One of my favorite quotes is from C.S. Lewis —
“With the possible exception of the equator, everything begins somewhere.”
My somewhere begins January 1st, 2013, when my husband went out and purchased a third E.P.T. test. We couldn’t believe we were pregnant, but after a third positive E.P.T. test, it was truly undeniable.
We had been married a little over a year and planned on starting a family in a few years, not a few weeks. After a time of emotional processing we were excited about bringing a new life into the world.
Fast forward 32 weeks. It’s now time for me to say “goodbye” to Thoughtful Women and “hello” to motherhood. I’m fortunate to be able to stay at home with my daughter, but sad to say I’ll be leaving a project I have been with since its inception.
Thoughtful Women has been a source of joy, pain, and incredible accomplishment. I began working on this project July 2, 2012 – just one day before the website went “live”. I had zero knowledge of blogging and only a smidge more knowledge of politics. I knew I was a conservative, but beyond that I was pretty unaware of our current situation in America. Thankfully, the staff could see my heart and desire to learn so they gave me a chance.
One of the most prominent lessons I’ve learned during my time serving as Assistant Editor has been the resiliency and unity of Americans across the nation. So often, I feel like America is so large there’s no way people in New York can understand what people in Arizona or California could be feeling. However, what I’ve found is we may live all over the nation, but our desires for this country in the form of good government that doesn’t take advantage of good people remains the same.
I hope to teach that same desire to my daughter as she grows up. In fact, I hope to pass on the message of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness to not just my daughter, but to all my future children.
And I know that in the end, I learned great life lessons working with the great people who write for Thoughtful Women and our editorial staff. Who knows, I may even have my own column one day. For now, I know its okay to plan for my new responsibilities as “Mom”, enjoying and embracing every snapshot in time I have as I await the birth of my little baby girl.
Thanks for reading this and for being part of the reflection that is Thoughtful Women.