit younger than yours. It has been interesting to see the similarities and differences in our experiences. I found your blog through Liz's (I miss hers as well.) This was one of the first blogs I read. I understand your reasons for ending, but I will miss reading. I do not have a blog, but I have found that blogs such as yours kept me going during the isolating house-bound years of raising babies/toddlers/preschoolers. Thank you for sharing :) Jackie

Lainey-Paney said...


t + j said...

Laura, congratulations on 9 years of dedication to documenting your lives with such honesty and integrity. I am so grateful I was able to laugh and cry and learn through your words and photos, but best of all, that I had the pleasure of getting to know you and your awesome family. This feels like an end to an era, but I'm so looking forward to staying connected to you in a myriad of other ways. Sending you lots of love! T

Sara Coats said...

I've loved reading about your sweet family. Thanks for taking the time to share about them! I'll go stalk you on fb and ig now!

Karen said...

selfish initial response - nooooooo! sad to see you go. thank you for everything over the years and good luck and happiness to you and your family.

Unknown said...

Thank you so much to let me enjoy your family life. Ofcourse I understand it.
Kind regards from Marion Bolthof in The Netherlands.

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